Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Back on the Wagon – More THM tips

on January 1, 2015

I know, I’ve been MIA for quite some time.   I’ve had this post drafted for some time now but just haven’t had the time to finish it up!   After reviewing my 2014 stats I figured I owed you all something new.   I also know there are probably lots of you out there who have been on and off the wagon with THM so I wanted to share my story so people know you can start over after time off plan and still be successful.

My story in a nutshell – I started THM in May of 2013.  Although I didn’t think I needed it because was already exercising 3-4 times a week and a healthy weight, my friends were raving about it so I thought I’d give it a try.   I am so glad I did – it was the best thing that I have done for myself health-wise!  By September I had lost an additional 10 lbs and was thinner than I had been since high school.  I also felt energized and was eating all healthy and delicious meals.

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Summer 2013 – on plan – truly trim & healthy!

In October, I was expecting baby #4 and it all went downhill.  It was my intention to stick to the plan and gain only 20 lbs, but I felt so tired and awful the whole pregnancy and fell into old junky eating habits.  I gained 40 lbs.

Off plan & 36 weeks pregnant

Off plan & 36 weeks pregnant

Three months postpartum I got back into THM.  Although its been a slow ride, I’ve got just 10 more pounds to be back where I started!  It’s my hope to be at goal weight by summer.

Moving on…..While I love trying new recipes, there is nothing worse then spending a lot of time, energy and money and having a flop.  With New Year’s Day here, I’d like to share some recipes I have tried this year that have been huge hits in my house.  I hope this saves you some time and you enjoy them!

Dinners:

This is a deep S for sure, but my husband had a taste for a Wendy’s Baconator – we made burgers with grass fed ground beef (now available at Aldi!!!) topped with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo on Oopsie rolls

They were amazing!

I love using the crock pot, it makes dinner time so much less stressful!  This is a great recipe for Whole chicken in a crock pot from 100daysofrealfood.com (S)

With the leftover chicken, be sure to try this awesome Chicken Salad from love4coffee.blogspot.com (S)

Another great crockpot recipe is this Shredded Chicken recipe from RhondaSue.com.  It’s a great base and can be used as an FP, S or E.

Another favorite was http://www.alldayidreamaboutfood.com’s Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash (S)  I added diced chicken to it and made it a complete meal.  If you haven’t visited that site yet, I highly recommend it.  Every single recipe I tried was amazing and she’s recently added THM sweet blend substitutions.

This last dinner recipe is a bit involved, but worth the effort.  If you like pork, try Smothered Pork Chops form wellnessmama.com.  Even though my kids know it is a “healthy recipe”, they request it all the time!

Need some tasty side dishes?  Try this Low Carb Tomato Bacon Goat Cheese Tart (S)or this low carb Green Bean Casserole. (S)

To wrap up main dishes, my three favorite oatmeal recipes are these Oatmeal Cupcakes (E), Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (E) and overnight oatmeal (E)

Drinks & Desserts:

Below I’ve included the links for some uber delicious and healthy drinks and desserts….. If you are going to try just one, make it the peanut butter fudge brownies!!!   Again a bit involved, but worth your time!

Frozen coffee – (S)

Peanut Butter Cup Shake – (S)

Blueberry frozen yogurt – (FP)

Pumpkin cheesecake – (S)

Ice cream – (FP)

Pumpkin ice cream – (S)

Peanut butter fudge brownies – (S)

 

 


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