Motivation, Testimony

I Am Not On A Diet

I am not on a diet. I get asked often if I am, but I am not.

Diets are temporary. Diets are restrictive. Diets make you feel like you are missing out. Diets leave out whole food groups. Diets do something to you mentally, making you want to run out and eat every single thing you see. None of those things are true of the way I eat.

I have made choices when it comes to food. I have chosen to eat foods that are nourishing to my body and my mind. I have chosen to not neglect any food group that God created and called good. I have chosen to learn how to eat those foods in ways that are helping me lose weight. I have chosen to learn how to eat those foods in ways that give me the most benefit.

I have also chosen to enjoy food. I celebrate eating well. I celebrate eating foods that taste good. I enjoy sweet treats and desserts. I enjoy celebratory feasts. And I enjoy lightening things up.

Eating in misery is not sustainable for life. Restricting whole food groups is not sustainable for life. Eating tiny portions is not sustainable for life. And doing these things; eating in such a way that I know I can’t sustain, does not teach me how to eat for life. It sets me up to fail.

So I have chosen for life. There are faster ways to lose weight, sure. But there are no faster routes to total, life-long healthy living. There are no short-cuts, just daily choices. So I chose not to diet! How about you?

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Motivation, Testimony

It’s The “30 Pounds Down” Celebration!

Friday Face-off

Some journeys are quick and easy, some are slower and they take effort. That is the story of my last 10 pounds! The first 20 came off pretty quickly, but this last 10 has been stubborn. Actually, the last ONE was stubborn! I got to within a pound of my 30 pound goal over a MONTH ago! I have just been fluctuating around that weight since then. But the scale finally moved again! But you know what? Even though the scale has been stubborn this past month other things have been going in the right direction. This past month has led to more energy, less low-back and knee pain, and just a general feeling of well-being. And slow and steady weight-loss tends to stay off. So I am going to take today to celebrate this 10-pound milestone!

The last 10 pounds don’t show super dramatic changes, but they are there. A note to all of you. Take pictures, they tell the tale better than the scale. And do your best to take “easy to replicate” beginning pictures. I didn’t take mine, I found them, so I have been trying to duplicate the same “stance” in each. It isn’t easy!! Make it easy on yourself! 🙂

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

Motivation, Testimony

Testimony Time!

Have you ever wondered if THM really works for real people? Here is a testimony from my client Sarah!

July 18, 2018- I made the decision to become healthier. I was 7 months postpartum and completely miserable. I wanted to get rid of the extra weight and find my usual energy again. I started cutting back on eating out and just tried to make better food choices. I was able to lose a couple pounds on my own.

A few weeks later Shannon Sikes reached out to me and let me know she was going to be a THM Coach and asked if I was interested. I of course said yes! After our initial coaching session I jumped into the THM plan and haven’t looked back.

My first on plan day was August 18, 2018.

While I haven’t been 100% every single day, I’ve never completely fallen off plan. I do make a few planned splurges on occasion. I am almost 5 months on plan now and I feel so much better! My energy is back and my body feels healthier. I’ve recently started taking Feminine Balance and I’ve noticed it helps me emotionally! THM is absolutely life changing and it especially helps when you have a good coach backing you along the way!

I honestly would have quit long ago, despite the weight loss, if I was not able to ask her questions about the plan. While I feel more comfortable now deciding what to eat / not having to worry if I am eating on plan or not, I’m still learning. It’s so nice to be able to ask for help, and vent when things aren’t happening as fast as I would like. And having the accountability definitely helps me stay on track!

6 months ago I was the heaviest I have ever been…Today I can say that I have lost 40 pounds and they are never coming back!

Thank you Pearl and Serene for coming up with such a doable plan, and thank you Shannon Sikes (My Healthy Journey For Life) for letting me pester you with THM questions on a weekly basis. 😂❤️

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

Motivation, Testimony, Uncategorized

It’s The “Down 20lbs” Celebration!

It is important to celebrate milestones, big and small. I have decided to celebrate every 10 pounds, so today is a day to celebrate!

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Like last time, I am trying to keep these pictures real. The original picture is one that a friend took and I am trying to get as close to that pic as possible to show a true difference, thus the no makeup, ponytail, same pose picture. I don’t want to show a false result by taking the best pic possible at the best angle possible.

Now I am going to get really real with you and show you some full body shots. EEEEK!! I am not fond of full body shots, there is no way to hide! But my friend also happened to get some candid shots of me that just happened to be nearly perfect for front and side view shots, SOOOOO, here we go, let’s get real.

Now, the angles are slightly different (it’s really harder than it looks to replicate a picture!) but it is close enough to tell. I have a ways to go to my goal, but 20 pounds has definitely lessened my “width” in both directions. By the way, the shorts are diffrent colors but they are the exact same size/brand.

My first 10 pounds came off very quickly (for me) only taking three weeks. My second 10 pounds (as expected) took longer, 2 1/2 months to be exact. For the last three weeks I was within a pound of my goal, bouncing up and down within a pound. It was maddening! However, one day the scale just decided to let go! Don’t give up, sometimes our body needs a break from losing but it will keep healing and reforming.

And even with a 3 week stretch of no weight loss, I am still averaging 1.3 pounds per week. That is good steady weight loss. Don’t get frustrated with the “mini-stalls”. They aren’t really stalls at all, just a natural ebb and flow. Look at your over-all success. The big picture is always more fulfilling!

Motivation, Testimony, THM

THM Testimony

I have been coaching my client Sarah for a little over a month now and I asked her to write up her thoughts and she was gracious enough to do so. I chose the graphic above because it fits Sarah’s journey to a “T”. THM was completely new to her. She didn’t have any special ingredients or equipment, just a desire to start. So she asked me for help. We made a plan and she jumped in with both feet. I love her testimony so far.

Why I Love THM, A Month Review

(They really mean food freedom!)

1. The food freedom is real! In my experience (and what I’ve seen from other people’s experiences) You will get told to “eat MORE” far more often than you will get told to “eat less” (if that even happens!) THM is all about keeping that metabolism up and the weight down!
2. You get to eat truly delicious things like brownies, ice-cream, a various flavors of shakes, and chocolate milk on a REGULAR BASIS. And it HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT.
3. While it may take you a while to fully comprehend what makes a S, E, XO, FP snack or meal, they are actually quite simple. And once you get it down, having four basic choices to chose from all the time is really refreshing and makes each day unique.
4. As someone who doesn’t understand how people can “fill up” and satisfy their hunger for hours on end, being told to eat every 2 &1/2-4 hours is so nice. Eating in small amounts often is way better for your body, and (if you’re like me) more enjoyable too!
5. THM just WORKS. I feel healthier, look healthier, and I’m losing weight. (Now THM doesn’t claim to be fast like those other trending diets. You’re not going to lose 10 pounds in a day, it is not even healthy to do so). While I may eat heavier certain days, or my body just might retain water at certain times, causing the scale to go up, I am actively getting closer to my goal and I lost 10 pounds in just under a month of being on THM.
6. It may be hard to start. Saying no to fatty carbs and sugars is tough. But so is being unhealthy and dealing with everything that comes along with that. Having a THM Coach or supportive friends and family helps so much. Having someone to keep you accountable will make you reach your goals. Like everyone else I have bad days, and a pint of sugary ice-cream seems like it would just make the day so much better, but with a THM Coach holding you accountable and staying on plan for a month, you realize that you’re not missing that much actually. On plan desserts are so good and good for your weight that you don’t feel bad when your friends and family around you are eating food that is yummy right now, but in the long term is going to be bad for their bodies and overall health. You can eat that bowl of on plan brownies and ice-cream with no guilt whatsoever. 😊

-Not directly THM related-
Having a coach is so important! You really need someone who knows the plan to help you along your journey. Someone that you can talk to when you feel the need to cheat/splurge. Or if you’re needing help remembering what makes up an E meal, or if this bag of popcorn you found is on plan or not. Having support is so helpful and necessary!

Sarah H.