SparkPeople GREECE and ALL THINGS GREEK Team Messageboard Like Greece? Do you have a "Greek connection"? Well, we welcome you as we discuss Greek culture & "all things Greek!" "Pan metron ariston" - or "All things in Moderation" - Kleovoulou SparkPeople GREECE and ALL THINGS GREEK Team Messageboard Solariums and Sunscreen - be careful everyone. Well, here in Greece it sure seems that the warm days are here to stay for a while. I’m not happy as I hang out the clothes in the summer and in the winter just power through with a horrible dryer. (Really horrible but it does the job – after some hours). We are a family of exercisers. Soccer, gym, long walks, swims, hikes, and yes, those “dangerous sports in the sun” such as kayaking, paddles and spending too long on the beach. <BR> I just wanted to remind us ladies the importance of sun... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:53:25 EST Question on nutrition labels in Greece. I haven't seen any discussions for a long time and I was wondering if I could ask a question about the differences I've encountered in calories on the nutrition label of food on packages here in Greece and the nutrition labels that I see on-line on spark. <BR> <BR> Is anyone still here? Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:28:12 EST Hello everyone from Neapoli, Lakonia!! Hi there everyone, <BR> I was wondering if there were members of SparkPeople here in Greece and then I stumbled on this forum, this is great. <BR> <BR> To introduce myself My name is Elena. I'm 48. Of greek nationality but I was born and raised in Canada. I moved here with my fiance to get married in 2001. I have two kids 9 and 6. <BR> <BR> It's nice to be here and have the support from everyone on Spark. I discovered the site completely by chance on April 15, and I joined right ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:28:35 EST Sage (or &#966;&#945;&#963;&# 54;&#972;&#956;&#951 I love sage. Cooking with it, smelling it, even feeling the soft comforting leaves – and forget about its floral form. So beautiful. <BR> <BR> Cooking with Sage <BR> <BR> Sage leaves, in general, are harvested just before flowering for cooking. <BR> As you know, sage herb is one of the common ingredients in Greek, Italian, and Balkan cuisine. <BR> Here are some cooking with sage tips: <BR> • Fresh leaves (or dry) can be used in stuffing in season sausages, poultry and fish. <BR> • The h... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:30:08 EST Sage (or &#966;&#945;&#963;&# 54;&#972;&#956;&#951 Sage is my all time favorite herb, it's smell, touch and taste are wonderful to me, and in the floral stage it is beautiful. <BR> <BR> As you probably know sage herb is one of the common ingredients in Greek, Italian, and Balkan cuisine. I also think it is quite popular in the US around Christmas and Thanksgiving time. <BR> <BR> There is so much to write about sage, but here are some useful tips: <BR> <BR> Fresh leaves can be used in stuffing in season sausages, poultry and fish. Also,... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:05:21 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:55:05 EST Greek music for working out?? I'm a little disappointed that US iTunes doesn't have any selection of Greek music. (insert sad face here) Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:56:18 EST Greece's recovery - slowly but surely This article below is quite up-lifting. It talks about the tourist sector having it's best year ever. Greece is attracting tourists in massive numbers, as stated in the article, because of our increasing stabilization and (sadly) unrest is other previous touristy areas such as Egypt and Turkey. <BR> <BR> Also exciting to me is the fact that my friends' son got a job. He is an educated 25 year old man, and was looking for a job for over a year. He is not doing exactly what he wanted, but ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:04:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:56:53 EST Hello, everyone Kalispera se olous! It's been ages since I was in SparkPeople and in this team in particular but I was glad to see that things are livening up in here. Probably the only thing that gives me trouble here in SP is that I can't always find calorie info or foods that apply to the ingredients we have on hand here in Greece. So this team really helps a lot. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:10:28 EST Can we afford to ignore the elections? Well, after this past weekend voting for the Europarliment, and the previous weekends voting for local seats (mayors, governors, etc.) it is easy to see that the extremists are gaining ground. <BR> <BR> SYRIZA, a party that is opposed to fiscal responsibility to the EU, and has stated interest in returning to the Drachma (!) (which would basically evolve into Greece's extradition from the European Union), has won 24% of the vote. <BR> <BR> Much more alarming is that Xrusi Avgi (Goden Dawn... Tue, 27 May 2014 01:49:58 EST Greek TV online has cut into my workout time My mom turned my on to Brousco... these Greek series are so cheesy, and so addictive. I am thinking of upgrading my data plan just so that I can watch this stuff while I work out. Sun, 4 May 2014 18:37:34 EST I miss Greece but... I don't want to keep going back just to see relatives, there is so much beauty and glory in the homeland that t seems silly for my husband and I to fight over who's area we get to spend more time in. Besides, I'm from an island, it's more summery, what the heck are we going to do around Patra all summer? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:36:49 EST kalo pascha Kalo Pascha everyone! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:23:27 EST Greek Low Carb Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I am a 2nd generation Greek American living in Texas. I have never been to Greece but sure would love to visit someday. <BR> <BR> I am a low carber so there are some things about Greek food that I miss and that I only eat on very special occasions now. Dolmades, spanokopita, tyropita, pita bread, roasted potatoes, Avgolemono soup (because of the rice), pastitsio. But one thing I still do quite often is souvlaki and tzatziki with some roasted veggies. And of course,... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:43:13 EST Is Lamb Healthy??? <BR> There is no serious reason to not eat lamb. You will find that the nutritional value has to do with the cut of the lamb that you eat. The most lean cuts are the loin, shank and leg. These are said to be like beef and pork regarding calories and fat. So that means about 150-170 calories per 3 ounce service, with 2-3 grams of saturated fat. <BR> <BR> Just like beef, some cuts like the blade and ground lamb can be 20 to 30 calories higher per serving than beef. <BR> <BR> Lamb usually... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:50:01 EST Fasting and Your Body It's Holy Week here in Greece, which as you all know, is a time great fasting. But, what does that mean for our bodies. There are conflicting opinions on this topic, with some people believing it is absolutely necessary, especially for Americans who eat 51% of their food as processed, and others believing it slows metabolism and can cause weakness and harm. I have attached two contrasting articles below, to allow you to decide for yourself. Plus, of course, your PERSONAL experience is the... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:36:26 EST what are your exercise accompli shments? What are your exercise goals and what steps are you taking to reach them? <BR> <BR> I am by nature a "walker" but have decided to add a few minutes of running to my fitness routine. I am very excited about this challenge -- for indeed for me it is a challenge. <BR> <BR> Tell me about your challenges!! I'd love to hear them. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:49:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:11:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:57:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:39:12 EST Greek products I am making it my goal to add as many Greek Products and their nutritional information, as I can to the data base so that we don't have to guess so much. Today I am entering Papadopoulou Petit-Beurre. I hope to keep this up. If you have the time, it would be great to have someone else also entering Greek foods!Wishing you all a blessed day!! Julie Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:19:30 EST New Products Becoming Available Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a heads up that I've found flaxseed ane quinua at the local supermarket (Alfa Beta). They were in the section right after the chips (I race by that section, goodness knows I want them), where the nuts and seeds are. Also, I recently notices something looking suspiciously like quinua at our local "laiki" (farmer's market) here in Kato Glyfada. So, we are starting to get some good grains available for us and our families and all of our health! ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:04:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:49:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:31:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:21:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:26:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:08:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:54:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:56:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:35:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -24) 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:04:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:14:14 EST Happy New Year Here's hoping 2014 brings everything you wish to all Greece Team members. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 01:27:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:46:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:07:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:42:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8-14 ) QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:34:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:51:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:14:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:50:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:24:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:06:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:37:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:22:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12 ) 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:38:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:15:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:59:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:37:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:48:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7) 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:27:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31) 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:52:09 EST Sunny's blog about Greece Hello dear Greece team members <BR> I've recently started blogging about the situation in Greece, if you are interested here is the link: <link> </link> <BR> I would love to have your feedback. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:21:18 EST Kalimera kai Kalo Sas Vrika!!!!!! Kalimera sas, <BR> I have been a Spark member on and off for some time now but have recently rededicated myself to eating healthily and walking as much as I can. I was very pleased to find the Greece team as I have been living here for 30 years. The fruits and vegetables here are wonderful, I love going to market and finding things in season. I need to lose about 20 kilos and my approach is to focus on making changes and replacing bad habits for the long term. I hope we can all help and supp... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 02:32:17 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:35:57 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:41:18 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:15:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:10:38 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 -27 ) QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:21:56 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:34:49 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:17:30 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:55:02 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:34:19 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:09:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:29:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 12 -18 ) 1)The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. <BR> Pope Theodoros II <BR> <BR> 2)You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 3)In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 4)I can, of course, think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. <BR> Margrethe II of Denmark <BR> <BR> 5)The knowledge... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:54:02 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 5 -11 ) 1)It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. <BR> Emiliano Zapata <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 5)I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. <BR> Voltaire <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:35:26 EST Kalo Pascha <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>283</em> <BR> Hoping you all had a wonderful Easter, did not eat too many koulourakia, tsourekia and of course arni stin souvla! Mon, 6 May 2013 09:36:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:20:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:05:49 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:29:56 EST Spanish appreciation of Greek heritage In Spanish but with English subtitles: <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:48:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:09:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:50:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:54:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:49:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:24:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:07:47 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:48:55 EST 2013 St Valentine's Day Challenge Just under six weeks to St Valentine's Day, a good goal for a challenge. I gained a lot of weight in November and December 2012 so I started Dukan a few days ago to get rid of it quickly, will revert to Harcombe once I'm back to my previous weight, or plateau on Dukan. Here is my starting weight, if you would like to join me please copy-paste the dates into your own post. Good luck to us! <BR> Wed 2nd January 2013: 76.4kg <BR> Wed 9th Jan: <BR> Wed 16th Jan: <BR> Wed 23rd Jan: <BR> Wed 30... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:31:49 EST Kali Chronia Wishing everyone here the most wonderful 2013, with health and less weight Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:52:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:14:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:54:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:43:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:08:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:51:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:11:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:31:35 EST hi greece team my name is athena from athens ,and I am at spark people one month. <BR> I think it helps me a lot .I am happy I found other people from greece here. <BR> good luck with your goals too <em>381</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 18:21:19 EST Hello! Kalimera! I am new to this, still finding my way around the site, even though I am a member for almost a month now. I have to admit that what always disappointed me when I was on a diet was that I knew I had to keep track of everything I eat for the rest of my life if I wanted to stay fit. Sparkpeople though makes tracking seem very easy so far. And I am glad to see I am not the only Greek here! I felt sort of lonely at the beginning! <em>41</em> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:27:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:54:54 EST greece how is everyone doing <BR> hope you are all good! <BR> how are you doing with money maters??? <BR> me,,,, down down down ... <BR> no job and hubby too.... at least i still have the internet!!! <em>198</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 03:02:37 EST receipts in Greece This is food for thought for anyone visiting Greece or living in Greece: <BR> <link><BR>e-to-our-readers-spending-their.html#l<BR>inks </link> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:48:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 5-11 ) 1)A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. <BR> Ella Wheeler Wilcox <BR> <BR> 3)Always desire to learn something useful. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. <BR> Og Mandino ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:07:21 EST 15 August In case some of you are going away on holiday, I'm sending early wishes for the day. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:43:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 15 - 21 ) 1)A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man. <BR> Catherine Deneuve <BR> <BR> 2)A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. <BR> Gilbert K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 3)Action is the real measure of intelligence. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 4)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 5)An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. <BR> Albert Camus <B... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:31:49 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 8-14 ) 1)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 2)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. <BR> Robert Frost <BR> <BR> 3)A man growing old becomes a child again. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:02:51 EST Getting Myself to a Healthier, Fitter Place! I'm a girl who has always dreamed of what life would be like if I was healthier and fitter. I'm taking my steps each day to get to that point. With hard work and determination, and family and friends support, I'm willing to go the distance! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:21:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 24 -30 )_ 1)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. <BR> Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> 3)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their di... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 04:07:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 17 -23 ) 1)Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. <BR> Samuel Goldwyn <BR> <BR> 2)Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. <BR> Sir William Osler <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. <BR> Oscar Levant <BR> <BR> 4)Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry [economy]. <BR> William Shakespeare ( 'Hamlet,' Act I, Scene iii... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:20:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 10- 16) 1)A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it. <BR> Frank Howard Clark <BR> <BR> 2)A mother who is really a mother is never free. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 3)Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. <BR> Bob Filner <BR> <BR> 4)Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 5)Children that are raised in a home with... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:30:02 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 3 -9) 1)Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. <BR> Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 4)Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. <BR> Barbara Sher <BR> <BR> 5)Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for t... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:20:39 EST I'm new here. Go easy on me, OK?...LOL Hi, Everyone...Just found this site and hoping I can finally recapture my once gorgeous self here with your help...Well, "they" might not have used the word "gorgeous" in idle chat but my mind did the translation...But then reality hit...I'd been evading it for 20 years and I've finally burst out of jail - that lazy Den of Denial and here I am! .... Someone throw me a rope, please. I'm ready to face the music and do what's needed to recaputure "healthy" even if never again to be "gorgeous" !... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:33:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 27 - June 3 ) 1)Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” <BR> Indira Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2) Always use your mind and plan deep before doing an action. it is not a cowardly act to retreat in a battle, let's stay focused on a step backward to have 10 steps forward. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Courage is the di... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:50:15 EST Hey! I am The Little Mermaid. ...Ariel Hi my name is Ariel Parker, I'm 20 years old. Almost 21 in October it'll be my birthday! I'm new to Spark People, my sister told me to try out the site and see if it will help me. I've struggled for the past 2-3 years to lose weight and keep my weight under control. I am recently engaged (3 months as of today!) I love my fiance John so much! He is my world and rock, he's son has me wrapped around his little finger. John is my biggest supporter and ally, everyday he tells me that I don't have ... Sat, 19 May 2012 02:23:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 13 -19 )) 1)A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together. <BR> James H. Boren <BR> <BR> 2)A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> . <BR> 3)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 4)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never ... Wed, 16 May 2012 23:23:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 6 -12 ) 1)“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others <BR> Tibetan Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)“The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. <BR> Theodore Parker <BR> <BR> 3) I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. <BR> Paul Sweeney <BR> <BR> 4)People only see what they are prepared to see. <BR> Ralph Waldo <BR> <BR> 5) I Like this quot... Thu, 10 May 2012 21:55:20 EST Help save Greece! I know this is not the site for such topics, but Greece is going through some really tough times. A stable, thriving country is on the brinks of collapse. <BR> <BR> So I am asking those of us who love Greece and live outside of Greece, to consider buying greek products, when possible, as a way to boost the economy. Here is a site with some products. <BR> <BR> <BR> Over this past year, I have tried to buy greek products for gifts- korres cosmetics (natural a... Mon, 7 May 2012 10:07:56 EST Hi, I'm Batyam and brand new to sparkpeople I just joined this group because years ago, I lived in Thessaloniki. I loved it there, and hope to go back some day and visit my favorite haunts, Perea, Kassandra, etc. <BR> <BR> &#915;&#953;&#945; &#963;&#959;&#965; to everyone! Fri, 4 May 2012 04:55:14 EST Hi I am Sara Lee Jackson I want to make some new friends in my new city Austin, TX......and some new friends across the country...I want to get the fittest I have ever been and need support to do it. I want to run a Marathon within the next year!! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:06:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 22 -28 ) 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 3)Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. <BR> Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> 4)The world as we have created it is a pro... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:38:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 15 -21 ) 1)Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything. <BR> Paris Hilton <BR> <BR> 2)Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. <BR> Jamie Paolinetti <BR> <BR> 3) If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. <BR> Jesse Jackson <BR> <BR> 4)I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can ad... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:21:25 EST Kalo Pascha Warmest wishes to all members of the Greece team <BR> Kalo Pascha and Kali Anastasi. <BR> Enjoy the kraipali, we'll meet again in a week when all the koulouria and tsourekia are gone, to get back in shape for the summer. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 02:17:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 8 -14 ) 1)Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live. <BR> Anonynous <BR> <BR> 2)It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Be happy. It's one way of being wise. <BR> Sidonie Gab... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:12:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 1 - 7 ) 1)A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. <BR> Woodrow Wyatt <BR> <BR> 2)A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 4)No man is worth your tears, but... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:43:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 25 -31 ) 1)The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. <BR> Flannery O'Connor <BR> <BR> 2) When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. <BR> Brendan Francis <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. <BR> Maryon Pearson <BR> <BR> 5)Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:29:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 18 -24 ) 1) If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. <BR> Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> 2)The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. <BR> Chuck Palahniuk <BR> <BR> 3)Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. <... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:40:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 11 -17 ) 1)Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> 2)Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. <BR> Robert Cody <BR> <BR> 3)Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. <BR> Pope Paul VI <BR> <BR> 4)Love doesn't make the world go '... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:28:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 4-6) 1)Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. <BR> Fyodor Dostoyevsky <BR> <BR> 2) Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation. <BR> -Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 4)Admira... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:22:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 25 - March 3 ) 1) We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 2)Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies. <BR> Kofi Busia <BR> <BR> 3)Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route. <BR> Francois de La Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 4)Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 01:42:06 EST Cake Nistisimo With Lent in view, here's a quick and easy cake recipe. Not low-fat I'm afraid, but olive oil is a healthy fat, and for people watching their cholesterol intake, an added bonus it that it's also egg-free. I've given both cup and metric measures. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1990828&ff=1 </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:44:50 EST Yiasas apo ti Kalimnos Im from Ohio but my heart and roots are apo tin Kalimnos. Hope to figure this system out and loose some kila. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:17:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 5 -11 ) 1) You won't fail if you're not perfect, you'll fail if you're not committed to improving yourself slightly each day. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)We can reverse years of damage to our bodies by deciding to raise our standards for ourselves, then living differently. Old wounds heal, injuries repair, and the whole system improves with just a few changes in what we p... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 01:02:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 29 - Feb 3 ) 1)When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)What are stumbling blocks and defeat before you, can be stepping stones to victor... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:43:49 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 22 -28 ) 1)Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Persevere and you will win the prize. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)You get whatever you settle for. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)In all your adversities there lies the seeds of equivalent advantages. In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there'... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:35:31 EST my new blog<BR>/01/this-will-save-me-tons-of-money.html <BR> my new blog <BR> please come over and leave a message Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:46:13 EST Interesting Questions 7 1) What is one thing you wish you had more time for? <BR> <BR> 2)What place would you like to visit before you die? <BR> <BR> 3) What sport or hobby would you like take up? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could own the world's largest collection of anything, what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:16:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 15 -21 ) 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Tears are words the heart can't express. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish. <BR> John Jakes <BR> <BR> 4)Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the thing... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:57:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 8 -14 ) 1)Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 2)It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. <BR> Fenderx Morrie Schwartz <BR> <BR> 4)Never allow someone to be your priority while allo... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:47:13 EST Greece from the air Poor Greece has had more than its fair share of headlines, all for the wrong reasons, lately. I've just come across this beautiful video and thought I would share it to remind us of what a beautiful country it is. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Try to see how many famous sites you can recognise--list them in this thread if you like. It's long but well worth it. Enjoy! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:43:47 EST Calorie tracking for Greek recipes I was wondering if there is a way to track calories for our traditional Greek dishes, like "Ntolmades" in this site?? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:58:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 1 -7 ) 1)As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. <BR> - James Froude <BR> <BR> 2)We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. <BR> - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> 3)Every man over forty is responsible for his face. <BR> - Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and w... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:10:19 EST St Valentine's Day Challenge The next huge fagopoti on the horizon is Easter, which comes on 15th April this year in Orthodox countries, a week before that on 8th April in the Catholic calendar. That's almost 15, or 14, weeks away depending on which tradition you follow. <BR> However, that may seem interminable to some so I thought we might set ourselves an interim challenge for St Valentine's Day, which falls on a Tuesday this year and is just six weeks away. I hope you'll agree that's manageable and should help us ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 06:00:49 EST Chronia Polla Season's Greetings to all our members--I hope you are enjoying a break, perhaps a chance to be with your loved ones, and I wish everyone here the very best for the New Year. <BR> Enjoy the treats but try not to eat more than one kourabie and one melomakarono per day <em>211</em> <BR> and early in the new year I'll set up a challenge for us to lose whatever we've gained during the festive season Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:18:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 25 -31 ) 1)Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip. <BR> Gary Allan <BR> <BR> 2)There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. <BR> Larry Wilde <BR> <BR> 4) I have always though... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:49:23 EST Interesting Questions 6 <BR> 1) If you have to name the dummest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 2)If you had to name the wisest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 3) What has been the greatest disappointment of your life? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could erase fears in your life, which one would you erase first? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:43:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 18 -24 ) 1)Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. <BR> Pauline Kael <BR> <BR> 2)Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:30:02 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 11 -17 ) 1)This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 2)The state of severance of union with sorrow is known by the name of yoga. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 3)Fall with awareness and acceptance. <BR> Brian Kest <BR> <BR> 4)Woman was taken out of man; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:33:23 EST Weight Loss Questions II 1) Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes? <BR> <BR> 2). Have you addressed the big distractions in your life? <BR> <BR> 3). Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you'll lose and how quickly? <BR> . <BR> 4).Are there emotional issues connected to your weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:29:10 EST quotes of the Week ( Dec 4 -10 ) 1)Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. <BR> - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> 2)Love is more than a noun -- it is a verb; it is more than a feeling -- it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing. <BR> - William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> 3)Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings. <BR> Alice Miller <BR> <BR> 4)One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of c... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 21:06:19 EST Interesting Questions 5 1)Who do you feel the closest to? <BR> <BR> 2) What was your most joyous experience as a child? <BR> <BR> 3) What offenses do you find the most difficult to forgive? <BR> <BR> 4) What do you regret the most? <BR> <BR> 5) Who inspires you the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 03:23:46 EST chihuahua!!! does anyone know were i can find a free chihuahua puppy in greece???? Mon, 5 Dec 2011 02:56:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 27 - Dec 3 ) 1)Never fight with an ugly person - they have nothing to lose! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Ugliness is superior to beauty because it lasts. <BR> Serge Gainsbourg <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful whose toes you step on today because they might be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow! <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental,... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:35:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 20 -26 ) 1)A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting. <BR> Helen Rowland <BR> <BR> 2)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 3)Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. <BR> Julius Charles Hare <BR> <BR> 4)Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. <BR> Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> 5)Belief is the death of intelligence. <BR> Robert Anton Wilson <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:51:14 EST Interesting Questions 4 1)How are we , as parents, helping our kids get ready for life on their own? <BR> <BR> 2) Your opinion on the approach we take nowadays on disciplining our children. <BR> <BR> 3) How did you handle the " empty-nest"syndrome? ( or how do you think you will someday if your kids are sttill at home) <BR> <BR> 4) How does TV affect our lives today? <BR> <BR> 5) How would you occupy yourself if you had to go without TV for one day? <BR> <BR> 6) How could you make this year's Thanksgiving celeb... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:32:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 13 - 19 ) 1)The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours. <BR> -Peggy Fleming <BR> <BR> 2)You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it. <BR> Swedish Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)In ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:04:31 EST Questions on Weight 2 1) Do you look at your "before" and "after" pictures often? What do you think when you do? <BR> <BR> 2)What kinds of food -do you think- make you gain weight? <BR> <BR> 3) What has worked for you in losing weight? <BR> <BR> 4) What strategy do you follow when you reach a plateau? <BR> <BR> 5)How many calories do you eat a day? If on Weight Watchers how many points? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:45:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 6 -12 ) 1)Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others. <BR> - Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> 2)He who can lick can bite. <BR> - French Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason. <BR> - Mason Cooley <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothin... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:37:28 EST Interesting Questions 3 1) What in your life today brings you the greatest sense of joy and fulfillment? <BR> <BR> 2)if you could relive any year in your life - without changing a thing- which year would you choose? <BR> <BR> 3)If you could be the President of the United States for one day, what's the first thing you would do? <BR> <BR> 4)What's one of the most adventurous things you've ever done? <BR> <BR> 5)What were your parents' favorite TV shows when you were growing up? <BR> <BR> 6)If you could spend one ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 01:28:55 EST greece... what and why.. you are cooking today today i'm making for lunch potatoes in lemon sauce <BR> patates lemonates <BR> why??? <BR> because it is one of the ingredient's my mother sent over... <BR> greek kitchens are running out of food... <BR> my fridge was never never so empty Fri, 4 Nov 2011 04:00:16 EST Questions on Weight 1) Is your weight affecting your health? <BR> <BR> 2)Could your extra weight be caused by a medical condition or medication" Explain <BR> <BR> 3)What's a good goal weight for you? <BR> <BR> 4)How much do you exercise a day? <BR> <BR> 5) What dietary changes have you made? <BR> <BR> 6) State some reasons why you think you are NOT losing weight <BR> <BR> 7)What is best in your opinion: to lose inches or to lose fat? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:21:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 30 -Nov 5 ) 1)Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object. <BR> - Joseph Addison <BR> <BR> 2)Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. <BR> - Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> 3)If I try to be like him, who will be like me? <BR> - Yiddish proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. <BR> - Jean-Jacques Rousseau <BR> <BR> 5)Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. <BR> - N... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:14:48 EST Tip from Dr. Oz I saw on Oprah one day... Dr. Oz mentioned that before your meal.. dipping your bread in a little oil (olive oil)... this was to help curb the appetite... and at that point I didn't hear much else he said because my thought was.... <BR> <BR> Hey! Greeks been doing that for ages!! little bowl of olive oil, oregano & lemon juice - dip the bread & delish! <BR> <BR> Some time after moving to Thessaloniki, I was to meet a friend at the Kitchen Bar (restaurant), while waiting for my friend, my w... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:40:59 EST Interesting Questions 2 1) Which holiday do you enjoy the most? Why? <BR> <BR> 2) What are you currently looking forward to? <BR> <BR> 3) Which hobby of yours fo you enjoy the most? Why? <BR> <BR> 4) When was the last time something exciting happened to your life? Explain <BR> <BR> 5) What is your idea of a relly relaxed evening? Explain <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:09:00 EST Interesting Questions 1) What is your favorite dessert to order in a restaurant? <BR> <BR> 2)What is one day you would love to live over again? <BR> <BR> 3)What was the best meal youever had in a restaurant and what was the name of the reastaurant? <BR> <BR> 4)What is your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:24:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 23 -29 ) 1)We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire. <BR> - La Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)For fools admire, but men of sense approve. <BR> - Alexander Pope <BR> <BR> 3)All philosophy in two words, - sustain and abstain. <BR> - Epictetus <BR> <BR> 4)If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks. <BR> - Seneca <BR> <BR> 5)I praise loudly; I blame softly. <BR> - Catherine II <BR> <BR> 6)As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, f... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:10:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 16 -22 ) 1)Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you have not committed. <BR> - Anthony Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Poor Mexico, so far from God and so near to the United States. <BR> - Porfirio Diaz <BR> <BR> 3)Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship. <BR> - Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 4)Imagination is the eye of the soul. <BR> - Joseph Joubert <BR> <BR> 5)If you would wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:26:45 EST Fast food consumption is on the rise in Greece. This is a sad fact, and a result of our floundering economy. My brother in law has gained 35 kilos in the past year alone because it is cheaper for him to eat at Goody's or whatever other fast food chains exist in Greece than at someplace nice or even at home. <BR> <BR> PUT THE DRAKOULINIA DOWN AND GO FOR A SWIM, RE FILE! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:56:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 9 -15 ) 1)The most important thing about power is to make sure you don't have to use it. <BR> Edwin Land <BR> <BR> 2)I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not <BR> Lucille Ball <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result. <BR> Robert G Ingersoll <BR> <BR> 4)They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning. <BR> Clint Eastwood <BR> <BR> 5)Believe in yourself, never give up ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:47:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 2 - 8 ) 1)A man growing old becomes a child again. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 2)Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 3)A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. <BR> Adlai E. Stevenson <BR> <BR> 4)A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> <BR> 5)All marriages are happy. ... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:31:32 EST End of the year goals Now that summer ended, it feels that it is harder to remain active. <BR> I would like to keep myself acountable by setting goals, and invite my fellow Greeks to join in. <BR> <BR> October 1st Wt: 155 lbs (70.5 kg) <BR> Goal weight by December 31st 145 lbs (66 kg) <BR> Goal exercise: at least 2 hours per week <BR> <BR> Anna Sat, 1 Oct 2011 22:12:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 25 - Oct 1 ) <BR> 1)Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. <BR> Don Galer <BR> <BR> 2)You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients. <BR> Julia Child <BR> <BR> 3)Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital. <BR> Kelly Barton <BR> <BR> 4)t is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. <BR> Richard Braunstein <BR> <BR> 5)A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:16:09 EST Slimming Institute diet plan I've just posted the eating plan I got from the dietician at the slimming institute I attend. It's based on Greek foods and the Mediterranean Diet. It's on my page, blog entry with same title, here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500896 </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:34:17 EST Quotes of the Week (Sept 18-24 ) 1)There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. <BR> - Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise. <BR> - Jean Paul Richter <BR> <BR> 3)A hungry man is not a free man. <BR> - Adlai Stevenson <BR> <BR> 4)If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner. <BR> - H. S. Leigh <BR> <BR> 5)It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies. <BR> - Goethe <BR> <BR> 6)When a man opens the car door for his wife, i... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:39:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 11-17 ) <BR> 1)Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. <BR> Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> 2)Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out. <BR> Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> 3)A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. <BR> Andre Maurois <BR> <BR> 4)The three P's of success: passion, persistence and patience. <BR> Doug Bronson <BR> <BR> 5)We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared. <BR> Edward Dahlberg <BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:51:07 EST 5K Marathon on November 13th As some of you may know the next Athens Marathon race will be taking place on November 13th. There are going to be 5k and 10k races apart from the full Marathon. I thought that it would be a nice idea if us Greek sparkers made it a date to participate this year regardless of whether we actually ran the full 5k or not. It would be good for us on more levels than one to meet up on the day of the race, have fun running/walking together and then perhaps spend some time over a coffee afterwards. <... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 07:59:58 EST Quotes on Greece 1)In Greece wise men speak and fools decide. <BR> George Santayana <BR> <BR> 2)In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece. <BR> Nia Vardalos <BR> <BR> 3)e center of Western culture is Greece, and we have never lost our ties with the architectural concepts of that ancient civilization. <BR> Stephen Gardiner <BR> <BR> 4)The fashions of the ages vary in this direction and that, but they vary for the most part from a central road which was struck out by the imagination ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 11:57:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 4 -10 ) 1)The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. <BR> - Dante Alighieri <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control. <BR> - Arthur Schopenhauer <BR> <BR> 3)All husbands are alike, but they have different faces so you can tell them apart. <BR> - Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind. <BR> - French Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)What... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 05:22:26 EST kalo fthinioporo Though it was 36 oC in the centre of Athens yesterday and it's hard to think of autumn yet, I am wishing everyone here Kalo Fthinoporo, except any lucky ones who are still on Summer vacations. <BR> For the rest of us, kefalia mesa and let's attack any weight gained from holiday excesses (ice cream? beer? fried kalamarakia at the seaside taverna?) before it settles on our hips for good. <BR> The weather is still warm enough to go for long walks outdoors and to enjoy salads and light meals, f... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 03:10:13 EST Quotes of the Week (Aug 28 -Sept 3 ) 1)It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. <BR> Sally Field <BR> <BR> 2)If you don’t ask because you might be refused, you’ve already refused yourself. <BR> Nisandeh Neta <BR> <BR> 3)The mind should dance with the body, and the whole universe is your stage. Try to feel that whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing, the prettiest dance, because you are dancing with the whole Universe. <BR> Yogi Bhajan <BR> <BR> 4)Pay no attention to what the critics ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:54:44 EST Quotes of the Week (Aug 21 -27) 1)No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. <BR> -African Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning. <BR> -American Indian Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates ex... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:09:21 EST Quotes of the Week (Aug 7 -13 ) 1)I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine <BR> Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> 2)Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 3)You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk? <BR> Clint Eastwood <BR> <BR> 4)After a certain age, you get the face you deserve. <BR> Joan Collins <BR> <BR> 5)Age is just a number. It's totally irrel... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 07:53:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 31- Aug 6 ) 1)You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. <BR> -Pearl Buck <BR> <BR> 2)Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. <BR> -Yiddish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Gossip is nature's telephone. <BR> -Sholom Aleichem <BR> <BR> 5)While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, i... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 03:30:26 EST The Greek Doctor's Diet Team Hi Everyone <BR> I've just started a Spark Team for The Greek Doctor's Diet. (I summarised it here a while ago, the summary is also on the new team.) Please join me there! Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:28:57 EST Anyone kicking the Soda habit? This is the third time since I have joined sparkpeople that I am trying to do this. Day 3 and an going through serious caffeine withdrawal. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I am eating much less now that I am sticking to water and ... ksefouskosa ligaki. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:01:35 EST Has anyone seen the Kalofagas website? <BR> <BR> most of the recipes are adaptable to whatever food plan you are on, because, let's face it... Greek cooking is often synonymous with grease, especially here in the states. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:00:01 EST Yia Sas Oloi!! Hello everyone! My name is Phyllis. I was so excited to see that this team existed. I live in Vancouver, Canada (born and raised here by my loving Greek parents). I am married and have three children. It has been seventeen years since my last visit to Greece and I miss it so much. Although I don't think I can make it to any get togethers in Greece (haha), I look forward to "seeing" you online. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day <em>479</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:36:12 EST Days we COUNT, days we EXERCISE (per week) I was thinking that sometimes we fail because we go a little overboard (not a lot) and don't really know it (because we dont exactly count calories) or weeks pass and we havent done at least the minimum exercise (say 30 min / 3 times a week)! <BR> So I figured to start monitor the days I really monitor to see how much I am really doing. My ultimate goal as far as calories go is to have 6 right days (that means counting everything even mustard, even diet coke!) and one free from guilt day. Als... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:06:20 EST 4th of July What are your plans for the 4th? <BR> <BR> Give us your best barbecue sauce recipe and tell us what you will eat on that day.. <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:43:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 3 -9 ) <BR> 1) How do I change? <BR> If I feel depressed I will sing. <BR> If I feel sad I will laugh. <BR> If I feel ill I will double my labour. <BR> If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. <BR> If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. <BR> If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. <BR> If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. <BR> If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. <BR> If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. <BR> Today I will be the master of my em... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:20:44 EST Recipe What is your favorite recipe? Please share it with us. It could be for any meal of the day. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 03:54:44 EST Dr Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet I do recommend that you read Dr Fuhrman's book to understand the science behind this dietary approach, as I'm sure you'll find it adds to your motivation. However, for those who want to see whether this is for them before investing in the book, here is the basic six-week plan (p198 in the book): <BR> Unlimited: <BR> all raw vegetables--minimum 500g daily <BR> cooked green vegetables--minimum 500g daily <BR> legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas etc, and occasionally tofu)--minimum 250g daily <B... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:42:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 26 - July 2 ) 1) He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Many lick before they bite. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. <BR> George Chapman <BR> <BR> 5)He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> 6)A flatterer is one who says things to your face t... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:35:35 EST salata me fasolakia mayromatila/ black eyed beans This is a really easy bean salad dish, very healthy, and everybody loves it. <BR> <BR> 1 cup of dry black eyed beans (180 kcals) <BR> 50 ml olive oil (450 kcals) <BR> 25 ml balsamic vinegar (24 kcals) <BR> onion <BR> parsley <BR> salt. <BR> <BR> I boil the black eyed beans, and unlike most other dried beans they are soft within 45 minutes. I cut the onion, parsley and add the sressing. I leave them in the fridge overnight, and by the next day it is a nice salad with more than 6 servings. ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:20:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 19 -25 ) 1) The right diet directs sexual energy into the parts that matter. <BR> Engr-Barbara Cartland <BR> <BR> 2) It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears. <BR> Cato The Elder <BR> <BR> 3)The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life. <BR> Cyril Connolly <BR> <BR> 4) I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people. <BR> Rodney Dangerfield <BR> <BR> 5)More die in the United States from too much food that from too little. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:45:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 12 -18 ) <BR> 1) Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste. <BR> Lucille Ball <BR> <BR> 2) The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Ability is of little account without opportunity. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 4)Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <B... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:31:57 EST Quote on Life ( Wonderful !!!!!!!) WHAT IS LIFE? <BR> Life is an Adventure ... Dare it <BR> Life is a Beauty ... Praise it <BR> Life is a Challenge ... Meet it <BR> Life is a Duty ... Perform it <BR> Life is a Love ... Enjoy it <BR> Life is a Tragedy ... Face it <BR> Life is a Struggle ... Fight it <BR> Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it <BR> Life is a Game ... Play it <BR> Life is a Gift ... Accept it <BR> Life is a Journey ... Complete it <BR> Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it <BR> Life is a Goal ... Achieve it <BR> Life is an O... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 05:34:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 5 -11 ) 1) What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 05:26:58 EST avon greece<BR>002538726986 <BR> yep that;s me <BR> if you need to shop why not at me <BR> i'll send everything by mail taxydromio <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:49:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 31 -June 6 ) 1)Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. <BR> Berthold Auerbach <BR> <BR> 2)Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. <BR> Ghandi <BR> <BR> 3)All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation. <BR> Henry Reed <BR> <BR> 4)As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 5)There is always a w... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 05:41:27 EST The name is Bond...Jenny Bond Hi everyone <BR> <BR> <BR> My name is Bond...Jenny Bond, agent 000 and I have the license to speak out and seek help/support/encouragement from SparkPeople in order to accomplish my ultimate mission: lose weight, become and remain healthy and fit <em>9</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 27 May 2011 07:25:08 EST Local Foods Turkey <BR> I was reading an expat blog, a gal in Istanbul says she always brings many jars of peanut butter with her. No peanut butter in Turkey? <BR> <BR> I realize, no pork. No baby back ribs, sausage or bacon. We have the more healthy chicken sausage and bacon although I don't care for it. Do they have chicken sausage in Turkey? <BR> I was told, my groceries will be delivered, since according to those I've spoken to driving is out, unless you have nerves of steel (which I don't). I guess it wo... Fri, 27 May 2011 01:22:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 22 -28 ) 1)The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)Sad are only those who understand <BR> Arab Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)'Dont waste a minute being unhappy. If one window closes - run <BR> to the next window - or break down a door. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. <BR> Euripides... Tue, 24 May 2011 16:43:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 8 -14 ) 1) Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art, rather than a science. <BR> Bruno Bettelheim <BR> <BR> 2) Be nice to your kids. They chooseyour nursing home. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Do not take lifetoo seriously. You willnever get out of it alive. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> 4) Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. <BR> Kirkergaard <BR> <BR> 5) Life is the greatest of all bargains: you get it for nothing. <BR> Yiddish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Don't wa... Fri, 13 May 2011 00:30:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 1-7) 1) The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we therefore take care of our house so that it doesn't fall into ruins? <BR> Philo <BR> <BR> 2)A man too busy to takecare of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. <BR> Spanish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Healing in its fullest sense requires looking into our hearts and expanding our ewareness of who we are, <BR> Mitchell Gaynor <BR> <BR> 4) Our greatst healer is sitting under our nose, moving in and out: our breath. <BR> Jacku... Fri, 13 May 2011 00:01:30 EST hello - merhaba - &#947;&#949; &#953;&#940; &#963; I'm in the US (Wa State to be exact) and will be going on an extended visit to Turkey late next year. While there I hope to visit visit Greece. <BR> <BR> I'll have my US Passport of course, and a Turkish visa to enter Turkey, I wonder if anyone here knows if I can just ferry or fly on over to Greece from Turkey with no problems? <BR> <BR> I know I could fly from the US to Greece with just my Passport, no visa necessary, but will that be the same coming in from Turkey? <BR> <BR> It's my fir... Thu, 12 May 2011 20:22:13 EST what are you cooking today? well i'm cooking manestra me kima for me and the kids <BR> and macaroni ans meat sauce for hubby. <BR> for dinner we will see. <BR> making lots of manestra , hope there is some left for dinner! <em>211</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 01:10:49 EST step one throw away the damn patates I made fried potatoes for the twins this afternoon and there were some left... I was sooo tempted because the oil in the fryer was fresh and I used an herbed salt.... but I threw away the extra! This is something I wouldn't even have considered a couple of weeks ago, but since the potatoes were beckoning me, I thought it was the right thing to do. Sun, 1 May 2011 15:01:38 EST kalo mina Happy Mayday <BR> Don't forget to join our Challenge, which starts today! Sun, 1 May 2011 00:19:11 EST Quotes of the Week (April 2-30 ) 1)A boxer's diet should be low in fat and high in proteins and sugar. Therefore you should eat plenty of lean meat, milk, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit and ice cream for sugar. <BR> Gene Tunney <BR> <BR> 2)A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying long-time-no-see. <BR> Phyllis Battelle <BR> <BR> 3)A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. <BR> Elbe... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:22:28 EST The Greek Doctor's Diet Since this is the Greece team it's appropriate to start this forum with a Greek diet. This one was developed by Dr Fedon Alexander Lindberg, born and educated in Greece but now living in Norway. He has written several books, and there is also a cookery book. I've bought my books in English but a couple are also available in Greek. He is an endocrinologist, with a family history of diabetes, and his plan is based on low GI/GL (glycaemic index, glycaemic load) principles. (I'll explain tho... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 01:52:27 EST Diet Plans At the moment I'm trying to decide which plan to follow for our challenge, and I thought it might be useful for all of us if we were to share the basic outline of the diet plan we are following, and/or of plans we have tried in the past, with comments about pros and cons. This would then also give others the opportunity to ask questions from someone who has actually tried a particular plan. <BR> For ease of reference it might be best to start a new thread for each different diet plan, rather... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 01:15:49 EST Summer Hot Bods Easter has come and gone, and if you're anything like me you've probably enjoyed lots of food and drink and maybe regained some of the kilos/pounds laboriously lost so far. Personally I find I need the occasional break from dieting. Let's look on the bright side, that weight will come off again quickly if we attack it immediately before it gets a chance to settle comfortably back on our hips/thighs/tummies. Another plus, we've all had a chance to indulge in things we've denied ourselves fo... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 03:21:31 EST Chronia Polla Wishing all Greece Team members Chronia Polla, Christos Anesti. Sorry this is late but I was away for a holiday with relatives in the north of Greece, Nomos Imatheias, in Alexandria, a small town near Veria. <BR> For Easter Sunday they eat bitsivisi. It's lamb stuffed with rice, spring onions, dill and mint. The huge baking tins are placed in a preheated outdoor oven (our relatives have one so big that several other families bake theirs there as well) which is then sealed with bricks and m... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 02:46:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 17 -23 ) <BR> 1) If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion. ~ <BR> Ashleigh Brilliant <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. <BR> Shirley Abbott <BR> <BR> 3)The first recipe of happiness - avoid too lengthy meditations on the past. <BR> Andre Maurois <BR> <BR> 4)We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:54:18 EST Gemista and spanakorizo with brown rice.. can it be done? I tried gemista with brown rice and they were just mushy! DIS-gusting. I usually use regular basmati rice... am going back to that. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:55:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 10-16 ) 1)The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. <BR> Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> 2)A vigorous 5-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine ans psychology in the world. <BR> Paul Dudley White <BR> <BR> 3)You can't lose weight without exercise. But I' ve got a philosophy about exercise: I don't think youshould punish your legs for something your mouth did. Drag your lips around the block once ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:06:40 EST earthquakes how many are we having each day in greece? <BR> april seems not to be our month! <BR> any good web site so i can see were exacly they are happening and when and how big ? <BR> thank you in advance <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 12:38:30 EST Favorites I am looking for some amazing stories about Greece. I haven't gone yet, and I could use some ideas of things to see, do, and places to be. I was hoping everyone could share their stories from Greece to kind of help me out! Thanks!! <BR> Shanna Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:03:00 EST made it first place . woo hoo even if it is one da Overall Individual Leaderboard <BR> GREECE <BR> <BR> Your April Points: 577 <BR> Your April Rank: 1 Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:50:37 EST I'm new! So, I'm new to the group. I haven't been to greece (yet!), but I'm planning on going there in (tentatively) april of 2012. I would love to have people share their EVERYTHING about Greece. Favorite places, sights, eateries, beaches. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. I want to spend at least a month there, so any information I can absorb will be amazingly helpful!! <BR> Thanks! <em>647</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 01:56:31 EST Easy Bougatsa I've just added a recipe to my Spark Cookbook. <BR><BR>dit.asp?id=274685 <BR> Please tell me if the link is enough or if you prefer me to copy the recipe here. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 07:35:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 3 -9 ) 1)Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else. <BR> Jean Kerr <BR> <BR> 2) My parents want me to get married. They don't care who anymore as long as he doesn't have a pierced ear, that's all they care about. I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. <BR> Rita Rudner <BR> <BR> 3)Death is... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 23:38:37 EST I miss Kos, but... Every time we go back, my husband finds a reason for us to spend the majority of the time in Aigion. I have a house near the ocean in Kefalos, probably one of the cleanest beach towns if the Dodecanessa and Aigion is just so noisy! I hope this summer will be different with the Christening of my nephew Heracles. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:17:42 EST kalo mina Kalo mina Everyone <BR> Hope you didn't get caught by too many April Fool pranks! <em>20</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:37:05 EST stores in athens? looking for stores in athens <BR> sport stores that also have a web page <BR> the only one i know is extreme store <BR> if you know any else i would love it <BR> thank you Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:12:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 27- April 2 ) 1) There's always someting ( From Saturday Night Live) <BR> Gilda Radner <BR> <BR> 2) Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change. <BR> Schiller <BR> <BR> 3)The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. <BR> Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> 4)When you're first single you're so optimistic. At the beginning, you're like: " I want to meet a guy who's really smart, really sweet, r... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 00:15:31 EST Geia Sas! Nice to see another Greek-themed Spark Team! I am a proud Greek-American, and an on-again, off-again sparker... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:17:38 EST New Geia sas everyone! My name is Anna and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I was born in Greece and moved to Michigan with my family when I was 3. I have lived in CO for the past 6½ years after getting married to my amazing (English) husband. I have a son named Maximus (Maximos in Greek) and we are expecting our second sweet little child, a girl (Naomi), at the end of July. I am glad to have found this team! :) Kalh sas mera! ;) Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:01:22 EST pre-Easter Challenge Easter is on 24th April, and this year the Greek Orthodox and Catholic dates happen to coincide so it's very convenient for all of us, whether we live in Greece or elsewhere. <BR> I realise that only leaves us 25 clear days but as you know, I've only just started as team leader, and there's still a lot we can do in 25 days so we can look our very best on this special day. <BR> If you are a practising Orthodox but have not yet started the Nisteia, this would be a good time and at the same ti... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:19:18 EST Strawberry Liqueur Strawberry Liqueur <BR> Submitted by: SUNNY112358 (from Sunny's Spark cookbook) <BR> <BR> Serve chilled or on crushed ice. <BR> Makes great gifts! <BR> <BR> 35 Minutes to Prepare and Cook <BR> <BR> Tags <BR> Desserts | Party | Party Desserts | <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 kg fresh strawberries <BR> 1 kg granulated sugar <BR> 1 L tsikoudhia or tsipouro, grappa, vodka, white rum etc <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> Makes c 2L, c50 servings. <BR> 'Wash strawber... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:43:33 EST Alexandrian Cabbage Salad Alexandrian Cabbage Salad <BR> Submitted by: SUNNY112358 (from Sunny's Spark cookbook) <BR> <BR> I have this recipe from a relative who lives in the north of Greece. She lives in a town called Alexandria, which is half an hour's drive from the royal palace at Pella and the tomb of Alexander the Great's father and son at Vergina, but because of the dispute over the name Macedonia I've chosen to call this salad Alexandrian. She always has a big tub of this ready chopped in the fridge, and at e... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:38:55 EST Yuvarlakia (Greek meatball soup) Yuvarlakia (Greek meatball soup) <BR> Submitted by: SUNNY112358 (from Sunny's Spark cookbook) <BR> <BR> A frugal way of making a little meat feed more mouths. One of Son's favourite dishes, this is popular in winter in Greece. <BR> <BR> 60 Minutes to Prepare and Cook <BR> <BR> Tags <BR> Beef/Pork | Other | Other Beef/Pork | Dinner | Beef/Pork Dinner | <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 L water <BR> 1 onion, finely chopped <BR> 2 Tbsp chopped parsley <BR> 500... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:36:17 EST Kourou pastry (with olive oil) (from my Spark Cookbook) <BR> Kourou Pastry (with olive oil) <BR> Submitted by: SUNNY112358 <BR> <BR> This Greek pastry (not to be confused with the paper-thin phyllo) is usually made with margarine but I've worked out a healthier version with olive oil. Easy, pliable short-crust pastry which does not need to rest before being used. Can be filled with cheese or whatever takes your fancy. Count based on yield when rolled thin and cut into 12cm rounds for small individual pies. Can also be rol... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:33:03 EST 100th member!!! Our Greece team has just grown to 100 members. Please join me in welcoming Kathy1115 for making this milestone happen. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:29:09 EST Quotes of the Week Hi Travelfan <BR> I've started this new sticky thread just for you! <BR> thank you so much for your tireless contributions, please keep inspiring us <BR> Sunny Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:27:49 EST Greek Independenc Day HAPPY MARCH 25TH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Independence Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 00:21:18 EST Crunchy batter for bakaliaro tiganito I know that bakaliaro tiganito with skordhalia hardly counts as a diet food, but 25th March only comes once a year so if you're going to indulge here's a tip to make the batter extra crunchy: <BR> Use very cold water. Add one sfinaki of tsikoudhia, tsipouro or even ouzo and reduce the water accordingly. Sift the flour onto the water/tsikoudhia mix and stir in lightly. Don't worry about a few little lumps, it's best not to overmix, or the batter will become tough like bread dough. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 01:12:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 20 -26 ) 1) Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age, but only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> Abigail Van Buren <BR> <BR> 2)You can't help getting older but you don't have to get old. <BR> George Burns <BR> <BR> 3)Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 4)You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:41:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 13 -19 ) <BR> 1)Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 5)Th... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:03:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 6 -12 ) 1)Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 5)The secr... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:00:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 6 -12 ) 1)When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? <BR> G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 2)If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. <BR> Robert Quillen <BR> <BR> 3)To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. <BR> e.e.... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 00:18:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 20-26 ) 1)The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. <BR> David Brinkley <BR> <BR> 3)Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. <BR> Edgard Varese <BR> <BR> 4)I can wi... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:56:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 13 -19 ) <BR> 1)Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! <BR> Thomas Hood <BR> <BR> 2)Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction. <BR> Antoine de Saint-Exupéry <BR> <BR> 3)Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> 4)I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler com... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:03:17 EST come join me<BR>/02/how-to-save-money-greek-way.html?s<BR>pref=bl <BR> starting a blog about greeks and the way we were and the way we are and about frugal living <BR> come join me <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:42:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 6 -12 ) <BR> 1) I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Jane Wagner <BR> <BR> 2)Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses. <BR> Proverb of Unknown Origin <BR> <BR> 3)I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it. <BR> Wilson Mizner <BR> <BR> 4)Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. <BR> George Chapman <BR> <BR> 5)It took me a long time not... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:54:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 30 - Feb 5 ) <BR> 1) No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. <BR> John Donne <BR> <BR> 2) The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~ <BR> James Bryce <BR> <BR> 3)There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. <BR> G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 4)With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back. <BR> Russian Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)Trut... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:18:14 EST Hello! <em>213</em> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:55:57 EST New Username! RLOBSTER is now Kareta-Kareta! <em>102</em> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:20:26 EST Hello everyone.! I am happy to a member . <em>41</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:58:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 23 -29 ) <BR> QUOTES ON SPEAKING <BR> <BR> 1) To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. <BR> Ben Jonson <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. <BR> Earl Wilson <BR> <BR> 3)The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much. <BR> Germain G. Glien <BR> <BR> 4)By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 5)The trouble with talking too fast is you ma... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:56:40 EST Let's start with the fun ones! Lets start with the indulgent recipes. They don't have to be Greek, but something sinfully delicious that we all know we just have to save some calories for at the end of the day. Feel free to post the actual recipe or even just the name of the food. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:51:57 EST A tanning package and a new outfit. These are common rewards I have noticed while browsing through Spark but what have you decided to reward yourself with? Or have you decided on a reward? <BR> <BR> Maybe that long awaited trip to the Greek Isles...? :D Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:49:48 EST How do you stay motivated? What are some of your best secrets for success? Do you have a picture of yourself at a lighter weight? The perfect dress in the ideal size? Children to take care of? Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:47:59 EST Zito E Ellas! Hey there everyone! I am very happy to be here! Im Lily. I am 22 and half Greek on my mothers side. I hope everyone is as pumped as I am to work as a team to motivate and inspire each other. With that, lets get this show on the road! Get some team goals together and kick this off! :D Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:25:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 16 -22 ) <BR> 1)Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. <BR> Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy <BR> <BR> 2)You must be the change you wish to see in the world. <BR> Mahatma Ghandi <BR> <BR> 3)Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you hav... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:14:59 EST hi again hi again with a new account! <BR> i'm magdalini el <BR> i wasn't able to log in my other account for weeks, <BR> so i started from 0 again <BR> now what i want to ask is , <BR> how are you doing with the economics going nuts? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:29:49 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 9 -15 ) <BR> 1)Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. <BR> Antoine de Saint-Exupery <BR> <BR> 2)Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. <BR> Sicilian Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. <BR> Arnold Glasow <BR> <BR> 5)When you realize you've made a mistak... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:12:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 2 - 8 ) 1)Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see. <BR> George W. Russell <BR> <BR> 2)It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. <BR> Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> 4)Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 5)Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. <BR> Astrid Alauda <BR> ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:14:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16 - Jan 1 ) <BR> 1)Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. <BR> Dan Heist <BR> <BR> 4) Keep your words soft and t... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 21:51:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 19 -25 ) <BR> 1)Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home. <BR> Carol Nelson <BR> <BR> 2)When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. <BR> Chi Chi Rodriguez <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job. <BR> Ella Harris <BR> <BR> 4)Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. <BR> J.K. Rowling <BR> <BR> 5)The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corn... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:25:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 12 -18 ) 1)Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. <BR> Don Marquis <BR> <BR> 2)God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" <BR> William A. Ward <BR> <BR> 3)People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. <BR> Leo J. Burke <BR> <BR> 4)Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~ <BR> rom a headstone in Ireland <BR> <BR> 5)We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and w... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:20:56 EST Quotes of the Week (Dec 5 -11 ) 1)Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. <BR> Anthony J. D'Angelo <BR> <BR> 3)me persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions. <BR> Brendan Francis <BR> <BR> 4)The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 5)Try again. Fail again. Fail better. <BR> Samuel Beckett <BR>... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:56:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 21 -27 ) 1)Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. <BR> E.P. Powell <BR> <BR> 2)There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. <BR> Josh Billings <BR> <BR> 3)Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. <BR> Doug Larson <BR> <BR> 4)I love being married. It's so great to find... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:32:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 14 -20 ) 1)A clever man commits no minor blunders. <BR> Goethe <BR> <BR> 2)I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 4)The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head. <BR> Jean ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:36:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( nov 7 -13 ) <BR> 1) <BR> The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. <BR> Abe Lemons <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch. <BR> R.C. Sherriff <BR> <BR> 3)He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. <BR> Raymond Hull <BR> <BR> <BR> 4)God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> 5)Once you choose hop... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 12:20:53 EST Christmas Challenge Kalimera to Everyone here <BR> I've just realised that it's 50 days to Christmas, so that leaves 7 full weeks of dieting before the feast. My personal goal is to lose 4 kilos by then. <BR> Would anyone care to join me? I really need your help. <BR> I'll start by posting my weight today: 76.8 kg. If you don't want to say your weight just post every Friday how much you lost that week. Fri, 5 Nov 2010 00:09:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 31 - Nov 6 ) 1)A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. <BR> Paul Dudley White <BR> <BR> 2)A skeptic is a person who would ask God for his ID card. <BR> Edgar A. Shoaff <BR> <BR> 3)To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. <BR> Ben Jonson <BR> <BR> 4)If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. <BR> Earl Wilson <BR> <BR> 5)Never esteem anything as of ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 00:25:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 24 -30 ) <BR> 1)You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. <BR> Dave Barry <BR> <BR> 2)We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. <BR> Franklin D. Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3)Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. <BR> Carol Burnett <BR> <BR> 4)What worries you masters you. <BR> Haddon W. Robinson <BR> <BR> 5)Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines imp... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:55:17 EST What "Nut" Are You? This is from Good Housekeeping. <BR> <BR> Figure out your favorite nut and then scroll down to see what you are really like. <BR> Did the description match your personality? Let us know. <BR> <BR> Nuts: <BR> <BR> a) Salted Peanuts <BR> b) Almonds <BR> c) Pecans <BR> d) Cashews <BR> e) Walnuts <BR> <BR> Answers: <BR> <BR> a) You're extroverted and charming,and you crave attention. <BR> b) You have high standards, are very motivated,and tend to be a perfectionist. <BR> c) You'r... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:23:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 17 -23 ) <BR> 1)The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> 3)Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Tell me what you eat, and I... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:14:28 EST Greek Area What is your favorite area in Greece? <BR> <BR> <BR> For the summer my favorite is Tolo by Nauplion. <BR> <BR> My all time favorite is Athens. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:24:17 EST Best Recipe The last 15 days what recipe did you try that you like the best? Where did you get this recipe from? <BR> <BR> I found a recipe for Potato casserole in an Elks cookbook. We like it a lot and it will become a regular side dish. <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:19:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 10 -16 ) 1)There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience. <BR> Anatole Broyard <BR> <BR> 2)The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. <BR> Clarence Darrow <BR> <BR> 3)To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. <BR> Farmers' Almanac <BR> <BR> 4)The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it. <BR> Laurence ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:50:11 EST profound life experiences? Have you ever had life experiences so profound that they call into question nearly every facet of your life? <BR> Well for me there has been one ,some 10 years ago when after my father's serious illness, <BR> and because of my undealt difficult feelings i , in my turn, got seriously ill and run a life threatening risk, too. <BR> It proved very true at that time, the saying : <BR> "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" <BR> since it was the beginning of clearing things out for me, reali... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 03:40:59 EST Hello How is everybody doing with their weight loss? <BR> I am proud of myself because while on vacation I still managed to lose 2 lbs. Two pounds is not much , but I still feel good about myself. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:08:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct. 3 - 9 ) <BR> 1)I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out. <BR> Nora Ephron <BR> <BR> 2)Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. <BR> Virginia Woolf <BR> <BR> 3)I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one. <BR> Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb. <BR> J... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:02:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 26 -Oct 2 ) 1) Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. <BR> Barry LePatner <BR> <BR> 2)Our envy of others devours us most of all. <BR> Alexander Solzhenitsyn <BR> <BR> 3)It is better to be envied than pitied. <BR> Herodotus <BR> <BR> 4)The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> 5)While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming s... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 23:00:47 EST 28th ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON!!!!<BR>ON/fMain.aspx?lang=en-US <BR> <BR> Let's be THERE!!! Tue, 28 Sep 2010 04:37:30 EST Returning As is usually the case with most things, they have to come to an end. I will return to the States on Sept 23rd and I will be more active on the boards. <BR> It has been a wonderful 4 months. <BR> "See you soon" everyone <BR> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:28:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 19-25 ) <BR> 1)Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway. <BR> Mary Kay Ash <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:17:51 EST WORDS....or .......WEAPONS? Periodically, everyone needs to decide whether it's most appropriate to answer a perceived threat with the verbal equivalent of a handgun, an atom bomb or a dart. This is the moment. Don't rule out silence as a fourth option. <BR> What do you do? <BR> Do you pronounce what is difficult to tell? <BR> Do you erroneously sometimes use WORDS and... <BR> Can you really wound your adversary as mortally with your words as you can with other, more traditional weapons? Oh, yes. <BR> Notice the limp a... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 04:14:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 12 -18 ) <BR> 1)Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body. <BR> Cicero <BR> <BR> 2)See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. <BR> Pope John XXIII <BR> <BR> 3)We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. <BR> Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 4)Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 5)Assumptions are the termites of relationships. Henry Winkler <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:17:01 EST Quotes on Terrorism <BR> 1)Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint. <BR> CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS <BR> 2)We can't accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate. <BR> RUDOLPH GIULIANI <BR> 3)Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 09:15:36 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Penny and I was born in Marousi Greece. My mother is from Mykonos and my father is from Karisto. I am 43 years old and have been living in Maryland all my life. We try and go back to greece in the summer as much as we can but it's sooo expensive!!! I recently had surgery and quit smoking last year. Needless to say I am having a hard time losing all the weight I gained,80 pounds to be exact! It is so frustrating I have almost become a recluse! Don't want to go anywhe... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 15:41:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 5 -11) 1)The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. <BR> Anaïs Nin <BR> <BR> 2)If things go wrong, don't go with them. <BR> Roger Babson <BR> <BR> 3)Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car. <BR> Carrie Snow <BR> <BR> 5)A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but othe... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 07:41:02 EST Hi I'm new Hello everyone, my name is Eleni, I am Greek from Cyprus but live in Queensland, Australia. I've just joined this group... I joined Sparkpeople last February and I found it a great motivator to keep going. I have lost 20 kg so far but I need to lose another 10 kg. I don't know about everyone else but with me every additional kg seems to be that much harder to lose. I've been on a plateau since March... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 09:27:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 29 -Sept 4 ) <BR> 1)Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it. <BR> Wilson Mizner <BR> <BR> 3)Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. <BR> George Chapman <BR> <BR> 4)Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs. Proverb of Unknown Origin <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manne... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 08:36:57 EST Invitation I would like to invite all of you to a new spark team: Surviving Infidelity <BR> <BR> If you, or if you know of anyone who is going through this trauma, this is the site for you. Looking forward to seeing you there. <BR> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:28:22 EST Aussie married to Greek Yasas everyone <BR> I'm Australian but I married a Greek so I've lived in Athens for nearly 30 years. We have a boy who is bilingual. I teach and examine part-time so I can be home for him most of the time. <BR> I love Greek food but it's not always easy to make it "lite". <BR> <BR> Hope we can help each other. <BR> Sunny Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:15:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 22 -28 ) 1)A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. <BR> Thomas á Kempis <BR> <BR> 2)A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. <BR> E.E. Cummings <BR> <BR> 4)Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not. <BR> Henri Frederic Amiel <BR> <BR> 5)To avoid mistakes and regrets, always consult your wife ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:15:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 15 -21 ) 1)It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool. <BR> Harold MacMillan <BR> <BR> 2)I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one. <BR> |Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become. <BR> James All... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 06:06:50 EST Quotes of the Week (Aug 8 -14 ) <BR> 1)The past can't see you, but the future is listening. <BR> Terri Guillemets <BR> <BR> 2)Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 3)It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath. <BR> Aeschylus <BR> <BR> 4)Eggs and oaths are easily broken. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. <BR> Laurence Sterne <BR> <BR>... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:53:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 1 - 7 ) QUOTES BY BUDDHA <BR> <BR> 1) All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? <BR> <BR> 3) An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil fri... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 13:23:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 25 -31 ) 1)If music be the food of love, play on. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> 2)A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)A true man hates no one. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 4)Ability is nothing without opportunity. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 5)Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 6)Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. <BR>... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 01:51:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 18 -24 ) 1) All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality. <BR> David Allan Coe <BR> <BR> 2) All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They. <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> 3)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 4)Forgiveness means letting go of the past. <BR> Gerald Jampolsky <BR> <BR> 5)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 16:11:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 11-17 ) 1)Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. <BR> Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn <BR> <BR> 2)You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. <BR> Harper Lee <BR> <BR> 3)There's no use talking about the problem unless you talk about the solution. <BR> Betty Williams <BR> <BR> 4)An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what yo... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:47:05 EST Instead of chocolate what?????? Hello team!! <BR> I really really really love chocolate and any kind of pastries..I used to eat something sweet after my lunch in a daily bases. But now that I have started a balanced and healthy diet I have stopped eating desserts and sweets..Instead I prefer to eat fruits..peaches are my favorite this time of the year..or some jelly..I have also tried some honey!!Do you have any other suggestions for low fat desserts..I am afraid that if i tried to eat chocolate I couldn't resist and want ... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:48:26 EST Where are you going for your vacations? Hello.. <BR> Well, it is is really hot..and i just want to go to the beach..Unfortunately, i can't!! <BR> So...Have you planned your vacations yet?Where is your favorite destination? <BR> Let me start first as i am introducing this topic. <BR> I am going to Cyprus to visit my family over there(i am half greek half cypriot) and after that i am going to Santorini! <BR> How about your plans?Do you have any good suggestions? Sun, 11 Jul 2010 12:56:27 EST Hello!!Geia!! Hello to everyone, <BR> i am new here!!This is my first day!!I am very excited that there is a group for members that are from Greece. <BR> Well,my name is Michaela, i am 24 years old and i am living in Neo Faliro, Piraeus. I always have some extra meat on my bones..and i hadn't any problem with that fact. I thought i was just a normal woman. The thing is that i have a tendency in gaining weight when i am not having a lot of physical exercise and i have lost and regain weight so many times..t... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 18:20:31 EST Hi from Greece My name is Dawn, and I live in Athens, Greece. I'm just starting out on this great journey towards health and fitness, and hope to hold fast until I reach my goal and beyond. <BR> I am also looking forward to sharing both your joys and burdens while walking alongside you in this great adventure ;) Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:29:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 4 -10 ) 1)Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. <BR> Simone Signoret <BR> <BR> 2)Never get married in the morning, because you never know who you'll meet that night. <BR> Paul Hornung <BR> <BR> 3)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 4)Instinct is the nose of the mind. <BR> Madame De Girardin <BR> <BR> 5)I would rather... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 12:29:46 EST 4th of July Quotes 1)You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 2)Freedom is never given, it is won. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)A country cannot subsist well without liberty,... 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