There isn’t anything like discovering that a once fleeting thought is now a reality. Why would I do something so extreme to get healthier? Moving to a different country to lose weight? Am I mad? I thought about this for a while.
When I was growing up, I participated in way too many competitions. There was ballet dancing, baton twirling, horseback riding, modelling, and a national pageant or two. In college, I competed in engineering competitions, math competitions, and writing.
To prepare, I practised for many many hours. I watched others perform. I went to conventions. I flew all over the world getting taught by other professionals, and then I put all in practical application. I wrote about my art. I had teachers and professionals watch my performances. I was constantly criticized to make a better performer. To make a winner.
I didn’t read a website or a book and expecd to be able to be successful or win. I had to LIVE IT. I had to be in the mix. I had to see and be surrounded by whatever it was I was doing.
Changing Paradigm, Changing Countries
Perhaps the way I eat, my environment, and lifestyle isn’t conducive to what I want to do. My life in the United States isn’t in-line with the way I want to live. I’ve tried to change. I tried to do more walking; lessen my proportions. Bought local organic food and cooked more…. all the things that I am willing to do to change my lifestyle and lose weight. It worked… to a degree. But it didn’t stick.
I need to get out of my element for a while. Study. Learn. Live in the change. Shake it up. Moving to a different country to lose weight, change my lifestyle, and paradigm.
Yes, I need this.
Thankfully, this is the right time; the right thing to do. My husband is on board. The dog will come with me. The adventure and a new lifestyle is coming September 2012!
Like with perfecting an art, I need the hands-on practise. Perhaps I will not lose weight. Perhaps I will. I don’t know. I do know that I want to learn a new way of living; a new culture.
People do crazy things to lose weight. They will sign themselves up for a spa (otherwise known as fat camps), have surgery, or do other things to harm themselves. I am signing myself up for a lifestyle change. A self-guided look into another way to live. Frankly, I’m quite excited.
Germany. To be specific, the Southwest corner of Germany. I will be living close to Switzerland and France.
I chose this region of Germany for a few reasons. I can get a long-stay visa easily, the area is known for its eco-living and sustainability, and it is close to France.
The Reality Moving forward
The thought is sinking in.
- I am moving to Germany to get healthier and lose weight.
- I am going to learn a new culture and lifestyle.
- I am going to learn new ways to live a sustainable lifestyle.
This is a good idea.