Planning for the Future I Want

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Down to the final week of classes and I have two exams, one paper, one presentation, and 8 work days standing between me and Christmas break. The other day I watched a TED talk about the blue zones where most people live past age 100. One was Sardinia off the coast of Italy and the research they did there showed that the people's longevity had to do with how they view the elderly, the approach to life and being alive, the fact that everyone literally just relaxes and plants their own gardens and doesn't exercise intentionally... they just intentionally live and enjoy every day and that's basically the whole pinnacle to human existence anyway.

At the end the guy giving the speech ruins the whole thing by making a statement about how if your three closest friends are obese you will be more likely to become obese yourself and then die a painful death which threw me off, but the first part made me feel motivated to go relax with those people to the point that I started looking up plane tickets and instructions on how to get a passport.

Then I really started thinking about it. This year my dad turned 60. He got his retirement early due to physical health issues that happened to him as a result of being a bricklayer for 30 years. He helped me buy my first house in June. He's always wanted to go to Italy and hasn't made it. For one of the first times in my life I have money in the bank, things seem to be going well in my life in many ways, and I thought, why not? Why not now? No one's getting any younger and life is too short to do things like save money. So I bought the tickets. He doesn't know yet and I'm going to surprise him at Christmas. I'm trying to think of creative or clever ways to do it haha.

This motivated me in another way, too. The trip is planned for July. I want to experience this once in a lifetime thing in the way I always envisioned my life to be. Now that I have taken a step to put myself out there, to experience, to travel, to move from complacency and always thinking about the future as if it's this far off, unattainable thing, I want to experience it to the fullest I can. I am devoting the next 7 months to getting my body in the place my mind and spirit want to be. I want to emerge from an 11 hour flight feeling my age and easy. I want to walk around Italy the healthiest, and most comfortable, and the savoriest I can, if that is even a word, lol. Point is, I want to experience myself in the world without it being muddled, drowned out, through the lens of this fat body as if my agency was trapped like a fly caught in amber.

My focus this week is on getting back on track with healthy eating. I'm going to challenge myself to try to come up with as many healthy items, meals, and snacks I can come up with, to make a master list to pick and choose from. I posted up a big poster paper in my kitchen to record this on as the days go by, and to keep track of when I get bored of the same routine or am needing to optimize on convenience.

Go-tos have been:

ziploc baggies of baby carrots, green beans and cherry tomatoes for dipping with proportioned 100 calorie hummus cups or guacamole cups

siggi yogurt


unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled on top (watch the pre blended cinnamon applesauce cups - too much added sugar)

ziploc baggies of homemade popcorn popped in coconut oil

hardboiled eggs

evolution "emerald greens" juice

If you have any go-to ideas to throw out there I will try them. Also, if you have any tips about places, food, museums, etc in Italy, throw those out there, too. We're flying into Milan and I'm thinking we will go to Rome, Naples and maybe Venice while there, but if it's possible, I want to make it down to Positano / Amalfi Coast somehow. It would be cool to ride a ferry or boat from Naples/ Salerno. Let me know if you have any intel!

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    1500 days ago
    So exciting, and what a wonderful daughter you are to take your dad on a trip he has always wanted to make... this is what life is for! Italy is amazing...I went earlier this year ... scroll back a few of my blogs and you will see my pictures! We went to Rome and the Amalfi Coast and both were AMAZING! Totally recommend Amalfi Coast... take the train to Naples or Sorrento and then take the ferry to Positano, The buses are kinda scary! But the whole place is pretty incredible and amazingly beautiful! You might want to also consider the Cinque Terre which is closer to Milan and also really beautiful seaside towns. I also went to Florence and took a painting class in Tuscany... a lifelong dream. Truly a better way to live.... like you say, a more relaxed life. I am so happy for you, it will be an adventure and an inspiration for you, I am sure! Dream big!
    1536 days ago
    Good for you!

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  • P61763
    Your are amazing
    1536 days ago
    U r a great person! Wanted to do that for my parents, but they are gone....take the time to enjoy every second w ur dad, and the time to become ur best u. Positive thoughts, positive actions = positive outcomes! Have a great trip!!!
    1536 days ago
    What a wonderful Christmas surprise for your Dad and it will mean even more that you are going too! Hope y'all have a great trip!
    1536 days ago
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