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One for the road

Train and plane tickets have been bought.

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Luggage has been picked up for delivery to the airport.

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Internet will be shut off tonight.

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J’s successor arrives tomorrow.

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Final playlist has been made:

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See you next time (from America)!

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What I’ll miss about Japan

  Return Home August 2010

  • The People: Mama-san and Papa-san, the big-smiling train station attendant who always brightened my mood, the nurse at my doctor’s office who is so sweet, the ice-cream shop lady, the kids I taught, my boss, and so many more…

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  • The Drinks: C.C. Lemon, Calpis, Lipton Apple Tea, Kagome vegetable/fruit juices
  • The Food: Mama-san and Papa-san’s ramen and gyoza, onigiri, Japanese bakeries, cute candies/chocolates, green tea ice cream!

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  • The experiences: Running my first marathon, becoming my own person, Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Okinawa, Kamakura, modeling in a Japanese bridal show, beach visits, climbing Fuji, running The River Loop

As our time in Japan comes to a close, I am reminded how lucky I am to have experienced so much in my 25 years of life. Leaving Japan is definitely bittersweet—I’m excited for what’s to come, but sad to let go of this chapter in my life.

Leaving Japan mind dump

My days are officially running together. Is it Tuesday? Wednesday? Thursday? I have no idea. I tried to take our recyclable trash out on Monday evening, convinced it was really Tuesday evening. Then, I had the privilege of hauling all the plastic bottles back home since it was NOT recycling day.

It’s time to go home. For sure.

In the midst of all my days running together, I’m attempting to clean up our apartment for the new tenant, pack or trash belongings, and… oh yeah, train for a marathon.

Those lovely sit N stands + hip abductors from yesterday left me with a mighty sore bum this morning. So, no running today. Luckily, Best Body Bootcamp allows two days of rest to still be eligible for prize entry each week. Definitely needed that day of rest today, because tomorrow I’m tackling Yasso 800’s for the first time.

As each day pushes us closer and closer to our flight home, more and more activities are coming up. Tonight is J’s going away party for his school (mine was last weekend). On Friday, we’re headed to Tokyo to fulfill a few last-minute whims. And on Saturday I’ll be doing my last long-run in Japan. To be honest, the last one makes me the saddest and most nostalgic.

It wasn’t until moving to Japan that I fell in love with running. With no gym access, limited weights and workout DVDS, and lots of open road… it seemed like the logical choice. I’d always liked running well enough, so I kept with it when we moved to Japan 3 years ago. And I haven’t looked back. Japan gave me my first double-digit run. My first falls while running. My first marathon. My first “athletic” love. And I’ll be forever grateful for that.

I climbed Mount Fuji

Life sure got busy last week—it’s been almost a week since my last post because I haven’t had time to breathe, let alone type…

But there’s lots of ‘good busy’ happening in my life right now. My job in Japan has ended. J and I are only 15 sleeps away from flying back to the U.S. AND we found out last week that we were approved for the apartment we applied for.

Still lots of cleaning, packing, and organizing to do before we move home (and even more once we get home and finally sort through the stuff we own and have forgotten about!).

But, in the meantime, we climbed Mount Fuji this past weekend.

Here’s a video recap of the climb (Spoiler: I hated it!):

 

As you might have noticed from the video, I have gotten Windows Movie Maker cooperating again—I think this will get me motivated to make videos more regularly again! Once we are back home and in a regular routine, I will resume my weigh-in videos.

31 Days

Today is July 3. My flight for the U.S. departs on August 3. I have ONE MONTH left in Japan. (YAY!) I am so ready to go back home.

There are many reasons I haven’t been very happy in Japan—I’ll spare you the negativity tonight… just suffice it to say that I am counting down and celebrating each and every day that goes by.

5 teaching days left at my current job. I’ll actually be a little sad for that to finish, though. I’ve had a good time teaching the kids and my boss has been great. I feel very blessed to have worked for him the last year and a half.

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So… moving on. It rained today. Imagine that. I’m sick of rain. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that I have to walk 3 miles in the pouring rain when Mother Nature throws these tantrums. Bah!

31 days. Can’t wait. Running tomorrow morning. Can’t wait.

Everyday is new

Remember my goal of moderation/portion control at Saturday night’s dinner and karaoke party? Epic fail. Epic, epic, epic fail.

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That’s all I’ll say.

But the good news is that everyday is new and we get a chance to start over any time we choose. So that’s where I’m at this Tuesday. Starting over after a crazy Saturday night and a less than stellar Sunday and Monday is just what I need.

Truthfully, I feel like crap after eating so poorly and not taking very good care of myself for those few days. Clean eating makes my body feel great and full of energy—all it takes is a few days of junk food to be quickly reminded of why I choose to eat clean. Unfortunately, it does take a few days of clean eating to get back to feeling like myself. In the meantime, I’m riding out the “brain fog” and low energy wave.

I skipped my workouts on Sunday and Monday, so I knew I needed to tackle today’s GPP workout this morning and get back to business.

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It was tough, but it was fun. And those Dippy Birds were some of the most awkward exercises I’ve ever tried, but a good challenge. I bet I’ll feel them tomorrow.

All together I was able to complete 5 non-RX rounds.

I didn’t run though. My feet are still tired from my run on Saturday afternoon + Saturday night shenanigans. I’m going to run tomorrow if the weather cooperates.

I’m also grocery shopping today. There’s not a piece of fruit to be found in our apartment and that is sad.

Now for something totally different:

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J had the day off work yesterday so we finally took a daytrip to Kamakura. We’ve been saying we wanted to do this for months, but every time we planned the trip the weather ended up being awful. Luckily, yesterday was gorgeous and we had a great time.

The main reason I wanted to make it up to Kamakura before leaving Japan was to see The Big Buddha.

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I’m not Buddhist, but I had to stand in awe of this statue and the sheer manpower it would have taken to build it in its day. It was created in the 1200s and it’s so large that you can go inside. Truly breathtaking.

Okay… time to power through this Tuesday!