Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Final Post

We had a lovely dinner at D’epice yesterday evening. Thank you!Although Patrick was rather surprised with our “healthier” choice of venue it was a perfect ending and a new start – although I must confess I probably had a glass too many! (Thank you Jodi for taking the kiddos and of course your support throughout!)

It’s a funny thing – now that I am “free” to eat anything, I think I am actually more careful. It was so much easier following a prescribed diet (making special exceptions at times - as my son kindly pointed out to Patrick. He waited for his moment and blurted out “Well, mummy ate many things that she wasn’t supposed to…” Thanks, hun.) This change in eating habits must be one of the most valuable assets completing PCP.

Anyway, here are the final photos that were taken yesterday. This is the size 6 jeans that was rather a “tight” fit merely 90 days ago.  I’ll be putting this pair away for awhile.

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Not doing the exercises yesterday was a relief but today it feels as if the day is not complete without skipping. I will definitely keep on skipping on a regular basis although I may not start tonight! I am also amazed how muscles do really “shape” the body. My arms and legs obviously feel thinner but they have curves that I’ve never had and I am thrilled about that.

Will try and update my new life post pcp but at the moment, I am happy to have completed the program. Thanks again Corry, Patrick and Chen! As my treat to myself – I’ve cut my hair (resisted by all the family members for years but it’s done now) and got my dream new camera – the new Canon 5D Mark II.

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Here are a few images I took of Patrick. Will post more in February or March – after the “official” photo session. Chen, congratulations on your new addition to the family. If you would like a complimentary newborn session, I am totally on for it! Give me an e-mail preferably before your little one is two weeks old.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Day 90 – Officially finished

I just finished doing my exercises and skipping which means I have completed PCP! I went back to Day 9 exercises and completed them within 20 minutes. I did get a good workout but obviously didn’t feel the “burn” as much as recent days due to the lower number of reps. But that means, my muscles has toned right?

I am more than thrilled. Thank you all for your support and reading my rather dull blog! I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank Patrick, Chen and Corry for their guidance and the wonderful project. It has really changed my outlook towards eating healthily and keeping fit – something I thought I never would conquer!

Will come back to do my final post but just wanted to announce to the world that I am FINISHED!

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Finished skipping and exercises just before midnight. It was tough but I am happy that I finished them. My arms feel as though they are twice the size though! Starting from 0, who would have thought that I would be skipping over 2000 skips without having have to catch my breath? Me doing push ups and sit ups? It just seems like yesterday that I asked my husband to explain how to do them properly. He could not believe how pathetic my muscles were! Now I am doing over 75 push ups and 125 sit ups. Yes, I’ve come a long way and I feel good!

I have lost considerable amount of weight and the smaller clothes size proves it all but as I had a measure handy, I decided to see how much the numbers changed. I only took my measurements once and it was in the second week after starting PCP. Since then - (drrrrr…. drum roll….) waist –6cm, hip –4cm, thighs –2cm, arms –2cm and… an unfortunate –5cm for bust. I thought there would be more difference but I’m sure overall, the whole body is more toned.

Anyway, I am going to take an “early-ish” night to prepare myself for the final day. Woo hoo… one more day to go – actually, it all concludes today!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Two more days to go

Life is HECTIC at the moment. There are just too many things on the list and I feel as though I am going in circles without accomplishing anything! Anyway, I just finished my jumping and exercises. Wow, these few days have been a killer – and I am dreading tomorrow’s program already. It’s in such tiny print!!

I am grateful that I had Corry, Jane and Munisha to share the 90 days journey.  I really couldn’t have come this far without the support and encouragement from the ladies. I always looked forward to the Monday workouts – the chatting and sharing always made the time and exercises fly by and so much easier. We were (and still are) on different levels but by using different strength bands, I could mostly keep up (with a lot of whining, grunting and using the easiest band). That is the beauty of the exercises – anyone can do them (even me!) and doing them together was a joy!

After seeing my recent results, my husband has decided to do the program in March when he will have a bit more time (although I am not holding my breath and I will believe it when I see it).  If that happens, I plan to join him. I mentioned this to Patrick and he assured me that I would not have to go on such a strict diet regime as I wouldn’t have as much fat to shed and that my muscles will be easier to build as there is already a foundation. We’ve both have competitive streaks so I can see ourselves competing with the number of jumps or number of reps to failure… We’ll see. I bet it’s not going to be as peaceful as Emiko and Adrian.

Talking about muscles, it was interesting to see at the beginning, I couldn’t and didn’t feel the burn in the targeted areas. I was probably doing the exercises wrong or I just didn’t have enough muscles there to notice. It helped for me to carry on as Corry said “well, you must be doing something – even if it isn’t the right muscles!” As the program progressed, I became more and more aware of the targeted areas and now can feel the burn in the right places. (or so I think… I hope…) The back was the most difficult for me to work – rowing was never difficult and I loved watching Jane do her elegant rowing until one day it clicked. Abs – I didn’t feel a “burn” until about half way through. When I started feeling it – I lost so much tummy fat!

Dramatic changes in the diet has really changed what I buy and what I keep in the refrigerator. I’ve never had so much fruits and vegetables and did I mention eggs?? in the house. I always wondered who bought those Costco eggs –package of  20 eggs… I figured it was for bakeries and restaurants. Well, I was buying 2-3 of those at a time and using them up rapidly. Due to the limitation of salt, sugar and oil intake, meals prepared at home vastly increased. That is when I rediscovered the joy of cooking. This was not the direction I thought I would be headed for when I signed up for an exercise regime.  Carbohydrate was a luxury in the diet so I had to choose carefully what I wanted to eat – now I love to bake my own bread (and cake)! It is so satisfying and a stress buster too!

OK, I’m rambling… Lack of sleep is my biggest downfall during the program. I just could not get the time expected to rest for muscle repair. I really need to work on time organization – but again, this time of year is busy for me… Better grab some zzzz before tomorrow’s crazy workout. Bye for now.

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ETA: Here is what I made today – not exactly PCP diet but it was fun. I had to have a bite for a taste but it was early in the morning.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Virus alert!

Beware… I got infected with a PC virus yesterday and I’ve spent the whole day reinstalling my computer. Not fun… Thankfully I had everything backed up (at least I learned something from the hard disk crash in the summer!) but still it was scary. I advise you strongly to backup your system.  Got to start my exercises now…

ETA: Don’t know why but I had a very good skipping session, a first in a long time (too long actually). I counted my second set and I jumped 1050 times – quite happy with myself now…

Thursday, November 27, 2008

9 more days to go...

Count down time. It's amazing I've come this far and I've learned tons about fitness, health and also about myself. I've always been a procrastinator - I was the type at school that always waited until the night before to work on the 30 pages reports. I always swore to myself that when I am through with my second pregnancy, I would get back into shape. My daughter is almost two and a half . My husband always jokes that he will engrave my famous two words on my gravestone - those words bein "I will".  I'm glad I didn't bail out of PCP and postpone getting fit until goodness knows when.

Just before starting, I remember saying to Corry "I think the diet part would be a breeze for me because I'd done it before and lost tons before my wedding but I don't know if I can stick with the exercises because I hate anything related to moving my body." As it turned out, it was the exercises that wasn't that difficult as I got into the routin but the diet was difficult to maintain, especially with two little ones that needs to be fed and with a husband who likes to dine out (me too!). Eating habits, I found out, is such a mental thing. Although the body doesn't necessarily need it, the mind craves for it at times. It was the temptations that was sometimes difficult to overcome and I must admit I did cave in a few times.  However, I don't think I will ever go back to eating like I did before PCP. It's nice to feel lighter and energetic instead of feeling full and bloated!

Anyway, better get back to my exercises - see, I'm procrastinating again! Oh no!

P.S. I never thought I'd be whipped by my own hair while skipping. Let me tell you, it hurts! By the way, the pain few days ago is fading quickly so I must have overdone the exercises.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oooh, in pain.

Thank you Patrick for a great workout yesterday. It was definitely a bonus to have each exercises checked over to see if I'm doing it correctly or for tips on how to improve. My skipping saw a massive improvement. Who would have thought my ropes were too short!

As for figures, my weight remained fairly consistant but I was excited to see my muscle mass percentage go up by a full percentage to over 29%. I am more than thrilled - I'm becoming like "Jane"!  My body fat percentage went down by a percent too!

Having said that I may have injured myself trying too hard. I woke up to muscle pain all over, which is a great sign. I can cope with that - but I have this sharp pain in my left hand side abs and it kills everytime I move (even if I don't move). It just got worse over the course of the day so I have decided that this was not just an ordinary muscle pain and to skip the workout due for today. I tried jumping but it was too painful. I feel bad but am hopeful that tomorrow I will feel a bit better.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Third indulgence

and a lesson learned the hard way. My final indulgence - as my husband was back home after a long business trip, it was perfect opportunity to dine out. I overdid it, major time. We went to the club dining room. (OK, not the fanciest feast by any means but it was an easy place with two children) My husband and son always order the beef steak, so I decided to join them this evening plus a nice glass of red wine.

I enjoyed the meal. Upon returning home, we were scheduled to have a family movie night watching "Wall-E". Well, it became three people watching it with mummy totally zonked on the sofa. I remember seeing Wall-E (just..) and then was woken up by my daughter when the film ended.  After one glass of wine??

In addition, I feel bloated and rather ill, my stomach hurts and I feel totally lethargic. Now I know I will have a bad night with such a full stomach. To think I was doing this casually with more wine plus dessert before PCP... Even after PCP, I will stick with lighter selections for dinner, even if it isn't just an apple, milk and egg white. I also know that after PCP finishes, I won't be able to return to the way I was before, which I thought was going to be easy to slip back to old habits. These three months really has changed how I eat and how I feel. I am very pleased - but believe me, this evening, I'm feeling like crap!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My little treat...

I decided to treat myself to a pair of jeans as the ones I purchased a few weeks ago have become baggy. (People were asking me if the jeans I was wearing was from before PCP ... No... they were purchased half way through!)

People are really noticing the difference - even those who don't know me that well. I went to my daughter's swimming class this morning and people commented about how I looked fit. I am really not good with remembering names and faces but I didn't recognize that person so I could not have seen her THAT often!

Anyway, I had no idea what my jeans size was so I took in a few pairs that looked my size. Umm... they were too big and I had to go 2 sizes down - and I was trying on skinny jeans for the first time in my life! At Gap, I am now a size 1 and as for inches (at a different store) I am 25 inches! I don't think I've been this size ever. I was astounded and needless to say, very happy!  Now that I have bought new clothes, I better stay this figure post PCP!

ETA: I just had to go and check. My GAP jeans that I was bursting out of (which was the catalyst for me to join PCP) was a size 6!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Where there is a will

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there's a way. My son was craving for English sausage rolls - not the kind you can get here but the ones with  "proper" sausage meat. (Only the English or those who have travelled and had the real things in England would know what he is on about!!) We tried the YCAC bar (yes, they do have sausage roll from New Zealand - but only at the bar!) but that wasn't exactly what he had in mind.

So, after some googling, whiz out to the local supermarket, out came my food processor and an hour later... here we have it! The verdict? "Well, they're good, but not exactly English style."  Ugh! Sorry Jane, if it wasn't pork, you would be my tester right away!

Anyway, workout with everyone together was wonderful. I can't tell you how much faster and easier the exercises become. On a count down to the finish line! Munisha, thanks for the drink! It was so dry today, I really needed it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Day 70

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This was in the oven while I was jumping this evening.  Melon-pan, I bet you can only find this in Japan - but unlike the name, it has no melon in it (melon extract if you are lucky, but I didn't have any). I guess the name comes from how it looks but IMHO it doesn't even look like one.

Finally I feel that I am back in the groove with jumping - for the past two weeks, I've felt as though I was tripping more times than my jumps. I have concluded that I was getting lazy and was trying to jump slower - today, my two monsters fell asleep earlier than usual so I was able to jump before twilight zone. That certainly helped and I felt refreshed after my 18 minutes. On the last set, I jumped 700!

Wow, 20 more days to go. I am really happy to have come this far. My husband claims that he will start next March once his hectic job settles down a bit. That says a lot! I plan to join him although I may not do it everyday. At least it's another incentive to get continue.  Can't wait to see what the final stretch will bring.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Can't find enough hours in the day

Life is hectic at the moment, well actually, the photography side of things is crazy busy. So may sessions to photograph and then hours of proofing. I'm quite proud to say I have not missed my jumproping so I'm feeling upbeat.

People are really starting to notice the difference - especially between last week and this week. Corry said to hold out buying too many clothes a few weeks back. Yup, the trousers that I bought thinking that I could not possibly shrink any more - I find myself tripping over them because they just don't sit on my waist! Unbelievable!

Another late night. Better go off to bed.  My sincere congratulations to those PCP-ers that graduated today (or yesterday rather!!) You all look amazing and I can't wait for that day when I reach the 90th day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Day 65

OOh, 25 more days to go! I enjoyed my 3 sets of 5 minute jumping today. Jumproping is one thing I think I will definitely continue after PCPs. I can do it anytime, anywhere and I feel so refreshed afterwards - 20 minutes is such a short time to spare to feel better.

Eating better and healthier and more regularly has become a habit. It is almost second nature now. My cravings are less intense and I am content with a small amount even when I do have a craving.  The best thing about the diet program was that apart from the weighing of the food and avoidance of certain things such as pork, salt and oil, everything else was free for us to choose. This made it possible to go through the time with far less stress and a lot more variety than I had anticipated.

The thing I am feeling now is... I'm really cold!! Brrrr cold. It is partly due to the weather which has plummeted in the recent days but also due to my weight loss. Not complaining but... better get warmer clothes for the coming months! Now if I can go to bed and get my 6 hours sleep (or was it 8?) I would be happy instead of my recent bed time of 2:00AM's.

I really enjoyed the workout with Corry yesterday. Doing the exercises together makes it feel so much easier and quicker (but I end up working harder!) Few weeks ago, I couldn't dream of jumping and talking (oh, no... I had to concentrate!)  - but yesterday, we chatted our way through! Can't wait for next Monday when we are all back together again! 

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Day 61

As I am feeling rather "blah" today, I have decided to just jumprope and do the rest of the exercises on Sunday. While I was jumping I decided to list  the positive findings this week.

Firstly, I had a busy day today so much so that I forgot to take any medication but I seem to be getting over my cold. When I develop a cold, it tends to linger for weeks and I usually lose my voice. (very sexy for a brief moment!) This time, I think I have knocked it on the head and I am already on the mend - must be those fresh food kicking in to boost my immune system. (well, that is what I am trying to tell myself!)

Secondly, during Monday's workout (although I haven't succeeded eversince) I jumped the whole 4 minutes without tripping -must have been my competitive streak (I was jumping next to Jane at the time!) I couldn't believe that I could actually do that.

Thirdly, my weight has plummeted down this week by almost 1kg. Not that I am concentrating on losing any more weight, but as I am eating so little, I had been hoping to see at least a slight decline. For the last two weeks, my weight simply did not budge. I am so glad I believed in this program and kept going. Now Patrick's e-mail makes sense how the body was preparing to go "that step" further.

This week has just zipped by and now we are approaching the weekend again! Positive vibes for no rain tomorrow. I have been looking forward to tomorrow's photo session but it may be cancelled due to weather.  Fingers crossed.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Day 60

2/3 of the way through - great - I should be dancing but  I am sadly down with a cold. I've been fighting it for so long but now I am quickly losing the battle. It's a simple head cold so it's not a big deal, just draining. Hopefully I can shake it off pretty soon.

Few days ago, I liberated myself from counting while jumproping - wow, a big difference! Having said that recently it takes longer for me to work up a sweat. I wonder if it is the weather or my cold or I'm just getting used to jumping?

Finally found a recipe to utilize the egg yolk that gets thrown away too often. Made with sweet potatoes brought to me by my little friend who went digging with her class yesterday.

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I also made this - gobbled up by my children in minutes. Worth the effort though!

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Talk about sugar high...

not me, thank goodness but my Super Girl. She was so giddy after having those Halloween candy after Trick or Treating this evening... it took her an extra 1.5hrs to fall asleep. Hence, my workout starting now... again... ugh.

I haven't done the diet down to a T any day this week. November will be better... promising myself. I want to make this month count. Starting jumping as of now...

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Phew, got my exercises finished 5 minutes past midnight. Today's jumping was a grouping of  3 minutes opposed to yesterday's 2 minutes. I know it's totally psycological, but I prefered them today as there were fewer sets to clear. I was jumping while the rest of the family slept upstairs so I couldn't have any music on. So I counted... 2100 jumps.

I never thought I'd say this but I was happy to have the legs exercises back tonight. It felt good to have the squats & creeps and have that strain in my thighs again... no workout is complete without them! I am also enjoying the sit-ups too. (I know there weren't any today but I replaced my last rep of V-sits with 50 sit-ups.) Oh my goodness, I'm probably going to reread my post tomorrow morning and realise that I was out of my mind! Off to bed. I think I'm tired. :) Happy Halloween everyone!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My carbs for tomorrow morning

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I'm quite proud to say I baked the above this evening. OK, I admit, I nibbled to have a taste (slap on my wrist - no carbs in the evening).

Recipe: Strong flour 240g; All purpose flour 60g; Milk 200ml; Sugar 30g; Margerine 30g; Salt 4g; Dry Yeast 5g

Can't wait for the morning for my 70g of carbs! Oops, haven't worked out today yet - off to start now. Is it just me? I'm really in a slump. Once I get started, I'm fine but it really is hard work getting there.  Also now that I have two children full time during the autumn break, my diet has gone iffy too. I keep on having a bite of things I shouldn't have.... I need to be stronger... It's no help seeing no change in my weight for about two weeks now - probably due to not sticking 100% to the diet. Ugh. (a big sigh...)

ETA: I just finished my workout with 17 more minutes to go for the evening. Instead of those kung-fu thingee I decided to opt for the 8 min. abs workout. It was quite tough after 100 sit-ups but got though it.  Oyasuminasai.

The world will be a better place...

Look who has come to the rescue! Just had to pop in and post this photo I took. My very own Super Girl S!

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Baked Salmon

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I made this salmon dish for our guest this evening. At first, it is very lemony and tangy but once you get used to the flavour, totally addictive! As long as it's for lunch, everything used in the recipe is okay for our PCP diet!

4 cloves garlic minced; 4 tbs olive oil; 2 tsp dried basil; 2 tsp ground black pepper; 5 tbs lemon juice, 2 tbs fresh parley chopped; 4 fillets salmon; 1-2 tbs chopped dill

Prepare marinade by mixing above ingredients. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish and cover with the marinade. Marinade in the fridge for over 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes or until easily flaked with a fork.

My sincere apologies for the less than appetising photo. The best I could do with my two year old's left overs 4 hours after the meal. :) She was too excited to eat anything. I served it with creamed spinach and carrot rice but for PCP, I would put the fillet on a bed of couscous with a side of steamed veggies! Yum!

I've recently found www.allrecipes.com. It has recipes for anything and everything. I tend to choose ones that have been tested by over 100 people and has good ratings. The above recipe was one of them. There is a Japanese equivalent - http://cookpad.com . With these two sites, I am totally HOOKED with cooking/baking at the moment. Just taking today as an example, in addition to the above main dish, I made pumpkin soup, apple pie and banana crumbs muffins. Although I can't eat a lot of the things I make, I get the satisfaction making them plus the house smells divine!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day 50

I can't believe it's the 50th day already. Time flew in between the first indulgence and today. Well, the indulgence e-mail came this morning once again to my pleasant surprise. It was perfect timing because we were destined to dine out with my husband's colleague flying in from Hong Kong.

For my last indulgence, I was "craving" for my hot 'n sour soup but this time, I haven't been craving for anything in particular. We went to the restaurant on the ground floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Akasaka so I had a varied menu to choose from. No one thing grabbed my attention - Korean Bibimpa (stone-baked Korean vegetable topped rice) and Pad Thai (Thai stir-fried noodles) were strong contenders but I settled for Thai curry. I do miss the spicy savour. (Please excuse the grainy photos. They were all taken by my son's point and shoot. )

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Now, I haven't had a full meal apart from my apple, milk and egg whites in the evening for a while. Just one look at the mountain of rice was enough to put me off!! However, the curry was so spicy (I couldn't have anything that was spicy enough before!) I had to dilute the taste with the rice. I knew anything I tasted was going to be salty so considering, I enjoyed the meal. Managed to polish the curry and maybe half the rice. (I left all the potatoes though - potatoes in Thai curry??) One thing I noticed was that although I don't usually drink a lot of water during a meal, today, I had at least 5 glasses. My body must have reacted quickly to the excess amount of sodium intake. Fascinating.

I was lucky that we started and ended dinner fairly early so upon returning home, I started today's exercises to work some of the food off. The meal was incredibly filling and I feel rather bloated, still as I type this at nearly 11 o'clock, almost 4 hours after finishing the meal. So that's all from me for now.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Seeing changes everyday...

My husband came back from his business trip on Friday and was amazed at my changes. Wonderful, something I needed to hear to keep my incentives up! Now yesterday, I think I succeeded in doing the v-sits correctly for the first time. Until now, I could raise my legs to the position but I couldn't get my top half to cooperate. Suddenly (as Corry told us that one day it will click.) I found myself being able to do them - well, when I say them, I mean a few, well, a couple. It's a start anyway.

Instead of counting the jumproping today, it was jumping 7 sets for 2 minutes each. I am so used to counting so I counted anyway while my timer counted down. I jump at a constant rhythm and if I break that (either slowing down or doing it faster) I instantly trip up. So I was jumping at my usual pace. I was averaging 300 jumps in 2 minutes. Please do the maths. That's 2100 jumps... a huge step up from doing 1500 jumps yesterday, and I thought yesterday was a lot of jumps... I was surprised at myself that I could actually jump that many in 14 minutes.

A lot of people ask me about post-PCP. I would love to maintain what I have developed both physically and healthy eating habits. I would be fascinated to hear about what the other former PCP-er that have completed the project have experienced adjusting back to "normal" life and diet.

I took a peek at tomorrow's exercises and I almost wish that I hadn't. Pistol squats, squats and floorjumps all in one day???? Ughhhhhh! (Ha ha, now Munisha and Jane know beforehand too!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day 44

We are almost half way there! I know it's late but I am finally "getting" how to work the targeted muscles. Until now I was rather frustrated that for some exercises, I just didn't get the burn that others were feeling or in the right location. Recently, it seems like each day I have a lightbulb moment.  A few days ago was the sit-ups and tonight definitely were the squats. Having done the pistol squats for a week and then going back to the normal squats, I now see that I wasn't going down far enough to get enough workout.   Ugh, more work for me now that I've learned something new....

Costco's with Munisha was certainly fun! What amazes me is that whenever I go there, I end up spending at least 20,000 yen(!) and today was purely for fresh foods!! Hopefully my stock will last a while.

Partly due to the fact that yesterday's figures hadn't improved much since last week, today I was feeling "big"... for some reason. I remember reading Emiko's post about how she felt that her tummy was still there... that is exactly how I feel. It doesn't help when my 2 year olds falls asleep patting it as though it was pudding or something... You wait and see little one, hopefully pretty soon - you won't be able to do that, honey! Maybe the no banana suppers will kick in this week...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Day 41

Ooops - had a rather full day today so I'll be exercising in the evening when the two kiddos are down. (whenever that is going to be!) I just had to jump in here and declare that... I love cottage cheese now! I am so glad Patrick recommended trying it again because I think my taste has changed and it is so scrummy! Have been mixing it with tuna and really enjoying it. Who ever knew!

Have found a budding artist this morning so wanted to share...

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Day 39

Today's workout and lunch with the ladies at Jodi's was great. Now that the exercises are so much harder and longer, doing them together makes them go by so much easier, faster, and of course more fun! Munisha, your V-sits are impressive girl! Lunch was simply delicious too! Thank you all so much! Having said that, my jumproping was rubbish this morning. I could not jump more than 20 at a time and I got caught up every few jumps. It was frustrating at first but then it got highly embarrassing! (I can jump on good days, trust me!) I did give up after 1000 then and just finished doing the rest (plus an extra 200 to make me feel better) - I hate it when I fall asleep next to my little one while I'm putting her to bed. Now I am wide awake at such a weird time of day. Oh well!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day 37

Getting out of bed was a struggle this morning. I'm really sore from yesterday's workout! I'm guessing it must have been those crawls or the new squats because my thighs feel it the most. Today's jumping was fine but oh boy, it was tough getting through the exercises. I'm glad it's over for today - ugh but 4 sets of 40 second planks was a killer.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Day 36

A new week - harder exercises. Thanks Corry for putting up with me one to one this morning. It was so worth it! I'm feeling every muscles today and it's great. To my pleasant surprise, I must have been doing something right last week - my figures had all improved and I was excited to see a jump in my muscle mass percentage. It was hovering around the 27% mark until now but suddenly it was up to 29% today. I'm becoming "like Jane" - a hama mama's PCP terminology which means muscle percentage  of 33%!

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This week was filled with fun and excitement treasuring every minute with the family visiting from Germany. The time apart for 3.5 years (apart from a brief visit to Germany) instantly disappeared and it was as if they had never left Japan - well, bar the fact that children had grown and there was a  little addition to our family. The time flew by and they have departed (and already landed on the other side of the world) but we will be reunited again, hopefully very soon.

The PCP took rather a backseat as it was hard getting the diet right while on the run. I did manage most of the exercises and have not missed any jumping. Today, I am back on track and ready to take on the upcoming weeks full on.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Day 32

Jumping and doing the exercises at 10PM after spending over 9 hours at Tokyo Disney Sea - that's commitment for you. Needless to say, I am totally shattered and I have cut some corners doing the workout but I now can retire to bed with a clear conscience. One point of advice - when going anywhere crowded, make sure your 2.5 year old wears a flourescent coloured shirt with the home phone number written on the back  (great advice from a supportive and compassionate friend) or never leave her out of your sight - it will save you from alot of unwanted sweat, panic, losing your voice and running. Did I say I was thankful for that added energy boost PCP has given me for those "emergency" moments? Going off to bed... thankful that everyone is safe and sound.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Day 30

It's hard to think that we are already a third way through! I am quite proud of myself for getting this far but I must admit it has been a pleasure. I feel great, have abundant energy and I can now fit into clothes that I never thought I would. I can now fit into trousers that I was wearing on my honeymoon 10 years ago. I had lost weight prior to the wedding and weighed 47kg (my slimmest by far). Ok, my weight is still far from then but still I am thrilled! I will try to see if I have a photo wearing it then and compare photos! Since starting PCP, I've so far lost at least 6kgs! I'm definitely loving the change along with the newly acquired muscle power! Can't wait for the next two months and the changes it will bring.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Day 28

Finished with week 3! 1300 times jumping was such an energy boost for the morning - I really enjoyed it. My bestest friend from Germany arrived this morning, first time in too many years. I am thrilled that I can spend time with her in Yokohama once again - it will be like going back in a time machine!! My son's best friend, my god daughter and her twin - and of course their wonderful papa - what a glorious bunch to be with. I have to enjoy every second of this week! Will update with photos soon. Be warned, they're gorgeous!

On a sidenote, my son is really interested in cooking with me recently. He made himself a banana smoothie yesterday. He is eating much more vegetables (his pet hate) and is more energetic. I hope it rubs off on his results for the Negishi run on Tuesday which he is so looking forward to!

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Her first ever obento -

Just a quick post because I couldn't resist. My daughter is off to a zoo venture this morning with a picnic. I told you I was really into cooking. Did I make a high hurdle for myself in the future or what?

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Day 25

I am obsessed with cooking at the moment! :) I have so much food in the fridge, I'm cooking for the children despite my diet not allowing me to savour them. I was in the kitchen at 10:30 yesterday evening boiling daikon (Japanese white radish) with minced beef sauce so that my 8 yr old son could bring it for his lunch. (although he admitted that he chucked them... grrrr.)

The much waited "indulgence" e-mail from Patrick this morning. I was allowed "something between 200-400 calories that is not on the PCP diet ". So far, I have never craved for anything sweet because I've never really had a sweet tooth and fruit is such a big part of diet.

What I wanted was my favorite hot and sour soup noodles at the local Taiwanese restaurant.  I quickly looked up the calories - gosh, I always thought it was healthy and low calories but I was far from it. It was 750 calories! I was not going to give up though and rang up my mother to join me for lunch so that I can steal a few bites . (She obviously didn't have a choice of what she was ordering!)  Her assistant at Bayside Academy (my mum's Japanese language school - a tiny advertisement here! tee hee!) also tagged along for the feast. Hot and sour soup noodles were ordered alongside stir-fried water spinach (Ong choi or kushinsai).  So here is my indulgence in full glory!

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(Quite difficult getting my photo taken with comments flying around like "where do I look through?" or "what do I press?"  My mum failed miserably and so this was taken by the restaurant owner, who was equally not very camera savvy. I'm glad it was in focus, but sorry mum, you were out of the frame! She was there!)

Well, when I walked in the restaurant, everyone noticed that I was slimmer and more fit which was exciting. I craved for the same soup while I was pregnant with my second, so they have seen me at my biggest and I have been a repeat customer eversince! After chatting about PCP for a shortwhile, I asked the chef to make our order with the smallest amount of salt and oil possible.

This soup that I have been craving for - my total indulgence - was good - but not as I remembered it to be. I could taste so many different spices and ingredients that I never noticed before and it was.... how shall I say... distracting? I think there was a bit of my guilty conscious whispering... "are you sure you want to be eating this??" too. Therefore, I enjoyed my lunch but preferred the stir-fried water spinach to my surprise. I now have to go on a hunt to get hold of water spinach for my own cooking! Furthermore, notice my small bowl compared to the usual portion? I was so full after what I had, I couldn't imagine eating the whole thing - to think I polished that up and was so ready for dessert a few weeks ago! Oh my!

I've enjoyed my indulgence and am ready to return to the diet scheme!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 23

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My daughter's best friend celebrated her 3rd birthday today. The children had a ball - it was a test of self-control for me. All those party finger food was so tempting but I stayed way clear. Phew. Isn't that Anpanman cake the cutest?

After the workout yesterday, I realised that perhaps I wasn't pushing myself  enough for each of the exercises. Today I made sure that I felt those muscles working. Been feeling the strain all day.  Good pain.

I seem to have much more energy these days, proven by the fact that I just finished clearing the kitchen and my last batch of laundry. I definitely would have postponed them until tomorrow morning until now.

And my biggest surprise -  I glanced at the mirror and noticed that  I have two "faint" vertical lines in my tummy!! Nothing to show off about or worth a picture but I have NEVER had these before. I did do a double take and also make sure that it wasn't a line made from a crease in my clothing or anything. Exciting!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Quest for bananas

I went to Home's and they were completely out of bananas. The explanation was that there was a TV program a few days ago that introduced what's called the "banana diet".  The diet only calls for eating a banana and drink plenty of water for breakfast and many testified that they lost weight. Eversince the broadcast, stores can't stock enough bananas.  Thr program must have aired on the day Tim couldn't find any.  I went to three other stores and finally found some at the fruit shop by Yamate Station - sorry I took the last two though! Upon reaching home, I made a banana shake with ice, milk and my prized banana. It was not funny, I was fighting with the children to get my sufficient amount. Oh well.

Day 22

Had a great workout this morning. Thank you ladies! Here is the big shock - no carbs for lunch!! What? I was expecting the apple, banana, egg white feast to start so that was no biggie but no carbs for lunch?? Today, I think it was my mind saying I ought to be hungry, so I was. I had a full 100g protein (sauteed lamb) with 100g steamed veggies and 1 egg white but by 15:00 I was starving! I had my 80g ration of fruits, a kiwi, and now I feel better.

Yesterday evening, my 2.5 year old daughter was sad going to bed so I asked her what she wanted to eat for dinner the next day. The children have been eating really healthy for the last 3 weeks. In a split second, with a wide grin on her face she said "Cheeburger, mummy. The small cheeburger at McWonal. (Big bro usually has the double cheeseburger or as she says the "biiiig" cheeburger)." So I promised her a date at McWonal as I tucked her in so that is where I will be in the next hour. Of course, I will have my two fruits with me as I watch the two munch away. They deserve that for being so supportive!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Day 21

1000 jumps finished. Just in time, my new jumprope with the counter arrived. It's such a great tool for those who can't count, right? WRONG! I found myself  too attached to my former jumprope- I tried 500 jumps with the new ones and gave up. The rope is heavier, the handles a bit longer. I was jumping higher and slower than usual to avoid whipping myself which was quite painful. I did like the luxury of not having to count but I was counting to myself anyway...

We went out on a family outing yesterday and I can feel that I had so much more energy than before. Previously our highlight of the weekend  was enjoying meals out but now we are eating at the house which is so much more relaxing!  (well, bar my supportive husband working away in the kitchen afterwards!)

I am roasting a chicken at the moment as I type- without any salt and with handmade stuffing... Hopefully it will come out okay... Looking forward to tomorrow's workout. 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Day 18

I learn something new every day - I went out to lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. Although I had everything that I was allowed to have- steamed vegetables, roast beef (without sauce or gravy), bread, few grapes and coffee - I guess the salt content was a bit higher than what I recently got used to.  Although the portion was just under my required lunch ration, oh boy, I've been feeling so tired and irritable all afternoon. Could it be that extra salt causing this?

All my friends will testify that I'm not one for walking - I even drive to school instead of that five minutes walk. Well, I walked for 30 minutes to the restaurant today and it felt great!  Also, my tummy is  getting used to eating small for dinner. I'm loving the little changes at the moment!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 17

On Monday, I jumped 250 consecutively - today was 350! I'm really enjoing this. It seems like I can jumprope so much more so suddenly. Having a hard time counting though. I caught myself saying "37, 38, 39, 60." Yeah, right. I've ordered jumpropes with counters now.

Day 16

For the last week, I felt like I was always in the kitchen. Steaming, cleaning, peeling, cleaning, more steaming... Now, it is second nature and so much easier. I've decided that I like lighter & leafy vegetables (sprouts, Chinese cabbage, lettuce etc.) more than the carrots & broccoli's and that has taken the strain out of steaming vegetables for more than five minutes.

Now, as the diet changed yesterday, I am hungry. Substituting 1 egg white for my 50g protein for dinner has been tough but due to that, I totally appreciate the full breakfast now. What a change to the system. It is so interesting how the body (and mind) quickly adapts.  

I had my breakfast this morning but ate my morning snack too early. By lunch time, I was ravenous and a bit dizzy. My lesson learnt the hard way. I will be spacing out my snacks from now...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Something must be changing...

if I am steaming vegetables at 10PM because I'm craving for steamed bean sprouts. I mean, there are cravings but bean sprouts? I savoured my allocated 50g vegetables for my night snack and I was happy. Until now, you would have seen me sneak a cup noodle or a bag of crisps or a bar of chocolate, eaten with pleasure but with guilt... but tonight it was moyashi. I'm not often surprised by myself but tonight I am stunned for words!! At least I am not feeling guilty!

Day 15

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No, this isn't my photo. I had a maternity session yesterday, but it did make me think back. It was having my two babies that really put the weight on. Fortunately or unfortunately, I had a doctor that did not mind how much I gained during my pregnancy. Now I am here to work it off. I am determined to succeed.

Yesterday, for the first time I was hungry in the evening. I think the joy of weighing my food was wearing thin and I can pretty much eyeball the amount I need to eat. Then came my cravings - I was thinking of all the wrong foods, obviously - ramen, chips, curry... all that oil and salt! (And why did I get those little bags of crisps for the children at Costco's?? ) I was surfing the internet for salt-free noodle soup with little success, of course. I simply decided to take an early night.

This morning I went along to the workout and came out really refreshed. To see the other ladies, chatting, exercising together, drooling over Corry - I now have  recharged my motivation. Great. A start to another week, here I come! 

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Day 13

Guess what I found at Costco's today. (Yes, boring way to spend a Saturday with the children, I know. Had to be done.) This will most certainly be used often. Currently I'm stocked up to the brim with vegetables, fruits and fish - my refrigerator is about to explode!

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Day 12

Finished my exercises for the day. I didn't think I was going to ever say this but - breakfast is too much food! (Too much food? Did I say that?) I usually eat very little for breakfast, piece of toast or bowl of rice... Not a bowl of rice, egg, 150ml of yoghurt AND a bowl of vegetables! I struggled this morning especially because I wasn't feeling a 100% but managed to get it down.

My magic wand (AKA Elvie my super helper) steamed and weighed enough veggies and rice to take me to Monday when she next comes. If I don't have time or don't feel like cooking, I can just whip it out. How wonderful. You're a gem Elvie! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day 10

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Hint of autumn. Weather is cooling down now making it a tad easier to do the exercises.  Havins said that, whenever I am exercising, my two year old always rushes to get a towel saying "bisho bisho ne" (literally means "you're drenched" - thank you sweetie!)  At least I'm working hard.

Foodwise, I'm still struggling with cutting down salt. Feels rather bland as the Japanese diet uses so much of it! I will get used to it in time, I'm sure. We had sashimi tuna for supper but was later told that sashimi was quite fatty?? Is that true? Hmm...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day 9

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Who was I kidding? Even "I" can do the exercises? I'm suffering at week 2! It was not a gradual increase as I had hoped- Week 2 makes you work so much more! My arms have been screaming out eversince our workout yesterday.  Now it really feels like I'm starting to train muscles to do their job. No pain, no gain, I guess!

As for the foods - I was on a brief trip away and encountered problems finding decent veggies and protein. It made me step back and think about how we overeat carbs and take excessive amount of salt.   

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Day 7

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I was out paparazzing yesterday - that is, I attended a workshop sponsored by Canon and was one of TWENTY photographers taking pictures of one model. One thing is for sure, I can never be confident enough to stand there with so many cameras pointed at me. (OK, no one would ask me to be a model but still...)

Anyway, exercises has been all completed for this week. I was glad that even "I" can do them. I am looking forward to the next set of exercises and of course the new menu. After this week, I realise now that I was eating way over the body requirement- there is a Japanese saying "Hara hachibunme" which translates  literally to eat only until 80% full. (the proberb means "Light suppers make for long lives.") - that is so true. I don't feel hungry anymore with less food and I feel lighter and happier. I have lost at least 2 kgs in the last week already. I'm ready for week 2.  

As for my photography, I have set a goal to master various flash techniques during the next 82 days. I hope I can borrow fellow PCP members to try them out - Patrick and Corry, I'd love to start off with you guys. Let's take cool photos. I won't let you down!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Day 4 Happy feet!

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My gorgeous and supportive friend Penny treated me to my first ever pedicure for my birthday. (No need for birthday wishes because it was in May!) Now, this was pure bliss. I can happily show off my feet in the weekly photograph now - and if it sparkles, it will be the diamonds on my big toe!  (I struggled with photographing my own feet - how creative can you get?!)

I am happy to say that jumproping is becoming easier and easier and I can jump far more in one go. I no longer have to stop to catch my breath and have found a comfortable rhythm.  I guess my body is slowly but surely learning... How exciting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Day 3

Cutting what I usually have at McDonalds by half  probably was not part of the "cutting our meals by half scheme" - but that was what we had for supper. I find myself making excuses to eat "half" of everything and anything at the moment (although with a guilty conscience) so I am already looking forward to the more strict measurement diet from next week. Then, there will be no more excuses! 

I finished my exercises before taking my daughter to her swimming lesson in the morning. I find myself now noticing how I use certain muscles (highlighted by mild muscle pain I feel in places). It is going to be interesting  seeing how these muscles develop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Day 2 Finished already?

I decided to get the exercises out of the way early this morning. I have a bit of muscle ache coming on from yesterday in my arms but otherwise I am okay. I had my tiny personal trainer counting away next to me. Her counting tends to skip around, go up to only 10 and carries on whether I am panting or not... but anyway.

Here are a few shots from yesterday of Jodi. I tend to hide behind the camera when I am nervous - I was waiting for my photo to be taken - totally nervewrecking!

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Day 1

Hi. My name is Maki and I don't exercise... Ha ha, I guess this statement is going to have to change now that I have decided to take part in PCP. Eversince school days, I wished for rain on Sports day - if it was on, my mother prayed that I wouldn't come last in all the races. My younger brother always excelled in the sporting side while I was happy pursing my music.

Then why do this now? I have two children, ages 8 and 2 and have used up all excuses to explain to myself why I am still not back in shape.  Rather, I am always exceeding my personal maximum weight on a monthly basis! After the summer, I met up with Corry and saw her stunning figure and her abundant energy. This is what I want and I am looking forward to opening new doors for myself! Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu!

So, I am going to start off my blog with a photo of gorgeous Corry from this morning! 

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