Working Mom: A mom that works outside or inside the home.
A full day of eating!
I used to click on these posts or videos in a second to see how a certain fitness person ate so I could copy them and hope I’ll magically wake up looking like them. I’m not alone in this, it’s normal to think if you follow someone else’s eating habits that you’ll get similar results to them. I used to spend my entire paycheck to do a “full day of eating” like my fitness icons and honestly, it’s stressful as hell.
This isn’t realistic.
I’ll use myself as an example.
I dove hard into fitness when I discovered Nikki Blackketter. I watched her youtube videos religiously and tried to eat just like her in hopes that I would achieve her body. Even to the point of choking down food I hated. It was a struggle for me, and I’m sure a lot of you understand what I mean by that. I would crave my favorite foods so bad and I was getting to the point that I dreaded eating.
So for me, I am a working single mother of 2. I work from 8am-2pm, go to the gym from 2:20pm-3: 45 pm. Pick up my son from daycare by 4, home by 4:10 and ready to start the second half of my day.
Now, to compare my life right now to Nikki B. Nikki’s career is to be herself on social media, to wear GymShark gear and rep the brand and be an affiliate for various other companies (including meal companies). Her entire day is eating a certain way because promoting it makes her money.
For me, I go to my office for most of the day and have to pack a lunch. This drastically separates me from Nikki and most other fitspo icons. If my income came from eating a companies food and working out, I’d definitely have a killer body and near perfect eating habits. Now, there is always meal prepping. Honestly, though, that’s hard for a lot of people. It’s a great idea but prepping several meals for yourself is time-consuming.
I’ve also been the one at the table eating my precooked meal while my family eats the fresh homecooked one I just made for them. Whatever, I’m not doing that. I’m eating the pasta.
This brings us to the reality of my day and so many others. Below I’ll show you what yesterday looked like for me eating wise.
Breakfast – 2 pancakes with a few chocolate chips in them, and yes, I used syrup. My son loves pancakes and between feeding him and getting ready for work, I just eat what the kids are eating so I can be on time.
Second Breakfast – I always bring a second breakfast such as a parfait or just the yogurt. Today I brought vanilla flavored greek yogurt.
Snack – 6-7 Strawberries that I dipped in a handful of milk chocolate chips that I microwaved with some coconut oil.
Lunch – 3 Potatoes that I cooked last night with butter and chives then reheated in the microwave and dipped in sour cream.
Snack – 1 mozzarella baby bel cheese puck
Dinner – A pot roast dinner that my sister made for me with gravy and veggies.
Before bed snack – Breaktime chocolate chip cookies.
Here we are, a full day of eating. Now, this isn’t my best day of eating by far. Usually, for lunch, I would eat rice, a protein, and veggies. My most boring meal of the day, but this is the easiest to take from the fridge and throw together in a container for work. My lunch is always a mash of leftovers for about 3 days.
I am fit and praised for my physique even though I don’t eat 100% clean or go to the gym 5-6 days a week. I am a normal person that has kids and a job and trying to make it work.
Putting so much time and energy into thinking you need to follow a map to be a fit person is more stress than it’s worth and often doesn’t land you the results you were hoping for. Just breathe, people! Do your best, eat something green every day and take your probiotics.