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Vacation end. The next day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I was in Risa for about ten days. Ten hard working days but also ten relaxing days by the sea.

This is my house

and this is my veranda, a place for relaxing and dreaming

Another view of the house

Another nice place for relaxing and dreaming, when the work in the field is finished!

The front entrance after the rain

The road to the sea

Hibiscus in my garden

The Nafpaktos beach with the Rio-Antirio bridge

The port of Nafpaktos

The old town

The famous sunsets of western Greece. Can you find where the sea ends and where the sky begins?

This is the place I spend the most of my holidays. I have to work hard to keep it in a good situation, I also need money to spend there (that's why I rent the house from May to October), but I love it and I like to be there.
Back home now, working and cleaning and preparing the house for the Christmas holiday, I decided to prepare also my self . These are the last weeks of the BLC challenge, so I have to be more consistent,persistent and active.
I spend a whole morning to organize my time for the next 3 weeks, until 4 December, when I have to go back to Risa to pick up oranges and tangerines.
This is my plan,stuck in the door of my library to see it every morning

I want to go strong for the last weeks of the challenge, so here I am ready to go!

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GOANNA2 12/17/2014 8:43AM

    I love your house and the whole area. Beautiful!
Are you picking olives there now? I fondly remember
the olive picking season and getting the fresh oil. Your
goals sound great and I know you can do this. emoticon

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DECLARE74 11/26/2014 10:25PM

    Your vacation spot is gorgeous, I am so envious right now but very happy to have you share a glimpse of your holiday with us

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SUEARNOLD1 11/21/2014 8:27AM

    Absolutely beautiful!

The one with the rainbow is my favorite!

Thanks for sharing!

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BARBIE176 11/21/2014 12:59AM

    What amazing pictures. I can definitely see why you enjoy it so much. Thanks for sharing! Good luck on finishing your challenge strong! emoticon emoticon

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BETZYGIRL 11/20/2014 11:20PM

    Such beautiful pictures! emoticon Thank you for sharing them with us! I am so glad you had a good vacation and I am REALLY impressed at how you have the rest of BLC mapped out! emoticon It has been much fun sharing this challenge with you. emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 11/20/2014 10:50PM

    WOW!! These pics are emoticon I'm cheering you on for your challenge!! emoticon emoticon

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MADAMES 11/20/2014 6:33PM

    What a beautiful place! I can certainly see why you love it so much. Good job listing your goals for the rest of the challenge.

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AMARILYNH 11/20/2014 6:11PM

    What a wonderfully relaxing vacation. LOVE the pictures!!

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YICHE12 11/20/2014 10:09AM

    Wow, simply looks like paradise!

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PATRICIA-CR 11/19/2014 7:20PM

    That's the closest to paradise that I've seen!! emoticon

Thanks a lot for sharing such a special place.

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WILSONWR 11/19/2014 8:34AM

    Absolutely stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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SWEETNEEY 11/19/2014 5:14AM

    the vacation shots are lovely. Yes, we've got to give it our all for the remaining weeks of the challenge.

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My friends and I!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 17,2014 and off we go!!!
Six crazy women from 51 to 65 years old go out for a wonderful weekend, as they do usually three of four times every year.
Friday evening and we are in Nafplio , the most wonderful town of Greece. It was also the first capital of Greece before Athens.

The Constitution square of Nafplio

The Arvanitia beach.

Eating in a local restaurant.

Having breakfast in the yard on Saturday morning.

Laughing a lotÖ..this is a cure!

Swimming in the sea, as the weather here is still so good!

Kastraki, a nice beach near Nafplio.

The monastery of Panagia in Nafplio

3 friends outside the monastery!

Just visiting the archeological site of Nemea

The 6 friends in the ancient stadium of Nemea

The castle Larissa of Argos

The ancient theater could seat twenty thousand spectators and is carved in rock

The central square of Argos

The Bourgi castle in Nafplio

Packing and ready to go home.
The weekend is over.

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JENNIFERKCM 11/18/2014 4:21PM


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HOBBESIS49 11/6/2014 2:22AM

    Oh my goodness,

I just went to Greece again.. beautiful, fun... So wonderful to be with women friends.

Good for you!

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GOANNA2 11/1/2014 6:55AM

    Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful
pictures. I have been to Nafplion but didn't see
all that beautiful scenery. Just makes me want
to go back and see more. Looks like a wonderful
weekend was had by all. Good for you. Kalo MIna.

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SUSANELAINE1956 10/30/2014 12:22PM

    Looks like a beautiful weekend. emoticon

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CAT125 10/29/2014 12:51PM


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HOCKEY47 10/29/2014 12:55AM

    Amazing, what a wonderful time you must all had emoticon emoticon

thank you for sharing

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PATRICIA-CR 10/28/2014 8:40PM

    OMG, that was just what I needed!!! What a heavenly place! Thank you so much for giving us a virtual trip to such paradise.

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MADAMES 10/28/2014 8:01PM

    What beautiful scenery! There is something very special about girls' time together! Fun.


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AMARILYNH 10/28/2014 12:12PM

    Wonderful pictures - nothing like a girls' weekend to restore the soul!!

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VIVICHAMPERS 10/28/2014 12:01PM

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to visit Greece again!

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WILSONWR 10/28/2014 11:53AM

    What a great weekend! I really loved the pictures - thank you so much for sharing!

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SUGARJESS 10/28/2014 11:51AM

    I enjoyed looking at the nice! It is so nice that you all still get together. emoticon

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JSPIN74 10/28/2014 11:50AM

    This looks amazzzzzzing...thx for sharing it :)

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WEC goals for BLC

Monday, October 20, 2014

BLC challenge Week 5
Week end challenge:

Read the activities: Done and understood emoticon

Review your BLC 26 goals : I have found them,thanks to Cat's instructions and ... emoticon

Track your food for Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday: emoticon Only Monday tracked as I was out of town and out of internet too.

Eat 2 green veggies on any day: Done on Friday (cabbage and beets romaine lettuce by the sea!) emoticon

Eat 5 freggies on any day: Monday emoticon

Eat 5 freggies on any day: Sunday been with spinash, mixed salad with tomatoes, avocados,romaine lettuce,cucumber,onions,grapes,oranges emoticon

Eat 5 rainbow freggies on any day: Saturday grapes,oranges,apples,tomatoes,romaine lettuce, cucumber, rucolla, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers. emoticon

Drink 6+ glasses of water on... Done with 10+ glasses of water. Water is my refreshment! emoticon

10min of quiet time: I walked alone by the sea at 7 in the morning. Marvelous!

10 min de-cluttering: Look the picture of my cellar! It took me much more than 10 minutes!

Plan your meals for the week: I will follow a pumpkin diet. Delicious! emoticon

Plan your workouts for the week: I cannot do this because: I am sick emoticon and my daughter goes to the hospital on Wednesday for a tonsil surgery emoticon . So I will do my best without planing anything.

What helps me to stay focused? Reading everyday our chat thread,posting everyday and having always in mind my pictures at the end of this challenge. emoticon

Set a goal for the week end: As I said I was on vacation for the week end, so my goal was to eat 4 meals during each day and not eating too much on every meal with the excuse that I am on vacation. I was thinking all day the "all or nothing approach" and I am proud to say that emoticon

About vision board ......... emoticon ...I have done nothing!

And the 15+min of me time: I was out of Athens, in the most beautiful town of Greece with my best friends for 2.5 days. What a fantastic me time!...

For this week end I have a score of 2100 points!!! emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/21/2014 6:03AM

    Great job Christina. Glad you had a great time
with your friends. I hope your daughter's tonsil
surgery goes well. Perastika. That is a fantasic
amount of points you got. I must have got about 900.
Have a great week. emoticon

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EJB2801 10/20/2014 10:37PM

    Beautiful organization! Sounds (&looks) like a lovely time away.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 9:52PM

    Love this blog!

Wow - that is a greatly organized cellar - I'm jealous :)

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AMARILYNH 10/20/2014 4:10PM

    Great job Christina!! emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 10/20/2014 10:47AM

    emoticon You're doing a great job! emoticon

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It is hard!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It is so hard to get on track when you are out of it...
You find excuses, you say I am tired, I donít have time, I will start tomorrow, I have to clean my house and after that I go for a swim (but you never go because after the heavy cleaning, you feel exhausted).
You do the same with food. I can only eat a little bit (and you empty a whole plate), it is so delicious, how can I resist, tomorrow I will change my attitude against food, it is simply wonderful, just a piece of cake, whatís wrong with a glass of wine e.t.c.
Thatís the story of my life! Tomorrow I willÖ..and the days succeed one another and I realized that I am FAT for the last 18 years!
I donít want to be FAT anymore.
I donít want to have PAIN anymore.
I donít want the CANCER knock my door once more.
I donít want to buy XXXL clothes.
I donít want to be slave of the food.
I donít want to die in my couch.

To walk all over Greece
To buy new, nice clothes
To walk the authentic Marathon of 2014 in Athens
To dance whenever I am in the mood
To sleep without pain
To wear nice shoes
To walk all over Europe with my camera
To hear my children saying that they are proud of me.

Think all the above!
Exercise first thing in the morning
Cooking second thing in the morning
Do my morning and before bed routine
Get rest
Drink water
Put my feelings aside and use logic and reasoning.


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AMARILYNH 10/15/2014 6:06PM

    You can DO this!! We'll all do it together!!

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JENROSE1973 10/12/2014 8:45AM


I feel a lot of times as you do and having it written down to refer back to is a great way to emoticon yourself into a healthier lifestyle.

I believe as long as you are mentally committed that you will see so many great things happening.

You are a strong willed and dedicated woman and you got this! emoticon

So glad we are on the same team!!

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CAT125 10/6/2014 1:09PM

    Eat whole, healthy foods and get plenty of sleep....the rest will follow!
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BETZYGIRL 10/5/2014 11:47PM

    Hi, Chris! emoticon Reading this blog sounds so different from some of your posts on the Team Virtuoso chat, I am glad to see how you are pushing yourself to reach your goals! Your posts are an encouragement and a joy to read! emoticon emoticon You are an emoticon lady! emoticon , emoticon Betty

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PATRICIA-CR 10/1/2014 6:51AM

    I relate to you. It is one of the hardest things I have to deal with every day, but I know it's totally worth it. Excellent for your determination and plan. Hand (or willpower?) on work now!!

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ATHENAFOREVER81 9/30/2014 10:05AM

    I can relate to how you are feeling. After two months of success on SP, I feel myself starting to fizzle and losing momentum. I dont want to go on my run today, my eating is good but could be better. I have to find my spark again. Good Luck in finding your spark!!! We can do this, one day at a time!!!

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NIXY72 9/30/2014 9:26AM

    Yes. This. So Much This.

Keep those motivations close to heart... write them on your mirrors, sticky note them in your car, put them on your fridge. Look at them often and soon they will just embed themselves in your psyche, and become your normal way of thinking.

I just restarted again a week ago -- I can commiserate with you on much of your list. We can do this together!

ďAnd will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!Ē
― Dr. Seuss


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GOANNA2 9/30/2014 6:45AM

    Good on you Christina. i feel like you as well.
Slowly and surely we can do it. emoticon
We must never give up! emoticon
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LIFE-FAITH 9/30/2014 6:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
This is EXACTLY how I feel right now!!
Keep on keeping on!

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Repors on the day number 3

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I woke up at 6.00 in the morning.
I had my delicious glass of warm water,honey and lemon,which stimulates and cleans all the body.
Shower and anti-cellulite cream. (at the end of the ten days a new Aphrodite will appear from the sea of Riza)

Breakfast: A big fruit salad
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Gardening for one hour.The property is 14 acres big,so I have a lot to do.
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Gooking briam again.It's delicious!!!If someone wants to taste I will give you the recipe.

Watching my favorite Star Trek (that's vacation!!!) and eating the briam. Here are two difficult points for me. Portion and eating in front of the PC.I'll keep that in my mind.

During the day I drank 2 liters of sassy-water and one liter of nettle and verbena water to stimulate my metabolisme.(I can give you also the recipes)

The next 4 hours I was in front of the computer,downloading movies from the internet. I am a big fun of cinema and yesterday I had 80 new!!!! (that's vacation too!)

At 20:00 I had a nice,fast nordic walking by the sea with my friend Heleni. I use poles and it seems very good.
A banana for dinner emoticon

A beauty session for 1 hour:
a warm shower
anti-cellulite cream(Aphrodite must appear soever!)
a beauty mask for the face with green clay and milk
cleaning my teeth with turmeric (one of the thousands uses of turmeric)

Go to bed at 22:30 with by book.
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It's vacation,I must get rest and relax but I have also to manage my guilts for this "nothing doing". It is about "me time" all day long and I am not used to have so much time free.
Anyway,that's it and I am grateful for the time I spend here.

The habit of the day:
Drinking my water
Acquired habits:
Morning walking

Morning scale number:

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TURTLETALK 6/11/2014 11:22AM

    What is briam?

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GOANNA2 6/10/2014 7:01AM

    Geia sou Afroditi mou esi. You will be absolutely
gorgeous and you deserve this pampering.
Can I have the recipe for the nettle and verbena
please? Sounds like you are eating healthy and
looks like you lost some weight since your last
weigh in. Well done. Keep it up. emoticon

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