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1.31.2014

{ trim healthy mama }

My life since kids has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in the weight department. I’ve tried every fad diet and eventually fallen off the wagon every time! I’ve sunk to the depths of despair that I’ll ever fit into size 10s again, much less 8s! I’ve been left sluggish, uninspired and stuck with the thought that I’ll just have to “accept that I’m fat”.

After Sawyer was born, I went on Weight Watchers and started running, losing 20 lbs in 6 weeks and another 24 lbs over the next 6 months. Then I got pregnant with Ellie and although I had high hopes of running throughout the pregnancy, I had a particularly bad case of “morning” sickness and then sciatica on a whole new level so I only ran the first couple of months. I ended up gaining a ginormous amount of weight and right back to square one.

Frustrated, I signed up with a personal trainer together with 3 other moms. We worked out weekly with the trainer in her gym, plus I attended 2 spin classes per week. I did lose weight… but much more than that, I lost a ton of inches! Although I know the inches are more important, again I was frustrated with the lack of pounds lost.

Finally in October 2013, I decided to buy a book called Trim Healthy Mama (affiliate link), and I found the light at the end of the weight loss tunnel. Throwing away all calorie counting and depriving myself of comfort food for weeks on end, using common sense and yummy ingredients, I started losing weight. To the tune of 3-5 lbs/week for the first month and then it tapered off to about 1 lb/week. It was a light bulb moment for me and I was excited!

I contacted the authors of this great book and they were delighted to work together with me on a giveaway! So I’m going to let you guys take over now… leave a comment on what has or hasn’t worked for you in the past, and what has frustrated you most in your fitness/weight loss journey. I will draw a name at random and one amazing reader will win a FREE copy of Trim Healthy Mama. Giveaway ends Friday, February 7 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

before and after

Photo on left taken in fall, at 190 lbs. On right, 170 lbs as of January 2014.

17 comments:

  1. I have missed your blog. You look fabulous! I had lost a bunch of weight and this winter I've gained most of it back:( tomorrow is the start of healthier eating...no more excuses! I had to pull out a "fat skirt" tonight which made me mad at myself. I'm done with not caring. Cold weather is not a good excuse!

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  2. I already own a copy of the book, so please don't enter me into the giveaway, but I've been doing THM for a year now. I love the foods we get to eat! I haven't lost as much weight as I've liked, but I've healed some health problems I've had by eating this way. :) Right now, I can't eat carbs due to a candida overgrowth, so E meals are a bit scarce here, but congrats to you on doing so well on THM!

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  3. You are amazing, Margi! That is hard work! I have tried over and over many times!! For me it is purely emotional. Being low self esteem feeling overwhelmed or unappreciated... That does it for me. And then when I feel good again - I'm good. I need to get to a place where I feel worthy all the time. Getting out of a controlled relationship with a lot of mental and emotional inclusions should help, but the stress of leaving it has had the far adverse effect. One day! Mark my words!! :) For now, know that you are a rockstar in my nooks, girl!

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  4. You look amazing......inside and out!!! I try to make healthy substitutions for the food that I "must" eat, cauliflower for potato, squash for pasta, turkey instead of ground beef. Keeping lots of fresh cut fruits and veggies as well as making green smoothies once a day helps with getting those veggie serving in. Also, for me, I need to be working towards a fitness goal otherwise I find myself slipping into old habits. So I have already committed to one 5k in a few weeks and also MudHero and the Spartan in the summer. That way I am always motivated to reach my goals. I would love to win this book, it seems to be a winner :) BEANS Margi!

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  5. You know i already have the book, but congrats!! you kook fabulous and glad you've found something that works for you! It really is a great journey.

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  6. So proud of you! You're doing awesome! :) (you know I am not entering the giveaway because I got the book) but go Margi! You've always been pretty but your attitude reflects how much happier and confident you feel now :)

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  7. You look HOT!!! Great job! I understand the frustrations of dieting. I hate diets. I really struggled with getting pregnant the 4th time around because I was working out so much before (about 2-3 hours a day) I was counting calories. I have to say that now, since I'm breastfeeding I am losing weight. But I also know that when I stop that is when the weight comes back. I'm interested to see what this book says. Maybe you can tell me more of what their lifestyle consists of? unless I win it of course :) then I can find out for myself. You look beautiful friend and I'm so happy for you.

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  8. Ok first of all, you look absolutely AMAZING!! Yay for you! I recently signed up for Weight Watchers with a couple of friends and did good for a bit (like a week or two)! Then it all went crazy with birthdays and sicknesses and I went right back to eating!! I think I need that book that you are giving away:( I'm so tired of being fat!!!

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  9. I have been trying for over a year and although I have never used a diet I have tried depriving myself of food I enjoy. I lost 20 lbs. about 6am months ago but got discouraged because I couldn't see any difference so I gave up. My turning was in January when I heard knee replacements by 30 if I didn't lose the extra weight. So I am starting the gym again but it's hard with such bad knees. Im so glad you found something to work for you and im interested in learning more...

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  10. First off you look awesome! Planning to have awesome results soon too! I've yo yod with my weight all my married life. Would really like a thm book.

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  11. I'm so happy for you! You look great, and I'm loving that dress. :) I think I need to give this a try. I'm very frustrated with my weight lately.

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  12. ooooooh pick me!! My weight loss story is not very interesting. I'm not trying to lose a whole lot but I LOVE to cook and eat so I would like to learn about some healthy food alternatives and ways to maintain a healthy weight. Also I'm fairly low on energy and I'm pretty sure chocolate and coffee aren't the only things that will give me more energy:)

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  13. Well, Margie, I'm finally down to what you were last fall, but now I'm on a plateau. I think I would like this book! I used to go to weight watchers and that worked, but seems with two preschoolers its too hard on the mind to count points. I know if I would exercise more and devote more time to cooking healthy meals, it would help. My goal is to get down to your January weight. Congratulations! Melinda

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  14. Something I struggle with all the time! Wish I could read that book! I know I always feel better when I exercise, I'd just like to lose inches!

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  15. OK-- I've tried logging in and post this 3 times. Maybe this time will take. I would love to win this book. I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for 5 1/2 years straight. I have 6 kids. I started gaining the weight after baby #4 and it just hasn't budgeted over the last 5 years. I am so torn as to what to do. We eat mostly whole foods and I'm just stuck.

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  16. OK--- time #4 trying to type this response.
    I would love to win this book. I've been trying to decide what might help me lose this baby weight. I've been pregnant or breastfeeding for everyday for nearly 5 1/2 years. I have gained 65lbs over the course of that time. My family eats pretty healthy whole foods, but the weight won't budge. I find that I just don't lose weight while I'm breastfeeding. I am desperate to lose this weight. I am tired all the time and just play worn out. I know it doesn't have to be like this I'm just not sure where to go.

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  17. I would love to win this book, I have heard it is so full of wonderful health information especially for women. But I also would love to be able to bake and make yummy sweet things for my family without the ingredients that aren't so good for us!

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