Thursday, January 29, 2009
This week is a week for analyzing where things stand. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good: Tuesday I picked up my car. My first Italian car. Yay! I'm a free woman again! No more rushing through the grocery store with Andrea after he gets off work. And no more racing around on Saturday morning to go to the Questura (one day hopefully I will actually GET my permesso and can be done with them for awhile). This is overwhelmingly exciting to me.
The bad and the ugly: Well, two weeks of a 1200 calorie diet that's worked before, combined with exercise and lots of fresh air and I'm up 1 kg. Not sure what to do at this point, but I can only keep trying. I have the elliptical, the Wii, and the ab roller. I walk almost everywhere that's possible to walk to from here, we spend weekends exploring the towns around here, and I still managed to gain weight. After blood work, scans, etc., there should be no reason for this. For now, I persevere.
My mother-in-law (who is sure I can't properly boil water), sweet as she is, sends meals home with Andrea almost every day. I put chicken, broccoli and rice on the table, she sends meatballs with tomato sauce, potatoes and a bowl of peas cooked with oil and onions. This is putting the pounds on Andrea now as well. I can't eat much of what she sends because it has such a high oil content usually, but they are all of his favorite foods. When he lived at home she made them once a week or so. Argh! Well meaning as she is, not sure how to ask her to send less things. They see him every day and we are at their house at least once on the weekends and it's been almost a year since he moved out. I do love his parents dearly and don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or make them feel not wanted/needed so I'm still trying to decide how to handle this (if handle it at all).
I'm enrolling in Italian lessons next week. I have to decide which school to use. The language schools are a little bit expensive, but the trade schools, although free, may or may not be a good time investment. Checking into things now. With a better grip on Italian, I can hopefully start to make some friends here. :-)
Oh well. These are my rantings for the month. :) Now that they are out of my system I feel better and everyone's feelings are intact. Yay!