I have an emailpal, this is what I wrote him
I have been interested in fitness and nutrition since I was 29, so a bit of a late bloomer. I went to Canada for a year in 2009 and ended up living with a nice lady and her westie dog in North Vancouver, very close to the forest and mountains. I was earning the same wage as back home but the cost of living was a lot lower, even though I was living it up in a deluxe 2bd apartment with my own bathroom. When I moved to Canada I was overweight and lethargic. I spent the year working and walking her westie, which I absolutely loved. It was very hard for me not to get out and active as Vancouver is surrounded by natural beauty and everyone is incredibly fit and perfect looking in their Lululemon workout gear. I discovered a new found love of hiking (its so peaceful in the woods) and miss the Canadian wilderness so much. I remember hiking in knee deep snow in Lake Louise and when I stood still I could hear nothing. I have never experienced that kind of quiet ever in my life and would love to experience it again. So I came back to Australia 20kg lighter and with a light Canadian accent and have kept my healthy attitude intact. I have since lost an additional 5kg and have been on a low fructose diet for the past 2 years and now never gain or lose weight. This makes me very happy, as it is one less thing to worry about in life. Gee, that was a bit of a story.
Quitting sugar has been a big focus of mine these last 2 years as I cannot believe how dramatically it has changed my body. My stomach is pretty much flat all the time, I have more muscle definition, I look younger than I did at 28, my body shape has just changed more than I thought possible. My body looks a lot like Sarah Wilson. Must be a sugar quitting thing. I read her books and also David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison books. This diet worries a lot of people because they mention not being afraid of eating fat and also saturated fat, including animal fat, extra virgin coconut oil and pure butter. How good does organic pure butter taste? I can’t believe I used to eat that low fat margarine crap. When I calculate how much fat I eat a day on MyFitnessPal it equals to 120g, so not the avg daily recommended intake. I have also read Fat Chance which is written by a M.D. in the U.S. Which books have you been reading?
As you know I am studying Nutrition and I am a big time visual learner and really suffered last semester with only mobile broadband. I plan to do a lot better this semester, especially as I have a second chance to redo my physiology exam in October I just failed last semester. For session two I enrolled in PSY214 Health Psychology (I studied PSY101 last year) which covers stress, personality, social influences, cognitive behaviour, attitude change, health promotion, substance abuse, pain and chronic illness. I am also interested in Psychology because I think my relationship with food was also a bit psychological. I did one of those internet personality tests and also came up with INFP. I kinda thought I would get that as my result as lot of the traits of the INFP match mine, except the language learning thing. I’ve been trying to learn Dutch since 2005 but its just not happening. I also enrolled in HSM202 which is about working in a Health Care Practice which applies similar principles as working in an office, e.g. teamwork, communication, conflict, etc. It will probably use a lot of skills that I have already developed in the workplace. I wish studying came a bit easier for me but I will really have to focus hard this semester as I really need to pass that exam in October. I haven’t studied science since 1995 so it is taking a while to set in. Are you looking to study creative arts?
I’ve done the parkrun three weekends in a row now. It is definitely the hardest 5k I’ve done. I’m used to running on pavement, not large gravel and soft spongey grass. I’ve only run twice this past week which is very bad and didn’t go to the gym this week, also very bad. I got my green City2Surf bib in the post this week so need to be stricter about my training and try and ignore the cold windy weather that keeps discouraging me. I also get to run in a stunning location and once I run over the bridge near my house I have a choice to run along the beach or along the lake and get to see the most spectacular sunsets along the way. Sounds like you have a good gym setup at home. If I didn’t have a free gym I would look into getting my own equipment. I got told to do yoga by my GP (she is more of a Holistic GP) and I have a DVD from my old yoga studio, so I’m all set. You might enjoy Hatha yoga. I highly recommend getting into it, it makes you feel incredible, especially if you have a bath afterwards and then go straight to bed. My GP recommended YogaGlo.com if you want to do it at home. As an introvert I do find it extremely hard to make friends and I am also extremely picky about who I’ll be friends with. You could probably say I don’t really have friends, more like acquaintances. However, one of the women that replied to my ad that has also been coming to parkrun looks like becoming one of those friends, as we have been talking for hours after parkrun. Good friends are indeed hard to find.
I’ve been reading about Christopher McCandless and it really is a fascinating story. It’s also probably the reason I haven’t emailed sooner. I can totally understand where he is coming from and often fantasise about getting away from it all. However, it would be hard for me to go into the wilderness though, considering I have never camped overnight and have a crippling fear of spiders. Have you ever done one of those solo trekking adventures? I hiked for 7 hrs by myself in Lake Louise, saw two people along the way and luckily no bears of mountain lions. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the summit because there had been too much snow recently and had to turned back.
Wow, what an essay. Don’t worry this is not how I write essays for uni.
Looking forward to your next email and learning more about you.