Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

What I “do”.

on February 2, 2013

Well, it’s Saturday, which means weigh-in day for me and my buddy. I am down 1 lonely pound this week and I’ll take it thank you very much. Average healthy weight loss is 1-2 lb. per week – as much as I’d love to shed it all in about 4 weeks time, my body will likely look better if I take it a bit slower.

So, you may ask, what am I doing to lose weight and get healthier overall anyway? I am an online subscriber to Weight Watchers (disclaimer – I have not been paid in anyway to advertise for Weight Watchers or whatever I legally need to say here to stay out of trouble) so I follow their eating recommendations, and I ride my stationary bike through the world of Downton Abbey 4-6 days a week, 30-50 minutes at a time. I am very sad that I am coming to end of available episodes of Downton Abbey, it has become my new all-time favourite show and I just want it to go on forever and ever.

If you’re wondering how Weight Watchers works, it is a point-based system that assigns, well, points to all food. You are given a points limit per day (based on age/weight/height etc) that, if you stay within your limit, you WILL lose weight. Certain foods are worth 0 points, such as fruits, vegetables, broths etc, to encourage you to eat more of those things which are actually healthy for you. Cake, brownies and cream sauces on the other hand are assigned sometimes rather ridiculous points BUT they are not off limits entirely. See, if you have a party coming in the evening, and you know there is going to be all kinds of deliciousness available for sampling, you can plan and budget your points throughout the day to leave room for some indulgence. On top of that, each person is given an additional 49 points in a week which can be used all at once, a little at a time or not at all. You also earn additional points by exercising. The more you move, the more you can eat if quantity matters to you.

So basically what I love about the program is that it teaches you to eat healthy on a daily basis using REAL food from ALL food groups and that it takes into account that life happens and sometimes, that brownie really does look too good to pass up.



If you’re going to splurge on an indulgence, make sure it’s worth it. Don’t eat the half-eaten, dried out cookie your toddler left on the table overnight. Ask yourself where the treat lies on a scale of 1-10, if it’s anything lower than an 8-10, don’t waste your calories on it.


2 Responses to “What I “do”.”

  1. Tina says:

    My Leefste (Lovely) Little Sister.
    I am so proud of you and wish you much success!

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