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.
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.
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. :)