As many of you probably know from Instagram, we moved our family of eight from Canada to Texas in the middle of December, almost 5 months ago.
We packed up our house, applied for a Visa, said goodbye to all we knew and loved, crossed the border at a time when it was almost impossible to do so, and drove 24 hrs straight to where we believe the Lord has led us.
To say the weeks leading up to our move were busy would be an understatement! In addition to this enormous transition, my husband’s grandmother died and we all got the you-know-what.
I fell completely off plan and didn’t get back on track until about a month ago at the encouragement of a friend. I was feeling truly awful (especially during that one week of the month). My joints hurt, my eyes were puffy, I was easily tired, and my clothes were getting tight, especially around my midsection. Stress and eating poorly had taken its toll.
I don’t measure my health by the scale, but I didn’t need a number to know something had to change. My daughter took the photo on the left when we first arrived in Texas and I could see and feel what eating so disastrously had done.
It’s been 9 years since I first started THM , with this being my longest time off, so I had all the tools I needed to jump right back in. That’s why I love this plan so much! I didn’t need a special grocery run to get started; I could get back on track with ingredients I already had in the house.
Just over a month ago, I rededicated to THM, immediately cutting out sugar, wheat flour (except for sprouted bread), and most dairy, and stuck with high protein S’s and E’s for meals and mostly FP’s for snacks. I also started drinking 72 ounces of water a day instead of trying to stay hydrated with coffee!
THM has taught me to listen to my body, so for a week each month, I eat almost E’s and Crossovers. I’ve finally learned that Crossovers are not evil. In fact, they help me stay on plan during PMS, and I can tell when my body does not need them anymore.
I’m not really sure if I lost weight since I don’t use a scale, but in a month’s time of eating well (no real exercise to speak of), my inflammation was gone. I didn’t wake up at night from sore knees, the puffiness under my eyes disappeared, my energy came back, my moods were more stable, and my clothes fit like they were supposed to!
All that to say, I thank God for this lifestyle. It works so well for my body. I get to enjoy fats and carbs, never have to count calories or rely on exercise, and I can even eat out with the family on plan.
(I wrote The Slim and Satisfied Handbook 3 years ago for beginner THMs and also as a refresher for those who’ve gotten off-track. It tells you everything you need to eat for each meal, drink, and snack of the day, and also provides the recipes and grocery lists you need. You can get more information about the handbook and purchase it here, if you’re interested. )