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Someone e-mailed me yesterday saying what a great advertiser I am for Weight Watchers. Haha! That’s really nice to hear! Anytime you have questions feel free to comment or e-mail me, I’ll be happy to answer. We went to a wedding on Saturday and though I had an entire plate of food, almost the whole thing was Core and I ended up eating a slice of cheesecake. Just goes to show that you can eat at a buffet and still stay on track!

The chicken meatballs have been an attraction for MIL since that day at the beach so she went down to Costco and bought some for dinner last night. They’re a little spicy, but taste so good! These aren’t hers though… I am still nursing that second bag of meatballs that I had bought. So if you see a meatball tucked in here and there in the coming weeks, you know why.

This bento features a red rabbit egg! I used my egg mold and then intended to dye it pink but ended up putting too much food coloring, leaving me with red fingers and a red bunny. Extreme close-up!


I dug out some of my frozen kim chee fried rice for the starch. The peas looked rather pale, so I took out some frozen ones and mixed them in with the rice to look brighter. The meatballs are on lettuce and I added takuan, carrot, and daikon kim chee to fill in spaces around the red rabbit egg.

I’ve begun to realize that I eat a crazy amount of food during the day… I mean, I eat an omelette for breakfast, I pack a lunch, a salad, and a fruit salad too. Sometimes I eat popcorn. Then when I get home I eat another salad, dinner, then a fruit snack again. I’m thinking maybe my metabolism has perked up again. It probably helps that I’m eating a lot of fibrous foods!

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Someone e-mailed me yesterday saying what a great advertiser I am for Weight Watchers. Haha! That’s really nice to hear! Anytime you have questions feel free to comment or e-mail me, I’ll be happy to answer. We went to a wedding on Saturday and though I had an entire plate of food, almost the whole thing was Core and I ended up eating a slice of cheesecake. Just goes to show that you can eat at a buffet and still stay on track!

The chicken meatballs have been an attraction for MIL since that day at the beach so she went down to Costco and bought some for dinner last night. They’re a little spicy, but taste so good! These aren’t hers though… I am still nursing that second bag of meatballs that I had bought. So if you see a meatball tucked in here and there in the coming weeks, you know why.

This bento features a red rabbit egg! I used my egg mold and then intended to dye it pink but ended up putting too much food coloring, leaving me with red fingers and a red bunny. Extreme close-up!


I dug out some of my frozen kim chee fried rice for the starch. The peas looked rather pale, so I took out some frozen ones and mixed them in with the rice to look brighter. The meatballs are on lettuce and I added takuan, carrot, and daikon kim chee to fill in spaces around the red rabbit egg.

I’ve begun to realize that I eat a crazy amount of food during the day… I mean, I eat an omelette for breakfast, I pack a lunch, a salad, and a fruit salad too. Sometimes I eat popcorn. Then when I get home I eat another salad, dinner, then a fruit snack again. I’m thinking maybe my metabolism has perked up again. It probably helps that I’m eating a lot of fibrous foods!

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During my first trip to Marukai I bought this $1.49 bento box in a horrid orange color with 3 weird monkeys on the cover and the words, “Do you like living here? Yes I like it a lot”. I have no idea what possessed me to buy it or why I bought 3 thinking I could sell them on eBay. Maybe the $1.49 price tag just fried my brain and from then on I was doomed. Anyway, that’s the box I used today. The really creepy cover aside, it’s a great size bento box!

We ate some very yummy teriyaki beef last night so I had to take some for lunch. I used one of my many onigiri molds to make a flower shaped musubi with an ume in the middle. Unfortunately the beef had touched the rice on the way home so some of it was brown. My poor flower has wilt! The ume also stained some of the flower because I wasn’t careful as I pressed it in. These little umes are a little different from the bigger, wrinkly looking ones but they’re definitely cuter. They seem crazy expensive too, like $5.00 for a small container of maybe 40 plums. I try to look at it as 40 bentos worth of ume and that makes it seem not too bad. As you can see, I put in broccoli and daikon kim chee for veggies. I also packed my crab avocado salad and two white peaches, but you already know what that must look like, lol!


I went back on what I said earlier this week and have not been using the online Weight Watchers points planner like I said I would. I wanted to continue my self-regulating Core diet to see how my weight would do without a complete Snarf-fest to start off the week. So far I seem to be doing pretty good, I broke 133 lbs this morning and weighed in at 132.7! ^_^

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During my first trip to Marukai I bought this $1.49 bento box in a horrid orange color with 3 weird monkeys on the cover and the words, “Do you like living here? Yes I like it a lot”. I have no idea what possessed me to buy it or why I bought 3 thinking I could sell them on eBay. Maybe the $1.49 price tag just fried my brain and from then on I was doomed. Anyway, that’s the box I used today. The really creepy cover aside, it’s a great size bento box!

We ate some very yummy teriyaki beef last night so I had to take some for lunch. I used one of my many onigiri molds to make a flower shaped musubi with an ume in the middle. Unfortunately the beef had touched the rice on the way home so some of it was brown. My poor flower has wilt! The ume also stained some of the flower because I wasn’t careful as I pressed it in. These little umes are a little different from the bigger, wrinkly looking ones but they’re definitely cuter. They seem crazy expensive too, like $5.00 for a small container of maybe 40 plums. I try to look at it as 40 bentos worth of ume and that makes it seem not too bad. As you can see, I put in broccoli and daikon kim chee for veggies. I also packed my crab avocado salad and two white peaches, but you already know what that must look like, lol!


I went back on what I said earlier this week and have not been using the online Weight Watchers points planner like I said I would. I wanted to continue my self-regulating Core diet to see how my weight would do without a complete Snarf-fest to start off the week. So far I seem to be doing pretty good, I broke 133 lbs this morning and weighed in at 132.7! ^_^

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We ate Zippy’s Chili last night, which is without a doubt the best chili to be found in Hawaii. If you are reading this from the mainland and you know what I’m talking about, are ya homesick yet? Hehe! I used to eat only the beanless chili but after finding out that chili with beans is less points than without, I decided to give bean chili a shot again and found out that it’s pretty good. There was a lot leftover, so I took some for today’s lunch. It doesn’t look all that appealing in a bento, but hey, it really makes up for it in taste.

I dug out my very very first “bento” container from years and years ago. It’s a really old fashioned stainless steel Zebra 3-tier food carrier which I’m sure Hawaii old-timers would recognize right away. I bought it forever ago at some little store at the Hilo Shopping Center. The thing had really shrunk in my mind because when I finally did dig it out I was like, “WTF! It’s so huge!” Probably because it’s meant to carry food for more than one person. But anyway…


I stuck my Doggie Woogie divider in there to keep the chili separate then added in a little tiny container of ahi shoyu poke and another tiny one of dried daikon kim chee. I bought the kim chee from Kim Chee when we ate there last weekend. They sold me a pretty big tub for $2.00, which is actually cheaper than the smaller tub of cucumber kim chee I buy. It’s really yummy. It looks wet but is called dried daikon kim chee because it’s, well, dried and then soaked in sauces and such.


No surprise here, yet another kim chee crab and avocado salad! Hehe.. For the last layer I packed a chopped fuji apple and a sliced white peach. I ate like 4 of these peaches on Sunday because eating fruit from Costco is a race against time. You stand in the warehouse looking at the box of really yummy looking fruit and you think to yourself, I can eat it before it rots… I think. And then you get home with 3 types of fruits and you’re like CRAP I can’t even fit it in my fridge! I’ll have to eat what’s left outside! *sob* And then the next time you go to Costco you see a new batch of berries and you’re like, ooooo. A vicious cycle I tell ya.


I know what you’re thinking: Oink! Oink! The reason I’ve packed so much food is because this whole week we’ve been getting in to work by 7:45 am so as to prepare Baby Girl for a preschool routine. This means that I’m waking up and eating breakfast two hours earlier than before so now I’m hungry by 10 or so. I’ll eat the salad around 10ish, the chili at around 1, and snack on the fruits around 3 or 4. If I don’t pack enough to last me all day I end up eating more at dinner, which is what I want to avoid. We ate hot dogs with the chili last night and I almost passed out after seeing the nutritional info so I just ate half of one. I’m not sure how many points the chili is, but the Wendy’s chili isn’t too bad, so going on that I’m still on track for the week. And hey, I’m back down to 133.5! 😀

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We ate Zippy’s Chili last night, which is without a doubt the best chili to be found in Hawaii. If you are reading this from the mainland and you know what I’m talking about, are ya homesick yet? Hehe! I used to eat only the beanless chili but after finding out that chili with beans is less points than without, I decided to give bean chili a shot again and found out that it’s pretty good. There was a lot leftover, so I took some for today’s lunch. It doesn’t look all that appealing in a bento, but hey, it really makes up for it in taste.

I dug out my very very first “bento” container from years and years ago. It’s a really old fashioned stainless steel Zebra 3-tier food carrier which I’m sure Hawaii old-timers would recognize right away. I bought it forever ago at some little store at the Hilo Shopping Center. The thing had really shrunk in my mind because when I finally did dig it out I was like, “WTF! It’s so huge!” Probably because it’s meant to carry food for more than one person. But anyway…


I stuck my Doggie Woogie divider in there to keep the chili separate then added in a little tiny container of ahi shoyu poke and another tiny one of dried daikon kim chee. I bought the kim chee from Kim Chee when we ate there last weekend. They sold me a pretty big tub for $2.00, which is actually cheaper than the smaller tub of cucumber kim chee I buy. It’s really yummy. It looks wet but is called dried daikon kim chee because it’s, well, dried and then soaked in sauces and such.


No surprise here, yet another kim chee crab and avocado salad! Hehe.. For the last layer I packed a chopped fuji apple and a sliced white peach. I ate like 4 of these peaches on Sunday because eating fruit from Costco is a race against time. You stand in the warehouse looking at the box of really yummy looking fruit and you think to yourself, I can eat it before it rots… I think. And then you get home with 3 types of fruits and you’re like CRAP I can’t even fit it in my fridge! I’ll have to eat what’s left outside! *sob* And then the next time you go to Costco you see a new batch of berries and you’re like, ooooo. A vicious cycle I tell ya.


I know what you’re thinking: Oink! Oink! The reason I’ve packed so much food is because this whole week we’ve been getting in to work by 7:45 am so as to prepare Baby Girl for a preschool routine. This means that I’m waking up and eating breakfast two hours earlier than before so now I’m hungry by 10 or so. I’ll eat the salad around 10ish, the chili at around 1, and snack on the fruits around 3 or 4. If I don’t pack enough to last me all day I end up eating more at dinner, which is what I want to avoid. We ate hot dogs with the chili last night and I almost passed out after seeing the nutritional info so I just ate half of one. I’m not sure how many points the chili is, but the Wendy’s chili isn’t too bad, so going on that I’m still on track for the week. And hey, I’m back down to 133.5! 😀

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