Challenge Week 2 Talk

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The Week 2 Challenge is now up! Read it here!

Remember to reflect back and review your Week 1 first on the Report topic. Then tell us what you plan to do for Week 2 right here.

And, only tackle the level you feel capable of! This is not a contest, it's all about YOU!

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maki
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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

My goals for Week 2 are:

  • Re-assess my bentos to see if I can improve them. (So basically Going Deeper with a weight-loss angle. I already have the equipment and I know how to calculate calories.)
  • Get my butt moving (exercise)!
  • I may start keeping a food diary to see what I’m eating outside of bento time.
BarbJ
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Last week I only made one bento for myself as I was home most of the week. That's got to change if I want to see any progress on weight reduction. I have to tell myself even if I'm home, making a bento lunch for myself in the morning. It will keep me from snacking later or just grabbing something quick but unhealthy when I get too hungry at lunchtime.

Here's some things I want to change this Second Week:

--Ask who wants a bento for the next day. Then the night before put out mise en place what I need for that many bentos.

--Make one for myself always even if no one else wants one.

--Use the planner more consistently.

--Plan week on Tuesday night. Shop on Wednesday which is when most grocery ads start.

That's all I'm going to go for this week. Just a little more each week and don't get discouraged if it all doesn't go as planned.

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My goals for week 2 are
a) eat breakfast. Porridge is good for you, low in calories, and doesn't HAVE to be eaten with cream.
b) put a bit more variety in my lunches. Salad 4 days out of five may be healthy, but I'm going to get sick of it soon and then I'll do something silly like buy a doughnut.

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avlor
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This week for sanity's sake I'll just focus on the weight loss goal (keeping track of my calories, exercising and healthy bentos). Granted I'll still be packing lunches for my boy too.

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This week is going to be an interesting bento week. I'm helping run a convention (www.arcanacon.org if anyone's in the right area) from Thursday night to Monday night and I only remembered it was THIS coming week on Thursday. So I'm going to attempt something BIG this week. Multiple bentos.....

--Make normal lunch bento Mon-Wed and the following Monday
--Make a lunch and a dinner bento Thurs-Sun

Much planning shall ensue! I froze some rice yesterday, I have some leftover hotpot frozen too and bought some more mochi and broad beans (my fav snacks) from the asian grocery. Today I shall go to the "normal" grocery and find vegetable and fruit and such and prepare as much as I possibly can even if it is just pre-chopping everything. How long do hard boil eggs last in the fridge, does anyone know?

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

I have a question about measuring rice, re: calories.

I'm assuming you're measuring cooked rice. ;)

But is it a lightly filled cup or a tightly packed cup?

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk
moonshae wrote:

How long do hard boil eggs last in the fridge, does anyone know?

No, but should be a good long while if the shells are intact. I grew up with tales about how terrible rotten eggs were (smell like Rotorua, or vice versa), but have never actually experienced a rotten egg. And I've kept (raw) eggs for a couple of months, and not in the fridge either. I've been sort of conducting an experiment - seeing how long they DO last; opening them carefully and being prepared to run, but they seem to last for ages. Can't see why boiling them would make them any more perishable.

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk
JJ sobey wrote:

I have a question about measuring rice, re: calories.

I'm assuming you're measuring cooked rice. ;)

But is it a lightly filled cup or a tightly packed cup?

This is why you use weights if you want to be accurate. But you could look up the calories in a cup of raw rice, then cook a cup and see how many packed-how-you-do-it cups of cooked rice it produces.

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk
bronwyncarlisle wrote:

I grew up with tales about how terrible rotten eggs were (smell like Rotorua, or vice versa)

I did a double-take when I read this - hadn't realised there was anyone else here from New Zealand until I saw Rotorua mentioned.

*waves from Christchurch*

:)

Back on topic, rotten eggs smell indescribable. Certainly a lot worse than the air in Rotorua. But for some reason I think that boiling them does shorten their lifespan - maybe because it changes the protein structure? I can't back that up with any science but I certainly wouldn't want to eat a boiled egg that has been kept for as long as I'd keep a fresh egg for.

Oh and eggs do not need to be kept in the fridge. If you are storing them for any length of time just rub a little butter on the shell. This blocks the pores and delays the inside from drying out and going bad.

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

My goals for week 2

  • Continue blogging - the more I talk/write/act on my desire to loose weight & be healthier - the more real it becomes.

  • Eat breakfast.
  • Exercise exercise exercise
  • Set up kitchen for better use of space on Wednesday when I am finally off work
  • Oh yeah - can't forget - go out to dinner & spend some time with my Grandmother who is turnng 99 this week.
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I'm on a get healthy kick - since I quit smoking - next stop weight loss - let the journey begin.

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Hello back from Dunedin.

I didn't mean to suggest keeping a boiled egg for months, but a week in the fridge should be absolutely fine. Boiling them certainly changes the protein structure, but that shouldn't make them any more susceptible to bacterial attack. It's possible that boiling them removes some protective coating from the shell though. The woman who supplies my eggs says not to wash them, that washing them drives bacteria through the shells. All my eggs come with attractive blobs of chicken poo still on them!

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LOL, we have our own chickens and I am familiar with grabbing an egg and finding chicken poo and/or feathers stuck to it!

It wouldn't have crossed my mind to wash an egg, but I'm sure your supplier is correct. The shells are extremely porous. Have you ever kept an egg next to an onion before cooking? Mmm, flavoursome! Although not necessaily the right of flavour if you are making a cake or something ;)

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One thing to keep in mind: depending on where you live, you may actually be getting washed eggs. I believe that most large egg manufacturers in the U.S. still wash their eggs - which is why there are so many warnings there about cooking eggs thoroughly, never eating them raw, salmonella, and the absolute necessity of storing eggs in the refrigerator.

Generally speaking boiled eggs should last for a few days in the refrigerator, Tea eggs should last for about the same time. If you live in a country where they sell 'picnique/picnic' hardboiled eggs (they do here in Switzerland and I've seen them in Germany, France etc.), they last longer since they put a coating on them.

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For this second week I will aim for this goals:
- work on the planing. Last week I have been ill, a fact that made all my planning go into pieces
- get more veggies in my bento. So far I have not found so many I like to eat cold, paprika, broccoli, "kohlrabi" (I cannot find the english word for this one), carrots and tomatos...... I would be happy if anyone can suggest some more
- find out how much rice is the right amound. I don't have the us cup measurements, and so long I have been using one of our smaller coffeecups for measuring the uncooked rice. I thing this much is probably a little to much, also it fills my box only a little over halve

Good luck everyone for week two!!!

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My goals for the second week are
Work on planning
Gently nag the creature about restarting the challange
Try to make my bento's nutritional
Not to focus too much on bento's (I'm afraid my brain is using them and baking to distract me from scary exams)
To stop discounting natrual sugars as automatically healthy

I said I didn't need the weightloss chalange but I gained about a kilo this week. I'm not planning to lose weight as such, but I would like to keep an eye on things so I stay between my perameters.

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My goal this week is to actually manage to eat a bento I have prepared!!
I'm also looking at ways to cook small amounts of rice for onigiri efficiently. 1 cup is so small it is hard to judge in my rice cooker (the smallest amount on the rice cooker to measure starts at 2 cups) and I end up with too much rice other wise as I am the only one in my house who likes onigiri!

Other things to put in my bento are another goal for this week. I'm getting tired of salad and all my bento needs to be eaten cold as I am in a van all day and have no access to heating anything. Finger friendly foods are good too, sandwiches are ok but I'm tiring of those as well. Will have to do some research.

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Honeythief wrote:

LOL, we have our own chickens and I am familiar with grabbing an egg and finding chicken poo and/or feathers stuck to it!

ROFLMAO!!! My husband (who grew up on a farm in Ireland) always said the best eggs were those so fresh they still have the shyte from the hens arse on them!

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Where do I go from here? These are my revised goals:

* sort bento boxes according to volume they can hold
* identify bento boxes that suit caloric intake per meal
* pre-plan the bentos and other meals for 7 days
* refine mise en place according to meal plans
* make at least 4 bentos and photograph them
* post here and write a report on my adventures!

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I always cook sushi rice in a pot, the way Maki suggests here.

Cook your ordinary rice in a microwave, it works very well. 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of boiling water and salt, 1/2 - 1 teaspoon whatever you like. Or 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water, or 2 cups rice and 4 cups water. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 17 minutes, stirring it once after about 8 minutes - or not, it doesn't really matter. Then cover it for 2 minutes, then stir it and it's perfect.

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This week, I plan to make sure I get enough vegetables and vegetarian protein in my bentos. When I made bentos last semester, I had a tendency to go overboard with carbs. I'll continue with planning and preparing as much in advance as possible. I already use SparkPeople to aid with calorie counts and exercise, so I'll just keep relying on that to keep track of my portion control and fitness. I mainly use measuring cups to determine the amount of food I actually eat, but I'm also looking for a digital scale to replace my old analog one. I'm thinking of getting this one .

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My goals for this week are:

* Make one extra bento on a non-bento day (for example, making the bf a bento on a regular bento day doesn't count.)
* Continue mise en place & pre-planning, force self to photograph *all* lunches
* Focus on the 50/25/25 ratio of making my bento healthier than they have been and count the calories *before* they are made.

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LadyMurasaki wrote:

This week, I plan to make sure I get enough vegetables and vegetarian protein in my bentos. When I made bentos last semester, I had a tendency to go overboard with carbs. I'll continue with planning and preparing as much in advance as possible. I already use SparkPeople to aid with calorie counts and exercise, so I'll just keep relying on that to keep track of my portion control and fitness. I mainly use measuring cups to determine the amount of food I actually eat, but I'm also looking for a digital scale to replace my old analog one. I'm thinking of getting this one .

That scale looks nice. I use one that I had from my Weight Watchers days when they first went digital.

Eilish

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Honeythief wrote:
bronwyncarlisle wrote:

I grew up with tales about how terrible rotten eggs were (smell like Rotorua, or vice versa)

I did a double-take when I read this - hadn't realised there was anyone else here from New Zealand until I saw Rotorua mentioned.

*waves from Christchurch*

:)

No value to add to the egg discussion (though I too use eggs past their "best before" date and have never had a problem. ) but just wanted to say "Hi, from Wellington, NZ!!"

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@clarissa: I'm not sure, but here in Canada 'kohlrabi' is 'kohlrabi' in English. ;)

My new goal for this week is to spend less time for each day's worth of bentos, and to eat less refined sugar carbs, as avoiding diabetes seems like a good goal. Also, more veg, less sugar!

Goals for this week in more concrete terms:

-Find more ways to make my kitchen organized, keep adding to my johbisai
-Eat only one item of refined sugar a day
-Find two recipes for healthy, savoury snackage, preferably including vegetables. Any directions on this one? I was thinking of trying another lentil/bean type mini burger but I'm stumped as to how to snack on more vegetables, short of eating raw carrot sticks.
-Do 90 minutes of strength training (push-ups, crunches, kicks, etc.) in total until I'm well enough for taekwondo

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@clarissa: Lol, I have known 'kohlrabi' as 'kalarepa' (the Polish name) for the last 10 years, and only just looked up the English name last week for bento tagging purposes ;) 'Kohlrabi' seems to be the right term, though I'm not aware of a more popular name for it. It's kind of a meh vegetable imo. How do you prepare yours? I'd be interested in doing something more interesting with it.

@witchbaby825: I suppose you do have a point there, however talking about it too much has led me to over-obsessing about food, and I should really be focusing on studing for my exams, oops! ^^'

My goals for Week 2:
-mise en place, reducing bento making time to 20min (I don't even cook much! Why is it taking me so long??)
-reduce carb content and try to squish in more nutritious veggies
-exercise! Booo
-keep track of calories, maybe by means of a food diary?

Hmm sounds a wee bit ambitious to me. Well, we'll see how badly I fail by the end of the week ;)

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I will try to achieve these goals

:: making healthier bentos using season and locally grown vegetables. As for the accessory food, I will try my best although I will not use out-of-season vegetables like tomatoes and here at the local market there is no way to find typical Japanese vegetables such as daikon, lotus root and the like.

:: making 4+1 bentos and getting organized for the mise-en-place (I still have to exercise a lot on it!) trying not to turn my kitchen into battlefield every time!!

:: I was not interested in the weight loss part, at first, but I realized that a 900 ml container is too big for me, I do not want to loose weight but do not wish to gain it, either!!
So, this week my bento boxes will be smaller, 700 ml and 670 ml.

::I usually fill the bento box in the evening, while preparing dinner or after dinner. I want to prepare at least two bentos in the early morning before going out to work.

:: try to make my bentos less naive (read 'ugly!!')

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My goal for this week is going to be a bit of a challenge, I want to make 7 bentos for myself. 5 for lunch at work, and 2 for dinner at school. I would also like to have some variety in these meals so I am not eating the same meal twice a day.

In addition I would also like to add an exercise goal for myself, I will be walking to public transit all the days that I do not have school [so 3 days this week]. Plus I will add some light weights/push-ups/floor exercises every night except Thursday [I have class until 10 pm].

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My goals this week:

• Continue making a bento at least 5 days a week for me and any guests
• Integrate data I get from nutritionist-lady into my calorie/carb/fat goals
• Clean off my damn rowing machine & start using it
• Continue organizing my pantry & fridge & freezer so I don't have to move 17 things each time I look for my nori ..

I'm really grateful for the inspiration from this challenge. Y'all rock!

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Goals for this week are to continue making my meals instead of buying out. I am missing a day of work (and therefore bento) because of MLK Jr.'s birthday today, but I still made something. I bought some nice lettuce, so I really want to make some good salads this week. I definitely need more green food in my life. I still haven't got off my butt to use my elliptical this year-isn't that horrible? So I really need to use that. Mostly, my goal is to just keep with this challenge, updating my blog, and eating less food. I give up on everything, so I don't want to give up on this.

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bronwyncarlisle wrote:
moonshae wrote:

How long do hard boil eggs last in the fridge, does anyone know?

Six to ten days, depending upon the "hardness" (yolk completely cooked through, no soft, golden bits), assuming your refrigerator is at the right temperature.

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Eleven Clovers wrote:

@clarissa: Lol, I have known 'kohlrabi' as 'kalarepa' (the Polish name) for the last 10 years, and only just looked up the English name last week for bento tagging purposes ;) 'Kohlrabi' seems to be the right term, though I'm not aware of a more popular name for it. It's kind of a meh vegetable imo. How do you prepare yours? I'd be interested in doing something more interesting with it.

I'm not very creativ with my kohlrabi. I like the taste of it, when only cooked in water with just the rigth amount of salt. But it is realy good for kinpira, and if you cut it in big slices it must be posible to use a cookie cutter to make some interesting shapes

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clarissa wrote:

So far I have not found so many I like to eat cold, paprika, broccoli, "kohlrabi" (I cannot find the english word for this one),

Clarissa:

And the english work for kohlrabi is KOHLRABI! My father used to grow it in his garden and I would cut one off the plant, cut off the outer skin, slice and eat it. Love Kohlrabi but it's not a commonly found veggie here in the states.

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I'm trying to get a couple Bentos made this week (last week didn't fly!), while using up good leftovers and trying to balance them well. These bentos are for my husband. My second goal is to find a small bento-appropriate box to use for small meals/bento snacks as I'm now in the stage of pregnancy where I must eat CONSTANTLY and I start back to school on Wednesday. Only mornings at the beginning, but I expect I'll need food mid-morning. :)

I have to record I managed one so far b/c I didn't get a pic because he took the food! Hubby bento:

-Bowtie pasta with pesto, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes (all leftover bits, thrown together to make dinner, and this is leftover from dinner) -- 1/2 the box
-Applesauce with cinnamon -- 1/4 of the box (but not full, maybe 1/2 full)
-The last 1/4 is a mini-muffin a friend made for us, some dried apricots and raisins, and a mint

I think that's pretty good, though lacking in protein other than the goat cheese. But he tends to eat lighter lunches without much protein.

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For the kohlrabi I've posted two recipes here: http://vegetarianzoe.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/mixing-style-winter-dinner... (click on links and you"ll have recipes).

Hey, I'm in Warsaw too! For one year only though! I enjoy it so much.

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My goals for Week 2 :

* Tackle the go deeper level, except I ould only need 2 bentos on this week, like last week. As I don't do bentos for portion control and will probably be at home, it would only be a waste of time to pack one of my meal as a bento when I can have it freshly cooked... ^^p

* In addition of that, work on the things I pointed out in my first wrap-up repport : plan more reasonably, resolve mise en place problems and do it all swiftly.

(* get my ...self out of bed on saturday morning so I can work out and go to uni in order to post my report T-T)

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* I want to try new recipes without food going to waste

* I want to stop kicking myself for not having bought the nice food scale I saw on Sunday

* I need to be more efficient when posting pictures; my current method breeds procrastination

* I want to create a schedule to actually USE the light hand weights that I keep in my office!

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pst
Hi everyone. My goals are to plan and execute bentos for me and the SUN at least the three remaining days of the week. I'll be away this weekend with the fam, so I'm a bit concerned about how poorly I eat when away. .

To try to figure out what to eat for remaining calories and plan that too(I guess that would be for week 3)

To not worry too much about the dentist

To get moving more-
i want to swim even though its winter and I'm really out of shape

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One more day to go for Week 2. Hang in there everyone! :)

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Maki, you know, it's truly hard to hang on this challenge!
Making so many bentos...and sports? And managing to make different meals every evening? And sticking to that damm plan? Gosh...you're killing me ;).
I cannot even blog all my bentos...everything goes to fast!
I'd like a sort of tutorial to manage to create a plan to which I could stick too...It's far too complicated! Phew...
Believe next week, it'll be bento one day, sandwich the second. I'll have a bit more time then...(Yes, now I've to prepare two bentos...so I cannot just throw anything in it...and I don't have as many time as before as my work is not just next door as it was last year....)

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Take it easy! As Maki said, just aim at the level you feel comfortable with, it's not a competition.

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Thanks...I know...was just teasing Maki and complaining a bit...I'll review things a little lower next week. Still I cannot manage to think of a proper meal plan that I could really rely on. The idea of the plan is great, sure. But, I have to make it a little more doable. Any advices?

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Just don't try to be too fancy, and there's nothing wrong with having the same thing on several days either. In a couple of weeks corn on the cob will be in season here, and I'll be having it every single day for lunch, bento challenge or no bento challenge. I do hope the corn waits until the bento challenge is over though - otherwise there will be some VERY boring weekly wrapups from me!

When I was a young single mother with very little money I used to plan meals - I pretty much had to. I would sit down the day before payday and work out meals for the next fortnight, and that gave me my shopping list for the supermarket. Then I HAD to make what I had planned, because that's all the food there was. That's really the only advice I can give as far as planning goes - do it before you shop.

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

It's mainly because of money and time saving that I'm interested in meal week planning. I did it before shopping, but somehow it didn't cross my mind to have twice the same meal nor think about left overs...I think it's a matter of training and I'm not yet used to do this exercise. I stick to plan but I realise that I have to take into account that some evening we would like to have quickly made meals as we'd be in a mood to go swimming or seeing friends, and then, my plans don't fit. I had to wake up early to be able to prepare the meal of the forthcoming evening so we could go swimming...I'm sticking to plan because, as you said, you only have that in your fridge, but somehow you lose quite a lot of spontaneity. And it doesn't seem so much time saving. It is truly money saving though and we have very few waste. Bf is happy about that!

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

Yes, well if you make a double-sized lasagne, or casserole of some sort, then you can put half of it in the fridge or freezer and bring it out the night you decide to go swimming. Lasagne used to be a favourite of ours, a) my son loved it, and b) left-over lasagne makes wonderful burgers! And how quick is that? Reheat some lasagne and stick it in a bun with some lettuce and whatever. Ten minutes and you're ready to go.

But I'm afraid that you mostly do tend to lose spontaneity when you are being frugal, there's really nothing you can do about it. Being frugal means buying cheaper cuts of meat, or in the case of vegetarians, cooking grains and beans. These require require long cooking. Which in turn means you need to think about what you're having well in advance.

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

I'll post my wrapup of week 2 tomorrow. A bit off topic, but today I had to go out for lunch. We went to a typical Zürich 'sausage, meat and whatever' type place, and while the sausages were great, I was soooo sleepy and sluggish in the afternoon! I realized that I haven't felt this way for the past couple of weeks. I really missed my bento!

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

pst
Its Friday, payday, so we went out to lunch. I was really a bad girl and had an enormous crab cake (broiled) with tartar sauce and fries. It was so good but I'm sure not so low in calories as it was at least 8 oz or more, but all I had for Brekkie was a harboiled egg and a cup of Life cereal (no milk). I am stuffed and off topic too!

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Re: Challenge Week 2 Talk

I had a yummy lunch today that started as a bento and became a lunch-in-a-bowl, and while I did add a picture to the group pool, I wasn't sure if I should have or not. There may be a hard & fast rule, or there may be a consensus about this, but I don't know it, so I reckoned I'd ask :-)

So, if a lunch isn't actually in a box, should I post it? I'm happy with flexibility, and I'm also happy if people feel like we should only add bento pictures so as not to dilute the bento-y goodness.

Cheers!

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Anything lunch or bento related is fine IMHO!

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