6/20/10 Moldova: Day 10
Honestly, looking back on last night, the bar scene really isn’t my thing. My favorite part of the night was walking home and seeing how clear the stars were. I would much rather sit around talking with a group of people than dance the night away. It has been hard to feel healthy here because I feel a lot of pressure from different places. First, I don’t really make any of my own food. I eat a lot and my host mother still says I don’t eat anything. Also, with the training schedule we have, it’s really hard to get up early to go running or do yoga. I want to socialize with the other volunteers, but a lot of them want to do that by drinking. I’m pretty good about saying no when I want to, but I definitely need to get better at it if I want to stay happy and healthy in Moldova. There are some things you can compromise because you’re in another country and some things you can’t. So I made a list of things I want to do for my health and sanity that I do not want to compromise while I’m here. I’m putting it on the blog because maybe putting it out there will make me accountable to someone besides myself. Please don’t worry. I’m very happy here. I’m just trying to look to the future and how beneficial a routine will be through the hard times. Tonight we are going into the forest for a birthday party of a neighbor. I think it will be a good test of these principles. You might think I’m leaving out Sunday, but I don’t want to exercise on Sunday because we’re not allowed to take showers or wash our clothes on that day. So making it a running day would be pretty smelly.
- Run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- Do yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Drink a glass of wine with dinner, but say no to all other alcohol
- Stop eating when I am full and tell my host family
- Get up at 5:45, run at 6:00
- Go to bed by 11:00 whenever it is possible
*A note to my Grammy: I was able to tell my host mother you said thank you for taking care of me, and I said it in Romanian without any gestures.