3 Things I’ve Learned from 3 Years of Trim Healthy Mama that Apply to All of Life

I can’t believe its been over three years since I “accidentally” stumbled upon Trim Healthy Mama!  Looking back at this journey I’ve learned three things that apply not just to Trim Healthy Mama, but to all of life!

Consistency is Key

Consistently eating according to the Trim Healthy Mama plan caused a mind-shift to happen.  I’ve learned to think about food and life in a new way.  I don’t worry about the occasional meal out, church potluck or holiday party because I know that three hours later I will be back on plan.

Being consistent with healthy habits makes healthy change happen in a way that is sustainable.  The same is true for the rest of life too!  Consistent habits, over time, provide dramatic change.

The Numbers Don’t Mean Anything

I knew I needed to loose some weight, but as I began to loose I realized that the numbers don’t really mean anything.  I wanted to get back to the weight I was when I got married (and before three kids!).  I had about 25 pounds to loose.  I assumed that I would need to make a new goal after this because I had always carried a bit of extra weight.  However, as I began loosing weight I realized that loosing inches and the number on the scale didn’t seem to correlate!

I would loose inches without the scale moving and then a couple weeks later, the scale would drop by five pounds.  Now I’m the same weight I was at my wedding but two sizes smaller!  It doesn’t make sense but it’s how it is!  My body is in a good place now, a healthy place.

The same is true in the rest of life; numbers don’t mean anything.  Am I making more of an impact if I have thousands of followers but they have little life change.  Or am I making more of an impact if I have few followers but I’m influencing major growth and change in a few lives.

Even Though I’ve Changed, I’m Still the Same

Loosing weight didn’t change my body shape.  I still have a straight, athletic body.  I didn’t magically develop curves or a waist.  However, my clothes do fit better, I look better, I feel stronger.  Physically I’m  better version of who I was.  But I’m still worth the same.  My value to God, my husband and my family is still the same; it isn’t based on my physical appearance.

Change can be scary.  Changing what you do can seem to change who you are, but really, you are the same person.  Just growing and changing into a (hopefully) better version of you!  I want to be changing.  I want the Fruit of the Spirit to be more evident in my life this year than the year before.  But I don’t grow and change so I can be more important.  I grow and change so I can become more and more like Christ, because that is what I’m called to.

How have you seen God changing you to be more like Himself?

3 Things I've Learned from THM that Apply to All of Life

 

New Year, New Habits

Happy 2018!  The holidays are over, the new year is here.  Time to recover from the excess sugar and stuff and get back to what really matters.  The new year is often a time to start over; a time of making grand resolutions with the assumption that dramatic changes will give us a dramatically better life.

New Year, New Habits
New Year, New Habits

New Habits

If you have ever made new year’s resolutions, you know the problems with this.  Dramatic changes are rarely sustainable, especially when several dramatic changes are made at once.

But that’s OK!  Dramatic changes don’t make for a dramatically better life.  Consistent, sustainable habits lead to dramatic life change.  This is great news for us as we begin a new year!  It’s not needed (and actually harmful) to make grand dramatic changes.  Small changes we can commit to, that is where real success happens!

What small changes can you commit to this year?

Here are a few ideas:

Diet:

  • I will eat a protein rich snack or meal every 3-4 hours.
  • I will drink more sugar-free, caffeine-free fluids every day.
  • I will not snack between meals/snacks.
  • I will create a capsule menu.

Exercise:

  • I will make time for 20 minutes of exercise 3 times a week.
  • I will do less cardio and more strength training.
  • I will stretch every morning (or evening).

Home:

  • I will de-clutter the area of my home (each week or month) that drives me the most crazy. (kids’ toys, clothes, kitchen gadgets, bath towels etc.)
  • I will develop a cleaning routine that works for me.
  • I will develop a laundry routine that works for me.

Family

Success = Good Enough

Perfection does not equal success.  Success happens when we reach the good enough level at least 80% of the time.  You get to determine your own good enough level.  Do this by setting realistic goals for yourself: a healthy, balanced meal NOT a gourmet meal; 10 minutes of cleaning NOT deep cleaning the entire bathroom; getting dressed (in real clothes) each day NOT trying to look like a French fashion model!

Setting realistic goals and expectations for yourself (and others) ensures success. And success encourages more success!

Replace a Habit You Want to Change With a New Habit

Do you reach for a sugary snack in the afternoons?  Replace it with a protein rich trail mix with a few dark chocolate pieces.  Do you want to spend less time on your phone and read more books?  Download a Kindle app and a new book or leave your phone on the counter and read a bit before going to bed.

Change Your Perspective

Sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective to make something go from drudgery to enjoyable.  Getting up early on cold, dark winter mornings doesn’t sound like much fun.  But when I choose to see my getting up early as “me” time to relax and prepare for my day, I look forward to it!

Habits Take Time

It takes time for new routines to become habits.  Experts say from 21-30 days.  Give yourself time.  Develop one or two new habits each month.  What could your life look a year from now with 12 new habits?!

What habits do you want to adopt this year?  What one thing are you going to start with?

Simple Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

We all want Thanksgiving to be simple, but we also want it to be special…and special food takes time!

Yep, the dishes you choose to make for Thanksgiving dinner will probably be more complicated and time consuming than the average weeknight supper.  And that is OK! We want it to be special.  And special takes a bit more time and effort.

Embrace the extra; embrace the special.  But keep it simple! 

Here are some of my favorite make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes:

But my favorite tip to keep the Thanksgiving meal easy is to cook the turkey from frozen, overnight!  This genius tip comes from my mother-in-law.  She has done it this way for 40 years and is why she chooses to make turkey for all large family meals!

HOW TO COOK A TURKEY, FROM FROZEN

Remove the plastic wrapper from the frozen turkey.

Place the frozen turkey in a roast pan, put about 1 cup of water in the bottom and place the cover on the pan.  The cover is important: it keeps the moisture in and prevents the outside of the turkey from burning before the inside is done.

Put the pan in the oven.  Set the oven for 350 degrees.  About 8 hours later (for a large turkey of around 20 pounds) your turkey will be done!  The most reliable way to tell if your turkey is fully cooked is to buy a turkey with the pop-up button feature or to use a meat thermometer.  However, you can also just wait until the meat around the thigh looks “about ready to fall off”.  Because of the water/drippings in bottom of the roast pan and the lid on the pan, it is really hard to overcook the turkey.

Now comes the absolutely genius part: Put the turkey in the oven before you go to bed (around 10pm) and take it out in morning when you get up (around 6 or 7am).  This will give you plenty of time to carve the turkey, take care of the mess before your guests arrive andget a good night’s sleep!  Just put the already carved turkey into an electric fry pan or crock pot with water/drippings/broth in it to keep it warm and moist.  This also leaves your oven free to make/heat other dishes!  You can even make the gravy ahead of time and reheat.

If you really like to make stuffing that is actually cooked inside of the turkey, this will not work…however, it might be worth it to find a different way to make stuffing!

You can also take the turkey out of the oven after about 4 hours, pull out the neck and other bagged stuff, season your turkey and put the stuffing inside and then put the turkey back into the oven until it is done…but that seems like too much work to me, especially in the middle of the night! (You could also cook your turkey all day long the day before and then reheat on Thanksgiving Day.)

What is your genius tip for Thanksgiving Day?  Please share!

You can also check out my Simple Thanksgiving Pinterest board for more easy recipes and simple Thanksgiving traditions.