Living in a Foreign Land... for a bit!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

HA! Just temporarily fellow Sparkers. I'm actually working overseas this week. Interesting thing is that the fiftness routine stays the same. I am a hotel gym rat now - today is day 3 of that!! Time for JUST me (and later work, of course).


I am intrigued by the Asians living here - how slim & trim. The designer haute couture which from the windows of the shops all seem to be about a size 2 or 4 no way and the dresses are all short - at least 6" above the knee. When I walk by each window, I am reminded of my sluggish U.S. lifestyle with office chairs, long bouts of sitting, and couch potato actions. The fun for me is watching people up and moving. Restaurants packed, all the designer stores filled with buyers (really, Prada bag for $3000 and they are swarming)? Dressed for "shopping" and many, different styles to take in. Somewhat of a fashionista place! But the reality of it is - anything goes! I have to say, I felt like a "sloppy" American yesterday with my black denim skirt and black tennis shoes with the fuscia shoestrings to match my fuscia shirt. Oh lord, I have work to do with my wardrobe!

I found a tailor in a back corner of a shopping tower that is making me a suit. Yes, custom fitted. He measured, his wife measured, we chatted about style, fitting, etc. So I'm standing at his workshop thinking, hmmm I'm going to fork out a little money for this quality perfection suit and then lose weight? How will I wear it, what will I do then? Realization hit me over the head like an oak 2x4! I'm going to wear it, wear it well and worst case - have it tailored to fit when the pounds come falling off!


Bottom line is: People are people no matter where they are. If you ignore our distinct physical packaging - we all have the same struggles and challenges. We work, we take care of our families, we shop, we are entertained, and ALL OF US - WE EAT! Only difference is our choices in what we pick up and how we manage it (exercise or not)!

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  • no profile photo CD6254520
    Glad you are enjoying your trip and glad you are sticking with it!!! Cant wait to see pic's of you in your new suit.
    2400 days ago
    South Africa where I live have a contract with China. I regularly look at xxxl clothes and they are tiny. My mom who wears a large in most makes has to wear a xxxl in the Chinese clothes. I feel like you to now about shopping, each time Im forced to buy something I think...this wont fit me in summer...but what can we do, we still have to dress till then right?!
    2401 days ago
    What a great attitude about the suit! Enjoy your tailored treat to yourself!

    2401 days ago
    I'd love to travel and get paid for it. Sounds so very interesting. Congratulations on your new suit. What a treat to have one made for you and, therefore, perfect.
    2401 days ago
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    Have fun and enjoy your new suit. emoticon
    2401 days ago
    How exciting to visit another country. Sounds like you are having fantastic experiences. Glad you are being able to incorporate your exercise into your activity. emoticon
    2401 days ago
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