Gosh, it’s been a month since the last post! My excuse is that I had a bit of a cold and have also been suffering from nasty arm injury (opening the oven was a challenge at one point). This has put me off cooking, eating and writing for a bit.
Still, I more than made up for it at Christmas so I’m actually relieved that the festivities are almost over. I don’t think I could have maintained the “stuff-myself-stupid” extravaganza for much longer without some irreversible consequence to my BMI ….
Right, bring on the New Year and all of the resolutions that go with it. Funny things, New Year’s “resolutions”. Everywhere is full of encouraging tips on how to set and keep yours, yet I’d struggle to name one person who actually achieved everything – or indeed anything – they set out to do. My good intentions tend to go adrift by week one, so I’m usually disappointed with myself by the 10th of January. But past failures won’t deter me from attempting the impossible, and this year is all about my lunch.
I have decided that I shall be taking a home-made lunch to the office with me at least twice a week. This is to make me feel better about eating healthy, wholesome stuff… That’s not quite true: I’m actually on a bit of a diet and I fear the hidden calories in the “healthy options” from the places where I normally buy lunch. Paranoid? Maybe. But why don’t people like Prêt or Eat simply print the nutrition details on their labels rather than “hide” them on their website? Take a look at the calorie count and all becomes clear!
Partly because I would not be seen dead with a plain Tupperware box, and partly because I don’t like to idea of a soggy salad, I have invested in a proper Bento box – a traditional Japanese lunch box that has handy compartments. I have chosen a black lacquered one with a red and gold motif on the lid. I got it from a company based in Singapore, which set off the alarm bells at the anti-fraud unit of my bank, but that’s another story entirely…
What matters is that I now have something respectable to pack my lunch into and I’m already excited about creative ideas for my “at-the-desk-banquets”. Furthermore, I’m unlikely to fail in my ambition by the 10th January simply because I’m only going back to work on the 11th. Ha!
Roll on 2010 and have a great one!