Monday, March 02, 2009

Final 15-Week 3, Identifying a Problem, and We Got Snow!

Let's start with the snow...

This was the biggest snow we've had in Tennessee in probably 5 years. Personally, I'm ready for spring and could have done without, but the kids had a blast, so I guess it was worth it. I considered mtn biking in it, but Holly convinced me that it could mess up my bike, so I didn't. I'm not totally convinced of that, but then again, since I was still in my p.j.'s at 2p.m. I probably wasn't that serious about it anyway. J.T. was the snowman builder this time. I normally get out there and roll one up, but my mind is just too far gone toward spring to really get into it. So, I served as breakfast cook/camera woman and fixed bacon, eggs, oatmeal and biscuits; and shot video, took pics, and then learned how to make movies! I also did some work on the website I'm making for Briar's baseball team - I don't have the pics on the front page, yet, but it's getting there.

Now, let's talk about food.

~the tone takes a nose dive~

I did really well Monday and Tuesday, and I think I did okay Wednesday, too. However, life around my house started getting really busy and hectic. I wasn't able to plan out all my meals, I got stressed out, I didn't get anything logged, and I ended up starving. Starving = falling off the wagon. I basically just went back to my old ways of eating what I wanted and used lack of time and lots of stress as an excuse. I do remember that I did very on Saturday, but not so much on Thursday and Friday. I don't have to have a log of how many calories I ate to tell that I haven't been eating right...I can tell by the way I feel and by looking in the mirror. My only hope, at this point, is that when I weigh in today at lunch that I will be the same as last week, although I doubt that will be the case.

All that being said, I'm not giving up.

"You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face." -Gatorade

I have identified a major problem that I have with my diet. I eat really well and have no problem with it as long as everything is running smoothly and I'm being productive, etc. But when I start having to be 3 places at once with more things to do than I can possibly squeeze into the day, I start giving up on the diet. I must also note that I tend to do the same thing with my training. I survived this during Ironman by saying "the house is just not going to be perfectly clean while I'm training for IM" or "the laundry will get done at some point, I'm training for an IM" or "sorry, I can't make this meeting because I have a long brick today." Now there is no IM, so I expect my house to stay spic-n-span, I expect to pick up all those volunteer jobs I had to turn down last year, and I expect to be able to make it to 3 places at one time. And all that's okay, because afterall, that's what we triathlon moms do...but I have to quit throwing in the towel when it comes to nutrition...I have to pick it up and use it to wipe the sweat off my face and keep going...strong and steady.

Week 3 will be different. Watch me.


Missy said...

SHHHEEEEIIIITTT, I don't even know how you were doing it in the first place without starving all the time. I'm in the boat with you, though. As long as I have 'time to plan' - I'm good. Just doesn't always happen that way. Hang tough.

SC's Adventures said...

When you have time, why don't you plan an 'incase of emergancy plan'? Stock up the freezer and cupboard with these things. Then if you are split in three, you don't have to think.

Also, how about having some quick, but healthy snacks on hand? Oatcakes are great for low fat carbs, fruit and raw veg are great for on-the-go, low in calaries but high in vitamines and taste good too!

Benson said...

That fresh snow looks like tons of fun. So pretty.
Good on ya for identifying the tripping point to your plan. use it as a stepping stone and good luck for week three. you'll do it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the kids had fun in the snow. I'm with you, I can't wait for the warmer weather. However, it is suppose to be in the 70's the weekend, but today only 30!

I usually take planning meals one step further. On the weekends or days when I have time, I prep all the food that I will be using. Sometimes it is a pain, but during the week when I am running late it is nice knowing that I just pull something out an cook it, no chopping, peeling, etc.

I don't do this, though I should, but leave healthy snakes around (car, office) that way of you get tied up you can snack on food that will hold you over till you can get to healthier food.

Keep with it, you're doing fine.

Ryan said...


Starving feeling is not good? Hmmm!

I do really well when I'm out doing stuff but if I am home and hungry...Watchout!

Good Luck, you'll do great!

greyhound said...

I have to disagree with you in one small respect. "All that" is not OK. Trying harder to be supermom may not be the complete answer.

Revisit your expectations concerning tri-mom-house-cleaner-cook-wife of the year, and be critical of those expectations. Even without an Ironman, you have to be able to say that this project or that clutter is not as important as taking care of me right this moment. When the plane depressurizes, you have to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting those who may be traveling with you. Plus, just because it needs to be done, does not mean you are the right person to do it. If it's important enough to be done, it's also worth delegating.

If you just keep doing what you've done before but expect different results, that's not gonna happen.