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1/3/16 10:58 A

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Not boring at all!! Thank you for such an interesting response. I lived on Guam for 3 years when my husband was stationed there, and we made four wonderful trips to Japan. I think I could easily live there and felt right at home with the lifestyle, food, etc. I play koto, and even played with my teacher at a tea ceremony for tourists! LOL

I am gathering former students and other friends to walk/run with me daily. Some can only commit to one day per week, others a little more. So I'm filling up my week with friends. I find it is way too easy to stay busy at the computer when I really need to be out moving. I get stiff if I'm not careful, so I've started back doing some yoga in order to loosen up a few joints and muscles. I'm actually active in the classroom, so all is not in vain. There is just too much computer work along with the actual teaching.

Keep going, and maybe we can continue to keep each other motivated! I need all I can get! :) I was invited by some friends to join a line dancing class this week so I'm going to overcome my shyness and go!
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12/31/15 12:52 P

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Aloha Lucy
I was in the corporate world in Japan. I had been in Japan before, with the same company, and speak the language, so they sent me back in '99 to handle a project on a year long assignment. I ended up staying there with them until the end of '12 when I retired from the corporate world. We are back home in norhern California now.

While there, I taught a class at a university in southwestern Japan on careers and career preparedness. The students called me professor, but I'm not really qualified for that title. I did enjoy helping them prepare for the working world, and it was good for me to be with them and their youthfulness several times per semester. While I was the titled "professor" my staff also taught parts of the course. My HR guy taught interviewing skills, my marketing guy helped them understand that role, same with my CFO, etc. My role was to bring it together and get them to think about how they might fit into all of that. I also spent a lot of time focusing on goals...thinking about them, setting them, plotting the course, etc. Since we did this as a social responsibility activity, I was not compensated monetarily for it. But I'll tell you, the compensation I receive when a former student emails me with their achievements is more than I ever hoped for. Years down the road, some still do keep in touch.

I did something similar for the Japanese students in Laie as well, but in short seminar fashion. The goal there was to help them prepare to re-assimilate into their country, as we found it hard for some when they return to their country.

Sorry to bore you and everyone else with that...I guess I should get around to fixing my spark page, since I've been retired for 3 years. I'm also wondering if maybe, now that I've had time to really de-compress, I should go back to work, but doing something more beneficial to society than a big shot corporate job. Time will tell I guess.

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12/31/15 11:05 A

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Aloha, and mahalo for your inspiring note! Laie is on Oahu and I am on the Big Island of Hawaii. Maui is between my island and Oahu, but I get to Oahu fairly often. As you know, we travel around these islands as though we were driving to the next town! emoticon Some of my students have either taken a year or so at the college in Laie or plan to go there when they leave our school.

I'm trying to gradually build back up to where I've been in the past, but I'm doing it in baby steps because of my age. I know that if I try to get back there too quickly, I'll do more damage than help. But running the JG way is better for me than any other exercise I could do, and it's something I can fit into my day. Our school is taking part in the local Blue Zones project, and I am a prime candidate for being one of those that lives to 100! I have JG's book on "Running Until You're 100," and it's inspirational. I have been told by my students that I am a role model for them. So many have parents in their 50s and 60s who can barely get around, and yet I'm still a full-time prof and out there doin' it! I feel better, too, and that makes my doctor very happy!

I read your "Spark Page" and see that you are in Japan, or at least that you were. I traveled to Japan m any times when I lived and taught on Guam. I love it there. Are you a military family, or something else?
A hui hou!
Lucy

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12/30/15 10:55 A

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Hi Kaimana
Sounds like you might be a professor where my daughter went to school. Maybe not, but Hawaii was always a wonderful place for our family when we got to visit. She graduated in '13. We loved to visit her in Laie, and often took 3-5 mile runs in that area, as you say, going a different direction every day. It's been my dream to do the HNL half marathon for years, but work always got in the way. Now I'm retired, so maybe someday soon. I don't always follow the Galloway plan, but for half marathons and my weekly-ish long runs I do. I'm doing Galloway again right now to try to boost my daily runs from 3 miles to closer to 6, and my weekly long runs to 10-11 from 7-8. I find that I can get those mileages done when I take walk breaks but without them I get too sore. Why am I trying to boost my mileage? Well, I've got 40 pounds to lose, and I've not been able to reduce calories and exercise as well as I would like. But, my Fitbit and record-keeping on SP tell me that I've run and walked enough in 2015 to burn 40 pounds off. So I figure that if I just avoid a couple hundred calories a day, and nearly double my distances, I can get to where I want to be. I have a halfer I want to do in April...maybe I can get some of it shaved off my then, so my time will be a bit better.

Maybe we'll see you on the road in HI...we are hoping for a visit in February.

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12/29/15 2:43 P

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I wish you were here in Hawaii with me! Great place to train right here on the drive along the water front. From town to a shopping center is exactly 6 miles. I start in the middle and go a different direction every day. So far, I get in a good 2 miles every morning, but my current goal is to work up do 6 miles (3 one way and 3 back). In that process, I want to get back to the run-walk routine, and do a 5K this spring. I'm not pushing myself because I know I can do more damage by doing that, so "baby steps!" :) I'm more inclined to keep it up if I have someone to walk with. Chatting with a friend makes the distance seem not quite as far. It also makes sure I don't stop short of my goal! I can always think of a dozen other things that "need" to be done.

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emoticon You are my role model! I want to be active as long as I can be. Right now I have zero real life running buddies my own age (61), let alone older. I look forward to getting to know you in the cyber world and who knows, maybe some day we'll do a race together.

So glad you're joining this team!
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12/10/15 6:29 A

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Super cool!
Great inspiration. Thanks!

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12/7/15 10:51 A

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I've been a runner all my life, but like many people, I take breaks periodically mostly due to time constraints. I'm 81 years old, healthy, active, and a full-time prof in psychology - so I'm not slowing down at all. I do go to our gym, but that doesn't do it for me. I've read about Galloway and have several of his books. I'm 19 years away from 100, so I want to begin a run/walk/run routine I can keep up for those 19 years and more. I take part in the Blue Zones project here as a faculty member, and I do believe I'll make it to 100+! Maybe signing up for this team will help keep me accountable.
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