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This is my bike ride to my friend Nora's house in a neighboring village. Hills are killers.



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West Africa Wins Again!

I'm a 24 year old currently living in West Africa. After gaining 20 pounds in the past 22 months abroad, I'm struggling to find the motivation needed to get back into shape. The weather is hot, illness is inevitable, and vegetables are non-existent in my village. I know how good it feels to be fit, so here's to beating the odds and finding my balance in my home away from home!
I'm a 24 year old currently living in West Africa. After gaining 20 pounds in the past 22 months abroad, I'm struggling to find the motivation needed to get back into shape. The weather is hot, illness is inevitable, and vegetables are non-existent in my village. I know how good it feels to be fit, so here's to beating the odds and finding my balance in my home away from home!




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Member Since: 3/26/2013

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To fit into my skinny jeans again by my 25th birthday... happy birthday to me!

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I try to work out 5 times a week and vary my workouts. I have no gym, but I jog, bike to the nearest city, do circuits in my house, and love a good workout video. Right now my fave's are: 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels, Tae Bo Xtreme with Billy Blanks, and P90X Plyometrics.

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AQUIETPLACE
10/13/2013 1:29:10 AM

Hi, I also saw you on the expat group. Welcome and best of luck with getting fit. Bicycle rides through the bush look like a great way, but the heat is the killer part. I am in Lusaka, Zambia so a ways south of you. It is currently hot season so we are getting the heat as well. I try to exercise first thing in the morning before it gets too bad. Best of luck!



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ANRU7695
4/18/2013 4:58:29 PM

Hi there! Found ya' from the expats group.... I'm next door in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou, so I'm in the big city as opposed to the village). How's your health journey going?



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LADYKANE
4/18/2013 1:43:14 PM

Thanks for adding me back...I love reading your blogs! They're so interesting. What an awesome experience living in Africa must be. I'll have to remember to bring exercise videos with me when I visit Mexico because I am always at a loss for what to do exercise-wise and running by myself is too dangerous.



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