Older and Wiser

Hey, readers!  I hope you had an awesome weekend.  According to my family back home, ranging from Maine to NYC, it was a very hot one.  Wanna know how the weather was in Glasgow?  I’ll let you guess.

Was it:

A) Raining

B) Overcast

C) Miserable

D) All of the above

If you answered “D” than you not only pay attention to how much I whine on here, but you’re also RIGHT!

In case you missed it, and by all means don’t worry if you did, it was my 35th birthday on Friday.

About every 3-4 birthdays, something ridiculous and unbirthday-like seems to happen to me.

  • On my 28th birthday, I got laid off from my job.  
  • On my 31st birthday, I was trapped on a direct Jet Blue flight from Denver to Boston behind an elderly man who crapped himself.  
  • On my 35th birthday, I spent most of the week leading up to (and including) my birthday in bed sick.

I suppose all the mishaps are a good foundation for my storytelling years.  Seeing as I watched the entire 7 seasons of The Golden Girls while I was bedridden, I think I’ve got all the makings of Sophia Petrillo or Rose Nylund type of story already.

After spending the majority of the last week of my 34th year in bed sick and becoming a bad smell to my neighbors, Luke and I decided to venture out to the Queens Park Farmers Market and a bit of lunch on Saturday.

The Farmers Market was kind of a letdown I must say.  I don’t know if it was because it was 58 degrees and windy as sh**, but there wasn’t any produce or cheese.  We pondered buying a bottle of chutney from one of the stands until a bunch of their display blew over as we approached.

Maybe it was gravity?

After that, we walked in the park and decided to get a bite at The Glad Cafe.  It’s such a cute spot!  I really love Glasgow’s Southside.  It reminds me of the Park Slope area of Brooklyn quite a bit. Try as I might to not be a hipster, I sort of like hipster neighborhoods.  And whatever, we’ve got the only Whole Foods in Scotland on the Southside.  And Highland Coos (cows).

coos in the park.

coos in the park.

Anyhoo, back to The Glad Cafe —  this place reminded me of the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in that it has a tiny door at the front and opens up to a magically large cafe out the back.

I had to borrow these photos due to the fact that I was even less active about taking photos with my stuffy nose and dull, annoying cough than I normally am.

I did take pictures of what we ate, however.

Luke got the basil and chicken sandwich on gluten free bread. He’s so disciplined and actually sticks to his dietary convictions on weekends.

glad

I ordered the hummus and bread plate because I like to eat appetizers as my main meal.  Really, I was more interested in drinking my delightful glass of Malbec.  I still really couldn’t taste anything, due to my lingering cold, which sort of makes hummus NOT good.  (I know, like how is that even possible?)

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Corn syrup over cough syrup.

So, my sister, Meredith, sent me a box full of all the candies I’ve been bitching about not having here in Scotland. I basically lived on ice lollies (popsicles to us Yankees) and corn syrup last week.  I’m SUCH a good role model, right?  Trust me, there IS such a thing as too much of a good thing.

one is the loneliest number.

one is the loneliest number. this was also the SECOND bag I ate.  gross.

One more thing I don’t care about at 35…

MY ROOTS.  Contrary to popular opinion, I am a natural blonde.  I was born blonde.  See!

classy from the womb.

classy from the womb.

That’s a classic from the toddler Erin archives.

So, I’ve discovered that if you’re just lazy enough about colouring your hair, you can actually keep up with the trends.  See, I’ve been overdue for a touch up for, like, approximately 6 weeks.  However, now I kind of have the whole ombre or ecaille hair thing going on.

lazy is the new trendy

Pretty cool, huh?  I actually think most of the hair color trends going on right now don’t focus too much on the natural look, so having dark roots isn’t the worst thing.

I’m a bad luck charm.

I have gone to quite a few football (soccer) matches with Luke, but I’ve never been to one where his team, Aberdeen Football Club, actually win!  So, due to a weird point based ticket purchasing scheme Aberdeen has (and whatever, I was useless and sick anyway) Luke could only get himself a ticket to the match.

So, Luke watched it from Dundee United’s stadium.

from the stadium...

from the stadium…

Whilst I watched from the sofa.

from the sofa...

from the sofa…

Anyway, my point is, Aberdeen won their match.  At first,  it was just a joke that I could possibly be causing them bad luck by being in physical attendance, but I think there may actually be some truth to that.

I know.  I really need to get over myself.

I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a wonderful Monday!

What did you do this weekend?  Do you believe in sports superstition?

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5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

So, a little fact about me, ever since I was a kid I thought I was supposed to be British. Yes, I faked a terrible “Brit-ish” accent (not quite English, Scottish, or Welsh).  I loved Mary Poppins.  I loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I would recite my nursery rhymes with said terrible “Brit-ish” accent.  I think I’ve made my point, right?

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

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So, naturally, I also always dreamed that one day I would marry a handsome British man and we would live happily ever after in a kingdom far away.  Ridiculous, right?  Well, this past November 28th, my dream came true when I married my Scottish boyfriend, Luke, and decided to move to the (United) Kingdom, far away from America!

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

My prince charming.

However, not everything about my move was fairytale-esque, as you can imagine. According to HealthStatus, moving is the third most stressful situation a person can go through in life.  In my case, moving was extra stressful, because I relocated to an entirely new country.   The good news is, one of the best ways to work through stress is to implement your routine as soon as possible.

One thing that has been super important to me has been re-establishing my healthy lifestyle.  I also knew that getting back into a routine meant I wouldn’t get out of shape or fall into a fitness rut.  (Who needs that stress?)  I ‘m going to share with you the five things that made getting back to normal possible and (easy breezy) for me. With these tips, I’m sure you’ll adapt quickly and stay healthy too, whether you’re heading out of town for the week or moving to an entirely new place!  I’ve adjusted to my new digs quickly by making staying healthy a priority!  It’s a lot easier than you may think it is!

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

Tip # 1:  Find out where the (healthy) food is.  One thing I immediately did, on my new phone, installed a Healthy Food app to locate the nearest shops for all things health related in my neighborhood.  Also, using an app like HealthyOut is an excellent way to find cleaner eats nearby and to help keep you on track!  Healthy food apps are not only a great way to learn your new street map and keep your healthy food choices in check, but they are also an excellent way to sample some amazing local treats!

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Also, by using an app to tell me what is nearby, I learned within just days that there are a freaking Whole Foods a mile and half from my apartment! Bonus!

good eats

Good eats

Tip #2:  Learn your new surroundings by taking daily walks or runs.   Another great way to keep your fitness levels up, while learning your new surroundings, is to commit to taking long walks (or jogs, if you fancy) around the area.  The Google Maps app is a great way to explore (and not get yourself lost). Google Maps also includes tons of nearby attractions so you can discover those little gems in your city you might not have found before!  Just an hour or two a day of that (or a few times per week) will keep you burning calories and make you feel at home!

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

 

Tip #3:  Figure out the appropriate workout dress code!  One of the most disorienting things about my move was leaving a replica of Antarctica to go to a milder (much more overcast and rainy) climate.  For instance yesterday, on my walk, I experienced all four seasons in one mile!  I now know that if I’m heading out for a run or a long walk, I better wear layers and a waterproof coat!  Get to know what the climate is like where you’re at, and you’ll always be able to plan your workouts and activities accordingly.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

 

Tip # 4:  Find out where the fitness is.  This tip is twofold for me, as I am currently a displaced personal trainer and fitness instructor now looking for work.  However, fitness professional or not, an essential component of keeping healthy in a new city is finding the right mix of workouts to get in.  Using an app such as Gym Locator Proon my phone, I was able to locate the fitness centers in my city according to proximity.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

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Another great tip is to sign up for a service like Groupon to find deeply discounted fitness classes (and attractions) around your new city. Groupon is a great way to try out different favorite spots for a fraction of the cost and a great way to get more familiar with all that’s available locally!

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

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In addition to the many fitness centers and studios nearby, you may also have a number of local parks and trails to run, walk, and bike through.  The Map My Run and AllTrails websites and apps are fantastic for getting an insider’s perspective on where to run, bike, and hike in a new area.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

 

In Glasgow South, we have Pollok Country Park and Queens Park, both world class parks complete with miles of running and cycling trails open to the public!  Taking advantage of local parks and trails will also get you more familiar with your surroundings while exposing you to other active people in your neighborhood via local fitness clubs.

Tip # 5:  Prepare for different water!  Everywhere you go, overseas or not has different water than you’re used to.  Water quality can potentially pose threats to your health, though most are less than super serious (aggravated skin conditions, hair buildup, etc.) some can be more serious (gastrointestinal issues).  Shower filters like PuraStream, faucet filters like PUR, and container filters like BRITA are essential for keeping your skin, hair, and body hydrated, balanced, and acclimated to your new locale.  Believe me; nothing can throw you off more than a change in water quality! Obviously, if you’re only on a short stay, installing filters might not be best, but filters are now available in loads of different convenient forms and relatively inexpensive as well!   In Scotland, the water is SUPER hard.  In fact, all the times I had been over visiting before moving here, I would always gripe about how the water made me feel.  My husband (probably just because he didn’t want to hear it anymore) bought a water filter for the shower, and it made SUCH a difference.  We chose PuraStream for our shower filter and at a reasonable price — it is worth it!

 

5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New City

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All these tips may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but they will make life easier.  I feel spoiled.  I don’t know how I ever moved or traveled before all this amazing technology!  Seriously.  I hope that my tips help you no matter where you live or where you’re at on your health and fitness journey.  Who knows, maybe one of these tips will help you out where you are right now!

What helps you keep healthy when you move or travel? Are there any apps you love that you would recommend?

 

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