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Sunday, April 28, 2019      14 comments

We have ten days of holidays in Japan at the moment. It’s usually beginning to get warm at this time of year, but it’s been unusually chilly. Yesterday was forecast to have the best weather, which was lucky because it was the day three of us had... Read more
A little bit of success!
Saturday, April 20, 2019      13 comments

I’ve spent maybe over a year thinking, “I don’t mind being a few pounds above a good weight. I don’t have to exercise much self-discipline to stay ... Read more
Unexpected joy
Sunday, April 07, 2019      19 comments

The coming of spring for our family has been amazing - I actually can’t think of a better word for it, though it feels inadequate. I wanted to become a grandmother, but with my children going through their mid thirties, I was almost resigne... Read more
Friday, March 29, 2019      14 comments

Five years ago, I had a sabbatical. I used it to work on myself in various ways. I lost about ten kilos with Spark under a different user name. I hadn’t done any crafting since school but always wanted to, and I did some during that year. Bigges... Read more
Discipline? And a long walk.
Thursday, March 21, 2019      17 comments

Today I went for a long walk with my two friends who are very strong walkers. We covered a bit over six kilometers in just under ninety minutes, and a lot of the ground was quite stony. Short walks at 4 kph don’t feel very demanding, but that wa... Read more
Out of condition? Getting older? Both?
Wednesday, March 13, 2019      16 comments

I have plenty of free time every March, so I’m trying to step up exercise. I always do a lot of walking, but I’ve let ST and more intense cardio go by the wayside. I usually slack off during term time but when I come back to it, I don’t feel lik... Read more
A long walk through the center of Tokyo
Saturday, March 09, 2019      16 comments

It can be challenging to find beautiful places for long walks. We used to go for weekends to a peninsula several hours from here. One walking route had spectacular views over a rocky coastline. Walking in the city where I live can be very intere... Read more
“Peaceful” and an NSV.
Monday, March 04, 2019      15 comments

I had an end of term lunch with colleagues today and they said they would miss me when I retire in two years. That was nice! They said I’m a “haven,” “peaceful.” On my table, they were all Japanese so they were looking for the right word. ... Read more
Self compassion
Monday, February 18, 2019      12 comments

I was making a mistake at work over a period of time. On some level I was becoming aware of it bit by bit. My attention was suddenly drawn to it by someone in a tactful way. My motivation for the mistake was a good one, but I should have spotted... Read more
A very good day
Wednesday, January 30, 2019      13 comments

DH had his lengthy checks at the hospital this morning and the results were good. There was actually improvement. Tomorrow I’m going to a lunch where there will be some bigwigs present, so I can’t go there looking a mess, but I really don’t... Read more
When a defeat is not a defeat
Tuesday, January 29, 2019      15 comments

We had a very long and interesting discussion on an older women’s email forum about caregiving. Many felt it would be a good idea to fight for the benefits we’ve paid taxes for. I decided to walk away from the problem and drop out of the system ... Read more
I didn’t feel like going to the pool but.........
Friday, January 04, 2019      12 comments

A friend suggested going to the pool together. It’s twenty minutes’ walk from here and going out early in the morning in just above freezing temperatures and getting wet felt like the last thing I wanted to do. I walked briskly in beautifu... Read more
Incentive or deterrent?
Saturday, December 29, 2018      12 comments

I’ve started doing strength training again, I think for the first time in a year. Sometimes I’m surprised at how much I’ve lost. Other times, I’m surprised at how much is still there. I’ve also reset my center weight for the Maintenance Ch... Read more
The start of a new year right now!
Thursday, December 20, 2018      12 comments

I’ve just come out of my last class of 2018. Next year, I only work two weeks before April, so now is a time for new beginnings. I’ve felt weighed down in the last few weeks by minor burdens, but right now, things are looking good. I lost m... Read more
Saturday, December 08, 2018      13 comments

Yesterday morning DH had a health problem and I asked him to report it to the dialysis clinic. I went to work to do some prep, and the clinic called me back. The impression I got from them was worse than I later found to be the real situation. P... Read more

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