Someone once told me “It’s not cold in Germany if you dress for the weather.” I will have to confirm, that is true. Matter of fact, there have been many times I have broken out in a sweat because I have too much on. Not too long ago, circa 2018 Wintermarkt (Christmas Market) I was carrying more than what I was wearing because I had too many layers.

Today was not like that, I left work early due to dangerous road conditions. It was only noon and I was dying to pick up my VAT and some boxes to organize my bedroom (Marie Kondo creating a movement), so I made a beeline directly to Globus (local Walmart-y store). Why do I look like I am the only person that believes it’s cold when I step out the car? Let me tell you about the outdoor conditions, it’s around freezing, snowing sideways, and somehow it was sprinkling freezing rain. I have dressed appropriately because I felt great – If you ask me. I was wearing fuzzy stockings, pants, hiking socks, leather boots with fur inserts, a cute “coffee & cats” t-shirt, black sweater, insulated vest, a denim jacket, and a ski coat with my leather fur insulated gloves. Let me tell you what the general German population was wearing, a tracksuit. Only the elderly were wearing coats. My stars! I need their blood or body temperature.

I felt like pity for the poor American was coming from all direction. I think the older lady let me cut her in line because she was thinking “This poor girl needs to get home, straight away. Bitte”  Maybe that part is all in my head, but never the less, I felt (let’s say) over prepared. Time for me to find some good thermals.

 

Completed my challenge for January 2019! One down and only eleven more to go. A pretty easy challenge, because I had to only work for half the month. My iWatch has already increased my daily move goal from 500 to 550. Burning 50 additional calories doesn’t sound like a big deal…BUT it is. I was crushing my wife with the number of 200% days, now I am lucky to get one (even though her goal was only 350 calories per day until last week).

For this month I have stayed pretty true to riding a spin bike for cardio and doing a core/ab program 3 days a week. I am about to lose my mind if I have to do too many more planks and forearm pikes. In spite of that, the dead bug and mountain climbers are my show-off exercises when people are in the gym and I want to look like I have abs of steel. (LOL) During the challenge, I did go for a single outdoor run because running was my thing in Colorado. I would run behind Jordin while he biked home from school on days ABOVE 40 degrees. Moving to Germany has done a number, I was lucky to run for a quarter of a mile before I was cursing the stars. Monroe, our pugget (pug + whippet), was judging me the whole two miles. So next month I will work on my running game. Hopefully, a monster does not snatch me up in the dark mornings.

Have you ever used a foam roller to stretch out your leg or butt muscles!?! OMG! If you have tight muscles, you need to get up on some of this. I was feeling lazy on a Sunday and decided to do a 22-minute foam roller stretch on Aaptiv after a cycle session instead of strength training. I have been doing it wrong my life! I think I made a few people uncomfortable at the gym because it was kneading all those sore knots out my legs, hips, and butt. If you are sore from sitting all day or walking a lot from vacation, I suggest Googling or YouTubing how to use a foam roller and try it out. Your legs will thank you.

 

Diet Free

Hmmm. This one is giving me trouble. For the past 10+ years, I have been on some type of restrictive diet. Well…Technical I have been eating whatever I wanted without weighing in my thoughts about meat production, additional plastic waste, genetically altered foods, lactose intolerance, sensitivity to red #40 and yellow #5, sugar intact, or alcohol consumption since June/July 2018. However, by declaring this my “No Diet” year, has me questioning, what do I really mean by that. I want to be around for a long time to drive my wife crazy, plus I can’t die so she can spend her retirement on a new boo. I’m here for the not so fun “saving” part, I am going to be here for the spending part too. LOL

I am still going to be Diet Free this year but will take into consideration all the environmental, self, and global concerns I have about mainstream eating. For example, I personally believe we as a society eat way too much meat. I ordered a 300g Ribeye from a restaurant tonight but only ate a third of it. I plan to make two more meals. The nice German lady box it up as take away… meaning she gave me aluminum foil and I just wrapped it up. Today steak, tomorrow steak over vegetables and rice, and Wednesday I will have the remaining in homemade Ramen Noodle Soup. I am feeling good about this. No cow wasted! 😛

That’s all I can deal with today. I will have to figure out how to get gummy bears without the red #40 and yellow #5, where in Germany do I find great tasting non-dairy ice cream, and convince waitresses to not give me a straw. Especially in a Hugo.