Monday, October 22, 2012

Motivation Monday!

Motivation Monday
Happy Motivation Monday everyone!  And happy National Celebrate Pro Bono Week!  This week is going to be a busy one for me, as I will be running a "legal clinic road show" in my district.  I'll be going to a different county each week to host free legal clinics for residents in our district.  It will be busy but totally worth it.  Anyway, so, to the motivation...
Still plugging away at my weight loss.  Since I started, I have lost a total of 15 pounds, which seems crazy to me.  I tried on my pre-pregancy jeans the other day and some were actually a little loose.  I do have two pairs of jeans that are still a little tight but they were tight before I got pregnant, so I'm using them as motivation.  I will fit in them eventually...God willing...
One of the things that keeps me disciplined are the food records I have to keep daily.  Each week the dietitian reviews them and gives me helpful pointers.  It can be a pain having to write down what I just ate after each meal, and I know it drives T crazy.  But it keeps me in line and accountable.  I have to keep track of what are known as "exchanges" and check off how many I eat each day.  So I get to have six "exchanges" of starches, three of fruits, etc.  Some days I do go over, and others I'm spot on.  The weekends are definitely the toughest.  During the week I normally eat the same thing each day - a smoothie for breakfast, granola bar for snack; salad with chicken, fruit, and yogurt for lunch; carrots for a snack and then dinner (usually meat, salad and maybe a starch.)   If I want a glass of wine at night, I have to kind of plan out my fat exchanges for the day.  And I only allow myself one glass. 
It is tough because there are days where all I want is a huge chocolate candy bar.  Or I'll be eating my carrots when a coworker offers me chocolate.  I used to just mindlessly munch on stuff like that during the day, and that catches up with you in the end.  Keeping track of what I eat and when makes me stop and think before I take that bite.  It isn't to say I won't treat myself every now and then.  It's just a matter of making it work and planning.  That's the tough part. 
It sucks sometimes because you won't realize something has starch in it, and it seems like everything has some kind of starch or fat.  Like spaghetti's a starch exchange.  So it can be frustrating when planning out meals because you have to constantly think about those things, and it's enough to drive you insane.
Anyway, I'm rambling on and on about this, and I'm honestly not sure why.  So my motivation this week is to keep up on the healthy eating and try my best to stay within my allotted exchanges each day.  Think I can do it?
So what's your motivation?  Share yours in a post on your blog and leave it in a comment to this one!  And happy Motivation Monday, everyone!


  1. I'll have to let our attorneys know that it's Pro Bono Week . . .although that's probably a week they'd like to ignore :)

    Sounds like you're doing great on your weight loss . . . good for you!!

  2. My Fitness Pal is an awesome app for your phone that might make it quicker & more fun to track your food, I love it! Good for you on the weight loss, so rewarding in so many ways!

  3. Congrats on the weight loss and for keeping up on the healthy eating. I'm sure it feels awesome to fit in those jeans!


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