Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I've lost a total of 10 pounds, although it's taken me a couple of months to lose it, any loss is better than gaining. For those of you that don't know, I was in the hospital last year for 5 weeks and the treatment that worked for my mysterious illness was steroids and some other medications that made me gain weight. I gained a total of 50 pounds, so I still have 40 pounds to go. I know I still have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I'm in for the long haul so I'll keep posting periodically on my progress. My problem is that I love to eat.(Ale calls me "golosa" but I don't eat junk food, I just have a love for gelato, oh, and torrone) This wasn't such an issue before I gained the weight because I was so active. I played tennis 5 days a week, had personal training, agility training and cardio classes. It's been a struggle to get that strength back. I still haven't really, but I'm not giving up. Since I am a student these days, it's not in my budget to play so much tennis or have personal training, so I've had to find alternatives. My boxing class is one alternative and I've been going on walks that average about 5 miles. I still have to add more things to my workout regimen, but I'm sure I'll find something. I was thinking of going on the Biggest Loser, but apparently I'm not fat enough, darn ;) I don't like that word "fat". I'd rather be called thick or fluffy :)
I took a picture of myself to see if I still had my huge double chin, but it seems to be shrinking! Just look...

Now if I could just get rid of the chipmunk cheeks and spare tire I've got hanging around my midsection, I'll be back in business! Tennis anyone??


fromtheworld said...

wow, I am amazed. I can't be so constant on something and for so long. This is why I have never been able to follow a diet or anything that would requires a long term commitment. And I know how it works between sport and food. When I was around 23 years old, I was training as a spinning teacher and so I spent a lot of time a the gym doing that. I could eat whatever I wanted and still be incredibly fit. Once I stopped that......well, a disaster! You seem to be on the right path, so congrats for what you achieved so far. I am sure that the rest of additional weight will go away too.
PS. Too bad I live far from you, otherwise I would be in for a tennis match (even if you would need to be patient in that case, it is about 10 years that I don't play anymore).

fromtheworld said...

This is not related to your blog, but I just noticed that now. Have you seen that we started our blogs almost at the same time last year?

fromtheworld said...

I just ended up on your blog again. I was looking at your picture. You may have chipmunk cheeks (which I have since I was born, no matter if I am fluffy or not), but you have a sunny face. I am not sure if sunny face makes sense in English...but I couldn't find the English translation for "faccia solare". So, right, you have an extremely nice "faccia solare"!

Piccola said...

Thank you so much for your compliment on my "facia solare" That's a new term to me :)
It's been really so hard to lose the weight. I don't have a good metabolism, so I have to work extra hard and it can be discouraging. I'm impressed that you are a spinning teacher! I took spinning once or twice and it was hard. I can't imagine myself on one of those now. I might die of a heart attack. I'll have to lose at least 20 more pounds before attempting a spinning class again.

I haven't played tennis in one year, so I think we would probably be like a comedy act on the court. haha!

I read through your blog on Saurday night (except for the Italian posts. I tried, but it was useless) but I didn't realize we started our blogs around the same time. Cool! I started this blog at a turning point in my life. I moved to Portland from North Dakota to start a new life. I've had some ups and downs. The "downs" were with my health last year, but thank God I am in good health now so other than that it's been good for me. I love it here and I plan to stay here. I hope you do get to visit here. I'm sure you will like it.

fromtheworld said...

Spinning is not that hard. It is like running. When you start, you think that yo are going to die in 5 minutes. It is just a matter of training (like a lot of things). I stress so much for my work (and my life too sometimes) that I need something that takes all my energies off and doesn't allow me to think. Spinning is good. Running too. But I have back problems, so I can't exaggerate with running, unfortunately. I would love to play tennis again, but every time I tried after I stopped, it was so depressing to see how bad I am now that I stopped again...I am not a patient person. Not at all.
I started my blog too at a changing point in my life. I was really fed up after getting my PhD and I was looking for a new life in the USA. I started my blog before to move there. Unfortunately, last year it didn't really go the way I hoped (nothing so terrible, but a lot of small important things to me went the wrong way) and so the blog helped me to keep going. It is weird, but knowing that someone like you, even if we never met, would read it and maybe leave a comment, made me feel less lonely. Also writing helps me to calm down and put my thoughts straight. I am sorry if you read all my old blogs. Some of them are quite sad. I have been feeling really down last year and lonely.
About the weight. I know what it means to have a slow metabolism. Easy to gain weight, difficult to lose it. Everyone in my family is the same. But I am sure you will succeed. I am confident on it!