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let’s talk about our periods? weird right? not really! i know some lucky girls that do not feel anything different when they get their period! I also know girls that feel a little discomfort and some cramps, no big deal, right? and then there is the group I’m part of: girls that suffer miserably during their period!

unfortunately I’m one of those cases!

when I get my period I get incredible cramps. it feels like there is monster crawling inside of me! I also, every single month, get mind blowing, blinding migraines! the kind of migraine that I need to lock myself in a bedroom, lay in the bed, close all the shades, be completely in the dark, not move, not open my eyes. and it still hurts and there is no position that feels good. sometimes it lasts all night, and I can’t sleep! it’s absolutely awful! and then, after I get my period, the horror show starts. that first awful day: I know I’ll vomit, sometimes I have diarrhea! my body hates me!

after the second of third day I feel better and then I’m back to normal!

when I learned about the Period Store, it was such a nice surprise! how about a treat for myself when I’m going through all of this?

IMG_6332I signed up online, gave them information about my cycle – so they can calculate when yo send you the box – and my preferences, what kind of pad I liked, etc…

IMG_6333the box showed up the morning before I got my period! I was super impressed! even I didn’t know I’d get my period that afternoon!

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the box comes with your choice of pad or tampons, cramps medication (thank you!), tea bags, sweets or chocolates, intimate wipes and a piece of art – woman’s art!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6335 IMG_6336 IMG_6337I truly enjoyed it! it was a nice distraction that day! I had the tea and ate the sweets (of course!) and did not bother to go to the pharmacy this month! which is great! the art could be more interesting! I’d appreciate a piece of art more focused on the woman, I find it interesting and can be a nice gift for a fellow girlfriend! and the medication is very welcome!

I really enjoyed a treat in a day that’s usually miserable for me!

this is part of a series of subscription services reviews!

here is my review of the Nature Box.

see the review of birchbox home here!

 

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IMG_5957today we are going to talk about delicious, healthy snacks! who doesn’t like them?

I’m doing a series of gifts for B’s birthday, and the first one was this subscription of Nature Box! B’s training for his first metric century bike ride and he’s been focusing on eating really well! but, everyone still craves deliciousness throughout the day and wants to snack on something, right?

thinking about that, I got him a subscription of Nature Box! once a month he will receive a box with six packages full of healthy snacks. this time he got granola, trail mix with loads of nuts he loves, fig bars, pretzels, and lemon meringue waffle cookies! he was over the moon! — so was i!

what’s better than snacking on something you know it’s delicious and good for you? the food does not have high fructose syrup, artificial coloring, artificial flavors or trans fats! and it tastes amazing! i super recommend!

IMG_5958 IMG_5959 IMG_5960this post is part of s series of reviews of subscription boxes. see the review of birchbox home here!

i absolutely detest flying. for a thousand different reasons. but one thing that’s cool during any flight is to enjoy the long hours with nothing to do to give yourself a spa treatment. when you land, you will feel beautiful, fresh and ready (with dignity) to go out and check out a new place.

one of the most inspiring beauty videos i’ve ever seen is this one, from beauté guru lisa eldridge. {LOVE HER}

hope you guys enjoyed the video. lisa’s website has hundreds of fun videos if you want to learn more about cosmetics and beauty. i super recommend, she is so awesome and beautiful!

do you have a travel beauty routine?

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IMG_3200“a portrait of B., once a week, every week, in 2013.”

hope you had an amazing easter sunday with your loved ones. over here, we tried to spend the day together, working, and went out for a healthy meal later. here are a few photos from our day together below:

IMG_3214 this is what we look like out on a date together!

 

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this was a fantastic fig and caramelized onion tart from True Foods. just increadible!

 

IMG_3207 IMG_3208 IMG_3148sorry for the delay, i’m super behind on the 52 project. all the green juice i’m taking didn’t prevent me from not getting sick this year! i was super excited that i did not get the flu this winter, but, of course, spring time is still time to fall sick in bed! 😦

 

the entire 52 project is here.

click here to check out Che & Fidel 52 project

the lovely Rebekka Seale created the “52″ button for Che & Fidel.

let’s talk about weight loss.

macaronifoto from food opera.

i have officially completed over 65 lbs of weight loss today. since moving to the US i gradually gained 80 lbs and became borderline obese. i spent 10 years of my life feeling fat, unattractive and unhappy. i was a bitter person.

in 2010 we moved to denver and 3 years later i have completed 65 lbs of weight loss. this sounds kind of incredible to me. see, i spent a decade of my life thinking i would always feel unhappy, unsexy, fat.

at my heaviest, i weighted over 200 lbs. and i’m relatively short. 5″6′.

but B. and denver changed everything for me. B. brought me to denver and here, adapting to a 180o. change to my life, a completely different lifestyle, i have regained my confidence, and decided to look for a weight loss clinic. with the help of nutritionists and dietitians i changed my life to a mostly raw food diet. i juice everyday.

it was necessary. it only hit me when i went to the doctor (for something completely unrelated) and my cholesterol was over 330 and the doctor said i was a heart attack waiting to happen.

i wanted to be happy and healthy.

i finally had moved to the only place in the world that feels like home. somehow, brazil and nyc never did.

i’m building my family with the man i love, my best friend, the most fun person i ever met.

i finally had the guts to quit a long time job that made me incredible unhappy and open my own business, dedicate myself to my home, to my love, to myself, to my hobbies and to work that is happy, that focuses on helping people, not hurting people.

and i was told i was a heart attack waiting to happen?

no. i had to change that.

on the course of 3 years i worked hard to change my life.

in 2010 i focused on changing my relationship with food. i was so unhappy in the past that food was my only relief. that was not the case anymore, so i needed to change my dependency on food.

i had to cut portions, become aware of calories, of the quality of food i ingested. i researched a lot. and tried a lot of new things, healthier things, lower calorie things, i cooked and separated a small portion of the food and froze the rest. i forced my self into a discipline that helped me loose 25 lbs that year and never put it back.

in 2011 i had to learn something entirely different: nutrition. my doctors gave me research papers, studies, journals, documentaries, movies, everything they could find to educate me about nutrition.

it was not easy. that year i did not loose as much weight. the motivation starts fading. sometimes, the healthier food is nor the less caloric option. but, if i wanted to keep loosing weight in a healthy way i’d have to learn to change my life, eat more veggies, fruit, seeds, nuts, juice. and the raw food movement was introduced to the casa dos mael.

B. complained. he didn’t want to “drink” all his meals. he didn’t want to eat greens. he wanted “sustenance”. but i couldn’t cook delicious food for him and watch him eat it. i needed to stick to my treatment, my plan. that year i lost a little less than 15 lbs.

in 2012 i introduced exercise to my life. i swear to you, before january 2012 i could not tell you when was the last time i stepped into a gym. i hate gyms. i hate exercising. it kills me.

i created a lot of rules and tricks to get me to go to the gym. a new workout wardrobe, a very colorful one. a subscription of star magazine. it was my moment to be ridiculous and read gossip. {only look at the pictures, really}. i downloaded uk’s top 40 pop songs every week and danced to nicki minaj, justin bieber, carly ray jepsen. call me maybe helped me run a lot last year!

then i discovered barre3. instead of been locked by myself in my condo’s gym, i got to meet people, interact, do something fun, a class that’s amazing and inspired me to learn how to exercise without suffering. i get to bike to my barre3 studio in cherry creek, denver.

i also went to brazil and found out a toroid problem was affecting my metabolism and tried to take care of it. that year i lost another 25 lbs and finally people started to notice it. even B. never said a word to me about my changing body during the first 40 lbs i lost. only after i reached 65 lbs of weight loss he noticed i had lost “some weight”.

more importantly. i went back to the doctor and my cholesterol now is 200. which is considered under control.

i was now, considered a healthy person. my treatment have not finished yet, i have another 15 lbs to go, so i could go back to the weight i had in college. but, i can finally say i’m happy with my body.

the most weird things about losing weight:

1. i lost the majority of my shoes. i never imagined my foot was so much fatter.

2. i lost all my hats. i didn’t ever think about the fat in my head.

3. i lost all my panties and bras. i have no butt or bobbies left. they were pure fat.

4. i lost all my belts and my clothes. i have absolutely nothing to wear, and i’m not been dramatic. i went from a size 16 to a size 8. and i still have more weight to loose so i don’t want to invest on anything right now that will be big six months from now.

5. i lost all my jewelry. bracelets are gigantic and fall through my hands. all the beautiful rings B. ever gave me need to go get re-sized as do watches.

i’m not complaining by any means. i don’t care if i throw my entire closet in the garbage. i could put it all on fire. the way i feel is the most important thing here. and i feel good. i feel healthy, i feel happy and full of energy.

i know that my battle with my weight will last forever. i’m one of those people, i like what i call a “mountain plate” or a “construction worker plate”. i like to eat until i feel sick. and i love food. i’m not one of those people who think food is fuel and eat to survive. one of the things my doctor has worked with me is that i live to eat. and i shouldn’t. he says i should eat to live.

but food is so delicious. i love it! 🙂

my way of dealing with it is been extra healthy at home. controlling my portions. focusing on the raw food movement, juicing. and i live the extra calories for when i go out. then i have hamburgers and pizza, and Mexican food, and tapas without any feeling bad. i also often opt for the healthier restaurants when i’m out, specially if i’m by myself. fresh, true food, have become my friends.

have you struggled with weight loss? one of the most inspiring stories i ever hear was from bri emery from designlovefest. you can read it here. bri is one of the people i admire the most in the blogosphere. she inspire me everyday.

and this post from garance doré here.

i’m working on a before, during, after series of photographs to post here.

Screen shot 2013-02-10 at 9.38.36 PMimage from tattly, awesome temporary tattoos.

i have had a little trouble managing my anxiety lately. you know, when you have thousands of things in your mind at the same time, and you want to execute all of them now and only right now and, of course, nothing gets done?

it’s like that around here.

i only work well if i have a very strict routine. i need discipline or my days are waisted. at the same time i’m a big lover of spontaneity. so, how to make these things work?

last year i had a fantastic schedule. see, working from home, i need discipline and a routine or i end up spending an entire day cleaning and forget about cooking or working or writing.

i divided my day into blocks of hours.

6-8am: read the paper. {we wake up early around here, 4am normally}

8-11am: my free time of the day: i could sleep late, take long showers, go on a bike ride, go shopping, go to the gym.

12pm: if B. needed help, i’d start working at 12pm. otherwise this was time for cleaning and cooking, organizing the home and his life the best that i could to make life better, comfortable, easier.

4pm:  this was my official start of work hour. there was no time to end. sometimes i’d be done by 9pm, sometimes i’d work the night and sleep in the next morning.

this really worked for me in 2012. i got to go to the gym everyday. i had consistency.

however, since spending 2 months in Brazil, it’s been tough to get back to any type of routine. also, this year i’m investing a lot more of my time to the company, so most days i wake up, don’t read the paper, don’t take my morning ME time and start working in bed. open the laptop and only leave around 11am to eat something, cook, shower, etc.

i have to say that i can see results on extending my working hours. at the same time, i miss some routine that involves time for myself. i’ve been working non stop from the time i wake up, to the time i go to sleep {when that happens, i suffer a lot with insomnia} and haven’t been going to the gym at all, or cleaning the house well. i’m not complaining, i love what i do. i have never been happier, i just wish i had the most fantastic house cleaner on earth, and a cook, and was slim and toned and never needed to go to the gym. 🙂

since that’s not the case, i need to balance things out. i know obsession is bad for me. i need to divide my time so i can do different things everyday.

it feels like i have abandoned a few aspects of my life  that i really enjoyed. at the same time, when i do take time to myself i feel guilty. does anyone who own their own business feels like that as well? i leave the house and soon enough start thinking: “i could be working right now…”

it wasn’t like this before. maybe it’s just a phase?

this week, my goal is to focus.

for a person like me {diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, hyperactivity, obssessive-compulsive disorder – what a combo!} focus is such a dream.

i’m going to focus on happiness. and everything that involves:

1. juice cleanses
2. watch “happy
3. read “project happiness
4. clean the house with method grapefruit
5. take better care of my skin
6. drink lots of water and coconut water – hydrate
7. go to barre method classes, hikes, bike rides
8. enjoy the sunshine

life is beautiful.

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