Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet Trim Healthy Mama sisters! Let the festivities begin! I’m starting off my day with a FP Fat-Stripping Coffee Frappe. I plan to eat almost a regular Thanksgiving menu, but that is my evening meal only. For breakfast and lunch I will be totally on plan. I will try to drink PLENTY of fluid before dinner (keep the Shrinkers comin’!), and at dinner I plan to try to eat slowly and thoroughly enjoy each bite. I just want to remind each of you beautiful mamas to PLEASE be kind to yourself today. If you overdo it, give yourself grace to begin again in three hours (or tomorrow). If you know deep in your heart that overdoing it will completely undo you and you will beat yourself up over it for days, stay on plan! Do what is BEST for you in this wonderful journey we all share! I have appreciated so much rejoicing with you over your non-scale victories and weight-loss success stories and trying your recipes! I just wanted you to know that you’re one of the things I give thanks for on this special day! I love you all!

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Thanksgiving

It’s a hard time to lose a loved one (I guess no time is a good time), but we are certainly overwhelmed this Thanksgiving by the love shown to us by our friends, church family and family. Thank you for all the cards, food, and visits!

Thank you, also, for visiting our daughter today when she can’t come home for Thanksgiving!

Thank you, Bruce Miller and Tammy Miller for taking time out of your holiday to spend some time with her, and thank you to Brock and Bobbie Westfall for bringing her a Thanksgiving dinner today! We plan to bring her a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow!

Even with all the trials and troubles of this past year, there is still so very much for which to thank God! In ALL things, give thanks! The good and even the hard times all work together to bring Him glory!

Chuck’s Mom

Prayers, please, for our family now. Yesterday my husband lost his mom, and my kids lost their last living grandparent.

It seems a little unreal. So sudden.

It’s hard to drive by her house, where she’s lived for as long as I’ve known her, and know that she’s not there. Rest in peace, Mom. You will be forever loved and missed.

Sour Cream Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

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Happy Monday, everyone! Let’s get this weight-loss thing rollin’! Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving week!  Breakfast on this chilly fall morning is Sour Cream Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal (E):
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup apple of preference (cored, but not peeled); my favorite is Gala!
¼ cup of 0% Greek yogurt
2 doonks (or 1/16 of a teaspoon) THM Pure Stevia (or sweeten to taste)
1 teaspoon golden ground flax seed
¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of vanilla
One egg white
Pinch of salt

Mix dry ingredients, then add the wet ones. Whisk thoroughly and bake in prepared dish at 350 for 20-40 minutes. I have found with the addition of the Greek yogurt that I need to bake for 40.

*Post edit:  You know what?  Just mix them and add them however you want.  I don’t separately mix anything anymore.  I just add them one by one and mix everything together, no specific order.

Good News

Dear friends, thank you all so much for your frequent enquiries about my daughter, Chelsea. We have good news and bad news, but the bad news is the reason we have the GOOD news! (Isn’t that the way it is with the Gospel, too? If we weren’t all sinners and on our way to hell we would have no need for a Savior!) Okay, first the bad news: Dr. Collier has not given a surgery date (originally he was shooting for the end of November) because her wound is still too wet for a flap surgery to “take,” but mainly because she is having trouble keeping her prealbumin (protein number) up. He wanted her at a twenty or above, and this week it fell from an eighteen to a ten. Why is this good news, you may ask. It is good news because THEY ARE LETTING HER COME HOME ON DECEMBER 2!! Our girl will be home for Christmas!!

Thank you all so much for everything you have done! Thank you for the cards, the enquiries, the visits and gifts, the errands you have run for her, the meals you have brought her, and MOSTLY the prayers! We appreciate it more than you know!

Shopping in My Closet!

One week from Thanksgiving! Here I am pictured with three things for which I’m thankful: my treadmill, my Shrinker and my new clothes–from my CLOSET!!! How many of you ladies are having fun shopping in your closet? I was picking out something to wear to our Thanksgiving dinner at work today and found this top! I had completely forgotten I even had it! That’s how long it had been since I was able to wear it! The arms were too tight and I couldn’t get the front pulled down over my boobs. That’s not the case today, thanks to Trim Healthy Mama and this new way of enjoying food and life! Forty-five pounds down and counting!007

Use It or Lose It!

If you don’t use it, you lose it. Have you ever heard that expression? I can tell you from experience, it’s true. After years of poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, my feet are pretty messed up. The neuropathy from Type 2 Diabetes is frustrating. I used to be able to straighten my sheets and blankets at the foot of my bed with my toes, but I can’t feel them, anymore. My toes feel like blocks of wood inside my shoes and walking is not comfortable for me.

Every morning I argue with myself about getting on the treadmill for twenty minutes. The first five minutes are the hardest, knowing that I’m only a fourth of the way there. My last five minutes are the easiest, knowing that if I can do the first five I can do the last five.

Today I’m counting my blessings. How many people would love to have a treadmill, but don’t? This morning I walked for them. How dare I waste this resource that other people are not allotted?

How many people have had toes or feet or even legs amputated due to diabetes? This morning I walked for them. How dare I complain about not wanting to do my treadmill every morning to my daughter who has spent her life in a wheelchair because of spina bifida?

How dare I squander the health that God has given to me? How dare I shortchange my family by not taking care of myself through proper eating and exercise? How dare I set for them such a poor example?

I don’t WANT to exercise! I don’t LIKE to exercise! I press on because even the limited exercise I get on the treadmill will help me survive it the next day, too. If I let a day or two go by it’s just that much harder the next day.

When my daughter was a toddler, we watched Sesame Street every day. I will always remember this one cartoon clip that was featured about a little girl named Wanda. Every day she would lie in front of the television set. Her legs would say, “Let’s go run and play!” But Wanda never listened to her legs. She just kept watching TV every day. After some time Wanda wanted to play outside, but her legs were no longer interested.

For some reason this little cartoon has stuck in my mind all these years. How very true this is for our OWN legs and feet! My feet whine and complain to me every morning as I walk on the treadmill. “Not this again. We’re tired! We ache! Didn’t we get enough of this yesterday?”

Be kind to your legs and feet. Take them shopping. Take them to the zoo. Let them enjoy the great outdoors. Let them walk and play! Someday you may need them to take you somewhere and they won’t–or, worse yet, CAN’T!

I think back to forcing myself to get on the treadmill for just fifteen minutes a day back when I weighed 313 pounds. The first time I hung with it for two weeks because I PROMISED my doctor I would. She made me shake on it. I’m a woman of my word and I did it because I had no choice. My handshake was my bond. I got through those two weeks, and I was done. No more.

Fast forward another year and being desperate to regain control of my health–or else possibly lose my job. Or my life. Whichever happened first. I signed onto the Trim Healthy Mama plan. You know, bought the book, joined the groups, committed to the program. It was then that I hit the treadmill again. All three hundred and thirteen pounds of me.

I have to remind myself daily how much easier it is now that I’m 268 pounds! Do I remember what a struggle fifteen minutes was at 313 pounds? Do I want to go back there? No, thank you! Please, let me never be there again!

Today I have no choice. This is the day God has given me. This is the treadmill God has given me. These are the feet God has given me. Instead of complaining, I should be thankful. I am hopeful that as I keep on this new way of eating and get back into walking more, my feet will give me less trouble. It may be that I’ll never get the feeling back in my toes and feet, but maybe by using them I can keep them from being damaged further. If I use my toes and feet maybe I won’t lose them.

Sober thoughts for a Tuesday. But, mamas, be grateful for your health, your homes, your families. Let us not take for granted all with which God has blessed us. Let us not squander it, either. All praise to the Creator who has given to us bountifully out of His treasury of good gifts! Have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving and carry the spirit of thanksgiving with you always!

Progress Report at Forty-Five Pounds

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It wasn’t long ago that I was posting pics of my 35-pound weight loss (Time passes so quickly; we may as well be losing weight while it passes! It’s going to pass whether we are a THM or not–so let’s make the most of it!). Today I see a NEW number in the TENS column on my scale! To date I have lost FORTY-FIVE POUNDS on this plan!!! My hubby found a couple of old pictures of me (I don’t think they could get any more embarrassing than these! Oh, and, by the way, girls, if you’010re extremely fluffy as I was, you don’t do yourselves any favors by having your photo taken next to extremely slender ladies! Ha!) The last last two photos are of me eating my totally on-plan E breakfast (that I eat every day!), and a closeup of that glorious treat, baked peach yogurt oatmeal! Do not give up, girls! You can go from a FUM (fat unhealthy mama) to a THM! I’m still a work in progress, but, OH, what a JOURNEY!!

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

We had leftovers tonight, and I think it was even better than it was at first! It’s freezing outside, but our tummies are nice and warm! This is an E soup and not much trouble to throw together. Chicken vegetable: four cubed boneless, skinless chicken breasts (all the fat and as much skin as possible cut off), a cup of brown rice and a cup of quinoa (soaked and rinsed thoroughly), two boxes of fat-free chicken stock, two cans diced tomatoes, two cans carrots, one can dark red kidney beans, one can peas, one can green beans, three stalks celery and one yellow onion, diced, one packet of Lipton’s french onion soup mix, garlic powder and thyme. I seared the chicken in a non-stick skillet and salted and peppered it to taste. Then I dumped everything into a big stock pot and cooked it for three hours.019

Soup’s On!

Soup’s on! This is an E. Chicken vegetable: four cubed boneless, skinless chicken breasts (all the fat and as much skin as possible cut off), a cup of brown rice and a cup of quinoa (soaked and rinsed thoroughly), two boxes of fat-free chicken stock, two cans diced tomatoes, two cans carrots, one can dark red kidney beans, one can peas, one can green beans, three stalks celery and one yellow onion, diced, one packet of Lipton’s french onion soup mix, garlic powder and thyme. I seared the chicken in a non-stick skillet and salted and peppered it to taste. Then I dumped everything into a big stock pot and cooked it for three hours, first bringing it to a boil and then turning it to low and then simmering until Chuckers got home. Add water as needed as it cooks down.

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