Category Archives: Madness with Meli

Madness with Meli is all about the madness of daily life from my crazy nutty perspective. Everything from daily stresses to nightly funnies! Stay tuned and enjoy!

A new perspective

This week is my third week as Trim Healthy Mama, I am eating delicious chocolate, rich foods, Coffee with cream and I get to have carbs & healthy fats (separately) as well. My second weigh in this past Saturday showed no change in my weight and since seeing those numbers I have honestly been so discouraged, I lost 12 LBS in week 1, followed the plan to the tee in week 2 what went wrong? This week I have been thinking about perspective and today my new outlook finally hit me after dinner.

There are a few thing that you give up with THM processed flours, added sugar, & starchy veggies. While getting the hang of this the last few weeks I have spent a large amount of time in the kitchen cooking most of my food from  scratch so that it will for sure be on plan. We took the easy way tonight and got some KFC, I asked them to order me grilled and I would make a side salad with creamy Ranch dressing to go with it. I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a decent “S” meal at KFC . Yet as I sat at the dinner table tonight with my parents and my son I was feeling sorry for myself. The 3 of them had original recipe and potato wedges (MY FAVORITE I love potato’s in every form possible they are my weakness). I sat there sulking and dutifully eating my salad and grilled chicken which by the way was absolutely yummy. Thinking to myself ugh what was I thinking giving up my precious potatoes? This is just too hard I want potatoes! When I got up from the table I thought to myself Melissa you seriously need a new perspective! You see all I have been concentrating on is loss; be it weight loss,  or the loss of foods I love and found comfort in, but I have been ignoring all am I gaining with this journey!

  •  A new way of eating
  •  A new dress size
  • A new found passion for food the right way
  •  A new support group in my fellow Trim healthy Mama’s
  •  More energy than I have had in years
  •  A healthy, well-rounded way of eating
  • Control over my health
  • Control over my attitude & emotional eating
  • Opportunities to help other women and men who struggle with their weight & Health
  • An even closer relationship with my Sister Prettier (Diana) this  is by far the best “gain” of all!

I know that if I can keep going with this lifestyle of eating I will continue to gain positives in my life. I  also know that my weight loss will continue and my clothes sizes will continue to shrink, what i cannot do is get so wrapped up in the number on the scale that I  get discouraged and give up. I need to continue to look at the positive and what this lifestyle has given to me. I can’t wait to reach my goals. I can’t wait to prove my doctors wrong who told me I would never get this weight off and just to accept it at 18 years old. For the first time since that day I have hope to be at a healthy weight;  to be able to go shopping in a regular dress section and not be confined to the plus size section.  I am excited to see the new me, body and mind.

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Menu Madness

This past week I started a new eating plan it is called Trim Healthy Mama. It is an amazing new way of thinking about food and how we eat. So new to me that it has taken me nearly 6 months to actually decide that it was for me that it would fit my life in full. So how do I begin to put all of this new knowledge into practice? Being the overly prepared semi-O.C.D person that I am I began to plan. I downloaded PDF after PDF so I could  try to use other people’s formats and quickly decided that they were not for me. So I made my very own Menu page and viola!! The writers block was gone and I was able to plan! 🙂 It was so fun for me looking up new recipes and thinking of all the delicious possibilities. So I did what I love to do, share this hard worked plan with my new friends on the Beginners THM page, and quickly realized that while my over preparedness come naturally to me some people may need some help to create there own plan. Which has inspired today’s topic, I have thought up with these tips to help those who do not know where to begin with this menu planning madness. So here you are Mel’s top 5 tips for organizing and planning your weekly Menu:

  1. Just do it! I will now steal a line from my dad; Papa Uglier “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” look in the fridge and figure out what you have to work with. (this makes creating a grocery list after the menu plan much easier see step 4)
  2. Decide what type of meal you want to have E, S, or FP (these are THM speak for a kind of meal click the hyper link to find out more.) and start putting in your meals! Use every resource possible– THE BOOK is the first place I recommend looking, Pinterest has some great ideas, or you could go more traditional and look in a cook book.
  3. Revise! Once you have all your meals planned set it down and walk away for a little bit have a sip of tea or GGMS (good girl moonshine for you non-trim healthy mama’s) then come back and look at your plan– you may realize that you put cheeseburger pie back to back then you can make some quick changes.
  4. Implement- Post  your meal plan on the fridge in plain sight , Make a grocery list based on your meal plan, and go shopping! Which is my personal favorite part of the process it makes me feel accomplished!
  5. Prep-  Pre-prepare as much as you can for the week. This always helps the week go smooth. If you have muffin in a mug on your plan for a meal or snack mix up the dry ingredients in baggies, or if you are having grilled chicken on your salad’s portion out your 3-4oz in baggies and throw into the freezer this way you can grab and go!

Well y’all those are my tips, I  apply these to my weekly planning adventures and that way I have one less thing to stress about during the week.  I hope that you find these tips helpful. You can down load my Blank Menu Plan  by clicking on the words Blank Menu Plan. This is a snap shot of my menu plan for last week and this week:photo 1

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