Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Weigh-In Day

Hello? Anybody out there? Anybody?

Were you asking me the same thing last week? Notice I didn’t post?

The last couple of weeks have been riddled with illness, overly long “To-Do” lists, time away at a women’s conference and living on the brink of exhaustion. It’s been causing me to question and reevaluate some priorities in my life.

I am currently maintaining my weight in the 227-230 range from week to week. I am able to maintain it and not gain everything I just worked so hard to lose by being cautious of what I eat and trying to throw in exercise when I can. But its hard. I’d give just about anything for a heaping plate of poutine right now. Except for the gross feeling I’d have after I ate it.

I need to slow down and I am trying to find which areas of my life I can cut things out of in order to do that. Living on 5-6 hours of sleep a night and trying to cram in too much in my days has really run me down and I just cannot physically keep up with this pace.

While I am not in full-on weight loss mode right now while I figure this all out, you can bet your boots I will not be letting myself slide backwards to the weight I came from.  Uh uh. I am NOT going back there. And you don’t have to either, no matter what life throws at you, you can still make your health a priority.

Sometimes you might need to take a break from losing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain. Actually, these seasons of plateau in your weight loss journey should be helping to prepare you for when you reach your weight loss goal. You can’t go back to the way you used to be or you’ll end right back where you used to be. But sometimes we all need a break, especially if your journey is going to be as long as mine and during those seasons, don’t give up, don’t go backwards, practice self-control, rest, collect yourself, and you will know when the time comes to put your all back into it.

I am still here, and I thrive on the encouragement of others, both giving and receiving, so please stop by and leave a note. I also thrive on gift giving/receiving…feel free to speak my love languages accordingly. 😉

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Weigh-In Day, Week 40

What can I say? Apparently I can maintain weight like a pro. Another week of holding steady at 229, in spite of efforts to ramp up workouts and eating well and cautiously. I’ve either got a major plateau going on or some other issue but either way, I am working on figuring a way out of this slump. I think I may have the body of a bear…it knows winter is coming so its trying to store all the fat for a long hibernation…

Talk soon!

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Weigh-in Day, Week 39

I wish I could say that I had lost 39 pounds over the past 39 weeks but I can’t. I am holding steady at my 20 pound weight loss another week though. This week that will be considered a victory considering the week began with Thanksgiving dinner and I’ve been working on rebuilding my muscles again, which weighs more than fat. I can’t believe how long it takes to build them up and how fast they shrink when you let up for a bit, even though they say you lose muscle at half the rate it takes to build it. While the temporary break was necessary the week before, my body has definitely been thanking me for getting back into exercise this week. The knee injury in particular was beginning to re-stiffen and get quite sore when I wasn’t exercising as regularly and has significantly relaxed since I started up again.

Anyway, this week I definitely need to get back into tracking my food, working on the exercise and get myself to a loss for next week’s weigh-in. This is enough weeks of holding steady already.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 38

Another week of holding steady – which I consider a miracle this week.

Please don’t give up on me folks. I haven’t given up on myself, I’ve just had to take a little break from concentrating and working as hard at this as I was, as demanded by circumstances.

I haven’t forgotten about posting a wedding dress photo…I am just waiting for there to be someone around during daylight hours to help me get into it and take the picture. Coming soon.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 37

Well, here it is a week later and I have managed not to gain or lose again. Well, that’s not entirely true, I did gain at the beginning of the week and then worked my but off the last two days to reverse the damage. Ugh. That was stupid. Not the working hard to reverse it part but the part about not working at it sooner in the week.

This was, once again, one of those weeks where it felt as though everything was stacking up against me, not allowing me the time to exercise or the will power to not give in to convenient, not-so-healthy food. I began my practicum at the end of last week, which I am loving by the way, except for the fact that to complete 5 hours a day of transcription work with small children in the house, it means getting up around the 5am-ish hour, working through naptime, and finishing up what I didn’t get done at night. While at the same time there still remains produce to be canned, a house to be taken care of, kids to be loved, observed and “dealt with” if you know what I mean. Harvest season is not yet over and weather has not been cooperative on that front. I know I will have haters for saying this but, as soon as harvest is done anyway, I can hardly wait for winter to settle in and things to slip back into a routine.

But of course with this cooler weather comes…Anniversary! Birthdays! Thanksgiving! Halloween candy (we don’t celebrate Halloween but we do enjoy the day -after candy sales)! Christmas! And with all those occasions comes FOOD!!! Have you started strategizing how to make it through the onslaught we’re about to enter with gaining back everything you’ve worked hard to lose, while still enjoying yourself? It’s a difficult one. I’m not sure I’m quite ready for it yet but I better get myself ready. I really don’t need to start right back at the beginning come March 2014.

Here’s hoping to a better week for me, and a great week for you! Thanks for stopping by my blog, if you’re reading, I’d really love to hear from you as it helps to keep me going.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 36

Holding steady with my weight this week, no loss or gain. I’m in denial right now though. I need to start tracking my food again and I just don’t want to. The undeniable truth is that summer is over, the chilly weather has set in, I’m not sweating from the moment I wake up until the moment I wake up the following morning anymore. I’m not outside every waking minute running around like a crazy person trying to accomplish more than is humanly possible during daylight hours. Well, I’m still trying to accomplish that but in a more virtual way with 5 hours of transcription work needing to be completed a day, plus photos for clients piling up and waiting to be edited, plus the usual kid/house care. But none of these things make me sweat. I have bumped up my workouts a notch this week in hopes that would help keep my metabolism moving. I think I may need to bump up some more. BUT, I also need to start being extra cautious of what I eat during the cold months. Fresh fruits and veggies I find more difficult to enjoy and I would prefer to stick to things like pot pie, mashed potatoes and cinnamon buns.

Do you have seasons that get you into more trouble than others? Recognizing this will be a huge step in helping you overcome the hurdles a particular season can bring. For me, knowing that the cold season brings with it strong cravings for creamy comfort foods and sweet hot drinks means I can make some smart plans to keep staying on track a little easier. For one, I make sure to keep the good stuff in the house (fruits, veggies etc) and keep the bad stuff out altogether or only have it around in small quantities for the occasional treat, not overdose. Did you know you can cook your potatoes in chicken stock (don’t drain it off), and some cubed low-fat cream cheese at the end and mash to make really creamy mashed potatoes that don’t have an ounce of butter or fattening cream? And they’re tasty too. If there’s one thing I can’t stand its watery bland mashed potatoes made with skim milk and a teaspoon of margarine. Gross. I’d rather give them up entirely.

Anyway, so the goal for me this week is to get back into tracking, or at the very least, being extremely aware of what I’m eating, figuring out how much more exercise my time budget can handle ( I would so LOVE to do more if I had the time), and in general, keep on keeping on.

How are you doing?

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Weigh-In Day, Week 35

Nothing big or important to report this week. Worked to stay on track. Lost 1 of the 2 pounds I gained last week. Still not giving up. Are you?

I’m thinking of trying on my wedding dress againsometime soon and taking a photo…I was looking through the wedding album with the kids and I’m pretty sure I look a tad different now than I did then. Thought it might be fun to post a before/after photo for your viewing pleasure.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 34

Well that was a whirlwind of a week! Is it really Saturday already? This was a week of “life”. I found out just days before that my sister, brother-in-law and 3 of their kiddos were popping in for a visit…all the way from Ontario! It was so great to have them here and I loved every crazy moment. However, I did derail for the week with almost no spare time to exercise (the few days there was, I still did!) and of course, fellowship with family always includes food so there was perhaps a tad too much of that. I am up 2 pounds this week.

You know what? Life does happen. If you are journeying along this hard road to weight loss and better health with me, and you get discouraged by a week where it seems everything is out to sabotage your every effort. Or you find you aren’t enjoying important events because you’re too worried you’re going to eat something that is going to show on the scale at your weigh-in, let me just take a moment to help you out. Those off moments aren’t the ones that are going to sabotage you, its all the days in between. If you are making valiant effort MOST of the time, and have set backs SOME of the time, you are still doing great.

In a perfect world, I’d be living alone in a cabin for the next year with only the foods that are right for me to eat and nothing but a room full of exercise equipment. And maybe a mean-talking trainer checking in on me every once in a while. But the reality is I live in a chaotic house with 2 overactive preschoolers, a busy farmer-husband who is gone what seems like 20 hours a day, 6 days a week, a very small support system (of people who can offer hands-on support, my emotional support group is out of this world huge) and sometimes life just interferes with my new healthy goals. But I do make sure that the first chance I get, I get right back on track and keep plugging along.

I am going to beat this cancer called obesity.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 33

One more pound gone this week which brings me down to 228, 20 pounds less than the 248 I was at the start of this blog! Somehow things seem to be moving more steadily now and I wonder if it has to do with the muscle I’ve built up over the past 33 weeks?

A lot of people have asked me lately if I’m still doing Weight Watchers and I’ve been struggling how to answer that one. No, I’m not specifically counting out points for every bite I eat but I am still using everything I learned in the months of rigidly adhering to the plan to help make my choices through the day. It is a fantastic program to get you started in the right direction of learning to eat healthy for what your specific body needs. The problem often comes with letting go of the discipline in following a plan, you start to slip back into old habits and this is the sign that you are not yet ready to go off a plan. If you can go a week without counting your points and tracking every morsel, but still maintain a healthy eating lifestyle, then try for another week. Make sure what you have learned has “stuck” before heading out solo.

Come winter, I may get back into tracking and journaling my food intake. I find my body loves to go into “fat storage” survival mode in cold weather, probably due to the fact that I love to hibernate under a warm blanket and not move a muscle.

I heard the geese this crisp September morning…our crazy busy summer is nearing its end.

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Weigh-In Day, Week 31

I am back on track and it feels so good. A 3 pound loss this week which brings me down to 229, half pound less than my previous low. And a 19 pound loss in total since I started this blog. One pound away from 20 and only 5 pounds away from my current “small” goal. Did you know its easier to reach a big goal if you make small goals to meet along the way?

This week I was anxious to get back into working out, but also didn’t want to hurt my knee further. It took until Wednesday but I started and realized I could still move quite freely, with some minor variations on exercises that can be hard on knees (for example, running on the spot instead of jumping up and down). My knee has actually recovered quite well. The odd twinge if I move it the wrong way or too fast but otherwise, she’s nearly better. So glad that didn’t turn out worse than it did. My biggest fear when I realized I had hurt my knee was that I was not going to be able to exercise for a long time and I would end up sliding right back to where I started from. I really do not want to go back there.

I also now have less than 90 pounds to go until my big goal! I will get there.

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