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!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Have you ever recieved a gift and really wanted to give it back?
Well, today I did.
My scale graciously gifted me with a 3 lb weight gain, on my birthday of all things! Couldn't it have waited a day or two or found a different gift?
Oh well, I was expecting it.
Went to visit my Grandparents and they have EVERYTHING you should not eat on hand. I refused some things,...others I indulged in.
Plus driving two out of the three days for 7 hours (14 total), my exercise dropped. I went for walks, but nothing strenuous as I was walking with 90 year olds, or on a time limit.
I loved my visit with them.
I don't know how much longer they will stay this side of heaven and our time together is very precious. I am not able to see them as often as I would like. Winter inhibits it.
They are on one side of the mountains, and I am on the other. Granted they are on the nicer side.
They are the last of my grandparents. My son's great Grandparents. It will be very hard to lose them when their time comes.
As for the scale, I hope to lose those pounds very soon.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ok...First Challenge Blog....accomplished!
This is my first Challenge Blog, we will see how it goes.
"How has my year been so far? & Have you made progress in the areas you wanted to address?"
When I think of where I was and where I am right now...all I can say is WOW!
This past year has seen my health take a big step forward after years of going down a spiral staircase. My Diabetes was not in the control it needed to be in, having 8.7 A1Cís; glaucoma (with laser surgery failing in helping with this); weight just kept increasing regardless of what I would do; mood swings and depression from everything feeling out of control; and the list goes on.
My Doctor had enrolled me in a weight management program that I had been in for a couple years. It did help having that support, but not quite enough. They dangled the carrot...lapband surgery for only 25 recipients out of 500-700 people. Well, there was no way I would be chosen, but extra help with dieticians, doctors and nurses, I am no dummy I was in! So I did all I could and took all the support I could get. Was able to lose a few pounds over this time frame and was happy with these results. After so long of having nothing, I was perfectly willing to accept something!
I am so glad I did.
Today marks a number of ĎA hahí moments.
I found Spark People and made so many friends who care and support me in numerous ways!
Surprisingly (to me at least) I was chosen as one of the lucky individuals to have the lapband. I donít think this would of happened without this amazing program, as I (we) could not have afforded it. It was like I had won the lottery! It has been one of the best things to have happened to me. I have lost a significant amount of weight in a short time, all under the direction of dieticians and doctors, and it really works out to about 1-2 lbs a week. So SAFE. I am able to fit in a size 14 jean today, which I have not worn in over 20 years! My A1C is going down to a 7.9; have an eye appointment in May that will tell me how my glaucoma is progressing; and my mood is generally much, much better! I have more energy and able to do so much more.
My painting has progressed to the point that I have people who request me to teach them and look up to me! Yeah! I am branching out on my own and learning all I can. I am going to learn from an artist from Florence, Italy this summer and I am so excited!!!
My family is happier. Happy Wife & Mother = Happy Husband and Son (happy dog too!)
The house is clean...most days.
I have time for my friends, usually at the gym, zumba or for a coffee.
Life is good, so Yes! I have made progress in my areas that I wanted to address.
And my year has been GREAT!
In fact I have come along way....
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