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Monday, October 22, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - Oct. 29

Monday - turkey panini, grapes, carrots
Tuesday - soccer- sloppy joes, oranges, french fries
Wednesday - Mexican Lasagna, apples
Thursday - pick my mom up at airport! dinner out
Friday - Florentine Manicotti, salad, oranges
Saturday -
breakfast: bacon, eggs, toast
lunch: oriental chicken salad
dinner: taco salad, pineapple
Sunday - Chicken Parmesan, corn, applesauce, rolls

Dessert of the week: we have just enough money left on an Olive Garden gift card to go for just dessert, so while my mom's here to babysit, Kevin and I will enjoy a "just dessert" mini date!

For more yummy menu ideas, head over to Laura's.

To read last Friday's post about planning family nutrition, click HERE.

I'm 23 weeks pregnant, have gained almost 10 lbs already, and am trying hard to keep watch of my weight gain. Unlike my husband, I gain weight REALLY easily and have to be careful. And not that I have problem gaining weight during pregnancy, I just don't want to gain EXTRA weight making it unhealthy for me AND baby, not to mention making it harder to lose the weight post-pregnancy. My goal is to not gain more than 5 pounds each month, but lately I have been pushing that. So it's time to get serious and actually work on it. So this week I have goals for myself. If you know me at all I love making lists of goals, whether it be life goals, marriage goals, parenting goals, nutrition goals, etc. So here are my 5 goals for this week:

Pregnancy Goals:
1. Walk TWICE a day, once with Eli and once by myself. I usually take Eli out every morning, but yesterday morning (before church even) I got to go for a walk by myself, without pushing a 40 lb stroller, and it was wonderful! I felt like I was flying! I didn't have to worry about bumps, curbs, or cars, and I could actually pump my arms as I walked instead of holding on to the stroller handles.
2. Weigh myself every morning.
3. Drink 8 glass of water a day. This is really hard for me to do, so if it means adding a tsp of lemonade mix to make it taste a little better, then so be it!
4. Eat healthy snacks--yogurt, fruit bar, carnation drink, carrots, grapes, apple, broccoli, cauliflower, toast--NO ice cream, cereal, cookies, or other dessert
5. Moderate meal size--half portions at restaurants


Bible verse of the week: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Romans 8:28


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah!

I commend your dedication and attention to your health! However, please remember that it is normal for a woman to gain 40 pounds throughout a normal pregnancy (1 pound per week), so try not to stress about what the scale says. Also, your weight can vary each day simply by water weight (which can happen quite a lot during pregnancy). As long as your committed to eating healthy and getting exercise, you shouldn't feel too terrible about the numbers on the scale - besides, you look great!!

In Light of the Truth... said...

Yeah, about a pound a week is right. BUT you don't start gaining weight until the third month or so.

Wendy @ Life in the Button Factory said...

Your menus look delicious--I'm bookmarking that florentine manicotti to try soon!

Angie said...

Hey now....you have to give that baby a little bit of ice cream occasionally!!!

tegdirb92 said...

what a delicious looking meal plan this week. You put a lot of thought into it. Have a great week.

AmyD said...

Thanks for sharing the links to the Floretine Manicotti and Mexican Lasagna. I'll definitely be trying those out in the near future. And I think it's so great that you take such great care of your body/health, esp. during your pregnancy. BUT, relax, you look great! :-D

BellaMama said...

KUDOS!! You're goals are great!! Getting the walking done will help shed pounds afterwards...I found that to be the absolute best and recommended by sooo many midwives! I'm having trouble with my goals...didn't lose the weight after last baby and barely keeping it right here. I found that it really doesn't matter how much you put on (gained 40 with 2nd and lost 50 in 2 months after he was born...biked and walked TONS) it matters how you care for yourself!! GOOD quality food and water and exercise. I think I will be checking in with your post JUST to keep up with you. You are my new inspiration to keep going!! Thank you!! Blessings, Mrs. C.

A Juggling Mum said...

Hi, you have some great meals planned for this week :)

See you next week!

Rachel xxx
Come and visit me at my blog :)

Candi said...

Everything sounds yummy!! Have a great week!

According to HIS Power said...


I don't know what it is like to gain weight that quickly in pregnancy. I only gained 17 lbs. total with Lily and 20 with Claire and that was all after the 5th month. I had severe sickness (all day & night long) with both of them. I actually lost weight until they put me on antinausea medication. So, I don't know what you are going through but I do know that you are to be commended for taking these steps now. The more you take care of yourself now the less trouble you will have with the birth and after the birth. So, I am proud of you! :o) Also, I am going to have to try that Mexican lasagna! You just made me hungry.:o)

Love and Prayers,

tonsofsons said...

Thanks for the recipes... The lasagna sounds yummy!

I gain all my weight in the beginning. And lose in the end. Weird, huh???


Darcy said...

I followed the link from Julie's blog (According to His Power) and just wanted to say hi. I enjoyed browsing around for awhile and will be back when I have more time!