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!


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


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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We all have ‘fat days’.

did this cupcake make me feel like I've gained a bunch of weight? possibly. Or maybe eating 3 of them did.

did this cupcake make me feel like I’ve gained a bunch of weight? possibly. Or maybe eating 3 of them did.

I’ve felt the need to write this for a while now, as it’s been something that has been bothering me lately. I’ve written about Body Dysmorphic Disorder before, but this is not exactly on the same topic.

We all have them: the ‘fat days’. They’re not the days when we are literally larger than normal, but the days when we ‘feel fat’. It doesn’t matter your size or age: if you’re a woman, you probably have them. We have them for so many reasons: we ate too much last night and our stomach hurts today (true story, thanks to Kamay recently sending me a bag of Goldfish that I devoured in 2 days), it’s THAT week in our cycle when we’re retaining water, we went out for a girls’ day and ate 3 cupcakes for breakfast (which were all GD AMAZING, thankyouverymuch), or we haven’t been able to work out in a week or so and are starting to feel it in our midsection, thighs, wherever it is WE feel it.

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I found a new route. But it’s too short. It doesn’t matter right now.

I knew if I kept looking, I’d eventually stumble upon an easier way to get to a further train station than the one we’ve been using. I found it. And last week, I ran it for the first time. And it was great, because I didn’t need to stop at any traffic lights, or wait for trains to pass before I could cross the road.

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When time is of the essence

We write so much about fitness and taking the time to exercise, but that’s easier said than done.

I don’t have kids, but I can imagine that being a parent, whether you’re the full- or part-time caregiver, means you have just about ZERO free time to do things for yourself, and possibly even less personal space.

My issue is a different one. I live in Japan, where you’re seen as a slacker if you work less than 60 hours per week. I work 50, which is manageable, and  I still have enough time off so that I get to brag to all of my students about all of the crazy vacations I take, to places like Australia for 3 weeks or Thailand for 8 days. That might be one of the few perks of this job.

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