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Dukan 2.0 – Attack Day 3


I had a little scare this morning on the scales….they were the same! A bit of fiddling and adjusting later and they actually read 91.5 🙂 So that’s a loss of 700g since yesterday…1.5kg in total after 2 days of attack 😀 I think for my attack phase I would like to at least get under 90kg (which should hopefully be achievable).

Some exciting news for me…which I didn’t get a chance to write about last night was… I have started back teaching in Australia as a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher) and had my first day yesterday and second today. Yesterday I had a grade 3/4 class all day and today I taught !PE! to grade 1 and grade 2 students. Both days have been so much fun but I am utterly exhausted. Also, I have a very SORE throat either from being sick or using my voice so much…not really sure yet. Do you have any Dukan friendly remedies that can help me with this?? please ^.^?? I am supposed to be covering the teachers for when they are sick, not getting sick myself!

I haven’t been as hungry today, which is awesome…I guess coz I’ve been so busy >.< I’m wondering if I should have a bigger breakfast as I normally eat my porridge at 7am and I am HUNGRY at some point between 9 and 10…or is this normal for you too? It’s just impossible to eat when I’m working as recess isn’t till 11am, or at the school I was at today, it wasn’t till 11:30!

Breakfast: Oat bran porridge with skim milk and 1/2 tsp sweetener

Lunch: ForMe yoghurt, Diet Jelly, 50g Ham & 50g Pastrami

Snack: Diced Chicken Breast

Snack: ForMe Yoghurt

Snack: Cup of tea with a Baked Oat Bran Cookie…..ZOMG winning! I was so content after this ^_^ (ooops I went 1 tbsp of Oatbran over for the day…hope that’s not so bad but I really need the fibre)

Dinner: Most likely will be Stuffed Chicken Breast, Chicken Tenderloin cooked with Dijon Mustard

Drinks: Nearly 2L water and 1 can Diet Coke

Exercise: I was a PE teacher today…so there 😉

I’m going to do some cooking tonight…like every night for the past week >.<…and I saw this recipe for Baked Oat Bran Cookies from Vicki at Dukan Blogging. I can’t wait to give them a try 😀 (I might just sneak one but it will take me a touch over my Oat Bran allowance for today…still Dukan though 😀 )
I will also be making mini quiches (my silicone  muffin tray only makes 6 at a time) and more Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burgers (It’s been a while since I’ve done a decent recipe with photos for you but I promise I will make it soon 🙂 )

I watched some interesting videos about the Dukan Diet here that Little Miss Contrary linked to. She has lots of links to info about the Dukan Diet, you should check them out ^_^

I apologize for the super mega long post today (but I guess it makes up for yesterday 😉 )


OSW: 99   RSW: 93   CW: 91.5 😀




I would like to say that where I am living I am perfectly happy and safe. I received a very special visitor yesterday…Brad! It has been so wonderful having him here to share the experiences I have been having.

After long and thoughtful consideration I have decided to remain in Japan, and not go home. I know this is very upsetting to some people but I promise you that I am safe. I am not silly and if I wasn’t safe I would come home, but honestly where I am things are fine.

I know that people in Australia and other countries are getting very mixed messages in the media about what is happening with the nuclear power plants in Fukushima and it might sound very scary but from in Japan, things aren’t that bad. I have been reading as many reliable sources of information on the topic and they all have a more positive outlook. Here are some of the things I have read…

: A simple and accurate explanation of the Nuclear reactors at Fukushima

: Recent update from British Embassy Conference

My company, Peppy Kids Club, has cancelled all classes in the North East of Japan until the end of the month. The new school year starts in April. The reasons behind this were for parents to have peace of mind about dropping their child at a location with only one adult and there is a shortage of gas/petrol in Japan and the company wants to make things as easy as possible for parents. I have two options, work office days (5.5 hours at a close by school of my choice) or take unpaid holidays. My performance supervisor is flexible, allowing me to choose whatever I like. With Brad here, I will be doing a bit of both (still need to pay the rent, etc.). So I will get to spend more time with Brad than originally thought…there is at least one upside to the situation.

Will keep you all updated with how things are going, and I will post some new photos soon (just to prove things are all ok xoxo)


The Best Training Group :)


There were 18 people in total who started their training with Peppy Kids Club in January. We did the first few days of training together and then split up, 7 of us went to Takasaki, and the other 11 stayed in Nagoya.

We were so lucky, in Takasaki we got to stay in a hotel for nearly 2 weeks. This meant our rooms got serviced and I had a regular sized towel to use (that’s another story 😛 ).

Each day we would go to training as a group in Isesaki, or off to individual schools to observe a lesson. Catching the trains was so daunting because it was made so clear to us if you are late you get in BIG trouble. Being ‘late’ meant not being at the school 1 hour before the first lesson starts (that still applies to me now). Some schools to 2 1/2 hours to get to…one way!

We had a really great group of people to train with. There were 2 Australians, 4 Canadians and 1 guy from England.

Nam, Peter, Zach, Adam, Paul, Me, Hamdiya & Yukiko (Teacher)
Photo taken by Nam

Training lasted 2 weeks, and it was VERY intense. All the forums and chats on the internet warned of that, but you don’t know how intense until you get there. It was VERY long days, and you got sooo tired. But we all knew it would be over in 2 weeks.

Our last day together was very sad, because we had become such good friends and we knew that we wouldn’t be seeing each other for a long time 😦 Hopefully soon we will all be meeting up in Tokyo! That will be exciting 🙂

30 Days of Me – Day 4


Day 4 – a habit that you wish you didn’t have

I could think of a few habits I wish I didn’t have, but I think the worst habit is having too much ‘stuff’. Not so much living in Japan, but back at home. (And I know it’s all there waiting for me right where I left it! Lucky that, otherwise it might get thrown out!…not by me *ahem* part of the problem 😛 )

For example:
: I have a PHENOMENAL amount of teaching resources at home in Melbourne which I have accumulated over only 5 years. I’m sure most teacher’s have a ton of stuff at home and in their classroom. The problem is I don’t have a classroom so it all has to be stored at home! We are brainstorming ideas at the moment of storing it up in the roof, because if I’m teaching Prep (5 year olds) I don’t need to have all the stuff for Grade 6 (11-12 year olds) taking up living space in my house.

What I really should do is go through everything and pick out the most valuable resources that I have always gone back to and then have a ‘garage sale’ with the rest of it….something along the lines of teachers come and take whatever you like and then give me what you think it’s worth second hand. Any amount would be ok.

Does that sound like a plan?

p.s. the teaching resources are just one of the ‘stuff’ issues! This is why it’s a bad habit 😛