Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Planning & Budgeting

on February 7, 2013

Grrr, it’s a good thing my tracking week ends tomorrow and starts fresh Saturday. I have made a few mistakes this week that may or may not affect the scale on Saturday morning’s weigh-in.

I didn’t start the week off great, dipping deep into my weekly bonus points last Saturday and Sunday already…and a bit more each day. I made a few mistakes of eating items I thought wouldn’t be too high in points, and then discovered after the fact they were double, sometimes triple, what I thought they might be.

The week hasn’t been all bad. I have eaten a good amount of vegetables and fruit, got my exercise in daily in spite of an injured big toe that has made walking difficult for a while, and overall made mostly wise food choices. But the bad food choices I made were…well, bad.

So, how could I have prevented the guilt and dread for the scale I’m feeling right now? With a little bit of planning and points budgeting. I SHOULD have researched each morsel before it crossed my lips and checked to see how many points I had to spare. Maybe I could have still had part of the item…maybe I should have said no entirely. The point is, I should have known where I stood with my daily and weekly points and I should have checked the points value BEFORE I ate the item/s.

red-velvet-mug-cake-56 What was the worst item for the week? This actually happened last night. I was pretty excited about it, thinking of even sharing the recipe with you on here because I was SURE it wouldn’t be too bad. After all, it was just a single serving recipe and so cute. Red Velvet Mug Cake (without icing). Boy was it ever good, #10 on the indulgence scale. I thought it may ring in somewhere between 5-10 points… TRY 22! People, I only get 35 points a day with an additional 49 for the whole week (plus what I earn through exercising but I try not to “eat” those). That was 2/3 of my daily points allowance in one (utterly delicious) deceiving mug-ful.

On the bright side, at least it only made a mug of cake and not a whole pan so the chances of a repeat offence today are extremely slim. I will be budgeting the points extremely carefully today and tomorrow. And of course, next week.



We all fall off the bandwagon sometimes. The problem is not with falling off, it’s what you do after you’ve fallen. Do you give up all hope and stay down? Or do you pull yourself back up and get back on track?

In the past, I was likely to stay down after I fell. Why bother, I’d never succeed anyway, right? Wrong. Accept the fact that you will have some setbacks on your journey to weight loss, then don’t let them keep you down when they happen. Get up, brush off those cake crumbs and start again. As Anne Shirley once said, “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it.”

3 Responses to “Planning & Budgeting”

  1. Susan Siemens says:

    I didn’t have a very good week-end:( We had all the kids home for my birthday and we had pizza and chips and pop and cake and ice-cream. I didn’t over eat but the scale is showing other wise. I am trying to be really careful before weigh in on Saturday. But I think I will be up a little. I am going to brush off those cake crumbs as you say,get up and start a fresh week. Thanks again for sharing Sara!

  2. Eileen says:

    Yes, birthday’s happen – and maybe they need to. Red Velvet Mug Cakes happen too.
    Good for you to “look on the bright side”, and not let that (utterly delicious)cake derail you entirely! I love your quote: “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it.” PLAN for a good effort tomorrow!

  3. Jenn Klassen says:

    I love reading your blog Sara! You are very inspiring as I am also doing WW online!! I also have fallen off that bandwagon but climbed back on so please never share that recipe for that mug cake which I’m sure would push me off again!
    Keep up the good work!

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