LunchBlox

As previously mentioned, I started using Rubbermaid’s LunchBlox kits for Jude’s lunch meals this year. I had a coupon for one and I’d seen some really neat lunch ideas on Pinterest. I figured it would be interesting to give this method a go. After purchasing the first LunchBlox kit, I was able to find another coupon in the sandwich compartment (WIN!) and it led me to purchase the salad kit as well. Why not, right?

Since I’m obsessive eager to plan for anything and everything, I created lunch templates to go with the box I got. The templates can easily be made on your own computer in Microsoft Word or even in the Paint section. If you have a Mac, well…I don’t know what you can use…I’m sorry, but I’m not that familiar with our laptop and I rarely use it. I did, however, upload my templates here for you guys to use. Here, you can find the RubberMaidBloxSandwich and the RubberMaidBloxSalad. A word of warning though, the templates are larger than the actual containers. Therefore, if you’re a nerd like me and you like to draw and color, you’ll have more room to put stuff in the templates than you actually will have when you go to place the lunches in there. You’re more than welcome to be slightly more sane and just write in what you intend to put in each container instead of doing the whole comics food thing.

See?

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Here’s another example:

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Well, the salad one was more accurate, but you get the gist of what I’m sayin’.

So far, I’m loving these LunchBlox kits because:

1.) they keep the food items from touching each other. I love that. Jude loves it too.

2.) they help me keep portion sizes in check. In the sandwich kit, you get two of the small containers (each are 0.5 cup), one medium container (1.2 cup) and one “sandwich sized” box (2.6 cup). It helps me to keep portions small for my growing guy.

3.) So far, we haven’t had any leak issues, but he will be taking a balsamic vinaigrette tomorrow, in the salad kit, so…we’ll see.

4.) Easy clean up! I usually hand wash these guys, but I did pop them in the dishwasher the other night when I wasn’t in the mood to stand there at the sink.

5.) Jude loves them. He never knows what he’s going to find when he opens his lunch box each day. Plus, he finds it super interactive and that makes his meal times fun. Healthier and fun!

6.) I can change it up as often as I need to without any issues. For example, I made Puppy Chow on Friday and Jude got home with a note from the principal about how he is in class with a child who will literally die if they get anywhere near anything nut-related. That means, using the puppy chow as an in-class snack was a no go. So, I merely just added it to his lunch options and popped a vegan jerky in his snack’s place. It worked like a charm. No one was hurt and Jude still had his kid-friendly treat and I used my “binders full of lunches” to help me figure out what to put in there for his classroom snack.

7.) I have a reference for meal suggestions. Who wouldn’t want that? I can see what worked well, what didn’t work at all, and what Jude never wants to eat again (he wasn’t a fan of the strawberries and 1/3 fat cream cheese FlatOut! roll-ups I did last week). I can just turn to my binder and see notes I’ve made and that guarantees that Jude will have a lunch he’ll eat. (Especially since he’s already a picky eater, a vegetarian, a student who has a classmate with a severe peanut allergy, and we don’t have a ton of money to toss around on meals that’ll only end up in the trash.) This template/LunchBlox thing is my lifesaver…so far. I have yet to stress about meals due to their presence in our home. 😉

Today, I’m working on next week’s menu plans for dinners and lunches. While it’s exhausting, it’s already saved us a ton and we all like eating the same things for lunch. It’s become a nerdy family ritual around here. Plus, all the boys are excited to see what we have on tap for next week.

All right, it’s just Coco and me in the house now. There are things to tidy up and clean, meals to plan, and we just finished putting together a Pony Annex yesterday and it is just begging to be played with (more). I’m gonna run!

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Enjoy the templates! Make today count!

 

 

P.S. I wasn’t paid to review those LunchBlox kits either. I am merely a mom who loves the product and who wants to share it. I’ll let you know if we have an issue with them.

First Day of Second Grade

Sheesh. The time really does fly by. I mean, everyone says that time flies and that kids grow in the blink of an eye, but…it really does happen. No lie.

J-man went back to class this year and his first day went well. He likes his new teacher and he’s happy that he has three friends from previous years in there with him, too. We’re all excited to be back on a schedule and Jude is thrilled to get a break from his little brother. Image

Lunch was easy-peasy, too. I packed it all up last night and all I had to do was put the ice pack in this morning and secretly tuck the encouragement card in there after Mr. McGee and I signed it on the sly before the big guy crawled out of bed. Thanks to the new lunch system, I learned that Jude 1.) does like homemade, whole wheat pitas (chilled even) and that 2.) his lunch was still very large…large enough to keep him full and to still have leftovers (which he finished when he got home: the remainder of his carrots). I really like the system I’ve implemented since it’ll keep me learning and changing things up. Plus, the rest of us are pretty much eating the same thing he eats each day which saves us big bucks in the end and keeps us on a regimented “diet.”

Lunch diagram on the left, what he really took on the right: I skipped the cheese.

My pre-planned lunch template on the left and what he really took on the right: I skipped the cheese today.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas (Check "Recipe" tab for recipe - I used Whole Wheat Flour)

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas (Check “Recipe” tab for recipe – I used Whole Wheat Flour and a little less EVOO)

I did change my own lunch around a bit because one of my residents (I work in a retirement home) gave me a home-grown tomato on Sunday and I wanted to make sure I ate that bad boy before it went bad. I took two of these pitas (they’re slightly larger than the size of my palm and relatively thin) and spread 1 TBSP of garlic hummus on each of them, then I sliced up the tomato (it was SOOOO sweet!) and put it on top of the hummus, sprinkled 1/4 reduced fat mozzarella cheese on top and baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 12 minutes and it was TO-DIE-FOR. Oh, man. I’m totally making it a dinner very soon and adding in a nice, Greek salad as a side. So good!

I'll call this a Whole Wheat "Pitza"

I’ll call this a Whole Wheat “Pitza”

While I didn’t work out today, I will do so tomorrow. Today was the first time that it was only Coco and me all day, uninterrupted and we both snuggled and vegged out a lot. It was wonderful to not have fighting or to not constantly be doing scheduled activities either. Today was the first day I’ve relaxed in a very, very long time. I think I needed it, too. It was a extremely peaceful and enjoyable morning and afternoon. Every mama should experience one of those every once in a while.

 

 

Introductions Are In Order

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Well, here it is! The grand RELAUNCH! Sort of. 

I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress because I apparently don’t know any better. I learned that I’m not familiar at all with all this computer stuff and this will be shaky, at best, in the beginning. However, if you followed me over at my old blog, back when I was “chubby,” you’ll know that I love a challenge and I’m adding this whole, new Site and Layout business to my “things to tackle in 2013” list. 

I have basically sloughed off my old title. I’m no longer “Chubby McGee.” Now, armed with a new goal and attitude, I’m heading into the open water of yet another phase of weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle. This time, I’ve got the whole family front row and center. They’re no longer in the background. You will now get all the shenanigans of three boys and Bikini McGee. 

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For the new people here, I’ll do a quick intro. For the old followers (you guys know I love you because you’ve gotten me this far), I’ll just fill you in on the new goal(s) and the new direction of my very public venture into Bikini Land. After that, we’re both diving into this chaos together and, most definitely, I’m going to come out of it in a two-piece. 

Without further ado:

My name is Mrs. McGee and I have spent the last two years losing a lot of weight. I’ve eaten better (a lot less) and I’ve exercised a lot more. I went from 243+ pounds to 152 pounds and I’ve managed to keep it off since the beginning of 2011. Now, my new challenge goal is to get myself to my goal weight and to get my excess skin toned up and into a bikini that I’ll eventually wear next summer in 2014. I love doing crafts, trying to make recipes more nutritious, Geocaching, Halloween, and not being obese anymore (I FINALLY feel like I’m living life and I am loving it). I’m also a huge nerd and I’m honest to a fault. Sorry. 

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I live with my wonderful husband, Mr. McGee, who has also lost a lot of weight, and our two sons. He is the funniest guy I’ve ever met and he makes me laugh on a minute-by-minute basis. I’m very proud of how far he’s come weight-wise and I love how he encourages me and keeps me focused on what is best for all of us as a family when it comes to eating and activity. He’s come a very long way from his 270+ pounds and he, too, is on a quest to lose about 20 more pounds because he loves the extra energy he now has. He loves music and pizza and he adores his family. 

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Our oldest son is Jude and he’s the whole reason we started losing weight. Back in the winter of 2010, the docs told us they were very concerned about his weight. The word “obese” was thrown around a lot that afternoon and I sobbed knowing that it was my fault as a parent because…well…he was four years old and he weighed much more than he should have. He seemed unhappy and was rather lethargic and I made it my mission, right then and there, to turn things around for him and make it right. I learned, very quickly, that he needed positive role models to get him back into shape so Mr. McGee and I jumped right into eating less and moving more. Now, Jude, who just turned seven, is much healthier, at a great weight, and he is learning the ropes of how to stay active and eat healthy, nutritious foods. He loves penguins, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, swimming, and going on long walks (he’s single, too – *wink-wink*). 

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Our youngest son is “Coco.” Don’t worry. That’s just his nickname, but, for safety reasons, we don’t like to share all our information with readers. You understand. 😉 He’s three-years-old and he’s a big ball of quirk and energy. He’s never had any issues with weight and our goal, as a family, is to keep it that way. His partner in crime is a stuffed pony named “Coconut” and she goes everywhere with us. You’ll see. Speaking of which, he’s obsessed with me and ponies. It’s kind of unreal. 

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Now that I’ve sloughed off my previous name (and weight,) I’m aiming to get into a bikini for the first time in my life. I also plan to take it one step farther by wearing that bikini in public. *GASP*

This blog will basically record my triumphs (and failures…should they happen…which they will…because I’m human) and, hopefully, show anyone and everyone that losing weight and/or toning up IS possible for all women…including those who have families and jobs in tow. 

Watch as the McGee Family takes on another challenge while facing the everyday grind of being four very different people, living under one very happy roof and enjoy the ride. I know I will!