Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

To spend or not to spend…

on February 22, 2013

There is no question, the weight-loss market is a lucrative one. Pills for this, juice for that, shake it up here, shake it off there. Knowing when and what to spend money on when you’re looking to lose weight, especially a significant amount, can be very challenging. I hate that there is such a huge market for this stuff. I hate that I have fallen prey to it in the past.

First rule of thumb in the “Sara’s Bible of Weight-loss”, if it sounds too good to be true…it is. No gimmick will give you lasting results. Ever. If you have lasting results after using a gimmick, its probably because you made overall healthy changes to your eating and activity over the same period of time and that is actually what helped you lose the real weight in the first place. If something promises that you can “eat whatever you want and not exercise” and lose weight, it’s either a lie or not healthy for you. Think about that next time you’re tempted to try one.

Shakes are good for 2 things, in my opinion. A boost when you’re on the go and don’t have time to eat something healthy or to help break a plateau. That’s it, that’s all. Not a long term solution for losing weight and keeping it off. Be careful though, not all shakes are created equal. Of the ones I’ve tried, I currently like Visalus the best. Blended with frozen fruit.

What about a gym membership or exercise equipment? This is one area I DO believe in spending a little bit of money. I would go for either a gym membership if you live close to one, or a single piece of heart-pumping equipment to have in your home. I own a recumbent bike that I purchased through a Sears Outlet years ago. It has served me well. It is no where near top of the line and I think I paid somewhere between $150-$200 for it. Some people prefer a treadmill, others the elliptical. Try some out and find out which one you like best, then bring it home. This is to prevent days of inactivity when its raining outside or if you live in the land of perpetual winter like I do. I love to park my bike in front of a screen and watch something intense and interesting while I bike, the more intense the show, the harder I bike without realizing it. Kinda cool.

Another area I can honestly say is a worthy investment is a program that teaches you to eat well and journal food intake. For me, that’s Weight Watchers. There may be others out there but I have found Weight Watcher’s very simple and effective in teaching me to eat a healthy, balanced diet without any weird supplements. The online enrolment is relatively inexpensive but lacks the accountability factor of meetings so I recommend doing this with a friend…or write about it for the whole world to see on the internet. I love that Weight Watcher’s shows you how to eat real food, in a real world. Yes, I can still have a cheeseburger. No, I can’t have 3 cheeseburgers a meal, 3 meals a day, but I CAN have a cheeseburger when I want a cheeseburger. Which if I’m pregnant, is all the time for the first and last trimesters. It’s no wonder we called our daughter our “Nine-and-a-quarter-pounder-with-cheese” when she was born.



Make big EFFORT investments in your weight loss. Make small monetary investments. Here’s a general rule of thumb to keep in mind: If I pay for it, will I have either a product or information that I can keep for life? Or will I have to pay again for a re-fill in 30 days? Avoid paying for things that disappear and you have to refill…unless its prescribed by your doctor of course…or belongs in the produce drawer of your fridge.

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