To read part one and two of this series, go HERE.
As a kid, I always wanted be a homemaker. (Weird, right?) Other girls wanted to be teachers or lawyers or doctors; I wanted to be a mom. I convinced myself there would be some challenges to that one though. At the age of 15 I weighed over 200 pounds, and by the time I headed to college I topped out at 220. (Not many girls become mommas who've never been asked out on a date!)
(READ MORE ON MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY HERE)
Well, in college I had an awesome roommate who inspired me to tackle my weight problem, and I dropped over seventy-five pounds in five months. (Truly, I was 225 New Year's Day, and 145 on Derby Day in May just five months later). I met my to-be hubby that May, and had my first date 🙂 shortly there after. Who knew?
Fifteen years and three babies later, I still hang out around the same weight, but it's definitely something I struggle with and I'm no “skinnie minnie”. The reason I feel so strongly about menu planning (and you've probably noticed me hopping up on my pedestal every once in awhile), is that a huge part of my weight issues as a child stemmed from daily fast food eating during my teenage years (literally, every single day, sometimes two meals a day.) Because of my mom's busy work schedule she simply didn't have time to cook, (let alone coupon!), so the easiest way to feed four hungry kids was to swing through every fast food restaurant in town.
I know many of you are also working mommas and I have no idea how you do all that you do, but if I can encourage you a little in your menu planning, maybe it'll be a tiny bit easier to eat at home despite your busy schedule. (Even if you can't stand a single meal deal on Passionate Penny Pincher, hopefully it gets you thinking!) You can probably tell from the recipes I share that we don't eat amazingly healthily around here (I really need to work harder on that one!), but we do eat at home. And I believe a LOT of my weight management comes from portion control which is so difficult to do when McDonald's regular meals are beyond super-sized. (However, don't dare leave me home with a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough – I would take chocolate over a Big Mac any day!)
I'm sharing this to remind you (again!) that there is that there is purpose in homemaking. (whether you work or stay at home as a mom – you're still a homemaker!) IT MATTERS. Cooking a meal for your family isn't just a way to be frugal, it's a way to care for your family. It's how we take the opportunity God has given us and use it to care for those closest to us. And whether you work or stay home, whether your kids are grown up and out of the house or still just babies, even if you're single, all of us as women are given the opportunity to make our house a home. (Sorry any men out there!)
So today, set aside a few minutes if you're able and plan a few meals for your family. Consider your evening schedules over the next week, what's in your pantry, and how you can reasonably cook the majority of your meals at home throughout the week. If you need recipe suggestions check these out, or visit All Recipes for a HUGE list of ideas.
I'm curious . . . do you have any tips on healthy eating that work in your home? Many days I feel like I'm the only one who in the whole world who battles my weight on a daily basis, but maybe a few of you understand where I've come from!
Stop back next week for the last in this Homemaking Series . . . assuming I can handle one more week of baring my soul with you guys. . . it's a little painful! 🙂