Bullet Point Friday With a Week of Office Lunches

Happy Friday!

I’m between work and a dinner date with The Husband so I’m going to make this quick.

  • First of all, work is AWESOME! I really, really love it. Maybe it’s still the newness of everything that makes me happy but I don’t think so. I’m having a little self-doubt and confidence issues here and there but that’s just me. I’m starting to feel productive and part of the team, although I know still have a long way to go and so much to learn.
  • Yesterday I had a few readers point out the GreenLiteBites was hacked. It was not something I wanted to deal with, but thanks to my hosting guy, we got it all figured it. GreenLiteBites is now up and running so any bookmarks you have will now work again. Unfortunately, now I’ve been flagged by Google so this is going to really mess up my incoming traffic. Ugh. I really hate mean people. What was the point? My server guy said it was just malicious to be malicious. There was no other intent he could see. Why bother messing with an archived recipe site? I just don’t get it. Anyway…
  • I made it to the gym every day this week before work! I thought maybe there would be some issues but nope. I wake up at 5:30, hit the gym, home by 7:15, help kids get ready for school, take a shower and I’m out of the door by 8. I really don’t know how it’s working but it’s working and with minimal problems. It’s like the family is a well-oiled machine right now. It’s strange!
  • Today the CrossFit Open started and I signed up because I enjoy the challenge of it. Right now I’m tied for 108th place in the Women’s Masters 40-44 Rx division.Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 6.06.07 PM
    I’m sure my position will plummet as more people enter their scores but it was fun being on page one for the first few hours this morning.

Okay, I think that’s all I got this week. I’m looking forward to the weekend and tonight’s dinner date. We’re going with friends and then they are coming back to our place to play pinochle. It’s been years since I’ve played but I’m always up for a card game. This should be fun.

Below is my week of office lunches.  Besides what I brought here I have beef jerky, nuts, and hummus with beet chips that I keep at work. If you haven’t tried these I highly recommend them. So good with hummus!

Monday

Marinated Raw Broccoli Salad

Sunday night I made this with some leftover sun-dried tomatoes we had from one of the Hello Fresh meals. It’s so easy and SO tasty. First I make a simple dressing from:

  • oil
  • lemon juice
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • sun-dried tomatoes

Then I add a ton of raw broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces, a bit of feta and some cooked chicken cut into bite-sized pieces (I used the precooked store-bought stuff.) It’s delicious when you let it all sit overnight and then eat room temp. Great for a an office lunch! I wish I remembered to take a photo. It’s pretty, too.

Tuesday

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Roast Beef

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After dinner I decided to use on of the skillets before we cleaned up to make lunch real fast. I sautéed a bag of fresh Brussels sprouts (that I sliced) and the last of some leftover roast beef. Adding a splash of balsamic it was an easy dish to whip up and warmed beautifully in the microwave at work.

Wednesday

Beet Salad with feta, chicken, pepitas, oregano and chives

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This is amazing! I buy precooked beets and precooked chicken and mix it with some feta and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle a little oregano, dried chives, salt and pepper. Delicious!

Thursday

Leftovers!

This was dinner Wednesday night. The Husband made a Fajita bar from Hello Fresh and it was awesome.

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I took the leftovers and made lunch for the next day.

Friday

Last night I was out of lunch ideas so I just made the beet salad again and brought some leftover roasted cauliflower I had from Tuesday night’s  dinner that no one was eating. I swear, leftover roasted cauliflower may be my favorite.

Have a great weekend, guys!

12 comments On Bullet Point Friday With a Week of Office Lunches

  • I think when you feel that way about a job in the very beginning that it’s a good sign of more good things to come! Good for you on pursuing another avenue. I love all the lunch ideas! I tend to bring the same thing everyday and it gets very boring. These look easy and yummy!

    • Lunch has been much easier for me then I thought. My goal is to cook 1-2 things on the weekend so I have leftovers to use in fun ways throughout the week. I just have to make sure to keep fresh veggies on hand to make pulling them together easier.

  • So glad you like your new work so much. I must ask though, and please don’t take offence I am just wondering, it looks like you have gained about half the weight back from those figures…does that not bother you and are you going to do something about it? Been following your blog for many, many years.

    • I’m not sure how to respond without sounded offended even though I’m really not. So bear with me as I’ve been meaning to post about this but it’s just not my focus anymore.

      First, I don’t know how much I actually weight at the moment. I hopped on the scale for the first time in years last month but decided again I don’t care about it. There’s no reason to monitor a number that doesn’t serve me any longer.

      My highest weight was about 220 and my lowest 135. At 220 I was inactive and ate like crap. When I reached my weight loss goals and was in the 135 range I was also pretty inactive but I ate slightly better. However, I also ate very little. Following WW back then I, on average, only consumed about 20 points a day which roughly translates to 1000 calories.

      I knew I couldn’t maintain that way of eating forever so I started working out and running and over the years (10 years — isn’t that crazy?!?) I have really gotten into weight training and lifting.

      Now, in my 40s, I’m the most active and fit I have every been in my life. My weight fluctuates around 10 pounds in that 160ish range. I eat nutritious foods but really don’t deny myself anything. I workout daily, constantly pushing myself to lift heavy and make progress on personal fitness goals. I have decided that those two things (a healthy, unrestricted diet and active lifestyle) are way more important to me than what a scale says and how thin I am.

      It took me a long time to get to this place of peace with my body. I’m not trying to starve myself into slimness or change it’s aethstetic to match what media has told me it should look like. My body is the result of my lifestyle and I’m living exactly the way I want.

      So the short answer is… no, it doesn’t bother me.

      (Thanks for the question, honestly.)

      • Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. A lot of people would just have deleted the comment. I’m impressed with your reply. Thank you.

  • Your healthy food and strong consistent dedication to working out are an absolute inspiration, Roni.

  • 6 months ago, in my 50’s, I started working with a personal trainer. Roni, because of you I could tell her at the beginning that losing 10 lb would be great, but I wasn’t going to make it my only goal. I wanted to work on posture, lower back pain, and a slow metabolism. Today I can say I’m hooked, my body has transformed, and BTW I haven’t lost a stinking pound and I don’t care! I don’t lift as heavy as you do, but I do work hard to get stronger every week. It’s been a blast, and I thank you for giving me the idea that I could do it!

    • OMG that is AWESOME! Good for you! I’m sure your body is changing too. The scale is one thing to look at but what I’ve learned about getting active is you can see it and feel it more than anything. I think that’s why the scale means very little to me anymore. It doesn’t really tell the whole story.

  • I’m glad to hear that the new job is going so well. You bring such a positive attitude to things, I’m not surprised your new team is gravitating toward that. I made a big bowl of that broccoli salad last night for the week (at least 3 – 4 servings) and I had a big bowl for lunch today. It was very good. My partner is very unenthused by food, but even he tried it last night and it got a “not bad” review. I’m just pleased he tried something out of his comfort zone. Anyway, thanks for the awesome inspiration, food-wise, workout-wise and healthy lifestyle-wise. I’ve read for year and years (11 maybe?) and always love checking in. Thanks for being you and putting it out there for the rest of us.

  • Wow what a great week! I have a question though about when do you do house stuff (all the fun stuff that comes with home ownership and parenting). I feel the need to do stuff like that in the a.m. Or if I workout in the a.m. then this house/life stuff gets pushed to the evening….

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