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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What I want to wear for yoga vs what I *actually* wear while doing yoga

It was effing freezing in my house this morning, as winter is giving its final assault before the spring officially arrives at the end of the month.

I literally JUST packed away most of my winter clothes and switched out the cozy house pants for thinner ones. Everything is for warmer weather now, as that’s what’s coming, starting… tomorrow.  Continue reading

Finding a new run route is such a huge pain.

IMG_6971I’ve got a very specific and excellent issue at the moment. I’m getting faster when I run. This is great and shows progress, and I’m really excited about it, but it’s led me to an issue: I need to change my run route.

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out for walks and runs

I’ve said more than once that any physical activity outside of what you normally do each day counts as exercise, and now that the weather is getting better, I’ve been out walking a lot more.

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the new morning routine I’m trying

As I mentioned at the end of last month, I wasn’t able to do the exercise I’d wanted to do in the mornings, because I don’t have an available wall to use in my guest bedroom. So I wanted to find another one I could do, and found this at-home six-pack abs workout from Fit Mommy Diaries. Clearly I’m not a mom, but it’s a nice abs circuit I can do in the morning.

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I just really don’t feel like doing it.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.59.57I wrote in an earlier post about trying this whole wall-workout routine from Prevention’s website. I did it twice since I wrote that post.

I’m having a space issue in my house, which is ridiculous, since I have a HOUSE.

My house is freezing in winter, and as I wrote in an earlier post, it’s really hard for me to get out of bed in the mornings. Yes, we are coming to the end of it and spring is just around the corner, but the struggle is real.

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The hardest thing for me to do is get out of bed.

IMG_6812I’ve spent just about 2 years making my bed the most comfortable place in the world. I like to wake up early JUST SO I can lay in bed and enjoy how cozy it is.

I’m either getting old, or Scandinavian. I’m not sure.

We’ve got an electric blanket under the fitted sheet, and a fuzzy fleece blanket under the main duvet for winter. There’s a memory foam topper on the futon. It is the EPITOME of comfy. I love it.

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