Taking the world less travelled


Exercise 2012 Summary

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Health | 2 comments

How much did you exercise in 2012?

I have been using Daily Mile (feel free to friend me and let me know you came from my website) since July 2011 to track my exercise – mainly running and cycling. While the website doesn’t have much in the way of stats if you are a free member, it is very pretty which is what motivates me (and I would like to upgrade for more stats, I find that personally very motivating).

Here is my 2011 end of year report, the numbers are total kms covered:

Exercise 2011

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6 Steps to treat Runner’s or Jumper’s Knee

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Health, Life | 1 comment

My knee hurts from running. Sad face. I’ve been doing some research on how to make my knee better, and I thought I would sum up my research here. I am no doctor, but this is what I understand after browsing heaps of websites that may or may not have been written by doctors. So take what I say with a grain of salt.

First things first, my knee injury is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS, although it is known as other things as well. It basically means “my knee cap hurts”. It seems that no one knows the cause for it, but it happens a lot to people who run or play jumping sports. It also seems to happen more to women because of their wider hips. Most places say it is caused from weak leg muscles, bad form when running, or over-training (which is most likely what happened to me – I got new shoes, suddenly I could run well, and so I ran more. Way more).

Here’s how to treat it:

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Eating Update

Posted by on Feb 27, 2010 in Health, Life | 0 comments

Two weeks ago I said I was working on my fitness. Well, how has the last two weeks been? Well… There has been improvement and there hasn’t been.

For starters I think I was getting really good with my food intake, but I’ve let it slip a little this week which is disappointing. All well, this week isn’t over… Let’s look at this first picture of my week of Feb the 8th.

I use Lose It, and ipod/phone app to record my progress.

You know, I’m pretty proud of this. See how my eating, even though it was over the line, it was fairly consistent and I know I was making smarter choices. I cut out eating a pack of chips after dinner, a bad habit I had gotten into, and also stopped drinking soft drinks with dinner. I know that I was making smarter choices.

The Saturday I was in Kobe and I did a poo load of walking, but also had the luxurious Kobe steak. Even though my calories were high that day (and I enjoyed an alcoholic beverage), I did underestimate the exercise, over estimated the food, and well, with a treat like Kobe steak, I don’t care at all.

Exercise was also pretty good that week. Apart from the walking I did on the Saturday, I also went ice skating, and did too cardio workouts at home.

On to the next week…

As you can see my eating was actually pretty good. One thing I don’t like is that school lunches are such a high calorie content, and I think eating such a big meal in the day has an effect on my mood levels and my energy levels, especially around 2-3pm. If I don’t have a class, I’m pretty tired, which is a shame because when I don’t have a class there is usually a lot of stuff that I want to get done.

I only did one aerobic activity that week, but I also did a lot of walking.

Forwards and Upwards…

The weather has gotten so much nicer these past two days. I want to start jogging again. I miss it (heh, me, saying that, who would have thought!) It hasn’t happened yet this week and I don’t know if it will (maybe the weekend will see it happen??) but next week is a new month, and, although I’ve felt myself slipping this past week, there is nothing like a new month to re-evaluate and get back to it, stronger than ever.

  • So, let’s put some goals out there! During March I would like to get jogging/exercising three days a week (and I mean more than walking, like I have been, actual heart pumping stuff!) and bring that up to four days a week by the end.
  • Continue to watch what I eat during March, continuing to bring in more healthy snacks and meals. I want to quit school lunches for new new school year in April, so let’s practise making healthy lunches!

You may be wondering what this has to do with my usual content – Japan and all that stuff. Well, in the future I hope to bring you some posts about losing weight in Japan, trying to eat healthy in Japan, and all about the myth that Japan is a healthy country with small serving sizes. Wrong Wrong Wrong!

As for some inspiration, however, I do have some. To be honest I like my white girl curves and don’t really aspire to have an Asian shaped body. That doesn’t mean I can’t admire Japanese girl’s beauty and long for pretty, girly, spring clothes! Fashion mags are my inspiration at the moment, I want to look good in time for summer so I can wear great clothes and feel good about myself. He’s a quick shot from Cam Cam – hopefully soon I’ll be showing some more pages from my favourite magazines so you too can see what the latest fashion is like in Japan!

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Working On My Fitness

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Health, Life | 4 comments

So I want to get back into shape. No, I need to. Not just for the physical benefits but also for the mental. I’ve been tracking my food intake now for about three weeks. I’ve been using an iphone app called Lose It. I tried a few other apps but in the end I decided to go for this one. It certainly isn’t perfect – a big downfall is that everything is measured in imperial measurements and both Japan and Australia are metric. But I just need an online calculator to fix that. What is good is that it remembered the last quantity of food you entered so if I eat the same amount regularly, which I often do on most foods, I don’t have to select a new measurement each time. i also like that you can access the food when you are not online, everything is easy to input, and there is an easy graph to see your progress. You can also sync it to the website which means even more graphs and information.

This week I’ve been pretty good for the most part sticking to my daily calories. My two main changes have been that I have stopped eating a packet of chips every night (if I get hungry at night, a bit of an issue for me, I am opting for crackers or fruit, foods that still get me going but are lower in calories and are better nutritionally somewhat). And I have stopped drinking so much soft drink. I am letting myself have some on the weekends for now but I suspect in the future it will only be something I do when I go out for dinner, for instance – I’m finding I don’t miss it at all.

As for working out, right now I am trying to work out three days a week, with hopefully at least one workout high intensity. I want to gradually increase this to four workouts a week by the end of the month. I’m looking forward to it warming up a bit more too, so I can go outside to go running and I also want to purchase a skipping rope.

– not necessarily my favourite food but my most eaten food.


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