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3/31/13 5:53 P

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Happy Easter to all my expat buddies! I, too, am excited about this team. Just reading about our similar situations gives me encouragement that other people are out there on this journey, too. Take care!

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2/14/13 1:47 P

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Hi new members! I hope that you are all doing well with your goals. It is difficult (Scapp) when we live in another country to eat in a healthy way. I feel more integrated in Puerto Rico but lately my diet has been too many carbohydrates and not enough vegetables. My goal is to change that starting today! I'll try to check back more and see how everyone is doing!

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2/2/13 7:37 A

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Hi Scapp, I think I joined this team around the same time you did, but there doesn't seem to be anyone around much. I am also American and am living in Lusaka, Zambia. I wrote a couple blog posts about what it is like to be fat and trying to lose weight in Zambia. They give a good picture of what my weight loss project is like for me.

How are things in Italy? Is it much different than being in the States?

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10/24/12 8:25 A

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Hello all, I'm here too. Nice to find a place where expats can chat. I'm Sarah and I'm American but living in Italy. Nice to 'meet' you!

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9/23/12 12:53 P

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Welcome to the team! I think of this place as accepting of all of those who are or were Expats because we do have a different approach to life. Everywhere we have lived leaves a mark on us; we become a new version of ourselves.

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." Audre Lorde

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9/23/12 12:50 P

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Yes, I can understand how your feel. There is so much negotiation that goes into living in a new country. I also look "like an American" with blond hair and fail skin...but it's also attitude, I think. You learn to adjust. I think that sometimes you just feel like you're lost if you don't act natural. I now think that it's also important for others to adjust to your ways too, especially in-laws and others that you see regularly. I raised two children in Puerto Rico, and noticed after many years that I compromised too much of my own independence. Sometimes a person can be too flexible. I was cautioned so much about appearing too American that I felt false. Where we are born reflects in our personality. We also have to accept that and even celebrate our differences. Having said that, I now have to admit that I don't always feel at home when I'm in the states either. I guess a lot of changes take place- unnoticed. I hope that your move is happy and successful.

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." Audre Lorde

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8/25/12 9:05 P

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Hi Ruokanne,

I think we all know exactly how you feel. You love where you are, (whether that be the US, or outside the US), but you don't quite feel comfortable there. I'm in Argentina now and although I have lots of family here, I haven't found friends yet, so I'm feeling a little lonely. My husband is Argentinian, and we've visited here a million times before moving, so there haven't been any surprises in our move. It's just that I'm NOT Argentinian and I never will be. I'm sure that's how you feel too.

Lately, what has really gotten to me is my lack of security. Everyone I know has been ripped off or held up. I was told I shouldn't even go out and walk the dog outside of our gated community because I look typically American. Red hair and 5'9". Normally that would be a good thing, right? But here it just causes "attention" and I'm told not to encourage that for fear of being ripped off. It sucks.

The last time I lived here was 20 years ago, when I was single. But it was SOOO much different than now (for many reasons). But the great thing about being so far away from home now is the INTERNET! I can chat, skype and access all my American favorite things. This website has made me feel like I have company and I can "talk" to people who are going through what I am going through. Especially now that I've found the ExPat group, I'm really hoping that we can work together, since we all know what it's like to be so far away of our american supermarkets!

So, let's keep in touch and see if we can help each other out here! Anyone else who wants to join in, please speak up!

Take care,

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7/19/12 9:37 A

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Hi...okay, here's the thing. I am a US citizen living in the States. I know what you're thinking. But I'll explain. Most of my life I have been an ExPat. I was born in Venezuela to American parents. I lived in Libya for 12 years, Iran for 5, and Malaysia for another 5. Basically, I grew up in foreign countries. I have permanently been in the US for the past 30 years. But, you know, living overseas is life-changing. Here I am, with a Mom from New York and a Dad from Ohio, having spent over 1/2 my life out of the US and half of it in, and I feel like a foreigner here. So you see I feel very comfortable around world travelers, and pretty out of place among States dwellers. Sure, there are many, many foreigners living in the US; it's just that I live in the middle of the country, in a small town, where "corn hole" is the game of choice for back yard parties; expats are rare. Anyway, really, I'm not complaining; I am just excited to be among others that have an idea of where I'm coming from.
I have 3 sons, a husband, a dog, and just like Jen, I have let myself go, so to speak. Pictures of me from a recent family wedding have spoken the magic words. What the heck happened? No more procrastination. This is it. It's now or never! I found Sparkpeople and I found you, and here I am. Let's make this happen.

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