I want to coin a new term – The Expat 10 which refers to the 10 pounds or more that you put on when you move to a new country because you are trying all the new foods that your host country has to offer and are doing little to no exercise because you aren’t sure where everything is.
I’m definitely suffering from this malady, although in my case it is more like the Expat 15. German food is not kind on the waistline nor is the Northern Hemisphere winter where you don’t really venture outside for 4 months or more. I’ve been mourning the fact that this time last year I was in the best shape I’ve been in in my whole life. Then again, I was barely eating thanks to emotional trauma and in training for an international martial arts competition (the Gay Games). Therefore, I can’t expect to be in the same shape when I’m emotionally stable and no longer doing martial arts, let alone doing about 6 hours training a week. However, I am now attempting to shed the Expat 10 by taking up running and reining in my diet.
Has anyone else suffered the Expat 10 when they moved to their new host country? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.