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  • "Oh look, it's one of us alone talking to the cameras. Is this gonna be one of those crying videos?"

  • Well, don't worry... it's not gonna be.

  • This is gonna be an awesome, positive video

  • that's gonna get you, like, pumped up for the day. Gonna pump you up!

  • Simon, don't we have some emotional story we could tell everybody,

  • just before this video starts?

  • (Simon: Did you know about our grandma?)

  • Recently my grandma neighbour went to a temple,

  • and when she went to the temple she bought me a special charm,

  • and the special charm is to help people with feet and joint problems,

  • and it's these little tiny geta slipper sandals that are rainbow--

  • just like the rainbow ladder support squad--

  • It has a little bell and I put it on my cane, and when I walk it jingles! AHHH

  • So today I'm gonna talk about my weight loss,

  • and the reason I'm making this video is because

  • our sponsors from the rainbow ladder support team-- I actually asked them

  • in a video if they were interested in me talking about my weight loss,

  • and they said that they were, so thank you to you guys for encouraging me,

  • because here I am making this video,

  • and I AM wearing cat ears because I need them for support. *fart sound effect*

  • They make me feel cuter.

  • So last year in Japan, I was weighing, at my heaviest, 178 pounds,

  • and I was definitely way too heavy. Now, when I say that I'm too heavy,

  • I don't mean that I was looking at pictures of other girls and going, "Gosh, I wish I looked like them."

  • It wasn't anything to do with that.

  • The reason I say I was too heavy is because-- a lot of you might already know that I have EDS--

  • and with this condition, any kind of excess weight that I am carrying

  • and pushing down on my joints is not good for me.

  • The heavier I was, the more pain I was in.

  • And I actually was trying to go to the gym, but as my EDS has gotten worse

  • there's been a lot of things that have been taken away from me.

  • If any of you have chronic conditions or chronic diseases,

  • you will know what it feels like to kind of grieve over your old self.

  • So there's a lot of stuff I can't do anymore. Like, I'm not allowed to go snowboarding...

  • I went to the gym and I actually really injured myself and ended up making it worse.

  • And so the doctor was like, "There's no way you can go to the gym."

  • The most I can do is like, go to the swimming pool and walk.

  • And I remember last year I went to swimming pool for the first time

  • and I was walking with all the other old people

  • and I just, like, started crying my eyes out.

  • I said this wasn't gonna be sad, but... (Simon: *laugh*) ...it's a little bit sad.

  • But I just felt like I was looking over all these people that were like, swimming...

  • and like, I love to swim, but I am not allowed to do that.

  • So it was a really big kind of grieving time period for me to realize that,

  • "Okay Martina, your EDS is getting worse. There's nothing you can do about this,"

  • but I wasn't really dealing with it very well.

  • I love eating,

  • and so I found lots of comfort in eating.

  • You guys can tell we love eating, we have ten years of video footage of us eating.

  • We arrived in Korea and the first video that we ever did... (Simon: Eating!) ...was of us eating.

  • The problem though, is if you're finding comfort in eating food, like I do,

  • you can't really control that in a dieting way because it feels like punishment.

  • So like, whenever I tried to have a day where I was like,

  • "I need to diet, I need to be careful, I need to lose weight," if I was in a lot of pain,

  • if I was like, going to get an MRI done for like, my spine...

  • it was really hard for me to be like, "Oh! All these terrible things happened today, but I will also..."

  • "...eat this carrot stick!"

  • Like, it was just not a good mindset that I was in.

  • So I've been seeing my counselor a lot

  • and Simon and I have been having a lot of deep talks at nighttime and everything,

  • and I think I've gotten past that stage of grieving that I was in last year

  • for my EDS and for the things that I can't do.

  • I know I'll have another phase again.

  • You know, I know that I'm gonna go through it probably a year from now...

  • If I ever have to use more and more mobility aids, if I have to get a wheelchair--

  • it's gonna be amazing, it's gonna be pimped out in pink, it's gonna have sparkles--

  • but I will definitely still be grieving about the loss of my ability to do certain things.

  • However, while I'm in this more positive mindset I thought,

  • "Okay, now is the time for me to get back to dieting."

  • "Now is the time for me to set myself up for a win."

  • Having lived in Asia for around 10 years now,

  • when you go anywhere to a clothing store and like, you know that nothing will fit you,

  • and they have something called like, "free size," which means like, "It fits everyone!"

  • and I, like, can't even get it over one boob...

  • It could really kind of like, mentally chip away at you

  • and make you feel like you need to look, like, a different way.

  • But the reality is, I am a big, curvy girl. I'm 5'7 and a half,

  • there is nothing I can do about these girls-- Simon is very happy about that-- *laugh*

  • That's just the way that that is, and so

  • I am not losing weight to look like somebody else or to fit into other types of clothing.

  • I just want to be the best version of myself.

  • And the best version of myself is somebody who has less fat on their body

  • so that my joints feel better.

  • And I can tell you right now, today I'm 159 pounds--

  • which is a pretty big jump from last year-- and I have so much more energy.

  • And you know, you often hear people online being like,

  • "Oh, if you lose weight you'll feel so much better, you'll be more energetic,"

  • and I'm always like, "So great! You being able to go to the gym,

  • "and have all your awesome food planning,"

  • "and here I am eating Cococurry, you have so much more energy!" But you know what?

  • I do have more energy.

  • Dagnabbit, they were right! (Simon: Darn...) Darn tootin'!

  • It's not like losing weight is gonna cure my EDS, because if that was the case... *laugh*

  • I'd be like, "Carrot sticks every day!" It's always gonna be with me.

  • There's tons of people who are super slim that have EDS and are still suffering.

  • But for me, losing that extra weight that wasn't necessary is absolutely helping me feel better.

  • You know, we're YouTubers, which means we put our face online

  • and sometimes I look good and sometimes I look like this.

  • You know, like every day we have people making fun of the way that I look;

  • they call me fat, or...

  • There's a lot of critical people all around the world that are gonna leave these comments.

  • But you know what I have to say about that? "You don't f---ing know me."

  • They are not nice people.

  • Can you imagine if I met that person in real life, and they were like, "Wow, you look really fat."

  • I'd be like, "Wow, we're not gonna be friends... EVER."

  • So why are we taking these opinions from people and letting them affect us?

  • Is it like, "Oh, no! Now I can never marry this internet stranger because they find me unattractive"?

  • No! I'm not gonna lose weight or change the way I look

  • for these total strangers that are just spewing out garbage from their mouths.

  • I'm gonna lose weight for me because I want to be better,

  • because I want more energy and I want to be happier.

  • And if you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love someone else?

  • Can I get an "amen" up in here? (Simon: Ameeen!)

  • Let the music play! *dance music plays* Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun

  • Alright, enough of that; let's get to how I'm actually losing weight.

  • So what I'm finding success in is calorie counting.

  • So let me show you guys some numbers here. Ooh~

  • I went to a doctor and what they did was attach all these little

  • like, electrodes and things to my body and I stood on this machine

  • and they told me what my... don't know what it's called.

  • And what they did was figure out my... Simon's gonna say it, 'cause I can't-- Go, Simon! (Simon: TDEE)

  • My Total Energy... Expenditure?

  • (Simon: Daily) Calorie...

  • Daily.

  • So mine is 1,496 calories.

  • So if I eat above those calorie counts-- like, if I do 1,800 calories in a day--

  • I'm gonna gain weight.

  • But if I eat below that, I'm gonna actually lose weight.

  • And it's that simple. Eat above it, gain weight. Eat below it, lose weight.

  • I personally find this a really easy and practical way for me to live my life

  • and make it like, a normal daily thing.

  • I have an app, it's free. It's called "Lose It."

  • This is not a sponsored video. I'm just happening to use this app.

  • And I had another one before, called "Spelt."

  • You're writing in what you ate and you can see the calorie count.

  • And I add it up, and I basically go,

  • "Oh, I'm gonna go over if I have this extra thing, and then I won't lose weight."

  • It's very simple.

  • So, for our job we eat out a lot.

  • And if I know that I'm eating out on, like, let's say a Thursday night,

  • I'm gonna prepare meals during the day that help me still have energy.

  • I'm still eating food so that my body has fuel,

  • but I'm eating stuff that's lower calorie, so that when I eat at nighttime

  • everything will balance out and I'll still be able to lose weight.

  • You guys have definitely seen me post pictures up of, like, me eating ramen or having gyozas.

  • It's not like I'm, like, not eating anything anymore.

  • What I did was I sat down one day and I thought about all the foods that I love eating.

  • So like, I love noodles, and I love pizza, and I love sushi... like, all these things that I love.

  • And for breakfast I love having salmon and rice and miso soup.

  • So I said, "Okay, how can I have these meals, but how can I make them less caloric?"

  • So I think the major way to have success in dieting is to prepare your own food.

  • It's hard work!

  • You got to go to the grocery store. You gotta pre-plan what you're gonna do.

  • But once you start preparing different recipes and meals,

  • stuff that's low (calorie) but tastes great, that are really helpful for your calorie intake,

  • it's so easy to lose weight.

  • Because you're setting yourself up for a win

  • by making food that you'd honestly enjoy eating.

  • So let me give you some examples of recipes that I use

  • and the comparison of what I'm subbing out to show you my calorie intake.

  • For breakfast I really enjoy having traditional Japanese breakfast,

  • which involves like, a big bowl of rice.

  • I usually have salmon, miso soup, and some pickles or vegetables on the side.

  • The problem is that rice is really caloric--

  • it can be 200 calories or more, and I will definitely eat all of it.

  • So what I've been doing is laying out some seaweed

  • and using just a quarter cup of rice and making myself a little maki roll.

  • I'll put the salmon inside, maybe some green onions, you can add some veg--

  • and I'll still have the miso soup and the pickles, maybe some tofu.

  • It's actually, like, a really great way to feel more full,

  • because I'm eating this huge roll of food.

  • It's not like I've just given myself a little bit of rice and stared at it sadly,

  • it's actually filling me up more because I've added more veg.

  • If you take a zucchini and you put it on a spiralizer

  • and you spiral it into the shape of noodles,

  • or if you don't have one you just use a peeler to peel it,

  • you can actually steam that in a pan with a little bit of oil

  • and it will shrink down-- and it will not taste like pasta!

  • When people are like, "Wow, zucchini noodles taste like pasta,"

  • that's a filthy lie and those people have never tasted pasta.

  • But the key point here is creating a delicious topping.

  • So Simon and I will make our own meat sauce,

  • and that sauce is basically where I'm getting my calorie count from,

  • and I can measure that out and know how much I'm getting.

  • Because one zucchini has 54 calories,

  • as opposed to a cup of macaroni, which has 390 calories.

  • So by having zucchini with a good sauce on top of it,

  • I'm subbing out all of those excess calories that I would do for pasta.

  • If you like sandwiches, try having it with only one piece of bread.

  • If you like burgers, have it with one less piece of bun or even have it bunless.

  • I'm gonna say it: f--k salad.

  • I... hate salad. I don't want to eat a salad.

  • When I eat a salad, I literally feel sad immediately.

  • It's like, "Hey, you want to feel sad? Here's a salad,"

  • and I'm like, "I feel so sad!"

  • But I'll tell you what I will eat:

  • I will eat tons and tons of lettuce if I can put something in it and wrap it.

  • I went through maybe five or six and I was just getting so stuffed.

  • There was no rice, there was no noodle,

  • it was just really delicious cream flavor. Really low-calorie!

  • So the point of all this is that, by me subbing out things that have high calories,

  • I'm still able to enjoy the meal that I really like.

  • I'm able to have that flavor and I don't feel like I'm punishing myself.

  • And I'm losing weight at the same time.

  • So that's my little weight loss story. I've lost about 20 pounds, slowly.

  • I'm really happy that I'm heading towards the best version of what I think my self can be,

  • and I hope that you guys can also be finding the best version of yourself as well.

  • I'm gonna give some more examples of what I substitute high calorie for low calorie in our blog post,

  • so if you're interested, head on over there.

  • Otherwise, I'd love for you guys to share in the comments section:

  • What are some things you're doing to sub out one high calorie thing for the other?

  • Thanks for listening everyone, and thanks for all the positive comments.

  • Um... it's really nice, and we love you guys, and I love our audience,

  • and you guys are always so wonderful and you make me so happy every day.

  • *fart sound effect*

  • I'm gonna go build a ladder. I'm gonna go for a walk.

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How I Lost Weight

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    Summer posted on 2020/08/14
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