Weight Loss: Spring

It’s spring!!  Well, at least it is spring at the supermarket…  It actually snowed this past weekend. Snow in mid-March, can you believe it?

I know that the main reason why I’ve gained weight since moving to China is because I don’t eat healthily. I checked my past posts on food – I used to do a post every month or 2 on something I had cooked, but I don’t do that anymore. I don’t enjoy cooking here, and because of this, I haven’t been eating well.  I eat a lot more processed foods than I did when I lived in Japan, as well as a lot more carbs. The topic of these posts has gone from “weight loss” to “not getting sick so often.”

Anyway, there is more produce at my local supermarket! I tweeted several times that in the winter, there really aren’t many kinds of fruits or vegetables available. It makes eating healthy very, very difficult.  I’m sure that if I went to the local market to buy produce, I could get fresher things, but it’s hard to do when you have a full time job.  But that’s changing! I am so, so happy!!

I also got back into running. I skipped running 2 weekends ago because I had a serious cold, but I’m well enough to run again! Someone suggested I try to run during the week. I’m not sure if I can actually do that since I work 11-12 hours every day.

Hopefully, with fresh produce available at my supermarket, and more exercise, I’ll get healthy again!! 

And to all of you that live in a country where you can get fresh produce year round – you have no idea how lucky you are!!

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss: the Mental Side

Recently I read a blog post saying that weight loss is “80% mental, 20% physical”.  Wow, that is so true.  You have to commit to losing weight, or else it won’t happen.

I’m still running each weekend, although it isn’t easy. I am really demotivated about work lately, and am having trouble falling asleep and waking up.  I’m so tired during the week that all I want to do on the weekends is to sleep.  Still, I get out of bed at around 6:30 AM so that I can go to the gym before it gets crowded.

Anyone have any good tips on the mental side of losing weight?

Also, I realized that most of my meals are structured around rice. Yes, I know it’s not good. It is really hard to get decent vegetables here (at least in the winter).  I say this in each post, but I am really looking forward to warmer weather, partially because better vegetables will be available then.

Any good weight loss blogs? 

xoxo, K

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Weight loss: Winter Blues

Yep, I’m still running. I usually can only run on the weekends. C2K suggests that you run 3 times a week, so I’m still on Week 5 Day 3 although I restarted running from Week 4 Day 1. Still, I’ll keep on running, even though it’s tough to wake up early on weekends!

My major issue right now is eating. It’s hard to get fresh produce in the winter here. The quality of produce that I find in the supermarkets is dismal. Spring is coming soon, so hopefully that will change soon.

My other major focus is getting enough sleep.  I don’t fall asleep easily, and lately things have been worrying me so that I can’t sleep at all. Yes, I know I should forget about these things when I’m at home, but it’s not easy.

Hopefully, it will get warm here within a month. I haven’t seen sunshine in 2 weeks and it’s really, really tough on me!

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss: Getting back into running

Guess how long it’s been since I did a weight loss post? It’s been about 4 months.

Some of you may know that I’ve really been in bad health this winter.  On the weekends, I wake up with a huge headache that doesn’t get better even if I sleep longer. I had a breakout of itchy skin, leading to bloody red bumps all over my arms and legs. I used this as an excuse not to run, which of course leads to worse health.

After I finished Couch to 5k, I started on Bridge to 10k. I immediately realized that it was too tough for me. The first day of B210k is 40 minutes worth of running, which was infinitely harder for me than the last day of C25k. What’s worse, I would get super tired after running and would nap for 1-2 hours, throwing off my weekend schedule.

I’ve decided to go back to C25k.  I’ll get back to running 30 minutes, and then I’ll find a more challenging way to run. It will take me longer, but hopefully I can keep at it.

After I went back to Japan during Chinese New Year, several people commented that I gained weight. I really want to lose it, but my priority is getting back to being healthy.

The cold, dark days here are really affecting me. I had no idea it would be this tough, but it is. Last year was easier since I went to Hawaii in December, and had that trip to pull me through the 4-5 months of SUPER cold here. 

I’m not going to weigh myself until I get back into eating and exercising again.  Wish me luck!

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss: Your Support System

I’ve never had a good relationship with my parents. When I got a job, I was SO happy because I didn’t have to work in Tokyo, which meant I could move out (most kids whose parents live in the Tokyo area and go to Tokyo universities live at home because rent is REALLY expensive)

 Still, I call them every weekend to keep them happy.  Lately, when I call my parents, all they talk about is that I need to diet and lose weight. I tell them that I run for 1 hr on weekends, and they tell me that it’s not enough.  My mom tells me that I can’t lose weight through exercising, that I have to eat less, even though I distinctly remember her telling me 6 months ago that eating less won’t make me lose weight (or so she heard on some TV show). 

So, 1 hour every week of being told by my parents that I need to lose weight. Even if I talk about what I’m doing to lose weight, I get no encouragement.  Oh wait, I’ve never gotten encouragement or praise from them EVER in my life.  Seriously, I have never been praised by my parents.

Remember, all the time I’m paying for the overseas call.  Yeah, not fun. 

I’ve been asked why I blog about my weight loss.  I haven’t been successful (unlike Wardrobe Oxygen), but I still blog about it.  It’s all because I need the support I can get through my blog, which I can’t get in my normal life.  Thank you to all of you who have told me not to give up, who have given me tips, and who have shared your personal struggles with me.

This week’s weigh in: 67.0 kg (-1.0 kg)

xoxo, K

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