Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Weigh-In Day, Week 23

Well apparently I’m just a yo-yo, up and down, up and down…up. Up the 2.5 I was down last week, no major changes in effort or lack of effort. Had a few social food moments this week but bumped up exercise as well to “make up” for it and still stayed within moderation during those social events.

I don’t know what to tell ya.  Just keep on your healthier path that you’ve started down and keep trusting the results will come to stay. Yes Sara, I’m talking to you.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 22

Woot woot! I did it! I lost 2.5 pounds this week which means the little butterfly gets to move over another 1/2 pound from the last time I lost.

This weeks efforts have included making daily time for  a good heart-pumping, sweat-inducing workout. I am using the Biggest Loser Cardio Max and Power Sculpt DVDs on alternating days, switching up the intensity levels on alternating days as well so its never the exact same workout.

I have become horrible at tracking my food lately, mostly because I eat on the fly a lot and hardly have time to eat my food, let alone sit down and analyze it to figure out how many points its worth. So I have been making sure to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, sticking to lean protein and limiting the amount of starches I eat on a daily basis. Seems to be working as I have lost that 2.5 pounds, right? I still have my coffee with caramel every day, although I did switch to using Fat-Free milk about a month or so ago and you know what? I don’t even hate it.

I continue on and hope for the day when I will finally drop out of the 200’s on the scale. Down to 233.5 now. Almost out of the 230’s!

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Weigh-In Day, Week 21

I guess I forgot to post yesterday! Anyway, not much to report, up 1 pound from last week. Continuing to watch what I eat and exercising. Thinking about booking a physical since its been a couple of years…curious to see how my weight compares to what is on file at the Doctor’s office considering the last time they weighed me there I think was about 6-8 weeks pregnant with our son.

I don’t know how following my journey affects you, I am tempted to think that when my weight doesn’t budge or goes up instead of down, in spite of my efforts, that those reading will start to think “what’s the point”? But I can tell you that even if I never drop another pound, continuing the lifestyle I have been forming for the past 21 weeks has benefited me in more ways than just the weight loss. My overall health is improved from what it was and that is worth every effort. Sure, there are days where I wish I could just eat whatever without thinking, and the odd day I do, but more often than not I know I will regret eating “whatever” more than I will enjoy it in the moment and that has kept me from making not-so-healthy food choices over the past weeks and months.

There are also days where I wish I could just lie on the couch and watch the workout DVD but I know I feel better after having completed a workout so I do it anyway.

See, I’m not always gung-ho (is that how you even spell it and what does that even mean???) about losing weight but I firmly believe in continuing this journey I started so I keep on keeping on.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!

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Weigh-In Day, Week 20

It has been one stressor of a week, I won’t bore you with details. I am actually very surprised that I only went up a single pound this week, although perhaps I shouldn’t be. I did continue to eat healthy, in spite of everything I have going on and I managed to squeeze in just a couple of short workouts. I am happy that my weight didn’t climb further since I know both stress and sleep deprivation can hinder weight loss.

My message to you this week is this, even when life throws you curve ball after curve ball and you feel like you are drowning in the overwhelming madness that fills your days and steals your sleep at night, you DON’T have to give in to eating for stress relief. You don’t have to become a couch potato. Those bad weeks come to all of us and yes, more than anything I have wanted to hide in my bed and do nothing but sleep all week and eat cheeseburgers, but I didn’t. And I am glad I didn’t. Because if I had ,and my weight had gone up 5 pounds instead of 1, I would be going into this next week with an even bigger ball of stress to chew on.

As it is, I’m ready to get up, brush myself off and move on, hoping for a week with a little less crazy and a little more peace.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 19

IMG_0301June 1st and down 2 pounds this week. Woohoo! My weight-loss tip of the week? Plant a garden the size of a football field and take care of a Texas-sized lawn while chasing after a 1 1/2 year old and keeping an eye on a 3 year-old who is intent on teaching the new kittens how to dance and always gets a pile of dirt/sand in her hair by the end of each day.

Food-wise, I do mostly find it easier to eat healthy in the warm months because hot, creamy comfort foods hold less appeal to me then and cold, crunchy fresh foods are more appealing. One of my favourite things to eat right now is a salad where, I cut up and section an orange in the plate/bowl i’ll be using for the salad, so that all the juices stay on the plate, add some romaine, and toss to coat with the juice from the orange. Add slice berries, almonds, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. No dressing. The sweetness from all the fruit and the light coating of orange juice is perfect. Sometimes I throw in chicken if I have some cooked. I love this salad.

Speaking of salads, shortly after I began weight watchers last year, I discovered I didn’t really care for most salads. I just liked the toppings and dressings. Take those away and substitute a big bowl fool of raw veg with light dressing and I’d eat it, but I wouldn’t really enjoy it. I prefer most of my vegetables (except lettuce of course), cooked. So this spring I’ve been experimenting with salads beginning with a base of romaine or spinach, and adding fruits instead of veggies and I have rediscovered a love for salads. If the fruits I’m using don’t provide enough juice to be a dressing, then I use raspberry vinaigrette, which is usually fat-free anyway. Adding nuts and seeds to a salad also makes it more filling. The biggest problem with salads for me is that they make me feel full for 5 minutes and then I’m ravenous. Adding the fruits and nuts seem to make it more filling for longer.

Because our farm life is so crazy right now, I have to actually make sure I eat throughout the day because it is tempting to just work hard and not break for food. So I make sure to keep lots of healthy, quick, grab-and-go options available. Cottage cheese, turkey pepperoni sticks, whole wheat tortillas and ingredients for a quick wrap, fruits and veggies. We’ve been eating watermelon like its going out of style.

So here’s to another week of working hard and making progress. Progress certainly doesn’t happen when you’re sitting back and doing nothing.

 

 

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