Hello everyone!! How are you all doing?
I'm back at my own apartment now, just for 3 days a week now until I leave Japan. When I moved in with my friends they didn't ask for rent but they wanted me to cook and help clean, which was fine, but I made a huge miscalculation of how much food would cost for 3 people. The couple who I'm living with have the deal that the guy pays for the rent and the girl pays food/bills. So I split the cost of food/bills between 2 people instead of 3. Aaanyway, I figured to keep the peace and not kick up a fuss about not being able to afford to cook for them I thought I would stay here 3 days of the week and stay with my boyfriend 4 days. They're pretty easy going, they've not questioned why I've spent so much time with my boyfriend, so I'm not worried about it. But since I agreed to pay half of the food I didn't want to go back on that agreement.
I've discovered a new hobby, scrapbooking! I bought one over Christmas since I wanted somewhere to put all my Japan memorabilia. But I came across the massive pile of photos I've printed over the years, I used to have them put up all over the bedrooms I had. It would literally cover an entire wall of one room. So I wondered if they would all fit in my scrapbook and sure enough, they do! So I'm now having lots of fun sticking in pictures and doodling around them. I don't have scrap bits of decorating paper or cool trinkets to stick in, it's quite plain compared to the ones I found on google images, but I'm having fun!
The more I've been telling close friends/family, the more excited I am at the fact I'm getting married next year! It took a while to sink in, but now that people are finding out and getting excited it's made me excited. I told my parents on Sunday, my Dad said "Wow, I guess we'll have to look into flights to New York" so I said "It's only going to be a quick ceremony at the city hall, our official ceremony is later and you can come to that one." He then said "I don't care, if my daughter is getting married even if it's on paper - I'll be there!" It was very sweet. So now my parents are coming to witness for us! They're just excited to go back to New York now, but it's really nice that I'll have family there to be our witness =).
I'm also really determined to be healthy by the time I get married. So not necessarily at 130 lbs, but definitely below 150 lbs. I think I'm going to wear a casual white dress, nothing too fancy but still in the wedding theme, and I want to look pretty! So I have approximately 7 months to get down to below 150 lbs, I think I can do it!
Now onto the weight loss stuff!
Counting calories has been happening on and off. I had bad week last week with staying accountable, sometimes when I'm having bad days I feel like there's no point counting the calories - but that's nonsense! I should always be staying accountable for what I eat, because that's the whole point of counting calories for me. So yesterday I got back on track. I managed to stay within my calorie limit with just 9 calories to spare! Phew! I thought I would have gone way over since I did have a few snacks but I think I was ok because...
I went on a run! 10K training is underway and I completed one of my 3 exercise days per week. It was 2.5 miles and omg it was HOT. Japanese seasons literally change over night. It was about 27 degrees when I was running, it was around 12pm so I know for sure I need to start waking up earlier so I don't die in the heat. I was a bit sluggish on the run, probably because it had been a while and because of the heat, but I made it around. I did it in 28 minutes which put my pace at 11:12 min/mi. A lot slower than my April times, but I was running for longer so I don't mind.
I've also started a new blog, this is like my 4th blog now...I have a problem! I don't keep them all updated though! I started one on 3FC, then I made a random one on Blogger, then I moved my weight loss blog to Blogger and now I've combined my random blog & my weight loss blog over on Tumblr. Here's the link: http://www.unclassified-girl.tumblr.com
The only problem I have with Tumblr is while it's prettier than blogger it doesn't encourage commenting but rather "liking" and "reblogging" posts. But like I said, it's a lot prettier than Blogger so I think I'll stick with this one!
Yesterday I weighed in at 166.4 lbs, but this morning I weighed 165.7 lbs! - 0.7 lbs down! I've updated my ticker and my spreadsheets with my new weight so stay accountable.
- Welcome back!! You're right, we all have set backs in life, I'd love to hear about someone who just had an easy cruise towards their goal weight but I think that story is non-existent. Sounds like you have the right attitude towards just jumping back in. I'm so sorry to hear your husband has depression, it's a horrible situation to be in but I think counselling will really help him. If that breakfast cheered him up, then that's the main thing to focus on! You could join me on Tumblr for a new weight loss blog
Aww, thank you for sharing the story of your marriage! It makes me feel a lot better that I'm really not the only one out there who's getting married this way. I told my friend on Monday and he said that him and his wife just decided to get married too, it wasn't a big deal. I think I'm going to have a second ceremony someday so all my friends and family can be there - but even then that might be complicated since people will have to fly to America if it's in America!
- Wow what a hectic week but sounds fun minus TOM! I'm sorry your summer class is bumming you out, what is it exactly? I used to hate Maths in high school, the teacher would always single me out in front of everyone and I would always get the answer wrong under pressure. If I got it wrong she would ask me again and again until I got something right, it was horrible! Do you fight with your Mum often?
And go you getting a bikini!! Don't feel bad about not passing a goal, I think this challenge is here to show us what our limits are. I had to change both my exercise and nutrition goal to feel like I could move forward!! Love the pictures you share, you really are a beautiful lady
. Is that a wild iguana??
Hehe, thank you!! I'm starting to get more and more excited now that people are responding to the news! You're right, I am intending on having a proper wedding ceremony down the line. Will have to do some serious saving until then! I'm finally getting out of my slump, I think last weeks TOM really threw me off since I was just craving all the junk food! It's so bad, I know we've all been there, but I really want to be different and not succumb to the period monster! That's such a confusing house hold to live in! My Mum was vegetarian for a while, but then suddenly stopped! I really wish I was a vegetarian...but I just can't deny how delicious meat is ;_;. I love my Mum to pieces, but I think she shouldn't have let me each so much food when I was growing up. When I was 11 I would eat tomato soup with 4 slices of bread every day after school. She kept buying more soup and more bread to enable me to do it, instead of saying "that's too much food". I was literally eating 4 meals a day! Right now though all the responsibility is on me, but it does getting annoying when you don't want to be tempted all the time. What's going to be your first reward? I really would love to set up a system but have no idea what I could buy myself! Plus I really can't now I don't have a job!!
- I was about to remind you to come back and post but someone beat me to it! Have you ever read Jillian Michaels "Making the Cut?" It's got an intense strength based workout routine that's really good. Some of the things are very gym oriented but I just skip it or sub it with something. Thank you and you're absolutely right, it's about staying together at the end of the day so I can't complain! I was really worried at one point he wouldn't want to get married at all and I would have to stay in England alone and heartbroken, so I am really happy we're moving forward with our lives! I try and drink a pint of water in the morning, afternoon and evening. Ideally I always have a glass at hand so I can sip away throughout the day. It's hard to fit in a certain amount of water when you simply forget, but you can definitely do it - it's just drinking water after all not running a marathon!