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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: 168.0 

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Member Since: 5/25/2010

SparkPoints: 32,360

Fitness Minutes: 2,489

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

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I'm looking for inspiration on everybody's SparkPage. It's fun and educational and takes my mind off food! I really love reading other people's stories.

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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5/23/2015 9:40:15 AM

Hi Carolyn, I did make my banana bread last night. I made two extra large loaves which takes 1.5 hours to bake. It turned out okay but I felt it was a bit dry. Will make more for the baby shower and hopefully will turn out a bit moister. I keep trying to make it is good as my mom's but just have not mastered it yet. Have a great weekend hon.


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5/21/2015 8:44:50 PM

Can you believe the size of that buffalo? Apprarently, they get about a ton in weight! I hear ya on the trivia - I'll go for days with a perfect score, then totally blow it. Grrr

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5/21/2015 8:31:04 AM

That sounds like a bit of trouble, having to cook two different types of rice every day! I usually cook a lot of white rice at a time (my family won't eat anything rice other than jasmine, and I eat hardly any rice now), and freeze the leftovers in single-meal portions. When I take the cooked rice from the freezer, I sprinkle water over it before microwaving, and it is almost indistinguishable from freshly cooked.

I think people at work are a little more interested in my weight loss and what I'm eating because our professional lives are pretty dull! I don't think they were worried that I couldn't afford to order any more because we all know approximately how much each other earns, and also because I covered the tab for our two retiring colleagues. I think it may also be partly because they remember how I *used* to eat, and what I eat now is not nearly as indulgent!

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5/19/2015 8:44:42 PM

emoticon for your support on the friend's feed. I truly appreciate it.

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5/19/2015 1:26:40 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I remember so well that feeling when the doctor told me the sex of my babies. We didn't have ultra sound during my pregnancies. It came out after my last child was born.
My daughter in Denmark doesn't want to know until the day baby is born and she has no preference to sex. With this being her first she is a little naive and has not had a lot of experience with babies. She and my son in law will however be excellent parents. I can just tell by the way they are together, always reading about child rearing, taking prenatal classes together etc.

Thank you for reading my BLOG, it is always so nice to get your feedback.


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