Let me tell you what is great about this.
First of all, I didn’t have to struggle into this. (All the items in the store are a single size)
Second, I don’t HAVE to wear anything with it to cover up anything that is making me self conscious. I can wear it as is. I attached the butterfly belt because I thought it needed something there to cute it up a little more.
Third, the butterfly belt is notched at it’s smallest. When I bought it, I could only get it to the largest - and I was happy for even that.
Fourth, this has got to be the CUTEST axes femme item I’ve ever bought.
Fifth, it was 30% off because I spend too much money at that store and got a special discount postcard. I bought 5 items of clothing and 3 accessories there and it came out to a total of 17000 yen. (That’s just shy of 200 bucks). I had budgeted 300 bucks for this trip, and I only spent 250 after all the stores we went to today (30 of it was for some accessories I need for a cooking class I’m gonna take).
I’m a very happy camper today.
Well, today was the day I fit into my goal pants. They are a pair of Angels size 11 corduroy pants that my mom got me for my birthday or Xmas in probably 2006. I wasn’t able to wear them then, even though I fit into size 11s in everything else at the time. Probably because they don’t have stretch and everything else did. Anyway, that was at about the time I started gaining back a lot of weight from a diet I started in mid-2005. Since that time, I’ve gone back and forth, inching my way up to over 200 pounds.
I moved here last year and the lifestyle changed my weight a lot without effort. I started concentrating on losing more weight about last year because I didn’t want to be almost twice as heavy as my boyfriend at the time (who is now my husband :D). I’ve lost about 40 pounds since getting here (not 100% sure because I didn’t get a scale till summer, but I know it was at least 204). I’m still not the shape I want to be, but I’m getting there.
I see myself in the mirror everyday and, although my clothes are looser and going down in sizes, I still look the same to me. However, the results are clear when you look at something like this. I want to get down to between 135 and 145, or at least that’s what I think. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but that’s my goal. I’m more than halfway there!
39 pounds down. Up to 29 more to go. My goal was to be down 2 more pounds from this by the time I went on vacation on Thursday, but 2 pounds in 3 days is not going to happen. But, one more pound IS possible, so I’m gonna reach for that. Plus, it’s cooler to say “I’ve lost 40 pounds so far!” than it is to say “I’ve lost 39 pounds so far!” Both are great, but I like nice, round numbers~
Though, sleeping in till 2pm probably didn’t help me today. Time to get dressed and walk to the conbini so I can pay my phone bill.
I’m going shopping tomorrow with a friend. We both LOVE this one brand (axes femme) and that’s one of the stores we’re going to tomorrow. I call it the Danger Store cuz I always buy. ESPECIALLY if I go to the one closest to me because the girl there always chats me up and it makes me want to buy more. That’s why I’m going to the one in Tenjingawa instead of the local one.
Anyway, not only do we like the same brand, but we have many of the same items - in the same color, even. When we go out together, we tend to dress up because its fun. I was wondering what to wear when she sent me a message on FB asking what I was planning to wear because we really don’t want to wear the same thing at the same time. Not cuz it is like “bitch, that’s MINE” but because we don’t want to look like we tried to be twins.
So, I decided to try to make an outfit out of stuff that was either not axes femme or at least stuff I knew she didn’t have. I tried on various things and was SO happy about the fact that I could get it all on well. See, most of the stuff for the bottoms that I was trying on were things I haven’t taken out of my closet since early Fall. At that time, I had to inch them up over my hips. My hips, now at 43 inches, are my thickest part of me. My waist is at 33, so if I can just traverse my hips, usually I can get stuff to work, even if it doesn’t hang quite right.
Well, this time, I didn’t have to work at them. I just put them on. And the hip area still doesn’t sit 100% correct, but that’s because Japanese clothes are not made for a European (I’m Italian/Irish/Amish) frame. I was so happy. Also, I turn to the side and, without having to suck it in, my stomach looked okay in a side view. Not skinny, no not yet, but it looked okay. Nice, even. Still fat by local standards, but nice by US standards.
It made me happy. I wanted to try on more things. I want it to be warmer so I can wear short skirts and show off my legs that are getting thinner. I was marvelling that I have clothes with lighter and lighter colors because I’m not as afraid to let the fat show through in the front or at the back near the bra. Sure, I still have a nub of fat above my belly button that is embarrassing, but it’s smaller. It’s tolerable at this point.
I saw on the scale today that I lost another pound. It was surprising to me because my period is due on Tuesday and I am having more constipation than usual (I’m lucky to get once a week, tbh, despite how much water I drink or fiber I eat). I FEEL bad, physically, because of it. I thought for sure I would have gone up just from retention. But it went down by a pound.
I was thrilled.
But not as thrilled as I was a moment ago trying on clothes.
Also, when I come to the states in a couple weeks, I will see my older brother and his family. I’m not close to my brothers, and I know I won’t get a compliment, but I can’t help but wonder if he’ll notice that, since seeing him last, I have lost 38(+) pounds.
I was looking at pictures of me from when I worked at UCR. Pictures of me and my students. I look so much bigger in those pictures. I can’t wait until I reach my goal (somewhere between 136 and 146. About then I think I will look how I want to) and I will do a before and after thing. Also, since Taka and I do purikura once or twice a month, I can probably make it into a timeline.
38 down, 20-30 left to go. Today was inspiration.
I want to try to lose 3 more pounds before I leave for America on 3/15. Today is the 3rd. 12 more days for 3 more pounds. It’s possible, and it’s still at a healthy rate, so I will strive. Unfortunately, the period will hinder my tracking on the scale, but I’ll keep up my food and exercise log. Let’s hit that 163lbs/74kg before vacation!!!!!
Okay, the scale told me today that I went down another pound. Now I’m at 167 (76 kg).
It’s one of my mini goals to be at 163 (74kg) by the time I leave for vacation in the states on the 15th of March. I can do it - it’s more than 2 1/2 weeks away.
My next mini goal is to be at 158 (72kg) by the time the new school semester starts on April 9th. As I will be in America until March 25th, this gives me 2 weeks to get down, which is possible. HOWEVER, this kind of mini goal means I would have to be vigilant about my intake and going on walks while I’m in the US. I can’t make my goal weight if I’m trying to re-shed pounds. So, if I can limit my intake and be good with my exercising to the point that I’m just at maintenance, then I can do it. It’s 10 days of not necessarily being good, but not letting myself be bad, either.
If I continue to work really hard and lose 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) a week until the calendar-start of summer, I will reach my goal of 136 (62 kilos) by summer.
My ultimate goal’s finish line may change, but right now I’m gonna focus on the first mini goal and plan a course of action for the second.
My husband’s sage advice about sweets was that once you’re 25, you should graduate from sweets. He advises only having it once a month (outside of special events) and for that sweet to be an expensive sweet.
I laugh because that’s not gonna happen - I love sweets.
I laugh because Japanese people think their food is SO healthy, but Japanese food puts sugar in places it doesn’t belong. When I make the egg omeletes Taka likes, it’s 3 eggs, a SPOONFUL of sugar, and a nice long squeeze of mayo. Unnecessary! He thinks my eggs prepared with just pepper are strange.
I also laugh because he’s 30 and will eat 8 Parms (think Eskimo Pies) in a day if he’s home all day.
He goes on about how sweets are the number one bad thing as far as gaining weight go. Sweets can be killer, but what’s “number one” is different for everyone. My problem has always been about being able to control portions of food. When I’m not aware of how many calories something is and/or I’m not able to control how much I’m served, THAT is where I gain weight. My diet allows for sweets in moderation.
All things in moderation.
But it’s hard to change someone’s hard-wired thinking. So I just say “hmm, that’s a good theory” and keep doing what I’m doing.
The best diet is one that can turn into a lifestyle change. Part of that is recognizing what you can live without not just physically, but also as part of your enjoyment. I LOVE baking and making sweets. I love eating sweets. And I intend to keep them in my diet - in moderation.
Journaling food is a great way to lose weight. I always seem to have such a hard time with keeping my calories on the low end when I’m not journaling, but rather counting in my head, but when I journal I find it quite easy. In fact, when journaling, I find the hard part is getting ENOUGH calories.
Take today, for example. I woke up at the leisurely hour of 1pm. I’m on vacation for the next month and a half, so most days will likely be like this as I am naturally a night owl. It is now 6pm and I tend to go to bed around 1am during this time. I have eaten my breakfast (8 strawberries, 1 banana, and a clementine/mikan), lunch (fried garlic rice), and a delightful snack just now of two Oreos. I wasn’t actually hungry for those Oreos, btw, but I made Oreo truffles for Taka for V-day and I still had leftover Oreos. I’ve been eating 2 a day for the past 3 days to not waste the remaining. Those were my last two.
ANYWAY! I track the time and the calories of everything. Right now, I’m at 720. When I have my dinner later, it will be my egg muffin sandwich and a hot chocolate, which brings me to a total of 1020 calories for the day. I won’t be hungry after that meal until I fall asleep, so I keep feeling that I need to add more to my dinner. HOWEVER, that goes against another thing that I’ve been trying to build which is the whole intuitive eating. I don’t really want to eat if I’m not hungry and I don’t want to eat just to eat. I could always add some edamame with my dinner, but again, I don’t want to eat just to eat.
The past few days have been like this. Tracing back from today… yesterday put me at 900, the day before was 1600 (Taka had the day off and we went out to eat), the day before was 850 or so. But the thing is - I”M NOT HUNGRY. Should I still eat just to eat??
Today is kinda a meh day cuz I’m lazy and am not going to the store to get anything, but usually even though my calories are low, all my nutrients are also accounted for - I just don’t have that magical “at least 1200 calories” in my body each day.
So, I wonder how much of this is psychology. Does seeing the numbers on my paper affect my sense of appetite? I’ve written before about how, while growing up, I never learned to listen to if I were full or not because of my family’s eating style, so maybe it’s gonna be a much longer road before I figure out exactly how to do everything right. :/
It’s that time of year that everyone puts up their resolutions. I don’t really do resolutions, but I DO have some goals for this year:
1 - Study more Japanese (I want to get N3 on the new system! I got N3 on the old system back in 2007)
2 - Get my Japanese driver’s license (my international one expires at the end of March)
3 - Try (and learn to to cook) many more foods (armed with cookbooks!!!)
4 - Keep a regular blog about cooking (maybe Vlog once in a while)
5 - Pay off my credit cards (6k to go)
6 - Get something else published or at least have something ready for publication. This includes self-publishing on Etsy or as an e-book. Although it was small, getting published in that calendar was a good goal pusher!)
7 - Keep losing weight. My goal is to have a weight in the 135-145 range. I am currently at 169 (or, I was before I left for Xmas… I haven’t gotten back on a scale yet, but even if I gained weight it couldn’t be more than a couple pounds). I was 204 when I got to Japan and most of my weight loss thus far has been simply due to lifestyle changes and not concentrated effort, so I am confident that I can get at least the next 24 out of my body for a healthier me :)
8 - Learn a new skill. I don’t know what, but I want to grow every year and not just expanding on what I already know.
I always have goals because I feel lost without them. Anyone share some of the same goals as me or have experience/advice to give?