How I Became a Trim Healthy Mama

This post has been in the works for a long time, but I didn’t want to hit publish too early, because I wanted to make sure I really found success first before sharing with my readers.

You see, I’ve tried to lose weight about a million times throughout my life, and I’ve pretty much failed each time. It’s probably the same story everyone has…make up mind to lose weight, starve yourself for a week, lose maybe 1 pound, eat some fattening food in a weak moment, then decide that you just can’t do it after all, and then you quit.

Curious about the Trim Healthy Mama plan? Read my THM story--about how I discovered the plan and why it finally helped me lose the 35 pounds I had been trying to lose for years.

Have you been there before?

I’m even one of those rare people that like to exercise, but I still couldn’t lose the weight. Going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week, spending 1 to 1 1/2 hours each time working out HARD, the pounds were still creeping on a little bit at a time.

Then one day I saw this post by Crystal Paine, and I was intrigued. She had to quit the plan because she was losing too much weight. What a terrible problem to have! 😉 I immediately put the book on hold at my local library.

The day I picked up the book from the library, I stopped at Starbucks and got a pumpkin spice latte (my last one ever), brought it home and started to read.

I was hooked after the first chapter…they were giving me permission to eat a steak and a salad with creamy dressing AND buttered vegetables. Butter! Wow! Crazy talk!

But it was their research behind the words that hooked me. They were describing the exact same problem I had been dealing with for years…I couldn’t lose the extra weight even when I starved myself because I had become insulin resistant. All the high-glycemic carbs I had eaten for so many years (including those in the pumpkin spice latte) were going straight to my fat deposits because my muscle cells had had enough glucose.

I learned that if I ate meats and fat and dairy and vegetables and fruits and certain flours and left refined sugar and white flour behind, I could lose that extra weight for good and even have fun while doing it.

What I love about the Trim Healthy Mama plan

Even though it took a bit of time to really learn the plan and what I could eat, it has really paid off! Here are some reasons why I think I’ve been able to stick with this way of eating:

Every food group is allowed on this plan. You don’t have to completely cut out carbs or fat for life! Bacon…cheese…pancakes…ice cream…chocolate cake…they are all allowed.

I don’t have to count calories, carbs, or fat grams. This is a huge deal for me because I always hated tracking my food intake. I just want to make and eat a meal without worrying how many stinking calories are in something! Now, you do have to keep an eye on carb and fat grams to make sure you aren’t going over limits at each meal, but that’s not a big deal for me. I do a quick calculation in my head…like a ballpark figure…and then forget about it.

–I don’t feel deprived. I’m eating bacon, people! Bacon…and I’m still losing weight. In fact, I almost never feel hungry on this plan, because I can eat as much as I want and I’m eating foods that satisfy me.

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–I’m losing weight! In the past 5 months, I’ve lost 30 pounds…right during the “eating season”: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When I stay on plan, I don’t have any cravings for unhealthy foods…even during stressful times or that certain time of the month 😉

In the past, I figured that I could eat what I wanted because I was doing so much exercising. I mean, I was burning tons of calories. But exercise cannot undo the results of bad eating, and this plan proved it to me.

I’ll be writing more about my experience with Trim Healthy Mama soon, but if you are curious about the plan and want to read more about it, I would encourage you to get yourself a copy of the book Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistlineblank (affiliate link) and read it for yourself. See if you recognize yourself in the opening chapters like I did.

You can also take a look at some of my weekly meal plans to see what kinds of foods I’ve been eating and if any of them appeal to you 🙂

Are you struggling with your weight? Tell me your story in a comment below!

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8 thoughts on “How I Became a Trim Healthy Mama”

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    My struggle with weight didn’t start until college. I think the stress of college demands and my mom dying suddenly my second year in had a lot to do with it.

    Then after college, the weight just stuck around until I became pregnant. I lost weight with both of my pregnancies. Going back down to a normal weight each time and staying at the weight for about 5 years. Then it would slowly over a year or two come back up.

    I’m so glad you have found something that works for you, Erin. I’ve tried low carb eating before but I was constantly hungry. It was very weird I would have thought it would have worked the other way like you had mentioned above.

    I have found the most success with eating what I really am hungry for when I’m hungry and stopping before I’m full. I lost 50 pounds that way in about 4 months. It worked really well. But stress eating is something I need to stop and I know once I do that the weight will come off.

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      Stress eating is such a hard thing to control, isn’t it? I am guilty of the same thing…I’ve found that drinking a warm cup of tea or coffee has helped me curb those cravings. I’m glad that you’ve found a method of weight loss that works for you!

      I had also tried low-carb diets in the past, but could never stick with them. I think the thing that has changed this time, other than being able to eat certain carbs, has been the availability of better substitutes for things like sugar, baking blends and snacks. For example, a low-carb baking blend with almond/coconut/flax/oat flours that gives me a chocolate cake that is low-carb but still tastes good has been key to our success on this plan.

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    My weight issues started after I had my first son. The weight just packed on. After having problems for years with different things, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and I have Insulin Resistance. I don’t eat a whole lot, I don’t eat the healthiest I know, but there are days I eat once and feel full till the next day. I pray to find something that works.

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      Hi Malinda! Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

      I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles with your health….I know how frustrating it can be! I’d encourage you to read a copy of the Trim Healthy Mama plan book, as they really go into detail about insulin resistance and how you can combat it. (If you can’t afford a copy, your local library is sure to have one). You can also get a free quick start guide to THM from to help you get started. I’d also encourage you to join the THM Facebook group (, as there are thousands of women in there everyday telling their stories and encouraging others…many of them have PCOS too and have found success on the plan, even though it may be slower going than others without PCOS.

      I hope you can find some help in these resources, and please know that I will be praying for you! 🙂

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