Sunday, January 28, 2018

Next Travel Plans

Travel plans, sometimes, are just that: plans (remember this post?)

My planned road trips were cancelled/postponed due to money spent otherwise.

I got to visit my family in Italy though but haven't been anywhere near the Conero region ... well, because I got the flu, lost my voice for a couple of days, it rained a lot and ... oh well, you get it. Next time :-)

Vienna was another idea of mine. Traveling with my miles. Oh yes, what a nice idea ... at least until ... it turned out that I haven't enough miles on my account for a flight to Vienna (who would have thought that Vienna "cost" so many miles?? crazy). The hotel prices were sobering as well.
I got it. No Vienna (at least not right now).
Where to go instead?
Copenhagen came to my mind. Again and again. I did some quick research and really, why the hell not?
I booked a flight with (half) of my miles, found a nice hotel and so, here I am ... off to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Eating Habits

Back in my twenties or even my thirties, I never talked or thought much about eating habits. I have been overweight all my life ... sometimes more so, sometimes less so ... therefore, if I thought about food it was always about the quantity, not the quality.

That has changed in the meantime.
I believe I am not the only one, am I? Many of us are more aware of the food we eat. Where the meat or the fish we eat comes from. We became aware of the sugar the food industry puts into the stuff they sell us. Not to mention the sodium and other abhorrent stuff!
Some of us became vegan, others vegetarian, others, like me, became just more aware of what they eat.
Obviously this new awareness has also something to do with what happens on our planet. We read about the plastic in our water. We read about abused animals or about meat that is full of antibiotic. We read about how they breed the chicken or the fish. Not a reading pleasure, I'm afraid, more an eye-opening kind of experience.

My personal eye-opening moment took place the day I realized that after each lunch I ate (restaurant or take-away) I suffered from flatulence ... followed by strong cravings for sugar. I never questioned my daily discomfort. It was what it was ... until the day I decided I had had enough.
I started to cook my own meals (real cooking, no deep-frozen or ready-cooked stuff) and ate the leftovers in the office the day after.
The relief was immediate. No flatulence. No sugar cravings.
It was amazing.
I decided to go on cooking my own food and more so, I started to change my eating and drinking habits. Slowly. One habit after the other.

No more soft drinks as a start. Not that I ever drank many of them, but I realized that the amount of sugar in even one of the drinks was too much. After I read the ingredients list of the light products I quit those as well. Water or unsweetened tea for me now. And a coffee for breakfast (that I CANNOT be without). Sugar in form of dessert (I have a sweet tooth!) was the next change. Less is more became my motto and nowadays, I indulge in dessert only from time to time and when I do, it feels like Christmas and my birthday combined.
*****Astonishing fact: the less sugar I eat, the less cravings for dessert I have!*********
Home-baked bread was next on my list, followed by less and less meat on my menu. Then, at the end of last year, I decided to forgo eating fish ... because
a) our seas are overfished and I don't want to help with that. And
b) the fish we find in our supermarkets come from places like Vietnam. I have nothing against fisherman in Vietnam or about Vietnam (how could I???) but the question was: do I really need to eat something that comes from sooo far away? I decided that I do not.

I am still overweight (I'm actually in what I call my less period).
I am certainly no health nut.
And I don't go around preaching the truth (oh no, I don't like those who do at all!!).

It's just that, honestly, I feel better. I am overweight but my body is strong (my yoga practice certainly has a say in that matter!). My digestion is flawless. No more headaches.
I came to term with my (overweight) body. That's something I honestly had never ever ever ever thought possible. Believe me. My kilos have been part of who I (didn't really want to be) all of my life. The kilos are still there but it's different now. It feels different. I like who I am. I like this strong and soft at once body of mine. Curves and muscles. I still like to eat, very much so, but these days it's more about the quality then the quantity.

PS: I am having a #beingthankful moment!

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I had the flu, these last couple of days, and some days I even went without being able to speak (for someone like me? Not easy at all hahaha). Anyway. I started my 2018 yoga practice thinking that I was doing okay again ... at least until the Shavasana (relaxation at the end of every yoga practice). I lay down ... and there went my cough attack.
Do you know the feeling? Coughs when you shouldn't be coughing (like during a concert or a lecture??)
On the other hand, Shavasana is all about NOT getting sidetracked by anything going on the outside of yourself and your breath. Right? SMILE
Well, you'd have to asked the other in my class ... haha. I am not sure they'd agree with me BRIGHTER SMILE

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January Wish

With this picture and these words I am starting a new series called #monthlywishesfor2018. I thought of it yesterday evening while attending a lecture of an astrologer (astrologer, yes, you read correctly hahaha. I decided that in 2018 I wanted to broaden my horizon by attending more lectures and go to more concerts!).
The astrologer was telling us about 2018 and how the constellations will influence our year.
You don't believe in constellations or astrology?
Well, I understand but bear with me for a minute and keep in mind that wishes never do any harm...

So, starting today, I will spend a couple of minutes every months thinking of a wish for my (and obviously yours as well) upcoming month. Numerology and astrology (and my inner voice) will help me "find" the good wishes.
January so far has been good and I strongly feel the whole "new" thing. I left the somehow emotionally exhausting 2017 behind me and look forward to an exciting 2018!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Holidays Are Over

How do I know the holiday frenzy is over? Well, besides the obvious fact that people are no longer in a shopping frenzy?

1) Because of the tulips in the shops. Yes. Tulips. In January. Each year I am shocked anew! But tulips for sale in the various shops tell me that it's January. Crazy. But true.

2) Because of my boss telling me ... that spring is just around the corner. As soon as the holidays are over she starts telling me that ... Simonetta, you know, it's almost springtime. It's so cute. And unfortunately untrue but who am I to disagree with her? If it helps her getting over wintertime? Well, then be it!

Friday, January 5, 2018

First Trip of the Year

I just spent the holidays in Italy and because of the many family gatherings there wasn't much time for me to do what I like most: being on the road. I nevertheless found the time to spend some time alone!

One day I went shopping. I urgently needed new boots and now ... well, let's just say that now I have enough boots for the next couple of years (and also new trousers, a blouse, etc.). It was my (very) lucky shopping day!

The second day I drove to the sea in Cattolica and spent some time at the mercato (what else?) and took a long walk on the beach. What a wonderful way to spend the last day of 2017...

My third day was spent visiting Urbino. I never get tired of visiting Urbino. It's like a place of my heart. I go to the museum, walk around the (perfect) renaissance town, I browsed the bookstores and simply soaked up the good energy.

I am back home now ... and am ready for 2018 and all the new places I will visit!


Personal Wishes for 2018

Can you feel it too? 2018 has a different energy. A pretty good one! We're only on day 5 but it feels like everything is ... in the flow. Interestingly enough I sent a message to my sister-in-law on 1 January when I was in Italy (and didn't have much time because my time on the Internet was limited) and I said something along the lines of: I practice being tolerant and patient. I thought back to these words, written without thinking too much, and I decided that my words were dead-on. My 2018 will be about tolerance and patience. Towards others but also towards myself. Other words came to my mind too: kindliness, consciousness.

Therefore, these are my personal wishes for 2018.
Acting in a tolerant, patient, kind and conscious way every day (or at least try to).