Let the Games Begin!


The London Olympics officially started  the other day.  I have been looking forward to the start of the Olympics since the beginning of the year.  The two main areas I’ve interested in watching are gymnastics (of course) and the track and field events.   But surprising judo has been very interesting too.  I was hoping that Haru would be excited about gymnastics, but unfortunately it hasn’t caught her interest.  She would occasionally watch for a few seconds when Kohei Uchimura (the favorite to take the gold medal in men’s gymnastics) is on TV.  He has been the biggest buzz amongst the instructors at Haru’s gymnastics class.  But other than a few glances at the TV from time to time, she seems to be totally uninterested in the Olympics.  I suppose she still doesn’t understand what its all about, and that the athletes are competing to be the best in the world.  Hopefully, by the time the Rio de Janeiro rolls around in 2016, she will express more interest in her sport as well as the Olympics.

Haru will be finishing her summer camp at the American School in Japan.  She seems to be enjoying camp a lot.  She talks about the camp counselors a lot.  It’s always Mr. Eric this or Mr. Andrew that.  Although she hasn’t really pick up too many words, she has learned a lot of new songs in English, and is constantly singing them at home.   She seems to be having fun, and is more motivated to speak English at home, so I guess that’s what counts.

I am finally putting end to my Atkins diet.  I have done it for 40 days, and lost about 4.6 kilograms (just over 10 pounds) and within 2.6 kilograms (6 pounds) of my goal , but I still have some body fat to lose.  I don’t think I will be able to lose the rest on the Atkins diet, so I have begun lifting weights.  The good things is that I feel stronger and healthier, the bad part is that since I am putting on more muscle weight, the weight loss has really slowed down a lot.  So instead of monitoring body weight, I am looking more at bat fat percentage, and it is coming down.  My suits seem to fit a bit looser to so, I guess I am losing fat weight…but it’s hard to tell.

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