snow day struggles

As of today, I’ve  had an entire extra week off of school.  Today’s snow day (our 14th of the year) was actually pretty surprising since they made the call around 8:15 last night and I had no idea we even had accumulating snow.  I had already gotten my clothes out and packed my lunch too.  We are at the point now where we no longer have to make them up either – they are considered an “act of God”, so our very last day is May 30th.  I can deal with that.

Again, I’m not complaining about the extra time off.  But, let’s be honest… I’m running out of things to occupy my time, as well as things to keep MacKenna entertained.  I actually shipped her off to her Grandpa’s on Friday so I could get some stuff done around the house, and because I just couldn’t think of anything else I could do to keep her busy.  It was a glorious day “off”, spent drinking good coffee and deep cleaning our house, as well as getting some homework done.  Our house goes on the market on Friday, so it was a much needed day to get stuff done.

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But, I think I am going a little house batty.  I always thought that I could do the stay at home mom thing, but I’m starting to realize that maybe I do need to at least be a work at home mom.  I just need to do… something.  I love my daughter, but keeping her entertained every single day is tough.

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Being at home has also proven to be really bad for our budget.  It’s been entirely too cold to spend any time outside (temps in the single digits – I am dying to run outside again), so there’s not where else really to go except to the mall (bad) or to Target (really, really bad).  I had hit up the mall yet with Kenna Girl, but I have a feeling we will be spending some time there today, which thankfully, they also have a little play area as well.  Let’s kill two birds with one stone please, but let’s try to keep the spending to a minimum…

Snow days have also been terrible for my waist line.  I stepped on the scale yesterday to see a number I haven’t seen since I was pregnant with MacKenna.  And I’m starting to think it’s really not my thyroid… it’s me.  I absolutely hate admitting that, but my sweet tooth has been uncontrollable and my portion sizes have been huge.  I’ve also been helping myself to Kenna’s snacks too, which I know has not helped.

I did that 30-day challenge back in December that ended in complete and total failure.  I can blame it on the holidays, or I can be honest and blame it on the fact that my heart just wasn’t in it.  I don’t like to restrict myself from desserts – it’s my favorite meal!  But, I do need to take a closer look at my portion sizes.  A cup of M&M’s is 4 servings – not one.  That’s almost an extra 1,000 calories I’m consuming before bedtime.  And I wonder why I can’t get back to my fighting weight…

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So, today will be another struggle.  A struggle with my eating, a struggle to stay busy, and a struggle not to spend more money on unnecessary things, especially when we are going to be buying a house once ours sells.  I think I just really need to get my mindset back into health mode.  Or it just needs to not be winter anymore so I can actually work and spend some time outside.  Right now, I’m thinking my spring break in a month isn’t going to be too spring-like…

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  • GOOD LORD IT IS HARD.
    and for me just acknowledging it may be a struggle lessens my load a bit.

    xoxo
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  • It’s tough being stuck inside with kids.
    I’ve been running outside…my temp limit is -9F…I ran once in -9 degrees is it was so awful I vowed never again.
    All of these snow days are doing a number on my nerves. I am a stay at home mom and I love having my kids at home, but they need to get away from EACH OTHER. All of the bickering and fighting is driving me insane. Thank goodness there’s school today. 😉
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    • Kristen

      OMG. You are a rockstar! I can barely stand being outside for more than a minute just to start my car – I could NEVER run in this weather!

  • ummm when i’m home all day because of snow days i eat all day. i can’t believe you guys are off today and have had 14!!! at least you don’t have to make them up anymore!
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    • Kristen

      Well, we’re making up one this Friday instead of having a PD day.

  • Staying home with kids is SO hard! There are days I love it, but I definitely need an outlet too, and am much happier now working part time from home while she has preschool.
    Plus, winter is extra hard… the warm, spring days make it so much easier to spend a whole morning or afternoon outside somewhere. Hang in there!
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    • Kristen

      Yes! I never seems to struggle during my spring break, but not being able to go outside has been tough!

  • Jen

    Umm I could have written this post. Obviously not the snow days part, but being stuck inside because of the cold this winter is driving.me.crazy. I’m very lucky that Wyatt is in school two mornings a week, but still I feel like it’s not enough. I go to Target all the time just to do something OR we bake and it’s totally not good for our budget or waistline. I actually haven’t bought m&ms in a week and am really proud of myself haha. And, yeah, getting on the scale is not fun. I weigh more this pregnancy but was a lot bigger in the belly last time — and I know it’s because of my sweet tooth!

    Bring on spring!
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  • J

    I am a long time reader, but let me just chime in to say that I now work outside of the home and I believe that even with the rush/challenges that come with keeping our family and life in order, this is about a million times easier than caring for a toddler at home! Also, if I can offer an idea related to your sugar reflections: have you ever considered that the portion idea might need to get turned on it’s head? I just look at how much you eat in a day (and your training load) and I would suggest first and foremost that you just eat bigger meals and see if that curbs things a bit. That was exactly what I ended up needing – more carbs and food during the day! Obviously you are the authority on you, but just thought I’d put that out there 🙂

    • Kristen

      I work with middle schoolers so sometimes I wonder which is easier! Ha! And yes, I think you are probably right. The days I have a bigger lunch, I seem to not need to snack nearly as much. I struggle with that a lot, especially on days where I run more than a half hour or so…