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

Lifestyle Change

What I Gained and Lost in 2014

A year ago today I was quietly starting the "pre-cleanse" for my 3-day juice cleanse. The first step in my plan to make a lifestyle change with my health and fitness. I only told a handful of people I was committing to a cleanse because I worried I wouldn't finish. Well I finished. I will… Continue reading What I Gained and Lost in 2014

Lifestyle Change

I’ve Never Been a Runner

I did a semester of Track and Field my freshman year of high school because I thought I’d be fast like I was when the neighborhood boys chased me during a high stakes game of Night Tag, but it turned out I wasn’t a sprinter when someone wasn’t chasing me. In college, I exercised daily on… Continue reading I’ve Never Been a Runner

Lifestyle Change

Step by Step (No, Not the TV Show.)

It's been over a month since I finished my BluePrint Cleanse, and I plan to write an update every month with my post-cleanse progress (or my lifestyle change as I'm calling it) so I can keep myself accountable. Hopefully I can keep myself accountable for updating my blog once a month, too. Since completing my… Continue reading Step by Step (No, Not the TV Show.)