Weight Loss: Getting back on the bandwagon

It’s been a month since my last weight loss post.  It’s been a tough month.  I sprained my ankle, and it has been hard to get back to exercising since then.

I’ve basically not lost any weight since the beginning of my journey. I’ve been telling myself that it’s about changing my habits to be healthier, and not about losing weight quickly. I’ve been eating better and working out more.  I still need to work on my portions.

I’ve started running again.  It’s tough.  I was on Week 5 of the Couch to 5k before my injury. I moved back to Week 4, but it’s still really, really tough.  After my first run, I threw up!  I’ll stay on Week 4 for another week or so.

No weigh in this week.  I know my weight has gone up.  I want to make sure my habits are back in place before I weigh myself, or I’m afraid I’m going to give up!

xoxo, K

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Weigh Loss – Week 7: Watch Your Portions

This week’s weight loss theme was to watch your portions.

You may know that I used to live in the US when I was a child.  Now when I go there, I am amazed at how large the portions are.  Entrees are three times the size they should be.  No wonder people have problems with their portions.

The difficulty in Asia is that we have communal dishes.  For example, there will be a large dish of dumplings that we all serve ourselves from.  It’s easy to overeat when your personal dish is the size of a saucer because you are sure to fill it from the communal dishes several times.

That being said, I think I did pretty well this week.

  • I ate my minestrone, which was chock full of vegetables
  • I’ve found a way to make salads I like.  I don’t add much protein, so it’s not a good thing for lunch, but it’s good enough for dinner
  • I did eat out once, but I stayed away from fried foods and ate mostly vegetables
  • I stuck to the Couch to 5K running program

 This week’s weigh in: 68.2kg / 150 lbs (+1.4kg)
I’m actually OK with the weight gain this week.  I’m getting muscle pains from running, so I know I’m building muscle.  Even if I don’t end up losing weight, I’m going to stick to my eating and exercise plans!

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss – Week 6.2: Getting back in the routine

This week was the 2nd week of getting back on track.

You may remember that for about the past month, things have been really tough for me.  I don’t feel well, and I wasn’t eating well.  This month was about eating more vegetables and working out.

Yesterday, I started the Couch to 5k.  In case you are not familiar with it, the C25k (not 25km!) is a running program to get people from a couch potato to being able to run 5km.   I’m still only on my 2nd day, so we’ll see how it goes. I certainly didn’t think I’d be able to run 30 min, and I was surprised when I finished my first day. I can’t run everyday, but I think I’ll be able to fit this into my schedule.  I HATE running, but I love how I felt after my run – and I’m getting the aches to prove that it is changing my body.  The app is a huge help as well.

I have a homemade salad and a homemade minestrone in my refrigerator.   Yes, I’m ready to get my weight down again!

This week’s weigh in: 66.8kg / 147lbs (-0.9kg)


xoxo, K

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Weight Loss – Week 6.1: Getting back in the routine

First of all, thank you to all of your sweet comments, tweets, and emails to my last post.  It really made a big difference in how I feel about not losing weight as quickly as I would like.

Having said that, the past 2 weeks have been really, really hard.  I went back to Japan for a few days, and I ate much better than I have been doing.  I had dinner one night with a friend who is vegetarian – that meal was the best meal I have had in a very, very long time.  I know I could never give up seafood, but I seriously thought about giving up red meat. 

After I got back, things have been rough.  I had to get back into the routine of working out, which is really not as easy at it sounds.  I had to go to “group dinners” (mandatory dinners at work) twice this week, one which included heavy drinking.  All of you who say that I should just not drink?  Heavy drinking is the basis of work relationships in North China.

This week’s weigh in: 67.7kg / 149lbs (+0.1kg)

Considering how unhealthy I have been, I’m surprised that my weight has been almost unchanged.  I’m going to eat more vegetables this week and get back into my Wii Fit routine.  I’ll be back to the Weekly Challenge routine in 2 weeks!

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss – Week 6: Eat Healthy Fats… and I need help

This week’s challenge was to Eat Healthy Fats.

Lyn from Escape from Obesity (the blog where I got my Weekly Challenges) mentions that even good fats will make you gain weight if you eat too much of them.  The challenge is to substitute healthy fats for bad fats.

Here is a list taken from Lyn’s blog.

Bad Fats (trans fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol):
red meat, poultry, eggs
butter, whole milk, cheese
coconut oil, palm oil (in processed foods)
shortening, lard, margarine
many processed crackers, cookies, fried foods (read labels!)

Good Fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3’s):
olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil
nuts (especially walnuts!)
flax seeds (ground), soybeans
salmon, halibut, tuna, or fish oil capsules

This week’s weigh in: 67.6kg / 149lbs (+0.2kg)
Can I just mention how frustrating it is not to lose weight????? 

Honestly speaking, my heath is crappy right now because of what I eat.  I have an induction cooker, which is VERY hard for me to cook on because I am used to gas.  The quality of vegetables and fruit that I can get in stores is really not very good.

I need more vegetables!! Actually, I need food with love, instead of the crappy stuff I’m eating!!  I just don’t know what to do.  I feel sick if I eat certain things, and I’m losing the motivation to cook, or to eat, for that matter! 

I eat a piece of bread for lunch because I cannot stomach the food at work – very greasy, very spicy, and I cannot bring food to work.  I eat very little except for when I go out to eat, because food just doesn’t taste good anymore.  And this is coming from someone who loves to eat!  I don’t go out to eat because I want to get home, get on my Wii Fit, and get to sleep.  My dinner is usually something like some rice with natto!  Yes, I know it’s too many carbs, but I really, really have lost the motivation to prepare food.

How can I get back to eating healthy?  Food just doesn’t have any appeal to me anymore… and still, I’m not losing weight!

xoxo, K

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