30 Day Challenge - Fit Into My Jeans!

Posted on 1.10.14

Following up on Monday's post, I started thinking about actually taking this thing seriously and hoping I can keep up healthy habits.

For exercise, I'm going to stick to my minimum 3 km a day - whether it's walking or running. And beyond that, I'm signing up for dance classes with a friend, 2x a week. This week, we took a "Ballet Fit" and are taking a Zumba class tomorrow, to see which we'll choose. As for my diet, I'm revisiting my nutritionist next Tuesday for her to give me a realistic menu for the following weeks.

I've taken my own measurements, but will update if this changes at the nutritionist. I will also be setting realistic goals with her on this for 1 month.

I feel like writing this down and telling people about it will make me actually do this. Don't you feel that? When others are watching, you're more careful as to committing to what you promised to do?

I took out a physical evaluation I did in june 2013 at the gym I was attending at the time, with certain measurements, and I definitely put on quite a bit of weight and cm since then!

Height: 1,57m

Weight in jun/2013: 50,90 kg
Current Weight: 54,6 kg
Ideal Weight: 49,5 kg

Measurements in june/2013:

Waist - 62,80 cm (i sometimes wonder if this was actually true)
Hips - 89 cm
Right Thigh - 51,50 cm
Left Thigh - 51,70 cm
Abdomen - 77 cm
Chest - 73 cm

How I looked then:


This one I sent to my girl friends for their approval of the dress when I bought it
(Lighting in dressing room or itty bitty waist?)

Current Measurements:

Waist - 76 cm
Hips - 102 cm (take that Nicki Minaj)
Right Thigh - 54 cm
Left Thigh - 55 cm
Abdomen - 87 cm
Chest - 75 cm

How I look now in the same outfits:

The black pants don't fit anymore...

And the dress

Note: I'm not going to post a classic bikini before picture, because I think it's just unecessary for you to have to look at my stomach and thighs, so let's just rely on the regular photos, because this is what I look like to myself and most everyone else day to day, so this is what really matters, right? 

As you can see, I've taken the biggest blow to my abdomen and hip area. I blame beer, french fries, and frequent trips that kept me off regime, for the most part, so I'll do my best to cut down on those (even though I love them all so much... oh french fries, how I'll miss you so). This is the most weight and measurements I've put on in this short amount of time... ever.

My hip to waist ratio is 0,74, which is moderate for my age, and doesn't make me suceptible to diabetes, but ideally, it should be below 0,71.

For the record, I know I'm thin. I know I shouldn't be obsessing with my weight or measurements or what not. I'm doing this because I simply don't feel healthy, and am at a point in my life where I think it should become a habit before things start to get complicated (I have loads of medical conditions that run in my family, most due to bad eating or exercise habits). So please bear with me and no need to call me a skinny bitch, because that's just mean.

On November 1st I'll update you all on my 30 day results.

Wish me luck!


Travel Tips - Especially for Foodies

Posted on 30.9.14

I'm not as much of a jetsetter as most people think I am. I actually quite enjoy being in one place, but I do like to get away and leave the city at least once a month, even if for a day or two. 

And I have had my share of international travel as well. And what I like the most about traveling is, quite honestly, the food. Going to a restaurant that serves food from a different country is not at all and never will be the same thing as eating in the actual destination the dish is originally from. I don't care how "authentic" it's meant to be. It's just not the same. Some of my favorite travel experiences have been food related. I usually associate my favorite memories with interacting with locals or finding something you wouldn't find in a guidebook. I guess my top 5, in no particular order, would be: 

- Learning to properly eat a crab and lambreta, at a tiny restaurant that literally only serves locals in Salvador da Bahia, with my friend's family from there. 

- Attending a Lebanese wedding in a small village in West Bekaa. The overflowing amount of food and drinks was INcredible. 

- Having dinner at a restaurant in Tel Aviv where the waiters were deaf. Learning to communicate with them was a blast, and I love the all you can eat family style meals in Israel. 

- Parisian crepes from a tiny stall in the park. The photo below speaks for itself. Thanks Ana :-)  

- Sipping rosé wine in Giens, in the Côte d'Azur, on a table outside, lit with candles and speaking 3 different languages at once (I don't have a picture of this, so I'll just post a picture of the beach <3>

- And visiting, at least once a year, the small town in rural Minas Gerais, where my father was raised, to have lunch at one of my grandmother's closest friends home, where she cooks our meal over a wood burning stove, even though she has a gas stove in her indoor kitchen. This always followed by fresh coffee and some sweet she made herself. The photo is of my brother and his girlfriend warming up near the stove (ps - Happy Birthday Brooke!)

I've had many more, but I figured I'd spare you and leave it to just 5... All of this being said, and making you all (and myself) hungry, I was reading this great article on Anthony Bourdain's travel tips (which of course, involve food), and which I will certainly try on my next trips! 

The biggest rip-offs in the world of travel are tourist-trap restaurants in places like Rome or Venice, places where there's so much great food but the overwhelming likelihood is that you're going to get a bad meal... 
I always tell people this - get awaaaayyy from the touristy spots to get good food! 

There's almost never a good reason to eat on a plane. You'll never feel better after airplane food than before it. I don't understand people who will accept every single meal on a long flight. I'm convinced it's about breaking up the boredom... 

I've never tried this. I'm usually one of those people who's like "wake me up when the food comes!" 
But it makes absolute sense. I never feel that much better after getting off a plane full! 

When I'm in a city that's new to me, I try to go to the central market very early in my trip... You get to see what people buy and really eat. There are usually food stands and trucks geared exclusively to locals. You get an idea of what a city or country is good at, because they're catering to local tastes. 
This is certainly true, and in Brazil can be found at farmer's markets around the city you're visiting, as well as central markets. 
The other great way to figure out where to eat in a new city is to provoke nerd fury online. Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let's say you're going to Kuala Lumpur — just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rendang in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullshit, and give you a better place to go.
I am SO doing this for my next trip! 
What are your favorite things to look out for when eating outside your own city?! 


Election Week!

Posted on 29.9.14

Sunday is election day in Brazil. So since this blog is very Brazil-focused, I'll try to explain a little how that all works, since I haven't done much of that here.

We'll be voting for president, senate, congress, and governors. Quite a lot for just one election, but I'll focus on the presidential race for now. In Brazil, elections are compulsory.

Let's define compulsory, shall we?

Compulsory, means required by law or rule.

So technically, in Brazil, we're required to vote. But that doesn't mean we'll be arrested or have our citizenship taken away from us if we don't. We just have to go through a certain number of barriers if we fail to vote, or give a legitimate reason for not voting. This legitimate reason usually involves going to voting stations outside where you are registered and say you couldn't make it because it was too far.

This year, although I'm not fully decided, I think I will vote.

I probably should stop using popular culture for my serious posts, but I've been watching 30 Rock recently, since I hadn't watched it when it was actually on, and I'm on the last season, which was on during the 2012 elections in the US. Tracy Morgan's character says on the elections episode, something that, although written to be hilarious and absurd, makes absolute sense. I don't remember the exact quote, but when Kenneth is trying to make an informed decision, Tracy emphasizes that there never was an informed decision in the country's history and we still go along with it... Starting with Columbus thinking the US was India and how we still call natives Indians.

In Brazil, I feel it's the same, if not worse, in that people aren't making informed decisions.

But really what a politician does after being elected, is on him or her. We can't predict who's going to be essentially good or who's going to make bad decisions for us over the next four years.

Despite all this banter though, over the next few days, I'll be discussing Brazilian politics, who the candidates are and what their pros + cons are. So we can all be a bit informed, at least.