Exchange student starved?

2008/02/29 at 13:18

I have no opinion on the foreign exchange student who lost massive amounts of weight while on his exchange program. However, I would like to relate my own exchange weight loss story as a data point:
I was an AFS student (from the US) to Austria in 1982-83. I lived with a family that owned a pastry (Konditorei) and bread (Baeckerei) bakery and two cafes (with the bakery and one cafe in the house), and I managed to lose 40-50 pounds in the 10 months I lived there (from a somewhat overweight 205 lbs to a very fit 160 lbs).
Torture? Starvation? No, I simply went from a typical sedentary, junk-food-filled American lifestyle to an active Austrian lifestyle. In the US, I drove everywhere, and I consumed an entire box of Fig Newtons when I got home from school in the afternoon (while watching Gilligan’s Isle).
In contrast, in Austria I walked and rode the bus everywhere, and had three meals a day plus maybe one piece of cake or other pastry. I can only imagine what it would have been like if the family had served vegan, not fat-filled meat-heavy Austrian, food.

My new T-shirt

2007/09/19 at 08:49

Scope creep

I made it myself at SpreadShirt.

Hi mom!

2007/09/08 at 21:43

Dian

A lovely portrait of Dian on the Lake Travis party boat

Where’s Waldo…er, Penny?

2007/09/08 at 21:42

DSC03680

This was not posed. We walked into Hannah’s room and found her lying there.

Road kill!

2007/02/25 at 16:40

Road kill!

On Lake Travis

2006/09/10 at 15:25

On Lake Travis

Not my most flattering side

Cotton growing near our house

2006/09/01 at 21:57

Cotton growing near our house

I stopped and took this photo on the way to work this morning. I’m sure the cotton will be harvested any day now. I picked a boll and took it to work. A couple of people were fascinated and said they’d never seen a boll close up. Everyone was inclined to caress it.

Red dragonfly

2006/08/06 at 17:07

Red dragonfly

Now I’m getting some use out of my new dSLR camera. As we were loading up to drive home from San Antonio this afternoon, this dragonfly landed on the car’s antenna.

Bubbles

2006/08/04 at 08:48

Bubbles

Samuel and a friend in the tub

The finished product

2006/07/26 at 08:52

The finished product

Our living room with the newly installed parquet wood flooring. We still have to install the quarter round and paint the baseboards, though.