Someone emailed me last week to ask if I were still following Trim Healthy Mama and I realized I probably should write a post about the subject. I’ve kind of been avoiding it for a few months because, well, I’m not one to be a quitter.
But I also want to be honest here. And since I raved about Trim Healthy Mama, I figured I should also tell you why I quit Trim Healthy Mama.
First, though, let me tell you why I didn’t quit it:
1. I Didn’t Quit Because It Was Too Expensive
So many of the THM recipes can be made very economically. Plus, I used Amazon gift cards earned free from Swagbucks to purchase a few of the specialty items.
2. I Didn’t Quit Because I Got Tired of Eating This Way
There are SO many great recipes that are THM-friendly. I fell in love with many of them and we still eat some of them just because we loved them so much. The THM Facebook Page shares all sorts of amazing recipes daily in case you need more inspiration.
3. I Didn’t Quit Because It Was Too Hard
Yes, I had to learn how to eat this way and yes, I had to make some adjustments — especially when traveling. But overall, I found it to be very, very simple to eat this way.
Why did I quit, then? Well, it might surprise you, but it’s true:
I quit because I was losing TOO much weight!
I had lost a few pounds when I first started Trim Healthy Mama — a few pounds that had crept on over the past year and needed to come off. I was at my ideal weight and I felt great!
But then, after about five or six months of eating this way, I started struggling with feeling hungry all the time. And I couldn’t seem to eat enough.
Even with Crossover Meals. Even with cheats. I kept losing weight. Until I was a few pounds underweight. Since I’m short and small-framed, a few pounds make a big difference for me.
I felt tired and lethargic and hungry all the time. Jesse suggested I start tracking how many carbs and fats and proteins I was eating every day and we quickly realized that I was eating way too much good fat. But I was reaching for the good fat and the S meals because the E meals weren’t filling me up.
Unfortunately, all that good fat just revved up my metabolism even more. So, after agonizing about it for a few months and trying so hard to make it work without success, I finally just quit.
I learned so much while eating THM. I learned that I could live without sugar. I learned that I loved protein more than I realized. I learned that I don’t need to always be reaching for homemade sugar-y carbs like I used to.
I stopped using sugar in my coffee. I learned to savor flavors more. I tried a lot of new recipes. And I am guessing I will forever eat better as a result of eating this way for so many months. I crave much healthier foods and I find that I don’t enjoy super sweet desserts like I once did.
If you are struggling with your weight and looking for a great plan to help you slim down and feel good, I definitely recommend reading Trim Healthy Mama. You can also follow their Facebook Page for more inspiration and encouragement.
I can attest to the fact that this plan really works. In fact, in my case, it ended up working too well! 🙂
Update: Since I published this post, there is a new & revised Trim Healthy Mama book out. It’s much better written, much more concise, and much easier to follow. I would highly recommend it over the original book pictured in this post. Also, there is also a new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook available that is filled with really yummy-looking recipes.