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What’s your biggest remaining challenge?

I am going to be the fattest person in China

Rationally, I know I’m not, but I’m having a temporary freak-out. Don’t mind me.

In October, I’m going to China as a member of a professional delegation of the People to People ambassador program.

A recent article reads:

To be a fat in China is to feel belittled, mocked, ridiculed and subject to overwhelming scrutiny. While Pangzi or Pangpang, two ways of saying “fatty” undeniably carry affectionate undertones, they hardly leave much room for the addressee to maintain his or her dignity.

Think I can lose, oh, 100 pounds by then?

OK, perhaps not. Time to accept it will be what it will be and focus on enjoying myself otherwise. There will certainly be plenty to enjoy.

Deep breath.

Mon, August 25 2008 » Cravings, Everything else, Self image

2 Responses

  1. The Better Idiot August 25 2008 @ 7:11 pm

    When I moved to Japan I had a huge freak out just before too. Don’t worry too much about it, if you’re not in a big city chances are you’ll get stared at for being a foreigner so much anyhow it won’t make a difference. Just be prepared for the fact that you won’t be able to buy clothes.

    ahaow long are you going for?

  2. Alexia August 25 2008 @ 8:12 pm

    Thanks :-) I’m going for two weeks in October. And I really am looking forward to it.

    Do you live in Japan now? I lived there for 5 years in the early 70s. My father worked there. We lived in Moto Azabu (I think I spelled that right!) in Tokyo. He was 6’2″ and could never buy clothes. :-)

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