We’ve gone a little soft during our travels. Without the challenges of a job and the need to stay physically fit to handle such challenges, I feel like my mind is turning to mush and my body to flab. In short, the discipline that kept me sharp and in shape has not accompanied us on our travels.
I noticed the physical changes only a few months into our trip. We have been eating a lot — hey that’s the point of travel right? Instead of cooking for ourselves, we’ve been eating out. At one point, I was also drinking a beer with dinner every night, which I did not do back home. With these new bad habits, I noticed an almost immediate metabolic change. I gained about 20 pounds in the last year going from borderline underweight 150 to 155 lbs to 170 to 175 lbs. Not terrible for my height at six feet, but still not a good trajectory. Plus, most of the weight gain is fat, not muscle.
Plus, we were no longer going to the gym consistently, and our original plan to do Fitness Blender workouts while traveling went bust. We went to the gym less than 10 times and did a total of 3 Fitness Blender workouts in the past 5 months. Part of our excuse has been weather (hard to run outside in 100 degree humid heat in SE Asia) and part of it has been cost (a gym in Tokyo asked for $100 per person for a five-day pass).
Now that we’re coming out of hot weather and really expensive areas, we’re going to make more of an effort to exercise and eat better. I stopped drinking a while ago and try to eat light meals that include vegetables. Still have a long way to go.
On the mental side, I feel like I’m getting a little dumber. Writing helps and I’ve been trying to meditate more. I do a few crossword puzzles a week and try to watch thought provoking YouTube videos. But I no longer have to solve problems that really test the limits of my brain.
To help avoid mental decay, we’ve decided to set aside at least an hour each day to do something to exercise our brains. Today I’m writing this blog post and meditating for 30 minutes. Pretty easy, but have to start somewhere.