Lemon Cake & Almond Joys- 2 of my Favorite Recipes!!

Happy belated Easter everyone! My friend always had a saying, “Plans are What you Make and Life is What Happens!” So I planned to do the Stubborn Loser Menu, but I got some fun unexpected company and then have been dealing with health issues, so yeah, life happened, but it’s ok. I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m just going to move forward. I took a hiatus from exercising and have started that up again which feels great! There are only 2 months until summer break, isn’t that crazy? So I’m determined to get into a size 6 by the time summer rolls around ;)

For Easter, we had 2 yummy on plan desserts which are 2 new favorites of mine now ;)

Lemon Butter Cake:

My tweaks:

1. I added all the lemon juice from one lemon, and added 3/4 c. whipped cream to the frosting ingredients

2. After I baked it, I poked holes in it with a straw and filled the holes w/ frosting and a touch of lemon juice to make it more moist ;)

3. I found it best to put it in the freezer before serving .

Here is my version from my 1 year old’s bday- he loved it!!

Almond Joys: These are so easy and so good!!


My version- we ate all but 1 before I had a chance to take a pic !!

Another Favorite Recipe for the week:

Leftover zucchini lasagna mixed with gluccie noodles- easy and yummy!!

Favorite Tips for the week:

1. Listen to your body & be in tune to it’s needs:

When I wake up in the morning, I can usually tell what my body needs to get me going for the day. If I feel sluggish, I eat an E meal. If I still feel sluggish, I make a protein shake too. If I ate more calories the night before than usual, I begin my day with some eggs and butter. I do the same with lunch. I was having crazy cravings the other day and realized I had not eaten enough E meals for the week. My body was missing some key nutrients because I was depriving myself of E meals. I didn’t do it consciously, but when I stopped to think about my week, this is what I noticed. Once I ate a few E meals, my cravings were gone. Our bodies are amazingly smart at telling us what they need, we just need to listen ;)

2. Find some FP desserts you LOVE! I have shared this before, but when I have FP desserts on hand I love, I do so much better. I really like the salted caramel gluccie pudding, and the gummies made with Bai or Vitamin water instead of just water. I also love wasa crackers these days ;) If I eat a FP dessert at night, I feel so much better the next day than after eating a heavy S dessert (I try and save those for afternoon indulgences ;)

Goals for the week:

1. exercise 4 times

2. start on one of the freestyling menus from the THM website (I’ll work my way up to the stubborn loser menu)

What are your goals for the week? What are your tips?


The last 16 in 2016 or size 6 weeks 5& 6- Don’t make it harder than it has to be!

This week I weighed in at 148.7! YAY!! That’s 1.2 lbs in 2 weeks. I know it doesn’t seem like a huge loss in two weeks but my body always has the hardest time letting go of the last 10 lbs or so, and slow and steady wins the race so I’m pretty ecstatic! I’ve been doing the Stubborn Loser menu with some tweaks since I’m nursing, and it’s great!

Since it’s been warmer here, we actually wore shorts for a few days and a big NSV for me this week was being able to fit in most of my shorts!! Hooray!! Last year during the summer I lived in yoga pants because I couldn’t fit into anything else and refused to go shopping for larger clothes so I’m pretty excited to have more choices in my wardrobe :)

Favorite Recipes this week:

I don’t have any great pics this week, but I made a BIG BOY smoothie using raspberries and the salted caramel baby frap and LOVED them both!!

My amazing mother, on the other hand made these amazing crunchy, cheesy, chicken pockets. I’ve got to try these!!

Crunchy Cheesy Chicken Pockets- S
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • splash of almond milk
  • 2 c. crushed plain pork rinds
  • Small bag of fresh mixed greens or just spinach
  • 3 oz ⅓ reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ c. parmesean (green can is fine)
  • 1½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half vertically (make sure there is no fat or skin) & set aside
  3. Cook greens in butter until soft and forms into a ball and squeeze out excess liquid, set in a bowl
  4. Add parmesean cheese, garlic powder, & cream cheese to the greens and stir
  5. Crush pork rinds in a gallon ziplock bag
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together egg and almond milk. Set aside.
  7. In another bowl, combine flours, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  8. Make a good sized pocket in each chicken half with a knife
  9. Spoon greens/cream cheese mixture into chicken pockets
  10. Gingerly coat each chicken pocket with flour mixture
  11. Dip in egg mixture
  12. Generously coat with pork rinds or just put them in the pork rind bag to coat
  13. Fry chicken breasts in frying pan on med/high with equal parts coconut oil and butter
  14. on both sides until dark brown
  15. Finish baking in hot oven for 20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear

She served it with peppers, spaghetti squash, & broccoli. Hmm, hmm good!


Tips for this week:

1. Food Journal- I know a lot of people argue that food journaling takes away from the food freedom movement. But I disagree. For me, I love to know what I’ve eaten for the week so I can assess my week. If it was a good week, what did I do that helped my progress? If it was a bad week, I’m able to look back and see that oh maybe I didn’t eat enough E meals or maybe I had too many heavy S desserts or maybe I got in a rut this week and ate the same breakfasts and lunches which slowed my metabolism. And if you would like some help and are struggling with your THM journey, the best way us admins can help you is by being able to look at several days worth of what you’ve been eating. If you can’t tell us, we can’t help you as much as we’d like!

2. Don’t make it harder then it has to be- Sadly I’ve seen several posts lately about women who are just fed up because they don’t have time to cook, don’t like certain recipes, don’t want to buy the special ingredients, etc. The great thing about THM is you can make it your own!!

If you don’t like to cook, then figure out some drive thru sue methods for you that work. Have quest bars in your car in case you are out too long and forget to pack a snack, and for that matter stash some low carb tortillas in there. When I’m in a pinch, I go through the drive thru of a hamburger joint, ditch the bun, and eat my burger in my low carb tortilla. Delicious and satisfying!! I also love to grab my CCN (cheese, 85% dark chocolate, nuts) when I go out in case I need something. I usually don’t need it all but have it if I do. You just don’t want to be caught unprepared or bad choices are sometimes made.

If you don’t like a certain recipe, don’t make it again unless you didn’t give it a fair shot or tweaked it a bit too much because you didn’t have all the ingredients. Everyone is different, so not everyone is going to like everything in the book. The best advice I can give beginner’s is take what your family already eats and THMify it. We cook really simply at my house and I make 1-2 special recipes a week as well as a few desserts a week but that’s it. With 4 little kids I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen so I use the time I have efficiently and get the job done. I also try and make enough for leftovers. If I’m making a salad, I just cut all of the lettuce so I have cut lettuce for the week.

If you don’t want to buy the special ingredients, don’t do it. It’s nice to have them if you want treats and if desserts are important to you, at least find some sweeteners you like (my faves are Gentle Sweet or Erythritol mixed with Xylitol- if I separate the two, I have issues if you get my drift!) But otherwise, focus on buying whole foods for your family.

Because our THM community is so big now, there are a lot of great recipes out there created and pinned by our members, but don’t let them overwhelm you! If you’re in the mood to try something new, go for it. Otherwise stick to tried and trues that you know your family will love. I’ve mentioned before that my family does themes for each night of the week. Monday is Italian night, so if I’m in the mood to make something new, I look up a THM Italian recipe, otherwise I do variations on Dreamfields pasta or spaghetti squash- I do primavera, alfredo, chicken carbornara- I don’t have to think too hard about it and they are easy recipes that my family loves. We do pizza night every Friday and my whole family loves it!

Lastly, don’t give up. THM works and you can tweak it to fit your individual needs so keep that in mind during this process. If something isn’t working for you, do something different.

3. When you need to eat out, just remember you can always ask for something that will be on plan. My mom is here to visit this week, YAY!!! She had breakfast in the airport and asked for eggs and bacon a la carte with an almond milk sipper and some sugar free vanilla syrup. On plan and yummy!


Goal for next week:

My number one goal for this week is to really stick to the Stubborn Loser’s Menu. I have dabbled in it and it’s been really successful when I am diligent about it. I can’t wait to see what happens when I commit to a whole week ;) I do supplement with some extra food at meals because I’m nursing, but overall I am committing to stick to it.

What are your tips and tricks? What is working for you? What are your goals?

Happy THMing and have a great week! Remember to “like” us on Facebook to get updates and to see posts from other THM bloggers ;)

The last 16 in 2016 or size 6- Weeks 4&5

I was thrilled to see 149 this week! Ok it was 149.8, but it still counts right ;) It was so fun to be out of the 150′s. I have lost 3 pounds in the last 2 weeks and finally got past by plateau!!

It’s been a little hectic around here lately. I am directing the musical at our local elementary school. Auditioning 65 kids and casting 80 has been quite the challenge. It’s always difficult logistically and creatively to begin something like this, but now that we are underway with rehearsals I can take a breath! It will get hectic again once we get closer to the actual performances but that’s not for a few months.

Having said that, I’ve had to rely on a lot of drive-thru Sue options these last few weeks.

Favorite Recipes:

1. I made an oldie but goodie recipe this week that my family loved!! Chicken Carbonara with bacon and broccoli. It was quick and easy and hit the spot!!

Chicken Carbonara- S
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This is a quick and easy dinner for those nights where you don't have a lot of time
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-7
  • 1 package turkey bacon
  • 1 package dreamfield's spaghetti noodles
  • frozen diced broccoli
  • 2-3 T butter
  • ¼ c. parm cheese (green can works best)
  • 1 egg
  • 6-7 diced,cooked, seasoned chicken tenderloins (I used italian & garlic seasonings)
  1. Cook in bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven @ 400 degrees for about 15 minutes
  2. Boil pasta
  3. Cook, season, and dice chicken
  4. Strain Pasta
  5. While pasta is still hot, mix in raw egg (the heat of the pasta cooks it, but stir fast bc you don't want egg pieces), butter, parm cheese
  6. Cook broccoli (optional)
  7. Dice bacon
  8. Add chicken, broccoli, and bacon to pasta and mix together
  9. Serve with a side salad and some yummy italian dressing

2. For Valentine’s Day I made the chocolate berry wedding cheesecake (p. 332). Cheesecake is always a hit and it was so tasty!!

3. Mixed berry triple 000 yogurt with raspberries and a sprinkling of Lily’s chocolate chips- it’s not a recipe, per se, but it has been one of my favorite snacks lately.

Image result for mixed berry triple zero yogurt  Image result for lily's chocolate chips  Other Tried and True Recipes:

My wonderful mother was here this week helping with the musical and she made The Bust A Myth Banana Cake (p.298 in the new book). She also made the first THM dessert we fell in love with- The Cheesecake Berry Crunch (p.352 in the new book, also in the old book). Sadly, we didn’t get pics but they are both tasty!!

Tips for the Week:

1. I broke up with my scale this week! Well not really but I went a whole week without weighing. I was weighing everyday because I wanted to see my progress, but it was frustrating and didn’t reflect my actual progress. When I don’t weigh daily, I find that I focus more on how I feel and how I fit in my clothes and I can focus on the week as a whole. I’ve also been measuring and have lost 1/2 inch in my waist!! A lot of THMers don’t see progress on the scale, but they lose inches and fit better in their clothes.

2. I measure my nuts. I know, I know, we don’t count calories and I don’t but sometimes when I eat nuts I go, well “nuts”! I find that counting out 16 mixed nuts when I want a nut snack helps me stay in control of my portions. It’s better than doing without them completely!!

3. I have talked about limiting my desserts and I think I’ve finally found a balance. I still eat dessert 2-3 times a day because that is a very fun part of this plan, in my opinion, but I have been better about controlling my portions. I try and save any Heavy S desserts for the afternoon and have a lighter dessert after dinner. My go to is the salted caramel gluccie pudding (p. 351 new book). It’s so important to find yummy FP desserts you like so you don’t go overboard on the heavy S desserts.

Goals for this next week:

1. Add in some new exercise. I’ve been loving my Jillian Michael workouts but now that the weather is getting warmer I’m going to get out and take more walks and ride my bike. Changing it up from time to time is always a good idea & I love that we can enjoy sunshine again;) – is anyone else experiencing Spring Fever?!!

2. Drink More! I am not great at drinking enough during the day and it leaves me feeling sluggish and sometimes I eat more at meals than I should because I don’t drink enough. I’m going to focus on drinking my GGMS’s, singing canaries, TRUE raspberry lemonade, and water. I also enjoy a Zevia cream soda at night sometimes.

What are your goals for the week? What tips do you have? I’d love to hear how you’re doing ;)

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The last 16 in 2016 or size 6- week 3

This week was a little crazy and we had a lot going on. I maintained from last week which is fine but of course I’m anxious to get past this plateau of mine. I have lost 40 lbs since my baby was born almost a year ago so I should say I maintained my 40 lbs weight loss this week ;) That’s not a small thing, right?! We need to celebrate our victories!! I was more conscientious about my serving sizes for desserts so I felt better overall this week. They are so fun, but sometimes I justify eating too many snack bites or cookies just because they’re on plan. Tell me I’m not the only one with that problem!

Favorite Recipes this week:

1. I like to do “themes” for our dinners every night of the week to make meal planning easier. Tuesday is usually Mexican food and we were tired of just plain ol tacos in tortilla shells, so I decided to try to make tortilla bowls and they turned out so yummy! The kids LOVED them too!! They were really easy. I made 2 versions. One just using an upside down muffin tin, and the other putting spraying the bottom of a bowl with non stick spray and then placing the tortilla on top of the upside down bowl with a larger bowl on top. I baked these for roughly 20 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. Just check and make sure they are crispy enough before you take them out ;)

Here’s the final product- this was my 3 year old son’s (his turned out the best!)

2. I’ve been addicted to Rye Wasa crackers, laughing cow cheese, and tomatoes &/or lean turkey deli meat for an yummy E snack. I eat this all the time now! The crackers taste like triscuts to me. I’m so glad I rediscovered these ;)

Favorite Tips:

1. I was researching more about fueling my body before and after a workout. Did you know you should try and eat 20 grams of protein within an hour after a workout to get the full benefits? It’s also important to have some carbs too. It’s important to have some carbs and protein before a workout as well to fuel your body properly so you can get the most out of your workout. Before my workout, I like to eat some oatmeal with a little protein powder and almond milk in it or some egg whites if I’m really ambitious in the am ;) . Afterwards, I usually have a triple 000 yogurt, or a protein shake and a fruit.

2. I’ve been making my no bake bites and PB cups in my mini muffin pans and I’ve decided it’s the perfect portion for an afternoon snack paired with some veggies and humus or fruit and yogurt ;)

3. Look for Triple 000 yogurt at your local Costco. I was thrilled to see them at mine!!!

Goals for next week:

1. Research more on a weight “set point.” My body is comfortable at this weight which is why I always stall here for a bit. I would like to read about some tips on how to re-adjust my weight set point.

2. I’m not a strict menu planner. I like to write down ideas and then pick and choose what I want to eat from day to day depending on my mood. But this week I did make a chart to indicate the meal fuels I’d like to aim for from day to day. I want to try and follow it this week and see if it helps me ;) I wrote down more E meals for the days that I exercise and then I’m trying to alternate low carb and high carb days based on my activity levels. I’ll let you know how it goes ;)

How was your week? What are your upcoming goals, tips, & tricks??

The last 16 or size 6 in 2016 – week 2

This week I was up on the scale a bit which is frustrating because I ate really good & exercised consistently. I also kept my goals of not eating heavy S desserts at night &  limiting my nuts and cheese intake. I did not do great at going to bed on time, so that could have hurt my metabolism a bit and my nursing baby has been ravenous lately & I don’t think I compensated for that with my calorie intake ;) Having said that, part of this process is trusting the process and knowing that the number on the scale is not always a reflection of the work we put in and of the progress we are making. I feel healthier and have more energy and that’s important. I’m going to start keeping track of my measurements better too. I know several women that lose inches but don’t see the scale move too much, which is why I’m adjusting my title series to the last 16 or size 6 in 20 16 ;) Now where did we pack our measuring tape?? We’re still missing some things from the move so I may just have to bite the bullet and get a new one.

What I learned about myself this week:

1. I have to grocery shop once a week to make sure I have enough healthy food in my house. If I go longer than that, I don’t have enough fresh fruits and veggies for a well balanced diet.

2. It’s important for me to take a few hours out of my week to prep ahead for several meals- I make a few on plan desserts, cook some extra meat, cut up some veggies, and it goes along way in keeping me on track throughout the week. You know the old saying, fail to plan and you plan to fail? I feel like this is really true when it come to health and nutrition.

Favorite recipes I tried this week:

1. We like to eat breakfast for dinner on Sundays. I like to keep meals simple on Sunday and this is the best way for me to do that. I made some yummy rapsberry pancakes in a pan that was a hit with my kiddos, and like I’ve mentioned before, they are my toughest critics. Here is the recipe:

Rapsberry Pancakes in a Pan- S
This is a quick & easy meal to make for your whole family ;)
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • ⅔ c. egg whites
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 1 scoop collagen (can omit but it's good for the consistency and extra protein)
  • 1½ c. almond milk
  • ¼ c. oat fiber
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1½ c. frozen raspberries
  • ½ c. xylitol
  • 6 t. truvia
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Beat eggs
  3. Combine wet ingredients
  4. Combine dry ingredients
  5. Gently stir in frozen raspberries
  6. Spray large baking sheet with non stick spray
  7. Pour batter onto ban and spread with a spatula
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  9. Pumpkin option:
  10. Omit vanilla & raspberries
  11. Add 1 c. pumpkin, 1½ t. cinnamon, 1½ t. pumpkin pie spice

2. Apple Crisp for one. I had an E lunch and desperately wanted a dessert so I came up with this quick & easy E dessert.

Slice an apple and arrange on plate, you can use 1/2

Mix 1 T oatmeal, 1 T applesauce, a dash of cinnamon and 1 packet truvia or 1 tsp. sweetner in a bowl

Spread mixture over apples

Micro for 1 min, add a dollop of fat free reddi whip and voila!

You get this:

3. Chocolate Milk- so yummy!

Make the FP chocolate sauce on p. 479 of the new book and mix it into some almond milk, voila! On plan, FP chocolate milk!!

(My photo skills aren’t amazing, but you get the idea ;)

4. I tried the salted caramel gluccie pudding from the new book (p. 351) in the new book. This is a game changer for me and it is another FP dessert, which means you can eat after any meal!! Bonus ;)

Favorite tips from the week:

1. Did you know if you workout, it is important for repairing your muscles if you eat 20 grams of protein within an hour afterwards? You also get all of the benefits of your workout this way. If you don’t have that protein your workouts are not as effective.

2. Whenever I am sluggish in the am, I drink a singing canary and it perks me right up!

Goals for this next week:

1. Get more sleep

2. Eat more E meals- it’s recommended to eat at least 10 E meals a week to keep your metabolism revving and to ensure  you have a balanced diet. I don’t think I hit my 10 this week so I’m going to be more conscientious of my E meal intake this week.

3.  Try 2 new meals ;)

Happy THMing and have a great week!! What are your goals?

The last 16 in 2016- Joy in the Journey

It’s been a long long while since I’ve written. That is an understatement. It has almost been a year, but here we are.  A lot has happened since. I had my fourth child, a sweet little boy who is now 10 months old. My husband got a new job and we moved cross country when the baby was 3 weeks old. Yes it was absolutely insane timing!! I moved in with my inlaws for 10 weeks and now we are finally settled in a house of our own trying to find our way in a new community. Somewhere in there my blog contracted some viruses and thanks to my tech savvy hubby,  I finally was able to get rid of the viruses and start again. Some of the content was deleted in the process unfortunately, so if you click on a link and it doesn’t work, I apologize in advanced;)

Having said all of that, I have being doing THM pretty religiously since baby was born and am just a few pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I still am not quite to my ultimate goal, but thanks to THM I only gained 40 pounds this last pregnancy as opposed to the 75+ pounds I gained with my other 3 pregnancies. Wahoo!!! So it has been a lot easier getting the weight off.  I love THM and can’t imagine doing anything else. I never want to go back to counting calories or feeling deprived ever again!

Since my blog is up and running again, I am going to document my THM journey until I get to my goal. I’ve already lost 40 lbs but am not quite to my ultimate goal. This is scary for me, but I’m committed to getting to my goal weight this year! I will share my successes and failures and give tips of what is working for me along the way that will hopefully be of some use to someone out there. I’m excited to start incorporating more new recipes from the new book into my meal plans. Feel free to tag along on this THM journey and I’d love to hear about your successes and struggles as well as you go along your own THM journey.

Week 1:

Weight at the beginning of the week: 153.3

Weight at the end of the week: 152.4

Total Loss: -.9

What I learned about myself this week:

1. I am a grazer. I sabatoge myself by grazing during that witching hour right before dinner. It helps me to have veggies to munch on if I’m really hungry, I
chew some gum, or make a yummy drink. My favorite go to is TRUE raspberry lemonade which I get at Walmart ;) True Raspberry Lemonade - 10 ct

True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix, 10-count (Pack of 6)

2. I do so much better when I exercise. On Monday, my muscles felt like jello and I had zippo energy but I still made it a goal to get through my workout. Right now I am doing Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. I do it 3 times a week and of course eat THM, not the diet that’s in the program. I also go to a dance class once a week and ballroom dance with my hubby once a week. Weight training and cardio are a good mix for me.

Favorite Recipes I tried this week:

Creamy Herb Chicken- p. 165 in the new book- My whole family loved it, including my daughter who is definitely my pickiest THM eater!!

Praline Protein bars-p. 391 in the new book- These are awesome and you MUST make them if you like PB! Another bonus is they are a FP dessert so you can enjoy them with any meal!

No bake bars- My whole family LOVED these and my picky THM eater told me I tricked her because she thought they were non THM- WIN for Mom!! These were inspired by Briana Thomas. Here is the link to her no bake bars 

No bake bars- S
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These are one of my families favorites! They are quick and easy to make and you can just leave them in the freezer for a quick and healthy snack ;)
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 bars
  • ¼ c. PB
  • ¼ c. butter
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. peanut flour
  • 3 heaping T baking blend
  • 1 c. oats
  • ½ c. gentle sweet
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ dark chocolate bar copped
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
  1. Melt PB, butter, coconut oil in saucepan on medium heat until combined.
  2. Whisk in gentle sweet & vanilla.
  3. Add cocoa, peanut flour, baking blend, & oats and mix with a heat safe spatula until combined, take off heat, Add in coconut flakes. Slowly add in as much water as is needed to make it non crumbly.
  4. Add dark chocolate, & pecans & mix well
  5. Press into a 8x8 pan and slice into 16 bars or roll into 16 balls. Keep in freezer for easy snacking. Stick to 1 for after a meal or 2 for a snack ;)


Skinny Chocolate Custard- This stuff is so yummy!!! For the liquid I used almond milk and the recipe doesn’t say to cook it, but I ended up making the skinny chocolate in a saucepan, heating up the liquid in the micro and adding the egg yolks to that, and then combining it all. I also added a scoop of gelatin and put it in the fridge. It ended up looking like pudding so I could eat it that way or put a scoop in the micro and have it warm with a little bit of whipped cream- OH MY, you’ve got to try it!! And it’s a DEEP S Dessert- DOUBLE WIN!! Here is the recipe : Chocolate Custard 



My Favorite Tips from the week:

1. I like to enjoy my heavy S desserts mid day and have a lighter S dessert after dinner

2. The 5 ways how not to do THM article was awesome and I really related! If you are part of the THM FB groups, you can access it here.

3. The other wonderful gem I found this week was the STUBBORN LOSER’s MENU found on the THM website. It is not as strict as a fuel cylce and had great ideas for meals that will help get the scale moving again. Check out the website here.

Goals for this week:

1. Try 2 new recipes from the book

2. Only have 1 serving of nuts and cheese each day- I can go overboard on those!

3. No heavy S desserts at night

4. Go to bed on time- I’m always hungrier the next day when I don’t go to bed on time!

What are your goals for the week? Have a happy and healthy week and good luck THMing!! Let me know what kinds of tips and tricks you find helpful as well ;)



What’s up Wednesday- Low Carb Halloween Candy!!

What’s on my mind this week? Halloween candy of course! The longer I do THM, the less appealing regular candy is to me, but it is always fun to find substitutes for my favorite treats. The Halloween goodies I’m making for my Halloween this year are:

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Squares- These bars are my husband’s most favorite THM treat of all time. I make them for him weekly. They are super easy to make and so good! I simply make a batch of skinny chocolate for the top layer and leave them in the freezer for a quick treat.

Low Carb "Peanut Butter Cup" Squares

2. Snickers- oh yeah, I’m excited about these! I’ve also heard of THMers making the payday candies from the new book and just coating them in skinny chocolate for the same affect.


I think these two yummy treats will satisfy my candy cravings on Halloween. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll make some paydays and gummies from the new book and possibly these mounds bars. If not this week, someday, they look amazing!

Sugar Free Homemade Mounds Bars

What are you making for your Halloween goodies?

Tip Tuesday- Make some on plan Thanksgiving food!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I hope everyone is prepping for your big feasts where you get to spend time with your loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have :) I love Thanksgiving because I get to see my family from out of town. My mom and sisters and I are going to be busy in the kitchen concocting some yummy THM food- I can’t wait!!

I wanted to give you some THM Thanksgiving options. Even if you are taking the day off, it might be fun to make a recipe or two to add to your menu or take to the house you are celebrating at and then you can have some yummy THM leftovers to eat for the rest of the week guilt free;)

I found this gem on Pinterest with some great ideas and possibilities: 

Here is what I did last year;) I had an E Thanksgiving dinner and then 3 hours later, I had a S Thanksgiving dinner! Yes, I really did and it was SO fun!!
Here is my tentative Thanksgiving menu: (I will probably not make all of this, but it’s good to have ideas and options!)

E meal:

light turkey meat

Gwen’s E rolls

green salad w/ light dressing

Creamless Creamy Veggies- p. 352 in book

sugar free cranberry sauce

sugar free jello w/ diced apples, raspberries and pineapple

Sweet Potato Cassarolle

sugar-free sweet potato crunch - kourafas5/Istockphoto

*To keep it in E territory, use just a sprinkling of pecans to give it a little crunch

apple crisp or apple crumble (p. 338- THM cook book)


*Obviously I will go over my fat allotment for E meals just a smidge, but it’s still better than eating completely off plan in my opinion ;)

S meal: ( 3 hours later;)

dark turkey meat w/ gravy

Green bean cassarolle- (p. 358- old book)

Macafoni and Cheese- (p. 359- old book)

Cheesy cheese rolls


Stuffing- (I used a different recipe last year, but want to try this one this year!)


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Roll


Pumpkin Pie- see recipe for Pumpkin Treat in the old THM book and make a crust using crushed pecans and butter ;)

I also just discovered Mrs. Criddle’s pumpkin cream cake which is one of my new favorites so I may make that instead of the pumpkin roll, decisions, decisions!


What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving?



Menu Planning Monday- Soups and Pumpkin desserts!

Here is a post I wrote last year with one of my favorte menus- enjoy!

Hi there fellow THMers! I have started blogging again, but because I’m pregnant I still have some good weeks and some not so great weeks so please bear with me as I will be posting on and off.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving and enjoying the yummy foods that accompany cold weather. With this in mind, I planned my menu with pumpkin desserts and soups included. Hopefully you can get some good ideas to add to your menu this week! As a reminder, if you click on anything highlighted in blue it will take you to the link of the recipe ;)


Monday- Balsamic Chicken ( I just sauteed chicken tenderloins in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and then added no sugar marinera sauce), dreamfields pasta, salad with Olive Garden Dressing- S

Tuesday- Fajitas- S

Wednesday- Mock Mack and Cheese Cassarolle- S

Thursday- Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes- E

Friday- Speedy Thin Crust Pizza- S (old THM book p. 278)

Saturday- Mock Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup- S

Olive Garden Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup. Photo by Laney RDH

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal- E (we like having breakfast for dinner on Sundays)


Dessert Ideas:

Cookie Dough Shake- FP (meaning you can have this after any meal;)


Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake- S (one of my favorites!)


Mom’s yummy pumpkin cookies-S ( I have to have these on hand at all times now ;)

Snack Ideas:

CNC- dark chocolate, nuts, cheese- S

Joseph Lavash Chips, Cottage Cheese and Salsa- FP

Greek Yogurt, cocoa powder, peanut flour, sweetener to taste- E

Popcorn(once a week), Apples dipped in stevia sweetened greek yogurt and cinnamon- E

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug- E (I substituted the egg for an egg white and it turned out great!)

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug


Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal, diced apple, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, Ezekiel toast w/ polaner’s jam- E

Breakfast Burritos- low carb tortilla, scrambled eggs, any veggies, salsa, cheese- S

Other breakfast Ideas: I found this great link with lots of breakfast ideas using no special ingredients ;)


Lunch Ideas:

Leftovers ;)

Lite Progresso Soups, Ezekiel toast w/ some laughing cow cheese- E

Ham Wraps w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Laughing Cow Cheese- E

Southern Dill Pickle Chicken Salad- S (I ate this in a low carb tortilla- yum!


Yummy Warm Drinks:

Hot Cocoa w/ Peppermint Extract- heat 1 c. almond milk in microwave, stir in 1-2 T. cocoa powder, liquid stevia to taste, 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract, and whipped cream on top- I have this almost every night!

Snickers Hot Cocoa

Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Winter Wonderland Sip



Happy Halloween! new Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S

My mom is in her THM test kitchen once again! Here are some fabulous pumpkin cookies just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving ;)

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. soft butter
  • Sweetener (I used ¼ c. Truvia)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ¼ c. almond flour
  • 1 heaping T. coc flour
  • 1 hpg T. shredded coconut
  • 3 hpg T. peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. gluccie
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ 85% dark chocolate bar chopped into pieces
  1. By hand, mix wet, mix dry, and then combine
  2. Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake @ 350 for 10 min
  3. Let rest for 3 min. on sheet, then place on rack to cool
  4. Makes 20 cookies