On Facebook this afternoon I posted the following:
Why am I always the most hungry the day before my next weigh in?! Must resist eating more food!
It's probably due to the stress of the upcoming weigh in.
Go to the gym instead. You'll feel much better!
Now firstly, this is almost certainly true. I do get stressed about the upcoming weigh in. And I know that working out does help, and would help in this case, with one exception.
I have no time to go to the gym today.
This isn't meant to be a whiny post but something of the reality of what it means to commit to losing weight as a mother.
My day today:
Get toddler up, get ready
Take toddler to daycare
Lunch at my desk
Run to return a library book before it is overdue
Pick up toddler
Take toddler to Tues music class
(more toddler bedtime....)
(go to sleep already....)
clean up kitchen (this is still waiting actually)
log my dinner food
watch an hour of tv before crashing in bed.
Now I know, I KNOW, that I could do a DVD now instead of writing this post. And I know that I probably good try to get up and workout at 5am, but the reality is that my sleep is important to my mental health, and the bit of tv with Mr. Goat is also important to my mental health.
Now, not every day is like this. Sometimes I can get away over lunch and workout. Mr. Goat and I have built family gym time into Monday, Thursday and Saturday. I always try to workout on my day off Friday and on Sunday afternoon. But Tuesday and Wednesday (church night) it is nearly impossible to schedule in.
And that is the crux of the issue. I can't just "go to the gym" everything needs to be scheduled and planned for. If I don't plan it I can't get it done, and Tues and Wed are the days I know that the gym is one too many things. Instead I focus on my eating, and yes it sometimes means that I get hungry and worried about the upcoming weight loss. But it is the reality of life with a small child and a full time job.
But really, is this much different than anyone's life? If you want to go to the gym you MUST plan for it. Otherwise it will be just another thing to try to squeeze into a too busy life. I am learning to plan for it, and making the effort, but some days it just isn't feasible for me to go and still be the mother, wife and employee that I am needed to be.
Ok, rant over. Tomorrow is weigh in day and I'm hopeful of dropping something despite the cold I've been fighting this week. Either way, it is another week of tracking, working out, and changing my habits under my belt.