Family Fitness Challenge 2012

On Monday morning, I was sitting on my aunt’s bed as she tried to pawn off her old clothes to me.

“Is this your style?” She held up an algae-green tulle skirt. “It’s a nice color,” she said hopefully. I shook my head. She held it up to herself and made a disgruntled sound.

“I should exercise more,” she said. I jumped up and clapped my hands.

“Fitness challenge!” I shrieked. She startled at the noise. “Fitness challenge!” I said again. “Come on! We’ll get started today. It’ll be so fun. I’ve been looking for someone to do it with me.”

There was a need for such enthusiasm. Dutch cuisine is not world-famous, but for the uninitiated, let me introduce you: coffee and sandwiches.

Those sandwiches, by the way, are eaten with any of the following: nutella, hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), vlokken (bigger chocolate sprinkles), suikerbuikjes (tiny cookies), appelstroop (apple sugar syrup), or gestampte muisjes (literally, just sugar). My personal favorite is ontbijtkoek, which is essentially breakfast cake.

Eat with butter.

So it may come as no surprise to you that my body is “adjusting” to this new diet. In my defense, licorice is a food group here.

My aunt agreed to the challenge, albeit with less motivation than I had. Then the news of a competition hit the rest of the house.

We live with two men.

My aunt has since dropped out, and my uncle, who can do a headstand and casually mentioned that after the 300 mark, he finds sit-ups boring, isn’t too concerned. My cousin and I, however, are in it to win it.

In addition to completing the daily workout he and I have set up, it’s my goal to be able to do a single pull up (shush). His only goal to beat me.

But hey, I finally have a workout buddy. I can’t complain.

Sara Laughed

Author: Sara Laughed

I'm Sara, a writer, programmer, and American in the Netherlands. This blog is about my life, discoveries, and mistakes. Follow along, and thank you for stopping by!

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  • Hey you forgot the things you have WITH the coffee: stroopwafels (syrup wafers), which you can get oh so fresh on the market, tompoezen van de Hema (won’t even try to translate that), chocolate that is SO much better than in the US, and the Leonidas bonbons, the Belgian filled chocolates that completely beat Lindt truffles. And then, of course, there is the Flemish Fries (which are sold in the Netherlands than in Belgium) with mayonaise, sold in those pointed paper bags and which are a must ONCE during every visit to the Netherlands. But please just bring me licorice, boxes and boxes.