Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mantra: I Will NOT Eat My Kids' Leftovers

I will not eat my kids' leftovers. It's my new mantra. I need to repeat it 25,000 times a day. 

As we know, I started boot camp classes in April. I say "as we know" because I'm pretty sure everyone has heard me complain about it at least once! Truth be told though I do actually enjoy it. I never in a million years thought that I would but I do. I am feeling stronger and definitely in much better shape than arguably I have ever been. The problem is I have not lost as much weight/inches in my stomach/thighs/butt area. I was hoping exercise alone would do the trick (considering I was not doing any exercise before) but that doesn't seem to be the case. 

So now I'm thinking about food. I don't have the most healthy diet in the world but I definitely don't have the worst either. I know that I don't eat as much fruits and vegetables as I should. I also know that I don't regularly eat fast food or junk food in general. I don't buy junk because if I did I know I would eat it all. I choose not to keep it in the house. Of course, I sometimes eat an entire bowl of buffalo chicken dip at a party (I did that Friday night). 

Overall though, my diet is not that bad. The problem is that I've realized I have become a human compost for the kids' food. Oh, Henry didn't eat those 5 goldfish - I'll eat them. Oh, Isabelle doesn't like crusts on her sandwich - I'll eat them. Oh, the kids want Pirate's Booty - a bowl for each of them and 3 handfuls for me. I'm not even hungry. It's just habit. So over the past week I've made a conscience decision to stop doing this. I can't even tell you how many times I caught myself about to throw scraps of food in my mouth. I knew I had been doing it but just never realized quite how much. So that's my new thing - I will not eat kid leftovers. I will put them in the compost and not think twice about it. Note: This is easier said than done!

This morning's boot camp was muggy and buggy - ick.
GFunkified

12 comments:

  1. I am right there with ya. I think part of it with me is that I feel guilty wasting food, and when I KNOW they're not going to finish it, throwing it away feels like throwing money right into the garbage.

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  2. This is one of my downfalls as well! My trick - gum! I keep gum in my car and in the kitchen. I pop a piece in on my way home from work so there is no temptation while i am making dinner. If I am actually hungry, i get out some carrots and cucumber and dip to snack on while cooking for the kids!

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  3. I have to prepare my own snacks at the end of a day that way the next day I don't dive in to the kids' snacks! I find myself eating their leftovers all the time. ...And kid food isn't exactly the best thing on my almost 30 year old body!

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  4. YES - that is a HUGE change. I used to do that all the time and still have to think each time I go to put it in my mouth!

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  5. This is the ONE food problem I don't have. Eating the kids' leftovers grosses me out, but my husband happily finishes whatever they don't. =}

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  6. Those extras add up so fast! Good for you for realizing and stopping this habit now. (I came from Honest Mom's link up.)

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  7. You look great! And I eat food off the floor, so we all know I need bootcamp like no other!

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  8. SO much easier said than done. I seriously have to stop myself. And I'm just like you....I can exercise all I want, but it makes me hungry and I overeat. I have to track what I eat or I don't see results. Stay strong, Diane!

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  9. I am in the exact same situation. My diet's pretty good so I figured adding in exercise would do the trick but nope. So frustrating. Maybe I need to take a look at all the 'composting' I do...

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  10. Cap'n Crunch is my weakness. I will eat the leftovers every time. For good or for bad, however, my kids make a complete mess of their meals, which makes them less than tempting. But, oh, the Cap'n Crunch. :) stay strong!
    Linking up from Honest Voices

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  11. yeah, i could've written about this too. guilty as charged! now to get myself to stop inhaling ALL THE THINGS I'm cleaning up. when I type that makes it sound gross :) haha! but I still eat it.

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  12. I have the same problem. I try not to but well, I can't let the fries go to waste!

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