I have recently gone back to work full time after not working at all or only working part time the past two in a half years. The last time I worked full time I only had one child and my husband worked during the day. Now I have three children, a husband who works at night and a household to keep in order. Needless to say I’ve become much busier and stressed.
I’ve also discovered that I am falling back on some old bad habits.
Months ago when I had my daughter, I had a difficult time preparing healthy dinners. When I would get dinner on the table, I frequently made enough for my husband and sons to eat, but not for myself. I would snack on whatever I could find around the kitchen. I was definitely not getting my daily vegetables or fruits and probably put on a few extra pounds from all the junk. Once I realized what I was doing I made some positive changes and began healthy planning meals we would all eat.
Now with my full-time work status, I have gone back to purchasing frozen meals or picking something up on the way home or worse yet, not eating dinner. When I don’t eat a full healthy meal, I am more exhausted, grumpier and less motivated to clean or play with my children. I’m not only hurting myself but my family.
Last night, once I had my children asleep, I sat down with my calendar and wrote down specific days and times to look through the grocery store advertisements, figure what to make for dinner for the week, go shopping and then finally do my prep work to cut down time when it came time to cook.
I also plan to make up a list of what meals we will have on each specific night and post it to the refrigerator. That way I don’t have to worry about it and if I’m running late one night my husband could start dinner. This will hopefully stop some of the stress I have been feeling about making dinner and same time as well. I will make myself and my family priority again.