My Trim Healthy Mama Journey

During Christmas break my acid reflux rared it's ugly head. Over days it grew from just burning in my throat to pain in my stomach. It finally got so bad that I was basically in the fetal position. I finally went into see my Dr. and I was really unsure of what to tell her of my symptoms other than pain, burning, and I just couldn't eat anything. She determined that my esophagus was inflamed. She said my body was prone to inflammation due to my Hashimotos and that I really should be off sugar, dairy, and starches. So basically that left me with grass and water to eat.

I knew giving up sugar would be hard and for me starches would be even harder. But give up cheese and butter?! Unimaginable!

I had gotten the original Trim Healthy Mama book years ago when it first came out and last year purchased the new plan book and cookbook. While I stumbled around for about a week trying to figure out what I could eat that wouldn't cause me pain after I ate it, I stumbled on my books again.

The first time I tried the plan years ago, for some reason I just couldn't wrap my mind around it, but this time it just clicked. Probably because of the awesome support from the THM Facebook page. I dove in.

I've made some mistakes as this is just the beginning of my journey, but so far I've lost 16lbs, 5 inches, and a clothing size since the first week in January. As someone who struggles with Hashimotos and PCOS I NEVER thought I would be able to loose weight much less enjoy my foods while I did!

Trim Healthy Mama has jump started my journey to whole body healing. I'm now looking at my weightloss journey as a marathon instead of a sprint to loose it all quickly. I'm taking the time to nuritious my body with healthy foods, balance my blood sugars, and begin gentle movement exercises. It feels freeing and refreshing. I've had so many people ask me what I'm doing to loose weight so April 1st I'm leading a group study through the book and we will get on plan one meal at a time.

Picture on the left Jan. 17th. Picture on the right Feb. 17th

I am in no way affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama, but I will sing their praises from the roof tops. If you want to learn more check out their website. I'll be posting my journey on Instagram and I hope you will follow along!

Oh and I still enjoy cheese and butter. I make better starch choices, but I am sugar free!


The Season of Focus

At New Year's it has become a common theme to pick a word for the year instead of a resolution. I've never really done this as I don't tend to do resolutions and such, but about this time last year I went with my church to a retreat and they spoke about having a word of the year for their church and asked us to pray that God would show us each  individually a word. Well I felt the word Focus being pressed onto my heart.

As 2017 rolled around I felt like this word was still true of where I was. I think its my season I am in. There are so many things I'm struggling with and I just feel Focus fits where I am.

I want to Focus in 4 areas of my life:

1.) Spiritually

I want to point my focus toward God. I want to focus on spending time in Scripture and prayer and deepen my relationship with Christ. I want to focus on surrendering to His will. I want to focus on loving God and loving people. I want to focus on mercy and justice.

2.) Physically

I want to focus on renewing my health. I want to focus on foods that nutritious my body. I want to focus on movement that not only strengths but heals. I want to focus on giving myself grace when it comes to food.

3.) Family

I want to focus on loving my family. I want to focus on extending grace. I want to focus on unity. I want to focus on fun, faith, and love.

4.) Identity

I want to focus my identity in the right place. I want to see myself through Christ's grace. I want to focus on the fact that He made me just the way I am with my own gifts and talents. I want to focus on being unique and resting on His grace, love, and truth.

Do you have a word for the year of for the season? Share it with me! I'll be posting more on Instagram about my journey and progress! Join in on the fun!


Finding Freedom

I've missed blogging. I think about it often, and am constantly thinking of posts etc. at the most random times. Part of me thinks maybe blogging isn't for me since I can't seem to keep up with it and I don't like doing all of the "should do's" in blogging. But there is something in me that just can't let it go. Writing professionally has always been a huge dream of mine, so I'm just going to pick blogging back up on my terms. Do it when I can, and let go of expectations.

I am now working full time. I love it but I still haven't settled into a groove of keeping up with everything. Maybe I will, maybe I won't.

When I last posted I had just had my hysterectomy and I had become so frustrated with trying to live healthier. I was just so tired of thinking about food all the time and feeling guilty about everything that went into my mouth. Then the guilt would lead into binge eating junk food. My weight spiraled up and my determination went down. I still wanted to live a healthy lifestyle but I was so worn out and so bogged down with information.

I finally hit my point where I said enough with being unhealthy and feeling like crap all the time, but at the same time enough with trying to trapped by a natural lifestyle. I want grace and freedom. I want to live my life.

And that's where this new blog journey begins. I'm on a path of finding freedom. Not just from food, but finding my freedom in Christ and seeing myself for exactly who I was created to be. Nothing more, nothing less.