Friday, September 25, 2015

Quando a nódoa cai sobre o melhor pano

Foi (ou melhor talvez, está a ser) o que aconteceu com a Volkswagen (e certamente a outras ainda por confirmar).

Não deixo de ficar surpreendida mas ao mesmo tempo não me espanta; estranho, eu sei.
Com certeza, não serei a única que tinha a VW como uma marca de excelência (ou qualquer outra marca Alemã), na qual não se questionam os valores apresentados.
No entanto, como qualquer outra empresa, basta haver alguém que não siga à letra tal política, e assim se estraga o bom nome.
Só me pergunto qual a necessidade de andarem a aldrabar os resultados?! Alguma coisa lá tiveram a ganhar...
E quem é que teve a "feliz" idéia de desenvolver tal software? Foi o CEO?!
Como diriam os amigos Espanhóis "no me lo creo"....

Anyway, uma coisa é certa, até que esta confusão seja esclarecida (e não "apagada"), o Made in Germany de que os amigos Germânicos são tão orgulhosos, por vezes até prepotentes, não terá o mesmo impacto.

Pensariam eles, os amigos Germânicos, que só os Latinos é que seriam uns "mentirosos e aldrabões" que levam a vida a fazer esquemas?!
Pois olhem, engaram-se!

Lá diz o ditado: 
A nódoa caí sempre no melhor pano!

Desta vez, calha-lhes a eles limparem-no!

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P.S.: Em breve volto com os diários das férias de Verão e mais umas receitas bem saborosas, para os 2 leitores deste blog! LOL ;-) 
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 5 - Guimarães

Hello!!! :-)
 
Shall we continue with visiting the North of Portugal? I don't take no for answer... :-D
On the menu for today, as you could see for the title of this post, I have Guimarães ready for you!
Guimarães is a very important city in Portugal as it dates back from the 10th century and is recognized as the cradle of the nation and Portuguese identity. See, quite a big deal, hum?
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fitness | Getting your shape back

Hi there!!!

How have you been? :-) Shall we talk about fitness or getting back in shape? 

Well, everyone has his/her reasons to work out or not; I have always been a very active person, especially in my youth, but along the way I sort of stopped doing sports. I have talked about this here.
Lucky me, my genetics helped me out throughout this years, but you know, sometimes genetics aren't enough and you sort of start feeling uncomfortable with your shape or condition. Some people keep complaining about it and never do anything to change, others get business done! I decided to join the second group of people and subscribed to a gym.
It's not just a gym, it's like a Club where you can do all kind of activities and even wellness, such as sauna and Turkish bath, but these I have not tried yet. There's also a swimming pool and TONS of group lessons.

I have started one month ago, and the first days were very tough; let's be real, last time I did some serious sports had been about 14 years ago... 
But it's never too late to turn things around as long as you make the effort for it. I always said I didn't have the time for it and so on, but you know what?! I actually do! It's all about motivation, planning and compromising. How many times do we get out of bed earlier because there's something important to be done?! If we apply this to other things in life then there are no excuses to not do what you really want to.
And so I did and have been feeling great ever since!

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My trainning consists of 40/50min of cardio and some specific muscle/power exercises for abs and shoulders (this is my weakest point and the one needs more attention), which last for about 45/50min as well, depending on how fast I can do them. I do go to the gym 3 times a week, but maybe in the future I add one extra day.
Anyway, the plan was made based on my requests and together with a PT which happens to be a physiotherapist (extra point!) and for me that's very important. I was always a bit afraid of doing the wrong exercises and get injured and so far, after one month, I felt sore a couple of days but that's it!

I found out to be a huge fan of the treadmill and rowing machine! hahaha 
For me, it's not about the amount of calories I need/want to burn but it's more about getting my heart and lung capacity in a much better shape and at this point, I already notice some improvement.
Also worth to mention, every single time I come out of the gym, I feel so much more energetic (and I go there after a working day!!), happy and willing to do things. 
Is it addictive?!  hahaha

At this point, I am not forced to change my diet, since my goal is not to loose weight and I honestly think I have a very healthy diet (and diverse). So, unless I'm told otherwise, I keep eating the same way. 
Just a couple of days ago I double checked, and so far, did not lose any kgs! Yuppie!!!

So, what I would like to tell everyone who reads this, is just, take the lead to your life and do things that you want to do but always find a way to postpone it. It is very important we live the NOW and do the best we can to keep ourselves in shape; for some may be easier than others but that should never keep you away from doing it. ;-)

I am very happy that I took this step and hopefully, you will do the same!

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P.S.: and what about the amount of great sports clothes&accessories out there?! whaha Interested in a fitness fashion post? Leave a comment!
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 4 - Braga City Center

Hello!! ;-)

How did you like the first post about Braga? The views from the Bom Jesus are just breathtaking, imo. Oh, in case you missed it, here you are: Click Here

Today, I would like to show you a bit of what we saw while walking km's and km's through the streets of Braga.
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