Everyone told me Americans who move to Guatemala will lose an average of 30 lbs their first year. I must be the only American expat who actually gains a significant amount of weight. I don't know how much because I didn't bring along my scales due to limited luggage and after all why should I need them, right?
When I saw recent photos from when my son came to visit. I was shocked to see how big I looked. GAH. Despite no car and walking everywhere, despite the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, despite the smaller portions in food carts and restaurants than typical American fare, I somehow managed to gain weight during my first six weeks here.
My husband hasn't gained-- usually he's the one who gains while I stay the same-- in fact, he's dropped one notch on his belt. My son and daughter-in-law have both dropped sizes and now can't wear most of the clothes they brought with them. And then there's me. (No picture with this one.)
The weird thing is I didn't even realize I was putting on weight until it was there. My best guess is it was stress eating caused by adjustment issues, as well as a fast unexpected trip back to the States for my sister's funeral.
Since I returned to Panachel, given up the US stress-eating and gone back to Guatemalan type-eating, I have noticed my pants are now looser. Let's hope there is no more gaining weight!
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