Oh Wise Readers, I need you to help me with a few things. Not surprisingly, they both involve food (I'm so tired of fighting with food).
I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I'm not a perfect mother. I keep my house clean and my laundry caught up but when it comes to meals I am a mess. Here's where I need the most help (right now anyway):
1. Every weekend I fall apart. I start out with the best of intentions and by Sunday evening I'm on the couch with a bag of potato chips (which is odd because I don't even remember ever buying chips). Friday night is pizza and movie night at our house, it always has been and always will be. Oh, and making "healthy" pizza isn't an option because, well...I'm not really into strange ingredients on my pizza and Jake is even more against it. On Saturday I can usually stick with my diet until about 6:00 pm. That's when the craziness of the day (and the week) finally catches up with me and we either go out to eat or have some kind of social engagement that requires us to eat. So, by Sunday Noon I pretty much throw caution to the wind and fall off my diet completely. And, it's the same story every Monday morning...I step on the scale and see that I have gained back a few pounds and have to start all over again. I've lost the same 2 pounds at least 4 times in the past 3 months. I need a game plan. Or, if nothing else, I need someone else to admit to this problem so I don't feel quite so guilty.
2. There are days that I throw my hands in the air in frustration and wonder if the three of us will EVER eat a normal meal together. When I say "normal" I mean will we ever all sit down at the table at the same time and consume the same things? Will Rachel ever make the transition from her weirdo diet of Mandarin oranges, peas, and yogurt to eating regular meals like the rest of us? If so, how does one go about accomplishing this? And, as much as I would like to be a super star mom I have to admit that more often than not we arrive home and I have no idea what to make for supper (or dinner, or whatever everyone calls that meal). By the time I get it figured out, Rachel is done eating- which leaves Jake and I to either make an attempt at eating a civilized meal while she circles the table or we just wait until after she goes to bed and eat in front of the TV. A good game plan (or a promise that this will eventually get better) would also be nice for this situation. And P.S., I've tried making a meal the night before (or on weekends) but one can only consume so many casseroles and thawed meals. Plus, who has time to make all that food?!
Any takers on tackling these issues?