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How can you live in Japan and not eat rice? It can be difficult at times, but I've managed to do it. And not just rice - noodles, bread, and most other carbs are also on my no-go list. It does make going out to eat more of a challenge, since I need to figure out if the place will have anything I can consume, but it's been great for my health - I feel so much more energetic, my skin problems have cleared up, and overall I just feel so much better. Who knew all that pasta and chocolate was so bad for me (and not just for my weight)? ;-)

Member Since: 12/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 155,250

My Goals:
Eat small meals full of protein and veggies.
Get at least 10,000 steps in a day.
Start a weight training program.
Be mindful of what and when I eat.
Don't let stalls or bad days derail my progress.

My Program:
Eating right, everyday.
Exercising consistently, and setting new challenges.
Keeping the larger goal in mind.

Personal Information:
I'm a Canadian living in Japan, and I always gain weight here, and lose when I leave. However, over the last 7 years I gained about 10 pounds a year, and I finally had enough. I've taken control of my life - I cut everything I don't need out of my diet (as the title says - no more rice, plus pasta, bread, added sugar, and alcohol). This carb restriction has been great for me and over the past 7 months I have lost nearly 90 pounds. I still have at least another 40 pounds to go (to get to a healthy BMI) and I am making my way there, slowly but surely.

Other Information:
Photography is my biggest passion - I would do it full-time if I could. I also love to travel, and love to plan for my next vacation(s). I've been to over 40 countries so far, I'm hoping to hit 50 within the next couple of years.

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    Looks like you are off to a great start for the summer - You are in the top five for team fitness minutes. Way to GO!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the hard work! I am rooting for you all the way!!! Ruthie emoticon
    2954 days ago
    WOOHOO!!! You are in the top five for the team for fitness minutes this week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy to know you are making healthy choices and taking care of YOU!!! You are worth every effort! Know that I am supporting you and applauding you. Keep up the fabulous work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    2968 days ago
    I am doing a happy dance! You are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week! I hope you are feeling healthier and stronger each day. Making healthy choices is not easy and I am rooting for you! emoticon Ruthie
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    2975 days ago
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    3406 days ago
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    I know I'm a couple days early, but I may not have time to post on the weekend, so...

    ~~ If only for today: smile a little more, sing a bit off key, laugh loudly and long, dance, skip, jump, play. Eat with your hands, hug every kind soul that crosses your path. Finger-paint, face-paint, body-paint. Do something brave. Squash a fear. Get out of your shell. Wear something sparkly. Be wild, be strong, be silly. For being foolish can make you happy but being happy will never make you a fool. ~~ Michelle

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    (On April Fool's Day, I encourage you to leave a fish on your friend's pages - better yet, don't explain why! -- but if you want to know, read the history of April Fool's linked above)

    "wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world" - e.e.cummings
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