2 week vacation, 0 days of ‘fitness’

Today is my final day here in England, before I fly back to Japan to my normal life and work routine.

I thought I’d have all of this spare time to get up early and go running. And I kind of did, at first, except that I was sick with something called neuralgia, which I’d never even heard of until I landed and described my symptoms to Mark’s mother.

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Get Rid of Your Sweet Tooth

Something I want to do more of on this site is to talk about some interesting articles I read in the news. I read about 7 newspapers every morning while I’m still laying in bed, trying not to wake my fiance, but definitely trying to stay warm and cozy before I have to get up and start my day.

On top of this, I have a few students who want to read and discuss a different news article every week, so I have to stay on top of what’s going on in the world in order to be able to read and discuss the articles with them in lessons.

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Running: cheaper than therapy?

I came across this article MONTHS ago, and meant to share it then. But life got in the way.

I want to share it because I think it’s important for people to read. We talk a lot on this site about our own fitness and training at home, but not so often about WHY we do it. Sure, we want to be healthy and try new things, and certain things work better for some of us than others.

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From NPR: Exercise works best to treat lower back pain

I came across this article from NPR last week, and felt that I needed to write about it.

I’ve had back issues ever since I got into my 20’s. I think it might be hereditary, as my father has always had back problems as well, and I seem to suffer the same issues.

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My workout was foiled by a space heater.

I’m still at the part of my fitness journey where the workouts aren’t fun, exactly, and I’m not excited to pull myself out of my uber-comfy bed in the morning in order to do them.

I really felt that way this morning, but I worked it out in my head that AFTER I did my workout, I could maybe get BACK in bed for another 20  minutes or so. I dragged myself out, got the yoga video loaded and ready to go, and turned on the heater.

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Wireless headphones are saving my workouts

sony pink headphones

I got these Sony Genuine Pink SNH20 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Christmas from Mark.

I’d been talking about getting wireless headphones for a while, since I like to do yoga in the mornings. I do them in our second bedroom, but there’s a bit of an issue: the train goes by about every 3-5 minutes, and I can’t turn the volume up too loud, since Mark is still asleep. So sometimes, I can’t hear what is being said in the video, and have to turn my head to look at what’s going on.

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back to trying a new thing every month (or few weeks)

Happy New Year!

We’ve both been very busy in the past few months. I won’t make excuses about being MIA, although I did go on a week-long vacation to Thailand, and then spent my time back home making up for the travel by working 6-day work weeks. It was long.

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follow-up #2: the end of the green tea challenge

Sorry to use the same picture twice. I'm not taking any more!

Sorry to use the same picture twice. I’m not taking any more!

Was it really a challenge? Really?

I’m not sure. It was a lot like ‘try to drink 8 cups of water a day’, I guess, except I usually do that anyway. Unless I’m teaching, and then I dehydrate myself on purpose, so I use the toilet less. Long story.

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Follow-up: on drinking tons of green tea every day

I didn't even want green tea today, but I needed some to take this picture!

I didn’t even want green tea today, but I needed some to take this picture!

At Kamay’s request (and concern), I’m writing a follow-up to my earlier post about drinking green tea every day.

To recap, I said I planned to drink at least 5 cups of green tea each day I was at work, and see if the ‘drink 5 cups of green tea every day and lose weight!’ myths are true. Also, as I said, I’m not expecting to actually lose any weight, since my body seems to be quite happy where it is these days.

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making VERY slow progress

I’ve been doing yoga at home in the mornings for the past 3 weeks.

Today was the first day I could achieve balancing on one foot. I pulled of a very cautious tree pose, on BOTH sides! Granted, my left side is still somehow stronger and more balanced than my right side, but this is a major sign of progress.

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