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Out of Africa

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A Lot to Live Up To


FaizaYagi

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blog-0880385001348590864.jpgI have been back in America just over two years now and I have been just itching to go "home" for a visit. I spent 2008-2010 in Niger, West Africa and it changed my life. I was just graduated from college and full of energy and zest, thinking I could change the world. Well, my world changed. In the span of two years I lost all the weight that I had always been self conscious about, I met a multitude of people, and upon the completion of my service I got married to a local man and moved back to America.

In one fall swoop, I was back into my old habits, eating all the things I missed and craved so badly while I was away. I ate with reckless abandon, putting aside all the good feelings I had had when I had watched my ideal weight while living abroad. The life there was much more "green", natural, and slow-paced. I walked or biked everywhere and we ate in groups at widely recognized meal times.

I had a baby July of 2011 and lost a lot of baby weight very fast, but again gained even more weight once I stopped breastfeeding. A week and a half ago I decided to join Jenny with my mom, hoping for success for both of us. My first weigh in went great! 8.8 lbs... My only concern for this week is that there's a lot to live up to. I know that the normal weight loss is between 1 and 2 pounds but I'm worried that I will feel I let myself down if I don't lose close to that this week. But I will keep the faith and keep reminding myself that the turtle wins the race! Sorry this first entry is so scatterbrained, I'm rushing to finish my thoughts now that our lunch break is over. Until next week :)

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