Here, we all eat together, including lunch. Lunch is a break in the day--a time to come together.
Here, we do not work on weekends: That is family time.
Here, we drink wine every evening. Delicious wine. (Here, we have to fit food around wine bottles in the refrigerator.) And here, two-yr-old Gioah already knows the meaning of "Cheers!" and holds up his plastic cup (or, on occasion, a wine glass of water) accordingly.
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As a fitness and nutrition coach and writer who greatly values eating very nutritiously and exercising daily to feel good and be well...
My "workouts" look like this:
- For the first two weeks in Italy: Schlepping around a 10-kilo bambino
- A few morning HIIT workouts
I just did my second day in a row of a 40-min bodyweight/band workout/running with the bambino in the stroller, and it felt fantastic. Some mornings, I might wake up early enough to do solo workouts, but if not, I will try to continue this approach. Ettore, so far, sleeps or chilaxes, likely wondering what on earth his zia (aunt) is doing. #babysfirstworkouts
My diet is essentially the opposite of what is usually is:
- Pasta on pasta, bread on bread, a bit of cheese, wine on wine, and desserts full of flour and butter and sugar.
- Eating more protein and vegetables where I can now that we're back at home in Montaldo.
The bottom lines:
- Still eating primarily whole foods, versus crap. And it's true: Food, in general, is of a different quality here.
- Still listening to my body. If it cries, I change course.
- Embracing the experience and not obsessing. Life is too short.
- Feeling okay overall--and my clothes seem to fit the same way so far. Just sayin'.
- Moving however I can, because I know that I feel better when I do.
I am in Italy, taking it all in. I can still do things that make me feel good, knowing that I am essentially on a different planet, far far away from the hustle and bustle and fitness-obsessed UES of NYC and constant movement and energy. These beautiful bambinos pack a punch, and life is beautiful.
- Simplicity + going with the flow of whatever craziness the day brings.
- Plenty of smiling and laughing.
- Lower stress ("Ab health"!)
And if I lose some precious muscle and my body reacts to all of the inflammatory foods and less-frequent go-go-go pace that is my life in Manhattan, I can get back on the wagon upon my return to the big city. And all will be okay.
What does fitness mean to you?
Today, for me, it means:
- A simple and creative mish-mosh of a breakfast: Tuna, chia pudding, and grapefruit. (Packing in some protein!)
- A 45-minute creative workout, pushing the stroller on beautiful Italian country roads: Some sprints and hills, some Superband and bodyweight exercises.
- Now sitting on a ball as I write this, Bjorning the bambino (about 10 kilos at about four months old).
(This suddenly feels like the ABCs of Baby Fitness…
- A is for Anything Active You Can Do with a Stroller
- B is for Bjorning and Bouncing on the Ball...or Baby-Made Biceps
- C is for Constant Care, Constant Core
How about: Spingere the Stroller or Push il Passeggino?
Combine inglese e italiano, and you have some pretty fantastic alliteration happening!
Huh…Possible book idea?)
Okay, moving on:
- A simple salad for lunch: Tempeh, endive, orange peppers, zucchini, olive oil/pesto dressing.
- A quiet afternoon at home, helping with the boys. Taking Gioah for a quick walk in the stroller so that he falls asleep for a nap, then back to Ettore so Summer can get some more work done before the evening.
- A possible aperitivo ("Happy Hour") with Summer in Casale, which I have not been to yet before dinner with the family. Delicious wine, simple and delicious food, likely with vegetables from the backyard/nearby.
my fitness is holistic, creative, and connected:
- Nutrition: Local, high-quality food and community. Enjoying good wine every evening--and, sometimes, a glass with lunch.
- Exercise: Movement however I can fit it in. And, yes, carrying babies all day definitely counts. (Ladies, want to know a secret for getting some guns and shoulders and back? Carry around a 25-lb baby in your arms or in a Bjorn, or push a stroller up a hill!)
- Mindfulness and Gratitude: Appreciating the slower pace, which serves as a constant reminder of what matters most: Connection. Family. Love.