Yesterday, I wrote a post that was basically filled with rainbows and sunshine. A positive post about getting a handle on what I'm doing, and looking at what I'm doing (finally) as a life long change instead of a plan to just lose weight.
And I felt really good after I posted it.
I was able to read through it and realize what the words meant. I'm succeeding. I'm losing weight. I'm feeling positive about life in general, and that I can definitely keep the momentum going.
But one thing a person trying to lose weight knows is that it's not always rainbows and sunshine.
There are always battles, struggles, days that make me think "why do I give a crap?" But, I truly am realizing that those days are coming much less frequently. The good days, by far, outweigh the bad ones.
In fact, sitting here right now at this very minute, there's only one area of my life that's causing me to struggle...and that would be eating on the go.
When school started, both Peanut and Butter decided they wanted to play sports. Peanut plays volleyball and Butter plays football. For the first couple of weeks, playing sports meant that they went to practice after school each and every night...and I would work in my classroom until they were finished. We would then all drive home and eat dinner when we got there.
But with sports come games.
They started two weeks ago. Peanut first, and then Butter kicked off his season last week.
With football, it's not too bad. Butter has one game a week for six weeks. Not a big deal. But Peanut, on the other hand, has two to three games per week...and then throw in a football game and I'm on the road three to four nights a week.
When the games are at home, we can expect to get home between 8 and 9PM. When the games are away? Yeah, it's more closer to 10 or 11PM when we get home. Much too late to wait and eat dinner. Especially for little Jelly who ends up falling asleep on the drive home and is taken straight to bed when we get there.
Which means, on those game nights, we usually grab something to eat on the way.
Peanut and Butter don't have to worry. They get fed before their games. Even though it's not a big meal, it's fitting for the fact that they will be running around. Their dinners consist of a sandwich, some chips, and some fruit or a granola bar. It's not a great deal, but at least they're not having to wait until 8PM to eat something.
Jelly and I, on the other hand, have to make rash decisions about where we're going to grab something quick to eat. And then the struggle of eating on the go rears it's ugly head.
The ideal option would be to pack dinner to go with us. When I'm making my lunch in the morning, I could easily prepare extra sandwiches to take with us to the games. However, that hasn't been the case so far. Instead, I've opted for stopping at a fast food place to pick something up. Fast food is NEVER the best option.
Two out of the three nights I've been gone to games so far, I've eaten junk. One night we went to a Chinese restaurant after the game, the other Jelly and I grabbed a burger and fries on the way. The first game, I actually bought Jelly something to eat and opted on waiting until I got home to eat anything.
This upcoming week, I have three games...once again. Tomorrow night, Tuesday night, and Thursday night I'll be traveling to games. And I'm sitting here telling myself that I MUST prepare ahead of time. Eating on the go is NO excuse for eating junk.
Today just happens to be grocery shopping day, so I'm trying to rack my brain for ideas. Being that I take a sandwich for lunch most days, I'll admit that the thought of eating sandwiches for lunch AND dinner three days isn't that appealing. But, I also won't have the ability to cook anything either. Thursday is the only night that I'll have a little time before having to rush off straight after school, and could possibly take something with me to throw in the microwave at school before we have to go.
But, I really can't think of alternative options.
I feel like I'm stuck in this rut that I either just suck it up and eat sandwiches twice a day three days this week, or just wait until I get home to eat anything. Then, I'm stuck with eating late at night...and that's not really the best idea either.
And those restricted feelings are usually what end up pushing me in to just grabbing food from the closest fast-food place.
Before I head out for my grocery excursion, I'm going to try and research some ideas for cold meals. Something I can maybe make ahead of time to take with me. Stuff that's convenient, healthy, and satisfying. If you guys have any ideas...I'd love to hear them.
Right now, though, I need to get to getting. I've got to go and pick up Peanut and Butter from Oklahoma this afternoon, AND I've been volunteered to cook dinner tonight...so it's going to be a busy day.
That doesn't even include the cleaning I really need to get done today.
Gotta love Sundays, right?
Till next time!