Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Journey to Health and Weight Loss (so far) with Trim Healthy Mama

Every year at this time my typical "routine" is to think about how badly my last New Years resolution went, get really discouraged about the extra pounds that managed to creep on again (despite great efforts to workout and eat "healthy"), and set new goals to "really do it right" this time....and a year later, repeat with an extra dose of despair. I felt like I was stuck in a spiral of weight gain and poor health. 

You guys.....this is the first year in I-don't-know-how-long that I've not only been ok with my progress, but I'm actually ecstatic!!  I've found something that works...and not some weird pill or killing myself working out, but just a real way of living and eating delicious and nourishing real food -- it's been working beautifully for my whole family!  In 6 months I've lost 35 pounds, and I'm continuing to lose more and keep moving toward better health!  I'd like to lose another 20-30 pounds and I'm beginning 2015 with hope and joy knowing that it can actually happen!

I know this is a little off-topic from what I typically blog about, but with so much talk lately about New Years resolutions and many of us setting goals for better health and weight loss, I really wanted to share this because I know it's what so many of you are looking for too! 
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Here's my story friends.....I've always struggled with weight.  I gain sooo easily, but it's such a struggle to get it back off.  After having 6 babies my body was even less cooperative about letting go of the weight. Over the past couple years our family has been working on eating more whole foods and eliminating a lot of processed foods. Sort of a "real food"/Paleo approach. I felt better by cutting out the junk (artificial colors/chemicals/most wheat...etc.), it's helped some of the kids skin issues (eczema/psoriasis), and we've all been healthier in general....but I wasn't seeing weight loss like I expected. While eating this way I ended up reaching my all-time highest weight and it was really frustrating, to be honest.

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I knew something had to change, but I didn't know what.  I was eating the least "junk" we ever had, organic when we could afford it, and it still wasn't "working"...my weight was going up, I lacked energy and felt tired most of the time, and just felt unwell.  From blogger friends and posts on Pinterest I started hearing about "THM" and "Trim Healthy Mama", and it intrigued me -- the recipes looked delicious and people were having great results.  I decided to check it out and I've now been following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating for 6 months and have also been seeing great results myself! I've been able to enjoy really yummy food and nourish my body at the same time -- while the scale and size of my clothes has gone down! (they have a public Facebook page, but their closed FB group is also an incredible encouragement)

There's a bit of a learning curve, like in anything new, but it's not difficult! I'm using a lot of the same foods we're already used to, but just in a different way, and eliminating sugar from my diet. (I can still have sweets and chocolate though with natural sweeteners, which is what makes this way of eating doable - this coming from a former major sugar addict, lol!). Sugar is so addictive, but also toxic! If we can get that out of our diets it's crazy how our health and weight can improve!


I was really happy with my steady weight loss (1-3 pounds/week) for the first 4-5 months!  I didn't start with any kind of workout (and you don't have to), but I wanted to firm up and get stronger. When I started the 30-Day Shred in August my weight loss slowed way down while I built muscle and lost inches, and I felt fantastic taking care of myself on the outside and inside.  I then got pregnant, slowed down a bit on working out (Jillian really cracks a whip!), but then eventually miscarried.  I "fell off the THM wagon" for a bit after that, but as I've gotten back on plan I'm feeling much better and my weight is dropping again.  It's such a fantastic doable plan....just a great way of life! Things will come up, but it's so easy to get right back on track.  This is the first holiday season I can remember that I haven't gained any weight and feel great!


Ok, this post is longer than I intended, but I just wanted to share this hope and excitement I have for Trim Healthy Mama. I'm not associated in any way, just a big fan, lol!  I do have affiliate links above to make things easy to find (and to support our family), but get the book from wherever you want!!  Check it out of the library, borrow from a friend (if you can pry it out of their hands, lol), get it from their website....just check it out! If I can help in any way or answer any questions, please ask!  I'm just so happy to have hope in this area again and have control over my health. =) 

(If there's enough interest for it, I'm thinking about writing a post on how to save money while following Trim Healthy Mama, so let me know!)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Homemade Creamy Eggnog Recipe

I'm not sure what started it, but the kids were really excited to make homemade eggnog this year.  They kept talking about it during the weeks leading up to Christmas, and I loved the idea since A) eggnog is de-licious, and B) I have fond memories of helping my dad make it on Christmas morning.

I haven't made any since I was young though, and had no idea what recipe to use.  I asked on Facebook and looked a few up on Allrecipes.  In the end I used them for inspiration and made my own recipe based on what I had on hand.  It was super easy and was a big hit - and a super savings!  The kids and adults loved how it turned out, so I knew I had to share with you guys!

I've been following Trim Healthy Mama since April and have improved my health (and weight) greatly! I've been making some really yummy and healthy holiday drinks (like Coconut Malted Nog, Java Chip Frappe, Winter Wonderland Sip) so I didn't feel deprived in the least....but I also made sure to allow for a few splurges...this eggnog being one of them! =) 
(Eventually I'd like to try to "THM-ify" it! The kids have been begging for me to make more, so it may not be long!)

Homemade Creamy Eggnog Recipe

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 quart half and half
1 quart coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream

1. Beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes.
2. Gradually stir in half and half, coconut milk, and nutmeg.
3. In separate chilled bowl, whip cream to a peak. Fold into egg mixture.  Refrigerate overnight if possible. Shake before serving. 

  • I made sure to get some great quality free-range eggs from the farmers market since they would be consumed raw.
  • We only had time to refrigerate for a couple hours, and it was great - though it was definitely better chilled than right after mixing. I would imagine overnight would be even better to let the flavors develop more and allow the frothiness to settle.
  • I do think you could sub coconut milk for the half and half and the heavy cream to make it dairy-free. It would be much thinner, but I'm guessing still really yummy!
  • Some of the original recipes I looked at included bourbon and/or rum in the ingredients. Since kids would be drinking it, that obviously wasn't an option, but I added a bit of rum to my own glass and it was delicious!  ;)

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Amazon: My Little Pony Girls Dolls deal -- up to 74% off! (and FREE shipping before Christmas!)

My daughter and her friend were bananas over one of these dolls recently, so these deals quickly caught my eye! Some of the My Little Pony Girl dolls on Amazon are greatly discounted and qualify for FREE shipping on orders of $35 or more!  Here are the 5 best deals I see.....

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks DJ PON-3 Doll

$5.72 (reg. $21.99 -- save 74%!)

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Pinkie Pie Doll with Guitar
(reg. $21.99 -- save 68%!)


My Little Pony Equestria Girls Twilight Sparkle Doll (Neon Rainbow Rocks)
(reg. $14.99 -- save 53%!)


My Little Pony Equestria Girls Collection Twilight Sparkle Doll
(reg. $14.99 -- save 52%!)


My Little Pony Equestria Girls DJ PON-3 Rockin Convertible Vehicle
$10.70 (reg. $21.99 -- save 51%!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FREE ebooks: Christmas Gifts in Jars, Angel Crafts, Daily Devotional for January 2015, Homemade Mixes, Goal Setting

Amazon is currently offering these e-books for Kindle for FREE! 

  • If you don’t have a Kindle, you can just download a free reading app from Amazon which will allow you to read this on your PC, iPad, iPhone, blackberry, android, Mac and more!
  • Prices change often.....if it's still FREE the price will be listed as $0.00

Get your copy of "Christmas Gifts In Jars: Create Beautifully Simple Holiday Gifts In Jars That Friends And Family Will Love" for FREE (5 star ratings and print version is $8.87!)


Get your copy of "
16 Angel Crafts to Make: Homemade Christmas Ornaments & Decorations" for FREE


Get your copy of "
Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection" for FREE


Get your copy of "Homemade Mixes: Make It Yourself and Save" for FREE


Get your copy of "Love Language: Of Goal Setting How To Have A Happy Marriage And Loving Relationships" for FREE


Get your copy of "In the Dailies: Finding God in the Midst of the (Seemingly) Mundane" for FREE (through Saturday)


Thursday, December 11, 2014

*HOT* Scotch Thermal Laminator for 79% off!! (Under $17!)

HOT!! Amazons Deal of the Day is this LAMINATOR FOR UNDER $17!  This Scotch Thermal Laminator is highly rated, and they only offer it for this price once (maybe twice) per year! There's also a big discount on the sheets!
This is awesome to be able to preserve artwork, make checklists, and laminate the great free printables we find online!  This would also make a great gift idea for a mom, homeschooler, teacher, crafty friend.....check it out here!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Amazon.com: Trim Healthy Mama book - lowest price I've ever seen!


If you've been thinking about getting the fantastic
Trim Healthy Mama book, now's the time! I've recently lost 35 pounds (and counting!  edit: I forgot I hadn't weighed in for a couple weeks - make that 42, in 5 1/2 months!) following this awesome plan and totally recommend it! The weight came off easily while eating delicious and healthy foods, and I'm finding it simple to work with our large family!

This is by far the cheapest I've ever seen it (though it's totally worth full price, IMO). Currently it's $33.37 and through today get 30% off any one book on Amazon! That will come out to just over $23 (plus it qualifies for FREE shipping on orders over $35)!

▪ To use this promotion, you must enter "HOLIDAY30" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive 30% off any ONE (1) book purchased in your order (up to $10 promotional credit). Good through December 1, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

Using the code on Trim Healthy Mama makes the most of the $10 discount, but you can use this code on any print books!