Friday, August 25, 2006

Lovin' the River

Exercise(5/6): Cliff Jumping in the Neo River
Time: quite awhile!

Got a Canadian guest coming for dinner...gotta run!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Karate Night

Tis Thursday, so we went to Karate...

Exercise (4/6): Karate
Time: 1:30

I felt really awful tonight. I had the day off of work, just for a bit of a break with the family. But it is really hot, so I didn't eat much and we sat around all day. Then all of a sudden I was working out. I think I was dehydrated to start and so the workout just got harder. Next time, I will keep myself better hydrated...even if I am not so active.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Starting to bike for life

I don't know if you have recently visited our family blog about our life in Japan, but we, as a family, spend a lot of time imagining and planning for our return to Canada. We have been doing a lot of thinking about our fitness, health AND (as we read the Canadian newspapers online) about the increasing obesity problem in Canada. Anyhow, long story short, we are planning to go car-free when we return to Canada.
Impossible, you say? Not at all. Click here to read more on that topic.
So, we have started the transition here in Japan. We still have a car, and are saddled with those payments for awhile, but we are trying to use it less and less. This has consequences...and they are all positive. (at least for my health...not neccesarily for my convenience!) It also means that, as I continue to become more active, I will have to become more "clear" about my exercise. When school starts, Sept 1st, the exercise that I log in here, will have to be an actual workout. Either a strength workout or aerobic (in which my Heart Rate is being monitored). I am not sure where Karate fits into this. I guess I will have to discuss that with my "personal trainer" ;-)

Exercise (3/6): Cycling (errands)
Time: about 1 hour

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Catching Up

Okay, so, I took Sunday off. Although, I did spend 2 hours helping clean the elementary school in prep for school to start again. And we biked there and home. But I am not logging that as exercise/workout. It was a great calorie burner...but as I become more and more active, I will need to be more specific and log "workouts" as opposed to general exercise.

Monday, August 21st: Left for a 2-day Conference for new JETs in my prefecture held in Gifu City. It was only overnight so I packed light and put it on the back of my bike and biked to Ogaki city train station. I met up there with the new ALT's and we went together.

Exercise (1/6): Cycling
Time: 40 min

Tuesday, August 22nd: same exercise, only returing home!
Exercise (2/6): Cycling
Time: 40 min

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Just made it!

This was close timing! I did the exercise yesterday, but I think the deadline is in about 8 hours from now. ;-)

Exercise: Cycling (the family and I biked to downtown to play at the castle park. It took about 40 minutes on way)
Then we took several new ALT's on a walking tour of downtown to show them where things (like the 24 hour post office/bank/ramen noodle shops etc were...since, unless they have some proficiency in Japanese, its not an easy thing to do. (I was learning new things myself yesterday, and I have been here a year! What a difference it makes to be a literate person. I look forward to that aspect of returning to Canada next year :-))

Time: 40 +40= 80 min cycling
walking a lot of the evening.

Good news! The scale shows that I am down about 2 1/2 Kilos since I started. That's about 5lbs. Small yea! (I love using Kilos when it come to HOW MUCH weight I need to lose because it doesn't seem like so much. But when it comes to reporting how much weight I have lost already...I like using pounds because is sounds like so much MORE! ;-) sheeesh, I can be such a girl!)