This week is a good example of making the healthy lifestyle work in the midst of craziness. We are into the summer baseball schedule now and have something going all the time. The crockpot, chicken nuggets, and paper plates are my BFFs this time of year to feed my family dinner. However, for this week I give myself a solid D- on meal prep - but I still was able to make decent healthy choices.
Tuesday evening my husband had to umpire a game, so he was gone for most of the evening...the older boys were gone too, so it was just my four-year-old and I. I wanted to run, or at least walk, and decided to give it a try, and see how he would do occupying himself at the track while I did.
I set him up in the middle of the walking track with his bat, ball, and tee, and told him to work on his hitting. I promised him that if could do that while I ran/walked, we could go over to the actual ball field after I was done and I would pitch to him for awhile. This boy is OBSESSED, I mean beyond obsessed with baseball...the product of growing up at the ball field, and literally wants to play ball from the time he gets up in the morning to the time he goes to bed at night...I have to bribe him to get him to play other stuff than baseball. So I figured this would work, and guess what...it DID!
I was able to complete Couch to 5k, and he only asked me when I was going to be done 15 times. Oh and hopefully burned extra calories from trying to talk to him while I was huffing and puffing, and turning around to run backwards a few times to check on him. I kept my promise and after I was done I pitched to him on the big ball field for probably an hour.
I'm not sure if I'm more excited about this, or the fact that he's old enough to appreciate the gloriousness of sleeping in...he will actually ask sometimes "can we sleep in tomorrow?" I'm pretty stoked about all of this.
On Wednesday, I had to take our "new" used car in to the dealership...when we bought it Saturday there was something funky with the door locks, and we asked them to fix it as a condition of the sale. The dealership is close to my work, so it worked out well for me to drop it off before work. This meant I had to leave early though, and in my hurrying, I forgot my lunch in the fridge at my house. I also forgot to pay the babysitter when I dropped my son off even though I had the money in my pocket to give her. Sigh. Forgetting my lunch wouldn't normally be a big deal because I would just run out and get something, but that wasn't an option since I was carless.
Luckily I had a frozen dinner in the freezer, and my friend was going to Wal-Mart so I asked her to bring me back some fruit. I'm happy that I did not use this as an excuse to hit up the vending machine for a lunch of Snickers and chips.
We had a baseball game last night, and due to my lack of meal prep we decided to order pizza. Pizza is some type of binge eating trigger for me...I have trouble controlling myself with it, so I got a salad from McDonald's instead. Not as good as a home-cooked healthy dinner, but it saved me a lot of carbs and guilt.
We did the same last night - ordered food from a local place after last night's game (this has to STOP...I plan to get my crap together this weekend and plan better for the next couple of weeks of busy evenings). I got a chef salad. I did have popcorn at the game last night because I was starving...it's hard for me to wait to eat diner until 8 pm. Again with the planning...I need to have something simple prepared for myself to eat before the 6 pm games.
This has been a rough week with kids...teenage drama, the last couple weeks of school are stressful, too much baseball, I feel spread thin and grumpy...my four year old has asked me a couple of times "are you grumpy mom?" which makes me feel terrible. But then they are being sweet like this and it makes it all better!
This weekend I really need to take the time to prep and have a plan for the next couple of weeks to set myself up for success, and not be so grumpy. I'll try to write a post next week about what I'm cooking/doing to make that happen. I'm also toying with the idea of quitting pop again...my love affair with Diet Coke is out of control again, and I'm kind of sick of it. I don't look forward to the headaches though.
I hope you all have a SAFE and happy Memorial Day!