Saturday, July 22, 2006

First Week Finished!

Exercise (6/6): Biking
Time: about 45 min
Av. Heart Rate: 157 (35:27)

It is a beautiful sunny Saturday in Gifu, Japan. 29˚C today. I think I am sunburnt from my ride. But my crotch hurts less today! :-)
I got farther and went faster.
This is the first week of the rest of my life. No more excuses. (and I am the queen of excuses)

So, I cheated you out of your itunes...this week.
Keep watching!

Thursday, July 20, 2006


My body is hurting is all kinds of places! It is Thursday morning but I am not working out this morning....but don't hold your breath. I have a 2 hour Karate session tonight.

Don't give up on me slackin' though. If you are vigilant, you may get your itunes yet. I am always eager the first week of a program.

More later...


Just finished Karate. I got my yellow belt! (small yeah)
It is not a joyous occasion because my son got only a conditional pass...he has to retest in a few weeks in order to get his belt. I think the world stopped turning. As far as he is concerned, he failed and he is stupid and he hates Karate and never wants to do it again. He cried, he was embarrassed (like I am at my spelling....) What is a mom to do?
I hope this is one of those things that goes on to create great character. I will tell him till I have no breath left in me, how much I love him and what an awesome kid he is. Maybe someday it will sink in.

Exercise (5/6): Karate
Time: off and on for 1 hour due to familial crisis
Heart Rate: Don't know because I can't wear my watch-like monitor in class.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Rain, rain go away!

Exercise (4/6): Karate
Time: 30 min
Av. HR: 127 (for 23:17 of the above 30)

I am figuring out what gets my heart rate up indoors in a small apartment. Probably good the first official week gives me room to improve and prevents over doing it.

It is still raining...
There is an official weather warning for floods and thunderstorms for our area. I am glad we live on the 2nd floor! Apparently the rainy season in Japan comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion! Rain is forecast through till Sunday. We are all a little grumpy about it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Indoor Workout

Exercise (3/6): Karate, Squats
Time: 30 min
Heart Rate: Av. 118
-Not very high, but I did 50 squats and inumerable sit-ups (I lost count, but I burnt out) on the Abs ball, and maybe 5 attempts at yoga push-ups (those are cool, but I have no arm strength...or maybe my body is just too heavy yet) as well as karate.
-raining today so that's why I did the "indoor thing". I want to order those new Tae Bo DVD's for indoor times...I think they will help get my heart-rate up when I am housebound.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Biking in the Rain

Exercise(2): Biking
Time: 30 minutes
Av. Heart Rate: 144 (at one point it topped out at 160 - had to work for it though)

Kids were occupied at a community kid's event, so I went for a ride/workout with the rain. It was actually nice cuz it cools you down.

(Somebody is baking cake or pie or something. It smells SO good!!! I want chocolate.)
I need some of those cycling short with padding "you know where". That was painful!

2 down/4 to go

Oh yea, along with my picture I will post my original weight (I weighed in last week) and have a "weight counter" to chart my progress. I can download one off the internet I'm sure. I will weigh in once a week...probably a Saturday morning.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Yellow Belt Karate?

Exercise - Karate
Time - 2 hours (kind of)...more like 1 hour of actual exercise

I had my test for yellow belt today. Don't know if I passed yet. I screwed up on a couple of things...
1) my combination blocks
2) my foot position on some of my stances...I think my toes were pointed the wrong way a few times and Sensei doesn't miss a thing.
Oh well. I will find out next week if I get a fancy new colour to belt up my Gi (pronounced gee with a hard "g").

I noticed my sister-in-law has put up a link on her blog for this one. Game on! (Thanx Rach)

I will post a "before" picture soon. Whether it will be a "before I am skinny" or "before I am broke" picture has yet to be determined!

(I really really really don't want to post a picture like that. I hate pictures of me!!!!! But that is the whole point of this isn't it? At least I can block out my eyes/face)

As the Japanese would say..."Ganbatte" (which means, fight!/persevere/endure etc)
If this is said to you, you are to reply "Ganbarimasu" (I will fight my best)