There isn't really that much to say ... my name is Stefania, I am an Italian ex girl now living in Tessin, Switzerland, with a ratheer normal life, some satisfaction, some defeats behind me and a great victory in the only battle that I didn't choose to fight, against a frightening enemy called carcinoma. I was diagnosed at the age of 34, when I was a youg, working lady, with a busy, unsatisfied and quite messy life. A creepy and unexpected guest, whose visit literally terrified me. I will not linger too much on this rather painful step of my life; let's only say that when fear has given way to anger I started a sort of useless hunt for the culprit, against which to address my rage, blaming God and/or the mocking destiny and/or my nerd genes and/or my former boyfriend (but that was ok, by default), for then coming to the conclusion that, whichever was the cause, a big help was given by me, by my messy lifestyle, made of skipped meals in order to lose weight, alcoholic toasts in order not to think, zero sport, if not once a month, when I had to recover the lost time and leave the gym close to death. I started thinking that the bad luck that struck me has received a big support from myself. Today the disease is an almost five year old ugly memory (and I do hope it will remain so). He left to me a lymphedema in my right arm and the scars of the mastectomy as a gift, that now and then remind me of its passage.
Meanwhile, life has gone on, I've resumed my old job, I've gone back to some past habits, I've got married ... and I have changed. I have changed to the extent that I found myself facing all the old ghosts, who have regularly returned back, with supports (since now that was also the fear of getting sick again, that I didn't have before), but this time there was something different inside of me, that led me several times to stop, to think and to say NO, to put myself before the dissatisfaction, the fears, the success, even before love. I had become my most precious thing that I had and I needed to fight with all my strength to protect this old wreck. I then started to practice sports regularly. Of course, between the office and the family, I didn't have time, but unlike before, I even had no choice and needed to find it. Luckily, the Home Fitness came to rescue me, particularly Insanity Workout, which consists of a series of DVD's with not too long but very intense HIIT classes and which are very popular in the United States. The change started in the very first day I inserted the DVD in my pc. Not so much physically (not immediately at least), but rather mentally. Now, years later, I have a fixed appointment with my health, which can be Insanity, running, bootcamp or anything else, anyhow I won't miss anymore. And it takes perseverance, trust me, but everybody can find it: it is within each one of us and it is called discipline.
And what about nutrition? Initially (especially due to the fear of getting fat because of the drugs that I had to take) the tendency was to follow all the diets available on the market, from the Zone, the Dukan, the Atkins, buying books but also magazines, until, once again, I told myself that I wanted to learn and understand, instead of following the advice of Barry Sears on call; so I subscribed to a two-year course of nutrition at the Uni.Psi of Turin, studying during lunch breaks at work or during the weekend; I've just completed the course with success and obtained a certificate as a Health Consultant. This way, my long journey into the fascinating world of nutrition, wellness and prevention has started.
Five years later, what began as a fight against cancer, turned into a healthier and more aware lifestyle, from which came the idea of this blog. Who knows, perhaps something good will come out of it.
"At the end of th day, your health is your responsibility" – Jillian Michaels