Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday -again. Time flies!

Funny about the bananas Maki. I was in Homes yesterday and they were flying off the shelves. I grabbed 2 packets and clung on to them. It's amazing how news spreads!
Feeling a bit over fed today. I 'm finding the meat a bit much. Fish goes down much better I think.
I've just had my evening egg white and have the perfect solution for the yolk. My dog - he loves egg yolks, and will now be at my feet begging every night. Better than wasting it I guess. I hope it's good for dogs????
Missed the work out this morning. It's much more fun doing it together. Had Oliver counting my jumps today - he's worse than me. I think I did about 1600, though he insists he was spot on 1050. Who knows!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Sunday

Love my new photo of Helen - boy she looks good. I told my kids I want to be as gorgeous as her when I'm a granny. They didn't quite get me. That is just way too far in their future to envisage, and their granny certainly doesn't look as fit!
1000 jumps was not as bad as I thought. I'm getting in the flow with music and terrible counting...
Just had a delicious roast chicken, cooked with a little olive oil,loads of lemon and herbs. Every morsel was eaten - including piles of veg. and fruit for desert. My kids are certainly full on energy on their new diet. My eldest, who is normally a complete sloth, was even on the running machine, and playing tennis voluntarily today. I think she's getting inspired!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday night again

It's that time of the week when we go out & relax - though the school BBQ was a bit like being under surveillance. We did good Munisha! Chen did seem to pop up a bit too frequently... freaky!
Thank goodness I did all the work out earlier today because I really don't feel up to it right now.
Legs are aching a bit today - think it might be the squash game - and I'm feeling dead tired, when I hoped to be full of beans. This was always my weakest chocolate moment, so I better go to bed before I find another hidden stash.....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thurs - and another week almost done.

I don't seem to have sat down today, and thought much about food. I'm also quite full  -esp.after lunch, that I'm having to force myself to eat the fruit snacks. It's still great not to go to bed feeling overly stuffed! I have been cooking so much fish, which I rarely did before, and have discovered some very delicious sea creatures. I'm still to convince my kids to eat them, though they are getting more curious......
Had a tough game of squash this afternoon, and did something to my foot, so have only managed 500 jumps just now. I think I'll just give myself a forgiving hug and go read a mind improving novel!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Day 16 and going good....

Great workout yesterday with you ladies. Thanks Corry - you make it look so easy and relaxing!
Haven't really got any strange cravings -I never added much salt to food anyway ( due to my over zealous ,natural food loving mother I think). I feel much better physically for not eating all the sweet goo which I did enjoy. Actually I don't even miss my chocolate any more. I found my secret stash last night - so secret , I'd forgotten where it was! Gave it all to my very grateful children. We all had such a healthy dinner, finished off with a delicious fruit salad,made with many mysterious ingredients. I think they felt they deserved some junk.
 Darren is impressed by my will power - his is  -well zero I guess. He has just left to take part in some charity run in Tokyo mind you, so he needed that extra big breakfast!
Off to play tennis , while the sun still shines.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sunday already!

Had a great dinner in Tokyo last night, during which my self control was stunning!
I did sniff a margarita, but had a delicious prawn salad, and felt quite satisfied. The no carbs in the evening is the hardest. I'm a real bread, pasta you name it gal. And how many restaurants have fresh, unadulterated fruit on the menu???? I'm becoming a very cheap date! No wonder Darren wants to go out so often. Or maybe the whole family needed a blowout meal after another week of Mums healthy cooking...mmmm
Raining again - so off to do my jump rope upstairs

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rainy friday

I think I pulled something in my leg falling over yesterday. Squats are a bit painful today! Maybe I need to go back to bed so my muscles can do a bit more repairing?
I love the breakfast, but it's so much more than I would normally eat - and veg is not what I'm wanting at 8am. Need some inspiration on how to make it appetising at such an early hour....
I've started experimenting with different types of fish. No idea what I bought yesterday, but it was delicious, cooked in lemon & ginger. It wasn't the best though, as it was full of bones ( I hate bones).

Tomorrow is another day....

Oh boy, it's Thurs. night and I've had a really dull day, most of which was spent in the Kanagawa Driving place getting my licence renewed. It's enough to drive you round the bend ....or make you never drive again.
4 hours of mind numbing form filling, watching tear inducing films of bereaved parents who's children had been slaughtered on the road, then hours of lectures from a sad looking man in a brown suit. Obviously I was in the sinners room, for those unlucky to have been stopped for minor offences - and it worked! Even though I can't string a sentence together in Japanese, I got the gist.I was made to feel guilty. I first thought I'd get rid of the car - then saw sense and just drove really really slowly for the rest of the day.
Feeling drained after that, and have little energy for those exercises, which once again I left till evening.Did a different exercise in each of my 3 kid's rooms for entertainment. Bit uncoordinated tonight and tripped over my shoe lace whilst jump roping,and hurt my leg. Gave everyone a laugh!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still aching!

I seem to have eaten a lot today - esp. breakfast. Normally I grab something while rushing out of the door, but today, what with eggs & stuff I really enjoyed it. May have something to do with the kids being off school. We'll see how calm it is tomorrow morning. Haven't felt hungry at all, or felt full - just right! Apart from the sore bits from yesterdays exercises.... wow, I felt it getting out of bed this morning.
Need to go foraging tomorrow for fish and some different veg. Carrots and green beans are getting a little old, even after such a short time.
Feeling lighter and brighter each day.

Monday, September 15, 2008

midnight skips

Been a bit of a slacker with the old blog - but I don't seem to have sat down this long w/end - apart from a very scrummy dinner out with friends in Tokyo on Saturday. Tried hard not to over
indulge, and I think I did OK, apart from a couple of glasses of wine. However, since I'd had a busy day, and have come to realise (once again), that I truely am not a morning person, I was faced with 700 or so jump ropes at 1am. Darren cheered me on from a deep slumber, but I did it ....
Getting up at 8.15 to rush down to the yoga studio, to repeat the jumping experience was a bit tough. I think I need to rethink!
Bit of an aching body tonight after the first exercises on the bar and with the bands, but feels good to have used some obviously underused areas.
Can't spell any more so that's it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's a family affair

Saturday already, and I'm feeling great. Maybe it's psychological, but I have much more energy than normal, haven't got mad with the children at all this week, and do not miss my nightly chocolate - so far...
Oliver is especially into the exercise, and is helping me to keep going each day. He claims to have completed the whole weeks exercise this morning - just to show me it's not so bad! What a love.
We are all eating less, and healthier, which has been noticed. They are all eating every morsel too.
Hope we can keep this up for 3 months!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Half a dinner out!

Had such a hectic day yesterday -had very little time even to eat half portions. But the first test of willpower came in the evening. Dinner with friends in Tokyo.It was a  big celebration for Darren with his new job, and hence the food and drink were never ending. As Darren said -normally you'd have 4 glasses of champagne, so I guess 2 is OK!
It was such a great night though, and Darren tried so hard to keep the garlic toast dripping in butter out of reach - thanks D. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Feeling great.....

I seem to have spent a lot of today bumping into people and being told that I don't need to do this - I must be mad. So why am I doing this. Not to lose too much weight, though the muffin top could go with pleasure! I'm doing it because I have been searching for ages for some way to alter my exercise/eating habits,so I can exercise for the pleasure it brings, not because  I ate a load of chocolate the night before and feel like a hog . I was also finding the gym so dull and boring that all I did was watch the clock. There I was this evening, out in the garden with the dog and the mozzies, doing my jump rope with the neighbours having a giggle. So much more fun!
And I have to say even 3 days in I feel so much better not going to bed stuffed with a late dinner, followed by my nightly sweet fest.
I did Corry's class this morning which was such fun. And it was great to see so many ladies in there having a laugh - especially those who have would normally not be seen dead in gym clothes.
You see what you've done to Yokohama ladies Corry!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

So far so good!

Left my exercises a bit late due to playing tennis all morning. Jodie and I discussed FOOD after tennis!! My  kids think I'm starving because my plate looked emptier than normal. My lovely Oliver is so happy that mummy wants to look good..... He's going to help me.

And there's gorgeous Helen (though not in her red bikini). I will be in a bikini by the end of this - though probably not in Japan - somewhere tropical...aahhh.
Feeling good, and not too hungry. I think I'll have to go to bed to take my mind off it. Darren did a half portion (or so he claims) of dinner. I can hear him prowling round the fridge. I think he just didn't have 2nds!
Onwards to day 3. And I didn't even have a coffee today...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wow -day 1 is nearly over. I'm really looking forward the challenge of the next 3 months. I am feeling a little hungry after a day of half my usual gigantic portions! Made the children eat papaya with me- our new family health regime has started. They moaned (I don't like it much either), but it all went down!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

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