Hi friends!
Today, to prevent injuries, I’m going to share with you my story, and why it is important to listen to your body during, and even a few days after, a workout.
Right before I went on vacation, I started to have knee pain. However, I did a lot of walking in Italy, and my pain was getting better. At least, that is what I thought was happening. I was wrong! The lovely twelve-hour flight back home did not help the matter. While on the plane, I was unable to stretch and move freely.
Once I got home, I rested for a few days, then went running. That was a big mistake.
My knee was not healed yet. Since then, I have been in a lot of pain. I am experiencing burning sensations and swelling.
In the past, I have injured myself many times. One of the injuries that I recall vividly happened during a step-aerobics class. I remember I was having the time of my life, stepping on and off the steps while listening and singing along to an awesome song. Suddenly, I lost my balance. Then, bang! I found myself on the floor with my ankle twisted.  I was in shock and a lot of pain. The doctor had me in an ankle immobilizer for six weeks, followed by physical therapy.
Every time I work out, I start with a warm-up. I gradually increase my heart rate. Also, especially after a run, a cool-down is important. It helps me slowly bring my heart rate back to normal.
Even though I do all this, I always ignore important signals that my body sends out, and I get hurt. I am now beginning to wonder if sports injuries are just a fact of life for me.  What is sad for some of us at our age, is that it takes longer to recuperate.
I have an appointment with Dr. Bolster on Monday. I will keep you posted on this. Until then, love yourself! Stay zen.
PS. On a different note: why are so many musicians and artists, the latest being Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, committing suicide?? I will write a blog post on that soon. I would like to hear from my followers about why this is occurring. RIP, Chester.

Hello, my friends!

Lately, I feel like I have been living in La-La Land! Don’t get me wrong: we all need to do that. I love it. It keeps me happy, present, and connected with the people I love. You will find out more about that on my next article that I’m writing for Thrive Global.

For those of you whom follow my blog, you already know that I have been out of the country and, from what I can tell, out of the loop as well.  I have only been home for two weeks, and I am trying to catch up with all the recent events that I missed. Needless to say, when I was in Italy, I only used my phone to take pictures.

In order to enjoy every single moment of my vacation, I stayed away from the Internet and the news. Just the other day, I decided to catch up on the news.  As I was watching an entertainment news channel, I was sad to learn that Maria Menounos, host of E-news, had undergone a complex surgery earlier this month to remove a golf ball-sized brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves.




Maria, who also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, said she began to experience symptoms in February, when she suddenly started having difficulty reading the teleprompter. In a recent interview, she stated that she was feeling sick at work, and was having frequent headaches. In March, she made an appointment with her mother’s doctor: neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black, who has been treating Maria’s mother for stage four brain cancer.

Later on, an MRI revealed that Maria had a brain tumor. Her surgery took place on June 8th. After six days in the hospital, she was back home and on the road to recovery. I recently read that she is doing well, but does not have her full balance yet.  We wish Maria a speedy recovery!


Before signing off: if you are a Juventus fan, you know what I’m about to say. Sadly, on Friday, we lost Bonucci. Leo was one of our defenders. Many Juventus fans are disappointed with the choice that he made. Many of them believe that he should have stayed with Juve, but instead he went to Milan. How can he leave a team that has won six championships in a row and go to a less important/famous team? There is a lot of speculation on this story on the web, but we will never find out the real reason why he left Juve. Good luck, Leo.  Forza Juve! XOXO



How many of you had a joyful and relaxing weekend? Right now, I am enjoying these hot, sizzling, Texas summer days. Who on this earth does not love summer? I don’t even want to think about those lazy, cold, gray winter days. Yes, I know, the fall and winter seasons bring us some awesome holidays, but my mind is made up. I’m not ready to give up my summer!
During the hot months, my energy level is high. I feel happy and alive. I’m also enjoying the extra dosage of vitamin D. Now that I’m just about over my jet lag, I’m slowly getting back into my regular workout routine. I started my weekend with a great run on Saturday. Then, I went to see my beautiful hairdresser.
As I mentioned earlier, I got my hair done just two weeks ago in Italy at Mariano Balato, my sister’s hairdresser. They did an excellent job. However, my hair was looking like it belonged to a Barbie doll. They really made me super blonde, and it was not looking very flattering with my dark complexion.
I noticed it is a trend for the ladies in Italy to have blonde hair with dark roots. I knew that I was going to be a project for my hairdresser, Meghan. I’m now blonde-free, and I feel great.
I hope everyone has a great Monday/week. Keep on smiling, and don’t forget to stay Zen in this crazy world. XOXO

Hello, my friends! I’m back! I have a new hair color!  Thanks, to Mariano Balato in Italy!


I already miss Naples, Tuscany, Verona, Amalfi, Positano, Lake Garda, and Carpi. I’m also missing my dear sister, Tonia, and all my brothers and sisters-in-law, along with my nephews and nieces.


My home, Napoli!

Shortly after a long flight!






The day we arrived in Naples, the weather was super hot. It took a few days for us to get adjusted to the heat. People over there are not crazy about using air conditioning. Every time you go on vacation, be aware of the weather. During the summer, it is important to dress in shorts and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of sneakers and your favorite cap.

I miss the yummy pizzas, and all the pastries and pasta dishes. We made a stop in Firenze, where I ordered this seafood rice dish. It was delicious – out of this world. Then, we went to Torino to visit my beloved Juventus Stadium/Museum. It was a beautiful morning in Torino when we arrived. The sun was bright, but partially covered. The stadium was just the way I imagined it to be.What a day that was. I felt like I was in a dream. I keep on asking myself: did I really visit the stadium?



It is nice to be back home. You will have a chance to read more about my trip to Italy when my article comes out in Thrive Global magazine. I will start working on the article soon, once I get over jet lag. I will let you know when it will be published. Until then, keep smiling and stay Zen. XO

Enjoy all the pictures!


Lake Garda!



Lake Garda!





Verona! The famous balcony! Romeo and Juliet!


On our way to the stadium from Carpi!

La porta di Gigi Buffon!