diet things

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So I kind of started a diet. Diet? Hm. I guess it’s more of a lifestyle change.

Over the summer, I put on about 4kg.

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You say.

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Ugh. I know.

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It’s easy to put on poundage when you spend every waking hour traipsing from bar to bar, shovelling unhealthy friend snacks into your face along the way.

In an unrelated side note doesn’t the word “traipse” sound like some one who walks around in diving fins?

And I know to some people 4kg may sound like nothing (we all have different bodies), and I’m not trying to sound whiny, but it really is causing me problems recently. All of my clothes fit me so uncomfortably these days that it’s driving me crazy. Like I think I need to buy new underwear to battle this mess.

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So I decided to hunt for a diet that would work for me. But I hate dieting and everything sucked. And I’m not someone who is good at sports or self-disciplined enough to reliably work out on a schedule.

So for a while I was trying taking FANCL’s Calorie Limit supplement before eating anything of sizeable proportion and taking DHC’s Force Coli to speed my metabolism.

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And actually it did alright! As long as I remembered to do my squats, sit ups, and didn’t eat over 1200 calories. But then I would go out on the weekend, and the weight would end up all right back where it was.

So I have decided to give Intermittent Fasting (IF) a go. I’ve been reading a lot of information about it, and got particularly motivated by this story. I’m also going for a Leangains approach, doing a 7 hour eating window and a 17 hour fasting window (which sounds a little wild, but I’ll adjust it if I feel it’s necessary).

If you’re not familiar with IF, what this means is you set a certain time frame in the day in which to get all of your calorie intake and the rest of the day you take no calories (you can still drink many teas, black coffee, zero-calorie sodas and water, though, so cheers). This way your body has more time to spend in fast state and burn up some excess fat that has been lingering on your body.

I’ve decided to try a window from 12:30pm til 19:30pm because it works for my schedule, and I’ve never been much of a breakfast person to begin with.

Anyway, goals.

So I decided to kick it off by doing one as-close-to-full-day-as-possible fast, starting mid-Monday and ending at noon today in time for lunch.

I didn’t anticipate it would be difficult (just my experience with some bad hangovers which left me appetite-less for days), and unsurprisingly it wasn’t. But I was surprised at HOW easy it was.

I even took lulzy progress notes like a REAL SCIENTAMIST. :B

 

I was so fucking happy to reach lunch, though.

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Pretty healthy: smoked chicken on green salad with hijiki and kimchi. It was delicious and perfectly satisfying, too.

So my first food window closed this evening, but before that I finally dug out ye olde Kai’s BRING IT!! Shrimp Curry (戒さんのかかってこい!!海老カレー) that I bought at the Gazette tour final in February for dinner.

Not the most artistic shot, but you get what you get, lol

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It tasted fishy. :/

At any rate, tomorrow’s my second day in and I’m trying to eat healthier, so wish me luck!

Have you ever tried IF? Any advice?

spring break begins

So spring break is beginning. I’m still technically “on call” from my job for a couple more days (ALT life), but lately the weather is getting warmer and I’m focusing more on creative things, so my mood is already ON VACATION. ♣

Today I woke up blissfully at 10 and a made a deliciously healthy breakfast.

 

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yogurt, granola with dried strawberries and raisins, and banana slices

Recently I’ve been pretty busy, overbooking my free time and my diet has suffered. I’m not strict about my diet usually, but there’s only so many days one can live on ramen and Family Mart chicken before fat and fatigue approaches.

I’ve definitely been overbooking my free time, though. Lately I find myself out with people all weekend, and then exhausted at work all week. The thing is, I love hanging out; it’s just my job does absolutely nothing for me. :/

So, I’ve started reading this book recently, Fuck It – Do What You Love by John C. Parkin.

 

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It looks like it’s exactly the kind of motivational help I need with this right now. I’m only 15% in on my kindle though, so I’ll let you know more what I think when I get further in. However it starts off with this great quote that really spoke to me.

 

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

-Henry David Thoreau

It’s not an awful job, but I’m personally not happy with being an English teacher, so this year my goal is to start doing what I want. I don’t know entirely how to go about it yet, but I have a couple of small projects in the works (that I will mention here when I’m ready), so I will see where it takes me.

I do believe in the power of human will, though. When I was in high school and university, I surprised myself many times by driving for and getting what I wanted. Granted, the doors waiting for you to open when you are younger seem more numerous than in the years after university, I know if I had the power in me to do something I wanted then, I can do it now too. I just need to get back into doing hard work for it.

And with that I’m off to get another cup of tea and get back to that hard work.

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