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Adventures in Greece

Me on the Aegean Sea!

I’m back from my adventures in Santorini, Greece, and it was fabulous. I could talk to you about the historical sites, the amazing vistas of the Aegean sea, the kindness of the Greek people or the holiness of Good Friday’s lantern ceremony, but today I’ve got one thing on my mind.

Food.

I’d been on a special eating plan since November. I called it my “Santorini Bikini” mission, and by avoiding sugar and carbs I lost 25 pounds.

I was ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille, and planned to say YES to every sugary and decadent opportunity that came my way from London to Pyrgos.

After all, this was vacation – and for someone who enjoys food like me, I wasn’t about to deny myself gastronomic adventures on a trip of a lifetime.

Each morning, a breakfast tray of pastries – both sweet and savory – were delivered to our little villa, with dips of honey and chocolate and jam. Like the Cookie Monster, I devoured them; crumbs flying over the bedsheets.

In America, there’s a Wawa or CVS on every corner. In Santorini, there’s a bakery.

I made Mark stop at EVERY SINGLE ONE, from Pyrgos to Kamari, to Fira and Oia. Sticky, gooey, flaky treats abounded. These Greeks love their sweets, and coupled with rich, dark coffee – oh my!

Aside from the pastry shops, dinner was never complete without dessert. They have a traditional “orange pie” which is really more like a cake; warm and covered with ice cream. Oy! Mark’s favorite was cream cheese baked in phyllo that literally had us groaning out loud.

I came. I saw. I ate.

Upon my return, I said, “Brenda, don’t get on the scale. Give yourself a week or so to eat normally so you don’t have scale-shock and its accompanying depression.”

But I couldn’t help myself.

Eyes winced, I stepped on, prepared for the worst. I was braced to see that eight or so pounds had been packed on during my eating adventures.

One.

Just one pound!

How in the world?????? I ate everything! I ate Mark’s leftovers!

But I walked EVERYWHERE.

We walked up to the Parthenon. We hiked to the top of the Akrotiri lighthouse. We trekked the entire stretch of waterfront in Oia, Fira, and Kamari. Once we parked our car, there was no option but to tackle the terrain one step at a time.

It didn’t feel like exercise. It felt like…an adventure.

Most days I sit at my computer for a minimum of eight hours, and too often (when it’s not a Zumba night) I go right to the dinner table or settle in for the American Idol results.

Methinks moving more will be part of my daily routine. Especially if it means I can eat cake!

More on adventures and the new WOW, coming right up!

https://youtu.be/OXW2zNJt_g0

I love an invitation from the universe to ENJOY. So if you’re looking for a sign, this is it!

Happy Mothers Day and love to you all –

Brenda

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Creatively Losing 30 Lbs & the Word of the Week!

Lacking the artistry of craft-makers or the ability to whip up a gourmet meal, I was challenged this week to live out “CREATIVITY” in my own special way.  It  involved creatively addressing  those 30 stubborn pounds, two glass jars and a new take on the age-old weight issue:

Ahhhhhhhhhh….breathe that in.

COMPASSION.

Toward ourselves and toward others.

Here’s the definition:  A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. 

Synonyms include empathy, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity.

Those are all some of my most favorite words!

Who springs to mind when you read that list?

I bet they are universally beloved, because people who are compassionate are irresistible. They don’t waste their time judging other people, so you know you’re safe when your back is turned.

And they are action takers!  When they see a stray, they’ll take ’em in (four or two-legged.) If you’re crying, they are right there with the box of tissues and plans to take you to lunch.  They easily see from another’s point of view, and embody:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Even you.

I had a conversation this week with the most beautiful person, inside and out.  She’d give anyone the shirt off of her back, she is amazingly talented, a model friend and mother.  The list could go on and on…

…but she was beating herself up for having an “off moment” – a brief attack of selfishness and insecurity.

Puh-lease!

We’re all entitled to a bad day, let alone moment.  Let’s not make matters worse by kicking ourselves when we’re down!

Like the song says, “Try a little tenderness…”

Makes me feel all snuggly.  How about you?

xoxoxo

Brenda

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