Friday Weigh-in

Posted by Rachel Saturday, 31 July 2010 0 comments

76.2! The active life seems to be paying off! It's not just the moving all day, I think, but less opportunity to snack, and smaller meals because I'm just busy. Maybe I WILL lose weight this summer. Big BBQ beach weekend ahead of me though.

Breakfast, a few crusts of bread, sandwich cuttings, I forgot to eat breakfast!

Lunch, a piece of bacon and egg pie, and half a sandwich. I often put too much in picnics and then eat it because it's there, but in reality I'm not that hungry when out and about, and I should take more advantage of that and pack small.

Snack: ice cream on the way home.

Dinner: more pie, plus meat and BEER! We had a private barbecue date-night. Or rather, a family barbecue that the kids abandoned to watch Doraemon, so it was just me and K, but we had fun.

july 30, 2010

Posted by illahee 1 comments

weigh in day: 108. still no change. at least it's not a gain.

end of the month, it's time to review. i didn't reach my goals, i fear, which is reflected in the lack of weight loss. perhaps, though, this wasn't the best time to start. however, when is the best time? even when you find an ideal time to start and lose some weight, eventually you'll have to deal with real life incidents and just work through them.

so. same goals as last month: more water, less cola, exercise more. wish me luck!

today's rundown:

breakfast: meatloaf sandwich (actually slices of last night's hambaagu)
lunch: mcdonald's (quarter pounder with cheese, fries, coke)
snack: crackers
dinner: tofu with kabosu (?? GW sent it to us last year) ponzu and negi

plenty of water, though could have done better. also had a cola zero on the way home from the mall. no exercise.

I did it!

Posted by anchan Friday, 30 July 2010 2 comments

What a great day! Our pool excursion was postponed to this afternoon due to bad weather earlier in the week. I had been secretly hoping that the thunder would continue, as the reason we were going to this pool was because it is free all week and is then closing down on 1st August, so there was a good chance it could get out of revealing my white thighs to the local population. But the sun shone and off we went. And... I had a fantastic time! Yeah, I felt very self conscious when I had to get out of the water, but it was so much fun splashing and playing with the kids... I have really been missing out all these years!

We were in the water for 3 hours, and I must have burned off a tremendous amount of energy. It's a nagare (flowing) pool and we had races and games of catch - just an awesome time! I can't remember when we last had so much fun together.

On the way home we stopped off at a Spice Kingdom for dinner, so promptly undid the good work I had done in the afternoon - veggie pakora, veggie masala, nan, mmmmmmmm...

I will sleep well tonight - and hopefully hurt some in the morning :-)

The weigh-in

Posted by anchan 2 comments

Wow, surprised to see a loss today - 66.9kg! Very happy :-) Now I just need to keep things up... but we have friends coming for lunch tomorrow for a birthday party... and a very dangerous dessert...


This is only a 400gram loss since last week but it was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't going to get on the scales this morning as I have only done level 1 of the Shred twice and I get despondent (look for excuses) very easily

I am hurting in places I haven't hurt in for well over five years. Probably longer as even when I was running a lot that was pretty much all I was doing and so I was thinner and healthier but my shoulders, back, abs, inner thighs, rah rah weren't getting a pounding. Everything hurts today. I thought briefly about not doing it today and tried to tell myself doing it every second day would be fine. But it isn't called the every second day Shred so I sorted my shit together and did it - after walking the kids to kinder which I think helped me as kickass hour long warm-up - that by the way uses up 13,000 steps in one go.

Jullian is great - she tells you at exactly the moments when you are feeling like a break...

Don't take a break now. You chose to only exercise for twenty minutes and THERE ARE NO BREAKS in a twenty minute workout.

You want the easy version for a star-jump?? THERE IS NO EASY VERSION. suck it up.

I try not to actually stop but I must admit my press-ups (girlie version) are slower than there pace and I'm probably only doing half the amount at the moment. The lunges and the squats get me too. I thought that my can of chilly and pack of four canned tuna wouldn't be heavy enough but for the first few days they are FINE - I can feel the muscles in my arms. Nice to know. I don't ever want Madonna arms but losing a layer or three off the bingo wings would be nice. I might graduate the chilli and tuna and move up to 500 ml pet bottles filled with water at the end of the week. I have 'real' weights upstairs but they can stay there for a little while yet.

So that's my Shred breakdown. 2 days down 28 to go...

Just as I was thinking I would try and have a non-alcohol weekend the delivery man rocks up (at 8:30am this morning) with a box of Asahi bottles from the lady at the temple next door - a summer gift. SIGH. I am USELESS if it's in the house. I have offered it to the god's for the time being and hopefully I'll forget about it....

yeah right.

july 29, 2010

Posted by illahee 1 comments

breakfast: cereal and milk
snack: chicken and french fries (from 7-11)
lunch: 2 skewers yakiniku, mini-milk
snack: little cake
dinner: hambaagu cooked on the grill (to reduce fat), flavored with ketcup and mustard; green beans; rice; kimchee

not a lot of water, no exercise.

i got an order from expat express on this day and was excited to see what extra thing i got myself: diet coke. LOL

july 28, 2010

Posted by illahee 3 comments

a rainy, blah day. no exercise.

breakfast: pb&j sandwich, milk
lunch: honestly can't remember. kids had somen and i might have skipped and had a sandwich later.
dinner: chicken curry which i had over rice.

plenty of water, also had cola zero.

(i'm a bit late posting this because i was pretty under the weather on wednesday and i feel really close to chucking the whole thing. i don't have the time/energy/motivation to exercise, i have a bit of stress from the kids and so don't make the right choices as far as eating goes. i really don't know what to do....)


Posted by Rachel Thursday, 29 July 2010 0 comments

Breakfast: weetbix and rhubarb. I had some work to finish fast so I didn't feel like I could sit down and take my time over my muesli

Lunch: another lunch at home with the kids OOPS. Leftover lasagne, but only half what I had last night, BUT plus a slice of wholegrain toast, with leftover mashed potato and sausage from the eggs yesterday, and leftover cheese sauce from the lasagne. Leftovers are so yummy!

Afternoon tea: banana, slice of wholegrain toast with egg

Dinner: pork, onion, green pepper, carrot and hakusai stirfry, loads of edamame and about six pieces of Japanese-style simmered pumpkin.

Dessert: 3/4 of a peach. Dessert two? Feeling peckish, but all I want to eat is another peach! I would eat chocolate, only I don't have any that I really like right now, but the good stuff is at the bottom of the freezer, and it remains to be seen if I have the energy to get down that far, sigh. Damn good place to keep it!

30 Day Shred - Day 1

Posted by Gaijin Wife 2 comments

Holy shit and fuck me sideways. Sorry. I do usually reserve this kind of obscene language for my normal blog but shit - LEVEL ONE - bloody LEVEL ONE people. How on earth do people get to level damn three.

The 30-Day shred DVD has three levels - 20 minutes per workout and you supposedly do one until you think you can handle the next one and then go up a level.

I was doing quite well with Billy - that first week - and then somehow finding 40 minutes gets harder. I am fine if exercising involves leaving the house - like a run or a walk. Walking the kids to kinder is great. I can't stop half way or take a break and go back to it. I have to finish or I'm left sweltering in the 8am sun by the rice paddies.

Other shit is harder - that exercise bike I got way back..... my English class kids kept bloody turning the peddles round at full speed and the inside rubber tube/band thing came off and for the life of me I can't get it back on. It is STILL sitting upside down waiting for attention in our 'engawa' off the tatami rooms.

Core rhythms - one of the instructors is like the bloody durable battery doing hip swivels and she pisses me off.  I still like this though but it holds nothing over the shred.

Billy - good. I can get through the whole first workout which is promising but again Billy and some of what he says and his daughter..... hmmmmm...... too fricken bouncy and her form is execution perfect - which it should be but makes it hard to imitate, if that makes sense.

So the Shred - I like the woman presenting it and the sections are broken down so you can tell yourself you only have one minute or thirty more seconds of something. There are no NEW moves - it is all pretty old school so I don't feel uncoordinated at all.

That said, the twenty minutes level one workout I did after coming home from my kinder walk - holy shit. I was feeling it (in a good way) in every limb afterwards. It will be interesting to see if I can manage it straight away again tomorrow - when in fact I may well be having trouble just walking. Will try though :)

Hub and I have health checkups in less than four weeks! Time to Shred.


Posted by Rachel Wednesday, 28 July 2010 1 comments

Muesli for breakfast! Finally made it, but forgot I had made it yesterday!

Lunch: Coddled eggs:
And the recipe:
This is from a recipe calendar hanging above my stove, so I've been eyeing up this dish for weeks!

Snack: banana, handful of mixed snacks (doritos, popcorn, cheezos or whatever they are called)

Dinner: lasagne. GOOOD! Absolutely NO seconds, and while I 'tidied' the dish of scraps, Erica ate half of them.

Dessert: The very last brandy snaps, with cream. They are gone, phew! Back to the grind!

I was 77.1 this morning, up 500g from my best, but not as bad as I thought after all that partying!

july 27, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

went to mr. donut today. *sigh* did fairly well, though, only ate my donuts and didn't finish off what the kids didn't eat (though hiro and sasha made that easy by eating all of their donuts!)

breakfast: ham sanwich (ham, cheese, mayo and mustard on white bread), water

snack: 2 donuts, coffee au lait (i think?) 2 cups with only one sugar added to each, cola

lunch: another sandwich

dinner: yakisoba. loaded with veggies which i end up eating because the kids refuse to! that kinda makes up for the ham sammies i had!

july 26, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

fairly usual day; no exercise, plenty of water, some cola zero and just plain old whatever else. nothing to see here (um, yeah, kinda had a hangover from sunday's party so just vegged at home!)


Posted by anchan Tuesday, 27 July 2010 1 comments

I cannot possibly expect to see any weightloss when I step on the scales on Friday. And I blame the Daring Bakers entirely. If it hadn't been for this month's DB challenge, I would never have remembered buying a second-hand ice-cream maker last winter. And I would never have known that the little recipe book that came with it contains (easily tweaked) concoctions to make bowls of sweet, cool yumminess to rival Baskin Robbins...

The other thing that is worrying me more than slightly is that, in a moment of madness, I went out and bought a swimsuit! I haven't been seen in the water since I lost all my weight after W was born and was skinny. But I am fed up of sweating it out on the beach whilst the rest of the family is playing in the cool sea (on the occasions K manages to drag me along, usually I try to persuade him to allow me to stay home), so this evening when K said that he is taking the afternoon off work on Thursday (yikes, that's only two days away - Fairy Godmother, where are you?) and is planning to take the kids to a pool, I legged it to Aeon and spent a miserable hour trying to find something to wear. I hit gold! Found a suit that fits, is flattering, doesn't have padded cups, has a built-in tummy control panel (hurrah!) and was on sale and reduced by 5,000 yen! Better keep off the ice-cream...

Tuesday July 27

Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Breakfast: weetbix and rhubarb

Lunch: not too bad either, I prepared a sandwich, ate only half, plus 1/4 of a ham one and 1/4 of a cheese one

Snack: oops behins... potato chips and cheetos... then lunch again, exactly the same, all the leftovers! Should have chucked them, aye. Then a carrot, just to be good.

Dinner: chicken pasta, small bowl. And some broccoli dipped in a a little mayo and shoyu

Dessert: always an opps! More brandy snaps, this time crumbled OVER the ice cream, instead of under the ice cream. And more berries.

Weekend 24-25 July

Posted by Rachel Monday, 26 July 2010 3 comments

I don't remember a thing.

There was some pie in there, buta bara, several fried cheese sticks, some potato chips, lots of coke and juice and lots of dip with vegetables. I honestly can't remember what I ate on Saturday, probably lots of things! Oh yeah, pizza, cos I was busy cooking.

a VERY busy weekend!!

on saturday we drove to oita-ken for loads of fun. first we went to kijima kogen and was there just after it opened. spent the whole day and then went to yufuin to stay the night. fun fun fun.

breakfast was bread heels and cheese, with oolong tea. morning snack was the lunch i had brought (tuna salad, cheese, fruit (which i didn't get a chance to eat), crackers and carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing. lunch was some curry at a AYCE curry buffet (wasn't great, but i had curry, karaage, 2 small ebi furai and a korokke) with oolong tea. i had a cola or two during the day (it was so hot and we drank all the tea we brought with us! plus i needed the burst of energy from the caffeine and sugar!) dinner was at the youth hostel (always excellent!!): buta shogayaki (with loads of ginger), cabbage/salad, soup, rice, creamy pumpkin salad (very spicy!) and probably something else i can't recall. all with water. ended the day with a 97yen chuhai from cosmos and shared a beer with yoshi.

exercise was walking around the park maybe three times, plus going in the splash pool with hiro sasha (didn't get down and play myself, but it's more work walking in water than not.)

sunday we got up bright and early. it helped that i fell asleep at 8 pm the night before! breakfast was scrambled eggs, simmered tofu and veggies, salad, sausage (little octopus, only one of which i got to eat), rice and miso soup. there was also a bit of pineapple but the kids got to it first.

on the way to rachel's house, had a cola zero and tried a new mini oreo (chocolate creme), but only had two. later had a bit of fried chicken. plenty of snacks during the day! lunch was lovely, i had some chicken pie and goodness know what else! was great, though and didn't worry too much about calories. also had ice cream and other treats, coke, cola zero, tea and juice. later on had some chicken 'sticks', delicious!

no exercise, but i was pretty tired from the day before!

july 23, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

weigh in day, 108. still no loss, and yet, no gain. i'll take this as a positive.

it's been so long since i posted, that i've pretty much forgotten the details. i do know that we had yakiniku for lunch, and i'm pretty sure i had leftover lasagna for dinner. breakfast was a sandwich, but it wasn't enough, so i had some chips in the morning, and probably a cola zero. plenty of water, no exercise. i think that by next friday i'm going to have to take a hard look at myself and really get tough!


Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Not bad...

Breakfast was marmite on toast, feeling a slight hangover from last night, but not a McDonald's-worthy one, so I was safe.

Lunch. This was weird. I had cereal with rhubarb and milk! It was so hot, I couldn't stand eating something hot. I made ramen for the kids, but after wandering around the kitchen hopelessly while they ate, I settled on cereal, while DH made himself somen.

Afternoon tea: banana and yogurt smoothie, with manuka honey

Dinner: tofu with shoyu and ginger, a small bowl of miso soup with tofu and hakusai, a few mouthfuls of rice, a few bits of okra goma-ae and a crust of bread with butter and marmite. "Three of these things are just like the other..." Okay, soy and marmite are somewhat similar in smell, and I had the bread after the whole table was cleared...

Dessert: everything is going to the pack because I am SO going to have a brandy basket with ice cream, chopped chooclate and berries!!!

Weigh in 7/17

Posted by Gaijin Wife Saturday, 24 July 2010 2 comments

Last week was pretty shit exercise wise. It has been so damn hot. Still OK to walk the kids to kinder in the mornings but Granny K has been heading to the paddy early so she can avoid planting beans and the like in the mid day sun - which means I would need to put Ryu and Marina and Shou in the double buggy - which I have tried once and really not too keen on trying again.

I have also had sick children and doctors visits left, right and centre - completely forgot weigh day yesterday with taking Marina to the doctors and then her being home all day and us both heading to bed at 8pm.

Upon weigh in this morning though I was 83.6kg with is the lowest I have been so far. I hope that nice figure today can give me the motivation I need to try and finish July off that much closer to the seventies.

One more week and then it's in to August. Crap. That little bit closer till I go home and have shopping in normal sizes at my disposal.

Good luck to everyone for a good last week of July :)


Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Weekly low of 76.1 yesterday, before all the bread... 500g up on Friday because of it!

Breakfast: granola, stewed apple and trim milk
Lunch: okonomiyaki on a stick. Weird. I bought it because I thought it was some kind of baked or fried tofu, but it was actual okonomiyaki. Was quite nice actually. Plus a boiled egg, and two small salads, a gobo salad, much nicer than the usual kinpira. And okra with goma-ae, which was amazing because I got home from work to find Kanji cooking exactly that. Great minds think alike. Ki ga au, he said. So it's goma-ae month! Meanwhile he's also making gobo tea for slimming. I might try some, but I think by now you all know how I feel about supplement, gimmicks and dieting tricks! Sure, if gobo's found to have some amazing dietary properties, eat it, but I don't think you need to go the lengths he went to, shaving, drying, dry frying, and finally making a tea.
Afternoon tea, a small bowl of grated cheese, which is becoming a bit of a bad habit with me! And a pot of yogurt with rhubarb, added by myself: here are some photos of the two ingredients lists:

Above, milk, milk something-or-other and yet another milk product. Below, milk, SUGAR, fruit, fruit juice (rhubarb and apple!), then the other two milk proucts as above, and followed by four more mystery items I don't have time to look up, probably flavorings/preservatives/colors of some sort. Sorry if no-one else is as fascinated as me by the doctoring required to just add some fruit to the yogurt!

Dinner: one buta-bara yaki-tori, one shishitobacon yaki-tori. We were out at the festival. Canned coffee, 2nd of the day. Later on I stayed up to watch TV (and do the laundry!) and ate two big fat peaches.

Day ?? Lost count...

Posted by anchan Friday, 23 July 2010 0 comments

A much better day! No naughty snacking, no crisps, no chocolate, and I even worked up a sweat doing some gardening.

black coffee
2 slices wholewheat toast (one with Marmite, one with PB)
instant noodles, minus the sachet of oil, with an egg thrown in
tofu with umeboshi and shiso sauce
stirfried veggies (onion, green pepper, carrot and bean sprouts)
small bowl of rice
hot chocolate to come
might have a bowl of salad if I get really hungry!

july 22, 1010

Posted by illahee 2 comments

had several BOTTLES of cola today, not even zero, full on coke. *sigh* so much for sticking to the plan. ate a lot of crap :( also had a stressful day, finding out at the last minute that the kindy camp was TODAY, and had to get hiro to the school ten minutes ago (before the phone call i got). not cool.

breakfast: fried chicken and coke
lunch: lasagna
snack: ?? coke i guess
dinner: skipped it, too much cola, lemonade and water in the afternoon.

not a lot of exercise, though i did dance the naminamina dance with sasha. i don't think you should ask! lol

ok, on to friday!

Weigh-in Day

Posted by anchan 0 comments

Oh crap, that came around quickly! And it ain't good news.Weighed in today at 67kg, that's 600g more than last Friday! But I suppose it's still 200g down from the week before...

I have been watching what I eat, very concious of drinking more (tea, water) and eating more fibre. I have not been eating as much junk as I did before starting this challenge. But I have allowed myself a little chocolate each day, and the odd salty snack, so I guess I am going to have to cut those out :-( I also need to do some exercise, one yoga class a week is evidently not enough. But it's soooo hot...

Big Fat Bread Day

Posted by Rachel Thursday, 22 July 2010 1 comments

rhubarb yogurt and granola with stewed apple and trim milk. STILL haven't made the new muesli!

Lunch: Cheese on toast - half a slice. Mixed filled roll - three mini rolls with ham, egg, tuna. I added cheese! This is an example of how badly I start to eat when the kids are home. I have got to start thinking of a sensible lunch menu. I have hit on the idea of basically following the Kyushoku menu, with my own versions of course. But that won't be till next week!

Snack: half a hamburger

Dinner: chicken and pesto sandwich on some divine bread I got at the station bakery that has JUST wheat flour in it! You know how they have that sign that says if it has milk, or eggs or sugar, etc well it had none of that. Lovely bready taste. Only problem was the flour sprinkled all over the top. Why do they do that? I can imagine a bit of flour getting on there from the kneading, but this is Japan, and you just know they deliberately shook a pre-measured amount of flour over evenly with a sieve, just so us bready-pigs would get flour all over us as we eat our sandwhich! It's going to make even greater toast with butter and marmite!

july 21, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

a sandwich day. as in, i ate a lot of sandwiches! too bad the sandwich bread isn't whole wheat...

no exercise, plenty of water. three bottles of cola zero.

breakfast: yakiniku sandwich (left over beef slices, mayo, mustard on white sandwich bread.)

lunch: tuna salad sandwich (tuna, egg, onion, mayo)

snack: cheesey poof snacks and popcorn (with cola zero). had an impromptu visit to the beach and had to have something to eat & drink!

dinner: another yakiniku sandwich. i made somen for the kids, but i don't really like noodles.

friends are visiting tomorrow so hopefully will be able to keep to the flummy challenge!

july 20, 2010

Posted by illahee Wednesday, 21 July 2010 0 comments

just going along. i think that i have not changed much at all. i'm all talk, no action. *sigh* ok.

breakfast at joyfull. no lunch. yakiniku (at home) for dinner (meat, onions, rice, coleslaw.)

no exercise.

not a lot of water.

i am not meeting my goals at all, and am not surprised at no weight loss. as i am writing this on wednesday evening, i know that 'tomorrow' isn't much different. from thursday, i will be doubling my efforts!

Wednesday July 20

Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Breakfast: banana, very small bowl of granola with some stewed apple and trim milk. Yogurt - the Bio yogurt with rhubarb. Bio yogurt usually has three ingredients - I was amazed to find that in order to process the addition of that rhubarb required a list of about ten more ingredients, one of which was actually rhubarb, and also including difficult kanji which I assume are additives of some sort or another. I think I'll stick with adding it myself!

Lunch: lunch out treated by MIL and SIL. We went to a teishoku/hambagu type place. I ended up eating a mouthful of this, a mouthful of that. A slice of pizza, about 1/4 cup of om-rice, 1/2 a hamburger, small creamy salad, about 1/2 cup of yaki-soba, mostly cabbage, some meat, one piece of yaki-niku, two spoonfuls of corn soup, and a glass of sweetened ice coffee. Now, if anyone can work out the calorie value of that, you deserve a medal!

Snack: leftover bits of hamburger, some grated cheese.

Dinner: Hamburger (bread, tomato sauce, hamburger patty, cheese, slice of tomato, loads of lettuce) Plus 1/3 of Erica's.

Laugh Yourself Thin

Posted by Rachel Tuesday, 20 July 2010 1 comments

Well, the pressure points aren't going very well. I keep forgetting to do it. Actually, I don't have much of a problem with hunger, I can put it off until I get to a mealtime. What I have a problem with is boredom food, and thirsty food, and emotinal food, and food-right-in-front-of-me-so-I-eat-it food, and taking seconds of yummy food - I wonder if there are pressure points for them!

3. Sprinkle cinnamon into a yoghurt each day to burn fat. The spice is a powerful metabolism-raiser. Half a teaspoon a day is enough to burn an extra kilo a month.

DONE! Not quite half a teaspoon, I think, but I put it in my muesli so I end up eating it everyday.

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Day 8

Posted by anchan 2 comments

Had a shock when I stepped on the scales this morning - up a whole kilo since last Friday! Now, I wasn't that bad, surely... Making an extra effort as of today, although might be more challenging now that the kids have finished school for the summer.

black coffee
small bowl of vegetable granola
black coffee
two and a half slices of wholemeal bread (two with a scraping of butter, half with peanut butter)
chocolate (blaming K for that)
barley tea
barley tea
barley tea
the rest is yet to come:
steamed spinach with soy sauce
zaru soba
lettuce and tomato salad with sesame dressing
black coffee
hot chocolate


Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Breakfast: run out of muesli, so bought granola plus some bran flakes with whole milk

Lunch was wicked: fried potato and a fried egg. And a banana

Snack: 3 marshmallows, a pot of yogurt, 2 ginger thins, 6 nuts

Dinner: Chicken wraps. I really wanted burritos, but gave up finding them in this town before I even started. I decided pita bread was more likely, so set out on my search, only to fail to find them too. I eventually settled on naan, which doesn't open up very easily, but it did the trick. Filled with steamed chicken, tomato, lettuce and that pesto I made two weeks ago. YUM. Then I found out that they were just as good wrapped in the lettuce leaves, so next time I will call off the search for burritos/pita bread/naan!

Dessert: 6 marble chocolates.

Long Weekend

Posted by Rachel 1 comments

What a write-off!

Festival, hang-over and party, all disaster zones.

Saturday I think started out okay, with a weetbix with the last of the rhubarb. Lunch was scrambled eggs, I think, and a few extra snacks. Ended up too busy in the afternoon to eat, going to Baachan's to get tied up into my yukata.

Dinner: one piece of karaage. I think I had a few more bites of food from the buffet later on, can't remember what. FOUR gin and tonics!!! Felt pretty good after that! A couple of beer nightcaps after I got home and got the kids to sleep. Wicked, evil day!

SUNDAY: hangovers are the BIG risk for me. I just eat like a HORSE. I had two 30% extra size canned coffees, and about one and a half cans of coke. 3 slices of toast for breakfast, scrambled eggs and bacon for lunch.

I challenged the Triple! And it was all chocolate varieties, chocolate chip, Belgian chocolate chunk and chopped chocolate. If you don't know what I'm talking about you have no idea what heaven is. 31

Dinner: somen and made some mashed potato and gravy just for me!

Monday, kid's birthday party: skipped breakfast, lunch was bread in the car (deep-fried hash brown. Don't ask me how they manage to deep fry something that's supposed to be pan fried, I supposed they throw the frozen ones in a vat of oil. I love hash browns but I always regret getting these oily ones from the bakery!) and a five-cheese mini-pizza. Never had such amazing cheese at a J. bakery before!

Snacks: loads, including potato chips, pineapple, banana, cherries, ice cream cake.

Dinner: pizza, karikari cheese and bacon bits 'salad', more hash brown sticks.

Dessert: ice cream again on the way home - mint flavor, yum!

Okay, now it's on. This is the REAL challenge, surviving summer holidays without putting on more weight! Feeding hungry kids day in day out without eating too much of it myself. Re-thinking lunch to feed them as well as me. NOT eating ice cream just because it's hot!!

july 19, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

talk about a 'free' day...

started off at mcdonald's for a 'hotcake' breakfast, plus a sausage mcmuffin. cola zero with set meal.

lunch was skipped (i need to stop skipping lunch!), had a few cola zeros during the afternoon.

it was party day, the kids and i went to a birthday party. had a small bit of cheese cake and plenty of cheesey poof snacks.

dinner was pizza, potatoes and chicken (ordered in), plus cola.

no exercise, very little water. basically a write-off day!

must do better this week!

pretty laid back weekend. i had breakfast at joyfull both days (i go there on the weekends because 1. it's my free time away from the kids, 2. it's cheap and 3. it's really close to our house and open very early in the morning. not the best but i just HAVE to get out of the house.) saturday was the hambaagu breakfast and sunday was chicken doria.

didn't eat lunch on saturday because we planned to have yakiniku at the house for dinner. plenty of meat and veggies, one bowl of rice, but nothing overboard.

sunday lunch was probably skipped, too, because i made the kids somen (i don't like noodles very much) and dinner was curry rice. only one serving of curry rice, with a 'beer'.

no exercise. it's so very hot during the middle of the day and i didn't sleep well over the weekend so i couldn't get up early enough. i really wish my husband got home early enough for me to go swimming!

plenty of water drunk, but also had lots of soda!

Still here

Posted by Gaijin Wife 3 comments

I am still here - promise.

I've been slack lately - long weekend with kids home meant little 'proper' exercise. I did buy a walky thing though that counts your steps so I need to start that tomorrow. What's a good amount to want to aim for? 10,000?  I'm thinking I should get to 10,000 in a normal day if I walk the kids to kinder in the morning. Couldn't today though as had nap time futons and a baby as well.

There was huge amounts of beef and beer consumed last night - followed by lemon infused shucream which no doubt went straight to the flummy.

It is hot hot hot hot hot. Walks in the middle of the day out of the question - with the baby anyway.

I didn't get round to weigh in on Friday - mum had an oncology appointment and was having a shit day. She started the chemo yesterday. I guess there will always be 'something'. That's just the way life is. Can't lose my way now. Need to have a good week so can get back on track - although I weighed in at 85.0 this morning. The thing is I can't even get despondent with weight as I KNOW I haven't been good enough to expect there to b a loss.

Right, time to clear the deck of tell tale signs of yakiniku feast and hang out the washing. Billy needs to back in the dvd player today too after three days of Lightening McQueen.

Day 6

Posted by anchan Sunday, 18 July 2010 3 comments

Home (almost) alone today. The three boys have gone off to the kodomokai camp, leaving M and I to a quiet and peaceful house. The little lady has just gone to bed and I am sorely tempted by the stack of Ghana chocolate that K left for me in the fridge, so perhaps sitting down to write this will help to overcome the urge to rip off the wrappers and devour!

black coffee
bowl of fruity granola
small lemon cake (omiyage)
barley tea
Marrakesh vegetable curry with half a cup of couscous
barley tea
packet of Galbo (naughty, naughty)
small bowl of chaahan
black coffee

The curry was super healthy and delicious, made with sweet potato, kabocha, aubergine (eggplant), carrots, chickpeas, almonds, raisins and a whole host of spices - yuuum!

july 16, 2010

Posted by illahee 1 comments

no exercise today.

weighed in at 108, so a loss from last week (3 kilos, yay) and a loss over all (1 kilo, yay). hopefully this is the start.

breakfast: PB&J sandwich
lunch: AYCE yakiniku (plus salad bar, but not nomihodai, only had tea).
snack: mini cream-pan
no dinner (was still actually quite full from lunch & snack).
plenty of water, but could have been better.

A day off :-D

Posted by anchan Saturday, 17 July 2010 2 comments

I plan to have one 'day off' a week in order to maintain my sanity over the four months. Not that I intend to go crazy and binge eat, but just be more relaxed and able to enjoy a meal out eating the foods I really like.

Today was a family day out to meet other AFWJers from the other side of the island :-) Our plan was to spend the day frollicking on the side of a mountain, eating bread, sausages (not me, though) and drinking beer made from the river water, and couldn't believe our eyes when we arrived... the park shut down in December! We'd all driven an hour and a half to get there, what a disappointment. So we played by the river for an hour before heading to my favourite Italian restaurant for lunch. Hit the beach on the way back, stopping by at Aeon for dinner... Italian again! We hardly ever go for Italian meals, as K far, far prefers sushi. But Sir demanded that we go there (even though I had a dinner already planned at home) as M had pinched most of his clams at lunchtime and he was feeling hard done by.

Anyway, the day went something like this:

black coffee
vegetable tagine (last of the leftovers, needed eating!) with a small amount of rice
bottle of water
small bag of sesame arare
garlic bread
spaghetti with tomato sauce and about a tablespoon of mozzerella
spaghetti with mixed mushrooms and a soy sauce sauce
some of W's bread dessert, but not much

All things considered, I don't think this was too bad... after all, I didn't have dessert at either meal, and resisted joining the kids with an ice-cream. There's a first :-)

Laugh Yourself Thin

Posted by Rachel Friday, 16 July 2010 2 comments

2. People who have acupuncture once a week lose an extra 4.5 kg (10 lb) in three months. Applying needles at pressure points is thought to trigger electrical pulses that suppress appetite.


How about just pinching that spot on the ear? Where was it again? I heard from one lady that it might work to pierce that area. Anyone for an ear-piercing?

Day 4

Posted by anchan 1 comments

A better day today :-) OK, I admit to a couple of slip-ups, but I think I managed to limit the damage...

black coffee
1 slice of wholewheat toast with a scraping of butter, Marmite and a poached egg (M ate most of the egg)
black coffee
vegetable tagine with couscous
2 sticks of Galbo
2 cups green tea
very small handfull of almonds and mixed berries
dinner at kaitenzushi, 5 plates plus desert (1 sweetcorn, 2 egg nigiri, 1 edamame, 1 fried potato, 1 soft cream, 2 cups green tea)
may or may not have a mug of hot chocolate before bed

Might not be so good tomorrow, as going to a park which specialises in German bread (and sausages, not a problem for me) and beer, plus is very near my favourite Italian restaurant (haven't been there for maybe 4 years)...

july 15, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

let's see, what a day...

yoshi took the day off so it really throws me off. had breakfast at joyfull (hambaagu and egg with salad and rye bread, soup bar). the kids got home early and they had sandwiches, but i didn't eat because i was still full from joyfull. then went to karaoke and found out they have a great deal during the day, including drink bar. i only had oolong tea, go me.

after karaoke i was really hungry so i got some discount deli/bento food at the supermarket (i was alone, hurray!) so had some fried tofu, karaage and white rice. didn't eat the full portions, just enough so i didn't feel so hungry.

dinner was pork/egg/veggies (including nira) with rice, kimchee, pickles and natto. i only had a bit of the pork/veggies with a bit of rice and kimchee. wasn't hungry again because of my late lunch.

plenty of water and oolong tea today!


Posted by Rachel 0 comments


More than the low I reached before the Board weekend did me in, but still down.

Breakfast, yogurt with rhubarb, the last bowl of muesli. I now need to make some more.

Lunch: last night's dinner redux, less corn.

Afternoon tea: coffee machine cappuccino with sugar, lots of edamame.


Chicken and mushroom stew, only had a small plate, but it was really good, and I had to have one more spoonful, then Erica's leftovers too!

Will probably have an apple after the laundry is done

Day 3

Posted by anchan 4 comments

Yesterday was a terrible, emotional and utterly unbloggable (as GW would say) day. Although things got off to a good start, by lunchtime I had rooted out my very secret stash of Pringles and Galbo choccies... but amazingly I was able to stop myself from munching my way throught the entire lot), eating only 1/3 of each - a huge achievement for me! I wasn't, however, able to get things back on keel and ended up eating a Snickers bar for dinner en route to my yoga class. So, for honesty's sake, here's what got consumed:

black coffee
3(!) slices of wholemeal toast (was supposed to be one slice with a poached egg, but it was freshly baked and warm and I couldn't controll myself)
black coffee
bowl of popcorn (cooked with a little oil and a sprinkle of salt)
1/3 tube Pringles
black coffee
2 sticks of Galbo
bowl of soba salad
bottle of water
mug of hot chocolate

Did an hour and a half of yoga and was really hungry when I got home, but it was too late to be eating...

Today will be a better day.

I checked out how many calories I am supposedly able to eat - around 2000! Seems a lot, but I guess that's how much I need in order to maintain and not gain? Anyway, I certainly am no longer consuming this many calories...

I have started to track my food and nutrition using FitDay. It is rather time consuming at the moment as I have to look up all the foods individually, but it will get easier and it is really interesting!

Before I sign off, I have decided that I will weigh in on Fridays before any weekend damage, so...

Last Friday I weighed 67.2kg, today I am 66.4kg - wow!!Really, really pleased! I will be skinny again, I will, I will, I will!

Birthday Bust

Posted by Bryn Thursday, 15 July 2010 2 comments

Just as I knew it would be, possibly a smidge worse.  B'fast was a bowl of Kashi cereal, which is actually pretty tasty.  I was afraid it would taste like twigs and pebbles, because that's what it looks like, but it wasn't too bad.  Lunch was okay too, small cup of baked potatoe soup, w/ bacon crumbles (as opposed to my usual bowl, w/ double bacon).  Only had a small slice of b-day cake at work.  But dinner.....

We ended up going to Chili's for din-din, I had a chips and salsa and an entire order of fried pickles (which I completely hogged all by myself), a ribeye, mashed potatoes with thick, creamy black pepper gravy, and fries, two mega-sized margaritas and the free milk shake you get a Chili's on your b-day.

Unbelievably, I somehow weighed in at 185 lbs even this morning!  No clue how that happened!  I was positive I had gained, and was only hoping to have at least stayed the same, but I'm down 1.2 lbs!  Maybe my birthday pig just hadn't had time to catch up with me this morning?


Posted by Rachel 4 comments

Breakfast: muesli bar and a 30% bigger can of coffee on the way to visit a friend with a new baby.
Snack: Erica got given a load of cookies by the nurses at above hospital, and wanted to open the kinako. She only had one half of one mochi, so I just HAD to eat the rest. It's been a very kinako week!

Lunch: okra, carrot, kelp and yamaimo salad with aojiso dressing. Erica ate most of the okra. The kid actually likes okra with aojiso dressing! One banana.

Snack: handful of nuts. Seeing as nuts are very high calorie, I have been working on diminishing the size of the 'handful', which used to be about half a bag. I was down to 3 peanuts, a cashew, an almond and one and a 1/4 walnut halves


Tofu steak with mushroom sauce, salad with aojiso dressing and some corn, no butter! Kiddie lefotvers included two gyouza and a mouthful of tofu steak.

Dessert will be a peach. Last night I had an apple.

Anchan and I decided to challenge the List of 50 tips she posted the other day. Any other takers? Shall we start with No. 1 -To work out just how many calories you can eat daily, multiply your ideal body weight in pounds by 14.

Okay, so the IDEAL ideal would be 65kg: 2000 calories, more than I was aiming for actually.
And the more realistic, at least by Christmas please 70: 2170.

I'm generally aiming for 500 calories meals, which is all talk really as I am still not actually counting any calories!

Read more:

july 13, 2010

Posted by illahee 0 comments

not a great day today, again. no exercise, rain rain rain, kids home early from school...

had two pieces (but! they were really small!) of the cake and now that's all gone. had a couple of coke zeros, so missed that goal, too. had plenty of water so maybe ok on that front.

tomorrow's another day!

Day 2

Posted by anchan Wednesday, 14 July 2010 3 comments

Still doing OK, and eating far less junk than I am used to :-)

The day so far:

black coffee
small bowl of rice with a poached egg
black coffee
wholewheat crackers with peanut butter
a small Danish cookie (fell into my mouth as I was giving the kids their afternoon snack)
green tea
green tea
soba salad (red/yellow pepper, cucumber, carrot, soy sauce/vinegar/sesame oil dressing)
Jagarico snack (woops)
and a mug of hot chocolate to come :-)

I don't think I ate enough today (hence caving in to the salty snack craving) - I'm already hungry again!


Posted by Rachel 3 comments

Breakfast - yogurt with rhubarb, muesli with trim milk

Lunch: leftover stir-fried veggies (hakusai, onion, piman, eggplant) with extra cheese, oops. 5 tiny chicken nuggets, one-egg omelet.

Snack a banana, a few bits of cheese, a mouthful of fruit sorbet.

plus 1/3 of the one extra hamburger patty and the last bite of Erica's!

Dessert: half of one of those bigger yogurt punnets, and one kinako kinoko, or kinako flavoured chocolate mushroom.

july 13, 2010

Posted by illahee 3 comments

really really crap day.

had fried chicken and a coke from 7-11. made a cake for the english chatting lesson and the student called at 10 (lesson starts at ten) to say she couldn't make it. half the cake in my belly today. lunch was pizza toast (only cheese, but still, white bread...) dinner was spaghetti. still, all that cake put me in a crap mood and didn't want to exercise, and reading about someone about to go home for a visit put me in tears. *sigh*

i am not losing anything, in fact, my weight is going up. almost halfway through the month and i am failing once again. however, this is really showing me how much i eat out, and i think i will make that a goal: try to eat at home more.

didn't even drink that much water today.

Blah, blah, blah

Posted by Bryn Tuesday, 13 July 2010 2 comments

Yeah.  Nothing good at all to report.  Still doing well food wise, until tonight.  Gabi and her BFF made me some pre-bday cupcakes.  I had two :(

Tomorrow I'm having b-day lunch with co-workers, and b-day dinner with friends/fam.  Lunch will probably be okay, lots of low-fat choices at the place we're going.  But dinner at CoCo's will be super yum katsu kare, with cheese.  And cheesy-garlic nan.  So, yeah.  Add the cake I know I'll have after dinner, and the birthday's not looking so good for flummy reduction.

I did move all the coats, clothes and boxes of crap off the treadmill, dusted off the 7 inches of dust and grim, and plugged it up.  And pumped up my big, bouncy excercise ball.  So, I've got the equipment all primed and ready.  Just need to get motivated to actually use it.

So far so good

Posted by anchan 5 comments

OK, so it's only Day 1, but things are going very well!

Consumed today (so far, but I'm aiming not to eat in the evenings) and in the following order:

black coffee
fruity branflakes (wasn't expecting them to be so sweet, could have eaten the whole box but only had one bowl)
black coffee
Vitalita (health drink)
pasta salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, onion and a sesame dressing
small bowl of almonds and mixed dried berries
black coffee
vegetable tagine (my favourite food!) with couscous
small almond cake (omiyage) for dessert :-)
black coffee
and before bed I will have a mug of hot chocolate (if I remember)

Was planning on exercising with the wii fit while K went out to Aeon to buy a watermelon, but he's changed his mind about going and there's no way I'm doing it with him watching!

Here's a read for you, there are a few tips here that I'll be trying out:



Posted by Rachel 1 comments

Breakfast the usual. Rhubarb today.

Lunch that last piece of pizza finally made it to my mouth! Plus the Hotto Motto buta-jiru soup.

snack, four pieces of chocolate. Another box gone! Some coconut chocolates and a chocolate bunny that had somehow been leftover from Easter. Choc-attack!!!!

Dinner: four chicken nuggest. Plus four ones I sneaked while cooking. Plus the breadcrumbs that fell off in the pan, with extra salt. A pile of stir-fried veggies and a bowl of miso soup with imo and hakusai.

No exercise, and I'm back to 77.1.

Monday 12

Posted by Rachel 4 comments

Breakfast, the usual.

Lunch, I managed to avoid the leftover pizza! I went to visit a friend with a TINY new baby, and Erica fell asleep in the car, so I stopped at a combini and had a salad. Also bought a Starbucks coffee which was 200 calories, so pretty much wiped out any virtue that salad bought me.

Afternoon snack, four chocolates

Dinner, very tired and busy so I bought Hotto Motto. Was going to get salad and soup, but I couldn't resist the steak bento. So, steak, a little rice, the salad, too many fries and then ate Lena's leftover two slices of katsukare too.

Dessert, whole fresh peach YUM

july 12, 2010

Posted by illahee 1 comments

two pieces of toast for breakfast.

went to HRC with a friend, nachos (shared), fish and chips, cola.

salad for dinner.

billy's tae bo (because i can't do level 2 boot camp!!)

lots of water.

kind of a divided day!

Jiiko shoukai

Posted by anchan 6 comments

I'm so dumb - having made the decision to sign up (finally), it never occurred to me to check my cagg e-mail to look for my invite! I was starting to feel like a right Billy No Mates... duh! (Rachel, would you mind forwarding my usual e-mail to GW? Thanks! :-))

I weighed in on Friday at 67.9kg, with a BMI of 28.9 (yeah, I'm short) and set my mind to get serious about this weight loss thing. I know I can do this, I've done it before...

I used to be skinny. Really skinny. Then I had baby no. 1, who was followed by severe PND, and before I knew it I was a roly poly (my grandad's words) and not happy about it at all. I joined Weight Watchers and lost 49lbs - woo hoo! Skinny once again, albeit with a flummy tummy having had 2 babies via c/s. I swore I wouldn't get fat again, but... And now, having had another c/s baby, I get the feeling that my jelly belly is only ever going to disappear if I go under the knife, but that's a little scary (and expensive, let's face it - although I have already picked out a very nice private surgeon in Thailand!) so I'm here to see if I can avoid that drastic measure. But hey, if I lose the weight but am still wobbly by the time I turn 40, swanky clinic here I come!

So. Salads, water, fibre and exercise. And the odd treat :-) Ganbarou!

Weekend (July 10-11)

Posted by Rachel Monday, 12 July 2010 1 comments

76.3 (or 76.8) on the scales this morning, which I don't deserve after the weekend pig-outs. Camembert on the pizza and ham tucked inside the crust DID make it onto the weekend menu, along with ice cream, twice!

I think I was helped by that semi-plan, or just the reminder that just because it was the weekend, that didn't mean it was a free-for-all, so I watched the portion sizes and tried to be sensible when I wasn't pigging out, if that makes any sense at all. No doubt it also helped that I have a slight summer cold with an upset tummy.

So, how did that plan go?
Saturday: breakfast: I switched to a weetbix with rhubarb, as I was going to the dentist for a cleaning and didn't want them to spend the whole time picking nuts and oatmeal out of my teeth.
Lunch: as planned, but I had bigger pieces of brown bread instead of my usual wholegrain, plus a few handfuls of grated cheese from the packet, and one corner of Amy's cheese omelet, and Erica's crusts again, but only two this time. Kids! I blame them for all of it, of course.
Snack: oops. Jelly donuts. I can resist Mr Donut, but this was a new variety. Split 2 between 4 of us, but Erica only ate half of her half, so I ate the other half, which makes 3/4, which is ? calories. Lots, anyway.
Dinner: beef and onion stew with a little rice, ice cream for dessert. Knowing I would not be able to resist the ice cream, I had less for dinner.

Breakfast: muesli bar
Lunch: was early, 11am, I had one of Amy's egg sandwiches , and half a piece of pizza bread. The models got given sandwiches, the mums had to get their own, so I went to the bakery. Had the conversation I'm sure all of you who live in Japan have had so many times you want to throttle the next person who says it:

Me: (offering last sandwich to other Mum) Would you like this sandwich?
Her: No thanks. (indicates the sushi she has bought)
Her: Would you like some sushi?
Me: No thanks. (indicate the bread I've bought)
Her: So, you don't like rice, then?
Me: (through gritted teeth when I really want to kill her) YES I like rice, but I'm full right now as I just ate this!

I hate hate HATE how I feel obliged to accept every piece of Japanese food offered to me, so it's not assumed that I don't like it, or worse, that I "can't" eat it, whatever that means.

Snack: ice cream sundae at 31, plus the last four bites of Lena's crepe, plus the last four bites of Erica's sundae. Kids!!!
Dinner: the pizza, which was very rich, at least I won't be tempted to order it again. So that's that over and done with. Had extra potato balls and cheese balls too. Three pieces of pizza, one margarita and two camembert with ham in the crust ones. Two left over, I hope to cram them into the kids' mouths this afternoon in order to punish them for forcing so much bad food down my throat all weekend.

Weekend (10/11)

Posted by Gaijin Wife 2 comments

Hmmmmm, not so good - surprise surprise.

I did manage the Bollywood DVD on Saturday though - well, 35 of the 50 minutes at least. I was very hungover for a lot of the day though and would have killed for a cheeseburger. I was feeling too seedy to actually do anything about it though - like get in the car and drive an hour.

Lots of water and watermelon so I guess all in all not a terrible day.

Sunday was well, Sunday. The one day of the week we just try and survive. We also had guests so there were snacks had and dinner was bought as they didn't leave till after five. Takoyaki for lunch and okonomiyaki for dinner !!!

Back to Billy today. Need to get up to being able to complete the whole of the first mission. Tis lashing rain today so not much else to do anyway.

And away I go to do that, while Ryu is asleep and the going is good.

Hope you all had a skinnier weekend that me.

weekend 2 (july 10 & 11, 2010)

Posted by illahee Sunday, 11 July 2010 4 comments

no exercise on saturday.

went to joyfull in the morning, had the hambaagu morning special ('hambaagu', egg, salad, rye bread) with soup bar.

when i got home everyone had already eaten lunch so i had a peanut butter sandwich during nap time.

dinner was somen for the kids and i think i just skipped the whole thing (i wasn't very hungry and feeling a bit guilty about the joyfull in the morning). this doesn't seem like very much but i can't remember anything else (i should have posted yesterday.)

no exercise today, except for walking around tenjin.

got up early and went to coin laundry. went to a new one near the station so got boiled eggs (like what rachel shared with me last week) and bread. they had 'american' cinnamon rolls so i got one, but it was rather bland with too much frosting, so i didn't eat all of it.

drove to tenjin in the morning to investigate a mexican restaurant. got there too early to actually eat lunch, so went to subway for a turkey sandwich.

snack was chicken ramen with an egg.

dinner: simmered cabbage and pork (actually mixed beef and pork), rice, miso soup, sliced tomato, 1/3 ear corn on the cob (with a touch of butter).

plenty of water over the weekend, no booze!

july 9, 2010

Posted by illahee Friday, 9 July 2010 1 comments

weight this morning: 111. very disappointing, but hardly surprising. i'll just have to try that much harder.

no exercise today as i was feeling crap when i woke up, felt worse later on the the day was just crappy hot anyway. maybe tomorrow but no promises.

i can't really remember today's meals. i think breakfast was a peanut butter sandwich. no, wait, it was rye toast and boiled egg. lunch was hokka ben (summer steak special) and oolong tea. dinner was curry with ground beef over rice (just a note on our rice, it's about 50% white, not mixed. hard to explain, but we polish the brown rice in our house....) had a G&T while making dinner.

then neighbor invited us over after dinner and offered me a beer. a real one, not low-carb. *sigh*

no plans for the weekend so should be able to work more on weight loss!


Posted by Rachel 1 comments

I'm SO tired, I'm going to sleep right now! I'm so tired I have no motivation to exercise, the thought of it horrifies me. I'm so tired I don't even have the motivation to get motivated!

Well the damage wasn't too bad, I was under 77 this morning, 76.9. Usual breakfast, leftover stir-fry for lunch, canned coffee, handful of dried banana chips for snack and just had dinner - one mouthful of rice, a bowl of miso soup with tofu and hakusai, a handful of edamame, 2 bits of cucumber, a bowl of lettuce with aojiso dressing, some pieces of grilled mackerel and 4 of those tiny cheese sausages. No dessert, the kids bought Mr Donut when they were out shopping with their father, YAY! Yay because I know I can resist Mr Donut. Those Parm chocolate ice creams in the freezer might be a bit harder...

Okay I'm writing to record my weekend plan so I don't go off the rails this weekend again.

No drinking, I can't, I always have too many and feel foggy the next day then I eat too much. I have writing to do tomorrow morning, the fashion show on Sunday and editing on Monday so I have to have a clear head.

Usual breakfast Saturday, scrambled eggs for lunch, beef stir-fry for dinner. Nuts for afternoon tea snack, and fruit, I have to eat it up I bought nectarines and peaches the other day.

Sunday a muesli bar for breakfast, as I'll be out of the house by 8:30am. NO IDEA what we are doing for lunch, obentos or bakery (hence no bakery for lunch Saturday). Dinner no idea either, maybe order a pizza. Anyone seen the new Pizza California menu, they have this new one with an interesting-looking crust and CAMEMBERT on it.

Okay I think I just wrote a menu plan for how to get FAT over the weekend, not how to get thin.

Weigh in 6/16

Posted by Gaijin Wife 2 comments


Which is still more than the 83.8kg I got down to last month but is 1kg less than last weigh in which means....

that Billy is a rock star.

And of course my superbly healthy eating (yeah right), exceedingly rock solid will power (LOL), and  box of laxatives - just joking. Although must admit thought about it once years ago and then realized that I live too far in the middle of fricken nowhere and having to be near a toilet 24/7 would mean no going out to play as anywhere is a good half hour in the car.

Anyhoo, I have done Billy (the first mission) three times since dusting the DVD off four days ago. I still haven't done the whole 43 minutes but today I got up to 39 minutes AND EVEN DID THE SQUATS. Yay me. I didn't put a hole in the floorboards and in fact I didn't even wake the baby.

I have walked the kids to kinder three days this week too so all in all a lot more exercise than usual. I need to exercise and the more I do the more I want to do. I have realized though that I feel OK after doing the kinder walk but it is the sweat pouring down my face cardio (Billy) that amps me up and makes me feel really good. I also have to get changed into exercise gear to be able to get my knees and legs up for kicks and things and seeing my flummy and wobbly bits in all their glory in shorts is enough to motivate me to keep going.

Need to get back to food logging too.

Having friends over for dinner and drinks tonight but hopefully I can be good over the weekend. Hub away at election stuff tomorrow so that means no lunch date - also means I can do Billy again without him laughing at me. Not that he does really and it would just be rude coming from him - the most uncoordinated man ever. He has noticed the box under the sofa though.... he's probably just waiting for some results now.

Thursday 8

Posted by Rachel Thursday, 8 July 2010 2 comments

Breakfast: muesli, yogurt and raspberries.

Lunch: 2 salads. Still full from a late breakfast so I ate light. bamboo, seaweed and carrot simmered Japanese-style vegetables (store bought!) and a vinegary salad with harusame, crab stick, seaweed and omelet.

Snack: popcorn. Not the virtuous air-popped clean stuff, the nasty butter-soaked microwave variety! Blame my daughter, it was her idea.

Dinner: chicken stir-fry with broccoli, red capsicum, shimeji mushroom and cashews. Should have skipped the cashews, I ended up eating too many of them. Nuts are excellent nutrition, but you're only supposed to eat a few at a time, like 6 walnut halves in one sitting (no salt of course). Had Lena's extra vegetables.

Dessert: cake!!! DH bought it, I think it's going to become a weekly treat because it's on the way home from the girls' juku. They used to get cakes every Wednesday when he picked them up and I went to work, but then their juku day changed to Tuesday, when the cake shop was blessedly shut. Now we've moved back to Thursday, yabai!!! Oh well, I will just have to say No. Wasn't that nice anyway. Generally I don't even really like cakes from Japanese cake shops, they are tasteless and bland. Save it for a treat I really love! PLUS now I have a sweet-attack and I don't think I can resist throwing the last of those Godiva dark chocolate covered raspberries into a pot of yogurt!

Farewell awful Thursday, better luck tomorrow!


Posted by Bryn 3 comments

Hmmmmm.....July isn't off to a much better start than June.  Still making good food choices, but just can't seem to get into the excercise.  I did mow my yard (it's a stupidly huge yard) AND the yards of the other three units in my building, on Tuesday.  I just *know* I'd see positive results with just the tiniest bit of excercise effort, I've already seen results just by changing my eating habits, not even dieting, so I don't know why I can't get motivated.  But at least I'm motivated to BE motivated, right?  That's more than I can usually muster.  Focusing on the positive!  My birthday is next Wednesday, I'll be entering the last year of my 30's.  Crap.  I DO NOT WANT TO BE A FORTY FATTY!  I'm determined to be forty and fabulous, damnit!

july 8, 2010

Posted by illahee 2 comments

another ok/not so good day. got up early for a walk, but went to joyfull for breakfast. didn't drink a lot of soda like i usually do, but did go for the soup bar, which i realize is probably just salt bar and should avoid the place altogether. i did figure out that aunt flo is due any minute which explains a lot (especially the inability to avoid mcdonalds).

lunch was peanut butter sandwich and milk. snack was toast with a bit of cream cheese. dinner was homemade pizza with rye flour in the dough and only cheese, onion, green pepper and olives. low-carb beer.

definitely drank loads of water today.

with aunt flo messing me up (and my lack of self-control) i don't have high hopes for tomorrow but am looking for a loss!


Posted by Rachel 2 comments

Pretty normal day, same breakfast, though with the rhubarb not the raspberries (oh the gloriously varied life I lead!), egg and wholegrain toast for lucnh, with a salad with aojiso dressing and some handfuls of grated cheese, about ten Godiva dark chocolate-covered raspberries. Something else too, I've forgotten, probably Erica's crusts again. Dinner, cooked by the big girls, was curry made with mince, potatoes and mixed veg. I had one small bowl over more frozen mixed veg, then a small bowl over about 1/4 cup of rice then I ate up all of Erica's leftovers. illahee is doing better than me this week at not eating up the toddler's leftovers, I must try harder with that!

No apples left, so I allowed myself a mixed fruit yogurt for dessert, then got so busy I forgot to eat it. Bonus!

july 7, 2010

Posted by illahee Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2 comments

goals met: exercise was cutting grass in the back garden. has to be done by hand so after 20 minutes or so, i was winded and very sweaty. drank plenty of water today.

goals not met: went to costco today and had cola zero. better than regular soda i guess.

speaking of going to costco, i actually did pretty well because in the past i would have stopped at a conbini on the way for a soda and something sweet and/or sticky (sweet bread or a candy bar), then ate too much at the snack bar at costco (as it was, i shared a slice of pizza and a hot dog with tommy, and didn't eat tommy's pizza half which he barely ate.) still a long way to go, but definitely an improvement.

probably no points for the G&T i had during dinner prep, and the low-carb beer i drank with (yakiniku in the back garden. that's why i cut the grass today!)

EDIT: i tried billy today but had to quit during the warm-up. it was starting to hurt my knees so i think i need to lose some weight before trying again. (i don't wear shoes in the house, that would probably help support my knees....)


Posted by Rachel 0 comments

Up to my ears editing the AFWJ Journal, so this has to be quick!

Breakfast, usual, and very glad to be back to normal, I missed it!
Lunch egg on wholegrain toast, two salads - tuna and veges with wafu dressing, and okura, yamaimo and those slimy yellow mushrooms with aojiso dressing.
Snacks throughout the day included a banana, 4 squares of Meiji Black, six dark chocolate covered raspberries, a handful of nuts and Erica's toast crusts. Too many snacks!
Dinner about half a cup of gnocchi with 4 cheese sauce. (instant food while I do the Journal!)
Dessert one apple

Weight back again to my magical, my magnetic 77.7


Posted by Gaijin Wife 0 comments

Yesterday was a pretty good day.

Hour walk to kindy and back followed by 35 minutes of Billy - he made me sweat shitloads. I had it in my head that the workout was only 35 minutes but then they started doing squats and it had another 8 minutes to go but I just about passed out after three squats and had to call it a day. There were a couple of other sections during the workout where I couldn't get through all the sets and had to stop and just jiggle for half a set or something. Aim is to get through whole workout.

I made some ginger crunch on Monday morning for guests coming that afternoon. The icing was still setting when they arrived and it would have been ready to cut a bit later but we got talking and I forgot. Was gutted when I saw it sitting on the bench after they left. So gutted I had to promptly slice it up and have two pieces. I was pretty sure I would eat the whole lot over the course of a couple of days so I wrapped most of it up (only two more pieces for afternoon tea yesterday) and took the rest to friend.

I was looking up ginger and health benefits online so i could tell her it was good for something but really it is such a wonder food I didn't know where to start. In my google travels I came across a ginger, honey, lemon and green tea drink that sounds sound bloody detox fabulous that I went straight out and bought the raw ginger and lemons to go with the green tea and manuka honey I already have.

Time for a taste test me thinks - might just need to put the cooler on first or perhaps try it with ice.

Did the kinder walk again this morning but Billy is going to be every second day for the first week until my arms get used to it - seriously, it hurt trying to reach the tampon box on the top shelf in the toilet yesterday. Useless.

Oh, and happy tanabata.

july 6, 2010

Posted by illahee Tuesday, 6 July 2010 4 comments

this morning i got up before five to do laundry (that is, take it to the laundromat and dry it). while the clothes whirled away in the machine, i went for a walk. yeah, a 25 minute walk before 6am. perhaps my only success of the day...

breakfast was an onigiri and cola zero. morning snack was a peanut butter sandwich (white bread, less than a tablespoon of PB). lunch was cheeseburger set (with iced tea) from mcdonalds, plus four chicken mcnuggets (which tommy did not eat and i couldn't let go to waste.) there is not going to be any weight loss if i don't avoid mcdonalds!! (i think i see next month's goal. although i'm pretty sure i don't really eat at mickey-d's that often!!) afternoon snack was rye bread toast with a boiled egg (and a bit of butter for the toast, too grain-y to eat dry!) and hot tea. dinner was two small bowls of somen with negi. last (oh, but i should have stopped by then!) low-carb beer and nuts. phew! did drink plenty of water today, didn't eat all the fries and managed to not eat tommy's hamburger (he only had about half).

didn't get billy in today, either, because of mid-afternoon clinic visit for sasha. *sigh*

tomorrow's another day!

Monday July 5

Posted by Rachel 3 comments

Not quite the back-on-track day it should have been, for various reasons.

Breakfast: banana and muesli bar.

Oops: doughnut. I don't usually eat donuts, especially if they are Mr. donuts, which are like cardboard filled with custard someone forgot to put the sugar into. But this donut was SPECIAL. Made by some small boutique bakery (I made double sure to NOT find out where it was), it was coated in sugar and actually tasted of oil too. Like someone had looked up how to make a real doughnut, and with typical Japanese precision and application, perfected it. All I can say in my defense was, I only had one.

Lunch: the ekiben. The rice was horrible and hard, which was good, cos I didn't eat much of it!

I know this is the Tokaido lunch and I was on the Sanyo line, but I don't care, okay?

Dinner: sandwich. After our shark picnic worked out so well I decided Monday-after-swimming picnics in the park is quite a good idea, so we did it again, this time we had sandwiches. Just one cheese, lettuce and marmite one, but it was white bread. To my credit (you've got to focus on the GOOOD!) I did NOT eat the potato salad bun I'd bought, or the yogurt or any of the chocolate, despite it being my favorite (Black). Why? Because instead of telling myself No, I just told myself I could have it later. Later hasn't come yet.

july 5, 2010

Posted by illahee 2 comments

a fairly laid back day. i didn't get any exercise in because i woke up late (ha! 6 am late!) and had all three kids today (day off in exchange for saturday). also went to yakiniku for lunch because the kids wanted it (they are in school all the time now and miss going to lunch with mommy...) and had the AYCE special, which means mommy eats more than she should. but i avoided cola and ice cream, so there's a plus.

dinner was oyakodon, but it wasn't very good so everyone had small portions (bummer on a crap dinner!)

no colas, diet or otherwise, and loads of water to try to get rid of the bloating! two out of three goals met for the day!

weekend 1 (july 3 & 4, 2010)

Posted by illahee Monday, 5 July 2010 1 comments

i am just gonna lump the weekend together, since i went to osaka and didn't have internet access.

i think i did fairly well, though i did have a few colas. well, not on saturday, but i had a 500mL and a little one (how much are those little bottles? 250? 300?) on sunday. i also got a very big mocha from starbucks on saturday but i really needed the caffeine. i think i'll do a run-down:


breakfast: mixed nuts, oolong tea, a boiled egg (kindly given by rachel)
breakfast 2: ham & cheese sandwich and grande mocha from starbucks

lunch: buffet (i tried to keep portions small, partly for losing weight and partly because we already paid for our dinner that evening!) juice, water

dinner: italian set (five courses? check rachel's post below, i had the same), two glasses sparkling wine, one nama-beer at karaoke

i did really well (though i say it myself) with snacking on this day. the mixed nuts at breakfast were too salty, but it was better than a snickers bar! during the meeting cookies and chocolates were passed around but i didn't have any. i also got a bottle of water and a bottle of aquarius in the afternoon. not quite a great day water wise (although i drank a lot between courses at dinner.)


breakfast: 1/2 subway sandwich (not the foot long), roast beef, double meat. extra olives, easy on the mayo. i had a cola with it.

snack: on the shink i had the two cokes i mentioned above

lunch: big mac, chicken nuggets (with mustard sauce), fries, cola zero. left half the fries and big mac on the tray. (it was a special set; i had been planning on just a burger/fries/drink set but i just love the chicken *sigh*)

afternoon snack: after micky-d's i figure i better be good, so i only had a amino water drink (like a sports drink) on the bus home.

dinner: salad with blue cheese dressing, tofu with negi and soy sauce, two gyoza (that was for the kids, made in the oven so no extra oil) and i think that's it.

lots of water drunk after i got home.

the scale was not kind to me this morning but i'm pretty sure it's because of the mcdonald's i had for lunch yesterday. hopefully all water weight from the salty food! i got quite a bit of exercise, especially on sunday. i walked for nearly an hour before finding subway (i walked past it and had to go back) and it was probably 15 or 20 minutes back to the hotel! then i walked around hakata and tenjin with an extremely heavy pack on my back so i am hoping that is good for the weekend.

(apologies for the long post, trying to pack two days in one!)

Weekend (July 3-4)

Posted by Rachel 1 comments

The scales are not my best friend this morning! I need those ones back at the hotel, they were so cool - they weighed illahee SIXTEEN kilos lighter than normal! Actually that was a bit much, so we knew it was wrong. Scales that weigh you 2-3kgs lighter than normal would be better, then you could believe it!

Well at least I had some really yummy food!

Saturday breakfast was a boiled egg and a banana on the train, with a coffee (with sugar)
Breakfast No.2 (yep, already off the rails!) a ham and maribo cheese roll from Starbucks and a cappuccino.
Morning tea: Cafe Mocha from Starbucks
Lunch: buffet, but only one serve, plus a small bowl of curry, and deserts - four tiny servings and some fruit salad. You know Japanese buffet dessert sizes, right, about a forkful?
Afternoon tea, 2 chocolate almonds, a chocolate muffin and a mocha from Doutor
Dinner: 2 glasses of champagne, 2 beers, then 3 more at karaoke, plus 2 more back at the hotel for a nightcap. Bread and olive oil (2 bits, meaning Japanese-size 'bits', very small.) gazpacho, beef pasta, chicken, dessert. Very delicious, TINY portions!

Sunday breakfast: hotel breakfast, 3 slices ham, slice of fat Japanese bread, butter, about 1/2 cup scrambled eggs, handful of potato wedges, cup of tea.
Coke at McDonald's then a cup of tea at a cafe
Lunch: okonomiyaki: one okonomiyaki.
Afternoon tea: Starbucks cappuccino, ham and maribo roll.
Dinner: bag of potato chips and cafe mocha from Starbucks. I had an ekiben but the person I was sitting next to was so big I couldn't eat it. I don't much like eating when there is a stranger sitting next to me on the train, but he was also causing me to have to squeeze up to the window to escape his over-flowing shoulders and thighs. (and before you think you were like that illahee, you are NOT! You may be a little big right now, but you have a small frame so you fit in the seat. This guy was tall and broad as well)
Supper No. 2 boiled eggs and canned coffee on the sonic. Banana later on at home.


Posted by Gaijin Wife 2 comments

Had a bit of shit weekend and health choices got disregarded for bread and wine. Crap. Really need to sort my shit out from today - not too hot and hopefully the rain eases up a bit so Ryu and I can go for a walk later. Now - now it's time to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in to some serious housework. The house got trashed over the weekend and hub basically said he doesn't think I'm pulling my weight - which has the desired effect of me wanting to scrub some surfaces.

Just have an ice coffee to get my strength up.

Weighed the same as friday this morning though which was OK considering the weekend and fact have period.

Still. 85kg needs to piss off. I want that 79.

Illahee - do you want to be my billy's boot camp buddy. You have yours sitting under the stairs or similar dark and dungy place out of sight don't you? One day on one day off for the next few weeks at least? Or at least three times a week? that way we can choose the days we have time?

july 2, 2010

Posted by illahee Friday, 2 July 2010 4 comments

since it's friday, and only the second day of my first month, i am taking today's weigh in as my starting point. i have been going back and forth with myself over actually posting my weight because it's high. embarrassingly so. but it was that embarrassment which motivated me to join the blog. so, i have to put it up here. if nothing else, i will work that much harder to lose weight. *deep breath*

this morning i was 109 kilos. this is more than i've ever weighed. i don't exactly feel ashamed, but i am not proud of this, either. ok, gambaremasu.

today i woke up super early (too hot to sleep, especially when being kicked repeatedly by bedmate.

so, i managed to walk. i don't think i've walked since last autumn. it was very easy over the winter to snuggle under the covers and ignore exercise. the summer isn't going to be much better (28 at 6 am?) but no excuses. at first i was very stiff but after my muscles warmed up i got to a pretty good pace. 25 minute walk.

i only had one cola zero today, and no regular. one day victory! i did have a chai this morning with a teaspoon of sugar, and also had a mini cream pan so not a perfect day, but the soda is a big thing.

ok, off to a weekend of who knows what. will try to keep it in perspective.

Month 1 Over

Posted by Gaijin Wife 6 comments

And what a crap month it was. I have by no means bean the picture of good health and exercise. I think about the only really good habits I have formed are drinking more water and not snacking at night. Compared to previous months I guess my exercise amount has gone up too.

My goals this month are to:

NOT HAVE ANY BEER - this is the biggest goal, and will be the hardest to stick to. Tis fuckin hot and muggy and on days when the kids have been right little monsters I look forward to that beer. But one leads to another and this needs to stop. Doesn't mean I can go out and buy wine instead either!! I'll get hub his bottle of Shochu so he can have a drink and not buy beer to bring home with him after work - I never feel the need to get into his Shochu either.

EXERCISE MORE - half an hour a day. This must be doable surely. If a big translation comes in I might re-think this but at the moment this should definitely be attainable - especially if I walk the kids to kindy -  like this morning. Thats an hour all up so any exercise I did during the rest of the day would be beyond the call of duty and going straight to flummy reduction.

BREAD ONCE  A DAY ONLY - if I have toast for breakfast that means no sandwiches for lunch. I do love my bread though.

And I think three new good habits is enough for this month - plan on of course keeping put he good water drinking and no snacking at night. This time next month I should have five new good habits compared to the start of this. Hopefully it means I actually lose some weight this month aye!

Weigh in today was 85.0kg. up down, up down, up down,

Nevermind. Only self to blame.

July 1

Posted by Rachel 3 comments

Not a bad day. Weighed in at 76.4. Didn't even have to scoot the scales all over the kitchen floor to get a good reading!

Breakfast I had commerical muesli with rhubarb. Was feeling down (weather, tiredness, busyness) so I wanted something different.

Lunch was three leftover wraps, which was not so hot, and the usual egg and toast. 4 pieces of chocolate after, gave 2 to Erica so I won't end up eating them all!

Canned coffee for afternoon tea

Dinner was pizza, supermarket variety, I had 1/4 of the thin-crust margarita pizza, and 1/4 of the thicker bacon pizza, plus an extra crust of Erica's

Apple for dessert

Friday: just weighed in at 76.1 Pretty sure I am going to gain at least a kilo this weekend - I'm off to Osaka with illahee for the AFWJ Board meeting.

july 1, 2010

Posted by illahee Thursday, 1 July 2010 2 comments

i probably won't do a food diary every day, but here's a run-down:

fried chicken from 7-11. not a good start to the day but i had to go out and get bread for the kidlets (my daughter was shouting the house down)
500mL coca-cola. oh dear.

dry toast at home and ice water.

lunch was left-over lasagna (made by me: tomato sauce with meat and eggplant added, cream sauce, rice and lasagna noodles) two pieces.

dinner was cold tofu with negi and soy sauce. i also scarfed some of the chicken ramen salad i made for the kids' dinner.

well, hello there everyone! i have watched for a month and at first was motivated, but then slowly let it slip away. NOT the fault of the ladies here, it was me, as usual, who just let it go. so. i am joining in to get myself into shape. we may or may not be flying this winter and i don't want to be the fattie fattie who delays the plane and/or has to pay for an extra ticket for my fat ass.

i was a skinny child, but puberty changed that. throw in moving across the country (hell, across the continent) the summer before sixth grade and i was a goner. teased at school and much rainier weather made for a lonely illahee who turned to food for comfort. *sigh* i know i'm an emotional eater, i eat when i'm sad, happy, lonely. don't really need a reason sometimes!

my biggest problem is sugar, namely sugar in soda. i try to go diet soda but i think all in all i drink too much. so i will drink less this month.

i usually drink a lot of water, though probably not as much as i used to. so, i will drink more water this month.

i don't have time to exercise. to be precise, i don't have time to swim. i am not sporty and i have found that i usually give up on exercise if i don't enjoy it. except swimming. i LOVE love to swim. however, without adequate child care, i don't have time to swim. *sigh* so, i am going to try to walk as much as possible, get on the wii fit every morning and maybe even let billy and his boot camp a chance to kick my butt. i may even try the walking videos if i have the energy.

anyway, these are my goals for the month of july. at the end of the month i hope to have an update and a list of new goals. wish me luck!

Day 30

Posted by Bryn 2 comments

I think I ended the first 30 days on a pretty good note.  Weighed in at 186.2, the exact weight of my first weigh in 26 days ago, and down 1.3 lbs from my starting weight.  Not a huge difference number wise, but I know I made some really positive changes and hopefully started some really good habits that will go a long way over the next 3 months (and the rest of my life!).  It was a crap month emotionally, and the emotional eating is something I'll probably struggle with for a long time, but I've got it much more under control and feel much more motivated to deal with it than I ever have before.

No water or excercise on Day 30, but all good food choices and NO SODA!!  AT ALL!  Not even a sip!  And better still, I didn't even realize until the next morning that I hadn't had any the day before.  I didn't even miss it!

Over the weekend I grilled up some skinless chicken breast and pork tenderloin on my George Foreman grill.  I love that thing!  I used a couple of different marinades for variety.  I also made a small batch of white bean chicken chili.  All together I made enough to get me through a whole week of lunch and dinner. 

July is definitely the month!!!  My b-day is on the 14th, and this will be my last year as a thirty-something.  I'm determined to turn 40 next year looking and feeling better than I ever have! 

Ganbatte everybody!!

Wednesday 30

Posted by Rachel 1 comments

So, do we start counting at one again tomorrow?

Average day, same breakfast, felt like a ate a little too much at lunch, volume-wise (egg, bread, leftover stir-fry, bean, carrot and beef wraps) followed by three pieces of chocolate. See, I found some.

Afternoon tea, I picked at the chicken I was cooking and had a handful of walnuts

Dinner was wraps. Some with salmon and cream cheese and sprouts, some with chicken and pesto. YUM. I had four, I think, followed by two more chicken and pesto ones without the rice paper wrapper, wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The kids weren't too fond of the wraps either so in future we'll just go straight to the lettuce leaf!

Apple for dessert