Beginning this journey again

To all of you who want to be healthier, but don’t know where to start, this is for you. I entitled this first post “Beginning this journey again” because I have started this journey before. After 3 kids it’s time to lose the extra weight. But I LOVE FOOD. And I LOVE SWEET FOOD. TASTY FOOD. SOUTHERN FOOD. And I dislike doing much exercise. THM ( //“>Trim Healthy Mama) has been a Godsend. I started doing THM a couple of years ago and lost 2 sizes in 2 weeks. Then I got busy, quit planning ahead, and got lazy. I still had the knowledge, but not the will to stick with it.

After my last baby, I resolved not to buy any more of “my size clothes,” but to get back down to a healthy weight. My 15 extra pounds is hurting my knees and my feet and my heart. 15 pounds? Yes, 15 pounds. And in another year if I don’t change it will be 16 or 17 and then 18 or 19 and then 30….just like that! Into middle adulthood, it isn’t at all uncommon for Americans to gain 1-5 pounds per year depending upon their diet, stress levels, and lack of exercise. I have been a nurse for almost 14 years and I have seen what consuming sugar will do to a person. Diabetes is one of the top killers in the South and insulin resistance is on the rise. At least 2 of my 6 patients every day is a diabetic. The folks lose their eyesight, their kidney function, their heart health, their toes, feet, and legs. It isn’t pretty.

But it’s preventable.

The diet programs that have been around forever DO NOT work. If they did, our population would not be obese. So as an example to my patients, my family, and to improve my own health, I begin this THM journey again and you are welcome to come along for the ride. THM works. I’ve seen it firsthand in myself and in my friends. It’s not some crazy gimmick – you just learn to pair your foods differently. It is good food. Real food.





No holds barred, I will give you the truth and nothing but the truth.

To give you some statistics, I am 34 years old. 5 ft. 4 1/2 in. tall, and I weighed in Saturday at 136.5 lbs. I called Saturday my official “start day.”

Here’s what I ate! And by the way, we have Supper, not Dinner. It’s ten times tastier when you call it Supper.


Breakfast: E: Plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a doonk of stevia extract and flavored with lemon juice and lemon zest, Twinings Christmas tea (amazing!)

Lunch: (off plan) Two slices of Sam’s pizza. We were running errands. It’s okay to eat off plan, just jump back on.

Supper: S: Hot Dogs (Oscar Meyer All Beef) without a bun, mustard, ketchup, sliced cheddar cheese. (If you’re new to THM, S is Satifsying and if you eat off plan, one of the best ways to help your metabolism is to have an S for the next meal.)

Sunday (Day 2)

Breakfast: Chocolate overnight oatmeal (Briana Thomas has the most tasty recipes!)

My Fave Overnight Oatmeal  

Lunch: S: Hamburger patty (Ballpark frozen ones – fried on the stove!) with melted provolone cheese, tomatoes, hamburger dill chips, and water with lemon

Supper: E: Broiled tilapia (again frozen ones from Walmart) with salt, pepper, and Zesty Lemon seasoning (Weber) and just a spray of coconut oil to prevent pan sticking and keep the seasonings stuck on top, mixed greens salad loaded with fresh veggies: mushrooms, cukes, peppers, carrots, and homemade Italian dressing (I was out of good oil, so I had to use a little vegetable oil which is off plan. Sniff sniff)

All in all, this was a very good on plan day. Sundays are tough, but all of these meals were quick and easy. Less than 15 minutes of prep.

Monday (Day 3)

This is where the headache from sugar detoxing started to hit. This is normal. Normal, I say. Did I tell you what sugar does to the brain? It makes it light up on a scan like cocaine, igniting pleasure centers in our brain. Why does this matter? Because sugar is addictive – just as addictive as cocaine. Let that sink in…



Back to Day 3.

Breakfast: E: Brownie Batter Pancakes from eatyourselfskinnyBrownieBatterPancakes

Lunch: E-ish, but off plan: 2 Grilled Chicken Wraps (Wendy’s drive thru). I didn’t eat all of the wrap and was disappointed that it was dripping in some sweet Russian-imposter dressing.  I should have gotten a grilled chicken salad.

Supper: S Crossover: Baked Pork Loin with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic and Peppercorn seasonings. Leftover side of a rice/orzo mix. Sweet Pumpkin Casserole from Blackberries.

SweetPump1Mrs. Criddle is wonderful! All of her recipes are great! I would add a few more spices next time, just because I love the fall spices.

Tuesday (Day 4)

Breakfast: E: More of those Brownie Batter Pancakes and some tea. Yes. My name is Melissa and I am a Chocoholic.

Brunch: (off plan) I had a friend over working on the new upcoming semester and we had Downton Abbey Organic Scones with Lemon Curd and fresh Whipped Cream, Blackberries, and Russian tea along with other assorted teas.

Lunch: E: Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 2 Wasa Crackers, 2 BabyBell Light Cheese circles. Water with lemon. You can find this recipe in Serene and Pearl’s *NEW* THM Cookbook. It is amazing.

Supper: (S) Chicken Fajitas. Frozen chicken with freshly sliced peppers and onions in a tortilla boat (just one – off plan), sour cream, cheddar cheese, with 4 Flax Tortilla chips and salsa!

Wednesday (Day 5)

Breakfast: S: Leftover Sweet Pumpkin  Casserole, Fried Bacon, Hot Tea.

Lunch: E: Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 2 Wasa Crackers, 2 BabyBell Light Cheese circles. Water with lemon. My friend gave me a container of nutritional yeast and I used it as the recipe said and it made it ten times tastier than yesterday!
//“>Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast

Supper: E: We’re having Venison Meatloaf with steamed asparagus.


For some of these THM recipes, you’ll need a good quality sweetener. I have tried and used Truvia and some of the other options, but I do love the THM branded sweeters better. The flavor and texture is just superb. //“>THM Sweet Blend is one of my favorites.

This is my story and I’m sticking to it.


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