Friday, June 7, 2013

THM Easy Plan




For those of you who have not read the above book, this post will probably not make much sense.  But I've gotten a good many questions on how I've lost the last 15 pounds of baby weight in about 3 months and this book gave me a great plan and awesome health and exercise tips.  This is the way I did the plan initially and now I just follow it loosely.  Like I said in a post last year, this book is totally worth the money and even though I've always loved nutrition and exercising, it's given me a lot of new knowledge and all from a Biblical perspective.  So, here is what I told all of y'all on the FB group that I would post.  
Here is how I did it to get started........

First of all, exercise 6 days a week for at least 20 minutes (you have to push yourself and really sweat, not just a leisurely walk.)

Secondly, I didn't worry too much about S day or E day, I just picked from my list of snacks and meals and made sure that I was eating at least 2 1/2 hours apart.  Usually this means breakfast at 8, snack at 10:30, lunch at 1, snack at 3:30, dinner at 6, and bedtime snack (dessert) at 8:30.  This way I didn't get all confused and complicated with the S, E, FP, etc.  Cutting out almost all sugar and dropping carbs considerably, plus adding more protein really helped me drop my extra pounds.

So, here are my meals and snacks that I picked from. I just picked one from each category everyday. So, I was basically on a 4 day schedule (except for snacks.)    I love a nightly dessert and since every 4 days I did a more "normal" dessert, I had to rotate that for sure to keep loosing. The other meals and snacks I may not of rotated perfectly, but this gave me a plan.  This made  it easy for me and now that I'm at my goal weight, I am more flexible and creative and lenient :)

Breakfast choices:

S-Muffin in a mug (I rotate between chocolate and cinnamon.)
FP- Greek yogurt or FP Bigboy smoothie.
S-2 eggs cooked in butter or 1 egg with bacon.
E-Oatmeal with berries or Trim Healthy pancakes.
(BTW, I always have coffee with a little heavy cream after I exercise when I'm having my quiet time)

Mid morning snack choices:

Green tea with nuts.
Green tea with Laughing Cow cheese and planned approved 
crackers.

Lunch choices:

S-Green salad (loaded with whatever veggies I have) with grilled chicken, salmon or canned tuna, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. 
E-Lunch meat sandwich or PB sandwich on plan approved bread.
FP-smoothie
S or E-Left over soup (one of the ones in the book)

Afternoon Snack choices:

FP-Fat Stripping Frappa.
FP-Greek Treat.
S-Coffee with  whey protein in it and skinny chocolate.

Dinner choices:

I rotated dinners in book or tweaked my dinners so that they were plan friendly and went beef, chicken, seafood, legumes.

Dessert choices:

One of the desserts in book.
Bryers low-carb, no sugar ice-cream with nuts.
Glass of wine.
One of my desserts tweaked to make low sugar and somewhat healthy :) (this was my extra treat that looked forward to every 4 days and my kids looked forward to as well)

Anyway, hope this helps.  I picked recipes out of the book that I liked and that were doable for my family.  I think dropping sweet tea really helped me too.  I make it with stevia now and lots of lemon. Let me know if you have any questions. I lost steadily doing it this way, about 1-2 pounds a week without feeling deprived. I think it's a good way to at least start the plan and then get more strict if you are not loosing. 




A recent picture my husband took of me on our weekend away for my birthday at a historic resort.  







16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Becca! I think I've been eating too much to try and make up for lack of sugar. I was wondering about the sweet tea, I miss it and I don't want the kids to drink the sweetener. I am finally loving to work out and CrossFit makes me sweat. Maybe the exercise is making me want to eat more too? I miss you all, L was asking about C the other day. Thanks again for posting this, I learn so much from you.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this, Becca. I am a newbie and I am trying to understand it all. This helps. I do think I need to sit down and plan, but I was so overwhelmed. Having ideas in front of me helps. I think sometimes I want to just lose the weight overnight. You made me realize that 1 or 2 pounds is good and I am feeling better now. I started on Monday and I have only lost 0.8 pounds.....so I was feeling a little discouraged. Now, I feel a little better. By Monday, it could be 1 pound lost......Thanks again....I will definitely add exercise to my day. If you can find the time with children, I should be able to too....

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  3. You look amazing ! I totally dig you I think you are doing a fabulous job with your children, and I have both laughed heartily and weeped softly in the reading of your blog. I am learning from you and pray God blessing will abound even more abundantly for you and your dear ones! I'm in new Zealand and. An only post anonymously for some reason - maybe because I'm on an iPad? My name s Diana and now my husband will have me making sweet cold tea for him tomorrow. I hope I can carry some of your joy with me into tomorrow :)) God Bless

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  4. Becca, you look fantastic!! I can't believe you are posting about this book! I saw it and wanted it, but didn't want to shell out the money. Now I think I will. Thanks for the inspiration! I have a long way to go.

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  5. You look Awesome! I want to get this book also!:)

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  6. I can't figure out why this book is over $100? Is there a video or planner that comes with it maybe? Thanks for writing all of this out...I always am inspired by your testimonies! :)

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    1. The book is not $100! (well, maybe it is if you go to Amazon or something : ) Go to the website aboverubies.org and order it from there. It is $35 and that is their mother's ministry and website.
      Also, just saw ya'll know, I have never met Serene and Pearl personally, but have loved their mother's ministry for over 10 years now and they are above reproach! I'm not getting any kind of "kick-back" or anything for promoting this book either : )

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    2. It was at Amazon :) Thanks, I'll get it from Above Rubies...and no, I didn't think you were getting any kick-back. You always share just to share...thanks!

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  7. They are originally from new Zealand where I live - they are very well thought of here. I'm considering getting Nancy's devotional after you recommended it too. But seriously, I dig you and I have been so encouraged by your mothering adventures. My hats off to you, you are a great wife and mother!
    I saw your husbands blog and wish I could get my husband to read it. I have a newborn third baby and I homeschool. I'm Irish and my grandma had 13... I think it's wonderful!
    God bess you all
    Di
    Ps for some reason I can only comment on your site as anonymous I wonder f it's because of My iPad?

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  8. Thanks for posting this. I too am a mother of 10 and recently discovered THM. I've been doing it for 3 weeks and have been a bit overwhelmed by it all. I love your simplified approach to the plan!

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  9. You look great after ten! I'm trying to get there . . . I"m on THM too! :)

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  10. I'm expecting #10 and had just lost 20 lbs with THM before I fell pg. I'm looking forward to getting back to losing the baby weight, and then on to losing the rest I needed to. Blessings to you!!!

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  11. Oh my gosh! I am so excited to find this post on the internet. I am a mom of nine - all birthed by me - and am heading into midlife with the bulge that comes with it! Your ideas gave me a way to start eating to live and not living to eat. I appreciate your time.

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