WOW !!! Almost Two Years Since I Last Blogged

Unbelievable that it has been almost two years since I last wrote a blog post. Wow! What have I been doing? Why have I ignored this very therapeutic pastime? Only a shrink can truly answer that but in all honesty it does not matter. I am back and hopefully here to write more frequently.

What has happened since my last post? Well other than the fact that the world is almost upside down, the PNP is still in power in Jamaica and Donald Trump may be the next president of the US? A lot actually.

My locs are now longer. Have stopped cutting them.

We no longer live in Indonesia. Now in Rwanda.

Sign to Tanzania and Uganda

I have picked up running and love every km. This means my waistline is smaller and I can drink wine with less feelings of guilt.

The kids are taller, at least the younger one.

I have started my own business. Yes I still do development consulting work but am now a business owner in Rwanda. Would love if you could like and share my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ForrestJacksonRelo/

Am cooking more often. Also now a huge fan of lacto-fermentation and home-made yogurt.

So much to tell but for now this is it!

Walk good and see you again soon….

Btw, as you can imagine, my posts will no longer be so much about Jakarta, life stories will now be primarily of happenings here in Rwanda.





Am I destined to a life of belly fat?

It’s Boxing Day (day after Christmas) and once again I have overeaten, drank too much and am already trying to convince myself that the new year will be the time to get disciplined and start having salads for lunch (instead of steak and potatoes or that creamy spinach with seafood pasta, served at Toscano here in Jakarta. Not to mention the mojito at Koi or the Irish Stew at Murphy’s Pub). Here I am all distracted and wondering if Monday is too early to call Emma and suggest that we do lunch. This is the problem with weight loss or as a friend of mine likes to say, “keeping your weight in check.”

If I am to be  honest, I know that my level of discipline is minimal, I am a foodie: I love foods of all kinds and  sorts. Does this mean that I am destined to be heavier than my cute weight? (weight at which I think I am quite cute, belly fat at a minimum and flabs on arms not as obvious, ) It is hard to accept that my choices are:

(a) to be at my cute weight and unhappy (given that I would be having tofu salad  with water for lunch and sautéed vegetables with one ounce of rice for dinner).

(b) to eat whatever I like and be happy but struggle with being too big.

No!!!!!!!!!! The solution is (and I know this from an academic point of view but cannot move it pass the theory stage) to eat wisely (not sure what that truly means) and exercise regularly. Maybe if I write that down 20 times per day I could make it happen. How many of you have read the book, The Secret? If I follow the principle in the book then I should be able to will myself to exercise at least 4 times per week. “Yeah right,” says me with a smirk on my face while wondering if I could eat leftovers for breakfast this morning.

While we are discussing this issue of the best way to maintain a sensible weight, let me share with you a tried and proven weight loss program that can be found in Indonesia (and I have been told several other Asian countries). Getting sick by a parasite infesting your stomach. Within a day of arriving here in August I got sick, then I got better, then I got sick, then I got better, and this went on for at least two months. One of the welcoming Indonesian parasites found in foods had decided to set up home (with a large family in tow) in my body. I will spare you all the details but let us just say I lost a good 15 lbs. While this weight loss method has been tested and proven by many an expat here in Jakarta, it is hard on the body and may not be the best strategy.

So what am I left with as options for my conundrum since not only  am I too lazy and undisciplined to keep up an exercise program,  but I love food too much to eat less and absolutely cannot manage another bout of parasite? (though I thank them for their  contribution to my weight loss management project)) The answer is still floating somewhere out there but by the powers vested in me by God, Allah, Buddha and every other Supreme Being ( I will even include Haile Selassie on this one), I commit to finding a way to keep  fitting into that red dress I wore to Christmas dinner yesterday. I commit to getting into an exercise rhythm but I will not foolishly lie and say that I will eat less. We have one life to live: why spend it eating tofu?

Until next time…..One Love

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