Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take Me Out to the.... Fat Farm

yesirreee folks, it's that time of year again - when I get to spend 4 nights a week at the ball park - enjoying the sounds of summer, the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and all those other sounds... like the whine of my kids...

"can I have a drink"  "I'm  hungry"  "what's for dinner"

What's for dinner?  are you kidding, we pick up from the school at 3:30 to make it to a 3:50 Orthodontist Appointment for W followed by a 4:10 Orthodontist Appointment for T-man... this SHOULD leave us enough time to swing by home to allow Po to change into his gear for his 5:00 baseball game... but just in case we already have the gear stowed in the car - for the cost of braces the Ortho office shouldn't mind if we use their bathroom as a changing room right?

So where does dinner come in?  Crock Pot meals are always an option (we can eat at 7:30) but I'm running out of Crock Pot recipes that my kids will actually eat.  Fast Food is... well, in the interest of my blog readers who have sworn off the fast food for the year, we'll just say that it's unhealthy and a bad idea.  

The ball field has food at the snack shack - burgers, corn dogs, hot dogs, nachos, laffy taffy - and lots of other things that have no expiration date.  

I could swing by and pick up a few $5.99 pizzas - or maybe a $5 footlong (ooh, there's a plan!) but 4 nights a week?

Some of you may know that I've been on the  Yo-Yo Diet for the past year...  before that I was on a sensible diet where I got down (lost 35 pounds!) to exactly what I wanted to weigh and felt great...  and then Baseball season hit and it all went the way of the dinosaur because eating well takes time.  Or at least determination!  The fact that I didn't get right back on board when the season ended and that I'm starting this season at more than I want can be blamed only on... well, me I guess - but I'm planning to shift all of that blame off onto this season anyway... I really hate guilt.

Bring on the nachos.

So if you see a frantic mom (with a little extra padding around the middle) dragging her (1/2 dressed) baseball clad kids out of the orthodontist office and driving off like a bat out of Hades... wave and smile :)

12 comments:

Eudae-Mamia said...

I hate that question.

With an absolute passion.

Want to start a petition to ban it?

a Tonggu Momma said...

In all my years as a responsible adult, this is the question I hate most. The daily or weekly dinner schedule just kills me. Trying to please everyone in the family, keep it healthy, work around schedules, etc - it's harder than it sounds.

Heidi Ashworth said...

This is the kind of horror story that makes me so glad my 7 year old son is a book geek and my 19 year old son couldn't bat a fly off his nose. There are compensations to everything . . ..

cold cocoa said...

Sounds busy! i hate to find a solution to your problem (but I can't help it!) but how about pack a big cooler with wraps/sandwiches/veggies/dip and fruit? isn't there even a backpack cooler of some sort easier to haul? then you'll just have to find good non-cook foods. i know, lots of work in this one too.

Firefly said...

I struggle with this too. I hate planning meals, it is boring really. I teach two nights a week, and so sometimes we have dinner at 7:30 or 8... which is ok as my kids are getting bigger. If I'm having an organized week, ha, then I'll cook a big dinner at 1pm and then put it in the fridge. Then they can eat off of it for 2 days! I think those subway sandwiches are not bad... as long as you avoid the really fat laden ones (the good ones, ha. like the meatball sandwich) and drink water or milk instead of the soda. Like Cold coca I don't want to "find a solution" cause I have the same issues. On the weeks I feel good about it... I make one big meal in the afternoon, and then do those $5 footlongs or something similar once that week. Panera has some healthier choices too...

Youngblood4ever said...

Oh, the spring activities. Good times at the ball fields. How do we survive and not weigh 500 lbs?

Sue Q said...

It's a vicious cycle -- to eat well, you have to spend an extra hour in the kitchen. Who has that much time to cook? My problem is, the longer I spend in the kitchen, the more I tend to snack during dinner prep time, so by the time we actually sit down for our evening meal (sometimes at 7:30!), I'm already stuffed, but I feel compelled to eat the nutritious, low-fat/calorie meal I've so diligently prepared.

This problem isn't really covered in the portion control theory.

Good luck to your sluggers, though. And heaven help us from the hot dog stand!

Kamille said...

I guess I have things like that to look forward to...only maybe it will be at dance or gymnastics or soccer. (My girls don't care about baseball.)

The Sports Mama said...

Sounds like my house! :)

April said...

That was you????? J/K!!! Have a fun ball season! I miss them!

Aubrey said...

Oh how I love concession food! Bring it on!

Really though (I do love it), I'm sure it gets expensive having to eat in between everything. I like the suggestion above of bringing a cooler with wraps, snacks, drinks, etc.

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Hi. I'm finally getting around to visiting the friends who popped by during the Spring Fling. Thanks for visiting my blog! Cute site - I love your header.

I think I'm on the Yoyo diet too. Have been for years. Funny thing, the verification word for today is gravi. Think it's trying to tell me something?