Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

If there is one thing I love, it is getting to know people better and the feeling of newness and getting to know new people and things. Soon I will be moving and having a life filled with newness but I though, in lieu of getting to know new people, I would share : Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me!

1. I love coffee. I am addicted to coffee. I probably drink a liter and a half a day. If you are my student, you already know this for sure. If you aren’t, it might be new news.. but I am also a picky coffee drinker. I love coffee. It is my vice. However, I also love GOOD coffee. I am talking about coffee made at chacáras or specialty coffee. It is my hobby, my addiction, my passion.

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2. I have Test Anxiety. I am horrible at taking tests. I know the answers, I know how it works, I know everything… but give me a test and I forget EVERYTHING. I know how to parallel park and I do it pretty ok. When I took my driving test I practiced before thousands of time, even 20 minutes before my test, but I completely bombed parallel parking on my test. Why? Being nervous in taking the test. Wonderful, I know. But I still got my license;)

3.  I may or may not be addicted to shoes. So I have over 30 pairs, who cares?! hahahaha #ineedtobuymore

4.  I love nuts.  (lol, anyhow..) I love anything with nuts in it, peanuts, roasted nuts, pé de moleque, paçoca, peanut butter.  My body, however, seems to think they make me fat so I avoid eating them because I eat them un til they are gone.

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5. I was a vegan for 5 years. I was a Christian, Baptist, Missionary’s daughter… Vegan. Completely misunderstood. Yes, I did feel guilty eating animals because I love animals, but I also knew and still know that it is a healthier lifestyle. As I got older I realized I didn’t have enough time to cook like I needed to and ended up gaining weight, so I quit veganism. I tried it again when I was 22, but it only lasted 9 months and I went back to eating meat. Funny story: I have actually argued with a visiting pastor from the US ( we were here in Londrina)when I was 15 about veganism because he was trying to convince me that I was wrong.The conversation went nowhere because he was using verses out of context and I told him so. Needless to say, we didn’t get along very well.  Just a side note: He is a nice person, we just misunderstood each other haha

Shucks, I was A-DO-RA-BLE!!

Shucks, I was A-DO-RA-BLE!!

6.  I am an avid book reader. Which is, surprisingly, why I don’t buy books here in Brazil. I only read in English because I think Portuguese is boring. The problem is… it only takes me 3 days while working a full schedule to read a book of about 1,000 pages. Sooooo that is an expensive form of entertainment. When I am in the States I SO will be getting good use out of a library card:D

7. I have been to Jamaica. It was with my church’s youth group for a missions trip. My dream is to go back there.

Only 16 and looking like I was 30 :(

Only 16 and looking like I was 30 :(

8. Speaking of dreams…. My dream is to go to Australia. And hug a koala. Actually, more like cuddle a koala. And love and care for him and try to take him home. I need a pet koala to hug me all day. Please.

9. I’m actually not that patient. Since I am a teacher everyone says, you are soooo patient, I don’t know how you handle it. With students and teaching them, yes, I consider myself patient. Take me out of a classroom scenario, no, I am not that patient. I can’t stand waiting in line or waiting for things to happen. To me, everything needs to be instant. I hate traffic. I hate long dating relationships. I hate waiting for a special day to arrive…which is also why I love countdowns!

I'm the redhead!

I’m the redhead!

10. I was born a redhead. AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY IT CHANGED TO BLONDE. Whyyyyy oh whhyyyyyyy oh whyyyyyyyyyyy?!?! May I please have my red hair back? Please? Pretty Please?

So there it is, Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me! And what about you? What is a fun fact most people probably don’t know??

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The Cat Is Out of the Bag

As many of you have probably seen on facebook…. “The Cat Is Out of the Bag” and I can finally, finally tell everyone that we are moving back to the States!!

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Hubs and I have been working on getting a greencard for a year now and we have finally been approved! Hooray! When I went to the States last year I had an amazing time…when I came back Hubby had the idea of moving back there and so we decided: Let`s move! Now, this was a huge decision to make and took a lot of thought and processing, but we decided it is for the best. We want change and I would like to be near my family for once, so we have decided to move back to Georgia.

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Happy face in receiving documents from the states!

The greencard process was definitely the hardest thibg I have ever done in my life. I had never worked with so much documentation, ever. Never ever ever.  But the moment the consulate lady said, `YOU ARE APPROVED!` was the most exhilarating moment I have ever felt! It was incredible to know that finally, after  a year of waiting.. we were approved and able to move! 

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Our WE HAVE A GREENCARD!!! Face :D

We have decided to move in January so we can spend one last Christmas with our parents. We have been doing many Lasts and trying to divide ourselves among the family members haha. We aren`t so stretchable, but we are making it work :D

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Our cool airplane coming back from Rio!

I have been so focused on the greencard part of our move that I haven`t focused on anything else. I have not focused on running nor eating healthily and I need to get back to that!
I have no idea what we will work with in the States, I know we will find something because God will provide, we will make this work. I am so excited for change. I have been stable in Londrina for 8 years and I need a CHANGE it has been 3 years that I have been living in our apartment and I have been itching to move already.

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Paperwork arriving in the mail!

In November we will sell everything in our apartment. In December we will pack up and live with someone for a month because we need to paint and rent our house.

I just can`t believe we are moving in less than four months!! This is just AMAZING and I hope time fliiiiiessss by!

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“Maú Olhado”

I know this is a somewhat  polemic subject, but I just can’t get it out of my mind.

I would first, and foremost, like to say that I am not trying to offend anyone, nor am I giving examples of anyone in particular because I have talked about this subject with EVERYONE, friends, family, students, and everyone has a million examples to give, these are just examples. 

Why on earth do Brazilians believe in Maú Olhado? I mean, seriously? Is this cultural?

Just to explain, maú olhado is,according to the Brazilian dictionary and some other sites, a phrase attributed to people who bring disgrace to others simply by their “evil look”  and are capable of causing harm through sickness, wounds, or even death.

So, in summary, people actually believe that through other people’s looks you can affect someone’s life. Common examples are, someone sees your potted flower that is recently blooming  and comments, “Wow, what a beautiful lily!” but in actuality they are jealous of your plant and thinking how they wished they had it and are jealous that you have it, so the way they are looking is with the “evil look”. Therefore, two days later your plant is all dried up and dead simply because of the “evil look”.

Seriously? I mean, come on. Let’s be grown adults here. Do you really think a jealous intent can dry up your plant? Don’t be ridiculous. There are thousands of factors, the weather could have changed, you could have forgotten to water it, there could have been a bacteria growing in your plant that killed it, a million things could have killed it, but an evil look? No, it could not.

Another scenario, people travel to a really awesome place and post pictures of some really cool stuff and on the  ride home they start feeling really sick and return sick. The people believe that the sickness was caused because other people with the “evil look” saw the pictures and because of this they are sick.

You guys, it is impossible for someone to look at a picture and make you sick. Even if they are jealous, they could not possibly make you sick. I hear comments about the “mau olhado” all the time.

STOP BEING SUPERSTITITIOUS!!  I think that if you believe in the maú olhado, you do not believe in God. Some people have the courage to say that because they are Christians, the mau olhado does not affect them. Be REAL. The “evil look/mau olhado” does not affect anyone because it does not exist! There are always factors behind things that happens, the plants die because you didn’t water them, you get sick because you were in a different place and didn’t follow your usual habits and there was a bug going around, your car dies because you haven’t changed the oil in like, 5 years. These things don’t happen just because someone is giving the frigging “evil look” because they are jealous!!

If that were so, I would not be married, I would not have a house, nor a successful job, nor a car because of all the friggin “mau olhados/ evil looks” the people have given me. I feel the look people give me, I know the way they look at me sometimes, I know when people are jealous or have evil intent, but I also know that they way they look at me can not possibly affect my life!

My cake doesn’t burn because someone is jealous I am making a three tier cake, my cake burns because I was occupied skyping to my sister or checking my facebook feed. My lamp doesn’t stop working because someone is jealous I bought it for half price, my car doesn’t start stalling because someone wants my car, things happen for external factors, not because of LOOKS!

If you believe that “mau olhado” can control the bad things that happen to you, then you are not trusting in God. You are believing that what other people do can affect your happiness. DON’T do this. Trust in God. Stop being superstitious. Be happy!

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Day Four

Today was harder than yesterday. I felt hungry the whole stinking day and was in a bad mood for a bit, haha. Oh well.

I woke up and had a lovely breakfast with my hubby, man oh man, I love vacation!!

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We had 3 ingredient banana pancakes along with some coffee. The pancakes are a little black because bananas darken, I promise it wasn`t burnt! Hahahaha

For lunch I had lunch at my mother in law`s. I had chicken, beans, legumes, and salad. It was all amazing but my stomach was a little queesy so I did not eat that much salad.
I spent the whole afternoon running errands downtown with the hubby. I finally bought why protein hooray! So when I got home, tired and starving, I had half a serving of whey. I also had 3 alfarrobas because I was downtown and hungry and got a little stressed. Sigh. Oh well.

Dinner was looooots of raw salad to fill my grumbling stomach, along with 120 grams of meat.

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I did not go to the gym today because I had so many things to do and was so tired from walking in the sun all day. But tomorrow morning bright and early I will be there.

Around 9 oclock I was dying of hunger again, so I had my late night lactose free yogurt. Ai yai yai…only 26 more days to see the results! On Wednesday I will travel, so I need to doubly watch out for what I eat. I believe I will do like I did when I was a teen and take carrota and celery to snack on in the car and out and about with me. Basically, calorie free option for the munchies!

Anyhow, tomorrow is a new day so let`s get some sleep for it to get here soon!

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Day Three

Surprisingly, today was an easier day than I thought it would be. I have not  bought Whey yet, and I can`t seem to swallow down egg whites, so I did not do the morning snack.

This morning I woke up and had breakfast of oatmeal made with oat bran, lactose free milk and cinnamon, no sugar, no sweetner, no nada….but getting used to it, or so I believe.

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Breakkie

I had some amaaaazing coffee, my mom brought back Vanilla Biscotti coffee and it was amaziiiiing.

This morning I went running again, I will not say it was easier than the other times, it was about the same level of difficulty. I have been having trouble breathing while running and I probably need some kind of exercise for breathing. My problem is not feeling burn or anything in my legs, it is having the strength to breathe! I have not been able to up the distance because I cannot breathe. I keep running 400 and walking 200 and I am not sure how to change it. If I can start running, in November there is an awesome 5k night run that I am dying to go to. Seriously, it would be amazing! So I need to focus and prepare!

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Bonhoeffer, my chubby buddy, doing Pilates!

For lunch, I went to a barbecue with my hubby and friends. I had salad and meat, more meat than what was planned, but I had no morning snack or afternoon snack. For lunch I also did not have any kind of carbs, so that`s ok.

At night I went to my sister in laws house and had salad and 100 grams of meat.

So today was a sucessfull day foodwise.and I did not feel like I was suffering or missing out on anything. Hooray!

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Day One and Two

Yesterday was the first day eating correctly on the new diet. It was also my cheat day because I had been waiting for it for a week hahaha.

My day started off really lazy because I had to stay at home in the morning. Yesterday I did not have to work in the morning, so I do what Beccas do best and slept until late:) When I woke up, I was pretty hungry so I had oatmeal made wirh 2 tablespoons oat bran and 1 cup lactose free milk. I still have not bought Stevia,.so I ate it just with Cinnamon. It wasn`t the best tasting thing ever, biut I need to get used to eating things without sweetners.

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Oatmeal!

Afterwards, I had a cup of orange juice because I was still a little hungry and I haven`t bought Whey yet.

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For lunch I couldn`t have carbs because I wasn`t able to work out, so I had salad with tomatoes, green beans, carrots, turnips, and meat, all measured according to what the nutrionist told me to eat!

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For my afternoon snack I had a banana with natural, sugar free peanut butter.

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Dinner was my cheat meal and goodness, it was great to eat yummy food! I had pizza, ice cream with caramel topping, and paçoca. My oh my it was spectacular. I also had hot chocolate because it was freezing.cold.

So today I woke up full from yesterday. I had coffee all morning because Mom got back from the states and brought me flavored coffee! Hooray!!

For lunch, snack, whatever I had two egg whites, naaaaaasty, but ok. I need to buy whey.

In the afternoon I had a banana with natural unsweetened PB.

Dinner will be in a few hours and I will have salad with 120 grams of meat and that is it.

I forgot to take pics of food,  because it was really uninteresting.

On the bright and more interesting sode, mommy got home from the states and brought me some things, hooray! The most interesting of them being this:

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Omega3 (which I take everyday and is outrageously expensive here), Collagen (started takin today to see if it helps Cellulite, but I was super surprised because it`s 6 capsules a day! Is that normal??) And also, anti cellulite cream because I am tryyyyyiiiiiing to combat cellulite. Which is also why I took out artificial sweetners. So let`s see if in two months we see a difference!

Anyhow  that is what I have been eating/doing. I am finally on vacation and am going to travel to Curitiba and am super excited about that!! Hooray! Besides food, I have been reading up on fat burning tips/blogs online and coloring in my antistress coloring book hehe. I know it may seem crazy I am posting all about my diet online for all to see, but I need some kind of motivation, something to keep me going to not give up on this crazy idea of being, skinny, healthy and beautiful all at the same time hahaha

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Going to the store look hahaha

Well, I hope all of you have a good weekend!! See ya tomorrow!

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Discouraged, but Focused

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Today I woke up thinking, “What a day, what a lovely day!!”  I was all happy and super excited and had an amazing morning, it was fun!

Then this afternoon I went to my amazing nutritionist (seriously, she`s amazing!!) and got a check up. The results? Two months killing myself at the gym and NADA. Nada, Nada, Nothing.

I was seriously a little shocked and definitely dissapointed. I understand that the past month I have not been so faithful to my eating, I have not been eating word per word what was on my diet plan and apparently I had been eating way too many crepiocas. So, I have not gained weight or body fat, but after two months I have not lost body fat either.

After talking with my nutritionist, we changed my eating plan and I am resolved to follow the diet plan completely. I will faithfully eat only what is on the plan and be totally focused for 30 days until the next weigh in. Like when you are running the last 500 meters in a run and you give it all you got because you are focused on the end result. I need that sensation of the last 200 meters or a run where you push yourself at your hardest until you arrive. That is how these 30 days will be.

So after talking with the nutrionist, I have my focus on food (or lack of it) but I also have been thinking to myself.. if lifting weights and doing zoomba and intercalating running has not made a change in body fat, then something is wrong. I really feel like weight lifting is not doing anything for me. Like nothing..I try my hardest and there are instructors at the gym, but they are not very helpful when it comes to doubts, it is basically generic. Also, weight lifting builds body mass, but I want to lose inches and lose body fat, not make anything bigger, just smaller. So it does not even make sense to weight lift. I did not even lose a single centimeter in my arms and I do arm exercises three times a week.

I really think that now I should focus on running and aerobic exercise, if I want to lose body fat and inches I need to focus on that. So I am going to change things up for 30 days and see if I see a difference. I will do just aerobic exercise (at least 40 minutes every day) and leave my ab exercises in. Forget arm and leg exercises which have not affected nada. If I see a change in 30 days then I know that I am on the right path.

So yeah, that is me now… discouraged, but really focused all at the same time. Any advice on what I should do? Anyone?

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