Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

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My Week 1 in a nutshell: I met my bento-oriented goals for Week 1, but failed to meet my fitness goals.

Bento wise, I did pretty well. I met my goal of planning ahead for the week, making a bento every weekday for The Guy as well as myself (though he didn’t need one on Thursday or Friday), and for keeping my bento calories under 500 (my set goal for lunch).


I did fairly well with planning. Chicken thigh meat was on sale at our local butcher, so I bought a couple of kilo of it and cut it up into bite-size pieces. I used chicken twice during the week. I also had some frozen shrimp that had to be used up, which I did. Chinese broccoli made its appearance twice, as did spinach, as well as my old standby carrots.

I did make a few changes on the spot, but more or less followed my plan. (Dinner plans did change quite a bit from my plans though.)

One plan that didn’t work: I meant for the stewed root vegetables I made for Thursday’s bento to go in at least one more bento round next week, but uhm, they’ve already been eaten! I guess this is a hazard you face if you have hungry humans other than yourself around the house!

The bentos

I’ve already posted them to the flickr pool, but just to have them all on one page:

Monday bento (described in detail here), about 450 calories:

Week 1, Bento 1 of the Bento Challenge

Tuesday bento, about 450 calories:

Bento Challenge bentos, Week 1 Day 2

Wednesday bento, about 420 calories:

Bento Challenge Week 1, Day 3

Thursday bento, a vegan bento about 400 calories with the clementine (I didn’t eat the mini-onigiri, which would have added about 50 calories):

Bento Challenge Week 1 Day 4

Friday bento, around 400 calories:

Bento Challenge Week 1 Day 5

What I need to work on

  • As I said at the top, I failed to meet my exercise goals! I have no good excuse except that I was super-busy, have a slight cold and well, it’s so cold outside! But in Week 2 I will do better - I have to!
  • Bento was fine, but dinner and snacks went a bit awry. I have to watch the mindless snacking much better, and look at dinner portions. (Pasta may have to go for a while…) I also felt I didn’t eat enough fruit.

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Re: Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

Congratulations, you did a great job! Thanks to your explanations, i'm a flickr member, I know have to join your group. Tell me what to do next, please, Maki.
I love these bentos except the vegan one which is a bit sad for me. All the others are so colourful!

Re: Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

Very well done! Especially with you being so busy with the forum and stuff! You have inspired me to do better next week. Have a great weekend!

Re: Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

How come it is always easier to meet food related goals rather than fitness related goals?!?! I find that with exercise, it is hardest to find a good routine, and I have been terrible lately. I am relatively active throughout the day (outdoors with kids, taking kids to YMCA pool, gardening, etc.), however I have been terrible about a true exercize routine. I'm trying to start with 1.5 hours of exercize a week (even including Wii Dance Dance Revolution & Wii Fit--everyone has to start somewhere!). Next month I hope to bump it up to 2 hours a week and then maybe 2.5 hours a week in March. Wish me luck :)

Re: Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

I have my very first home-made bento waiting for me next to my keyboard now. I'm taking baby-steps but hope to keep this up. And I wanted to thank you for the inspiration and advice!
I've also been "working out" on the Wii Fit since September, it's easy to keep up (even if I only have 15 minutes) and I get about 2 hours a week of "exercise". It really works for me, I now do steps while I watch tv (added bonus: it's hard to snack while stepping).

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