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25 September 2006 @ 10:17 pm
"To the next me~"  
(That is what the logo says on the right) This afternoon after work, I joined a gym. It's kind of a weird feeling, because this is the first time I've ever joined a gym.... or even wanted to.

I went to look at it because my friend Melissa is a member, and she told me about the pool they have. I also went because.. I'm getting fatter!! I don't know how else to put it, since I've actually dropped about 15 pounds since last winter (I gained a lot when I came to Japan, eating such yummy food!), and I weigh the same that I did when I was 16 (I've been tracking it for about 2 months now, and my weight only barely fluctuates now). But despite that, I've got all of this fat in places that I don't want! I've read over and over how you can lose fat and gain muscle, and therefore look better without losing weight, so the same thing must have happened in reverse to me, I think. X.x Well...... I don't like it! I want to have confidence in my body instead of fat sticking out of places it's never stuck out of before, so I'm going to finally take the steps that I want to! Plus, I'm really excited to try something new. I love to go hiking and I walk a LOT, but that's not really cutting the bill, so I look forward to trying the new things at a gym (like stair climbing things with MTV on them! =D). Also, there are all kinds of weird classes that are free for members at the gym, and those should be fun to go to!! My goal is to go three times a week at least, preferably 5 times for an hour or two (right after work on weekdays). I can also go to the pool (or SPA!!) to hang out and read if I want to get away from things. But enough about thaaaaat.....

It was really easy to sign up for a membership!! I was a little worried about it, since my japanese is still not very good, but it must have improved a lot over the summer. I didn't have a single problem, and I understood almost everything that the sales lady told me. So my vocabulary still sucks, but now I have the confidence to get around in everyday things in Japanese and feel competent. ^-^

Also, some other things that I've wanted to say about my life..... A while back, I made a diet change. I'm not on a diet at all, but rather I cut out most of the candy and junk food that I liked to eat. I used to subside mostly on junk food, but now I've turned to eating a lot of fruits, and cutting out a lot of fried foods and things like that. I still get the occasional chocolate craving, and I drink tea (with tons of sugar and milk, the best way to have it!!) like there's no tomorrow, but in general I'm eating a lot more healthily, I take vitamins every day and drink plenty of water, and I feel pretty good physically! I've had no problem after the first week or so sticking to the plan. Nowadays I can't even eat a lot of candy at once, because I'm losing the taste for it. I still love it, but certain kinds more than others, and in less quantities. I'd much rather eat, for example, the lovely deliciously huge grapes in my fridge! ^o^ Now if only I can train myself to stop eating late at night..... that's the next step!!

Some other goals... my manga is going to be sent off by October's deadline. Wish me luck!! I need all of your well-wishes!! ^^ I am also hoping to make a big improvement in my figure by the end of next month, so let's see what happens! I'd like to be able to wear a bikini again by November and not feel like I want to hide! =D;;;
+babymoss on September 25th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
I always like your positivity :D

Good luck with the manga!!

(P.s- Then when you're happier with your figure you can get your belly button pierced and post pictures, y?) ;
mizukiaya: BongManmizukiaya on September 25th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
ooh i wanna join. how much was it? tho, id prolly only be able to go on weekends and maybe fridays if i felt like it.
Melissa D. Johnson: Ayu-Mayama KICK!mippa on September 25th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
She joined my gym--the prices are different depending upon what plan you use. If you are wanting weekend only, it's much cheaper~
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Momokoxelloss_poo on September 25th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I believe in you and your manga. ^____^
dream_rainedream_raine on September 25th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
wooh, I need to improve my diet too...I think Aya Ueto advises eatting natto everyday...impossible for me..XD

All the best for your manga! I think your drawings are cute and really good too! Ganbatte!!
Mika Kitsune: barahimemikakitsune on September 25th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your manga :3 !
dinhu_4everdinhu_4ever on September 25th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! Good Luck with your manga! You are going to be on the top of that Tohan List someday, mark my words! ^^

*sending e-well-wishes*
the naked truthkatalyst on September 25th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
good luck!

(ha, I have the same problem, lately. I joined our campus gym and am hitting yoga and pilates classes. :D)
Chiakichiaki777 on September 25th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
aww well eating right and excercise sounds good... I need to do crunches to get my stomach flatter... XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 25th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I read that doing crunches can't actually get your stomach flatter, it just tones the nuscles beneath the fat. X.x I think it might be true, too, since I did crunches every morning for months and still couldn't get flat abs. X.x So annoying!! And forget about my stomach. I'm just going to work it all off until that comes off too, I decided!!
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Francesca {フランチェスカ}fantasy2004 on September 25th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the manga.
Aya: Fujiiceblueaya on September 25th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the manga ^.^
nekooflove: Fushigi Yuugi: Happy Bandit Dance!nekooflove on September 25th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Hi, this is random, but I saw you posting on either expatsjapan or eikaiwa and checked out your profile. We have several things in common so I decided to add you.
Just so you knew...
C L O V E Ridyllica on September 25th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to cut down on fast food and sometimes I get cravings, but I'm putting it off. ♥

Good luck. :D I go to the gym or I walk every single day because there is a gym at the rec center. Its really nice.

Good luck and best wishes on your manga! :D
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 25th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! That's exactly my problem!! I wish that there was a way to lose the fat on my stomach/abs without losing my boobs! ;o;
Raynermundist on September 25th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Some things for mental "clarity" from someone who has/is also on working on similar things.

1. You don't go ON a diet, you change you diet. That's one of those things that ticks me off about language. When you went to Japan your diet changed largely because they have different staple foods. That's why people say they're hungry so quick after eating foreign foods. It's not that they're necessarily "better" it's that they don't include the staples of their regular daily diet. Most people don't realize that if someone who regularly has rice with their meals (Japanese) comes to the US they get the same feeling despite the fact that our food is so much fattier because chances are their body is craving the things specific to rice even after eating all that other food. That is to say they aren't suddenly hungry again, they're hungry for rice. That's why people should be a little more aware of the word "diet" and not learn to dislike it so much because we all have one.

2. "Losing weight" is a horrible comment that people make (especially health professionals). To lose weight you can drop muscle mass or fat content, or change the ratio between the two. As you've said your weight hasn't changed, then you've probably changed the ratio between the two. So, be honest with yourself (even I have a tough time with it) and put a positive spin on it and say you're building muscle mass, if you're brave say you're burning fat. My scale measures body fat percentage as I don't find simple "weight" to be an accurate marker of health. Remember muscle weights more than fat so you could end up weighing more, but looking and feeling better.

3. My mindset of what is "fair" helps me keep going since I started working out 3 years ago (I continue to flux but keep working). Just remember that if the world was "fair" it would take you as much time to get back into shape (healthy shape) as it did to get out of it. For me it was 12 years. With that in mind I am much more comfortable with the idea that it only takes a few months to start seeing results (it's gonna take approx. 3 months for major visual change unless you go all out...which can burn you out). If the world of health was fair it would take me 12 years, but it's not and it takes a lot less. However, I keep that "fair" mark in mind so that the changes that do happen seem relatively quicker. =)

Remember to drink lots of water. It will keep you feeling "full." The human stomach doesn't differentiate well between thirst and needing food, so sometimes we eat when we're really just thirsty. That will quell that.

Don't forget that I'm not a health nut or trained in this stuff, but I've done enough reading to keep myself going and avoid fads (atkins and crap like that). The other thing is try and keep moving when you can, which you probably do being in Japan as opposed to us Americans who sit on our butts at home, in our cars and at work. =P

Mostly, best of luck. It's tough but it can be fun. Invest in an MP3 player if you haven't already. It will keep the boredom down at the gym.
  ⌒☆Redredstars on September 25th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the gym, and your manga too. ^.^