Friday, January 19, 2018

FREE Redbox DVD, Blue-ray, or Video Game Rental (Text Offer)

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If you haven’t already, grab a FREE Redbox DVD, Blu-ray, or Video Game Rental when you text the word VALPAK to 727272. Your unique promo code is good through February 28th and is valid for one-time use!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

My Personal Weight Loss Story--How I Lost 50lbs on Trim Healthy Mama

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A year ago, on January 2, 2017, I set out on a mission (once again) to get healthy.  It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to post my story here.  The main reason for that, I think, is because I knew I would need to share before/after pictures.  My before pictures are embarassing to me, but I also know that it's important for others to see the results and not just read about it. is my story.

I originally began Trim Healthy Mama back in 2013.  I had just had my third (and last) baby so, of course, I was searching for a way to lose that baby weight...and the leftover baby weight from the other two girls.  I came across Trim Healthy Mama on facebook through some of the homeschool blogs and pages I followed.  I was immediately intrigued and ordered the first, very thorough book.  I've always had an intense interest in nutrition and health so I quickly picked up on the THM lingo and understood the plan quite well.  I ended up loving the plan and losing all my baby weight and getting back down to (almost) goal weight by early 2014.

Unfortunately, the last half of 2014 and the first few months of 2015 were very hard on our family.  There was a lot of stress going and our family ended up moving away to a new community.  As you can imagine, throughout all of this I slipped back into my old habits and started gaining.  I was eating like a teenager, but obviously, my thirty-something year old body was not metabolizing like a teenager.  

Let's fast forward to the end of 2016.  Life once again changed, and we moved back to the community we had moved away from.  

Needless to say, at the end of 2016 I weighed more than I had EVER weighed before. And yes, that includes heavier than I was in any of my three pregnancies. Not only was it the number on the scale, but it was my health.  My wedding ring wouldn't fit any longer. I was having blood sugar crashes all the time and would have to just start stuffing food in my mouth to get my blood sugar back up.  I was dealing with tons of hormonal issues and had been to numerous doctors and specialists over the last 18 months trying to figure things out.  Ultimately, I knew what was wrong.  It was my diet.  And I was doing this to myself. 

I had reached a point of total disgust and knew that I had to do something.  I made this a matter of prayer, got out my THM books and made a new committment.  My 2017 resolution was to lose weight and get healthy.

I started January 2, 2017.  I followed the Trim Healthy Mama plan with very, very few cheats and started seeing the pounds drop off.  The scale was moving down consistently.  But, even better?  The sugar crashes stopped.  My blood sugar was staying balanced easily.  My hormones started balancing out and most of the symptoms I had been having started to ease away or even totally disappear.  I started back to running (like I had the first time I did THM in 2013-2014).  I had the energy to exercise, eat right and still do everything at the house that I needed to do.  My afternoon slump and that feeling that I just couldn't function had disappeared.  As the weeks went on I could tell I was shrinking.  My clothes were getting looser and soon, several of them were way too big, thankfully!  

On June 6, 2017--just 6 months and 4 days after recommitting to the plan, I reached the 50lbs lost milestone!  I couldn't have been more thrilled!  I felt better.  I looked better.  My clothes fit better.  I was in better shape.  And, I was able to take better care of my family.  

In July, I ran my very first 10K race here in town and that put in me a desire to increase the mileage.  I started training for a half marathon distance, and in October of 2017 I ran a half marathon--13.1 miles!  

Throughout the summer and fall, as I was training, my scale stopped moving.  I wasn't gaining; I was maintaining my loss and still feeling great.  But, as most of you know, when the scale stops moving it gets discouraging.  

I allowed myself to become discouraged by the lack of weight loss and ended up going off plan in November and December.  As you can guess, I gained back about 15-20lbs.  I'm now back on plan and working on losing that again.  

Why did I tell you that last part?  Because I need to understand myself, and I want you to understand that weight loss is a process. And becoming healthy is all about a lifestyle change.  Not a temporary fix.  Our bodies are all different.  If I lost 50lbs in a year and ran a half marathon, I should have been happy with that.  Yes, I still wasn't at my goal weight, but I was so much stronger and healthier.  I didn't listen to that, though.  I let myself get stuck on the number on the scale that had been the same for 6 months.  I sabatoged myself.  I understood all the science and health benefits of the plan, yet I was too focused on the number on the scale to remember how far I had come and how much my body had healed.  

I believe God expects me to be a good steward--in many ways--financially, with my time, and also with my health.  Choosing to eat healthy and do my best to take care of the body He gave me should always be important to me.

And, if you're wondering, my weight after losing 50lbs was still about 11 pounds above the high range on the BMI scale. I was still considered overweight on the chart. I felt like I still had about 10-20lbs at least to lose.  But, the scale just wasn't budging. 

God created us all differently.  All different shapes and sizes.  All different muscle and bone mass.  There is not one "perfect" weight.  Our goal with this plan is health.  Weight loss is a positive side effect!

Maybe I'll never be the "ideal weight" in some people's eyes, but I definitely feel healthier, more energetic and happier following Trim Healthy Mama

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THM Friendly Coupons & Rebates--Week of 1/17/18

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If you are Trim Healthy Mama, then I have a list of coupons for you!  Who doesn't want to save money and be able to eat healthy too?  Read how I lost 50lbs on THM!

Each week (on Wednesdays) I will update this list for you so you can print the coupons or submit the rebates and save while grocery shopping!


Another awesome cashback that I love is Checkout 51!  

There are several rebates on this app that are also THM friendly:

You can also find some printable coupons below:

*Truvia $2 coupon when you request a free sample HERE

*Dreamfields Pasta $1 coupon HERE

*So Delicious Dairy Free coupon HERE (this can be used for on plan ice cream!)

*Mambo Sprouts has several coupons that are THM friendly including Zevia, So Delicious, etc

*Here are more coupons preselected that are all THM friendly.

Click on the coupons to print!

on any TWO (2) bags of Cooked Perfect® Meatballson any TWO (2) Sargento® Ultra Thin® Cheese Slices
when you buy two Quaker® Old Fashioned, Quick or Instant Oats or Quaker® Oatmeal Squares Cerealwhen you buy any ONE (1) PACE® Salsa or Picante Sauce product (24oz or larger) (Available at Walmart)
on any one (1) Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Refrigerated Producton any FOUR (4) UNCLE BEN’S® Brand Rice Products
on any ONE (1) 13 oz. Butterball® Turkey Smoked Sausage (any variety)on any TWO (2) Swanson® Broths or Stocks (32oz. or larger)
when you buy ONE any flavor/variety Muir Glen™ Organic producton any ONE (1) package of Truvia® Stevia Sweetener (excludes 30 ct.)
On any ONE (1) Sargento® Stick or String Cheese

 (You can also download the app to see most of these same coupons. It works like the cashback apps, where you purchase the item, submit your receipt and then receive the "coupon" money back in your PayPal account.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FREE 2-Year ShopRunner Membership ($158 Value) = FREE 2-Day Shipping at 140+ Stores

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Hurry over here where PayPal members can score a FREE 2-Year ShopRunner Membership (a $158 value) – no strings attached and you will not receive a bill.

I've been a member (free member) of ShopRunner for several years and I was able to extend my membership for 2 more years for FREE!  It comes in handy at several retailers for FREE online shipping!

What is ShopRunner?!

Your ShopRunner membership provides you with FREE unlimited 2-day shipping on millions of items from over 140 popular online retailers like Staples, Harry & David, 1-800 Flowers, Vera Bradley, Urban Decay and more. 

Thanks, Hip2Save!

*HOT* $10 Item from Hollar for ONLY $1 Shipped!

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You can get this eye shadow pallet for only $1!! Or, if you don't want/need eye shadow, you can still score a great deal. You'll get a FREE $5 credit, FREE shipping plus 40% off of any item if you follow the directions below.

Here's how:

1.) Go to this link. And then create an account. ($5 credit & free shipping)

2.) After you've created an account, download the Hollar app and fill cart from there.

3.) Add this (or any other items around $10 from Hollar) to your cart.

4.) Apply promo code 3vjt4k (40% off)

You'll get 40% off of $10 which will bring it to $6. You will get free shipping & a $5 credit which brings it to $1. Woop woop!!

Make sure you also take advantage of your FREE $10 to Walmart from Google Express!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Amazon: EXPO Dry Erase Markers 36-Count Pack Only $17.78 (Regularly $50+) & More

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Amazon has some GREAT deals on markers right now!

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Chisel Tip Black Markers 36-Count Pack
Only $17.78 – just 49¢ per marker!
(regularly $66.83)

Only $9.89 (regularly $15)

Amazon: L’il Critters Minions Gummy Vitamins ONLY $2.75 Shipped

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Hurry to Amazon and clip a digital coupon valid for $3 off select L’il Critters Gummy Vitamins. Many of these items are available for Subscribe & Save meaning you’ll save an additional 5% – 15% and get free shipping.

For example, these L’il Critters Minions 60-Count Multivitamins Gummies are just $2.75 shipped when you clip the $3 coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save. Sweet!

**HOT** FREE $10 From Google Express!!

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🔥 🔥 Get $10 FREE money to spend at Walmart! 🔥 🔥

Here’s how: Ok, follow the steps and get your free $10 credit on Google Express! 

1. GO HERE--->>>

2. ADD TO CART - something $4 or close to it from WALMART. Must be from Walmart and if you want it for free or close to it you need to allow for $5.99 shipping. 

2. PROCEED TO CHECKOUT - once there, you'll see a promo code area, expand it and you'll see the APPLY button for a promo code ALREADY on your account for you!

3. ENTER PAYMENT INFO (if necessary) 

VOILA! There are lots of things to choose from for $4 or less.

As you can see, I bought a 28oz bottle of shampoo for 10 cents shipped!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ground Beef Chimichanga--THM S (Low Carb, Keto)

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For Christmas I received an air fryer.  I've been scared to use it ever since. But, when I came up with the idea of making a low carb, THM (S) Chimichanga my fears quickly faded.  The excitement of having an on-plan version of my favorite Mexican restaurant meal motivated me to try it.

I first saw the idea in the THM Air Fryer group on facebook.  Someone posted about making pizza pockets in the low carb tortillas which got me to thinking....And the low carb, THM (S) chimichanga was born!

It's quick and easy and oh-so good! 

My husband declared these "better than any Mexican restaurant!"  That sounds like a win to me!


  • 1 lb ground beef (browned) and seasoned for tacos (I use cumin, chili, onion and garlic powders).
  • Shredded cheese
  • Pico de Gallo (tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a teaspoon of both salt and homemade truvia)
  • Your favorite Low Carb tortilla (I use the Xtreme Wellness High Fiber Low Carb--only 50 calories)

Now, just build the chimichanga:

Take your low carb tortilla and fill with ground beef, pico and cheese.  Be careful not to overfill so you'll be able to fold closed.

Fold it to close and lay it in your air fryer basket. 

Fry on 390 degrees for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.  

Optional: Top with on plan chili sauce, cheese and extra cilantro....or whatever toppings you desire. Just remember to keep them S toppings to keep this in S territory.  

This would also be great served with a side salad.  Or if your children need a crossover, add some beans or brown rice--spanish style! 

 The possibilities are endless!