Everyone knows that the best part of babysitting is the food. When you go to a house that is home to anyone under the age of 10, you are going to find endless cookies, fruit snacks, chips, etc. When its a one-time gig, its ok to pig out, I encourage it. Put the kids to be , prop your feet up and raid that cabinet girl.
When you’re a nanny and you are surrounded by these foods all the time, it starts to add up. It adds up in pounds and acne… at least for me. When I first got to my job, they encouraged me to add foods I liked to the grocery list so I had food to eat in the house. At the time, I was shy and all too polite to actually do it. So for the past 8 months, I have been eating a lot of junk. I did my best to make healthy choices amongst what was in the house but always found myself shoving a cookie in my mouth at the end of it. It is even worse when we are out of the house because the kids want to stop for McDonald’s or cake pops at Starbucks. I couldn’t help but participate!
My reality check came when I had to go buy jeans for my trip because somehow over the past few months my wardrobe has been narrowed down to sweats, leggings, and hoodies.
I don’t bother wearing my nice clothes with the kids, so I don’t really have any left. So while I was in the dressing rooms with piles of jeans, I had to ask the attendant for the next size up. And now, as I research summer camps for the kids and see the warm weather coming towards me, I know my body is not pool club ready. Not even for my kid-friendly one piece. I feel like I would be busting out of it if I tried it on. The real kicker here is is that I work out all the time. I go to Soulcycle at least twice a week and work on some sort of strength training no less than three days a week. Despite that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t out-work a bad diet.
With that realization, I have been making MUCH better choice for the past week and I am extremely proud of myself. I haven’t eaten any candy from their house this week, or eating cookies as if they are granola bars. I haven’t even had a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and THAT takes will power. I am feeling better already. Instead, I have been sticking to the peanut butter, fruit, rice cakes, meat, and frozen veggies that are in the fridge. I also took #3 to an organic food market with a cafe for lunch yesterday where he got noodles and I got a salad, even after he had begged me for Mcdonald’s. All you need to do is chose better, no matter how tempting the junk is. CHOSE BETTER.
Moral of the story, RESIST THE JUNK FOOD and make choices that make YOU FEEL GOOD. When you feel good, you are happier and when you are happier, you do your job better.