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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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A week or so in Japan

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Life | 7 comments

Here’s a week or so in the life of me!


The week starts off with the water in the gutters all iced over. Coming from a country that is nice and warm always, stuff like this is exciting to me.


So at my middle school they were playing volleyball. At the end the winners played the teachers. OMG it was freezing inside that gym, I think I died. I didn’t have gym shoes either, but in the end one of the students let me borrow her shoes and I played for 2 minutes with the teachers, scoring one goal but also losing one goal. So I guess I contributed nothing.


An assembly after the volley ball. At things like this you bow before and after someone does a speech. I think it is a better idea than trying to clap cold hands. It is certainly different though.


The view as I walk from school to the bus stop. I always think that it is just so beautiful around here. The camera never does it justice.

I am taking all these photos from my iphone, so the quality is pretty crappy. I also always seem to get a smudge on the photos, but that is just grubby me.


At the JET mid year conference. Hmmmm…. This was better than the orientation in Tokyo for sure, but still…. The best things I got out of it were a couple of ideas for games (reverse bingo anyone?). There was also information about the teaching English program in Finland and how they can totally speak English by the end of their high school years, but of course everything that was addressed will not be implemented in Japan. They could do it – after all I’m pretty sure if they started the Middle school textbooks in grade 3 here they would be able to do it easily. Thinking that perhaps they would move a bit slower than what they do in middle school, I see no reason why a grade six student could not graduate primary school with the English knowledge of what a current grade 9er (grade 3 in middle school) would have. However it is Japan’s policy that we just play games with primary school kids so it’s not going to happen…

That’s my thoughts/rant for now!


We were the bad kids up the back…


My first time bowling in Japan. Their shoes aren’t clown shoes! I wanted to keep them.


Before bowling we had all you can eat pizza which was pretty good. I also won bowling which is an unexplained phenomenon and I hope I didn’t break the universe.


I still can’t believe people eat the whole fish, head, tail, bones, all. I can’t fathom it. The thought makes me want to throw up.


The bus on the way to work.


From the top of the hill, walking to the bus stop from my middle school


My mountain school. This is all the kids in the school. :)


They has a skipping expert come in from another city to teach skipping skills. It was actually a lot of fun and I think I want to get a skipping rope when the weather warms up a little bit. I remember when I was a child I used to be able to skip for hours.


Rice fields everywhere were getting… um… machined over. This one is my back yard.


Tis amazing! There are actually people on my bus today!


View from the bus


Dinner. Home made wong tong soup – perfect for a cold night.


Everywhere was covered in cloud. This is me waiting for the bus…


More cloud.


But when I got to the top of the mountain where my school was I realised I had actually stepped out of the cloud. That was pretty cool.


Middle schoolers serving lunch. At my schools everyone eats in one room.


More fish. But the vegetable thing to the right side has grown on my and I enjoy it now. At middle school you can choose how much you eat which is fantastic. I always had trouble getting through all this food. Now I am trying to be more healthy in my everyday life I’m trying not to eat more than half of the rice. I try not to be guilty about throwing out all the food I don’t eat. I am thinking that if I don’t see the results I want by the start of the new school year in April I’m going to try and cancel school lunches and bring in my own. The downside would be losing valuable interaction time with the students.


After lunch you have to separate all the rubbish. You also wash your milk carton and unfold it.


This is still the cloud day… After school the cloud had cleared at everything looked amazingly clear. You can’t see it through the camera as well, but it was awesome. This is my middle school.


Friday! This is at an elementary school. I was always a fussy eater, but as I got older I became less and less fussy and now I eat quite a lot. Unfortunately, being back in Japan I feel like a fussy eater. I don’t like seafood and I don’t like citrus fruits. These two things are often served. I managed to get rid of the orange that was served with this meal, but had to eat the tuna croquette. *sigh*.


So at this school I always had a fax machine in the corner of my desk. Now I have a fax machine in the middle of my desk and a computer on the corner of my desk. Yeah, thanks guys. I have lots of room to work on. :P And I can’t even feel comfortable using the computer because I sit next to the vice principal. :P


View of the primary school as I wait for the bus. Yayayay, it’s Friday and now weekend time!


Well, that was my week or so, let me know what you think! Do you want me to post more stuff like this?


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Wendy’s Closes in Japan – Wont Be Missed

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Life | 6 comments

At the end of 2009, fast food chain Wendy’s closed all it’s stores in Japan. So, before it closed I wanted to get some Wendy’s into me. In Australia Wendy’s is a different company that sells ice-cream. I may have had Wendy’s the fast food when I was in America but I don’t remember, so for me this was the first time having the food.

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Traditional Christmas in Japan

Posted by on Jan 3, 2010 in Life | 4 comments

You may have heard about a “traditional” Christmas in Japan, and I’m talking about food here – KFC and Christmas cake. There is lots of information out there on Christmas in Japan, let me throw you a link to Tofugu whose post is nice and quick and easy to digest.

I had a talk with my middle school kids about Christmas, and I think the general consensus was they didn’t really celebrate it. About half had Christmas cake, I think they were all too young for the romantic experience of it all. My English teacher is a bit different perhaps from most Japanese in that she is very interested in Western traditions, she celebrates with her children, they each get one present and they put up a Christmas tree.

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