Taking a THM Break
By Meggan Larson
This article is for the women who are starting to lose it a little. It’s for the ones who’ve been on plan for months and months (maybe even years) and have done their best to stay completely on plan but are starting to crack at the seams. It’s for the drive-thru-Sue’s who are having vivid dreams about DQ blizzards, reese peanut butter cups, or just plain white potatoes. You know who you are. You love this plan and you know it’s how you’ll get to your goal weight/health, but some days are a real struggle to stay the course. Some days you are grinning and bearing your way through the day while daydreaming about white cupcakes and buttercream frosting and you feel like you can’t take another second of not giving in to temptation.
You know what I say?…
Do it. I can almost hear the chorus of shocked gasps. Yes I said it. And here’s why. If you’re spending all of your time thinking about how amazing that off plan food is then you’ve forgotten what it feels like to go off plan. You’ve forgotten about the detoxing – the headaches, the shakes, the sweats. You wonder if they were grossly over-exaggerated and whether those symptoms were all that severe anyway. Every delicious on plan treat seems pale in comparison to what you know you could be having instead. You feel so guilty for even wanting to go off plan but you can think of nothing else. So go for it. Take a day or a weekend off of THM and give yourself permission to eat whatever you want for that time period. (Giving yourself permission means guilt free by the way.)
For those couple of days eat whatever you want and don’t feel guilty about it. Get it out of your system! It’s just going to hound you until you either crack and feel guilty or continue on feeling angry. Give yourself permission to make a calculated decision to go off plan for a couple of days and then get back on track. You’ll remember why you got on THM to begin with and a couple of days is not going to derail all of your success. You’re not going to gain 30lbs back over a weekend. You run the risk of not going back on plan but if you’ve been at it for this long, chances are you have the ability to jump back on track. And you will likely want to once you’re reminded of how awful it feels to have sugar again. Sometimes though, we need to be reminded.
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!