This week was a battle between distraction and discipline. I knew going into the week, it was going to be a struggle. There were a lot of moving parts to coordinate with travel, activities, and commitments. In the past, I would have always put myself on the bottom of the list – working out only if I “had time” and eating right when it was convenient. This week I was up to the challenge not to give into the distractions and stay disciplined!
I live a good 40-minute drive from the Quad Cities, so anytime we head into “the cities” I try to plan as many appointments, activities, and shopping errands together to make the most of the trip. Knowing I’m going to be away from the house for many hours at a time, it’s always a struggle to balance meals and snacking while on the go. Well, this week I made the drive on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday AND Friday! I did really well on Monday andWednesday, prepping the night before, gathering kid snacks, mom snacks, water bottles, coffee mugs, juice boxes, diaper bags, workout gear and changes of clothing for everyone. I also planned out the days, so that lunchtime coincided with a stop at a location that had both kid-friendly and healthy mom-friendly options. (Type-A Mamas would be envious of my written itineraries used to maximize each day!)
Sometime on Thursday morning, as I’m preparing for my next foray into the cities, I started to get lazy. I really just wanted to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and snuggle with Baby George. After a bit of back and forth in my head, I decided to let discipline win and proceeded to cut veggies and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks. That afternoon, it would have been so much easier to whip through a drive-thru for a sugary coffee drink or an order of fries (two of my weaknesses) but planning ahead made it much easier to drive right on by these distractions and reach into my cooler for carrots and hummus, instead.
This week we also traveled south to visit my brother and family. Since we don’t get to see each other nearly as often as we would like, it’s always a celebratory feeling when we get together. For our family, celebration always involves tasty (read: not the healthiest) food and drink. Throughout our visit, we enjoyed local pizza, award winning BBQ, and a sampled the delicious concoctions of a local craft brewery. Luckily, I was able to balance all of the indulgences with our activity level. My brother and I both have active preschoolers, so we keep them busy with trips to the park, nature hikes and playing in the yard of our Airbnb rental. We also decided to walk to a near-by coffee shop and diner, instead of driving. Finding creative ways to burn energy was the name of the game for all of us before we put our kiddos back into the car for the long drive home!
This week was all about balance and decision making. My hope is that the next few weeks I can continue to make healthy nutritional choices, balanced with a few treats along the way!