70 Pound Update~ Trim Healthy Mama

11 months on Trim Healthy Mama for this girl!  The journey has been sweet.  Sweet has a few meanings in that sentence.

  1. I have many “sweet” weight loss goals to celebrate.
  2. I have many “sweet” non-scale victories that thrill my heart.
  3. I eat yummy sugar-free desserts all the time that are delish!

I will be the first to admit how far I have yet to go. I don’t know an exact goal weight that I’d like to reach but, being healthy is the goal!  I would estimate that I have another 84 pounds are so to lose on my journey, give or take a few pounds.

The added bonus to my journey the past few months has been helping others.  I’ve been working personally with a few dozen ladies on THM for quite a while now.  Added to that has been working with the THM team and getting to help in the group with thousands of ladies working the plan.  What a joy to help others and see them doing so well.  I know God has placed this in my life as a ministry and to keep me accountable.

I post these updates not to boast in myself but, to boast in God and all He’s done for me!  I also post to encourage someone who comes to my page that is hurting, struggling and looking for a boost!  To God be the glory for all He’s done in me and through THM.

Here I was….so miserable.


I use this before shot of me since much of me is in it.  I was the one taking pictures, not the one in the pictures.  This was Sept of 2012.

The past few months I’ve been steadfast to the plan and stuck with it even when I was at Thanksgiving, potlucks and get-togethers!  It’s really  not that difficult to stay on track if you set your mind to it.  Being prepared really does help!  I take food along to share with everyone that I can eat too.

During a time when I was “stuck”…I realized I needed to add more E’s to my week.  I was doing about 2 a week and that just wasn’t enough to keep my metabolism guessing so I started to eat one or two a day!  I did well for a while but, then realized now that I’m eating too many E’s for my body so I’m backing off of them a bit.  I’m going to stick with 5 E’s a week and see how that goes.  The plan is really about learning how your body responds to food and making changes to fit YOU.  Don’t get discouraged when you become stalled for a few weeks..or even a month!  I’ve been there a few times and if you stick with it, you will see the scale move.  Your body goes through times of adjustment and healing.  Just work the plan and it will come off!  Slow and steady will win the race…eventually!!!  The plan is NOT fast and furious.  I appreciate that so much as my body is adjusting well as I go.  I also feel much healthier losing at a slow pace.

During this past 10 pounds I hit my wedding weight!  I know many of you saw the crazy pictures I posted in my dress! My family may think I’m crazy but, it was a fun day for me!


I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to get recipes. These are well known to most THM gals but, I wanted to share them anyways in case you are new or have stumbled upon my post.

So, there are a few places you can visit to get new recipes, articles and encouragement on the THM plan.

I didn’t take a 70 pound goal picture like I’ve done in the past but, my friend Angel at Captured by an Angel Photography took our family pictures this past Saturday.  If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area you should have her do your family pictures, wedding photos, etc.  I thought I’d just post one of all four of us!


If you want to know more about Trim Healthy Mama you can visit their website.  Please visit Gwen’s Nest for awesome Trim Healthy Tuesday recipes!!

Thanks for visiting and reading small parts of my journey.

You can read my 50 pound  and 60 pound posts as well for more info on my personal journey!


23 thoughts on “70 Pound Update~ Trim Healthy Mama

  1. You look terrific, but I bet you feel even better. I started out about the same size you were in your before photo. I’ve lost about 30 with THM and 20 before that. I’ve been stalled out since the beginning of November. We’ve had some family crises and of course, Thanksgiving. Unlike previous weight loss diets, I’m not giving up. I know I’ll lose again because I’m on-plan most of the time. It’s just slow.

    Thanks for sharing and encouraging.
    Merry Christmas
    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

    P.S. My daughter wants to know why you have a pea pod on your blog. ~smile~

    • Great job, Laura!! I feel the same way on THM. This is the first time I’ve not given up. 3 hours later you can easily be back on track!! I’m glad you are sticking with it!!! You will get through your stall! It takes a while at times but, it will happen! The plan works!

      Tell your daughter that I have two boys..so I found a pea pod with two peas in it! 🙂


  2. Thanks for your posts. I read every one. I’m still praying that the Lord will give me the ability to start the journey. I’m so afraid of failure that I just keep living in my old ways. I hoping to get the book for Christmas! Your picture is lovely!

    • Thank you, Lyn! I know what that feeling of failure feels like. I know how hard it can be to start something new! Praying you can do it!! Contact me if you need any help as you start!

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey and stepping up to serve with THM. I am on a month stall, and it is hard to stay focused. It has taught me to focus on the bigger picture of health and how I feel, rather than watching the scale move down. 4 1/2 months for me, 30 pounds gone, a pound a week, or a pound a month . . . I’m excited for the healing in my body.

  4. Thank you for sharing this with me. I needed this today. I lost 20lbs in 5 months and have been at a stand still since July (about the time Karin was diagnosed with MSA and Triple Negative Breast Cancer). I am an emotional eater and exerciser. Stress is a huge factor in my metabolism and food choices. Your journey is inspiring, since I know how much you have over come in your life. You are a blessing! Keep up the good work. I love you, friend!!

  5. Great life story!!! Proud of you my friend! I live to hear your stories and your excitement!!! Share away! Love ya! Keep up the great work!!!

  6. You are such an inspiration. I have so much to lose that I am so discouraged, but my health is suffering and my depression is at an all time low. I have attempted THM but have not been able to stick with it, probably out of being lazy. 😦 I know I can’t do it w/o God and maybe that’s where i’m lacking too, i’m not turning to Him in my weakness. Do you have a suggestion as to where/how to start (again)? I am a SAHM of 4 bio and 2 foster kiddos, stress is high, money is tight, time is low! Thank you! Feel free to email me shalvors7 (at) gmail (dot)com I would love to connect with someone who “gets it”.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing. Thanks, too, for the meal suggestions for Trim Healthy Mama. I’e had the book for several months and still seem overwhelmed how to get going. Love reading all the testimonies and seeing all the progress. Now it’s time to put that knowledge into practice and lose weight myself. Thank you.

    • You are welcome, Virginia! If I can do it you can!!! I get the book out ALL the time and refresh myself on everything. Go back through it again..at least the first 11 chapters with a highlighter! It helps! 🙂

  8. Thank you for posting this. I started THM 3 weeks ago and as of today I am 8 lbs down and have about 100 lbs total to lose. Your steadfastness is an encouragement to me as I know that I have a lofty goal – but your testimony reminds me that I can do it!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing. You look so amazing and are an inspiration to me. I really need some help getting started. I have the book and I’m so overwhelmed. Can you please help me? Thank you, Chris

  10. Beautiful Lady inside and OUT! WOW! What a heart touching testimony you have 🙂 You are an amazing woman Jen! I am glad that I have had the chance to “work” with you and am excited to continue this journey! You bless everyone that you speak to 🙂 How precious you are!

  11. Jennifer you post is so inspiring. I have started reading the book but I’m not really sure where or how to start it does feel a little overwhelming. I would like to get any advice you have on starting. My email address is mrosa0611@gmail.com

  12. A friend let me borrow her copy of THM and I’ve felt so unsure of where to start. It is so nice to see a story of someone who has more than 20 or 30 pounds to lose. I’ve got somewhere around 80 to 100 pounds to lose. Any advice would be great!! ningrlpwr@hotmail.com Sometimes I just feel so lost when it comes to all this.

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