I Been Eating

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I’ve been eating, I’ve been eating

I feel chunky when them carbs get into me

I’ve been snacking, I’ve been snacking

Can’t keep my hands off the carbs

I gotta eat it – na na

(sung to Drunk in Love – Beyonce)

So here’s where being home goes wrong. I have gained five pounds (gasp, the horror) I know, I’m lame. I’m aware that it’s not a big deal. It’s just odd because, it’s not me. My weight is usually pretty steady. It’s only changed with pregnancy. The thing is, my diet has been horrible! It all points back to being home with these babies. I make sure to feed them well. They get lots of healthy meals and snacks. I just kind of forget to feed myself in the process.

In the mornings, I’m feeding them breakfast and packing their lunches and I probably grab a bagel or blueberry muffin for myself. It’s a far cry from the oatmeal and yogurt I used to eat every morning. As I’m packing their lunches, I usually don’t pack one for myself. I just don’t seem to have time for that and I always think I’ll eat something once I get my baby girl in the bed for her nap. That something turns into a bowl of cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All because I’m trying to stay quiet so that child does not wake up. Her naps are so iffy that I don’t want to mess it up when she is sleeping. The best meal for me every day is dinner. It’s the one time during the day that I actually sit down and eat. It’s also my only balanced meal of the day. Sigh. I have got to do better.habit quote

So, while this five pounds is nothing, I don’t want to make friends with it. Nope we don’t need to go down the road of getting to know each other and exchanging email addresses and what not. I know if I make friends with this five pounds it could turn into ten or fifteen. Operation move my booty is on the horizon! It’s a part of my overall plan of living my life the way I’ve dreamed it could be. Fitness is definitely a part of that plan. So is building an empire (insert evil laugh). Mama has got to start eating like I used to. That’s going to take me preparing all of our food ahead of time. More work for me but meh, that’s life. What about you? Has being a mom changed your eating habits?

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40 Responses to I Been Eating
  1. KalleyC
    April 22, 2014 | 9:49 am

    Being home with the kids (especially different ages) is definitely tough. People always say “find a balance” but it’s so hard to do when you’re:

    – Tired, and know you just have to eat for fuel.
    – You’re always doing for everyone else, it’s hard making some time for yourself in the day.

    Those 5 pounds will melt off soon enough, small changes makes big differences!

  2. Terry
    April 22, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Carbs are not my friend either. When I eat too many carbs, my tongue burns. I limit myself to so many carbs a meal, but so hard to stick to. I get so hungry sometimes that I have to eat a few more carbs…. then I pay for it.

  3. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    April 22, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    LOL – you don’t need to make friends with the 5 pounds. I LOVE that. I made friends with about 8… getting ready to seriously shake them!

  4. LaShawn
    April 22, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    I’ve made friends with about 15 unwanted pounds over here. I can blame on having a sedentary job for the last year, I can blame on my need to snack..a lot. i can even blame it on the pints of Gelato that seem to disappear into my mouth with astonishing speed at least once a week.
    Sigh.
    I’m going to so SOMETHING about this. Cause naw man!

  5. Kecia
    April 22, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    I thought being home with my kids would allow me to eat healthier. Most days, I want to just grab the quickest thing to make, and it’s usually not good. I’m getting better about it though!

  6. Mitch
    April 22, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    OMG! that’s my theme song! I find it very hard to watch what I eat with the family all around. I will try again when the kid goes to camp!

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    April 22, 2014 | 6:44 pm

    I am on vacation this week and I have been eating like food is going out of style. I need to get back on track next week!

  8. Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom)
    April 22, 2014 | 6:48 pm

    I am on vacation right now visiting my sis in DC. I already feel swollen and bloated from eating out so much and enjoying some adult beverages. I will be ready to get back into my exercise routine next week!

  9. Brandi
    April 22, 2014 | 6:53 pm

    You don’t even want to know what my dinner was tonight. It was just me and the girls so we didn’t want to make a huge mess. I need to get serious about my health and get back on track.

  10. Jessica
    April 22, 2014 | 6:59 pm

    I do the same exact thing when I am home with my daughter. I focus so much on what she is eating and making her healthy meals. When it is my turn I slack off and eat whatever is quick and easy.

  11. Angela
    April 22, 2014 | 7:17 pm

    I been eating, too. There’s been some stress and I’ve been eating in response.

  12. Maggie @ The Love Nerds
    April 22, 2014 | 7:20 pm

    Being at home for work has definitely been an adjustment in this area. When I taught, I never had time to eat. Now, I am walking by the kitchen and food constantly.

  13. Melissa
    April 22, 2014 | 8:06 pm

    Ugh, I am right there with you. Since becoming a Mom, I make sure they eat well but I eat so bad!

  14. Liz Mays
    April 22, 2014 | 9:35 pm

    Isn’t it annoying how quickly 5 pounds can attach itself? It’s just not fair!

  15. valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    April 22, 2014 | 10:08 pm

    No, being a Mom had nothing to do with my bad eating habits at all. I had those long before I had kids. Being a Mom was a factor in having Lap band surgery though.

  16. Jenn @ The Rebel Chick
    April 22, 2014 | 10:09 pm

    Hang in there. Everyone has slumps with weight. Just regroup and start again. You can do it!

  17. veronica
    April 22, 2014 | 11:02 pm

    That is so true about bad habits. You have to get them under control and fast, or they will get worse

  18. Mommy2jam
    April 23, 2014 | 12:05 am

    HA i have been eating and eating too! I have to weigh in with my doctors next month too! LOL I am dreading it

  19. Tracey
    April 23, 2014 | 5:13 am

    This is very true about bad habits. It’s great to recognize them and then work to change.

  20. Karen
    April 23, 2014 | 5:34 am

    I’ve definitely picked up some bad eating habits since becoming a stay at home mom. I find that I snack more throughout the day which is so bad!

  21. Natalie
    April 23, 2014 | 6:09 am

    I know what you mean…we put our kiddos first and forget that we need to be eating healthy too!

  22. Keikilani
    April 23, 2014 | 7:18 am

    Being a mom has been a roller coaster. Mostly I find that I am not active enough.

  23. krystal
    April 23, 2014 | 7:39 am

    I cut carbs last week and lost three pounds! I was craving carbs so bad that I was weak and gave back in to the carb monster. I need to do that again though!

  24. Mrs. Pancakes
    April 23, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Not making friends with the 5lbs is so wonderful because goodness knows sometimes we become too friendly with our weight gain!! i am still battling my extra weight from pregnancy but i am not helping either…i am always cheating..here’s to eating better into the summer!

  25. Rosey
    April 23, 2014 | 8:53 am

    I have developed some rotten habits since I became a SAHM. I still exercise, but I stay in my sweat pants all of the time, and have started drinking way too much coffee (we’re talking 5 or 6 cups a day). I need to stop.

    And lol at your evil laugh, build that empire, mama. πŸ™‚

  26. Autumn
    April 23, 2014 | 9:12 am

    I’ve packed on about 5 pounds since last fall (very stressful times!) and just can’t seem to shake them. Of course, exercise, healthy eating, and reducing stress could help. I hope that you are able to part with your new “friend” soon and get back to where you want to be!

  27. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}
    April 23, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Even though I’m overweight, I’ve still always kept a pretty steady weight. When I started drinking coffee though, with creamer, I noticed an increase. Blah. I love my coffee so much though, that I’m willing to make friends with the little extra weight. πŸ˜€

  28. Christie
    April 23, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Oh kids have changed everything! My workouts are sporadic and eating is definitely LAST on my to-do list

  29. Henrietta
    April 23, 2014 | 10:34 am

    Oh yes, being a mom has an impact on eating habits – no mater what age they are! I’m constantly shuttling my older kids everywhere they need to go these days. I’ve got some extra pounds that need to go from not eating as good I used to,s o that’s my goal for the next few months – eat better and get my bottom to the gym!

  30. Amanda
    April 23, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Mom eating habits..yes. They have suffered!! I need to be better about getting them on track!

  31. Jessica
    April 23, 2014 | 11:38 am

    “Has been a mom changed your eating habits?” Yes!! It’s a struggle for me. Being home all day with kids is draining, so I often find myself emotionally eating or eating junk. I am doing better now, but especially after my second daughter was born, it was CRAZY! CRAZY! lol.

    Given that these past four years have mostly been spent in a pregnancy or nursing, I used that as my excuse. But when that didn’t work anymore, or when I realized that it was my eating habits that were the problem, I changed. I do my best to eat healthier now. I bring healthier foods into the house, don’t overdo it on snacking or fast food or extra helpings, and I exercise. Oh, I also try to drink tea, water, and get lots of rest. I feel better now. My weight is good and I’m happy.

  32. Krissy
    April 23, 2014 | 11:58 am

    It’s soo hard when your busy to keep up with eating right and exercising. But I’m glad you caught it before it was more then 5 pounds!
    You’ll probably have more energy and feel better as you start eating better too!

  33. Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog
    April 23, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    I need to make nice with operation move my booty too. lol

  34. StacieinAtlanta
    April 23, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Carbs are evil….yet they call with their siren song every day…oh the struggle.

  35. Alesha @ Full Time Mama
    April 23, 2014 | 5:01 pm

    You know, I was the thinnest (seriously) when I was breastfeeding my kids. Perhaps not the fittest (that was when I was teens to early 20s and playing sports almost daily), but still thinner than now. Since breastfeeding is no longer in my future, I, too, am trying to “move my booty” more now. I eat okay, though I know that can improve. But seriously, getting moving (other than chasing the kids around) is the key for me. Good luck to us (and ditching those few extra pounds)! πŸ™‚

  36. Toni
    April 23, 2014 | 7:20 pm

    I am with you on the weight gain. I don’t want to make friends with the weight I’ve gained either.

  37. Tatanisha W
    April 23, 2014 | 9:04 pm

    Oh I love food- did you know someone made a full video to the drunk in love song! It’s hilarious!

  38. Amanda
    April 23, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    I am struggling with the same thing. We can do this!

  39. Marina
    April 24, 2014 | 3:47 am

    My weakness is sweets and spicy food. I’ve been curbing on both after baby’s birth as I know too much of anything won’t really help me or her

  40. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    April 24, 2014 | 8:11 am

    I support the stress eating cause. And since I have no control over my life, I doubt it will change soon.

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