Tuesday, September 27, 2011
During the past couple of days I've spend a lot of time on Sparkpeople. I read many people's blogs, people who inspire and motivate, people who struggle to make this work, people who have just begun a journey and are anxious to see results. Each and every one of them had a thing to say, an advice to offer, a helping hand needed.
Among them there were some people - very few I'm happy to say - who blogged in order to judge and criticize. I'm not going to get into details, after all nobody judged me personally, but I would really like to express my opinion on this.
This site is a kind of social network. There are many different kinds of people here. But we all come here for a reason. To offer and receive support, inspiration, motivation, all for the same purpose. There's no need to judge other members' actions, choices and words. I've read things that I didn't agree with, either. But who am I to criticize how a person speaks, acts or thinks? If I have a different opinion, I can just share it. Everyone has their own views about life depending on the life experiences they have. They make their choices according to what they've been through.
None of us is here to judge or be judged. Instead of easily criticizing people, we should try to understand them and learn from their experience if we can. This way we'll make this journey worthwhile. Not only for our health and our body, but for our mind and soul, too.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Exactly 9 years ago!
That's how long it has been. Since this morning that I felt the most overwhelming feeling in the world which just can't be described. It doesn't have a name. It's what you feel when, for the first time, you look at your own child. It's a mixture of happiness, responsibility, love, confusion, awe, relief - just to name a few. And it's just the beginning.
They say that if someone acquires a plane, that doesn't make him a pilot. In the same way, having a baby doesn't make you a mother. Motherhood is one of the most difficult "jobs" in the world. Because you can't be given any kind of training. You learn every day by trial and error. There's no other way. You take a small baby into your hands and your job is to make a man or a woman. And the feelings become more and more. Anxiety, worries, agony, fears...
You watch them grow every single day. Time flies but you don't even realize it. Your children discover the world inch by inch through your guidance. And your heart fills with joy, pride, happiness.
You help them discover themselves and they create a character. A strong one that sometimes is not in agreement with you. And, as a human being, you react. Where did I go wrong? Questions, doubts, more worries come knocking on your door.
And throughout all these years you can't help but wondering: "Does my child love me?" Surely, you've heard many "I love you, mom" from their lips but do they really feel it? Especially when they are past the childhood phase and they are almost pre-teens or teenagers. That's when a simple word or phrase can make a mother cry like a baby...
Yesterday, I was talking with my daughter about the basketball team that she wants to join and she was telling me how much she likes this sport. Then she asked me what I really liked when I was at her age. I told her that I've always loved dancing and I still do and that back then my dream was to become a dancer. She said "Why don't you go to a dance school then?" And when I told her that it's a bit late for me now she looked deep into my eyes and said: "But, mom, this was your dream and I want you to be happy."....
Nothing more to say. Just " thank you". Thank you, God, for giving me the privilege to be a mother.
Happy 9th birthday, sweetheart! I love you with all my heart!
Monday, September 05, 2011
And I don't mean the decade, of course. I mean the weight number.
Almost 4 years ago, when I had managed to lose a lot of weight, I had gone from 90 kilos to 72. I had promised my self back then that whatever happened I would never let myself cross 79 again and would never allow the number 8 to be seen again on my scale.
Promise not kept.
About a year later, I was somewhere in between 86 and 88. And stayed there.
In September 2009 I joined SP but no matter what I did I would never fall below 85! Maybe I wasn't trying hard enough.
About two and a half months ago I decided I had to do something serious about it. I knew the problem wasn't exercise as I consistently worked out since I joined SP. The problem was food.
I kept losing throughout all summer. Some weeks slowly, some others a bit faster. The key? The food tracker! I had tried in the past to use it but it was too difficult for me as in my country the foods we eat are different, the brands are different and I had to input everything from scratch. And this time I did. It wasn't easy for me. I never liked the idea of measuring every little bit of ingredient that I used in my recipes. To tell you the truth I still don't like it as it seems kind of an obsession to me. But it worked! And that's what matters.
So, this morning at the weekly weigh-in the scale smiled at me. 79.1 kilos! The 8 was gone! I'm back into the seventies again! A total loss of 7 kilos - that's 15 pounds I think!
This time I'm going to make a different promise to myself. I promise that I'm going to keep living this healthy way all my life. No, I won't be tracking what I eat for the rest of my life - that would be insane! - but I'll keep making the same wise food choices and control my portions. Always!
And who knows? I may go into the sixties this time!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I finally found time to blog about this year's vacation. It was divided in three parts, all close to nature and away from big cities and crowded places.
First, we spend some time near the sea. And since the weather was still cold and we were brave enough to swim in cold waters, we were lucky to enjoy empty beaches!
As you can see, the weather was not completely on our side!
There were some old castle ruins nearby, so we decided to explore them.
We even found a pyramid - which was actually the roof of a house!
We also visited an area called "Polylimnio" which in Greek means "area with many lakes". And that's exactly what it is! Many small lakes in different layers of the ground, with the one pouring into the other creating small or bigger waterfalls! It was amazing! The pictures can't describe the beauty of this place. Have a look:
Then it was time for mountains! We visited our favorite place, my mountain village. We actually went there twice, in July and in August, but it was on the second time that we decided to go hiking! The top of the mountain overlooking my village was waiting for us! We set off by car, as the children wouldn't be able to walk all this distance! We drove until the end of the road and then we followed the path. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top because it was a very hot day and the girls got really tired. But we enjoyed the view from under the top!Can you make out the village in the distance?
We were so close to the top!
We also visited a monastery which was literally "hanging" among the mountains!
On the way there, we discovered amazing facts about nature. We found this beautiful lake among the mountains and we learnt from local people that when the water level in the lake falls, you can see the ruins of an old village which came down the mountain and was buried in the lake after a huge earthquake in the past! Amazing!
We also crossed a rocky river.
And found out that trees can grow on rocks! Nature always finds a way!
Well, that was all. A nice, relaxing summer has come to an end. We enjoyed the gifts of nature once again. Feelings are mixed, as autumn is my most favorite season. But I know that the long, carefree, summer days will soon be missed!
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