Living Abroad Made Me Healthier

Living Abroad Made Me Healthier

Can we talk about something that's been weighing on me lately? My weight... or recent lack there of. See what I did there?

When I finished undergrad I was 180 pounds of quesadillas, wing combos and potluck dinners. No lie that was my weekly eating schedule. I think the Freshman 15 hit me a couple times, but that all changed when I left the States. In 2019 I lived abroad for 7 months out of the year and lost more than twenty pounds. Coincidence? I think not.

Moving abroad changed my life for the better in more ways than one. It forced me to make a lifestyle change. Now, I eat healthier and have stopped overeating. There was a time in my life when I could eat a full racks of ribs in one sitting... now I can't even finish half a rack. That's called growth.

I also naturally walk more while living abroad. From walking back and forth to work, exploring my new neighborhood and chasing my students around at school. I get my steps in by any means necessary.

Now, I'm 140 pounds of Korean rice cakes, gimbap, and kimchi. I feel healthier and the weight continues to disappear. I've never been on a diet and you won't catch me in the gym. I don't like either and both are often temporary so I don't do it.

This is my unconventional, unintentional, highly successful weight loss program. Healthy living has made all the difference. I feel better and have more energy. Reason #462 why moving abroad was one of the best decisions of my life. •


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