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Fighting Through the Fog

November 19, 2013
Sun peeking through the fog, Milan. Photo by Sara Rosso.

Things have been pretty quiet around here — I see this on other healthy living sites, and when things are quiet, they’re either going well, or badly. Here, luckily they’re going well.

I’ve had good weeks, and better weeks, and no perfect weeks, but I’m not striving for those anyhow. It’s all about balance. I was away from home & my own kitchen for many, many weeks in the past 3-4 months and I managed to balance things out.

Instead, what I do see coming are some hard times. Winter for me is always difficult. In Milan in the past week we’ve had days of beautiful sun and days of rain and complete fog and gray. Watching my mood go up and down with the sun has been incredible. I wish I were just a spectator, watching someone else.

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CrossFit, Kismet Meetings & Being Ready for Change (& the Fabulous Roni Noone)

August 23, 2013

In July I was lucky to head to Chicago for the BlogHer conference. I had been there 4 years before for the exact same thing, as well as the first TBEX conference.

Chicago 2013 by Sara Rosso

While in Chicago (in 2009), I took advantage of some professional photo opps being offered by photographers for some free headshots. My headshot and photos of myself from that event are still some of my worst “Before” pictures.

One of the very excellent things that came out of that event is I sat next to a “Roni” at BlogHer during a food blogger dinner. I didn’t know who she was, but we chatted and I remember thinking she was nice. I took her card, and I went home and started reading her blog. Read more…

Post-workout recovery drinks & Justin’s Nut Butters

July 2, 2013

So good & easy. 1 @justins hazelnut-chocolate butter + 1 frozen banana; blend. July 01, 2013 at 0312PMI almost always drink some sort of recovery drink post-workout. If I’m lifting weights (most of my workouts except Zumba), lots of sources recommend getting some protein in your system the following 30 minutes to help rebuild your muscles. I also like the opportunity to get something into my system as I don’t have much or anything to eat prior to my morning workouts, something I’ve been used to for years and years.

My drinks are usually pretty similar – banana and chocolate seem to be flavors I never get tired of, and my drinks usually have at least one of those, those I’ve often experimented with variations of vanilla or  using greek yogurt as a base.

So I usually mix things up from this list (note that it’s usually never more than 2-3 ingredients per drink): Read more…

Zumba Instructor Certification & The Power of Not Having a Plan

April 24, 2013
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This past Sunday, I spent some time marking off something on my Health Bucket List: becoming a licensed Zumba instructor. In order to do that, first I needed the certification. So I did that.

The class was a blast – Vicky (the training specialist) has been involved in Zumba since the beginning and she was amazing, and I had some great conversations with people in the class, as well as dancing (and sweating) my butt off!

That’s pretty much Zumba in a nutshell.

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I believe I can fly: Box Jumps at CrossFit basics course

March 14, 2013
#Crossfit Basics completed. Great course at @RCFBicocca in #Milan #italy March 02, 2013 at 0949PM

First I posted about being nervous when heading to an intro CrossFit lesson & it being like the first day of school, then I talked about how I’m not a CrossFit convert but I could be. And I thought that would be the end of the story…for a while at least.

Then I noticed my local Reebok Crossfit box was offering a full day’s course of CrossFit basics on a Saturday. I signed up. My reasoning is so wherever I go in the world, I should be able to walk into any box and try that day’s lesson. Ideally. I know each box has its own requirements, but me having completed this course raises those chances. I think I’ll even be able to join my colleagues at our all-company meetup when they go to a box (I couldn’t go last year).

Stay behind the yellow line. #metro #milan #italy Headed to #Crossfit all-day. I will survive! March 02, 2013 at 0931AM

The course was really good, and a good next step to understanding CrossFit. This box has a rule that if anyone’s late, the entire class does burpees (I hate burpees). Spoiler alert: Italians are not the most punctual people. So that’s how class started out. Read more…

My 5 Tips for Someone Wanting to Lose Weight

February 26, 2013
If it's important, you'll find a way. If it's not, you'll find an excuse. Image by Sara Rosso

I’ve had some people come up to me who have noticed my progress, and want to talk about losing weight, or in the middle of their diets, and say things like, “I want to do what you did“, “I’m so hungry all the time“, or “I bet you don’t eat anything good [read: bad for you / delicious].

I can first assure them that I do eat delicious food, and sometimes it’s not good for me (sweet potato fries? chocolate? pizza? gelato? yes, please), but it’s the consistency in which I’m approaching this which makes a difference. I can’t assure them they’ll have the same results as I did, especially when their approach and everyone’s journey is completely different, but I think hearing it from someone who has done it helps!

Here are 5 tips I would like to say to anyone who’s ready to make a lifestyle change towards the healthier:

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Breaking the cycle of “deserving” or “earning” food

January 16, 2013
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As often as I can, I try to spend some quality time with some of my favorite people in Rome. Even though Milan and Rome are only 3 hours apart on the fast train, I don’t get to Rome as often as I’d like. On a trip there during the fall, many hadn’t seen me since the summer prior, and I was happy they noticed a difference.

We stopped by a Sicilian pastry place I like; they have a delicious cassatina, a ricotta, sugar and almond paste cake from Sicily. I like them a lot (see exhibit A to the right).

A friend, probably trying to encourage me despite my weight loss progress to order one, said, “Get one. You’ve earned it!”

While she meant well, inside I was saying, No. No. I haven’t earned anything, and that’s not why I’ll get one. (spoiler: I did order one, and it was delicious). Read more…