Since I officially began triathlon training, I have been hungrier than I ever remember being when I was pregnant. Which is saying something because I gained 55 pounds with my 1st pregnancy and 48 with my second. I wish I could claim with any integrity that it was mere water weight. Truth is, it was girl scout cookie weight and scrambled eggs with cheese and avocado weight.
Obviously, I need to honor my body's new demands for nutrition and fuel. However, I'm not so sure that ingesting half a loaf of garlic bread or a bag of sour cream and onion chips after a long run is helping my body in any way whatsoever. Not so sure ice cream or massive amounts of Costco trail mix fit the bill either. I should be eating salmon, edamame and non fat yogurt. Chicken breast, black beans, brown rice. Things with fiber and vitamin C and potassium.
Instead, I grab whatever I see that's easy and eat it on the fly. Today, I actually stuffed trail mix in my pockets and ate it ravenously as I sped to pick up the kids from school. I spend time cooking the right meals for my family, packing healthy school lunches, and restricting the junk food intake of my kids. But, lately, in terms of nutrition, I'm skipping right over caring for myself. My needs, because I'm a mom and am always so busy taking care of everyone around me, get put on the shelf. Then, I hit a wall in a training session, or feel totally depleted of energy in our family time at night because one just cannot expect results when eating whole bags of sour cream and onion chips.
I'm ready to feed myself, to really nourish myself. The extra 10 minutes it takes to really eat something worthwhile are worth it. And, I'm important enough to spend those 10 minutes on. Chances are, I'll be a better mom, wife and friend for counting my needs worthwhile enough to be met. Maybe the laundry can wait another 10 minutes. Maybe the dishes don't need to be done right away. Maybe, just maybe, it's OK to occasionally rest.
Am I alone here, people? Do you ever find it hard to care for yourself? I'd love your feedback.......