holding myself accountable

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Here I am, trying to make good on what I said I would do, and what my Orthopedist recently told me I MUST do.

Even though at the moment, I am sitting at my office blogging, rather than walking, like I should be. But I did walk a lot on my other breaks today and will walk a LOT in about 90 minutes. So I think it will all equal out in the end.

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I think my bcps are giving me anxiety. I thought I was having a mid-life crisis.

I’ve actually been wanting to write about what’s been going on for a while, but I wasn’t really sure how to talk about it, or what to do about it, really. So I’m going to try my best to explain what the hell has been going on.

For the past year or so, at least since around November last year, I’ve been having some serious anxiety issues. It’s not social anxiety, but more like constant thoughts about death, what happens afterward, is there an afterlife, this can’t be all there is, and all of the ways that Mark and I might die while we were on vacation.

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a week later, I find out that I have to cut back on my work hours

Sorry this got posted late, I forgot to load an image for it!

Clearly, I was having more than just ‘feelings’.

So a week after I wrote about wanting to cut back on work and how important work-life balance is, my orthopedist told me that I can’t work as much as I usually do.

He didn’t say that directly, but that’s what it amounts to.

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Fruit Fasting after 2 days of non-stop junk food ingestion

img_9246I went a little heavy on the junk food after we got back from the states, and again while we were in the UK. I guess by ‘junk food’, I mean ‘cheese’ last week, even though it was Doritos and Cheez-Its in the US. They are my kryptonite: if I start eating them, it’s really, really hard to stop.

But I love them. And they are some of the things I miss most about living in the US.

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…but seriously, work-life balance is so important.

Hello dear readers,

I know I’ve been off the fitness-blogging grid for a while. As many of you may know, I don’t do much in the way of fitness from June – August, as it’s just too hot for me to do much of anything here in Tokyo. It’s all just yoga and crunches and stretching, when I can drag myself out of bed.

That being said, my neurologist seems to think my body likes the Japanese summer, thanks to my blood test results, which he reads every 3 months. He’s convinced that even though I personally HATE summer in Japan, my body is ok with it. I don’t know how to feel about that.

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Summer workout playlist for you!

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Just in time for summer, here is a new playlist on Spotify for you! Not the fastest playlist I’ve ever given you, but this one is at least organized well and easy to listen to. Happy listening and please enjoy it:)

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New Summer AM Workout

Congratulations, Steph!!

Congratulations, Steph!!

I’ve been gone for a hot minute. I had some stuff to do, like get this wonderful, beautiful woman married! Maybe I’ll post more photos later, once all of them have come from the photographers. For now, this awesome one shot by my fiancé of my father and I walking her down the aisle, which was a huge honour:)

I brought all of my running stuff to try to run while we were there, since the hotel we stayed in had a fitness center. But I had such terrible jet lag, I could barely drag myself out of bed in time to do anything, let alone earlier to try to run. So I’ve been off fitness for like 2 or 3 weeks.

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Sometimes the only thing that gets me out and running is my running clothes

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It might sound silly and childish, and I’m 34, for goodness sake, but I really love my running clothes. Especially my t-shirts.

That’s ridiculous, right?

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What do you do when you’ve got to work 23 days out of 25?

My schedule at work the past month has been HECTIC. It’s all my own doing, of course, and it seems like it’s going far beyond my 2016 goal of ‘less work, more money’. In actuality, I AM working less, hours-wise. I’ve just managed to get myself into a situation between 3 jobs (more on that later) where each job required different days of me.

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The best thing to alleviate my back pain? Running.

A lot of people say it, and I want to add that I agree: building muscle and exercise are the things that have most helped me to keep my back pain at bay.

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