Friday, June 03, 2011
ON TOP OF THE WORLD.....A Long way down.
Yes, I climbed an active Volcano, Mt. Vesuvius. It was amazing....painful, but invigorating.
We left Marigliano, Italy early in the morning and drove around Mount Soma to the south side of Mt. Vesuvius, with the sun shining and a clear blue sky. My cousin-in-law took the day off work to drive us. Now from what I have observed there is only small cars, no vans. Most likely because the streets are so small and crowded they just will not fit. Anyhow there were 6 of us and a 5 seat car, so we did what all the drivers around there seemed to do and that was our own thing. Yes, we put my son in the trunk....yes, I felt like a very bad parent and it was with a lot of nervousness that we preceded. It was a hatchback, and the most comfortable for him, in fact he slept most of the way.
We approached the National Park and were able to take a huge all terrain SUV bus 2/3 of the way up. It was a bumpy, rough ride for the beginning of our adventure. We arrived in an almost arid landscape, desert like with lizards scurrying around ( I am not a reptile fan, but I did ok ). The walk was like the highest setting on my treadmill and curving around the Mountain, with a little wood rail to ‘help’ prevent you from falling down to either Pompeii or the Bay of Naples. Not the most secure feeling in the world, that’s for sure! It was hard walking, as the soil was of the consistency of sand, making it hard to get a good grip with your foot.
It was hot as we started out and with the deep breathing from the exercise, not to forget that we were changing altitude with less oxygen in the air, made for a difficult climb. I amazed myself with my perseverance, fortitude and how far I had come. Literally! Not just up the mountain, but 6 months, 1 year, 2 years ago I would NOT have been able to climb this without a lot more blood, sweat, swears and tears. In fact I probably would have found an excuse to avoid it altogether. Just think of all I would and did miss in doing the avoidance tactic.
And you know what?
It was worth it! Every part of the journey was worth this climb, for I felt that I was on top of the world!
The view was amazing, but slowly became obscured by incoming clouds. This cooled us down considerably and we had to put on our coats, but what a feeling walking through clouds the consistency of fog.
At the top looking into the crater, we could see vents on the side releasing smoke. My son said to my Dad, “Nonno, what do we do if it starts to blow?” He replied, “Well Brandon, you can run if you want to, but it really won’t matter.” I guess that about sums it up.
The way down the mountain was so beautiful, uneventful and so easy, it made you think what all the fuss was about.
I guess I have to ask myself that question too.
“What is all the fuss about? Exercise...just do it. It may be allot of work and effort at the beginning, but oh when you reach that summit, that pinnacle, you will realize the beauty on the other side; how far you have come and what a long way down it truly is.
And you know what? It is worth every moment.”
Monday, May 23, 2011
Just a quick check in with you and myself.
Met with my Surgeon on Thursday and had my band tightened. It now holds 6.2 cc's of fluid. I am feeling a bit of restriction which is good! I felt I had hardly any limit when away on holidays and ate like crazy. A few problems with bread and chicken.
.....when will I learn that bread is no longer for me?
I still want to reach for it, face it...I am a bread junkie and being a Red Seal Journeyman Baker hasn't helped me keep my girlish figure.
Oh well, I am learning the hard way after running to the bathroom to 'relive' my bread addiction.
I have a hard head, but it will eventually get through.
AS for chicken, it is going the way of bread. If it is not moist then I for sure have a problem. And surprise I can feel eggs are going to go this way to...
We will see....
I am losing weight, very slowly mind you, but it is going down.
Now Thursday night I went to boot camp and continue to feel the effects. ouch!
Yesterday I sanded the deck from a bent over position and am wondering if I bruised myself with the port of my lapband.
My stomach is so sore, almost unbearable. And it centers around the port. I am thinking the bent position was forcing it into the abdominal wall and could of caused some soft tissue damage. Will see how it is tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the next boot camp...I was planning to go and should go. Will just have to see about the stomach.
Thinking of walking to meet a girlfriend for coffee tonight. It is usually a place I would drive to, but I think I will do it.
Hugs My Friends! Go out and make it a terrific day!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I am back from our trip to Italy!
Did surprisingly well with all the travel and FOOD. I am learning to live with the lap band and make better choices. I learn fast if I have chosen incorrectly and try not to do it again. Am having problems with some breads and sometimes chicken. But enjoying how things are progressing. I am getting closer to Onederland, at least by my scale. LOL! I find the clinic's scale a little more harsh.
Not surprisingly I ate l like a PIG! The food was so good and that is an understatement!
We had fresh lemons and oranges and other fruits right from my Aunt's garden.
Yes, this was my first visit and we loved it so much. Would love to go again.
We were mainly in Naples with little trips out to surrounding areas like the Amalfi Coast, Caserta, Positano, Sorrento, Pompeii... We stayed 2 nights in Rome & 1 night in Florence. We did a LOT! I have to go through my photos to organize and write what we did. I will add a few, but I took over 4000 pictures. May need to blog again about this just to add the tip of the iceberg to all we did.
My Zia's home from the street. It is the original homestead of my Great Grandparents from the farm they once had. My Dad was born here.
Did our washing in this 40+ year old washing machine and hung to dry in the sun. We had great weather with an average of 25*C, rain the first day only.
Saint Sebastion in Marigliano, near our family's home.
The streets are narrow, virtually one way and you travel them on foot or in car at your own risk. The drivers do as they please! No stopping at stop signs, rarely at traffic lights; only the ones willing to take risks get anywhere. Parking is where you feel like it. On Sidewalks, double or triple parked. We have it good here at home!
Everyone had a dog, more for guarding the home inside iron gates. But there were a lot of homeless dogs that broke our hearts. Running the streets looking for food or affection, some were aggressive, others not.
We walked virtually everywhere. And not my usual walk! Oh No! My Dad was on a mission to show us as much as possible in the short time we had. My sister has long legs as does my son. Not me. I am the short one. My husband kindly walked my pace, although sometimes I was waiting for him with his bum knee. I am not kidding when I say I think I jogged Italy. I am enjoying looking at the sites from the pictures I took, as all the time I had was to snap and run to catch up. We will go back one day and take it all in more leisurely, but I am so glad I was able to see this through my father's eyes. It has been a dream of his and mine, actually all of ours to one day go see where he lived and grew up. I am thankfull for that opportunity.
Well, a result of all this walking was blisters. I mean blisters on blisters. I had brought my good shoes with my orthopedic inserts, so should have had no problem. BUT...it was hot so my shoe liner slipped and folded; refusing to stay in place. The result = Blisters. Ouch. But I was a trooper and carried on at the same frantic pace.
Walked to the top of the mountain at Caserta, the King's Palace...and back again.
Yes that is the castle we walked from and back to.
I ate like crazy (certainly need an adjustment on Thursday at the Doctors) and walked even more. Was going to track all my food, but we were all disappointed to find that WI-FI is virtually unaccessable. I think my Husband and Dad took it hard. By the end of the trip the rest of us were getting tired of them whining and trying to find the WI-FI. Good news though! Came home and had lost a couple pounds which certainly made my day.
Because we were meeting so many people, there were bound to be blunders. What with me not speaking Italian and being so tired from all the walking, etc, I did a doosy!
I kissed the waitress.... Oopps!
I mean it was an honest mistake! First of all you greet everyone by the double cheek kiss; second of all we were entering a restaurant to meet family, some I had met, some I hadn't. Then I was ahead of my Dad whose lead I usually follow, but behind a cousin. So out of the corner of my eye, I see the cousin saying good evening and greeting the waitress (whom I didn't know was the waitress). So I come up and do the usual Italian greeting when my Dad pipes up behind me "What are you doing??" Oh my did I feel like 2 inches tall when I realized my error. But we were able to laugh it off, after he told her we were from out of the country and just so very friendly where we came from. I think he may have told her I was 'touched in the head' for all I know!
I am sure I made more bloopers, but that was the biggest one and one my son won't let me forget!
The Vatican was amazing!!
Yes, I saw all 3 David's. Awesome!
I still have to upload some more photos. So will post again later.
Met a lot of family, most for the first time. It was wonderful. My Dad and Sister joined the 3 of us and we were able to see where My Dad grew up; went to school; ran each year for the Madonna D'Larco; went to the cemetery for my Uncle, Nonna, & Nonno, as well as other relatives... A lot done.
A truly terrific trip!
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