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I want to lose weight and become more healthy! AND I want to have fun with all the wonderful friends I've made here on SparkPeople. I love my Spark neighborhood. Thanks, guys, for helping me love my life!
I want to lose weight and become more healthy! AND I want to have fun with all the wonderful friends I've made here on SparkPeople. I love my Spark neighborhood. Thanks, guys, for helping me love my life!

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 current weight: 162.0 

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Member Since: 5/25/2010

SparkPoints: 41,720

Fitness Minutes: 3,190

My Goals:
My main goal is to be healthy in body and spirit so that I can live the right kind of life.

My Program:
Eat properly. Forget about food at the end of every meal. Weigh once a week. Do not obsess. Do not limit life in any way because of body size.

Personal Information:
I'm from a tiny town in Georgia (with no traffic lights), but now I live in Kobe, Japan. I'm married to a Japanese and have three bilingual, bicultural children--a son, 26, a daughter, 24, and a daughter, 19. I teach English to Japanese company workers, 99% of whom are men. I like my job.

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I love reading. One of my favorite books is Fred Chappell's novel "Brighten the Corner Where You Are." And if I could state my philosophy, the title of that book would be IT!

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Member Comments:
11/28/2015 6:05:23 PM

With friends like you, you warm my heart!

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11/24/2015 8:36:06 PM

Carolyn, Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is not celebrated in Japan, I just want to wish you one anyway. That is so neat how you introduce turkey of all things to your friends there. I would think that would be a familiar bird around Japan, but I guess not. So no matter how far you are away from the states, it is nice to be grateful for all that you have. It keeps the spirit sparkling! Take care, fredie

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11/24/2015 1:55:30 AM

Oh, I love my spreadsheets! I keep track of my Christmas shopping in excel. I am planning the work holiday party in excel. I have five different hypothetical class schedules for the son's undergraduate degree all worked out in excel. (Please don't tell him - he doesn't know! I don't advise him what to study, but every time he mentions he might add this minor or that second major, I am ocd enough to then want to map it all out to see if it's possible.)

Life feels chaotic and I guess if I can track it in a spreadsheet, it feels like I have a bit of control. Or maybe this is to make up for my increasingly fuzzy memory. I suspect that the inner me is a frustrated bookkeeper. Or maybe that ocd I keep bragging about is a real thing!

I also have a little spreadsheet keeping track of my blood pressure. I measure twice on each arm, then average for each arm. I also note the date and time of each measurement. No, I'm not kidding - it's a bit of an illness!

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11/24/2015 1:32:37 AM

Have you sent your care package to Mari's friendship family yet?

Half of our dining table is groaning under the weight of gifts and holiday treats. I need to get those suckers packed up and sent to family before I am tempted to taste! And the pantry is stuffed with snacks for Thanksgiving. I have to remember to send the leftovers home with the son and friends, otherwise we both know where that can of nuts is going to end up!

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11/23/2015 10:29:29 PM

Carolyn, I am thrilled my blog touched "a spot" to you. Yes, I know…Eating healthy all day but eating the wrong food at night just doesn't cut it. A lot of sparkers feel that as long as they are on the right track during the day, a little noshing the wrong food later on won't disturb the weight loss journey. But it does, in a big way.
I hope you are able to celebrate a little Thanksgiving in Japan. In any case, may it be just another lovely day where ever you are.
Warmest, fredie

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