Thursday, May 6, 2010

Falling off the wagon

I have had the most stressful week. When I was comparing myself with Mindy's week, it has been similarly bad. I have been so busy and non stop every day. I just haven't had the time to consciously think about everything I am putting into my body. I have been eating late, baking yummy treats that aren't good for me, and overeating because I am waiting too long between meals.

I started the week on Monday with such a positive outlook prepared to make dinners and had a menu planned. Why does this happen? I just don't feel the motivation. I feel like I am constantly starving and yet I feel like I shouldn't be. I just want to snack all day long, I can't figure it out. I feel like for me, the only way to get any where in this challenge is by changing my eating habits since I have ZERO time to working out. I am sure I am just making excuses but I honestly don't know how to fit it in.

A typical day. Kids up at 6-6:30, make breakfast for the kids, feed the babies, pump milk, get the older kids showered and dressed, babies changed, Aydan to school, eat breakfast - usually cereal because it is fast, usually spend my morning chasing Asher and holding fussy babies, then the feeding and pumping starts all over again, then lunch time, trying to get kids to nap, clean up my house, get kids ready to leave, drop kids of at either my mom's or mother in law's house, WORK until 7-8, get kids home and in bed, my husband comes home and then I finally get to eat. Where do I fit anything in? If you have any suggestions please let me know. Any other busy moms who are wrangling kids all day? I need some help because I feel like I am in a downhill spiral and I don't like it!

Also props to Mindy today, I saw her running and she was doing awesome. Even my kids thought it was so cool that Mindy was running. Obviously they never see me exercise so it was very exciting to see Mindy!!


  1. I don't have kids and I feel busy so I don't doubt you are running around like a crazy lady. I'd say maybe while your chasing the kids, or walking around the house do squats or lean up against the wall in a sitting position. Sometimes if I haven't done anything when I lay down in bed I do some leg lifts (I totally got that from my Mom...) Every little bit helps.

  2. Also, check out Trainer Momma's post about late night eating. I can't get the exact post for some reason but it's her February 26, 2010 post. It should ease some of your frustration with eating dinner late.

  3. OK, Emily, we're here to help you! How about just getting breakfast down in the first week of the challenge? Switch from cereal to one of these:

    1) whole wheat toast + 1 tsp honey, a banana and a soup spoon of peanut butter

    2) 1 c. greek yogurt w/ strawberries & tsp sugar, whole wheat bagel half

    3) oatmeal packet, 2 of them, the low sugar kind with a half cup of blueberries and some egg white mixed into the oatmeal

    4) 2 egg, 1/2 cup skim milk omelet, whole wheat toast, pat of butter, cup of berries.

    These four options are quick and give you protein which, I've learned, you need to stave off hunger pangs. I still think you're trying to do too much too soon.

  4. My other comment didn't post, grrr. I agree with Melissa though. Start with one task at a time. Conquer it, and start with the next one. There are good workout videos that you could look into doing at home. The Jillian Micheals workout videos have some good ones (trainer from biggest looser) She has some that can be done in 20 minutes. But, if it's to much for you right now, than don't fret over it. Try as hard as you can with the circimstances you are in. We're here for you. We are all working through our own challenges.

  5. Baby steps, Emily. I think that's what everyone is saying here. Also UTILIZE the people who want to help you. There are some tasks you can outsource. Maybe we need to start a meal co-op thing. I have time to cook, you don't. So let me cook for you!

  6. I've done a meal co-op thing before. My friend and I would just double the main dish and give half to the other. It was great. And if you're doing it with Mindy, it'll be even better!!

  7. Don't think of it as falling off the wagon but getting your hand cart moving. It's a lot to handle in a day, kids, work, trying to take care of yourself.

    I promise if you do little things to take care of yourself everyday it will become easier and then you will have more energy to take care of all those precious children you having in your life.

    Take some of the advice given you above and be willing to accept help!

    Hang in there! Small improvements now, better than throwing in the towel and asking yourself months from now why you waited.

  8. I'm with Mindy on this one, Emily your life is crazy right now so baby steps are in order. Set small goals, try make one a personal goal that is achievable so that at the end of each week you will feel like you are making progress and gaining control in some part of your life.

    If there are people willing to lend a hand take it so that you have some time for YOU!

    I wish I lived closer because I would bring you meals a couple of times a week.

    Because you're lactating for two you need to eat calories, continue to try and make them good healthy calories.

    Don't get discouraged, be patient and kind to yourself.

    Let us know how we can help.

  9. Emily, you can use one of your goals for your 30 point bonus challenge. If you focus on one, and know that there is 30 points involved maybe that will give you some motivation to conquer just that one habit. I think you're so amazing. When I saw your profile picture I thought two things: 1. that mother is busy 2. what an incredible mother she must be. We are all rooting for you!