Fighting the ‘rice crash’

Rice!

Rice!

As many might guess, the Japanese diet is very different from the American or European diet. Although in recent decades Japanese people have taken to eating MUCH more meat than they did before the wars, one thing that hasn’t changed so drastically has been the everyday intake of rice.

It’s still a major staple in most meals here, and one of the primary crops that’s farmed, although bread and all things French/European grow more popular by the day. Because of this, the most common thing eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner is rice.

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on NOT overeating.

IMG_3870A lot of my friends have commented over the last year or so (since I’ve been living in Japan) about how tiny I’ve become, how skinny, etc. While I appreciate their enthusiasm, many of our readers will know how I feel (and felt then) about it: I lost the weight because I have a disease that causes severe weight loss when it’s not kept in check. So while I definitely lost weight, I actually managed to reach a point of being smaller than I was in high school, which is pretty much the least I’ve ever weighed. To be BELOW that number was actually quite scary, and I worked pretty hard to get out of it.

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learning to breathe again

I’m not sure when I lost it, but I’ll take a guess and say it was somewhere between September 2013 and January 2014: I forgot how to breathe properly.

Somewhere in that time, after we’d moved to England and I ran out of medication, I lost the ability to crack my back, to walk unassisted, and it appears, to breathe properly. I know breathing is an automatic process and I can’t control it, but I’m talking about *really* breathing, like as in *yoga breathing*.

IMG_3992-0I hadn’t really thought about it that much, but I’ve been trying out some yoga videos online, and I noticed I was having issues during the practice. I generally have a LOT of issues that need to be worked on, but this one was the most noticeable for me. I felt like I was holding my breath, when half of the process of yoga is to breathe properly.

After a few days of the issue, and consciously trying to control it, I decided to try something new: before pressing ‘play’ on the video, I’ve been taking 5 or 10 minutes to just lay on the mat, or sit in half-lotus, and get my breathing ‘right’. Or at least, get as close to ‘in, out, in, out’ as I can, consciously.

It’s funny that I’d have to work to control my breathing just because of, or for yoga practice. Although this is somewhat isolated, it might have been leading to other issues, and I just never noticed.

So far, the extra breathing before starting yoga has helped. I think that once I start getting into longer videos (right now I’m only in the 15-minute range) it might become easier to get into a groove with the breathing. I just have to make sure not to breathe too deeply at work: a long exhale could be seen as a sigh, which could be misinterpreted by a student (and it has been), which could lead to a bad review of a lesson. But that’s another story for a different blog. For now, I’m just working on controlling myself.

Is there a ‘Square -1’? I think that’s where I’m starting from.

Hello readers,

It’s been a while. I apologize for being gone for so long. There are a million reasons, as there always seem to be. As usual, I’ll say I was busy with work, which I was, and generally not able to do much on my days off. All of my attempts at fitness flew out of the window AGAIN as I started to get busy in that nice, long break I used to have in the middle of my work days. They are non-existent now. And as of May, summer weather is definitely upon us, which means any plans I might have had to go running are now officially scrapped.

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Pep-talk…

Slow and Steady wins the race ;)
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To supplement or not to supplement…

… that is the question.

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This incognito needs to GO GO!!

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October….. it’s January… where on earth has time gone??
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Doing what you love…

… even if NO ONE understands.

Often time I get asked, ‘why don’t you do anything with your hair’ ; ‘why don’t you get highlights’ or they say ‘I liked it better when it was shorter’ ; ‘I liked it better longer why did you cut it’.

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I’ve decided my hair looks infinitely better after running and showering at the Run Cube.

Not to be all *I look awesome right now*, but I’ve decided that there has to be something in the water, or hair products, at Run Cube that make my hair always look GD awesome after a run and shower. I really don’t want to think about the fact that it may be related to whale parts, which apparently make it into cosmetics over here. I really need to learn to read.

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Run #2, Run point #2: Run Pit

Hello! I’m back to talk about running and another run spot:)

As it turns out, the past few weeks have been great for having that ONE day each week when no one wants to come in for a lesson. I’ve gotten really lucky that I’ve been able to block off 2 days in 2 consecutive weeks. This almost never happens!

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