What does "home assignment" mean? It means instead of being at work in the country we have been assigned to, we are temporarily assigned to our home country.
For us that means we are here in America for a short time.
What hazards could there possibly be for us in America? Plenty!
The number one hazard of being in America is weight gain!
When we moved to Russia two years ago, what is known today as a small... was a medium.
Portion sizes of food have gotten huge. Tom and I ate at Applebees and don't get me wrong, we loved it... yet, even though we split a dish for dinner we still took almost half of it back to our hotel!
We have had friends who have returned from time in America having gained weight.
I came prepared or so I thought. My number one goal that I set for myself in regards to our time here was... not to gain any weight!
Did I succeed? No!
I gained 9 pounds. Of the 9 pounds I gained while here, over the course of the past three weeks I have lost 5 1/2 of them. I have to carefully control how much I eat, how often I snack and what I eat.
The temptation to eat is huge here.
TV ads jump out at you, print ads in magazines won't leave you alone, radio commercials tempt you to drive through for the latest special.
Food is used for such things as celebrating, welcoming, comforting, giving thanks and greeting! We were at a church in Wichita, Kansas that gave out a gift bag to welcome visitors... inside was a coffee mug, various church flyers and a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies!
There is always a reason to chow down!
Now you know Hazard Number One of being at home in America... more to be revealed!