You may have heard about a “health program” called Trim Healthy Mama. If you are a THM you know how wonderful it can be. If you don’t know about Trim Healthy Mama but are interested in living a healthier, better life with weight loss as an added advantage, then please read on!
THM has been a game changer in my life. My entire adult life I’ve been overweight. Y’all, I’m nowhere near goal weight, but my energy level and overall well-being has improved tremendously. Plus, this is something I can do for the rest of my life easily. I thank God for leading me to this lifestyle.
Last January I was the heaviest of my life. I was so disgusted with myself, not to mention that I felt awful most of the time. I was continually tired, needing a nap, and my knees ached when I walked. Working full-time as a devoted elementary teacher in the continual pressures of high-stakes testing and general teacher stress, I left work each day with no energy. My family was getting less than “leftovers” from me because I was so exhausted by the time I got home. And I never could find lasting success on any health plan. (Although I hadn’t had a doctor’s check-up in years, I was pretty sure I was bordering on diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)
Once, years ago, in a Weight Watchers class I took a quiz to find out my weaknesses and strengths related to eating. Everyone in the class found out what type of eater they were — an emotional eater, a late-night snacker, an over-eater, etc. Well, leave it to me to equivocally be every type of eater there was. It perplexed the leader, who decided to talk with me afterwards privately because she thought I’d taken the quiz wrong. Nope. I was just that messed up. The concerned, confused look on her face is still a vivid memory for me. Food has been my demon.
So, here I was last January, extremely overweight and literally sick and tired of feeling so crappy. I knew something had to change so that I could be the mom to my boys and the wife to my hubby that they deserved. We were on a very strict grocery budget, but I knew I had to do better. I began counting points as I’d done in the past, but with hobby farming, mothering, and working full time outside the home, that became a task I just couldn’t maintain. I began hearing coworkers and friends mentioning ladies they knew that were losing weight and curing health problems on a program called Trim Healthy Mama. I was immediately interested, but recall the drop in my excitement when one person told me that it was very expensive, too expensive for a school teacher. (By the way, it is not! It can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you choose it to be.)
So, I didn’t look it up online for a while, but, as I prayed to God to help me to feel better and get on track with my weight and health, it kept popping back up in my mind. Finally, one day a person I knew showed up on my Pinterest feed not because I followed her, but because she was a THM success story. Wow! I now see that this was yet another divine nudge to get me on the right path. Seeing her on Pinterest led me to the THM Facebook page and the many success stories on there. I read the posts every chance I got for two days and then ordered the book from an online used book company. (Our budget was too tight for a new copy.)
Each page of the book was like a divine revelation for me. It made so much sense that I immediately began incorporating THM into my food choices and my thought processes. And weight began to come off.
And my knees began to hurt less and less.
And my energy level began to soar.
And my family began to see a difference.
And I began to FEEL a difference.
Have I been perfectly on plan? Nope. But, unlike before, I’m not carrying that shame. Serene and Pearl, the sisters who wrote the Trim Healthy Mama books and plan, often reference the grace of God — not only for our sins but also for how we eat. That doesn’t give us permission to gorge on sin or food, but it keeps us from carrying shame and failure upon us, which leads to giving up — the pattern I’d fallen into over the past decade or so. THM helps us to see how God has given us food freedom.
Do you need this food freedom too? Are you, like so many of us Mamas, struggling to feel good enough for the tasks at hand? Do you want to feed your family the way God designed? …I hope you’ll join us on the THM journey.