Monday, April 30, 2012

Play It Again, Sam.

My to-do list is now about eight miles long, so I will have to leave you guys for a while until I can see the top of my desk again.  Oh, and I need to feed my kids dinner at least a few times this week (and some clean undies would be nice, too).  With Mother's Day fast approaching I hope all you mothas are making your lists.  I am going to re-cycle this pre-Mother's Day post that still makes me laugh.  I hope to be back soon. 

Healthy Diet and Exercise, or EAT THE CAKE FIRST!

As many of you know, I am going through a crazy-a$$ midlife crisis which at any given moment can range in depth and proportion but for the most part is centered around, "I need to workout like a mad and crazy woman so that I can have a healthy body which may not look great, but that down deep is muscled and toned, and I need to change my eating habits from things that taste great to things that are good-for-you."

I said this is a "mid-life crisis" which I will clarify by saying:
1. I am not even sure what that means, and
2. I am realizing as the days pass that it is irrational on some levels.

Why? Nothing profound and requiring years of therapy. It is quite simply difficult to understand and irrational - because I have four kids.

Yesterday: Case in Point

5:40 - Alarm rang
6:00 - I was up. Head ached from lack of sleep and no IV for my coffee.
6:45 - Peeps were up, breakfast was underway, lunches were being packed.
7:15 - We headed out the door a full 15 minutes early because I was dreaming of a pre-ZOO FIELD TRIP WITH MY NINE YEAR OLD BOY workout. HUH? Yeah, I know. Irrational on some level.
7:30 - I was back home and promptly popped in the Reebok girl with whom I planned on "stepping" for 35 minutes.
7:30 - 8:00 - I stepped, got sweaty, stopped (yes, stopped) a few times to help a two year old pee and poop, I thought about the million things that had to be done before I could drop said two year old off at MDO and get on to the field trip.
8:00 - I said good-bye to my stepping friend early because I was then feeling a little frantic about what had to be done. I promised myself that AFTER the zoo field trip when I was fresh and perky (???) I would finish my workout or do an additional workout with KK (can you see irrationality rearing its ugly head?).
8:00 - 8:50 - I ate a bowl of healthy oatmeal and a banana, fixed a healthy lunch for myself for the zoo (two homemade California rolls, one two day old apple, water, and trail mix with just a little dark chocolate in it), fixed "lunch" for my two year old who never eats anything anyway, got her dressed, cleaned the kitchen, put in a load of laundry, brushed and fixed her hair, showered, got dressed, packed everything twice after the two year old was helping me and unpacked it all.
9:00 - I was on my way to the zoo.
10:00 - I ate the trail mix because I was starving.
10:45 - I ate the rest of my son's heavily buttered and salted popcorn to "lighten my load" because popcorn is heavy.
11:30 - We broke for lunch and I ate the California rolls. Note to self: these are only yummy when they are fresh. And I attempted to eat the apple which was mealy.
11:30 - 1:30 - I walked around the zoo and resisted the urge to buy an ice cream.
2:00 - 2:30 - I picked up baby, did a frantic thing at home that we like to call, "get-kids'-stuff-ready-for-piano-lessons-prep-for-a-quick-yet-healthy-dinner-which-has-presumably-been-planned-load-up-the-Yukon-and-take-off!"
2:50 - My two girl children bounded into the Yukon with Mother's Day Cakes that they had made at school. I am pretty sure that's when my mouth started to water and I realized I was starving.
2:50 - 5:45 - Kids complained about no snack, they completed their piano lessons, and I tried to focus while dreaming of how I could justify eating cake for dinner AND eating the Mother's Day cakes four days before Mother's Day.
5:50 - Hubby called and asked what was for dinner. I said, "Biscuits? And........Mother's Day Cakes?"
6:00 - 6:20 - We arrived home to an unplanned dinner. Chaos ensued. Backpacks flew, kids rushed to "talk" to dad, I frantically heated up a serious modge-podge of leftovers (including biscuits), and we unwrapped and examined both cakes. We all dutifully ooed and ahed over the cakes.
6:25 - I got out a fork.

All my kids exclaimed, "MOM WHAT ARE YOU DOING???"

I quietly said, "I am eating the cake."


I quietly said, "It's MY cake and if you be quiet I will give you some before your dinner, too."

Silence ensued, I ate my cake and there went my healthy diet.

Later when all the peeps were in bed, hubby was at the gym and I was WAY too exhausted to workout with KK or the Reebok girl. I blog-surfed and was in bed by 10:30.

And that is how the exercise went.

Healthy day, my friends. Cake is on the menu for breakfast this morning and may just turn into lunch. :o)


Anonymous said...

My head is spinning! Who says stay-at-home moms don't work?!!!!

Gretchen said...

I could tell you someday, after your kids are grown, you will look back on these days and say they were the best of your life. But that would be lying. But hang in there!

Monica said...

@whatimeant2say - yeah. i LONG for the days of full-time "legit" employment. to pee in peace - that's the life. ;o) @gretchen - hahahahaha! this was last year - this year is going a tad more smoothly. oh, wait. there's a lie!

WeezaFish said...

Oh it could so be our household, funny funny. And cake tastes best when eaten fresh, everyone knows that.

Monica said...

@weezafish - ha! EVERYONE should know that, right??? love it!

PrettyRiot said...

I don't have kids yet but I am a firm believer that the cake would most likely come before dinner. Well deserved I would say :)

Monica said...

@PrettyRiot - no kids? well, there is no preparation for kids. but i guess my blog could be considered "fair warning." and, yes - eat the cake first is great advice for anyone. ;o) thank you for the read and the comment.

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

That is how my exercise is going, too lately, but I"m trying to get back in the habit just by walking. I did do an indoor one mile walk today. And hormone city for me....I've got these acne nodules..can't get to dermatologist fast enough.

Monica said...

@leigh - ugh! exercise THIS year is going way better for me than last year when i first posted this. i am happy about that. but somedays i just want to throw in the towel. ;o)

Monica said...

@leigh - ugh! exercise THIS year is going way better for me than last year when i first posted this. i am happy about that. but somedays i just want to throw in the towel. ;o)