Trim Healthy Mama, the lifestyle I have been following for just over a year, is (as most lifestyle changes are) easier when we have accountability or people who are working with us making the same changes.
With that in mind, I have decided to try meal planning – meaning planning breakfast, lunch and dinner, not just dinners (my usual method) all while staying below a certain price limit (not decided yet) and reducing dairy.
Even though that may sound like a lot (it kind of is) I know that I am capable because I have done it before, for fuel cycles. The only addition is reducing dairy.
I decided to reduce dairy because despite following Trim Healthy Mama fairly closely for over a year, I haven’t lost any weight for more than six months – even after a fuel cycle. Knowing I’m healthier and seeing inches decrease is still a great non-scale victory (NSV) but I’m starting to feel discouraged.
The dairy I decided to keep in my diet includes:
- cottage cheese
- whey protein
- Greek yogurt
- cheese sticks
However, despite choosing to keep these items, I plan on reducing how often I eat them. I may switch to non-dairy yogurt, but these changes will likely be gradual. It’s overwhelming to reduce something that I used to eat quite a bit of.
Hopefully, by reducing diary to just a few items, I will see the scale start moving again.
There will be times cheese or another dairy product will be included in a menu (I’m reducing, not eliminating) but that will gradually become less and less if things go as planned.
Also, I hope to begin posting those meal plans here, potentially as soon as next week. Not only will that help provide accountability (I have to make a menu to post it!) but hopefully it will be a helpful resource for you, my readers. This would be a weekly post in addition to my regular Friday posts, not instead of. AKA, you will be hearing from me twice a week instead of just once.
Talk to you soon,