I am battling the bulge lately. Seems everywhere I turn there are things that make me fat.....like my fat. Here are just some things that confuse me and/or cause me to wonder about eating healthy and staying fit.
1. Exercise - especially rigorous exercise for one hour a day - makes me want to eat like a horse for the other 11 hours in the day. And not really fruit and veggies. More like thick, juicy burgers and greasy fries.
2. Rachel Ray can cook all that yummy looking food supposedly in 30 minutes because she doesn't have to plan the meal, shop for the meal, prep the meal, and cook the meal while also: wiping a three year old's butt (sorry, just speakin' the truth), breaking up a fist fight, responding to an email marked urgent that apparently has been in my inbox for a week, and monitoring Wii time.
3. Some of my favorite food blogs, like Rufus, often call for items that I am not familiar with nor do I have any idea where to buy. For example: rutabaga, prosciutto, turnip greens, coconut milk, etc.
4. I want to watch a cooking show starring a lady that has four kids - I suggest ages 10, 8, 7, and 3 - all having their eating idiosyncrasies. During the show the kids are with her the entire time she is doing anything involving feeding this TV family. And then if she is successful I want her show to be cancelled.
5. Although hubby and I are foodies and will pretty much eat anything that's not nailed down, our kids are a mixed batch. The boy child eats like us. His tastes range from sushi to greasy burgers. He's not too keen on fruits, though, but will eat a wide range of veggies. Girl 1 would eat this all day everyday if left alone: pancakes, sweets, chocolate, fruit, bread, and raw sugar. Girl 2 eats a wide range of things, although she fiercely avoids tomatoes, onions, and peppers if she can identify them (1. Isn't that the Holy Trinity? and 2. Did I ever tell you we are Mexican American???). Girl 3 must sniff and pull apart everything she eats. Although she would eat sushi, tuna, and hummus daily, she will avoid peanut butter like the plague.
6. I think every time a fitness guru says, "It is a myth that you can tone your abs by ab exercises alone. It requires core training." an angel eats a donut.
7. I *might* be developing a healthy relationship with my muffin top.
8. I *might* not want toned abs as much as I want to eat yummy food and enjoy tasty beverages.
9. I've googled things like "tasty and healthy recipes," and I am just suspicious. In other words, the recipes usually wear me out. If it takes me five minutes to read and understand the recipe, frankly I don't want to cook it.
10. I have been hearing a lot about food allergies and it makes me infinitely thankful that - so far - my kids have none. If they did they would starve and I would shoot myself.
That's what I've been thinking about. Off to work-out for one hour, then eat like a horse, then prep for a lasagna recipe that I got off the back of the box! Happy Monday, friends. Try to stay fit. Or, don't try. I totally understand either way.