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Happy in April

Returning to my yearly pink phase

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Live Right and Love 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!
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: 169.0 

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Member Since: 5/25/2010

SparkPoints: 34,827

Fitness Minutes: 2,739

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:
Track food every day, and exercise at least twenty minutes a day. Stop bingeing! REALLY!

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.

Other Information:
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:
7/5/2015 10:49:31 PM

Thank you for the Spark Goodie :-)

The 4th here on my end ... the weekend was super great. And while you may not be celebrating it where you are at ... you will have the cherry blossom festival ... and other awesome things to yeahh about. (Like the band thingy with the daughter!)

That is what is great about the world ... we can all celebrate and join each other's joys.

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7/5/2015 4:55:54 AM

I've never heard of a Titanic song - I'm going to have to see if I can find it. emoticon

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7/3/2015 8:46:26 AM

Stinging caterpillar?!?!? Holy WOW that does NOT sound fun. I have never heard of those. And on bamboo? Hmmm ... I was thinking that we needed to plant some here (that we could use as a view barrier. However, I know it can spread beyond where you plant them so have not done it. Now I am adding stinging caterpillars to the equation! Ack! Maybe they are just in Japan? I will need to Google it.

And oh - my yard AND house need a lot of tending to as well.

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7/3/2015 5:52:31 AM

I added this to the blog, to make it make more sense:

But what was really liberating, the thought [then], was going out in public even though I have this HUGE scar on my belly button from when I had surgery for an umbilical hernia. [It's like over four inches long, horizontally, and makes it look like my belly button is sort of smiling, a crooked smile. My grandma said people would be looking and talking about it, and I had to be prepared for that.]

The new things are in brackets. Plus, I mentioned that I'm sure my aunt threw away that suit. She was freaked out!

I fixed another part, new things in brackets:

Okay, so I gave it to my cousin, in a box or bag of stuff. She was always getting my hand-me-downs, [even though she was five years younger and never wore anything of mine. Sometimes she kept my toys. My aunt gave all the clothes to their church.]

All done! Thank you so much for reading my blogs and commenting!

Comment edited on: 7/3/2015 6:35:42 AM

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7/3/2015 4:42:07 AM

Thank you for the comment about my bikini blog! Yeah, it's a shame I didn't get to wear that bikini. I'm pretty sure my aunt threw it away. She was mad that I had it, and I don't think she was letting anyone else have it. Oh, well! It looked cute. I did buy a swim dress. It is a little small for me though, because they didn't have my size in the style I wanted. So it will probably have to wait until next year. I mean, I can put it on, but I can't swim in it. Because it's just so tight. So actually, I should probably be looking for another swim suit, because my mom is going to be using the pool soon and I would like to join her sometimes. If we join a gym, she's going to be in the pool all the time and I'm going to be trying to take yoga lessons and spin classes. Are there any pools near you? Maybe at a college? Because a lot of colleges have them in the states, and they let the public in. Maybe they have colleges like that near you.

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