Posted in More About Me

GOODBYE SUGAR!

As many of you who follow me on Instagram already know, I decided to cut off sugar exactly a month ago, because of my insulin resistance.

While I don’t need to explain why sugar is bad for you, I’d be more than glad to remind you of one important reason that gives me the chills: sugar feeds cancer.

I was the kind of sugar addict who would have a chocolate bar for breakfast, another one after lunch and one before going to bed.
So my first month of “rehab”, shall I say, was full of ups and downs.

Here’s a quick summary!

1st week

The first few days, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I needed my sugar and I needed it instantly. I was shivering just passing next to the sweets section at the supermarket and craving them in the middle of the night.
I only had one small piece of the cake I got my mom on Mother’s Day and another Bonjus in Douma.

I was still not used to reading nutritional facts to check for sugar. 

2nd week

Reading before buying was my new motto. If it has sugar, it ain’t going in my tummy.
I had to practice that every single time I bought something.
Since NATURAL SUGAR was okay, I was shutting down my cravings with fruits* in the afternoon! (1 or 2 servings of fruit per day.)

3rd week

I was doing just fine.
Buying the right things, getting used to it, not craving so much sugar after all. 

4th week

Whenever I see someone eating sugar, it makes me sick to my stomach.
I never thought I could look at sugar and think “there’s no way I’m eating that, bte7la rou7e”
But yep, that’s possible.
I am finally able to say NO!

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This new lifestyle wasn’t just a monthly challenge, it was the thing I needed the most to control my insulin levels* and stay healthy.
Added to that my workouts*, I lost 4kgs and lots of belly fat!

We often give ourselves excuses as to why we can’t find the time, when in fact anyone can change their lifestyle when they put their mind to it.
Two of my friends actually started with that lifestyle challenge & I couldn’t be prouder!

And you, what are you waiting for?

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*fruits: strawberries, bananas, apples, oranges.
*insulin levels: always test your insulin levels, it’s important for early diagnosis.(diabetes)
*workouts: walking for 1-2 hour(s), stretching, planks, crunches, squats, sit-ups. 

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Posted in More About Me

Getting rid of my glasses!

I had my laser surgery last July, and I just thought about sharing this experience with you.
If you’re thinking about getting rid of your glasses there’s only one thing I can tell you:

If it’s medically okay for you to do it, don’t hesitate to do it.

As for my case, I had 5 degrees -in each eye- of myopia and astigmatism and I went through a couple of imagining to my retina to make sure I am fit for the laser.

I have never been happier or more comfortable!
I still remember the things I used to hate while wearing glasses, and I’m so glad they’re from the past now: wearing contact lenses, having to decide between sunglasses or glasses, not being able to swim & see around you, not being able to watch TV while sleeping on one side, and not being able to see in the shower.
I once showered my hair with my body shower and spent 5 minutes wondering why on earth it isn’t soapy enough.

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Anyway, back to the essential.
I had my surgery in the morning and it was the funniest thing ever.
I was with my parents, sister, and Tawa – yep, the full house.
After wearing my scrub booties & bouffant cap, I took some Valium like everyone else – and it worked on everyone else but me.
Why you wonder?

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Yep! So nervous!

I entered the surgery room thinking I’d have my ophthalmic anesthetic and then back to the waiting room for a while, but instead discovered that the laser was taking place literally 1 minute after the eye drops.

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The whole thing didn’t hurt a BIT but I was too anxious and couldn’t help myself from shaking the whole time!

10 minutes later, it all ended and I was able to see as I walked out of the surgery room.
I’m not going to lie to you, the pain that followed the surgery was unbearable if it weren’t for the pills that the doctor had given me! I’m so grateful for that since many of my friends told me back then that their doctors only gave them ADVIL!

After 1-2 weeks my eyesight was 100% okay, I kept going back to my doctor for check-ups and kept making sure my eyes didn’t dry out.

It was the best decision I ever made!

A good eyesight is such a blessing and I’m grateful every single day!

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I don’t know, looking back at this, the Valium probably worked.
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Right out of the surgery! Yoohoo!
Posted in Married Life

Things I discovered after getting married!

Alright then!
Let’s take a moment and applaud me for finding some time to blog.
Ever since I got married in Cyprus, I’ve been so overwhelmed, busy, and again busy.

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The happiness I’m feeling is inexpressible and I’m grateful for all that has happened and all that is waiting for us in the future.

Now to the fun stuff.
I discovered so many things I did not know before getting married.

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No puns intended.
  • Shockingly, only 2 or 3 people asked if we’re expecting a baby.
    Waw, being Lebanese, I pictured waves of curious men and women to come at me with that question.
    Only few of the people we know cared to ask and the rest of them just confidently said “bakkir bakkir, le72in.”
    Conclusion: People are indeed getting smarter.

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  • Tawa cooks and cooks goddamn well!
    That, I did NOT see coming.
  • Getting used to being called Madame or Madame Nicolas is mission impossible. My inner child disagrees.

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  • I didn’t know there was a wrong way to squeeze your toothpaste.
  • I didn’t know I can’t stand sharing my blanket with anyone.
  • Communication is better. I am the queen of misunderstanding people over iMessage/WhatsApp.
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  • I spend most of my time wondering about what to eat next, like I didn’t already spend time thinking about that before.
  • Diet. Diet. Obsessed with not getting fat.
  • I LOVE BEING A HOST.

 
That’s it for today guys. I have to go finish my preps for Saturday, we have a small wedding party to plan for!

A plus tard! ❤

Posted in More About Me, Those everyday thoughts.

I hope you won’t either.

I’ve been wondering lately about how good I am at handling stress, and it seems to me that I underestimate my ability to cope with it. After all, I survived it all, each and every time.

Everyone handles stress differently with a particular approach to every problem, leading to a various result to each situation.
My ways of dealing with the nervousness that comes along with each situation made me realize that I needed to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reevaluate.
Am I really reasonable through a storm?
Am I dragging myself into these storms?
Is the nervousness really worth it?
How can I stay calm in the middle of chaos?

So I considered starting breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, boxing, and dancing classes; all in the hope of getting rid of emotions that I didn’t want. I decided I would rather ignore it all: the fear, the anxiety, the nervousness, the anger and sadness.
I decided that I would rather focus on the good, the hopeful, and the happy.
I ended up doing several breathing exercises and discovered how much knitting and blasting loud music at home and dancing like crazy really help.

Ignoring your problems won’t solve them, but learning how to stay calm can give you a clearer lens to view your problems and anxiety from a far. Trust me, when you reach this state of mindfulness all these mountains you are trying to climb will be a grain of sand. Once you reach this state: you’ll appreciate the peace of mind and true happiness.

So dear friend, from someone who’s experienced all levels of what I call a paralyzed peace of mind, I tell you this:

I found ways to help me stay reasonable, calm and happy, and I hope you will too.
I’m not spending the rest of my life in chaos, and I hope you won’t either.

Posted in More About Me

My favorite things about winter.

When people ask me what my favorite season of the year is, I often don’t know what to say, because honestly, I love each and every one of them for a reason.

Winter is a beautiful time of the year.
From hot drinks to reading books and watching movies covered in a warm blanket, there are always many things I adore doing during this season.

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I can understand why some people prefer summertime, but I really think that winter is underrated. Who wouldn’t like spending time next to the chimney and enjoying great food?

Here are my favorite things about winter- and I really took my time trying not to miss anything.

  1. There’s always a holiday to look forward to
  2. Soups! I mean, can you really enjoy those during summer? 
  3. Cozy clothes
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  4. Warm blankets
  5. Evenings by the chimney
  6. Hot drinks. Bring on the marshmallow!
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  7. RED WINE
  8. Scarves, scarves, and scarves.
  9. Snow and ski, enough said.
  10. Onesies
  11. Turtlenecks- and these look so friggin’ great with a short haircut.
  12. Lazy days: it’s ok to stay inside and do nothing. You won’t be missing out on much outside.
  13. It’s the perfect season to spend time watching movies/series you’ve been postponing during summer
  14. Loooong vacations
  15. Family reunions
  16. Cuddling seems less of a punishment
  17. Bonfires
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  18. NO. MORE. MOSQUITOES.
  19. It’s cheaper to travel
  20. Eat all the carbs!

So what do you think? Still not a fan?

Posted in Those everyday thoughts.

My 2018 begins with this.

We were planning our wedding for 28/8/2018.
Everything was going well, and I was so happy to know that I still had months of planning so I didn’t really have to panic about anything.

Then one day, Tawa gets a job in Berlin. *Surprise!*
We decided to get married sooner because it would make things easier, to be honest.
Weirdly – knowing how much I would normally panic when things don’t go as planned, I didn’t have a problem with that; but everyone around us was so shocked that things were happening so fast.
Eventually, they got used to it.

My mom & dad & sister are my biggest support system. They’re always helping me and trying their best to make me feel safe, they keep me sane!

Anyhow, we’re officially getting married in Cyprus on 24/1/2018, and we’re having a small wedding party with family & a few friends on 17/2/2018.

You can keep up with more details on my Instagram account.
Thank you for always following our story ever since Twitter-2013 ❤ 25659787_10210870418459464_49003266397901630_n

Posted in Christmas Happiness

2017.

Since I definitely won’t be free to blog another time, I wanted to wish you all very happy and joyful times with your loved ones.

Merry Christmas, may this season bring peace to those who need it, and may your days be as warm as your hearts!

Just like every other year, I write a bucket list for the following year.

Here’s my bucket list for 2O18:

  1. Move to Europe
  2. Learn a new language
  3. Finish my Master’s degree
  4. Get married to him (I’m allowed to add that to my bucket list, right?)
  5. Travel someplace exotic
  6. Take dancing classes
  7. Take baking classes
  8. Practice knitting some more
  9. Learn to become calmer, more patient, and wise.
  10. Learn to ignore and be happy.

I’d love to hear about your bucket list for 2O18, and I hope that 2O18 will be YOUR YEAR! ❤

Happy Holidays my dear ones!