Weight Loss – Week 1.5?

I was traveling, and I honestly failed miserably with my weight loss routine. I usually do very well when I’m traveling, but this time, I had to go out to dinner every single day. The consequence was that I had way too much beer!

I thought about whether I could have done better. Sure, I could have limited myself to one beer per day, which is what I did from Day 3. However, there really wasn’t any way I could have not gone out to eat.  I was the only Japanese person in the group and we were in Japan.

Maybe I’m just trying to make excuses. Oh well, I’ll get back to my routine this week.  I’ve even done my 30 min of Wii today!

This week’s weigh in: 68.1kg /151lbs (+0.2kg)

xoxo, K

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Weight Loss – Week 1: Drink Your Water

If you have not read my Weight Loss – Week 0, please read that first.  This is a personal post.  Please be sensitive.

First, a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, sent me messages on my previous post.  I was so uncomfortable writing that post, and I was FLOORED by all the love that everyone has sent me.  Thank you for saying you wanted to keep seeing these posts.  Now I realize why Weight Watchers works – because you’ve got a support group.  Hopefully, posting my progress on this blog will help keep me motivated!

No, this is not really Week 1.  I’ve been trying to change my lifestyle to be healthier and more active for about a full 2 weeks now, making this Week 3.  However, the first 10 days or so (before my previous post) were while I was on vacation.  I knew this would be harder to do after I started work again, so I wanted to go slow – hence, Week 1.

When I decided to really start losing weight, I searched around for a good weight loss blog.  The one I’m following now is called Escape from Obesity by Lyn.  Lyn is an inspiration to me because she has lost over 100 lbs, and yes, she has fallen off the wagon before! She has tracked her monthly weight loss, and there have been months when she gained.  But wow, her before/after pictures are amazing!

Lyn introduces something on her blog called “the Habit-A-Week Challenge”The intro to her Habit-A-Week is pretty amazing!  I wanted to follow this Habit-A-Week Challenge because I know that I get bored easily, and if I could master a habit a week, that would be a big enough change for me.

The Week 1 Challenge is to Drink Your Water.  This habit consists of 5 parts, (1) Find your water source, (2) Find a cup, (3) Make water your friend, (4) Make it a HABIT, and (5) Drink other things.  The link takes you to Lyn’s post on the content of this habit, so please take a look there for the specifics.

1. Find your water source. 
This was relatively easy for me.  I am used to drinking regular drinking water.  Because the tap water here is not drinkable, every house comes with a water cooler.  My workplace has one too, in almost every single room.  

2. Get a cup. 
Most people here have something that looks like a cross between a tupperware and a tumbler.

I needed one for work anyway, since there were water coolers but no cups. Now I could fill it up and go anywhere with my water.  I’ve found that this works better for me than tumblers or sports bottles, especially because they are easy to wash.

3. Make water your friend.  
This part talks about “preparing” water so that you will want to drink it.  For example, if you like it cold, keep a pitcher in the fridge.  Another example is that if you don’t like how plain water tastes, add some lemon to the pitcher.
I honestly have no trouble drinking just plain water. I used to drink unsweetened tea (oolong or green tea) when I was in Japan, but I switched to water after moving.  However, there’s a snag coming up…

4. Make it a HABIT 
The basis of this is the Hydration Calculator, which told me I needed 3 liters of water a day (over 100 fluid oz)!  How would I manage to get that in?  Here are some tips which Lyn gives (from her blog):

– Drink 16 oz when you wake up, before you do anything else.  That’s nearly 500 ml!
– Drink 16 oz with all 3 meals each day.  Drink half of it before the meal to make you feel full.
– Drink 16 oz when you want a snack, before you have your snack.  As Lyn says, “If you MAKE yourself drink a glass of water before you eat a snack, every time you have one, you will get full and eat less snacks. EVEN IF YOU BINGE this week… drink just an 8 or 16 oz glass of water before you start eating. Seriously. This is a good habit to have.” She also mentions that the brain sometimes thinks you are hungry when you are really thirsty.

Honestly, this part was hard.  It was A LOT harder than I thought.  I wake up every morning thirsty from the dry climate I live in, but still, drinking 500 ml first thing in the morning made me want to gag at first.  However, it works.  I feel so much better in the morning after having my water!

Also, I realized I don’t drink water at work because I have no time to pee.  I am always running from one meeting to another, and I sometimes forget to pee. Sometimes I even think, “I’m thirsty, but I need to be in a meeting, so I don’t want to go pee.” (I know, that’s really bad for the health…)  Forcing myself to drink water means forcing myself to go to the restroom.  Considering I can step out of the majority of my meetings for a few moments, I made a conscious decision to drink more water.

This brought me back to Item 3 – Make Water Your Friend.  When I tried to drink this much water, I realized that I prefer warm water.  Not hot, not cold, warm.  Yes, I know it sounds disgusting.  However, if I need to drink this much water, it is much easier on my stomach when it’s the appropriate temperature.  This was the core concept of “making water my friend” – I figured out what works best for me.

5. Drinking other things. 
This part talks about drinking green tea for health benefits.  I’m Japanese, I love my green tea.  I also enjoy unsweetened herbal teas.  My favorite is from Mighty Leaf, which is hard to find here in Asia!

So that’s it for the Week 1 Challenge!  Hope I’ll do as well on Week 2!

Weight on Jan 30: 67.2kg /148lbs
This week’s weigh in: 67.9kg /150lbs (+0.7kg)

Yes, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t lose weight this week.  Last week, I lost weight, and I seemed to have regained it.  However, I am eating much better, and I’m exercising daily, so I’m still happy with myself!  In fact, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I have done at least 30 minutes on my Wii almost every day since I got it!

xoxo, K

PS: I am traveling next week.  I am not going to try a new habit while I am gone, and just continue this one.  Hence, next week’s post is still going to be “Week 1 – again!”

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Weight Loss – Week 0

This is a personal post.  Please be sensitive.

When I came back home from Japan after my recent trip, my luggage was 15 kgs (more than 30 lbs) heavier.  The majority of the extra luggage was not food, cosmetics, or clothes.  It was a new Wii and a Wii Fit board.

(both images from google search)

The reason I bought it was because I seriously, seriously want to lose weight.  And a Wii was how I thought I could do it.

Now, if you’ve met me in person, you may tell me that I’m not fat.  Thank you for your kind words, but the truth is that I am not happy with how I look.

I am tired of not being able to find clothes in Japan.  Most stores ONLY carry one size – medium, which is like a 2 in the US.  Of course you can find stores that sell more than one size, but if you want something cute/trendy/fashionable, you’d better fit into the Japanese cookie cutter size.  The rest of us are forced to skip the cute clothes and just try to find a clothing store where we can find something that fits. 

My BMI is above 25.  So yes, I am obese, at least by Japanese standards.  (In Japan, anything over a 25 gets you an “obese” rating on your annual health check.  I know it is “overweight” in the US)

– Speaking of my annual health check, I do not enjoy having to explain why I am fat to my doctor every year.

Being told “but she has a pretty face, if only…”constantly makes me sad.

– I don’t want to continue to gain weight.  I weighed myself recently, after being in denial.  I have gained 4 kgs since moving 4 months ago.  I don’t want this to continue.

There are two problems – that I eat too much, and that I don’t exercise.

I’m working on the exercise part first.  

My problem is that if I have to get ready to go exercise, I won’t do it.  There is a gym in my apartment building, but I have not headed out there.

Enter the Wii Fit.  I tried it at my friend’s house and I loved it.  I loved that I could do it at any time.  I loved that there were enough choices for me not to get bored.  And I loved that I could do it for as long or as short as I wanted.  

So far, this strategy has been working for me.  Right now, I’m forcing myself to pull out the Wii and exercise at least 30 minutes, every day.  It may not seem like much, but for someone who gets up at 5 AM and comes home at 9 PM on workdays, this is something which I can do!  And I’ve kept it up for 10 days.

I have several issues related to eating as well, but that is another post.

I don’t know how much of my journey I’ll continue to share.  I know writing on this blog will force me to keep it up, but I’m still uncomfortable. I also know that a lot of my readers are here to read my reviews (Lush reviews, anyone?), so this may be not what you are looking for.

A blog I need to mention here:  The person who has inspired me to lose weight is Allie from Wardrobe Oxygen.  I adore her blog and her sense of style.  I think this is the third time I’ve mentioned her blog – amazing, considering it is not a makeup blog!  Over the past year, she has blogged about her weight loss journey.  If she can do it with a full time job and a baby, I should be able to do it too!  Thank you, Allie, for showing me that anyone can do it!

What do you think?  Should I continue with these posts?  Please, please be kind in your comments.  This is something I am very uncomfortable with.

xoxo, K

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