60 Pounds Gone!

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That’s right!  I’ve lost 60 pounds!  WHOA!  I can hardly believe it myself.

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When I walked out of the hospital following Creed’s birth, I was determined.  I had already started reading Trim Healthy Mama and I had managed to gain very little the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy.  But, when I first stepped on the scales postpartum, I was a little discouraged.  Creed weighed nearly 11 pounds and I had only lost 15 pounds total.  But, I was still determined.

You see, after the birth of my 7th baby, it took a LONG time to lose my pregnancy weight.  I had barely gotten it off when I got pregnant again.  I was just happy I wasn’t OVER my pre-pregnancy weight, but I was so sick of starting out pregnancies so huge.

This time I had a goal!  Well, actually, I had a whole bunch of small goals.

Before I even had Creed, I had written out a weight loss goal list.  They were small baby step goals and I covered them with a piece of paper and taped them to the back of my closet.  Every time I met a goal, I pulled the paper down to the next goal.  I didn’t want to see what was beyond, just the next step.

My first goal€¦
Pre-pregnancy Weight€¦in 6 weeks.

I’ll be the first one to tell you for most people this is NOT a realistic goal.  But I was overweight to begin with and I knew I could do it.  And guess what?!  I did!

I was thrilled!  That’s me at my 6 week postpartum check up in the photo below.  I was wearing normal clothes (albeit XL’s and size 18 jeans) and I was feeling ready to tackle anything.

6wks pp

So, if you are keeping track, that was 40 pounds of pregnancy weight off and 25 pounds off from that first weigh-in post-baby.

I clicked along through my baby-step goals pretty well until I hit a plateau at 45 pounds down (or 20 pounds below postpartum) about 5 months into the process.

20 pounds below

After hanging out there for nearly 3 months, I needed to do something different.  I wasn’t ok with that weight and it was time to move on.

When I really thought about it, what I was lacking was motivation and encouragement from others.  I needed some accountability and I chose to get that from Weight Watchers meetings.  I managed to get another 10 pounds off before deciding I needed to return to my THM buddies and save the time and money I was spending to attend meetings.

NOTE:  It might sound like I was being wishy-washy or fickle, but I am a big advocate for doing what you need to do when you need to do it.  My husband taught me this and I am deeply grateful for his support and encouragement!

OK, so where were we…

That’s right, I was now hovering at 30 pounds below pre-pregnancy weight and about 55 pounds down from post-baby weigh in.30 pounds down

This is where I got back on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon.  I’ve lost another 5 pounds since then to bring my total to 60 pounds! (35 pounds below postpartum)  Frankly, these last 5 pounds have made a HUGE difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel.  Amazing what a few pounds can do!

70 Pounds Gone + Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Tweaks & Resources

So, here are the weight loss progression photos for those of you who like to see them side-by-side:

70 Pounds Gone + Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Resources | RaisingArrows.net

So, you might be wondering if I’m done.  Honestly, when I started this journey I would have told you this was an only-in-my-dreams weight.  I haven’t been this weight in 15 years!  Surely I would be satisfied here.

But, I’m not.

I know I can do better.  I know I am still eating too much and struggling with cravings.  I am hard-charging toward another 10-15 pounds before I say I’m done losing weight.  And you know what?  I actually believe I CAN do it!  Never before have I felt so equipped to actually get the weight of and KEEP it off!

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you some of my favorite Trim Healthy Mama Tweaks and Resources, so stay tuned!

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  1. Woo Hoo Girlfriend! I know the feeling that comes with this and its cool that we went through this during the same time! After Carbon was born, I dropped 20 pounds but nothing else would come off like it use too. It was scary. After three months of cutting back food items I finally did something about it and Bam! 34 more pounds came off! I have 5 more pounds to lose :)

    Congratulations and blessings to you, my friend!

    • I am so proud of you, Jacie! You are looking so good too and I bet you feel great! Congrats! And yes, my DR is soooo much better w/o all the weight!

  2. I don’t normally say this but,
    YOU GO, GIRL!! ;)
    You look great! I love what Ty said about doing what works. My husband tells me that all the time. I’m doing THM with my mom, sis and husband. (just started on Tuesday) I’m looking forward to you next post!! Congrats again, you look beautiful!

  3. You were lovely then & you’re lovely now, but congratulations on your success! You’ve come this far & you CAN succeed in those last few pounds.

  4. Amy, You look FABULOUS!!!!

    I’m also on the THM journey and you have really Inspired me to keep going!

    I can hardly wait for the continuation of this post . . . .

    Thanks for sharing!

    blessings,
    Elizabeth

  5. WOW! You seriously LOOK healthy! Your hair, skin, shape…so beautiful…well done! Love the confidence you exude in this picture! Keep it up lady :o)

  6. Amy, thank you for keeping us updated. I’m so excited for you. When you can see and feel the difference it is amazing how encouraging it is. Out of desperation for something to wear I tried on a pair of pants that I wore more than three years ago. My husband was happy to see me in them and I was happy to have something to wear. I don’t own a scale, but I know I’ve lost several pounds over the last few months, too. Now I need to see if any of my other old clothes fit.

  7. Amy,

    I have always thought you were beautiful, but you are glowing! I am so proud of you! I have followed your blog for several years and found so much encouragement here. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, and for taking care of yourself!!

  8. Wow, wow, wow! You look GREAT! Congratulations! I love that you did that with your goal list at your closet. I should do this with my goals — not weight loss goals, but goals, in general are easier accomplished when written down and broken down!

  9. I have considered Trim Healthy Mama. I have lost 30 lbs but would really like to lose 10-15 more. I already follow a whole foods eating style. I also workout 3 times a week. I can not tolerate milk nor any dairy products. Could I still benefit from this books diet recommendations? What do you think? I’ve been at this plateau for several months. I

    • THM is all about separating out your fuel sources (fats vs. carbs) and eating them a different times so your body only has to burn one fuel source at a time. In my opinion, changing things up DEFINITELY helps. It gives you a renewed vision. So, yet, I do believe you could benefit, but I would highly recommend you join a group to help you get started and give you ideas.

    • A few I did, but that NEVER works real well for me. I have a time goal right now, but it seems when I do that, I spin my wheels. I have no idea why. In the end the amount of time it takes to get the weight off is not nearly as important as getting the weight off!

  10. I’m slowly moving back into THM. Lost 16 or so pounds on it but have a ways to go. It’s implementing the plan that’s a bit hard for me but it’s worth it. You look great!

  11. It was wonderful to read your update. I was actually just thinking of you. I guess God was speaking and reminding me that fitness goals are attainable. I know all things are possible through Him, it is just so encouraging to read of your success. Congratulations! Many blessings to you.

  12. Looking forward to seeing your tweaks. I am so interested in Trim Healthy Mama but the recipes look like a lot of unusual ingredients!
    Congrats! You look like you feel great!

  13. You look AMAZING! What an encouragement to us mom’s who still need to lose wright! I must get that book! Not sure if I can wait til Christmas.

  14. Wanted to congratulate you on a job well done!!! That’s awesome!! I do have a question! How did you do it? My son is almost nine months old and I’ve got 15 lbs I’d like to lose. My only concern is I’m still breastfeeding and I don’t want to risk disturbing my production. I’ve read that dieting and some types exercise aren’t recommended. I’ve started walking 30-45 minutes everyday. Hoping that will help but would love and greatly appreciate some advice!! Thank you and congrats to you on your success!!!!!!

    • Exercise has never helped me lose weight. It is more of a “maintenance” tool. Using the THM method has really worked for me and kept my blood sugars in check. I don’t have milk supply issues, so I wasn’t real worried about it.

  15. This is awesome! So inspiring! I’m pregnant with #3 right now, but I’ll be remembering this for motivation when it comes time to lose the baby weight. I started this pregnancy almost 20 pounds heavier than my first two, so I’ll have the pregnancy weight plus all that to lose, and I’m already dreading it. Thank you for the inspiration! You look amazing!

    • You can actually start NOW! Doing THM the last bit of my pregnant helped me so much. I am hypoglycemic and I could immediately tell my blood sugars were getting back under control. Not to mention the weight came off so easily once he was here.

  16. I have been following your journey from before Creed’s birth. (Actually, I was a part of CMOMB and ‘met’ you there years ago…) Anyway, when I saw you doing THM in the beginning I kept thinking ‘Well, I could never do that. I don’t even know what Coconut oil even is!’ LOL! But I decided I would give it a go after my baby was born (2 mos. after Creed). It took me many months to save up for the book and I just got it last month. It is really not as hard as I thought it would be. I’m at an acceptable weight, but have a small frame and would like to lose 5-10 lbs. Seeing your progression brought tears to my eyes! What an encouragement! I love the advice your hubby has given you. Thank you for your transparency and letting us all follow along with you on your journey. Oh, and have I mentioned you look fabulous?! :) Good job, mama!!!

    • Erin! Hello! I remember you from CMOMB all those years ago. I highly recommend looking on the THM Pinterest boards or in the FB groups for inspiration too. The recipes posted there are fabulous!

  17. I wanted you to know you have inspired me! I saw your post about what to do with your big clothes and have not turned back since!!! I’m so glad you introduced me to THM! I have lost about 10 pounds in 1 month and my husband is now on board too. We each have some weight to lose from my last few pregnancies ;) I have been able to share this with others too! It’s such a positive change not only for weight loss, but for health too! Thanks!!!

  18. WOW!!! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Amy! What an inspiration! I’ve just begun my journey of healthy eating and daily exercise, so this blog post is a great motivator for me! Thank you, and God bless you on the rest of your journey!

  19. Wow! You have done amazing! I am currently 5 weeks postpartum with 20 pounds to lose to be pre-preg. weight and another 10 to be where I want. So, a total of 30. I have Diastasis Recti and am about to start Julie Tupler’s program again. (I started it a month before getting pregnant and quit while pregnant. However, I saw amazing results in that month.) I was wondering if you used the Tupler Technique while losing your weight and if so, how has it affected you?

    • It also took me a while to decide to buy Trim Healthy Mama. When I finally realized it cost less than I’ve paid for any other program. (Think: sign up fees of $40 or so, monthly fees of about $30 and the cost for healthier food.)

      The book is great. It has the content of at least 3 books (general nutrition, hormones for both genders, weight loss) and it’s all sooo good. The biggest point I’ve really enjoyed is it promotes healthy marriages.

      It’s totally worth the time and money.

  20. Wow! Amy, you look fantastic!!! I am on my 10th pregnancy, in which I started way over weight. My husband, oldest son, and I joined a gym. I do own the THM book, and am a Farm Fresh Tess all the way. My biggest problem with THM are the sugar substitutes they recommend. I HATE the taste! Do you have any advice? I do have a sweet tooth, and usually bake with organic sugar, honey or maple syrup. I really want to get this weight off. Everything hurts so bad, and it makes it difficult to care for my family. Like right now I had to stop working to put my cankles up!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Congratulations again!!!

    • I use pure stevia in things like the muffin in a mug (yes, I do eat those ;) ) and in my yogurt. I really like it! For baked goods, I cooks as normal…sucanat, unbleached or whole wheat. But, I have to realize I can’t gorge myself on those treats.

  21. Thanks for the inspiration! I think your husband’s advice is right on! I had stalled for 2 mos on THM and I kept reading about other husbands on fb who were losing weight even though they weren’t strictly following the plan while at work. So I added a little sugar back into my diet and now I’m losing weight again, yay!

  22. Wow, that is incredible! You look amazing! I am 4.5 weeks postpartum & it’s about time for me to be actively losing the baby weight :) Thanks so much for being open in your weight loss journey…it’s such an encouragement!

    • Thank you! I was hesitant to start this journey so publicly b/c I’ve done that before and it didn’t turn out so well. So thankful for this blessing!

  23. Wow you look amazing!!!! I just joined Weight Watchers so I hope to lose but I have so much to loose. I am always hungry:( Thanks for this update!!!

  24. Congratulations!

    Sorry if this is already in the comments but I have two questions. What would you have done if you had gotten pregnant during this time? I was losing weight and then got pregnant (which is great!). Do you think your resources, like THM, would have been helpful in during pregnancy? Would you have set weight gaining “caps” as a goal or just let things be? Even my diet has returned to not so great as I deal with the first trimester.

    Also, it looks like you no longer have the diastasis recti – did this resolve with the weight loss or did you continue certain exercises?

    • Hi Karyn! I still very much have a DR, but it is much more manageable with the weight loss. I totally plan to stay with THM during pregnancy. My blood sugars are so much better on this and I don’t want to lose that!

  25. Awesome! I’ve been doing THM for about 3 weeks now (and not even 100%) and have lost 10 lbs. Probably most of it was water weight, but it’s encouraging anyway. I’m about 16 week pregnant and have been over weight since my first baby 16 years ago! I’m determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of way back then. lol I’ve been overweight for 16 years and am so sick of it. I know I can keep my weight gain to a minimum with this one (#12 btw), and hopefully lose the rest in the next year or so. It’s so encouraging to see this post. I joined a group on Facebook called Trim Healthy Mama Pregnant and Nursing. It’s been very encouraging to see others working on weight loss or maintenance and succeeding. If you do Facebook you might check that group out.

  26. I totally agree! For the first time in my obese life, I feel that I can lose the weight and I CAN keep the weight off because I feel that I can do this plan for life! God is so good!!!!

  27. Congratulations on all of your hard work! Losing weight is simple, but it’s awfully hard. You’re doing great!

    Something that I’ve discovered is that when I exercise, even if I’m not losing weight, my clothes fit better. I guess I’m changing fat into muscle or something like that, and it’s nice, too!

  28. I am so inspired and motivated! Thank you! Our 8th child is 5 days past due and I am needing to lose about 70 pounds to get to my goal weight. I bought THM about the time I found out I was expecting again. Thank you for sharing your story! I know I can do this now!

  29. You look amazing! I don’t plan on using THM but I do plan on working out and what not. Eating more clean. Working around the house more. Kudos on your victory!

  30. Amy you look fantastic!! That is incredible and what determination you have. Your children are so blessed to see a mama so motivated. I love it! I love how you say to tweak things to fit your lifestyle because a lot of time people hop on to a bandwagon and then fail and feel frustrated. Thank you for sharing, it was truly inspiring! God bless.

  31. I actually read this entire article and another one before it – except for the ads on the side – and truly enjoyed it. So much great information. It was very interesting. Congratulations on the weight loss and on being an encourager to the rest of us. Thanks!