Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Weight Loss Wednesday – Back to School August 31, 2011

Well, the older kids started school last week and I started school this week. That means that our family schedule just EXPLODED, well, at least that what it feels like. We are all trying to get adjusted to a new routine. For me, that means doing a better job at planning food, using my time wisely and being pretty organized.

It also means less snacking and less time at the gym. Less snacking = good news. Less gym time = bad news. I know I’ll be able to go workout on Monday and Friday mornings. Saturday mornings would work too, but I’d like to fit an evening time into the week. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do that yet. I’m waiting to see how things go after we’ve all been in session for a while.

Busy mornings also mean that I’ll be inclined to skip breakfast. That is not good. I need to be proactive and have mass baking days where I can make muffins galore to have on hand (they freeze really well). I also need to make sure that I pack a small snack in my school bag. The mid-morning growling can get loud and I don’t want to disturb my fellow students! I also know that if I allow myself to get overly hungry a couple of things happen – 1) I get incredibly grouchy and irritable. 2) I overeat at my next meal because I’m STARVING! Neither of those options is good.

I also need to make sure I schedule in the grocery store. Over the summer, I got into a lazy habit of just going to the store (with a list still) when the pantry and fridge got too low. Sometimes that was weekly, sometimes not for a couple of weeks. I don’t have the time to do that now. I need to pick a grocery day and go, regardless of the food level in the house. Otherwise, we’ll end up like we are now – needing milk for 2 days and not having the time/opportunity to go grocery shopping!

I also get the chance to get back to crock-pot cooking. It saves me tons of time and money too. Then “nap time” can be homework time and dinner prep time can be spent with the kids. Hopefully that will help us all transition into mommy going back to school…

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done about 75%.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I used turmeric this week.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Didn’t do so hot on this one.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – I made it twice.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, I tried 3!
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I did better here, but still not great.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  182.6 (lost 2 lbs.)

So I’d like to know, how do you balance busy family schedules with exercise? What works for you to fit it all in one day?

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