Tag Archives: Japan

Where in the world is Fit and Busy?

23 Oct

While this week has no real meaning to my blogging timeline, it has a huge meaning to my “real life” timeline. One year ago Sunday, on a very cold day in MN, hubby and I said “I do” in front of so many of our friends and family. As cliche as it is I do love him more than I did that day and I can honestly say, and I think it probably shows in my writing, my priorities have changed in the past year. I still love fitness and strive everyday to live a healthy and inspiring lifestyle, but I’ve been trying to find a balanced life. Unfortunately, for now, it meant not making a fitness competition a priority but I have been able to do so many other amazing things!

We’ve literally moved around the world and back, I started a personal training business in Japan (which I loved), I’m now 3 months in to an awesome ER job, and I’ve been able to spend a lot more time with family over the past year. Even as I write this I’m in Oklahoma visiting my grandmother and uncle. …not too bad for 365 days.

All of this makes me wonder, what inspires you? For me, it’s my family. I want to be healthy and live a lifestyle that I can teach my kids (whenever that time comes). I want to be proud of what I see in the mirror everyday and if I can inspire even one person, that’s even better.

Toasting on the Eiffel Tower

Toasting on the Eiffel Tower

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Struggles with motivation

26 Nov

It has been way harder than I thought it was going to be to get back into a routine! There’s always something to do… moving more things to the house, groceries, getting the right paperwork, job searching, cooking for Thanksgiving… lots and LOTS of excuses. To be fair, hubby and I are really active people. We’ve been taking the dogs on 20 minute walks at least twice a day so, that plus cleaning and moving etc. has def. kept me active but it’s just not the same. We move into the new house this week (like, tomorrow night I think) so that should help a lot once we’re settled and not living out of suit cases.

We have been cooking and eating pretty well… minus the left over pumpkin pie.Yesterday hubby had the idea to make “chips” with left over yams (well we thought they were sweet potatoes but, still good) so he just put a bit of olive oil in a skillet, sliced the yams really thin and cooked them with some pepper and garlic. It was really tasty and very quick! We had a lot of left over veggies from Thanksgiving so the theme for the week has been seasoning chicken or pork to go with said veggies… it worked really well. I am a little nervous about the new house because it has a Japanese oven which can fit about 2 fish or 2 chicken breasts. We are shipping over a George Foreman and we can use the skillet but it’ll be an adjustment for baking or roasting anything…

 

Today I did get a good leg workout in:

5 min warm-up

20 sumo squats with weight

20 squats

15 split lunges/leg

20 weighted crunches

20 reverse crunches

*3 sets

20 hip bridges

20 hip extensions

20 fire hydrants

*2 sets

Whole thing took about 35/40 min 🙂

Today’s Monday here; we’ve finished the pie, I have some emails from photographers out here, and I’m tired of skipping workouts so it’s absolutely past time to really get back at it.

Settling In

19 Nov

I finally found the gym yesterday! We’re house sitting for friends who live on one of the bases so, it was the gym here. No frills but everything you need and then some for a workout. And my arms and shoulders are feeling it today!

I did a pyramid set for the first exercises and then back to just 3 sets of 12 for the second superset…

(Pyramid)

8 lateral shoulder raises

8 front shoulder raises

8 bicep curls

15 tricep dips

20 squats (no weight… the “legs” changed every set because I was working in my physical therapy exercises)

20 leg raises on a “Roman Chair Machine”

12 lateral shoulder raises

12 front

12 bicep

15 tricep dips

20 lunges/leg

20 leg raises

Finally, 20 of all of the above. As you increase reps, decrease the weight so you are doing your max weight for each number of reps.
12 Front Flys

12 Chest Press

12 Tricep pull-downs

20 calf-raises

*3 sets

Then I finished with alternating 20 weighted crunches (arms straight toward the ceiling) and 15 skull crushers for 3 sets.

Also, the hubby and I have been good about keeping healthy food in the house and making dinner fresh every night. Last night I went to check out one of the cheerleading teams on the island so he made a chicken with sauteed onions and brown rice. The night before I made apple spiced pork. To be fair, we have had a lot of baked goods in the house that people have sent and my self-control has been lacking with those since I’m home most days (so it’s a good thing I found that gym 😉 ).
And, just as a life in general update, we found somewhere to settle for the next few months until we know where we’re going next. We get the keys Saturday 🙂 I’m still trying to find a job/get a foot in the door at the hospital out here but so far, we’re making steady progress. I can’t complain about all the beaches though… it’s nice seeing the ocean every day.

 

Hello Again!

13 Nov

Oh man… what a month! The wedding was everything I could have asked for, the honeymoon was even better, and now I have moved to Japan! I have no car, we don’t really have a house yet, and… well, a lot of other unknowns but we’re here and I am trying to start a routine of some kind until we get more settled in.

We went to France for the honeymoon, it was wonderful! Ate lots of fondue (an easy gluten free option), had great (and some not so great) wine, and just toured around. Stayed active so I didn’t feel too bad about the food (and it was all SO fresh!) but I was ready to get back into a better diet by the time we got home.

We went up into the Alps (Chamonix, Mont Blanc) for a couple days and I have to say, I went on the hardest hike I think I’ve ever done. It was also the highest hike I’ve done to date (2317 meters at the top, lots of switchbacks)… and so worth it. The view from the top was awesome and I had a huge sense of accomplishment. Maybe misplaced, I’m sure people who hike all the time would laugh at it but hey, I was proud of myself. Here’s the view from the top… we had not been prepared for the snow so we ended up taking a tram back down.

Oh, and here’s me… running to the top because I was cold and really wanted hot chocolate:

 

Anyway, I got up with hubby this morning (his first day back at work) and made eggs and turkey bacon; I guess so far so good on the eating healthy out here? 😉 We’re house sitting for a friend so today I’m planning on taking their two dogs out, they both pull a lot so we’ll see how long the walk actually lasts, and then trying to find the gym on the base. I also plan on cooking a lot until I get settled in with a job here so hopefully that means new recipes for you guys too.

Heads up/apology

20 Oct

Just wanted to post quickly. Future hubby gets home today (YYYAAAYYY) which kicks off a crazy pre-wedding week, followed by the wedding, our honeymoon, and moving to Japan. So I want to apologize now for the fact that I will be very MIA over the next month. I’ll do my best to update but no promises. 🙂

I will def. pick back up consistently once we’re settled in Okinawa with lots of pictures from our adventures!

Liebster Blog Award

18 Oct

Took me a few days to get to this but I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the author of “Fitness, Food, and Photography”.

11 Facts about Me…

Am I allowed to re-use ones from the inspiring blogger post? I may have to…

1. I’m moving to Japan in less than a month

2. I was a college cheerleader for a year (until I got injured)

3. I’m a new nurse, and I love emergency medicine

4. I love pizza and wine… hey, everything in moderation!

5. I’m addicted to coffee (I think this is a repeat… sorry).

6. I have blue eyes but they change basically every day between gray and green

7. When I lived on my own I would kill bugs but future hubby knows it’s his job as soon as we’re living together

8. I watch trashy TV like Grey’s Anatomy

9. I don’t like mess…

10. My favorite color is pink

11. I have an older brother and an older sister
My Questions to Answer:

1)  How much time do you spend Blogging every day? 30 min-1 hr if I post

2)  What is the one song that get stuck in your head all day after you hear it? Hey, Soul Sister

3)  What TV shows are on your DVR right now? Covert Affairs, Grey’s

4)  What is your favorite season and why? Fall, it’s so crisp outside and the leaves are pretty colors… plus I get to wear hoodies and jeans

5)  What is your favorite brand of jeans? Victoria’s Secret (for real)

6)  Last movie you watched? New in Town

7)  If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Tinkerbell… I’ve always been a little obsessed.

8)  Name one talent that you wish you had. Anything musical, I’ve always been an athlete but never felt musically inclined

9)  What is your best feature/ favorite body part? Oh, that’s hard…  body part… I’d have to say my legs

10)  What did you eat for dinner last night? Chicken and veggies with spinach artichoke dip

11)  Favorite childhood game? …I don’t remember… how sad.

 Blogs with under 200…
(Okay, I’m only putting 8)

Strong, Fit, Beautiful

Eat, Move, Achieve

 Gira Yoga

Figure Girl- Wanna Be

Run, Pump, Stretch, Repeat

Funky Fitness

UberBeastMode

One Fit Mama

11 Questions for them to answer…

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite food?
  3. What’s your favorite exercise?
  4. Where do you consider home?
  5. How many states have you lived in?
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch?
  7. Do you have any pet peeves?
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  9. What’s your favorite way to relax?
  10. What did you want to be “when you grew up” when you were younger?
  11. Have you ever been skydiving? If not, do you want to?

Lots of changes coming up

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week and 3 days until future hubby gets back to the states!

First of all, thank you to everyone who has voted already! I moved up from 50 to 11th in one day so, please keep voting! Apparently the link changes based off your place, which was poor planning on their part (I think). So here’s today’s link:

Fitness Competition Voting

I’ve discovered that October seems to be the hot month for the fitness magazine/websites contests. Oxygen Magazine is doing something similar, as is Bodybuilding.com (which I also entered to be a spokesperson for them!) So, if anyone else is interested… now you know 🙂

But, I mentioned changes… my wedding is coming up next Saturday! And we have finally figured out (after months of back and forth because of military orders etc.) that I will be joining hubby in Okinawa, Japan after the wedding. Which I am REALLY excited about. I think it’ll be really fun and who knows, maybe I’ll find some great healthy Japanese recipes to post from there! Aside from the obvious reason of wanting to actual live with hubby once we’re married… a girl could do worse:

 

I took that picture last May when I went to visit him, it’s beautiful out there. Anyway, had physical therapy this morning so did side lunges on a BOSU, squats, and a lot of stability exercises for the injured foot. Go back on Tuesday before the wedding for what will probably be my last time (mainly because I’m getting married and going on my honeymoon!)

 

Yesterday I did basically a total body workout but focused on arms:

Warm up with a 2min rotating plank (10 sec middle, 10 left, 10 middle, 10 right… so on)

20 Bicep Curls

20 Rows (with dumbbells)

20 overhead tricep extensions

20 crunches with weight

40 Ab “bicycles”

*3 sets– my abs killed by the last set of bikes

20 Low Flys

10 squats

12 chest presses

*2 sets

20 hip extensions w/ ankle weight

20 bridges

20 skull crushers

*2 sets