So I’m gonna be quite honest with you…I didn’t know the city of Zaragoza even existed until I was granted the opportunity to play here. The only cities I knew about in Spain were Barcelona and Madrid…the basic ones all Americans hear of (ya ik we’re annoying). Zaragoza is actually the 5th largest city in Spain with a population of around 700,000 (so I’ve been told). Where us players live is a 30 minute trek to the centre, so for the first week or so I wasn’t feeling too great about this “big, cool city” we supposedly lived in. After settling in and adjusting to the time zone we finally made our way to the city and my mind was completely changed!
After my first professional season in The Netherlands with PSV I decided it was time for a change. And this is not bashing on PSV or Eindhoven or the country in general because I actually loved all three. With that being said, after being injured for a little over a year and only getting a chance to play here and there, it was time for something to change. After coming home in January to fully rehab I started to look at other options. I had options to play in a few different countries, but for some reason I felt like Spain was calling my name. The whole point of me playing abroad is to learn and improve. After being around the US game for so long new styles, people and cultures are a breath of fresh air. I’ve grown up watching teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid keep 95% possession and make teams look silly. With the quick, technical style I felt like I could fit in well but also learn and improve which made it a perfect fit!
Okay so I took a little break from the blog and soccer posts. It was becoming very tough for me mentally to write about all of these games I was not playing in. First, it was difficult to remember as I’ve learned you remember a lot less details when you’re watching from the sideline. Second, I was in a bad mental state about soccer and my injury and writing these posts were just yet another reminder. So, after a few game break I am back to playing and writing!!
WTF are saddlebags? I’m sure you already know this fat holding area but haven’t heard the name before, at least that was the case for me. Saddlebags are just like they sound! They are the round pockets of fat on the outside of your upper thigh. If you have excess fat here they will truly look like you have a saddlebag on each side of your body, hence the name. But have no fear!! I have 5 killer exercises that are sure to burn this fat away.
Over the years I have REALLY gotten into beauty. I used to be such a boy, seriously. Like wear ugly sweats with a baggy top, hair in a rats nest and no makeup on. Thankfully for everyone’s sake I have grown up and actually care about my appearance. Beauty is SO interesting to me because you can always put your own spin on it and wear what fits your personality. Most people know I usually go for the natural look, since I’m always wearing sporty clothes (lol). The natural look is one that is so simple yet looks good on everyone. Here I will share my 5 favorite beauty products with you that I swear by!
Smoothie bowls have been around for quite some time, yet I am JUST now getting into them. I think their “popular” stage was my “eat whatever you feel like” phase, therefore they never sparked my interest. Now that I am a full time professional footballer and have had to take my eating habits a lot more seriously, smoothie bowls have become my ultimate go-to lunch during the week.
I have never been a big nachos person, never. Probably because I’m not a big chips person in general. If I’m gonna order street food or a snack you will catch me with fries 10/10 times. UNTIL, I came here to The Netherlands. I was reading the menu at this new place we were trying and realized they had “loaded nachos” on the menu but with FRIES underneath instead of chips…I fell in love.
As I was deciding what I wanted to write for this week’s inspirational post, I just happened to be online shopping (this happens a lot). If you haven’t heard of Glossier before it is a MUST look up for the ladies. Seriously. They are a makeup brand and I seriously swear by a few of their products (I will talk about those in a different post). They tweeted this picture with a list of 10 ways to “work better”. Interesting, I thought. I have considered ways to eat better and work harder, but better is not necessarily harder…
I honestly didn’t know what to expect on my visit to Amsterdam central. My entire life in the US the only thing people said about Amsterdam was how weed is legal there (lol). & it is – you can’t go one block without a nice whiff of some. But now after living here in The Netherlands, people have much different ideas and things to say about the city.
For our third week of division play we drove about 2 hours to play Heerenveen. This will be a fairly short post again, as I was still unable to play this week. My injury has actually gotten better, but there is no reason to risk it right now. It is still the beginning of a very long season, so I am continuing to work hard and focus on rehab to make sure I will be 100% ready when my time finally comes, and my name is called.