My birthday was awesome! I had a party with 17 of my friends here in Iwaki. We went to dinner at Dandelion, which is an Italian restaurant that serves really good pasta and pretty good pizza (One of 2 places in Iwaki that serves Pizza that I really like). After dinner 12 of us went on to Kareoke for a couple of hours and that was a lot of fun! I even got presents, which I was not expecting! Including a batman pen case, and a batman mug! lol We joked about convincing the kids at school that it is a Canadian tradition to drink our coffee out of the tin pen cases! and to hold our pens in mugs. lol I haven't tried it out yet.
The birthday stuff went on all weekend. I had dinner with Nami and her daughter on Saturday (turkey, meat pies, poutine and strawberry rubarb pie!) and then went out to lunch with Hayakawa Sensei on Sunday (it was her birthday Sunday). Monday was also a holiday, so I stayed in and watched the new eps of Doctor Who, season 7!
Just after my birthday the challenge over at Nerd Fitness ended (on the 17th). It was a 6 week challenge. I picked 3 health and fitness goals and 1 life goal. I did well on two of my goals, and failed on the other two. I did very well with changing my diet over to paleo/primal and with cutting back on pop to just once a week (or not at all if I ate something sweet that week). However, I failed horribly with the excercise because I got sick from the heat and got an ifection in my foot. I also only managed about 50% of my life goal which was to study 60 hours for the JLPT.
That being said, I did lose 5kg, which is about 12 pounds. I'm happy with that. However, most of my clothes (including my dress pants for work, and my blouses and my shelf-bra tanks) are now too big for me. Pretty soon I won't be able to wear them and I'm not quite small enough to fit into the stuff in Japanese stores! I need to go down at least another size or possibly 2 before I'll fit into the largest size they have at UniClo. So I'm not sure what to do. As it is, I can't bend over without showing everyone my cleavage (what little there is of it lol), and that's not very professional...at all.
The next challenge has started over at Nerd Fitness. It started on the 24th, but I just signed up today. Fortunately I had already figured out my goals, and had started them on time :) This challenge will end on November 5th. My new goals are as follows.
1) Dance at least 4 times a week
2) Work on push ups. Try to add one more push up each day I do them.
3) Get at least 7 hours of sleep (8 if I can) a night.
and my life goal
4) pay off the last $600 on my credit card.
Now that it's cooled down quite a bit, I'm enjoying excercising again. I'm almost done learning the various moves for the first dane I'm working on. Each dance is divided into 3 lessons and I'm done 2 of them now. I review the previous lessons as my work out and then move onto learning the next section. I hope to be able to start working on the last part next week :) It's a lot of fun. But it would be more fun if I had more room to move around. Oh well.
on a side note, I've been craving cookies for over a week. so today I caved in and bought a small pack. I ate 2 very small cookies and now i think I'm ok. One was chocolate, and one was pumpkin flavoured with chocolate chips. bite size :) yum!
Next thing I need to figure out is how to make my own honey garlic sauce for chiken wings. I'm not into spicey, so I really miss my honey garlic, and the only stuff they have here that is garlic, is steak sauce. Not really what I want to eat with my chicken wings. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a good honey garlic sauce?