April 19, 2011

I fall to pieces...

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?



  1. 1. I totally do that. Friday night: Pizza and popcorn; Saturday: sandwiches, hotdogs, chips, alcohol; Sunday: mexican food, margarita, funnel cake, spaghetti with meat sauce, and red wine. See if you can beat that.

    2. My kids are more frustrating than you can imagine and refuse to eat anything but peanut butter sandwiches, chips, crackers, cheese, yogurt. I think those are the only things that all three have in common that they will eat. Anything else is disliked by one or more such as chocolate milk, mac n cheese, hotdogs, corndogs, fish sticks, juice, ice cream, french fries, apples, strawberries, bananas, grapes, and the list goes on and on.

    Last night each child had a different dinner. I'll spare you the details. Chuck and I ate different meals at 8:45 after the kids were in bed.

  2. P.S. I doubt you feel any better after my confessions, but at least we're in it together.

  3. Bravo Theresa..bravo! You have made me feel better! I'm not the only one in the entire world with these problems...(which I knew but can always stand to be reminded of). Plus, wow...I don't know what I would do if Rachel didn't eat Mac and Cheese. that's one of like 5 things she'll eat. how frustrating!

  4. 1. Order the personal pizza or a smaller pizza than you do now to limit the amount you can eat. Order it with regular ingredients, but maybe not as many. Like instead of getting a meatlovers, just get ham. Before you go out to dinner look up the menu online and look at the nutritional information and make a selection before you get there. That will help you stay in the range you want to be in.

    2. How old is she? If she is old enough to eat food then you can start cutting up tiny pieces of what you eat and let her try it out. Just keep doing that until you can replace her current foods with what you are eating.

  5. 1. YOU AND THERESA JUST DESCRIBED MY WEEKENDS! To offset some of that horridness I try to take the girls for a long walk Saturday mornings at the park--just to alleviate a little of the guilt from the hot wings from the night before :)

    2. We try super hard to make ours eat what we are eating (unless its hot wings :)--what helps with my 4 yr old is to make up silly names for the food--we got her to eat squash because we called Rutabagas (from Rabbit's garden–Winnie the pooh)--she bought it and continued to say "I love Rutabagas!" Also--I use to do alot of crazy things like sneak vegetables into mac/cheese--grate up carrots into PB sandwiches. In time crunches--we do a lot of breakfast for dinner--works great & add a little fresh fruit in there too!

    Know you are not alone!!!

  6. Thanks everyone for your feedback. I'm so thankful for all of you! Plus, It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who can't seem to get it all together all of the time.