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Meeting's delight? Advice needed...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I really don't know how to feel about this ladies and gentlemen, I need some serious advice. Today I went to my meeting and I brought with me my breakfast as usual, because I like to eat after being weighted. Only, today rather than bringing with me 4 belvita biscuits and fruit, plus having a white coffee to tuck the biscuits in, I decided to have some more voluminous food, to be fuller for longer, since I had planned a long walk (in the end I walked 11 miles in a little more than 3 hours!!!). Well, this is what I was having:

1 boiled egg (2pp)
1 ww bar "fruit 'n' nuts" (2pp)
100g Fage 0% yogurt with half a banana mashed in it (1pp)
6g nuts (1pp)
1 banana (0pp)
1 pot of ww mixed fruit drained (0pp)
1 white coffee made with semi-skimmed milk (1pp) it's the only milk the pub has.

This totals up to the amount of points I normally have for breakfast, 7pp, which is also the pp for 4 belvita biscuits and a cup of white coffee...

Now, one of my friends is a helper and gives the cards out before people get weighted. At the end of the meeting she told me that some ladies were talking about me and she overheard them saying that I was eating LOADS and they wondered how could I keep that skinny with all this amount of food I was eating.

Now, beside the fact that it was merely 7pp, so it was hardly anything that really COULD make me put weight on, should I feel insulted that people were talking like that behind my back, or should I feel that it's a NSV to have people be jealous of how much I eat and how *SKINNY* I look? Should I do something? My friend said that she intervened and told them what she knew about me, that I walk from home to my meeting (4 miles) and then I go back home walking and I do the same twice a week... and I must be starving by my WI time (yes, I am starving by my WI time...)... but should I do something about it? For example, should I talk to my leader about it and see whether it's a good idea to have her mention something (in general terms) during the meeting and ask me a question so I can explain?

The thing is, I think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I always make sure I have a VERY good one. 7pp is a decent amount I think for breakfast, I have normally between 5-7 at lunch and then the rest at dinner time. I can't have snacks when I'm in work because I deal with customers and I can't tell my clients "sorry, it's 10.30 I need my snack" so I have the nutrition I need to keep full until lunchtime at breakfast. It's worked for me and I have lost all that weight, and I keeping on losing... so I really don't think it's a problem! Why people have to be so judgemental? In a way I do feel happy that they think I'm skinny and that they're a bit jealous, but why should they be jealous I don't know, and why talk about it behind my back rather than coming to me and ask me, even jokingly "what's your secret" or things like that? I' always chatty and very approachable so I don't think it's my attitude...

Any ideas?

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CHAOTICMOM4 3/1/2012 1:10PM

    I don't know, I think it's sort of natural to wonder how others are so successful. What are their tricks, their secrets. Although we know that there aren't any. Everyone is looking for the easy way, unfortunately there is no Easy button. I bring breakfast to my meeting too and I often feel people watching me. Oh well, everyone is on the plan, but everyones plan is different. Congrats on all your success!

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My own 8 'Secrets' to success!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The idea of this blog came to me when I read a very similar blog by MRS_ROSS. I thought it was a very good idea of her to share her 8 tips for success, and since I have lost over 70 lbs since I started WW and have been maintaining for over a year now (nearly a year and a half) I thought you might appreciate to get a few tips of what worked for me in my weight-loss journey and maintenance.

First of all, a little disclaimer, exactly like Mrs Ross did: these tips worked for me. They might not work for you. Everyone is different :)

if it goes into your mouth, it goes into your journal. Whether you're keeping a paper journal or an online journal, whether you're on WW or on Sparkpeople only or whatever diet you're following, track every bite. Even the little taste when you're cooking. All counts, all is calories your body needs to metabolise. I like being in control. Even now after years of being on the diet, I still weight EVERYTHING. I keep focus of my aim, I keep track of my performance compared to what I want to achieve. I'm very, very competitive and I like to compete with myself. When I slimmed with WW the second time, I resumed my old WW member card and reworked the dates from the weight I was starting to compare my second performance to the first. And second time round I reached goal much quicker, probably because I was focused and I had all the tools, and I kept tight control with also the help of Sparkpeople, which I didn't know before. Although I like the freedom of ProPoints (or PointsPlus for you americans!), having complete freedom on the fruit and veg intake always made me nervous. They might be high in fibre, but they ARE calories and they ARE carbs. Add to it the fact that I totally, UTTERLY LOOOOOVE fruit, I would easily eat after a meal 3 or 4 renetta apples (my favourite!) or the English equivalent Egremont Russett, 150g blackberries etc etc... I just love them, I need control! The Spark tracker just gives me much more control and the daily feedback allows me to have much of a wider spectrum of variables I'm checking. When I have all the boxes ticked with Sparks, even if I havent had all of my daily propoints, I feel satisfied.

tip #2: DON'T EAT IF YOU DON'T FEEL TO: the last point lead nicely into this one. I read so many people on the WW board saying to others that they HAVE to eat their 29pp, even if it means scoffing their face and have cakes and chocolate just because they have 2 or 3 points left over. I just say "no way!". I use the propoints during the day for convenience, it's easier to think in order of single and double figures than in hudreds, and the propoints are handy to think of rather than carbs, proteins, fat and fibre. But when I go hope, I put all my eating on Spark as well, and I check there whether I have hit all of the nutritions. If I did, 23, 24, 27 or 29pp... I don't care, I just stop. I suppose I'm following more Spark than WW... but it works for me!

tip #3: VARY YOUR DIET: well, I'm terrible at this tip also, I always tend to have the same at breakfast and almost the same all the time at lunch. However, my dinner is always different and I try to vary desserts and the likes. I don't have the same number of calories and nutrients two days in a row, I try to have similar amounts, but not the exact same. Keep my body guessing.

tip #4: DON'T BE AFRAID OF A NIGHT OUT: I remember as if it was yesterday. When I dieted with WW the first time, I was almost always on 15-16 old points, trying to eat less to lose more. I was doing a lot of walking (I would ask a friend of mine once a week to drop me at the local ASDA, which was around 6 miles from my home. I would have a big backpack to fit my shopping bags into and I would do my shopping and WALK back home. You might think it was brilliant and not mad, but you must consider that I was going there after work, so it was dark. Most of the road had no lights, stupid English tradition. AND part of the trip was on the motorway. Yes, I hear you, I'm mad. Anyway... I hit a plateau and although doing all that, I wasn't losing anything. Then, my job organised a do at the Chinese buffet restaurant and I went there dreading the day as I wouldn't have been able to control what I was eating. I ate very little points during the day and then tried to make wise choices, but I knew I had exaggerated... I couldn't help. The day after I only ate 13 points, to compensate, and I stayed at 14 points all the rest of the week to get the points back. When I hopped on the scales, I had LOST 2 lbs!!!! I was hooked. I went to the internet and looked at plateaux and found the Wendie Plan, which is basically a controlled way of having one day a week as a feast and alternate points during the week to recover, keeping your body guessing. It WORKED. I kept on losing and reached goal in 3 months. So... don't be afraid of having a slip, it could actually do you good, AS LONG AS you go back on track straight away!

tip #5: EXERCISE! As Mrs Ross said, find the type of exercise that works for YOU and stick to it. I love walking, so during the sumemr I often walk for miles and miles. Recently I have walked 10 Km in just over 2 hours. During the winter I don't fancy walkin g as much because I'm cold and I'm a cat when it comes of rain... so I use the stairs of my building (I live at the 4th floor of a building with no lift) and go up and down for 10 minutes as fast as I can. I also have my own exercise routine of 25 to 30 minutes and do it every single day in the morning. I have seen that gyms don't work for me: I hate going there and not be home, just the thougth of going out, walk up to the gym just for a couple of hours... no, I don't like it. I'm also very tight with money and the thought of spending £40 a month to do something I can do at home for free really doesn't appeal to me. Others might find it handy, but not me. I prefer doing my own, and also sometimes doing my shape and wii fit plus on the wii. You find the exercise that works for YOU, but you STICK at it and you do it constantly, at least 4 times a week.

tip #6: MONITOR YOUR WEIGHT: I weight myself every day. You will have been told not to do that by loads of people, and ideed the fluctuations can be discouraging if you are in the wrong frame of mind. The way I approach it is I keep track of the weight I am once a week, but I monitor the situation every morning. If I see for a day the weight going up I drink more, eat a bit less and do more exercise on the day and check the following morning. Usually it's gone, unless I haven't gone *ahem* "there", and if that's the case, I give it another couple of days, until the problem doesn't leave me, and usually, the weight is way down straight after. This helps, because sometimes I might be at my lowest weight for the week on the saturday and then instead on sunday (official WI) I might have put on because I had a late dinner or pizza or haven't gone "there" or the likes. At least I know it's nothing to worry about!

tip #7: DON'T DEMONISE FAT: Fat is good, or at least, GOOD fat is good. Sparkpeople suggests to eat 32g of fat every day. This doesn't mean that we can go and eat cakes, margarine and rubbish like that until we reach that 32g, because it wold just clog our arteries. We need to eat the RIGHT fats. I'm Italian and proud of the cuisine of my country. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is the oil I have been bred and fed on since birth, and it's a wonderful tool, contains the right fats and gives great flavour to your food. Dump away those rubbish sauces that you put in your salads. Just a spoonful of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a couple of lemon wedges squeezed and your salad is nice and tasty. Or you can use balsamic vinegar, also very good for you. Leave mayonnaise and other cr*p in the bin, thanks. Nuts are also great fat providers. I always have every single day 18g of mixed nuts at lunchtime. 3pp for WW or 108calories with a lot of great fats, proteins, fibres, vitamins, minerals... very little carbs. Full of goodness and well worth the calories and points. And beautifully tasty. What can you ask more from a food? Oily fish is also great supply of good fats. Don't demonise salmon, trouts and the likes. Yes, it's a lot of calories and points... BUT if a salmon fillet is 6pp and a mars bar is 6pp, you don't get the same quality of nutrition from a mars bar. Only a lot of trans-fats, hydrogenated fats and other cr*p like that. Nothing comparable! Eggs are also very, very good. I made a lot of research around them, and apparently they don't increae the bad cholesterol level, but they ARE a complete meal and they give you loads of great nutritions. I have 1 medium egg every morning and when I had my last blood test, my cholesterol's level was very low. Talking about eggs, I always try to have free range eggs. I buy the "Happy eggs" ones, because I live in the illusion that, stupid music aside, what they say in their ad is right and their hens are treated well. They might not really run around in adventures (LOL) but they shouldn't be caged and unhappy. It's important to me.

tip #8: READ THE LABELS, Know what you're eating. Don't just stop yourself to the number of calories or points, THINK what these calories and points are made of. Sure, 6 points are 6 points, BUT it's much better to have 6pp of salmon than a mars bar, as I said earlier. Not only because of the fat, but also because of the sugar. SUGAR is massively important while you're dieting and unfortunately WW doesn't focus on it as much as it should. For example, it's good to eat yogurts. It's good to eat 0% fat yogurts. However, most people don't realise that said 0% fat yogurts are full of sugar. Companies just compensate the absence of fat with an inflation of sugar. Now, if you think fat is the demon, you might think it's OK; but it's not. Sugar is MUCH more a demon than fat. Too much sugar creates in your body a chemical reaction that makes your pancreas produce more insulin. More insulin in your blood means that your body doesn't absorb sugar for a while and sugar is quickly stored as fat. Now I am no doctor so I dont know how to explain it better than this, but low GI diets also tell you that if you eat food with less sugar, you feel fuller for longer. An insulin peak would also stimulate your appetite making you feel hungry much quicker than if you didn't have the sugar. And worse than that, it makes you crave for bad food, sugary food, it's like a drug addiction. Please look at the sugar intake in what you eat, and not only if you're diabetic, in any case. Coing back to the yogurt example, I looked at EVERY SINGLE yogurt on the shelves here in the UK, and the ONLY yogurt that was natural, 0% fat AND with low sugar I found is Fage's Total 0%. It contains only 4g of sugar for 100g, 0g of fat and 9g of proteins, just like skimemd milk. I have 100g of it every morning, the evening before I cut a banana at half, crush it into it and put it to rest in the fridge for the night. The sugar of the banana gives a natural sweetness to the yogurt and it tastes great but I KNOW there's no added cr*p. Try it... it's worth it!

Wow... I didn't expect to write as much. I hope someone finds this lot useful. You CAN reach your goals. I thought I would never have seen the 5 as first figure of my weight in kilos... but I have and it feels amazing. I would never have thought I would fit into a size 12 (US 10), let alone a size 8 (US 6). Now I fit into a 6 (US 4)!!!!

You CAN do it! If you want, you will!!!!

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JOYFULROAD 8/22/2012 11:26AM

  thanks for writing this - you have done an amazing job and are living with the rewards - good for you - I am on the same journey, just further down the path - I'll catch up with you soon!

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NAIMATANNER 1/3/2012 3:04PM

    Thank you for sharing your tips! Congratulations on your weight loss and maintenance. You look amazing!

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/13/2011 3:34AM

    Well done for blogging. We walk at night (we have a dog) and have reflective jackets to make sure we are safe. As drivers we are aware how invisible pedestrians can be so make sure we are seen in the dark. Stay alive!

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YIWEN39 11/12/2011 7:43PM

    That's great, and very useful :-) many thanks for sharing :-)

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

I hear you, you're saying "about time!!!!". I know, I know... it's over 1 month that I've come back from my honeymoon, but I did have loads to do and especially, I returned with 18 extra lbs and I really focused on losing them. I still need to lose 5 lbs, but I'm getting there!

So... we left England on the 9th of July and head to Rome, where the plan was to spend a couple of days for my birthday and start the trip on the Monday. Actually, DH decided that he wanted to make me spend a bit more time with my family (God bless his heart!), so we stayed until Wednesday. I did enjoy spend extra time with my family, but that meant we were behind schedule and that we had "wasted" 2 days of our interrail ticket, which started on the 11th and couldn't be changed.

Anyway... we stayed in Pisa for a couple of days and enjoyed our stay a lot. DH got NEARLY drunk first time in his life after drinking half a bottle of Chianti. It was absolutely gorgeous to be in Piazza de' Miracoli on the night, the white monuments and white tower lit against the black sky were stunning.

Our plan was to move from a place to another, but because DH had the brilliant idea of taking SUPER HEAVY interrail backpacks with us rather than suitcases, we chose otherwise. We decided instead to have a base somewhere and explore the surrounding areas in the next few days and then move on. Our next base was Modena, a town that is not extremely interesting on its own, but which is close to a lot of very interesting artistic towns, like Parma, Mantova and Ferrara. we visited Modena on the first day, and on the evening I had the nice surprise that the concert of a famous Italian pop star was held near Modena, which meant that some of my friends was there in Modena as well. Funny, I hadn't had a chance to see them in Rome... BUT we met in MODENA, quite a few hundred miles away from Rome. Silly things that happen!

Anyway, next stop was Verona. I was looking forward to that, as I had always wanted to go to the Arena to watch a show. The Arena is a VERY famous amphitheatre in Verona where, during the summer, there are shows of Verdi's operas like the Aida and etc. We booked for two shows, one was Aida and the other one was Nabucco. The first day it was absolutely and utterly POURING... we feared we wouldn't have been able to watch Aida. Luckily, we had taken with us two ponchos, and we wore them. We kept them on even after the rain stopped (luckily, or, as we had been told, we wouldn't have been able to watch the show, for health and safety the singers couldn't perform with pouring rain...), as it was cold... and the ponchos just kept the body temperature right.

The following day instead the sun was shining... and Nabucco was wonderful as well. Through Verona as a base, we went to Padova, Lake Garda and we also had a sneak peek to Venice! Both Martin and I had seen Venice already, so we didn't plan to go there, but after visiting Padova we had some time so we decided to go there. That's the magic of the interrail, you're able to just hop on a train and go where the flow takes you. We had seen that we would have had two or three hours in Venice to take a few pics before taking the last train to Verona. Very bad decision... unfortunately what we didn't know was that a strike was about to start on the trainline... which meant that NO train would have departed after a certain time. we arrived in Venice and we saw a LONG queue at the Eurostar booking point, where we realised what had happened. It meant that we only had... 15 MINUTES!!!! to get the most we could out of Venice. Did we despair? NO WAY. Quickly, we ran out, went to one of the bridges, got a few pics. We started running to try to get to St Mark's square, but then we decided it was too much to ask in 15 minutes... we took another couple of pics, bought a very well deserved ice cream and ran back to the train, just on time to catch the last train back to Verona.

Now, after seeing the north of Italy, DH wanted to go to Switzerland. So i had decided that the best way to take advantage of our ticket was to go to Monza as next base, which was close to one of the most beautiful lakes in the north of Italy, lake Como, and half way through the two big towns on the lake, Como and Lecco. We spent a few days there, admiring the lake and then the plan was to get to Milan and head to Switzerland. Sadly, the prices for the hotels in Switzerland were SO expensive we quickly changed our mind. Hence, we decided to skip Switzerland: DH had decided to stay a couple of days longer in Monza, qhich had basically cut the time we could have spent in Switzerland of 1 day only anyway if we really wanted to do what wehwere planning to do. However, DH also wanted to see the mountains, that's why he wanted to be in Switzerland. Well... I knew just the place where he could see that... cheaper. I put on the reverse gear on the train journey, heading back to Verona and from there, up to Trentino, towards Brenner.

We found a GORGEOUS little hotel ran by a family that was extremely friendly in a place that will stay in DH's heart for the rest of his days, a tiny little sleepy village called Colle Isarco, or Gossensass in German (in Trentino the population speaks Italian and German, as it was Austrian territory until after the war and then it had been given to Italy for logistic reasons. In reality there's also part of the population that speaks a very unknown language called Ladino, but that's being a bit too precise with the details ;)). Anyway, in Colle Isarco we stayed around 1 week, cutting completely on the time we should have spent in Switzerland AND Austria, but DH was so happy I couldn't bear to ask him to go... we went off to excursions and in one of them, we had a bit of an adventure. The day started with the guide who was probably in a rush and started driving his car as I was still getting in, resulting in his wheel to go ON my foot. THANK CHRIST I was wearing reinforced walking boots with steel cap front! They saved my poor foot from disaster. Then, as I was a bit wobbly on my feet (well, after THAT treatment!!!!) the guide decided to LEAVE us at the height of 2450m ON OUR OWN telling us to get back down. Thanks very much... luckily we were resourceful enough, we nearly killed ourselves!!!! The view was fabulous though and I was thankful that we were on our own because that guide was in a mad rush to get to the other end of the mountain and we hadn't been able to see anything up to then.

We managed to get down though and I was glad that we arrived before the guide, as his car was still there. Now, you might think "yes, the guide went all the way down" but we had gone through a route not as steep but certainly longer than the one he had taken, and we had gone back FIRST, with NO map and no knowledge of the place. Fair play to us! To celebrate, although knackered, we decided to go to see a mine that was there, to have the paradox of having been the highest and lowest point we could in the same day. The mine was really interesting!

Then, although staying in Colle Isarco as a base, we went to Brenner for the day: another sleepy town, so sleepy and tiny that shop owners leave stuff OUT the shops during the closure day as everybody knows each other and if someone would steal anything, everybody would know. We also found a fabulous "outlet" shopping centre (factory prices) which was also having the seasonal sales. DH bought himself some timberlands boots for 45 euros, and a beautiful wind and rain proof timberlands jacket for 50 euros... and I bought myself a jacket as well. That meant that our backpack was getting bigger and bigger... but you would never find such prices in the UK!!!! Sadly they couldn't deliver stuff to the UK, because DH wanted to uy a couple of designer Italian suits. They were less than 100 euros for 2! We also "crossed the border" of Italy for the first time. Brenner is on the border, and there was a stone with "Italy" on a side and "Austria" on the other side... fun stuff! I've never seen a border like that!

The following day, we went to Innsbruck, finally getting into Austria, although we stayed one extra night in Colle Isarco. The following day, DH said goodbye to his beloved mountains, and we headed into Austria, towards Vienna. We had booked a hotel in Bratislava, which we were planning to use as a base to visit Vienna. In reality we loved Bratislava and DH didn't like Vienna. It reminded him too much of London somehow. Hence, we spent 1 day in Vienna (I brought him to see the palace and the Sissi museum) and then 3 days in Bratislava. I have mixed feelings about that town. I didn't like how "impersonal" and modernised it was. There was a part of the town called "Eurovea" which was a massive shopping centre and it seemed to be in central London... but DH thought otherwise, even if there were Debenhams, WHSmith and even marks and Spencers!!!! The euro had made everything very expensive in a similar way to the rest of Europe as well. However, we loved Bratislava as we found a beautiful 'botel', a boat turned into a hotel where we stayed for a night, and because on the last day we had a wonderful guide who taught us a lot of the Bratislavian's culture and explained to us the reason behind this modernisation, as after they came out of communism they wanted to get a fresh start and forget everything about the soviet domination, that's why they turned to Europe. However, with the medium wage at 400 euro a month, the prices in Eurovea meant that normal people weren't able to afford stuff in there except in special cases, and the centre lived mostly on tourism. It was also interesting to see the reconstruction of the Bratislava castle on a side, faced by a very modern tower from which you could have a great view of the town. That tower looked similar to the little robot Eva from the film "Wall-E" LOL!!!! We also went with that guide to the Devine castle and DH loved the view of the river surrounded by the mountains.

Anyway, that night we went on our first very long distance night journey on a couchette, going towards Poland. we arrived in Krakow the following morning, and we went to the hotel that I had booked. The place was really nice, and people were fantastic. we were treated like king and queen in a way... Krakow is a place where your money are really worth something, we managed to do a beautiful trip on a horse carriage for 25 euros (in Vienna they wanted to charge us 80 for half the time!!! of course I had said no!) , we went to a Chopin concert and we went to see Aushwitz, Birkenau and the salt mines. The first two were a very sad experience, but I'm glad we did it, as it was really worth the visit. I don't think many other places could touch me as deeply as that, the pictures on the wall of hundreds of thousands of people who diet after sometimes days of being registered there, the hair, glasses and cases of people who weren't sometimes even registered, as they were killed before even being "recruited", sadly women and small children, or the elderly or handicapped. DH bought a book about it, and I took from the Wall (the place where people were killed with rifles) a small stone to accompany DH's one, which he got the first time he went there. The salt mines were also great, it was amazing how especially the little church inside had been made all with salt.

After Poland, we had to head straight into Belgium, because our ticket was due to end the following day, and we didn't want to have to pay for a long journey. Hence, we went on a 24-hour long trip from Krakow to Brussels through Warsaw, Kohn and Amsterdam (don't ask!!!!). We arrived in Brussels absolutely knackered, but DH still managed to really like Brussels, a town that renimded him of Dublin in a way, as it's a capital town but it's kept the feeling of a small town, which he likes. We also went to a lovely place called "Little Europe" where there were reproductions of all important monuments in Europe in a scale... although there was NO ROME!!! HOW COULD THEY IGNORE MY TOWN!!!! The following day I took DH to Brugges, a small town I had visited once and fell in love with... and we bought a few laced table cloths, all hand made, as presents for ourselves and my mum. We loved Brugges... Martin understood why I wanted him to see it. Sadly we didn't manage to get into the bell tower, but we saw everything else in a day, which was amazing.

The following day our clock was slowly ticking towards the moment we would sadly need to return home... so we went directly to Hoek Van Holland, the place where we would take the boat to return to the UK. We spent the day lazily relaxing and on the night we were on the ship. WONDERFUL ferry... it gave us the feeling to be on a cruise! We enjoyed the trip, for once, nobody was checking our luggage or saying it was too heavy and asking us to pay for extra weight... no scans, nothing. Also, this was the very first time someone looked at our passports! We managed to go around all Europe without anybody even looking at it. I learnt in Little Europe that this is because the Uk hasn't signed a treaty with Europe for allowing people around the EU without checking documents. Sorry if I say it, but *SO TYPICCALLY ENGLISH!!!!*

And there we were, back to the UK and for the first time in our trip... the train was DELAYED, there were problems with the lines. Go figure!!! Not even in Poland it had been like that, in fact, in Poland we had a WONDROUS trip in a fabulous second class train where we had a lovely meal, with much higher standards than what you would have in a UK train... and the Polish night train was also very classy and comfortable. Not the English one... but never mind -_-;;;;

That was the end of the odyssey... in short, we went to wonderful places, met some lovely people, and of course I wanted to try every bit of the culture... which meant also try the food. I put on 18 lbs in 5 weeks!!! But as I said, I have lost almost all of it now, and I still think it was worth it :)

PS: I'll post more pictures tomorrow!

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My wedding day!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Yes, I know it's 3 weeks ago, but I had time only now emoticon.

I got married on the 14th of May. The day was absolutely fabulous, it went on so quickly, as if it were a dream. From the moment I woke up up to the very end I wasn't nervous at all. I had breakfast, waited for the hairdresser to come in at 11 am, then had fun being pampered with make up and hair-do... she also put some false eye-lashes on me. Then the dress was put on... (to be honest, I am so glad I chose DH's brother's fiancé as one of my bridesmaids, as I would have had serious problems to have my dress buttoned up otherwise... my mum had got directions on how to put on the ribbon on the back from the ladies in the shop but didn't pay great attention... so luckily my bridesmaid had worked in a wedding shop!!!!) and the photos started.

We went downstairs and I cut the ribbon in front of my parents' home (an Italian tradition), then we went in the limousine and head off to the church. To be honest, my only regret of the day has been to have listened too much to advice on the net and have not wanted my mum and sister in the car with me (I had read it was unlucky), because we were late and my dad didn't want to wait for my mum and my sister to park and arrive to the church... so my mum and sister missed my entrance!!! emoticon

But my dad was very good afterwards and gave me away really well. The trumpet tune by Purcell was very nice and the procession of my pageboy with the rings, flower girls, me with dad and my bridesmaids behind me holding my veil was very much appreciated by the Italian public (in Italy we don't have bridesmaids, so seeing a procession so long was quite of a surprise to them!). The ceremony was a bit on the funny side because the priest didn't give full directions to people and the Irish didn't know when to sit... and he also spoke a bit of broken Italian (he is Indian) and some of his mistakes made people smile. But he made people appreciate more my husband's effort, as DH decided to read the vows in Italian and had exercised a lot for it... so he did really well. The church also started ringing the bells after my husband said the vows, and this brought big tears to my new mother in law's eyes and a couple of her friends. That's always a sign people are enjoying the day!

Anyway... the best part of the day was during the photo shooting for me and my new husband around Rome. There was a demonstration on, and the limo's driver didnt want to stop at the Colosseum because he aid the demonstration was still there. We wanted to take pictures there and he said we would come back. However, as we were driving on the small little road at the back of the colosseum, the limo suddenly broke down! Apparently it had overheated and the battery was dead. So... the photographer said to take advantage of the situation and brought us to take pics under the colosseum. It was a real experience to walk around as everybody congratulated us and loads of tourists were taking pictures of us... my husband was wearing the Irish kilt, which probably helped because people were definitely more intrigued emoticon we felt like celebrities! Seriously, the photographer took a pictures from behind us of a group of Chinese tourists all taking a picture of us. he also took a pic of us in front of the limo which had to be jump started with the photographer's car LOL. we also took a picture in front of a bus... as if we had to get it to reach the location LOL.

The dinner went on very quickly. I haven't eaten much... I was always busy doing things and time flew for the whole evening. then there was the cutting of the cake and a little surprise by the restaurant -- the wishing balloon. Fill the balloon with hot air, make a wish and let the balloon reach the stars with it! I hope the wish becomes true because we really need it!

Then, another topic moment of the night -- my husband had to take off my garter with his MOUTH (he couldn't touch it with his hands LOL). Then we threw the bouquet and the garter... and funnily enough DH's brother AND his fiancée got both... and they'll probably marry next year... so it was accurate! emoticon. My dad did a wonderful speech... I nearly cried! And everything went smoothly, including giving the favours and the following day. My husband's mates were all still there and we spent two relaxing days, one with my family and one with his mates.

The whole experience was amazing and the memory of it will stay with me for many years to come. And it's been even thanks to Sparks if I have been able to walk down the aisle wearing a size 6 dress. Me, the lifetime's woman size 22... I felt like a princess! THANK YOU Sparks and Weight Watchers!

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    thank you very much from both of us!

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FEARLESS19 6/5/2011 5:21PM

    Congratulations!! I had a peek at the photos on your SparkPage and you look so so beautiful. I'm so glad that you had an amazing day. Wishing you and your new hubby all the best for a long and wonderful life together.

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    thank you! :)

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SENZ2001 6/4/2011 8:39PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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Wedding dress!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I nearly forgot to add a picture of me wearing my wedding dress! I certainly don't want my fiancé to see it, but I was reading the blog of a few ladies in the brides to be forum and thought -- why not? After all, as long as I don't publish this post to facebook *checks if the link is off... it is... PHIEW!* he won't be able to see it!

What do you think? :) It's now 5 weeks to the wedding, I can't wait!!! Everything is done, banns published, documents obtained and given to the priest, invitations, dinner sorted, car, etc etc... it's been so hard to get everything ready from here! Now I really hope that the 14th of May will fly on...

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MS_MANDA 4/22/2011 12:04PM

    omg I LOVE it!!!!!!!!

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    thanks guys! It does make me feel special :)

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2MCHCHKLIT 4/11/2011 10:02AM

    Absolutely beautiful!!

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ASL191 4/11/2011 3:50AM

    Gosh - you look stunning!

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SCREWIE 4/10/2011 7:56PM


Congratulations :)

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CHAR1970 4/10/2011 5:08PM

    WOW! You look amazing!

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TALLGUY42 4/10/2011 12:11PM


Best wishes!

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    It's gorgeous! You look beautiful.
Congratulations! emoticon

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