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pinklatte - Sunday Nov 11, 2018
Weight: 247.0

It's been a long day, and I'm kind of too tired out to want to to go into real detail about what happened today.

Went to Tokyo, getting to the cafe just in time to check in. The cafe looks real nice this time, more rustic than it looked 2 years ago. Well, I thought it looked nice. I ate about 2/3 of what I ordered, because I did end up ordering too much. Got the souvenir plate but not the mug. Another time. I want to go for my birthday, but we'll see. Visited the cafe shop, bought some stickers and a badge.

Went to the writing meetup afterwards. Had a good time and got some work done. I definitely want to keep going. Even though there's no way I can go out to Tokyo every weekend.

Dinner, I didn't feel all that hungry (I really ate a lot of sugar), but I did end up going to a cafe for internet and electricity. A cafe that is more high-end than I'm used to. (A glass of soda is 7 dollars, what????). I had a sandwich, wrote some more, and charged my phone.

The karaoke bar opened later than usual tonight and was closing early, but it was open, so I went there for an hour. It was already packed, but I got to sing two songs before calling it a night. It's just not as fun if I can't stay for at least three.

And now I'm home.

Breakfast 2 ham/cheese rolls

hamburger, bit of spaghetti w/meat sauce, eggplant, okra
some french fries
churro, chocolate roll cake, ice cream, berry cake
fruit, marshmallow with strawberry sauce, bit of matcha whipped cream
cake with strawberry mousse, more ice cream, whipped cream
cafe au lait with more whipped cream and a marshmallow

Snack coffee at the meetup, another at the bar
Dinner chicken sandwich

On more positive noise, my ankle is still on the swollen side, but it didn't bother me (except going up and down stairs). I walked a LOT today, carrying my laptop all over. 15k steps. And, guessing from how much I weigh tonight, I might be down a pound or two tomorrow morning. I'll be dead tired, certainly.

Tomorrow, work.

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/11/2018:
Glad you had fun and got some exercise in too.

pinklatte on 11/14/2018:
It was a good day. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Nice that you were able to get a reservation...and do some singing too!!!

pinklatte on 11/14/2018:
I really wish I had more time. Hopefully soon. :)

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
Glad you made the MeetUp meeting and had fun!

pinklatte on 11/14/2018:
It was a good time. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
my ankle has been bothering me too...def rest it as you can! i'm resting most of today too, until tonight when i get in a weights routine...i think cardio can wait a couple days on my end to resume :) until ankle is as close to 100% as possible, actually. so a low cardio week over here.

pinklatte on 11/14/2018:
Yes, take care and rest that ankle. :) Working too hard when you can't stay steady on your feet because of your ankle can only make things worse.

pinklatte - Saturday Nov 10, 2018
Weight: 247.0

Today was eventful.

There was a proper festival at the municipal parking lot today, so I had to park some distance away again. Walking to town hall, I sprained my ankle. The policewomen redirecting traffic heard me when I cried out and were kind enough to ask me if I was alright as I hobbled past, and afterwards when I was walking back to the car after work. It's still a bit swollen and strained, but I can stand on it.

Also, I saw a well-known comedian at the festival. Well, I was up at fourth floor of town hall, looked down, and saw a big crowd of people walking through the parking lot. It was a coworker that recognized him. The watermelon helmet, clothes, and red/white scooter gave him away. (He has a TV show where he travels around the country on a scooter.) We were both shocked because, by pure coincidence, I was using that celeb as an example during class. She shouted his name and I took photos as he and his people rode away. (He's the one in white.)

You can barely make out his face, but that's fine.

Breakfast 2 boiled eggs
yogurt (90)
Red Bull (85)
Lunch rice with spinach
2 sausages (I was half-asleep and heated 2 because I usually eat one for breakfast... but I had eggs and forgot.)
mixed vegetables
hot cocoa
Snack pizza steamed bun (220)
Red Bull (85)
Dinner rice with spinach and stuff
1/2 pork cutlet
2 pieces of fried chicken

Early this morning, I got a table reservation for the cafe. Yay! One opened up for tonight, but 30 min later, another for tomorrow morning showed up. I did a lot of quick reserving and cancelling and am now going tomorrow for an early lunch. I have no clue how calorific the food is. Since I'm "doing it for the 'gram'", as the kids say, I might end up ordering a lot. There are, like, 6 or 7 things I want to try and take pictures of.

I'm still going to try to get a reservation for next month, too. Just in case.

Tonight, clean. My house is a complete mess. Also, write. Also go to bed early. Because I won't get to sleep in all day tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
Well you sure had an exciting day....Hope your ankle is better today. It's always fun to catch sight of a celebrity especially by accident...and to get a pic too....FUN!!

Donkey on 11/10/2018:
How cool is that? I love Celebrity Sightings in real life!

pinklatte - Friday Nov 09, 2018
Weight: 247.0

My favorite game to play on my phone right now: checking the resevation site for a cafe I want to eat at to see if there has been any cancellations I can grab. The cafe is open for only a few months and it's very popular. I've been checking nonstop all this week, but none of the times that showed up had been convenient. I had a chance at 5am today for a table at 8:45pm tonight, but I can barely convince myself to get out of bed in the morning. I couldn't talk myself into going all the way out to Tokyo tonight. By the time I did, the slot was taken.

I won't make that mistake again.

I hope that I get another chance before the cafe closes in February. December reservations opens up tomorrow night, and I'm hoping I can get at least one before the site is swamped or the slots are all gone. In the meantime: constant checking and hoping.

Breakfast long glazed donut thing
Red Bull
Lunch ramen with soy sauce soup
baked sweet potato
cellophane noodle salad
Snacks 6 pieces of chocolates or cookies
coffee x2 (50)

cheese bread (270)
ice cream bar (240)
Red Bull

Breakfast was a mistake, in that I was hungry almost immediately afterwards. All carb, no protein... I know better, and I should have realized that would happen; I got hungry early yesterday, too. So... I sucked it up and bought groceries tonight. If only to have eggs in the morning.

Tomorrow, work. I don't feel especially dead on my feet tonight, I don't know why. (Maybe because I finished my prep for tomorrow's work early yesterday and didn't have to stress over it today.)

No clue what I'm doing this weekend.

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
i think you'll be lucky, fingers crossed, to get another reservation! you have time!

pinklatte on 11/10/2018:
I really started to feel like I missed my chance. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
Baked sweet potato sounds good...we have those this time of year too...usually starting with Thanksgiving at this house.

pinklatte on 11/10/2018:
This definitely is the time for them. So yummy.

pinklatte - Thursday Nov 08, 2018
Weight: 248.0

Kind of busy tonight.

Breakfast long glazed donut thing (474)
Red Bull (85)
Lunch curry with carrots, onion, potato
vinegary cabbage and Japanese radish
roasted soybeans with caramel and whitebait
Snack coffee (51)

fish sandwich (416)
Red Bull (85)

Tomorrow, work. Tonight, writing. More talk later. Have a good Thursday. :)

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2018:
Is whitebait fish?

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2018:
Ohhhhh...I looked whitebait up...…..

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:
Doesn't it look cute?

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
i hope you get to write....it is such a healthy passion and hobby. hope to hear more.....good eats again!

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:
Writing is probably the hobby that wrecks me the most. My poor wrists... :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
Maybe do a few wrist stretches...i know what you mean....some days my wrist hurts after a day of using the computer mouse too much at work!

pinklatte - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
Weight: 248.0

Weight's threatening to creep back up, and what do I do? Well, not exercise, that's for sure.

I went to bed extra-early last night, and I actually got ahead of some of my work today. (Because I had three hours free at work, too.) Well, ahead-ish. There's still a bunch of stuff I have to put together. Looking for pictures online is so boring.

I spent two hours at home, sitting on my butt, doing nothing, because I still want to go to the movies, but I am so behind on my writing, like 9000 words. I thought about taking my writing to the mall, eat dinner there, write some, see the movie, and then walk back home. But... I didn't like the idea of taking my laptop to a family restaurant.

But already the idea of eating out got stuck in my head, so I went out for curry. That was a cool 1400 calories. So that's what I did, as my weight threatens to creep back up.

Breakfast 2 ham/cheese rolls (310)
Red Bull (85)
Lunch Japanese meat and potatoes,,. Italian-style
thick slice of bread, strawberry jam
tuna cabbage salad
Snacks cookie, chocolate piece
apple cake slice, baumkuchen slice
coffee x2
Dinner curry: fried chicken cutlet, 200g of rice, spinach, cheese
iced cafe au lait

Japanese meat and potatoes is simmered with soy sauce. Italian-style, as far I saw, means that they added tomatoes. It was delicious.

I still haven't bought groceries.

Tomorrow, work. If I reach today's writing goal, I'm going to buy myself a texting sticker set.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2018:
your weight may threaten, but the control lies in YOUR decisions. the longer you watch and learn your body, the easier it will become! the answer lies in your decisions, your choices. your weight may threaten you, but really it's only a reaction to your actions!

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:

Donkey on 11/07/2018:
^ I echo what Horn said. Mind over matter!

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
If you let it creep back up...you will be sorry...why not focus on just maintaining for a few days instead...and wait until you get your mindset back to losing.

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:
Roger that. :)

legcramps on 11/07/2018:
It's tough, we all have bad days. Exercise today then?

pinklatte on 11/09/2018:
I ended up not doing that, but I did resist eating before bed.

pinklatte - Tuesday Nov 06, 2018
Weight: 248.0

I kind of need a break. 

Breakfast 2 boiled eggs
tuna rice ball (220)
Red Bull (85)
Lunch creamy sweet potato stew
cabbage, cucumber, carrot salad
chicken with grated Japanese radish/soy sauce topping
bread roll (50g)
Snacks hot cocoa x 2 (100)
Dinner fish sandwich (420)
sweet potato creme brulee pastry (280)
cheese bread (225)
Red Bull (85)

I went to bed early last night, but my body didn't understand and woke me up at 2 in the morning.

I'm out of food, but I didn't go to the grocery store tonight because I was too tired.

Tomorrow, work.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
What kind of break?

pinklatte on 11/07/2018:
The sort of break that comes from throwing myself down a flight of stairs.

(That's a joke. I'm just very tired. Probably a couple days off....)

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
i also had a stew / soup for lunch - chicken soup from a coworker.

radish is so healthy...excellent lunch :)

i had creme brulee for first time on Sunday, so good!

pinklatte on 11/07/2018:
That pastry had a caramel sesame seed crust. Absolute heaven.

pinklatte - Monday Nov 05, 2018
Weight: 248.0

Ah, Monday, Monday.

Breakfast tuna riceball (230)
2 boiled eggs
Red Bull
Lunch rice
kimchi-based soup
fried slab of squid
some seaweed salad.

hot cocoa.... that had a fly in it!!!!! OH GOD!!!!!

Dinner Red Bull
2 ham/cheese rolls
2 cranberry/cream cheese buns
ice cream bar

I wanted to go see a movie tonight, but I'm kind of stuck waiting for a package instead. No matter, I have a lot of stuff to do at home anyway.

I thought about taking a picture of my school lunch today. A coworker joked about it, asking if I was going to put it up on Instagram. "There's no chance of school lunch pictures on Insta," she said, which turned out to be wrong. Kids don't have smartphones, and a teacher snapping away at their lunch is weird, but there are school lunch pics. ... Most of them are probably from "school lunch restaurants", which is a thing because nostalgia is a thing, or school nurtitionists showing off their work. #給食 alone brought up 112k posts.

Tomorrow, work.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
I would love to see pics....and the bug in the hot chocolate...I know that sinking feeling when you find that bug in the bottom of the cup...UGH!

pinklatte on 11/06/2018:
It was so gross.

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Never really thought about movie theaters in a different country. Are all of the big world-wide releases dubbed into the local language? Or are there some theaters that play the non-dubbed original language versions?

pinklatte on 11/06/2018:
I have so many thoughts about movies here. Most movies take at least 4 months to get here (more popular ones come faster), and the big ones are usually both dubbed and subbed. If one of my local theaters is only showing the dubbed, for the kids?, the other one's just as likely showing it subbed.

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
Oh God is right!!

At BF's daughter's school, after grade 7 they are allowed to keep their smartphones with them during school hours. There are probably a lot of lunch pictures on instagram from that school!

pinklatte on 11/06/2018:
Of all the things to put up on Insta, school lunches feels like it should be on the bottom of that list. :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
tell me more about the tuna rice ball!

yuck flies in food are gross!

yeah, it's hard to pay for seeing a movie in the theatre these days!

pinklatte on 11/06/2018:
So gross.

It's nothing fancy. A rice triangle with tuna fish and mayo in the middle, wrapped in nori seaweed. 220 cal for a dollar.

A regular screening, no discounts, is 20 bucks. Ladies' day, I can get in with 12, but...

pinklatte - Sunday Nov 04, 2018
Weight: 248.0

Ugh. I'm tired.

I went to Tokyo, like I said, but things didn't go as I planned. I didn't think I had the time or the energy to go to the store reservation and the meetup, so I canceled the store reservation early. (Well, no energy and I didn't want to go there if I couldn't go to the cafe as well. I'll wait and see if I can get a table at the cafe before making another reservation with the store.)

I made it to the meetup just as the organizer showed up. I got lost on the way. The meetup is "shut up and write do stuff" for a couple of hours, and I did get some writing done. Also, I met the organizer last year at a conference and she didn't remember me. That said, she's a very nice woman and wasn't annoyed by me. (I think I've been so hungry for social interaction, I was my loudest, most annoying self.) I wonder if I can manage the two-hour train ride again next week for another meeting. (Don't count on it.)

I turned down her, her husband, and her friend's invitation for dinner because they were going to one side of town and the karaoke bar I was going to was on the other. Once there, I wandered through the shopping arcade by the station in search of something for dinner. There were a lot of street food-like fronts, all sorts of food. I very nearly chose a kebab when one of the shop guys came over to talk me into it. That immediately made me chose against it.

In fact, the arcade was so packed, the choices so overwhelming, I felt uneasy and stressed. I ended up eating a chicken sandwich at McDonalds. It was the easiest, simpliest choice. Eating it made me feel a bit queasy.

I was still early, the bar didn't open until 7, so I ended up outside the bar, waiting from 6:50. The bar is in a narrow alley. Only a few people passed by, as well as a rat. When 7 passed and the bar was still closed, I started to get worried. Finally at 7:15, via tweet, the bar owner said the place was closed for the night. I hope everything is okay on their end; they're usually open every night. But I still did feel a bit mad. (I could have spent the evening shopping the next train stop over.) I ate an ice cream as a consolation prize.

I got home after 9, nearly dragging my feet. Good thing the bar wasn't open tonight, huh. If I'm so tired now, how much worse would it have been after a couple of hours of drinking?

I did my hair in ringlets. it looked a bit like a wig tonight. If people stared, I didn't notice. I never notice anyway.

Breakfast 2 boiled eggs
cheese bread
tuna rice ball
Red Bull
Lunch coffee
chicken wrap
2 ham/cheese rolls
Dinner chicken cheese sandwich
chicken nuggets
Snack ice cream bar

Tomorrow, work. I'm low on power.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
Oh boy...the rat would have done it for me. My Mom and a son and 2 toddler foster children went to Detroit's Eastern Market one day...and we saw a dead rat that was the size of a large house cat.....never went back there again.

pinklatte on 11/05/2018:

Well, this rat was alive, so a point to it, I guess. I actually wondered if anyone else noticed it, right on the curb, but maybe living in the suburbs had softened me against gross vermin

Donkey on 11/04/2018:
It's kind of too bad that you turned down the dinner invitation for something that never materialized. Oh well, sounds like it was a busy evening!

pinklatte on 11/05/2018:
Less busy, more like a mess.

I wouldn't have eaten McD's, that's for sure. Maybe Turkish? I left them before they finished deciding.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
is the tuna seared tuna!? that would be a tasty rice ball!

ringlets in your hair sounds so nice!

pinklatte - Saturday Nov 03, 2018
Weight: 248.0

I forgot to weigh myself this morning. I was running late.

Work today at the town hall, and the municipal parking lot I use was full. There was a local festival going on and a table tennis competition (I think) at the town gym. I didn't look inside to make sure. So I parked at my company office instead, the whole time thinking, man, I have to walk now. ... Then I realized the office is only two minutes away.

I can probably do that again. Maybe.

Breakfast sausage
Red Bull
Lunch rice with spinach and stuff
sausage, cottage cheese
mixed veg (broc, cauli, carrot, string bean), mayo
Snack chocolates (250)
Dinner Red Bull
leftover rice
glazed donut thing

Tomorrow, a day off. Yay!!! I'm going to Tokyo, which is probably a bad idea. I should spend the day in bed. But I want to get out the house, so I'm going to a meetup and I made a reservation at a store to have a look around, maybe buy something. (I want to go to the cafe attached, but that's all booked up this month. Fingers crossed, I hope I get my chance next month.) And since I'm there, I'm going to a karaoke bar too, why not.

But, having said all that, staying in bed sounds really good too.

Tonight, writing and playing with my hair. I've been thinking about how I would look if my hair was in ringlets. Probably silly.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
Never tried Karaoke....let us know how that goes!

pinklatte on 11/03/2018:
It's just singing along to songs. It's fun and a little relaxing. ... I will. :)

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
Ringlets might get you a lot of looks -- that could be good or bad. But it's nice to try something different with your hair, from time to time :)

pinklatte on 11/03/2018:
People are going to look either way, I figure. I'm just that beautiful. *laughs at own joke*

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
craving dumplings still, but will not buy them until maybe later this week :) i have so much food i made at home! :) and asian style!!!!

i love sausage too....did you make it at home?

pinklatte - Thursday Nov 01, 2018
Weight: 248.0

A messy entry.

I got distracted the last couple of nights. I update the OS of my computer, which always takes forever, Wednesday night. That made my most important accessory, a pen tablet that I’ve had for a decade, useless. The program it uses to communicate with the computer doesn’t work in the new OS. So I bought a new one, and there went my night last night, fiddling with a new accessory and the programs that comes with it  

Breakfast: sausage, milk, Red Bull

Lunch: rice, shrimp chili tofu thing carrots and mushrooms and stuff, two fried dumplings, bean sprout and seaweed salad

Snacks: chocolate, 2 coffees

Dinner: tuna rice ball, a bigger can of Red Bull, steamed bun, and a long glazed donut thing. 

I ate two of those long glazed donut things Wednesday. Because I saw and missed them.

Today, working. 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 88 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/01/2018:
There are open source driver updates for printers. There might be one for your old pen too.

pinklatte on 11/01/2018:
I’ll take a look around, but I’ve been thinking of upgrading/updating my pen for years. I don’t like being forced into it, but I’m okay with the change. And it came with a program I’ve wanted to buy for a while now, so I’m happy with it.

graindart on 11/01/2018:
I just decided to upgrade my main computer. Received the last box of parts today. Am really looking forward to the upgraded speed and silence (everything fanless). Not really looking forward to reinstalling all of the software.

pinklatte on 11/03/2018:
Are you building a computer? The closest I've ever gotten to something like that was replacing the fan of my old laptop. I don't think I have the patience and nerve.

horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2018:
we have been sprout and seaweed salad by us. yum! yum!

and i love the dumplings too!!!!!!!!!!! so good ! lately i have steamed dumplings :) i have food with me today but i think i shall eat dumplings often for a change of pace! we have dumplings by us at the buffet so i plan to eat them more with a side of lots of veggies :) tasty and treating myself in one meal!

i'm doing lots of energy drinks too...making my skin bad, but they work to help me exercise...hmmm....

pinklatte on 11/03/2018:
I've been drinking too many again, which is means I've gotten lazy.

Dumplings are delicious, and I'm always happy when I get some. And with a side of veg? Sounds wonderful!

Donkey on 11/02/2018:
Computer upgrades always seem to bring added stress to my household. As it is, the debate regarding getting a new printer versus keeping the one we have has been ongoing for about 6 weeks now... yep, oh fun times we have at the Donkey House.

pinklatte on 11/03/2018:
It's incredibly annoying. I think if it still works, why get a new one? My laptop was over ten years old (our last year together spent with a damaged backlight power cable) before I got a new one.

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