I just moved to Peru a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you, losing weight here is easy. All I have to do is drink the water. Five years ago I lost 25 pounds on the amoebic dysentery plan, I’m sure I looked fabulous. Other than this method, losing weight the healthy way is incredibly difficult:
There is no spinach. The Peruvian version of salad consists of finely chopped lettuce, doused in mayonnaise with avocado and tomato. Occasionally a slice of cucumber. I went to a restaurant yesterday and asked for a salad sans mayo, the waiter looked at me as if I was crazy. “I’m trying to change my life here!” I let him know. I only got a drop of mayo on the salad.
There is no broccoli or cauliflower. I can find 20 different types of potatoes, but no broccoli or cauliflower. I can’t stand sweet potatoes, but I think I will have to start eating it because of my limited choices. There is no brown rice or whole wheat pasta. The oatmeal is the Quaker kind. I live about 70 miles as the crow flies from endless fields of quinoa. In the Andes, that’s a 10 hour trip. I’m on the coast, no quinoa.
I’m having a serious good carb problem out here. Maybe I should just get it all from fruits, at least there is plenty of those out here.
Is it healthy to eat 4 bananas, an orange, an apple, and a handful of grapes a day? I hope so, because that’s been the last week for me.
I must be drinking more than 2 gallons of water a day. Since walking outside or running is out of the question (I’d likely get robbed) I bought some FIRM aerobic workouts. Now, even without the Thigh/fanny/fat-rolls buster/getter/blaster whatever they call it, I sweat like a pig. After like 5 minutes. I’m glad I bought a HRM, because based on sweat, getting up and going to the bathroom in the morning is equivalent to a 10 minute jog in Chicago.
My fan needs electricity to work. Thus far, not once when I’ve wanted to exercise has there been electricity. Can the electric company be an enabler?
Peruvian serving sizes are funny. At my SO’s family I get my deck of cards of meat, 2 cups of white rice, potatoes, and my “salad” which consists of scrambled eggs with red onion and some corn (with mayo). A burger out here is some anonymous meat, fried egg, tiny greasy fries, finely chopped lettuce dipped in mayo between two big buns. Cravings, anyone?
BUT, I’ve been losing inches. My clothes feel loser. I would tell you my weight, but I honestly don’t know. The only scale I’ve seen out here is in the pharmacy, and it’s on the wrong tile. Anyway, it would give me a reading in kilos so I would spend 10 minutes doing math in my head before I would know whether to be excited or disappointed.
So, we’ve all had weird/funny challenges in our weight loss journey. Please share them, and how you fixed it. My challenge this week is to resolve my diet problem, I’ll let you guys know. If we have electricity.