I, currently, am not my best self.
I am not healthy and I don’t feel healthy.
I want this to change. I need this to change.
I love my family, I do. But having three kids in four years does take its toll on a person. Also, dealing with depression and anxiety, and then adding postpartum hormones to that mix, can create some havoc on a body.
Aaaaaand, I like chocolate. And peanut butter. Especially when they are together.
I would love to feel healthy again. To have energy for the entire day. To be able to run with my kids. To feel good about myself. Maybe even to play soccer again.
These are tough things to accomplish. And I have a lifetime of bad habits to break to get there. But, I know that the only way to get there is to start.
So, for the month of October, I am making some BIG changes. I am going to start following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle plan 100%.
Some of my sisters have been following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) lifestyle for the past year (give or take some months). They have experienced some very positive results: more energy, better skin, weight loss, and an overall sense of better health. I have dabbled with the THM plan by making some of the recipes and having “on plan” days but I have never stuck to it.
One thing that the THM plan promises is food freedom. A person doesn’t need to deprive themselves of something they love, they just need to find a healthier substitute. That might mean making my own sugar free (but still tasty) chocolate and peanut butter desserts or eating tacos in salad form instead of on a wrap. One thing is for sure, I will need to start spending more time in my kitchen (not my favorite place in my house), but I am committed to giving this a try.
For the entire month of October, I will stay on plan. No cheats, no “Oh well, I’ll start tomorrow”s, and no excuses. I have been following and dipping my toe into this plan for so long that its time to really try it and see if I notice a difference. I am going to make my first month easier by using the monthly meal plans provided by Jen Mason from the blog Working at Homeschool. She is so amazing! She plans the entire month of meals and writes up the weekly grocery lists. I barely have to think! I will do some tweaking to the meal plans to make sure they are ‘my family-friendly” but for the most part I will follow what is planned. I am going to do two weeks of the September meal plan and the rest of the time I’ll follow her October meal plan.
I will also be using this blog to give myself some accountability. I’ll be journaling each week about my progress, my struggles, my successes, my food likes and dislikes, and any helpful tips or tricks I learn along the way.
If you follow this lifestyle I would love to hear from you (I would love to hear from you even if you don’t)! Give me your best advice for staying on plan! Or just drop an encouraging note – I could use it.