How I Try to Be Less Well “Rounded”

Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 and the significance behind this holiday, like every other Chinese holiday I celebrate, is family. We have a family meal together and eat mooncakes.

Last night, I worked alongside my mother to craft these delicate mooncakes filled with homemade red bean paste, pine nuts and salty duck eggs, surrounded by a green tea mochi skin. My American coworkers were mind-blown by the sweet savory aspect and found it undoubtedly delicious. Score. Perhaps this will be our new tradition.

All that mooncake is bound to add a few inches to my waist, but oh well, that’s what the holidays are for right? To get nice and round on the inside and bundled tight on the outside by our winter coats.

On the other hand, I’m trying to lose fat for next year. Why? It’s always been a goal for me so I thought 2018 will be the year. I’m hoping to go to Tomorrowland 2018 Belgium. So in preparation I want to get to 16% body fat. To motivate myself, I started a video blog of myself each day saying what I did and how close I am to my 16% body fat goal.

The problem with the video blog is that I have to watch it to remind myself what I said, and that’s just not efficient. As of today, I’m going to try to summarize the key points of what I say in the video to here and attach some videos here and there.

I did something similar without the video log and much shorter a few years ago. First of many started here: 30 Day Cleanse for Abs Challenge. I got to Day 24 and I got to 19.3%. I was at 23% on Day 3. I’m a bit skeptical of the decrease, especially since I didn’t use the same measuring tool throughout. But in any case, I’m following a lot of the old tips I talked about along that journey, this time around as well. No alcohol is a must. I’m just not doing any weight training because I don’t have a good gym and I sort of replaced it with yoga. I want to take up another physical activity though, like dance or rock climbing. We’ll see.

Currently I’m at my 70th day since starting this new challenge to get to 16% body fat. Read more about why I don’t say “I want to lose weight”: BMI vs % Body Fat and % Body Fat Measured – Caliper Method. If you want a good tool to easily measure your body fat %, here’s what I bought a few years ago: Day 20 of CAC.

I lost about 1% of body fat and about 6 pounds since I began. That means on Day 1, I had (118*23%) call it 28 pounds of fat. At Day 70, I have (112*22%) call it 24.5 pounds of fat. Okay, so of the 6 pounds I lost, 3.5 pounds were fat, other 2.5 pounds could just be water weight or standard deviation of error. In any case, just imagine holding 3.5 pounds of butter in your hands, that’s 14 sticks of butter. HAHAHA, that’s a lot of butter.

So double what this guy ate, but I guess in reverse:

All that took was a lot of self-control and exercise. So, if you want to follow my journey from the beginning, you can start here with Day 1 and subscribe to my channel for daily updates. They’re only about 2-3mins long after Day 1. I talk about what exercise I did, weight loss tips and other random thoughts that come to mind.

Below is the video from today. Got a 30-minute run in the morning and 10 flights of stairs. Here’s to being less round!


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