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Today’s walk in a park in the center of Tokyo
Thursday, March 29, 2018      9 comments

A lovely walk today in a big park crowded with international visitors from all over the world. Non-Japanese were a rare sight when I came to Tokyo 41 years ago, but the number has exploded in the last two or three years, people even bringing ver... Read more
Coffee and staying in the moment.
Monday, March 19, 2018      12 comments

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It’s not a healthy breakfast but it’s a continental breakfast and French people (the maternal side of me) ... Read more
A little cycling
Saturday, March 17, 2018      8 comments

Saturday morning and DH goes out for his regular treatment and I’m on my own till about 2 pm. I get some housework done and then get out in the cool sunshine for some exercise. I often head for a shopping center to get in my walking, and because... Read more
Maybe calorie counting doesn’t work for me
Monday, March 05, 2018      9 comments

I’m not going to say to anyone, “Don’t count calories.” We’re all an experiment of one and we all aim to find what works for each of us. I’m just hoping to clarify for myself what I’ve learnt from this crazy week. So I stayed around 67 kilo... Read more
First week of trying to get my weight back down
Sunday, March 04, 2018      10 comments

Week 1 of trying to get back to my goal. Counting calories, I’m at about 1600 per day. Even taking great care, I feel the calorie count is a shot in the dark. It can’t be accurate. I record each week’s average weight. This week’s average is... Read more
Another long walk
Saturday, March 03, 2018      9 comments

I went on a 10k hike today with two friends who are intrepid walkers. As usual, we walked along the Tama River on the outskirts of Tokyo. It was a ... Read more
This is not good enough!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018      13 comments

OK! March 1st. Time to put my Spark house in order. That title at the top of the page. “Making sure to stay in maintenance.” Hah! “Getting dangerously close to moving out of maintenance” would fit better for February. My goal weight is the... Read more
Laughing, swimming and traffic lights
Wednesday, February 21, 2018      12 comments

I’m on spring vacation so I have time to do things I can’t do in the term time. It’s a good rehearsal for retirement. I have a relatively new friend - about a year or eighteen months - and I don’t know her very well, but she has been one of... Read more
Saturday, January 27, 2018      20 comments

I tried for over thirty years to buy pajamas, but they were always too small. In the early days, I was slim but too tall. The Japanese have got tal... Read more
What is maintenance?
Thursday, January 18, 2018      32 comments

I’ve spent about a week at more than three percent over my target weight. That’s a first since I decided I was in maintenance in May 2014. I’m relieved to notice that my BMI is still within the normal range - although not by much - so I can stil... Read more
Saturday, January 13, 2018      9 comments

I’ve just worked eight days straight, about eight hours most days, but today I worked a ten-hour day proctoring a national exam. Doing nothing is tremendously hard work. You can’t read a book. You do nothing for hours on end and you’re not suppo... Read more
Good days
Thursday, December 28, 2017      13 comments

There’s no Christmas to speak of in Japan - it’s an ordinary working day. I’ve been here for most of the last forty years and I get used to it more and more every year. So we had a family get together yesterday because that was the day when we c... Read more
Freedom and angst
Friday, December 22, 2017      10 comments

Today is the first day of a long period of an easier time work-wise; holiday for 2.5 weeks, then two weeks of teaching, then doing grades and other exam work. The school year ends in March, so things get pretty relaxed before the new school year... Read more
Navel-gazing on the topic of approval-seeking.
Friday, December 15, 2017      13 comments

I’m working hard on not being an approval-seeker. I became very much aware of the addiction in one particular situation. In the right circumstances, paying a compliment can be a gift. It can make a warm connection and brighten someone’s da... Read more
Goals beyond career goals
Sunday, December 03, 2017      11 comments

I was looking around the net for inspiration, and I happened on a TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about grit. From my teaching experience, I so agree with her that grit is an essential ingredient to success, sometimes more than IQ. I did a test... Read more

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