Before I started Trim Healthy Mama I was roughly 313 pounds (the doctor’s office had me at 316, I think, but the weight is relative). Several years before that, though, I probably weighed at least 350 pounds, judging by some of the photos from that time period.
I was drinking a couple of Cokes a day, at least. We would buy cases of Coke, and I always had an open can in the fridge. I liked Coke better than Pepsi because Coke held its fizz and never went flat. I would drink Coke all day when I got thirsty, instead of getting a drink of water.
I had absolutely no self-restraint when it came to anything: candy, pizza, pasta, sweetened cereal, snack cakes, ice cream, you name it.
I had never tried any kind of diet before, other than Dexatrim and Diet Pepsi when I was a teenager (and back then I didn’t know the meaning of the word “fat”).
After our kids were born, both by C-section, I just kept adding weight, year after year after year. Poor eating habits coupled with a sedentary lifestyle brought me to the brink of medical disaster, only I didn’t care–I mean, not really–or else I would have done something about it.
I happened to hear a broadcast on “Focus on the Family” one day about a doctor named Dr. Nick Yphantides, the guy who wrote My Big, Fat Greek Diet. Dr. Nick once weighed 467 pounds and set out on a great adventure, touring all the major league baseball stadiums while on a quest to lose his excess weight.
I was so fascinated by his story that I bought his book and started following little bits and pieces of the information he provided. It was during this time that I stopped consuming Coke as my primary source of hydration. I also started walking on the walking track at the park every day or two or three (for a couple of weeks. Short-lived, I know).
During this period, I was able to drop about twenty-five pounds. I don’t know if I actually kept it off or if I managed to lose even more because I was kind of allergic to the scales back then. I avoided them at all costs. Even when I went to the doctor’s office I tried not to look and hoped they wouldn’t tell me.
When I first bought My Big, Fat Greek Diet I went to Wal-Mart in search of a scale that was capable of registering a weight higher than mine. My son, who has had OCD for as long as I can remember, took to weighing himself several times a day, even though he wasn’t fat (he was just compulsive and obsessive). At 6’1″ he went from weighing 205 to 165-175, and, to this day, about ten years later, he still weighs himself several times a day and holds his weight to the 160s and 170s.
My son always cared that I was overweight. “Don’t you want to lose weight, Mom?”
“Of course I do,” I would reply.
“Then why don’t you go on a diet?” he would ask.
“It’s not that easy,” I would respond.
That is, it wasn’t easy until Trim Healthy Mama. I don’t want to mislead anyone. As with any plan, whether it’s OA (Overeaters Anonymous) or Weight Watchers or South Beach Diet or Jenny Craig, you still have to work it. You can’t just buy the book and watch the pounds fall off. You have to implement what you read.
I’ve not followed the plan perfectly. I still struggle with sugar addiction, but I have made some real headway in other areas. Basically, I stopped eating potatoes (baked, mashed, french-fried, chips, etc.), bread (French, Italian, white, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, etc.), most pasta, flour, white rice (that was a big one for me, especially in the wintertime when my very favorite thing to eat for breakfast was a big, steaming bowl of white rice with sugar and milk and a pat of butter). I stopped buying milk or cooking with milk (except occasionally for my husband). No more cereal, even the “good” ones: Cheerios or any other unsweetened ones because they are all “off-plan.” Oatmeal became my staple and remains a staple today. I enjoy it immensely and don’t miss any of the other breakfast cereals.
Back in June of last year I was desperate for some changes. Department of Transportation physicals were adopting stricter guidelines, and I was afraid, with my excess weight and diabetes, that I wouldn’t be able to keep my job if I continued on the destructive path I was on.
I went to my doctor and asked for diet pills. She refused to give me any, even though I was in the “morbidly obese” category. She said diet pills were bad for the heart and why pile more problems on top of the ones I already had?
She told me if I stopped eating potatoes, rice, pasta, flour, sugar and bananas (basically anything that was white! LOL) the weight would fall off. She was right.
She said, “You crave what you eat. If you eat flour and sugar, those are the things you will crave. If you eat cauliflower and apples, those are the things you will crave.” She was right about that, too!
It goes without saying that we eat what we crave, so you can see how that would become a vicious cycle. We keep eating what we crave, so we keep craving what we eat.
It was around this same time in June of last year that God allowed me to stumble across a photo comment in which a friend had said she had lost fifty pounds so far. I was intrigued and asked her about it. She told me about Trim Healthy Mama, and Chuck and I decided I should fork out the money and order the book.
This turned out to be an answer to prayer.
I still don’t do Trim Healthy Mama perfectly, but I try to do the easy parts that I understand. What I understand is this: do not eat for three hours in between meals and snacks. Potatoes are off-limits. Most bread is off-limits. Read chapters eight and nine, over and over again if you have to, and memorize those food lists! Memorize them like you’ll be tested on it later. It’s important. When you commit these food lists to memory, separating your fuel types will become second nature.
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The other thing that has helped me is getting more exercise.
When my husband was hospitalized and diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, I found a nice Nordic Trac treadmill on a local swap and shop for only $250. It was nearly brand-new and a bargain price. I snapped it up, but it sat in our family room, hardly used by either of us until Trim Healthy Mama came into my life.
Exercise, even walking, has not been easy for me, but it is getting easier. It stands to reason that someone who weighs 313 pounds will have a harder time exercising than someone who weighs 240, but keep at it. Don’t give up, even when you want to–and you will want to. I have wanted to give up on many, many occasions, and it’s only by the grace of God that I didn’t. Now my treadmill routine has become a habit. I even get up early to make sure I get it done. <–That is soo not like me!
Let me encourage you with these final words. If a fat, lazy sugar addict like me can lose weight with Trim Healthy Mama, you can, too. Ladies, I am 55 years old. If you are younger than that, praise God that He has let you find this plan while you are still young. If you are older than that, praise God that He allowed you to find a plan that will add a little well-being to the years you have left.
Women who are older than I am have found success on this plan. It may seem overwhelming at first, but, really, it’s not rocket science.
Two of my “saving graces” have been the baked oatmeal and the smoothie/shake with whey protein. I’ve always been an oatmeal fan so the oatmeal was not a new thing for me, except that I’d never had it baked, but before Trim Healthy Mama I had never heard of whey protein. Being the ice cream junkie that I’ve always been, I don’t know if I would have been as successful with Trim Healthy Mama if I hadn’t been able to continue my love affair with ice cream in the form of delicious smoothies and shakes.
Separate your fuels and respect the three hours in between meals. Get off your tush and move a little. Give up your pop (soda, Coke, whatever you call it).
You can do this. I’m here to prove it to you! (To date, I have lost sixty-five pounds with Trim Healthy Mama. I have many more to go, but, even if I never lose another single pound, I am much better off than I was before! I’m grateful to God for every ounce that is gone forever!)
Next month is my “Trimmaversary”! What a ride this past year has been! I’m looking forward to the next!