Ok, I want to make sure that I post here frequently, but we haven't been too much that's exciting enough to write about.
The thing about just picking a day to leave on a huge trip like this is that it's hard to be totally ready to go. Both of us had projects that we were hoping to complete before leaving, but didn't quite finish. Never underestimate the difficulty of selling everything you own.
So now we work all day.
I don't know when Todd wakes up, but it's always before me. I wake up at about 11am and start working in the living room where Todd is already working. We have our front and back doors open so there's a constant eighty something degree breeze flowing through the house.
At 3 or so we take a taxi down to La Mireya. Here's a typical lunch:
Black bean soup with a piece of soy bread
Torreja de Maiz, which is sort of like a cornbread pancake
Then we go back home and work until 8 or 9. After that we go do our workout 4 or 5 days out of the week. We found this hilarious gym right around the corner. It's only about three times the size of my RV, but it has enough weights and pull up / dip bars to keep us busy. It costs $2 per day.
If we don't have to use weights for the workout of the day (on crossfit.com, we'll have a whole article about this once we finish making some videos), then we just work out outside. There's a playground we use for pullups and we've mapped out a 400m run in the parking lot.
Sometimes we have to run a 5k or something, so we use GPS watches to keep track of the distance.
After working out we take showers and work on our laptops some more. Finally we go eat dinner at Casa Vegetariana. That's right... we found a casa here too.
Here's a typical Casa dinner :
Fresh Squeezed OJ
Then after dinner Todd works until he sleeps at 2 or so and I stay up working until 4 or 5 usually.
This probably sounds boring to most people, but we've become total workaholics. Even when we plan on doing something different we usually change our minds and just keep working.
Oh, sometimes I take breaks to read too. I read Atlas Shrugged this week and have been chipping away at some marketing books too.
Luckily we're both nearly done with our projects and now starting to work on marketing, so hopefully there will be more adventures to write about soon. Tomorrow we're going to do karaoke and video it for you guys.
And... we have something VERY exciting and unusual coming up soon, but I don't want to write about it until it's a sure thing.
If you enjoyed Atlas Shrugged, I highly recommend "The First Man in Rome" and "Shogun" - but not if it means you skip an update! Totally inspiring!
i'm so glad panama has a casa too! funny that you guys have the same routine there that you did here...
Congrats on taking the plunge! These sort of things make memories for life.
A recommendation for keeping in touch: qoop.com. They tie into Flickr so you can send postcards really easily & quickly.. Moms love that kind of stuff ;-)
Refined flours and sugars are out. Meat is out. When people hear this, they often say, "wow... what's left?"
It's a sad statement on our current food system when that question is asked, because it shows how far from eating healthy we've gone. The two least healthy things a human can readily digest have become our bread and butter, so to speak.
What happened to beans, nuts, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits?
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have been doing lots of outdoor work as part of my health regimen.
Originally I started doing it simply because it's something I thought I'd enjoy. The idea of getting health benefits out of it was nothing more than a whispering side-thought, adding it's meager two cents to my brain's decision making process.But once I started using the steel rake to make 30 foot rows and scraping up weeds with the push cultivator, It soon dawned on me.
"This is frickin' intense."
More than the cardio, more than the weight lifting, more than the planking and squatting and copious sit-upping, THIS made a difference. Not only does it provide an extremely thorough workout in all parts of the body, but when you're doing a strenuous outdoor activity as opposed to just "working out", it's easy to get lost in it. You spend hours continuously exercising at a steady pace while trying to accomplish a goal. Only after you finish for the day do you realize just how sore and sweaty you are. For someone who has trouble getting themselves to consciously begin a work out or to do their workout long enough before getting bored (in other words, me) it's perfect! And believe me, you don't just lose fat. You gain muscle. On one occasion, I woke up to a soreness so severe in my abdominal muscles, I had trouble getting out of bed. Having never experienced soreness in my abs before, I thought for a split second that something was seriously wrong with me.. until I realized that I had spent 7 hours bending up and down at the waist the day before. Whoops.
People say the two most important sides to weight loss and health is: Diet and Exercise. Everybody knows that. Making your own crop garden attacks it from both ends!This is just some of my harvest: