Sunday, June 9, 2013

Since getting back from Europe...

Since I got back from Europe a week ago...

-I have been taking lots of naps and trying to get over jet lag.

-I honestly have had a bit of culture shock regarding the American lifestyle. I wish our cities were more walkable/bike-able, our stores (and cars and houses) less huge, we got off of our phones and talked to each other face to face, and our food was less processed. Don't worry, I'm not going to go all Adam Levine on our country and say that I hate it. I just wish we did things a little differently sometimes. I felt very similarly when I came back from living in Europe for six months. And trust me, I missed home and all that comes with it when we were at the end of our trip.

-I made a standing desk at work. I lost 7 lbs. in Europe and I suspect it was simply from eating less and moving more. I contemplated making a standing desk before I left for Europe, so I finally did it once I got back and felt restless. I have to sit once in a while due to some of the projects I work on, but I stand for about 90% of my day now.

I also want to take more walks on my lunch break. I have been wearing my pedometer and successfully getting close to or over 10,000 steps a day.

-I've been craving greens and whole foods. I think it was because we ate so many sandwiches and not enough salads in Europe.

-We got our garden planted yesterday, at last! We have six tomato plants, two pepper and one strawberry. 

I have a lot to get done today, so I'll be back later this week. I also feel like I may be blogging less and living life more, so don't be surprised if you don't hear from me as often throughout the week. I do plan to get some trip recaps posted soon!


  1. One of the things I love most about traveling is the perspective it provides on life back home. A standing desk is such a great idea!

    Recently moving to Miami has reminded me that we can easily live life with less stuff. It's kind of nice to start over and assess what's really important...well except for the actual moving part, which is exhausting :)

  2. Seeing great sights and weight loss too--what a dream vacation! When I got back from studying in Ireland, I couldn't go into a mall here for awhile; it all felt like screaming neon.

  3. Looking forward to reading about your travels!