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8/13/11 9:56 A

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I was studying abroad in Lisbon for 5 months... It was the time of my life! But i also came home with the weight of my life :P I'm still trying to lose what i gained over there... So my advice would be try not to party too much, cuz all the alcohol and then hangovered stomach really add up in the end :) and try too see as much as u can and use the metro as little as u can hehe :)

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7/12/11 2:16 P

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I'm out of my mind excited to go to India for 5 months! I leave at the end of December. It's my goal to lose about 20lbs between now and then, and continue to lose while I'm there. India is known for its spicy, sumptuous, mostly vegetarian meals. I know the university I'm staying at has an on-campus gym, but let's be real - why would I want to be on a treadmill in INDIA when I could be walking around, hiking, swimming, running to catch trains, or take a yoga class for credit?

I'm not sure exactly how it's going to play out, but I'm excited to be a healthy, happy American abroad!

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7/3/11 1:30 A

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I studied abroad in Lille, France and Brussels, Belgium- two places that are known for amazing food! What I did was walk EVERYWHERE. I honestly only rode the metro or buses when it was too cold or I needed to get somewhere and I was running late. It helped counter-balance the amazing bread, pastries and frites I ate.
I also made sure that every morning the first thing I did was set aside 30 minutes for exercise. Even if it was a quick walk/jog around the neighborhood. It was great because the cities were pretty quiet then and it wasn't too hot.
Good luck in Argentina!

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6/13/11 7:45 P

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I wish I could afford to study abroad, It's something I have wanted to do for a LONG time.

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”
Sophia Loren


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6/2/11 9:53 A

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I studied abroad in Mexico last summer in a pretty big city (Puebla) While our university didn't have a gym and it was too dangerous for me to go running through the city, I got used to walking a lot with friends who also wanted to stay a little fit. I was lucky that my host family ate pretty healthily and when I went out I would eat a lot of Carne Asada, which doesn't have a lot of sauces and such. Good luck, I loved Argentina when we went there for vacation.

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6/1/11 2:36 P

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Great thread and advice. I'm moving to Sweden in August to start grad school and I'm worried about slacking off in the exercise department and maintaining a healthy diet. I also find it hard to fit in exercise while I'm at school because of the workload. Guess you got to just suck it up and do it no matter what.

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1/20/11 6:45 P

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I studied abroad in Australia for 5 months last year and I gained 12 lbs. I had absolutely no control over what they fed us at the dining hall, and many times it wasn't edible, so I would settle for going back to my room and pigging out on Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits). Working out also fell by the way-side because the locals weren't really into the gym thing, and I had no method of personal transportation. I've had a terrible time getting that weight back off, even though I've been home for almost 8 months. Believe me, no matter how hard it is, try to keep working out. I wish I would have at least done some crunches and push ups in my room.

That's my advice! :)

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2/21/10 11:48 P

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I studied abroad in Japan for a month in June and gained 12 pounds. Just really be aware of what you are eating. I went overboard trying every kind of food I could, thinking I was going to miss out, but in reality, I could have tried everything without gorging myself.

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2/9/10 8:32 P

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Thanks for all of the advice and well wishes! This is great to know. I've traveled to just about every other continent, but only for tourist-y things, never to actually live there for an extended period of time. Definitely will keep up the exercising, even if the eating well isn't always on the right track.

KOALASLOVERAIN - I've heard about mate being really intensely caffeinated, haha. But I'm excited to drink it! Apparently they drink it like water in Argentina. Yay for learning about new cultures.

PetitPrince612 - By the way, I love Le Petit Prince! I'm guessing that's what your username refers to, haha. I had to read it years ago when I started taking French.

And from what I've heard, the Argentinian women are really all about being in shape to the point of obsession. I don't know if they're into the gym, but they are into being fit!

~ Kristen

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao-tzu


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2/9/10 11:30 A

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Hi There!
I have spent two months living with a French family, and now I am going to study abroad again this summer. French people do not snack, I mean never. And when we ate our meals it was always good healthy food. I think a lot of cultures outside the US are like that, not too much snacking going on, and lots of people walk everywhere. At least in France, people cannot understand the concept of a gym you pay a membership to. Walking, and eating like the people of the culture worked really well for me. Maybe they do similar things in Argentina too? have a great time!

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2/8/10 8:09 P

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Hey there KRRUM001,
I spent the same amount of time in Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. My biggest piece of advice is to keep up your workouts because not being able to control what you eat really adds up over time. I had roommates that gained up to 40 lbs, (I gained around 10 but that was only after I feel off the work out bandwagon.) Also, be aware of how much you are drinking. Enjoy your time and don't stress too much about your weight. Let me know if you have any further questions. Have a great time dear!!!!

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2/8/10 7:43 P

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I studied abroad in London, and it really wasn't hard to work exercise in just in walking to and from class. Eating well was slightly more difficult, but a lot of the things that they ate (with the exception of huge amounts of cheese) are much more healthful than things we eat! (And yerba mate is calorie free, if high in caffeine! And super-delicious!)

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2/8/10 4:13 P

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So, I'm currently preparing for my 5 month study abroad in Argentina. I leave March 11th. I'm kind of worried about keeping up the working out and eating right lifestyle that I'm starting to get used to.

I know that Argentina is big for a few things (so I've been told by my friends who live there and the study abroad packets given to me): Meat, wine and maté.

The university where I'm studying does have a gym and as long as I go 3 times a week, my membership will not be canceled. Sounds alright to me! I just hope that I'm not too buys with studying.

Is anyone else studying abroad, studied abroad or about to study abroad? What was your experience like?

~ Kristen

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao-tzu


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