Lifestyle Change

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

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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

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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

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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