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selina - Saturday Sep 01, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

We have guests for dinner, tonight.  I went to the store to buy wine, cheese, and several things that I still needed for the evening.  Walked 15 min each way, so I guess that was the exercise for the day.  It's not easy to entertain when I don't have my stuff.  We are using the hospitality kit stuff (plates, cups, pots and pans, etc)  Hopefully, those pots and pans will do their job.  It's been raining quite a bit here in tokyo.  We needed the rain, the grass was turning a little brown in the garden below....

I hope you are all doing great!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 09/02/2012:
I am sure your dinner party will be successful :)

inmorning on 09/02/2012:
Ahhhh, I remember traveling with the military. The commissary is a nice benefit. I am sure your entertaining went well.

biscottibody59 on 09/02/2012:
Hope it was a good dinner and a good time--have a good Monday!

Maria7 on 09/02/2012:
Sounds like you are a busy bee...yes, that def sounds like some good walking exercise! :-)

selina - Saturday Sep 01, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

I can't believe it's already September!

Excellent day yesterday: gym and exercising portion control was accomplished.  I even ate choux cream for dessert! 

I met a couple of new people at the gym - very nice people.  The gym here is different, people are more friendly because our spouses all work at the same place, we are like a huge family.  Anyway, it's so much easier to make friends at the gym.  Another incentive to keep going there.

I finally had some time to paint!  My big brushes are in the sea shipment, so I had to use my newly purchased brushes (small), paint (not the quality I'm used to) and paper.   It's not optimum but it's good practice...

At night daughter and I walked to our town - the lights, the crowds and the night atmosphere are so energizing!   It's very safe to walk on the streets here, at all hours of day and night.  I never fear being mugged or harrassed, even when I'm alone - it's the safest place I've ever lived.

Today is Saturday and I may not go to the gym, I need a break.  I may go to the pool, instead.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/31/2012:
Good Morning :) It seem like things are falling perfectly in place for you and the family! You must post pics soon of your neighborhood! Have a great day :)

Bikiniwax85 on 08/31/2012:
Japan sounds super nice! Thinking about climbing Mt. Fuji not sure when though. I have a long list of to do's this year and next year is already pack! Awesome news about your homely gym! I feel like that too in my gym. Yippie for that!! :)

selina - Friday Aug 31, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Yesterday, I did much better with the eliptical - 50 minutes, as opposed to the 30 minutes that I'd been doing lately.  It's nice to get my stamina back, now that my jet-lag has cured itself.  No more falling asleep in the middle of the day, ha!     I met a lady at the gym (another emb spouse) who had some horror earthquake stories to tell me, yikes.  She was here last year when the earthquake hit and experienced it all...

Eating went well, maybe not as few calories as I'd like, but, it's ok.  I can do it, slowly.  I'm in no hurry....  Maybe a little.

I started making photos of the area I live in.  I also started drawing.  No painting, yet.  My large brushes are in sea shipment, darn it!  I thought I had hand carried them, but I guess I was mistaken....  Oh, well...

I hope you are all well and healthy, cheers everyone! 

Coffee 30, banana100(130)

exercise at gym: 49 min eliptical, 30 min weights  DONE!!!!

coffee 30, whole wheat toast 100 with strawberry jam 30 (290)



Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/30/2012:
Good Morning :) I hope you have a happy healthy day!!!

Bikiniwax85 on 08/31/2012:
Japanese food are so yummy! I will go crazy if I were there. Glad that food intake doing good! that is my weak point now. Huhuhuh :(

liza36 on 08/31/2012:
Thanks for your vote of confidence in me! I know I'll get back on track...just when?!

Excellent job on the elliptical. I still can't get past 15-20 minutes.

Have a great weekend.

Maria7 on 08/31/2012:
Sounds like you are happy and getting settled in. :-)

selina - Thursday Aug 30, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Excellent day, yesterday! 

I've been going to the gym on a regular basis in the morning and eating consciously.  Not actually cutting back too much on calories, though.  I'm taking it easy....

The extra furniture that I requested were delivered: extra sofa, loveseat chairs tables mirrors, etc.  The house is already furnished but I can always use some more furniture.  Daughter likes sleeping in queen size beds, so they also brought one for her and exchanged it with the twin size that she was sleeping on.  They helped me with moving some heavy furniture, for which I was very grateful.  The dining room just didn't look right... but now it's fixed.  I requested an old work table for painting on, and they actually had it - yay!  Now, I nly need the TV stands and a couple of extra occasional chairs for the library.  And also, I need my sea shipment because the walls are all empty and my closet is nearly empty, haha.  Anyway, that should take another few weeks...

No time for painting, yesterday, with all the furniture moving business...  I will try doing it today!

I hope everyone is doing well!  Cheers to all!



Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/30/2012:
You are a very busy lady these days! I hope you get a chance to paint today :)

liza36 on 08/30/2012:
Sounds like you could be a professional furniture mover with all you did. Glad the house is taking shape. Nice job on getting to the gym. It must be so convenient to have it in your own building (it is, right?).

biscottibody59 on 08/30/2012:
Good day there--keep up the good work!

selina - Wednesday Aug 29, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Hello all!  Pretty darn good day, yesterday: gym and conscious eating.  I even had a dessert after dinner, but I was still ok.  First day of school for daughter went well.  She rides the bus that leaves from the entrance of our building, so it's very easy for us all.  I went to the market to buy apples for her to take to school: too expensive, they cost about 4 dollars each!  Food is so expensive in this country, especially with the weak dollar!  It seems worse than in Geneva.   I miss the cheap fruits and veggies in the US where I bought things without having to think twice!  Good thing we have access to the comissary for the other stuff like canned and bottled things...

Today's plan: painting, gym and conscious eating.  

Stay well everyone! 

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/28/2012:
WOW on the 4 dollar apples :( That is pretty awesome that the bus picks your daughter up at your building :) Make sure to let me know when you post more of your beautiful paintings on fb :) Have a good morning!

biscottibody59 on 08/29/2012:
Good going! Nice that you get to take advantage of the base shopping! Hope your daughter has a good school year too:-)

Keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 08/29/2012:
Outrageous price! Well done on your gym and clean eating!

selina - Tuesday Aug 28, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

I went to the gym yesterday morning and did 30 min of eliptical (the eliptical here is different from the one in anytime fitness in vienna.  Here I work my feet, as well, due to the way it moves.) I also did 30 min of weights, which was nice.  I also had a chance to catch up with tv news while exercising.  Our tvs are not here yet, and they'll take about a month to arrive.  I also ate consciously all day.  Except for in the evening when hubby brought home some home made cookies.  Our ambassador's wife sent us a welcome package of homemade choco chip cookies which were too awesome.  I had two. 

I went to "tokyu hands" and did some "emergency" shopping for art supplies. Mineral spirits and lindseed oil for my oil painting.  I have plans to paint in our garden, today.  We'll see.  First, I have to buy some insect repelent if I want to stay outdoors.  My daughter go several dozen mosquito bites when she went to the pool the other day.

I hope you are all having  great week. 

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/27/2012:
Hey girl :) How is your daughter adjusting to her new school? Thanks for thinking of me and Isaac has been a mere on an off rain shower all day..It has thankfully missed our area quite a bit today but the breeze def cooled it off here tremendously :) Okay thanks for clearing the time difference for me..I am typing this at 7am your time :) Have a great day my friend!

supercheese on 08/27/2012:
Hope Japan is treating you well!!!

nunnermack on 08/27/2012:
Oh wow! You have a garden there?? I know how packed it is there. Glad to hear you are doing well and adjusting!!

mskitty on 08/27/2012:
Pretty cool to be in such an awesome new place. Very lucky. I have a number of friends who moved to Japan. I hope one day to visit.

selina - Monday Aug 27, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

It was fun going to Yokosuka for grocery shopping at the us naval base. Although we are not with the armed forces we can use the commissary, so we will try to go there for groceries once a month.  We can get all american products at lower prices, which is wonderful.  The only drawback is that it takes about 1 hr (each way) to get there and tolls for the highways cost about 50 dollars for the round trip.  But, then, everything costs a lot of money around here.  The scenic views along the way is really something wonderful!  I bought a new weber gas grill and lots of groceries at US prices, so all is well.  We also went to Chili's, our American sponsor's favorite restaurant, who drove us there and back.  I chose the grilled salmon, rice and veggies dish, so all was well.

I was so tired last night that I was dizzy when I went to bed, which worried me a little.  This morning I woke up totally well, so all is ok.

I plan to go to the gym this afternoon and eat consciously during the day.

Cheers to all!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/27/2012:
That is awesome that you can shop at the naval base on the cheap :) I hope that you are feeling better today?tomorrow? I forget, I think you are ahead of us timewise..

selina - Saturday Aug 25, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Today, there is a celebration going on in our community, it's called friendship day: we open the doors of our residential compound for the locals to come in and celebrate the friendship between our country and our hosting country.  Lots of food stands, live music and shows (clowns, sesame street characters)on the main stage outdoors, just outside of my building, and in the community hall.  I went down to watch people, meet new folks and to eat a couple of things but got too tired because of the heat and came in after one hour or so.  From my window on the 10th floor, I can see sesame street characters (cookie monster, elmo, etc) being escorted to the back rooms, through the gardens, after their show.   They need their brake, too. I'm still jet lagged, so I decided I won't be dancing in the sun, like the others. 

I've hired a housekeeper starting next week: she's the same one who helped me for 5 years with nanny and housekeeping  duties when my daughter was little.  Now that daughter is big, she'll help me with housekeeping and parties.  Yay for not having to do house chores anymore!       

Yesterday, I went to the gym and ate very consciously all day long.  I feel that my efforts are paying off because I feel my jeans fitting better today.  I feel I can do this!

I hope you are having a great weekend! 

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/25/2012:
How convenient that the festivities are downstairs from you. I am suoer excited that you don't have to do house chores, that is my least favorite thing to do as you already know ;) LOL Congrats on your jeans fitting better, keep up the awesome job! have a great weekend :)

Maria7 on 08/25/2012:
YAYYYY on the jeans fitting better...that's always good! :-)

selina - Friday Aug 24, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Good morning!  It's Friday and it's nice, sunny and hot out there!  It reminds me that I must take a handkerchief with me today when I go out, to wipe the sweat off my brows when we walk in the city.  Yesterday, I took daughter to meet her new friends at this famous meeting point, near my home  http://www.gourmantic.com/2010/06/01/the-spider-at-roppongi-hills/ BTW, I have no idea whose blog this links to... must check it out.  Daughter met her new friends and they went on to take the subway to her new school - everything is new and an adventure to her.  She will be taking the bus to school, but she needs to learn how to take the subway, just in case.  After waving her good bye, I went on to check out the old neighborhood, which has changed considerably: new buildings, restaurants, a brand new 5 star hotel (the Ritz) !  There are quite a few old establishments, too, from 10 years ago: my favorite flower shop, the coffee shop, a couple of bookstores....

I had to take a long nap in the afternoon because I'm still jet lagged.  However, in the afternoon I went down to the gym and exercised for 30 min on the eliptical and did 30 min of weights.  It felt very good to be back exercising two days in a roll.  I haven't jumped in the pool, yet, but I did some swimming while on vacation.  Daughter did swim with her new friends.  Maybe, today I'll check out the pool.

Plans for today: eat healthily and get some exercise. And continue exploring the neighborhood!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

V on 08/23/2012:
Have fun revisting your new neighborhood :)

thinnside40 on 08/23/2012:
WOW! Japan....I have a friend in Cambodia and when on facebook she says she is in Friday when I'm still on Thursday.....

nunnermack on 08/23/2012:
Have fun exploring!!

grannyannie on 08/24/2012:
Sounds great! Have you considered doing a blog? You're so lucky to have a gym/pool in your building! Have a great weekend!

thinkpositive on 08/24/2012:
Nice to be moving back to a place that you know. I can relate to your new living conditions as I'll be going back to Singapore on Wed. and living on the 14th floor. Good job getting to the gym!!

liza36 on 08/24/2012:
That is some sculpture at the famous meeting point. Definitely can't miss that.

Have fun exploring old and new territory. I always loved that part of living abroad.

biscottibody59 on 08/24/2012:
Sounds like the move and renewing old memories is agreeing with you:-)

RYC: Oh I wrote this long entry on Saturday (in green type). Essentially I want to try to drink coffee about once/week and as a "recreation" as opposed to an addiction or compulsion.

Is it possible to take Selina for a walk (on a leash)? (Though I imagine there are strict laws too.) I hope she doesn't start taking it out on your furniture.

Maria7 on 08/24/2012:
Sounds like you are getting settled in real well. :-) How are the cats doing?

selina - Thursday Aug 23, 2012
(gym, low carb, gym, low sugar)
Weight: 168.5

Hello to all from Tokyo, Japan!

We moved in last Sunday night, straight from Washington DC area with a week stop/vacation in Seattle.  The move is going well, it's nice to be settling down in our new home.  Our new apartment is nice, sunny and large, we live on the 9th and tenth floors with beautiful urban cityscapes just outside of our windows. On mon we went on a tour of daughter's new school (fantastic school we loved it!).  On tue we got our air shipment.  On wed, I got the cables, etc for my internet hook up.  Today, Thursday, I have the whole day free, with no scheduled appointments.  Last night I and daughter hit the gym in our building (nice!) We also have an olimpic sized pool which we can use at all hours of the day and night (I've got the keys to the gym and pool, so  I don't have any reason to be lazy anymore since everything in within one mnute walk from our apt.) 

Eating has been just a crazy roller-coaster: during our vacation we ate at restaurants everyday and there was no way for me to watch my diet, so I must have put on several pounds.  I will learn about how much I weight when I get the scale in the sea shipment, several weeks from now.  Actually, I can weigh myself at the gym, but I shall wait.  Meanwhile, I'll be going to the gym and pool on a regular basis...

It's nice to be recognized by so many people, even after being away for ten years!  Many of the security guards are the same and many remembered me :), some even remembered my name!  They are all surprised to see how tall daughter has become- they remember her as a toddler.  Many at hubby's office are the same staff - it's nice to see them all, again.  It's been 10 years since we left, it's nice to be back!  I plan to enjoy the next 4 years fully!

BTW, the cats are also well and happy!  They stayed in a kennel for 10 days while we travelled but they were able to join our plane in Seattle.  We didn't see each other in Seattle because they flew as cargo, but we flew on the same plane across the Pacific.

I hope you are all doing well!


Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

nunnermack on 08/22/2012:
WOW!! That is quite a move!!! Glad that all went well and I'm glad the cats made it safely as well. BTW...I went to Tokoyo and I saw an ex-boyfriend there. He was staying at the same hotel as me. Is that wild or what??? Small world. Have fun exploring!!!

grannyannie on 08/23/2012:
That is awesome! You sound so happy to be back in Tokyo. That is fantastic you have a gym and pool in your building! Would love it if you shared some photos with us.

V on 08/23/2012:
Happy to hear that you made it and all is well :) Thank you for the kind comment <3

thenewMLE on 08/23/2012:
What an excursion!! I've never traveled to live that far away ever!! Does it feel like time stood still since a lot of the people are the same? I know the last 10 years for me have flown. Sometimes I will say that I did something a couple of years ago, and then someone reminds me that it was like 15 years ago!!! I guess time is relative and the older we get, the faster it seems to fly. I'm glad you have all the exercise opportunities so close. Settle in and post some pics soon!!

liza36 on 08/23/2012:
I'm so glad to hear the move went (and is still going) smoothly. It brings back memories of my travels as a diplomate. It's so great to see people you already know.

I'm checking out your old gym in Vienna today. Just looking for other options to what I currently have. I assume you liked it? I'll keep you posted on Vienna VA life!

Maria7 on 08/23/2012:
Glad to read that you and your family are all doing well. You sound so happy! Big smile to you! :-D

biscottibody59 on 08/23/2012:
Good to hear from you--hope the settling continues to go well for you all and the kitties!

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