Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's time for change.....

This summer my husband and I will be celebrating five years of marriage.  Five years. In five years time I've passed the "under forty" age category and am now "over forty". In five years my "baby" has gone from being shorter than mama, gained over a foot of height and is now taller than mama. The year we married, my/our eldest graduated from high school and now five years later two more (our/his) children  have graduated high school, one of which just graduated from college. In the past five years I've gained 30 pounds....

THIRTY pounds people! I weigh more now than I did with either of my pregnancies. I've made excuses as the weight began to pile on......
  • my husband loves me anyway (and for some crazy reason he does love his fat wife)
  • my husband shows me love by shoving food (I'm not even kidding and it's usually donuts, cookies and cake) in my face so it's his fault that I'm fat (I've recently found a way to lovingly, but firmly say "No, thank you" to my husband) Note: it is no one's fault but my own 
  • I'm eating healthy (most of the time......unless husband is bringing home another dozen of cookies)
  • I'm pre-menopausal therefore there is little I can do

Friends, my excuses need to end. If I continue on this path I will face serious health issues. No. I could already be facing health issues. I have too much to live for. Those future grand-babies that I am excited for? They need a grandma that can get down on the floor with them, take them hiking and kayaking, and host an annual "Grandma Camp"(a friend does this with all her grandchildren and I've been longing for the day when I can have my own!). Heck, I need to get in better shape so that I can do things with my children! I have a very active teen son who needs me to have energy to keep up with him.

I'd been seeing a lot of buzz about the book "Trim Healthy Mama" and after reading a few reviews I decided to take the plunge and buy the book. The authors, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, do weird stuff so of course I loved their ideas! Plus their ideas just make sense. I've been reading and trying some recipes. I haven't gone full force with the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) lifestyle as I'm still "feeling my way around"....it's a lot of information to process. But I'm becoming familiar it - learning how to combine foods that will help my body to be energized, burn fat and perform optimally. 

I don't care so much about being skinny. I left my vanity on the curbside long ago. I do care about having energy to keep up with life, enjoy my hobbies and most of all enjoy my family. I want to be energized. I don't want to be taking naps all weekend because my work week has left me exhausted. I want to be performing optimally so that I can be the best me that I can be. I want to have the ability to life life to the fullest. 
Stay tuned, friends, as I will be sharing my discoveries (and hopefully my weight loss) here. And to add some accountability to this journey I'm sharing my weight.... 186 lbs. Luckily (for both of us) my camera is MIA.

Here's a few things that I'm making today:

Good Girl Moonshine No worries, friends, this beverage is non-alcoholic. :) In place of the ACV I used 1 cup of home brewed kombucha.

Berry and Oats - I made this with a few variations since I made enough to share (the kids loved this with a little whip cream!) I covered the bottom of a pie plate with frozen mixed berries, topped with 1 cup of steel cut oats and 2 cups of almond (unsweetened) milk. Baked at 400 for about 40 minutes. Halfway through the baking time I added 1 tsp. chia seeds and 1 tsp. ground flax seed. Oh so good!

Baked Chicken Salad for dinner

Check out my Thin Healthy Mama pinterest board here.

Joining Gwen and Stacy for Trim Healthy Tuesday

Trim Healthy Tuesdays with Stacy Makes Cents


  1. Hooray!!! I am so glad you liked the oats! I hope the chicken salad is a winner too!

    1. It looks so good!! Thanks for the ideas today!

  2. Good for you! My weight loss plans are on hold while I gestate another baby, but as soon as #2 arrives, I'm looking forward to *losing* weight as opposed to holding steady/steadily gaining. While I know that breastfeeding will help, I know that the other part of it is getting outside and getting active! I've been trying to walk with Ian outside - but it has been so icky lately! But I'm with you ... although I want to be healthy for my boys as they grow older. I want to be a fun, fit mom who will take them fishing and hiking and can run after them (and keep up!)

    1. BABY #2??? WAHOO! I'm so excited for you, SKM! :) Raising my cup of Good Girl Moonshine to toast you, your precious babes and being a "fun, fit mom".

    2. Thank you! Two BOYS! Uff da! I think I'll lose weight whether I want to or not - it's going to be WONDERFULLY busy!

    3. Boys will keep you "hopping"! :)