Tuesday, January 26, 2010

62 :))

Today is a happy happy day! I know you shouldn't weigh yourself everyday, but I DO, damn it! Yesterday morning, the scales read 62.4kg and this morning, they were 62!!! Woohoo! That was my weekly goal, and it's only Tuesday! I know a lot can happen in a week, and it may well be up again by the end of it, but I am revelling! I worked hard and I am allowed to revel (revell?!?), ok?!

Today I visited Natasha, a Canadian friend in Maebashi. It's been a couple of weeks since we last met up, so it's kind of unusual, as we usually only have time to get together every month or two months! Her daughter was at daycare, so it was just us and our boys, and Natasha's cat, Sakura, who Luka is always taken with :) It was nice to get out and have a good chat for a couple of hours. Plus her house is so warm compared to ours right now...bloody freeeeezing! And as always, got some good news from her. Apparently, there are plans for an Ikea to be built in Maebashi. In GUNMA for goodness sake. For anyone that doesn't know, I am an Ikea freak. Love the designs, the value, the food, just wandering around, etc. etc. So the thought of not having to pay for the highway and to just be able to nip in for lunch, is a little more than I can bear right now.

And aside from that, it was announced that a "large American warehouse" would open up in the same complex...erm, Costco anyone? Anybody, info?!?!?

Sunday, January 24, 2010


So there are some of those ぶるぶる machines at my gym, similar to this one: http://www.dayfit.jp/ They is no extra charge to use them, but as there are only two machines, they are limited to 10 minutes per person, per day. There is what seemed a bit like a complicated system to use them, so I have never bothered in the past. After spending a while curiously watching people wiggling away on them (not in a pervy way you understand..), I decided that I should give it a go. I asked one of the staff members, a.k.a. super smily and helpful boy, how to go about reserving my 10 minutes. It turns out that it is pretty simple. Even for me. All you have to do, is find an available time slot on the clipboard at the desk, then write your gender (?) and your locker key number in the slot. That's it...I am a big chicken.

So I had a quick blast on the treadmill while I waited for my turn. I purposefully picked the number 2 machine, because there is a screen behind both of them (so people can't see your bum jiggling), but the 2 is a little more hidden. Believe me, even on the thinnest person, it is not a pretty sight, so I wanted to spare the other customers a big fright ;)

Apparently, while jiggling away and reading the poster on the wall, you can lose 10.8cm from your waist in two months by doing this jiggling for 10 minutes per day. I also heard from my sister that 10 minutes is equal to one whole hour of gym working out...hmm...have I been wasting my time?!?! Well, at least my heart is getting the benefits from the proper workouts. So it is not entirely unpleasant. Just a bit weird. But also kind of relaxing. A bit like how you feel after a massage. And you can actually FEEL the muscles getting worked, especially my waist/hips/back, where I actually want to lose weight. So I will be measuring my progress, keeping up with the real working out of course, and am curious to know whether it really works!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shaping Up!

Usually not wanting to mention my weight, I have decided, what the hell. It's only a number after all...

Well, last week, I reached my weight goal of 63kg for the week. Well, it was actually 62.8, which although a small decrease from my goal, made me smiley for most of the day, yippee! I have a history of yo-yo-ing for most of my adult life. Being "older" now, I only remember my recent weights, although I DO remember my lightest. When I lived in Germany, went to the gym daily, worked in a pub from 4p.m. to 2.a.m. most nights and hardly ate (lot of this was due to stress caused by an unnamed individual), I was (albeit unhealthily acheived) 62kg.

Before I got pregnant the first time, I weighed 74kg..my heaviest. I gained 6kg while pregnant and then lost it all immediately (I mean seriously, I got on the scales a day after giving birth and it was gone!). I am not one of those fortunate women who enjoy pregnancy, in fact, apart from the novelty of watching my stomach bounce around, I can't stand it. I am "blessed" with wide hips, meaning all of my pregnancy weight was equally splayed out, and instead of looking blooming, I just looked, and felt, FAT. So after having H, this really motivated me to change it. I can't say that I had a huge plan, but it just kind of happened. I ate an amazingly small amount, thinking about it now. One piece of toast with honey for breakfast, an egg on rice for lunch, and a normal cooked meal for dinner. But I walked a hell of a lot. Especially compared to now. The station was a 30 minute walk from our old place, and at that time, I didn't really care much for cleaning, so Hannah and I would go out every day for a few hours. I managed to get down to 63kg.

Then after losing all that weight, I got pregnant again. But this time, I was confident that I could lose it all again, so I gave in to the extreme hunger that I felt during pregnancy. Whoever said you eat more with boys was definitely right in my case. However much I ate, I was just constantly hungry. Even my doc. wasn't concerned once he saw how much I had lost after H. I gained a whopping 12kg and was up to 75 again...This time, losing the weight was much harder. I was breastfeeding (which I couldn't manage for long with H), meaning that my body was holding on...Plus I didn't really want to eat like I had done before because I was still "providing" for L. So for the whole year and a half of breastfeeding, I managed to lose a little, but I stuck at 68.4kg. When I started weaning, I noticed I gained a little at first, but felt less hungry, so soon started to come off. Then I joined the gym in October, weaned L completely last month, and am now motivated and happy to keep on. My target weight is a little sketchy. I want to keep within the average section of the bmi chart, but my target I suppose is around 57, which means another 6kg (unless I am happy to maintain before then). A thing that is different from post H, is that I am really getting into the gym. Especially now I have started to see muscle tone. I am becoming one of those crazy fitness freaks, loving the endorphins and "feeling the burn", ha ha! ARghhhhh! Who AM I?!?!

Anyway, feeling good and starting to look good too, now all I need is new clothes...wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


And you'll be relieved to know that I'm talking about the weather variety at least for the wind part... They are gale force today. Our recycle bins are presently sitting on the front lawn, and I am not going out there to put them back because I know they will make their way out there again anyway.

I did a load of washing, and then ambitiously stuck another load of sheets in that I have to do before returning the guest futons back to MIL. BAD idea...I brought in the first load and the clothes, although dry, were covered in "sand", a.k.a. dirt. Damn the wind. So it took me ages to shake it all out, everytime I opened the window, a whole load came in and I am now stuck with a bedroom floor covered in the stuff. Will get the hoover up there when L wakes up from his rare afternoon nap.

Yesterday was H's 3 year check-up. MIL and SIL both had the day off work, so I asked them to mind L while H and I went to the health centre alone. And very glad about that! It took almost two hours. Being weighed, measured, teeth checked, body checked, eye sight, pee, the works. Usually Y would have taken a half-day off to come with me, but after several annoying trips to the Maebashi health centre, where they tried to tell me I should speak Japanese with my children, I decided that not understanding the language well might actually be an advantage...

So we wangled our way through the nine stages of the check-up and H and I actually had a good time. It's rare that we do stuff together, and we chatted, drew and played while we were waiting for each stage. I also felt very proud, because a lot of the other children were crying at having to take off their clothes to be weighed, see the doc./dentist, and I realised again how good H is. The staff were kind and impressed that H sleeps from 7p.m.-7a.m. and has a healthy diet and only dislikes pak choi, food-wise! It was a very positive experience all round. Oh, apart from H's kindie friend's granny trying to give H gum...

Afterwards, because H had been complaining of shooting pains in her bum, Y and I took her to the pediatrician, who referred us to the "bum doc." where there were about 110 people waiting...I got Y to ask the nurse how long it might be, and lucky lucky, she said they could squeeze us in because it was a child. In order not to annoy the other patients (can't say I would be annoyed if someone pushed in, would just think their situation might be worse?), we had to go and wait outside the "brain dept." and sneak in through another door. They only wanted one of us to go in with her due to lack of space apparently. As Y would be better language-wise, he went in and I went out to the car with L. I made sure that Y explained to H what was going to happen so that she wouldn't be afraid. She was apparently very good and hmmm..well I'm not really sure of the diagnosis..as always, but apparently there is some kind of mild infection, so she has cream and antibiotics and we are to go back in two weeks if there are still problems. So it was a "brave girl" day all round.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Two posts in one night?!?!?

I stole this from Once Upon A Tambo...;)

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Bought a house, flew to the U.K. with my two children, became a kindergarten mother (yuk)

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't make any, so I didn't break any. I decided that there is too much pressure for me if I think about a new year being a new start. That way, if something goes wrong, I feel as if the year is doomed!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, especially the Japan Ladies! Everyone was popping them out!

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. What countries did you visit? U.K. and The Netherlands to visit my sister!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A job, for some extra cash, also I am ready for a little more time to myself so I can spend time with the family without feeling resentful. But to be honest, I am very lucky with what I have.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Nothing for this one. Of course, L turned one and H turned 3, but those dates are etched anyway!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Making a nice home?

9. What was your biggest failure? Ah, there is no failure. Positive thinking!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just minor aches and pains, and another appendix issue...

11. What was the best thing you bought? Definitely the house!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? H has been great this year. She has put up with a lot of changes and done really well.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Parents who don't belt up their children in the car. At all. I seriously think they should be locked up.

14. Where did most of your money go? Furniture and other house stuff at the end of the year, otherwise just average, probably mostly food. My family consume ridiculous amounts of it!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? HOUSE!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Paparazzi and Poker Face - Lady Gaga. H is a HUGE fan.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Well, I think I was a bit too self-indulgent and felt sorry for myself about being lonely. Now, I have adjusted and started to look at things from a different angle. Feels good not to whinge!
ii. thinner or fatter? 6kg thinner, yay!
iii. richer or poorer? definitely poorer...

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? economising, cleaning

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? worrying

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I'm wondering whether this year will be in the U.K., ut thinking that might be a shame seeing as Christmas Day is on a Saturday this year.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009? Ha ha, yes, with my gym..and cleaning products..I am a woman obsessed..

23. How many one-night stands? nope

24. What was your favorite TV program? Perfect Housewife (sad, I know)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No hate, but I intensely dislike the kindie mummies..

26. What was the best book you read? This Charming Man - Marion Keyes

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? hmmm, nothing this year I don't think..

28. What did you want and get? A house!

29. What did you want and not get? A job.

30. What were your favorite films of this year? No time to watch any!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Just the usual day. I try not to build it up. Y came home and gave me a hot water bottle cover, with a ring box hidden inside - lovely white gold ring *O*

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not going down that road..remember, positive thinking!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Slim casual and slightly retro :D

34. What kept you sane? the gym

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? hmm...Josh Hartnett?

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Bah, they all rub me up the wrong way.

37. Who did you miss? My family

38. Who was the best new person you met? Have to say Sarah and Sophie!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. Don't take to heart what people tell you/advise you/suggest to you. There is no right way to live your life/raise a child/be a wife. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that's all it is..THEIR opinion.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: TOO HARD!!!!

Happy New Year!

Well this is my first post of the year, and I have to say, I have been a busy little bee over the past few weeks. The house is slowly coming together. We now have our lights, dining set, computer desk, H's full-sized bed, REAL chest of drawers for me instead of those cheapy plastic crappy drawers, and our latest addition is the sofa - fanfare please. Although to be honest, I haven't spent much time sitting on it :(

The gym was closed for FIVE days over new year, meaning I gained a kilo...not really sure why because I wasn't pigging out too much, just not really getting much exercise. So when it opened on 5th, I was raring to go and have lost the kilo and back down to 6 kilos left to lose. Let's hope it continues too.

H is back at kindergarten today, which meant that L and I could sort of go back to our normal routine, except he seems to have given up on napping...he used to fall asleep after his mid-morning feed, and then when that stopped, I would rock him to sleep, but now he is just not having any of it, especially after H has been home during the winter holiday. Pretty hard to nap with her making a racket. So I am not sweating it. At least no naps in the day time means less chance of being wide awake at night (in theory), which I would prefer, so I am just letting it be.

I sorted round and got all of the children's stuff from the spare room (they have been sneakily putting things in there and playing there) ready for the Kobayashi's sleepover tomorrow :) I have yet to make the curtains for the second window in there, so that is my task for tonight while Y is at his drum lesson.

I am desperately trying to stay on top of the housework, and have a schedule down, although it often has to be postponed due to diversions such as mainly keeping order with the children/my husband, cooking and running errands outside the house. I cringe whenever I see a little dust bunny rearing it's ugly head. Laminate flooring is nice and easy to clean up spills, and I know much healthier, but it's a pain in the bum to keep clean on a regular basis. Would help if L didn't go crazy every time I got the hoover out too O_o But surface-wise at least, house is fabulous and I think my standards are possibly just too high considering I have two little ones. Just want to keep it clean and tidy for the sake of my sanity.

My Mum has set the date to come out and visit after Golden Week, so I am really excited about that! I haven't had anyone visit from home since she was here last January, and she will be the first of my family to stay in our new place too!

Well, off I go to sew curtains and finish up the housework...