well I live on the outskirts of the city-about a 20 minute train ride into downtown so my walking is mostly done on the more rural areas. My tiny city borders Munich and there is a lot of agriculture around so there are endless fields and lovely parks to go to. I end up taking these routes daily. Depending how strong I feel I go where there are more hills or less-I vary it a lot. On weekends we drive out further into the country to walk by lakes or in forests. There are just so many possibilities here in Bavaria. If the Föhn continues and the mild weather stays a little longer I will enjoy more outdoor walks before the snow comes in. So far so good! Just came back from my walk and my thighs are feeling it..but hey..it can only get better :)
When I was in Zurich, the American Women's Club was my 'lifeline' -- they offer an excellent orientation program that ran the gamut from how to use the tram to the information in my earlier note about depression. If you haven't already, you might want to look into the Munich equivalent -- www.internationalwomensclub.org -- If you are working, you will have made friends at work, but it's also good to have some non-work friends.
There was a level of excitement at first. Moving down here had so many more possibilities of meeting expats and having a bigger circle of friends. Of course that is what I told myself to make myself think the move was a good thing. I had to talk myself into being positive about it at the time. I had a great job, friends, colleagues and an apartment I loved in the middle of the city. I had already left a similar life behind when I moved to Germany. I worked hard to get it back and again starting from scratch was a big blow. I do have a counselor by the way. I fell into a very deep depression after the move that never seemed to go away. So finally I am getting back out there and enjoying life. :) Baby steps but I'll get there eventually..
Just came back from my daily walk and I am absolutely kaput. Now I have to do house chores..oh man! Cheers! Kari
Moving around is not as glamorous as it looks! You are pulling yourself up by the roots – I remember having an almost physical sense of being torn apart! It's very common for expats to suffer depression (even when they have been happy and excited about the move). I think this applies to a move within the same country, too. A common pattern is to be happy and excited for a few months, then fall into a funk of being homesick and missing friends... the good news is that it goes away, and soon everything is going on an even keel again. A few sessions with a therapist or religious counselor could help a lot, if this is happening to you (not to presume that it is).
thank you guys! Amy: I used to live in NRW (Mülheim/Essen) for a while since that's where my husband's family is from. I guess the moving around so much has also caused my eating to skyrocket. I never thought it would affect me so much but I guess it has. My eating this moth could have been better but I have to say that I learned a few things about myself this month which is more useful in the long run. :) This thanksgiving I was thankful for not having thanksgiving here in Germany. Though I do miss the family gatherings. Holidays are the worst to be trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. Temptation is everywhere! The Christmas markets are now open too and I am so looking forward to going to a few this year. Just hoping I can control myself. I'm hoping the sun comes out in a few minutes so I can go out for my daily walk-now that it's colder here it can be very depressing to go out there but it has to be done! Hope everyone is having a lovely week. Cheers! Kari
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Hi Kari, Welcome to the team. I've neer been to Munich. My family is from the north (Hamburg). I know what you mean about the roller coaster. I love food, but exercize, not so much. With SP I've learned to enjoy exercize more and learn new eating habits so I can still enjoy the food I love but in moderation. I've also learned to substitute healthier food options. The holidays are especailly difficult to maintain healthy habits, but I'm trying. Good luck to you and looking forward to seeing your blog posts and message board posts. Alles Gute, Amy
Hi everyone! I live in Munich and just joined SP. I'm from the states (Los Angeles) and have been here in Germany for 8 years now-married to a German. I've been on the weight loss roller coaster for most of my life and I'd like to get off now. So I decided, I didn't need another diet but a change of mind, lifestyle and habits. I've been doing this on my own since September and have lost over 13kg. I began to work out daily since I live in an area where there are many walking paths and have changed my eating habits/lifestyle with small steps at a time. My German could definitely be better so I'd love to meet other locals here in Munich and practice it more regularly. Of course it would also be great if we could discuss healthy living! I was pleasantly surprised to have found this area in SP and I look forward to taking part in this team and getting to know everyone.
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