Now that I’ll be spending more time with my in-laws on the farm, I’ve been getting F.I.T. on a daily basis and it’s kind of rewarding and therapeutic at the same time. At times it can be a challenge because of trying to figure out what my in-laws and relatives are trying to translate (tell me) to me in English vs Ilokano.
Honestly the language is not a really big issue since we can communicate using simple words, hand gestures, I do speak slowly in English and I do understand more Ilokano than Tagalog words. Plus we’ll speak what they call Carabao/English, I’ll speak English and if I know the Ilokano/Tagalog word then I’ll say it and they’ll do the opposite speak Ilokano/tagalog and if they know the English word then they’ll use it. ?
So F.I.T. stands for Farmer in Training and it’s a great way to lose weight, learn to grow things the Filipino vs American way and honestly just to stay active and live a longer life. Whether it’s sold to a buyer, shared among the relatives and/or used for your personal use at home, it’s very rewarding to see the fruits of your labor before (prep), during & after the harvesting of your crops.
Losing weight – Daily cleaning on the farm lots constantly makes you sweat and helps you lose weight in the process, at least for me it does. I did have to make a few adjustments to my food intake from not drinking soda (except when eating out at a fast food restaurant), meal portions, snacks, treats and candy intake are some of the adjustments that I have made for my health.
I eat smaller meals like 3 to 4 times a day, rice is eaten more at breakfast and lunch than at dinner, fast food is maybe a couple times a month usually at Jollibee and snacks & treats are usually fruits or crackers unless if the tinapai guy comes then I’m in trouble since he has fresh donuts Filipino Style and I don’t eat that much candy anymore unless it involves Peanut Butter.
Filipino vs American – As far as farming Filipino vs American I’m not really sure since I’ve never farmed in Hawaii except to grow some plants and pulled weeds as a kid for punishment. But I do know that here in the Philippines, every region does things differently when it comes to farming. Some due to availability of the items like Money/Funds, Tractors, Kuliglig, Baka, Carabao and Hired Help.
I’m very grateful for my in-laws and relatives in Binalonan & Friends and Neighbors from Ilocos Sur who taught me their ways on how they farmed that was passed down from their family for generations. They showed me hands on, invited and allowed me to farm with them on their crops of Kamoteng-Kahoy (Tagalog it’s called Cassava) (English it’s like Sweet Potato), Palay (Rice), Mais (Corn), Bawang (Garlic) besides the usual vegetables used in Filipino dishes.
Staying active & Living a longer life – For me I’ve experienced both farming and city life here in the Philippines. I’m now farming in Binalonan and I’ve farmed in Ilocos Sur. So farming to keep busy and lose/maintain weight loss is a great way to stay active.
While living in the Metro Manila for my city life experience, it was harder to maintain my weight and lose weight too. No place to really farm and exercising was a challenge because you either pay for a gym membership or you learn to dodge the restless traffic of cars, motorcycles, buses, jeepneys and/or large vehicles while gambling with your life.
As we get older, exercising and staying busy is more important and to me it prolongs your life too. I remember when I first moved to the Philippines back in October 2011, I was 196 lbs and just walking up a flight of stairs I was out of breath. But as I started to lose the excess weight and learned to keep it off plus maintain it. I’ve found out that my health has greatly improved and even though I have deteriorated disks in my lower back, I no longer suffer the constant nagging back pains where I’m always need to be on pain meds.
So I’m glad that I’m a F.I.T. person now in a great healthy relationship with my girlfriend, her daughter, her family and with myself as well.