So, my new think is making bento style lunch boxes for myself to take to work. I'm still getting the hang of it and I don't quite go all out like some of the one's I've seen on line or in the bento cook books, but I'm still learning how to pack everything in there. Packing your bento box is an art form all it's own! So here are the pictures of my little bento lunch. I use 2 bento boxes, they're pretty small, and like I said I haven't quite mastered the art of bento.
On to the pictures!!!
Also included in my lunch (but not in the pic) are the odwalla bars I take with me. I take 3. I eat one on my way to work, I eat one on my 30 min lunch break and if I eat the last one, it's on my last 15 min break with the last half of my apple and the cottage cheese and fruit.
This is also the stuff I've been eating on my "diet". Surprisingly enough, it keeps my full, or satisfied for quite a while. I eat my walnut odwalla bar on my way to work which holds me until 8 am when I take my first 15 min break. That's when I eat the hummus, veggies, egg, strawberries, 1/2 the apple with a little peanut butter. Then I get my 30 min lunch, and I'm not hungry, so to prevent myself from having that "starving" feeling, I eat a choco-walla odwalla bar. Then for my last 15 min break which is usually around 1:30 I eat the last 1/2 of my apple with some peanut butter, the cottage cheese and fruit, and if I feel I need a little more, I eat my last odwalla bar which is the chocolate-peanut butter protein bar. Each bar has roughly 200-210 calories in it, so I figure with the low calorie meals I'm eating, they should be ok. Plus I get my chocolate fix which prevents me from craving sweets! SUPER BONUS!!! And at breakfast I have my water, and my vitamin cocktail. Which is 1 multi-vitamin, 2 glucosamine, 2 fish oil, and 2-3 focus factor. I find it actually does help me stay focused and helps me find the motivation to, well, get myself motivated to actually DO stuff. I have also managed to keep soda out of my diet for the most part. Yes, sometimes I do have a drink or 2, when I say sometimes, maybe once or twice a month.
I officially started my diet last week, and after weighing myself, I've lost more weight!! So happy!!! I had put on 5 plbs, but now I've lost it again and I'm down 2 more!! I just have to keep going at it and allow myself to have that little splurge every now and again, but in moderation! Which I actually find that easy to do anymore! :) I'm still working on the dinner part of it. I have been doing pretty good and not over eating at dinner lately too.
And also starting this week, mom and I are going to start swimming! She's getting frustrated because she's gained weight since she's been here and I've actually lost! I have a swimsuit that's too small for me so she's gonna use it and we're gonna either do aqua aerobics or laps. It sounds like we're gonna do laps because I personally get more of a workout that way. I talked her into swimming because it's going to be a lot gentler on her body! (and mine too!) I'm hoping to do some bike riding with her as well. :)
Will keep writing about my weight loss efforts and hopefully with the new regime, mom will start loosing as well! We just need to figure out what foods work best for her! More fruits and veggies and less meat works great for me! Now to get her to "listen" to what her body tells her it wants.