Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

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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Weigh-In Day, Week 30

Hey! I forgot something on Saturday, did you notice?

Maybe I didn’t want to tell you that I am up another pound. Or maybe I just ran out of time. Either way, I was up another pound.

It was an interesting week. I started off bound and determined to lose the pound I had gained the week before. I exercised well on Monday. Then I started exercising on Tuesday and then I gave myself an injury. I have a sprained? strained? ligament in my knee and my daughter no longer has a trampoline. Well, technically she still has a trampoline but if she tried jumping on she’d slip through the massive hole and probably hurt herself. Oops. Old trampoline + big girl = ouch.

So, as it were, I spent a good deal of time this week with my leg up and had a few too many moments of eating more of things I should have eaten less of. I’m not sure when exactly my knee is going to let me get back into full work out mode but I’ll be attempting some lighter exercises (i.e. not jumping on anything) this week and in the meantime, being extra cautious of my food choices so to make up for the less calories burned.

Let’s turn this trend around.

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Continuing to change my world…

So to continue my thought from the other day, the one where we need to separate our ideas of weight loss from appearance and associate it with health instead, so we also need to separate personal value from physique.

Let me start with a little pep talk. You are beautiful because you are you. You are a human being, created by a God who loves the things he creates and creates all things beautiful. Your beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how you appear to your culture. You. Are. Beautiful. End of story. Well, end of this paragraph.

We’ve been taught to place our value on how we think we look or how we perceive others look at us, but there is no real value or truth in this shallow mindset. Our appearance does not and cannot dictate our value or our feeling of self-worth. We must overcome this lie straight from the mouth of Satan. If God intended our value to be placed on our appearance, what sort of cruel being would He be to place so called “ugly” people in our culture? No, I do not believe God ever intended for men to be judged by their physical appearance. Nor do I believe He intended for women to stand in front of a mirror and condemn themselves for the very things He created.

Fellow women, I challenge you to live in your bodies with confidence. Set aside the lies that hold you back from believing you are beautiful. If you need to lose weight to regain your health, begin to work at it. But do it for your health, do it as an act of worship and thankfulness in caring for the very temple of God, not for a false perception of value or beauty.

Because you are already valuable. You are already beautiful.



Weigh-In Day, Week 30

This week I am up a single pound, probably due to retaining water in this heat wave but hey, a few ups can be expected with the downs and its just motivation to try harder next week, right?

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On changing my world…

I promised you a “real” post and here it is. Over the past months as I continue to get my weight and health in check, I have been noticing my mindset on the matter slowly evolving. I am becoming more aware at how I used to say losing weight was about getting my body to a healthy state but that my inner person was still kinda doing it for the “looks”. I am becoming increasingly aware of how little appearance really has to do with weight loss. Our culture has placed such a high value on the “perfect” body that I think we all have some brainwashing to that effect. And its not good. It is something that we all need to work at changing.

One thought that keeps coming back to me is how little the medical profession is doing to help patients realize the major health crisis that being obese really is, and motivating patients to make changes to improve their health and longevity. For instance, I have only ever been approached by ONE doctor about my weight and it was not even my doctor. At the end of my pregnancy with our son, the Resident who was filling in for my OB gave me a good talking down about getting my weight in check, especially if I was planning for more pregnancies in the future. She didn’t mince words but she wasn’t disrespectful either and I really, REALLY appreciated that talk. It hurt. But I appreciated it. All other weight related discussions with doctors have been initiated from my end.

Imagine this scenario. You walk into the doctor’s office with a massive tumour growing out of the side of your head. Think like grapefruit size. Something obvious. But you are in to see the doctor because you have a stomach issue. The doctor sees your tumour, but says nothing because you didn’t bring it up even though he knows something life-threatening may be going on in your body and just addresses your stomach issue. 3 months later you are on your deathbed because of the unchecked tumour. Please forgive my lack of medical knowledge to make this sound more realistic.

Now imagine this scenario. You walk into the doctor’s office with a massive tumour growing out of the side of your head, but you are coming in to see the doctor about a stomach issue. The doctor notices your tumour, addresses your stomach issue then brings your attention to the tumour and insists that it is looked into further. You go to all the specialists and follow-up appointments, the tumour is removed, cancer had not yet spread and you recover and live another 40 years.

Now imagine this scenario. You walk into the doctor’s office for your annual physical, a viral illness or just some regular aches and pains. Your doctor notices you are severely overweight but he just addresses the issue for which you presented yourself, at the most, casually mentions you should think about losing weight. 3 months later you die because your excessive weight has caused a severe health problem which went unchecked and bam, you’re dead.

Do you see at all where I’m going with this? Obesity is a major medical issue. It is not simply feeling bad about oneself because the jeans you wore in high school don’t fit anymore. Or you don’t look as good in that top as you thought you might. It has nothing to do with the way other people look at you when you wear a swim suit. It has everything to do with you living a full and healthy life as God intended you to and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do everything in your power (and you have more power than you think) to get your weight under control and become a healthy person. Not a skinny person. A healthy person. Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes but never does healthy come in obese.

To those of you who think you have 10 more pounds to lose to “look good in those jeans”, I say this in the nicest way possible, GET OVER YOURSELF. You too, change your outlook to getting your body HEALTHY, and take the focus off your appearance. Help take your daughter’s body focus off her appearance and to her overall health. Help change your niece’s, mother’s, sister’s mindset from being shallowly about physical appearance and help get women to consider their HEALTH first. A healthy body is not one that fits into a certain size or reaches an exact number on the scale but it is one that exercises, eats well to live and overlooks the stretch marks, little jiggles and other “imperfections” to live a life full, happy and healthy with confidence.

We don’t have to look like models. But the world desperately needs role models of women who are confident to live in their “imperfect” bodies and who will take care of those bodies.

And that’s all I have to say about that…for now.


*DISCLAIMER* I was in no way intending to disrespect any of my doctors or doctors in general. I just wish you would speak up and motivate your patients to lose weight if they are obese. And maybe give them a game plan so they have something to start with.



Weigh-In Day, Week 29

I DID IT! 229.5 baby. Now to get out of the 220’s…and someday, out of the 200’s. I was mentally preparing for today’s post yesterday, thinking I was going to be up about a pound and trying to find a gentle way to break it to all of you. So I was a happy mama on the scale this morning. Love it when that happens.

Keep your eyes open for a “real” post this week. My mind has been mulling on a topic I think we all need to hear and take action on, as soon as I get the chance to sit down and write it.



Weigh-In Day, Week 28

Little mama managed to lose 2.5 of the 3 pounds gained last week by exercising hard and making wise and healthy food choices this week. I do rather wish the roles were reversed and it was, at the very least, just as easy to lose as to gain if not easier. Maybe next week will be the week I finally break 230.

I’ve also started incorporating some coconut oil….anyone have thoughts to share on that?

Now off to take my children to the parade and since they are such wonderful late morning sleepers, I shall pack them a breakfast picnic to enjoy either on the road or at the parade.

Thank you Lord, for giving me children who sleep.