Sunday, 30 June 2013
Caved in and bought a scale
Yeah, it's one of those old style spring scales. Although I had the intention of measuring myself with a tape measure while I was here in the Philippines, measurement is such a pain compared to just standing on the scale and taking an average. So I just went to the local mall to buy one. Even though the Philippines is a '3rd world country', there are a surprisingly large number of people here who are overweight. Not many who you'd class as obese though. Being overweight has been common for a long time though, I remember reading about research done on peoples weights 100 years ago in the US, and 1/3 were overweight. That number hasn't really changed, although the number of obese people in affluent countries has ballooned from just a few percent to about 1/4-1/3.
Life here is the Philippines is fine. I do have a bit of trouble enjoying it as much as I'd like, mainly due to depression and anxiety issues. Also, the wildlife inside the home is a bit of an issue. Mosquitoes, ants, other creepy crawlies of varying sizes (a few cockroach sized animals that I don't know the names of). But the worst would have to be the lizards. They come inside the house and can't figure out how to get out. There is a nest of lizards a few metres outside the bedroom window. I could catch them and take them elsewhere, but the idea of catching lizards (the biggest are about 10cm long) sort of freaks me out. Generally I see a lizard inside the house once every few days.
Things are going fine with being with Miss Mindanao, she's commented about coming with me to New Zealand a few times, but there are a number of reasons why that would be a bad idea. For one thing, I can't afford it. I'd have to support her for a year or two before she gets a work permit, I just don't have the money.
Currently, I'm at 72kg, which is about 6kg above goal weight. I've decided to take the easy route and lose weight about 1kg a month, until I reach goal. I've done the 1kg/month thing before, and it must be 10 times easier than losing say 1kg a week.