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Packing lunches

Friday, January 04, 2013

One of my recent downfalls has been lunchtime. I work crazy hours and am on the road a lot during the day. I can plan healthy dinners easily. But it's just WAAAAY to easy to hit the drive through for lunch. I began packing my lunches so that I don't need to do that. I love cooking and meal planning. Except for bagged lunches. I struggle with ideas for the kids and for myself. Plus, just trying to come up with healthy ideas that are travel ready and that I'll eat is a battle sometimes - especially when you haven't planned ahead and desperately need to grocery shop...

This morning, I'm really struggling. I can't seem to find a healthy lunch amidst all the "crap" in my fridge left over from various holiday festivities. I was starting to get very frustrated. Like the really frustrated, like verge of tears at 5:30 am and ready to do something insane like eat a box of oreos kind of frustrated... (We all have different frustration and handle it differently; If you've never been that kind of frustrated, lucky you, but I'm sure you have other demons/devices. If you have been, then you get it. I'm there often...)

But then, a light bulb went off. My frustration wasn't because I was seeing all the goodies that I love and "can't have." My frustration was because I didn't WANT the goodies!!! Not really a blog worthy event, but it gave me a smile this morning so I thought I'd share.

Have a fantastic day!!
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    kudos to you for not wanting to gorge on goodies!! definitely blog worthy in my book. I too, like Holly's idea of a smorgasbord. might have to do that for myself tomorrow!

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    1925 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Welcome back to Sparkpeople and good job for getting back on the spark wagon! One step at a time is how the journey evolves!
    I pack my lunch at the beginning of the week so I have all 5 ready to go. My favorite is a bagel thin with lean meat be it turkey or honey ham, a slice of lowfat cheese and a little mustard. Then I have an apple for each day, a bag of carrots and yogurt. It makes my life much easier because the last thing I want to think about at 6a as I am leaving is what I am going to eat for lunch! I like the smorgasboard idea too!
    Good luck on getting back on track! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
    Sorry but I am so agreeing with Holly here. This was very blog worthy and better than that this was an NSV! Do you know how easy it would of been to say "screw it" and leave the house with intentions on hitting the drive thru later? The fact that you were working hard to figure something out to avoid doing that is a victory. Spark on, you are off to great start! emoticon
    1930 days ago
    Hey, that's a great place to be! When I'm in a huge rush I eat some weird stuff.
    Like Holly, usually a mishmash of whatever reasonably healthy stuff is around.
    Another one of my go-to lunches is to fill a microwaveable container with frozen veggies and meat. Either leftovers or stuff from the deli. Sometimes I just do the veg and sprinkle with a little chicken bouillon. The frozen veg keep the meat cold, then I can just nuke it and have a hot lunch that's super low calorie. If I just do the veg and bouillon, I add a little water and nuke it for a soup. Something about a hot lunch leaves me better satisfied!
    1930 days ago
    That IS a huge event! Realizing that you don't WANT that stuff is a huge step in the right direction. I'm able to sit at my desk and eat, so I'm able to pack whatever I want. However, have you ever thought of a "smorgasbord" for lunch? That's my favorite lunch and most of it doesn't need refrigerated. Apple, string cheese, crackers, grapes, granola bar. Easy stuff to throw in a bag, healthy, portable. LOVE my smorgasbord lunches! I have one today on fact. You're doing great girl, keep it up!
    1930 days ago
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