The last couple months have been busy, and with volunteers coming and going, I’ve been eating out pretty often. Inevitably, this has mostly meant a lot of pizza with a burger here and a fish and chips plate there. And I think I’m starting to feel it.
In the 10 or so months leading up to my Peace Corps departure, I lost a fair amount of weight. I was talking to some friends at church this past Sunday, and we got on the subject of driver’s licenses, and everyone in the group passed theirs around. I always carry mine in my wallet, but I haven’t taken it out and looked at it in a while, and I was as surprised as everyone else was. Back in early 2006 when the picture was taken, I was a big boy.
“You weren’t fat so much as overweight,” Trent told me last night. When I suggested the word ‘puffy,’ he nodded in agreement. “Yeah. Puffy.”
So for whatever reason—maybe a New Year’s resolution?—I started working off the pounds in early 2008. I started eating more sensibly an attending the gym more frequently, and the difference was pretty significant. And as fun as it was to have people at work notice that I was looking more slim, the best part was I just felt better.
So… In joining the Peace Corps, volunteers were pretty blunt about the fact that girls tend to gain weight in Samoa while boys tend to lose it. And while I’ve seen no evidence to the first part of that statement, I dropped ~15 pounds during training, but since I moved to my permanent site I gained 5 pounds back, and I’ve been pretty steady ever since.
But lately I haven’t been feeling a little blah. My weight is still at a good place, but I can feel the pizza and the French fries and the deep-fried fish taking their toll. And the alcohol. So I think I’m going to start running more often. I was running a lot in the lead-up to our big relay race at the end of August, but the regimen has dwindled since then.
But just so you know, the fish and chips at the Fish Market are excellent. I highly recommend them. Get there early so you can get yourself a niu.
I hope you’re feeling healthy. Pictures below.
Trent and I watched "Up" last night.
Uncle Bill's Takeaway outside Farmer Joe has Christmas decorations up. I haven't tried their fish and chips.
Today we had a 2-hour impromptu staff meeting in sweltering heat. Look how happy everyone was to be there.