Monday, October 10, 2011

EasyLunchboxes: "back in the saddle again" bento lunch

After a week of posting I'm starting to feel like I'm back in the saddle again. The bento blogging saddle, that is. :) 

Here's my dapper bento lunch to celebrate.

Back in the Saddle again! bento lunch

Packed in an EasyLunchboxes container I have:
- a whole wheat multigrain sandwich of (low sodium) turkey, low fat provolone, mustard and spinach
- crunchy organic gala apple slices
- spicy jalepeno almonds
- organic baby carrots

I ordered those cowboy-esque picks last year and I can't remember what the heck I was planning to do with them, but they seemed to tie in with my "back in the saddle" theme, so there they are in my apple slices. I cut out the "giddy up" from provolone cheese using mini alphabet cutters. A little grassy baran provides a barrier between my sandwich and the apples. My sandwich was so full the lid needed some help staying on, so a big rubberband held it together securely for an afternoon of errands. :)  This was actually lunch and a snack for me.

Nutrition breakdown:
sandwich: 310 calories (9g fat, 29g carbs, 27g protein, 5g fiber)
apple: 90 calories (0 fat, 25g carbs, 0 protein, 5g fiber)
almonds: 170 calories (15g fat, 5g carbs, 6g protein, 3g fiber)
carrots: 30 calories (0 fat, 7g carbs, .5g protein, 1.5g fiber)
total: 571 calories (24g fat, 59g carbs, 33g protein, 13g fiber)

During the time I was on a blogging hiatus I really knuckled down on my health and have become a compulsive calorie (and macronutrient!) counter. And I've forged a deep love of exercise. It's such a fantastic avenue for stress relief. That's a great thing since my kids totally stress me out. Ha! I love going to the gym now. LOVE it.  Oh hey, and I lost 50 pounds in the process. Yay me!

I am really sorry I just fell off the radar for so long, I know when that's happened to bloggers I follow I get really worried that something happened to them or to their family...and on the occasions they popped back up and started blogging again like nothing happened and without explanation I'd even get miffed and wonder incessantly why had they disappeared? what were they doing? don't they care that I worried about them?! 

Sooo... I felt the need here to sort of explain where I went for...oh...9 months.  It's not that I didn't love bento-ing or blogging (or you!) that kept me away for so long. I was just really focused on my health and making this new lifestyle stick. :) 

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Christina said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations on your new, healthy lifestyle!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the explanations - I was a little worried about you. :) And congrats on the positive changes you have made!

Giggly Girls said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats on the -50!!

wyowoman said... [Reply to comment]

Way to go!

The Harper Family said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats and welcome back!!

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

I'm thrilled you're back online and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!! (that's excitement caps; not yelling caps). DBSBH :)

Amy Watson said... [Reply to comment]

I understand the MIA blog thing. I have become one of those and just posted an "I'm still alive" update to mine yesterday. :)

Welcome back, and congrats on the new lifestyle and accomplishments!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

So happy to see you back! Congrats on your accomplishments - would love to hear more about how you did it!

Pauline said... [Reply to comment]

Yep, we were worried about you, too! :) Pleased to know things are doing well. Warmly, Pauline in CA

AnnieMac said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you are back! Missed your posts. Wow! 50 lbs! That is amazing. Would love to hear all about your lifestlyle changes in more detail.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I just discovered your blog and I have to say, I think you're fantastic! I love seeing all the creativity you express in your food preparations; your kids must have the coolest lunches in school, not to mention, great memories of a mum who put so much tlc into making everyday special. You have inspired me to stop seeing packing lunches as a chore and start having some fun with them! Thank you :)

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations on your lifestyle change! That's awesome!

And yes, welcome back, I was one of those people who kept wondering "whatever happened to her"? :)

Danielle Broadbooks said... [Reply to comment]

I found your blog during your hiatus and I'm so glad you're back! But even more glad that you took time to make such awesome changes in your life! Congratulations and thanks for coming back to share with us some more!

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

Glad to have you back!!

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said... [Reply to comment]

50 pounds?? Way to go! That's some serious change Melissa. SO happy for you. I bow down to anyone who says they love going to the gym. Can you pack that in a lunchbox and sell it?? I'll buy a WHOLE CASE. BRAVA!!!!

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