Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 5: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

I'm a week late on my week 5 reflection, but it's better late than never! Two weeks ago we had two nights of an anatomy lecture! I was looking forward to this part of the training because I didn't take anatomy in high school (cheers to being an average achieving student.) Of course there isn't… Continue reading Week 5: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 4: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

It's getting real now, guys. We are officially at the halfway mark of our training. Now that we've learned all of the poses, we've moved on to learning how to offer assists to each pose. We dove right into that and it was scary! We also completed our first Round Robin on Sunday, which means… Continue reading Week 4: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 2: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

I forgot when I'm in school I'm a huge procrastinator. Hello, Universal Experience. It's nice to see you again! Week 3 of Yoga Teacher Training starts in less than an hour, so here's my recap from week 2: This week in yoga class, we've continued to dive into learning the sequence of a C-1 class,… Continue reading Week 2: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

JET Life, Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 1: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

If you were paying attention, I posted something on my blog almost 2 years ago about being done with trying to make yoga work for me. Frustration--I couldn't quiet my thoughts in class. The more I tried to relax, the more anxiety I became. So I gave up and turned to other activities that helped… Continue reading Week 1: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change

5th Anniversary of My Lifestyle Change

I can't believe it's been five years since I did my first (and only) three-day juice cleanse to jump start what I affectionately named my "Lifestyle Change." For me, getting healthy was never about dieting--because all diets end. And my decision to start eating healthy and exercising wasn't a new years resolution--because I never actually… Continue reading 5th Anniversary of My Lifestyle Change

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Better Late Than Never (4th Anniversary)

Well, it's been almost a year to the day since my last blog post. I'm very behind on my travel writing, but more importantly...I haven't written anything about the fourth anniversary of my "Lifestyle Change." For shame! And so it goes. Since 2013, I've kept up with writing a blog around New Years commemorating what… Continue reading Better Late Than Never (4th Anniversary)

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Who I Am: “Lifestyle Change” Third Anniversary

This is now my third end-of-year-post where I acknowledge my mission to get healthy. Last year, I still couldn't believe I had maintained the same healthy weight for 2 years in a row. (I ended 2013 close to 180 pounds. I'm 130 pounds now.) As the curtain closes on 2016, I've realized something new about myself:… Continue reading Who I Am: “Lifestyle Change” Third Anniversary

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The Struggle is Always There

When I did my self introduction for my students back in September, I always shared with them one interesting fact about myself:  "I like to go for a run every morning," I would say proudly as I clicked through pictures of all my racing bibs and the Tough Mudder last June. And when I shared… Continue reading The Struggle is Always There

Island Life, Lifestyle Change

Chasing Rainbows and Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday I ran the Sakura Half Marathon on Amami Island, a race than Amami holds every February in the north. The marathon bears its name because the course stretches around a dam that is lined with Amami's early-blooming sakura trees. Since Amami is so far south, we get to enjoy hanami (flower viewing) almost two… Continue reading Chasing Rainbows and Cherry Blossoms

Lifestyle Change

It Takes Time–“Lifestyle Change” Second Anniversary

I'm going to take a short break from blogging about my life in Japan and write about something that is important to me. For those who don`t know, I lost around 50 pounds in 2014. I did it through running, cooking healthy meals for myself at home, and opting for lean fish instead of most… Continue reading It Takes Time–“Lifestyle Change” Second Anniversary