Best Lunchbox Ever AND One Whole Year

As I’ve mentioned on here a few times, I bring my breakfast, lunch, and all my snacks with me to work. This allows me to eat healthy, save money, and not have to stay at work the extra 30 minutes because I eat lunch at my desk ­čśŤ

I was looking and looking for a lunchbox that would hold enough things, and I found the perfect one! It is stretchy material so it can stretch out to fit whatever you put in there, it zips shut, its insulated, AND it folds down flat once you’re done so you can just shove it in your purse/bag. Take a look at how much stuff I can fit in there. Here it is zipped shut after I just got to work:

And here is everything that was inside

A takeout container with black beans, the end of a bag of salad, a grapefruit, an apple, frozen oatmeal from Trader Joes, three clementines, a bag of green and red grapes (changing it up!) and a sweet potato. Crazy that that all fits in there! I got this lunch box at Target for just $10! Highly recommend it for those of you who bring your breakfast and/or lunch to work.

Be prepared, rare sappiness ahead..

While I was on the metro riding into work today, I was thinking about what I have to do at work today, and then I realized, it’s March 3! One year ago today I joined Weight Watchers and it has really changed my life. And, it has definitely been the best year of my life. I could go on and on about all the things that have changed, but let me spare you and just highlight a few.

  • I’ve lost over 50 pounds!
  • I started running and now love it and have completed six races!
  • I completely transformed my diet and exercise regimen
  • I have transitioned into a mostly whole foods diet
  • I work out 4-5 times a week and feel like something is missing if I don’t!
  • I have been able to save money because I bring my breakfast/lunch into work every day instead of buying out every day like I used to!
  • I can shop in any store I want to
  • I feel so much healthier
  • I am so much┬áhealthier

I think its easy to lose sight of all the changes you’ve made and give yourself a hard time about missing a workout or having a slip up, but sometimes it’s important to sit back and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come. Sometimes. Over the last year, I have had more than my fair share of┬áslip-ups┬áand have eaten a lot of crap that I wish I hadn’t and felt guilty about the next day, but really, I have made some incredible changes in my life, and for today, I’m going to embrace them and be proud! =D

Love the Run You’re With 5k Race Recap

I’m done with my first race of 2010! And to be honest, it didn’t go as well as I was hoping. Next time I think it’s a good idea to try a newish activity the day before a race, remind me it’s not ;). I woke up this morning and my quads were so sore and after a few minutes I realized it’s probably because I decided to run on an incline yesterday on the treadmill. Because I didn’t want to go fast to loosen up, I was going at 5.6mph, which is a lot slower than I’m used to. It didn’t feel challenging enough, so I opted for the incline, but in retrospect, it probably would have been better just to go with the elliptical.

I woke up at 7:15am and made some coffee in the french press and frothed some skim milk. I gotta say that frothing the milk for my coffee makes such a huge difference in how much I enjoy it.. I really feel like I’m at a coffee shop but then I look around and realize I’m just in my apartment… sad story.

I even put a little pumpkin pie spice on top! For pre-race fuel, along with the coffee, I had:

1 Whole Wheat Thomas Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp almond butter and a sliced up banana. I ate it like a sandwich:

After having breakfast and coffee, I got into my gear and headed out the door!

It turned out to be way colder than I was expecting and even started flurrying. My friend was supposed to run it with me but bailed last minute, so I was there by myself which is always a little awkward when you have no one to talk to before or after the race! Then the race started and I just was not feeling that great during the run for some reason. Just one of those days, I guess, and my quads were really sore. I think I had put a lot of pressure on myself to go really fast so all the build up just didn’t pan out well. I just wanted the run to be over for most of the race. I much prefer enjoying the run while its going on.. maybe next time.

My official time was 28:50 which is a 9m17s pace, which is still pretty good for me, but not 27m48s like my treadmill 5k from Wednesday! They were giving away Coconut Waters after the race, so I grabbed… 4 ­čÖé I love free stuff, don’t hate.

I drank this and then had 3 clementines post race.

I tried unsuccessfully to get the skins off in one piece but failed 3x in a row. I still have a lot left in the bag so hopefully I’ll be able to prove my clementine peeling skills before the end of the bag.

I took a bubble bath and am now just having a relaxing Sunday. My quads are still really sore so I think I’m just going to take it easy for the rest of the day.

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