Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

About Little Mama

Hi, I’m Sara. I am a 33-year-old farmer’s wife and little mama of three, family photographer and medical transcriptionist (currently on leave from both). I am also obese.

Weight is something I have struggled with since childhood – I do not know what it is like to be the same shape or size as my peers, I was always the biggest kid in the class. Around the middle at least, I was often the smallest when it came to height. Still am at just 5′.

Over the years, I learned to develop a sense of humor about my weight. I have often felt helpless and hopeless to change this part of my person so instead of wallowing in self-pity, the eternal optimist in me decided to make it funny.  I don’t know why Miss Optimist couldn’t have instead decided to do something about it but humor is often how I cope with stressful situations. Ask those close to me about the bad jokes I came up with when my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour!

Last year, about 5 months after giving birth to my son, I approached my doctor about my need to lose weight. I knew in order to be the mother my kids need, the wife my husband deserved, and the woman God wants me to be, I HAD to lose weight. I was almost expecting (dare I say hoping?) he would tell me I needed gastric bypass but instead he suggested I try Weight Watchers. I wasn’t really sure I wanted to, thought maybe they were just out to get my money like other weight loss programs I’d tried, and I didn’t really have any money to spare.  But, I decided to take his advice, and after encouragement from my sister who was also doing Weight Watchers, I joined.

I attended meetings faithfully for about 5 months and lost 30lbs. Then harvest began on the farm and there just wasn’t time for me to go to meetings and the cost was really adding up. I decided to switch to the online version for a while. What actually happened is I stopped having someone to be accountable to, the weather changed and got cold, my motivation got lost and while I still practiced mostly healthy eating habits, at least I like to think I did, my activity went way down and I stopped tracking what I was eating…and slowly started to gain back a few pounds here and a few there. By Christmas I had gained back half of what I had originally lost and the new clothes I had bought were too small again.  By late January, I knew it was time to stop letting myself slip back into old habits. I had to get back on track.

I was expecting to go at it alone but instead found a dear friend who was willing to take the journey with me and we have set up a buddy system to keep each other accountable. I love it. Knowing my need for good, strong accountability, I also decided to start this blog. I know there are others out there like me who struggle every day with weight so I’m hoping this blog accomplishes at least two things:

1.) To keep me accountable and on track as I take this major, life-altering journey.

2.) To inspire and motivate others to take control of their health.

Because if I can do this, anyone can.


8 Responses to “About Little Mama”

  1. Lendy says:

    hey teach 🙂 I’m happy that you are doing what is best for you!I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this; but I can relate to the weight problem. From a young age, roughly 12, I was put on strict diets so I wouldn’t be fat. So as a result I struggle with my self-esteem. Mind you after my twins died, within 3 months I gained 50lbs and haven’t been able to lose 1lb. I keep telling myself that I will make an effort and that’ll I’ll do something about it but never do. I’m also afraid of all those programs cuz I keep thinking they’ll be more harmful then helpful.
    Teach, I’m proud that you are talking this step. I’ll keep you in my prayers and that this is a blessing to you!
    Love,
    Lendy

    • sara says:

      Aww, thanks Lendy. I can promise you weight watchers is helpful, not harmful in the least because you don’t need to buy any special products, supplements and you eat food from every food group. I think of you often and I’m still waiting for that visit!

  2. Cousin Sara says:

    Hey Sara! You can do this. I’ll be cheering you on all the way from Ontario. 🙂

    I started WW in January hoping to lose some weight that’s been hanging around too long. I haven’t told anyone yet that I’m doing this because I tend to get sabotaged as soon as I tell someone I’m trying to lose weight.

    You’re a strong woman and I know that you can do this. May God bless you’re journey.

  3. Mandy says:

    I LOVE it Sara! I will read it often. Best of luck on your journey, you are a strong woman with a very positive attitude that many others could learn from! I know you can do it!! Hugs!!

  4. Eva says:

    Way to go Sara! I’m excited for you and look forward to reading your blogs.

  5. Donalda Reimer says:

    Hey Sara! I didn’t realize you had a blog. I am looking forward to following your journey. It sounds like you have made amazing progress. I just might be inspired….

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