my Herbalife diet plan

It was like that, I was fast growing big: sweat, fatigue, pain in the legs… rewards of the 219.6 lbs I reached. “Oh, what will I do?!” I thought. Most my life I weight 176 lbs which was fine for me, copeing with the sudden extra 43,6 lbs was difficult.

I know this is not that much, but get a bag put 43,6 lbs of rocks in it and keep it on your shoulders for a whole day and you will quickly understand my feeling and sensations.

That does not belong to me! 🙂

My dear baby sister came to my help with the strange idea, something about drinking shakes, that that would help me out. She introduce me to Herbalife products. I am skeptical in general so I went on and read all I could about both the product and the CO.

I know all the pros and cons of the Herbalife business and products. I mean, I know what people are saying on the web. I heard the fans and the foes of Herbalife. Finally, I decided to try, not though before I read all I could about nutrition and diets in general too.

I came to the conclusion that it was not that much what I was eating that was making me grow fat, but what I was not eating and the bad habits. Brazilians, in general, have very poor breakfast habits. Sometimes we don´t even have it at all.

Time to change.

As everybody in this world I have to rush throw the days and fight to make a living. This meant, just a while ago, that many times my first meal would be lunch. Very bad, long hours without food. This was the problem. “You should not stay more then 3 hours without food during the day”, all diets said that.

With age our metabolism changes, it slows down. This also is written all over. This means you need less food. But it does not mean you need less minerals, vitamins and proteins. How can you manege all this factors? My solution was Herbalife shake once a day and tablets as recommended.

Life changes

Modern life, modern way of nourishing yourself. That is simply the point. The rest is math. How can one consume all the necessary vitamins, minerals, fibers, proteins and still keep it at a low fat rate? Or better, in my case, how can I have the perfect breakfast and still not get even bigger?

23 vitamins and minerals, fiber and Portein - easy to prepar.
23 vitamins and minerals, fibers and Portein – easy to prepar.

The math, the regular breakfast we eat may have from 600 to 1000 calories and yet it maybe be very poor in terms of nourishing. The Shake has 210 to 300 calories, but 23 vitamins, mineral and protein, etc etc… So,yes, I can feed myself very well in the morning and not grow fat. It worked and is still working, every morning two teas and one shake.

But the effect is bigger then that. I started to loose weight, little by little as I expected. But remember, I read the fans and the foes. So I knew that many people got fat again very quickly after a Herbalife and many other diets. Sometimes worse than prior to the diet. So I went slow, slow is better, I had time to change habits also.

It worked, math is always right. Good nourishment every morning, colorful eating at lunch and light food at night – all intercalated with smaller meals like protein bars, fruits or even  small shake shots sometimes – granted me the body condition I wanted. As my grandpa used to say the coils are the same for 220 or 170 lbs.

I feel great. Still I want to get from the 206.4 lbs I am now to 198 lbs which will be perfect for my built and age. It will take time, slowly is the best, I sure will get there. I am thankful to my sister, to Herbalife and to the people who took time to write on the subject.

By the way I decided to join Herbalife as an Independent Distributor. Making money out of getting thin is also of great help. 🙂

Should you be interested in Herbalife products and/or business – let me know.

In 88 countries, Herbalife is an international business.
In 88 countries, Herbalife is an international business.

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It’s All About the Beautiful People

The year 2007. As I was on my way to Korea, in my heart a deep sense of gratitude was very clear: To God first, to the old OhmyNews, to Softway/Softrack and to all the people who made it possible for this common Brazilian to come to Asia and visit South Korea.

Korean friend, Kon
Korean friend, Kon
Flight Attendant
Korean Flight Attendant

While still in Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo I thought of writing about my impressions. Long before I actually arrived I did get a preview of what it would all be like – I mean in Korea. While enroute from Los Angeles to Incheon, I was already puzzled.

The Flight

Incredible service is not exactly the best way of describing it — fantastic, I think, is much better. You think of pressing the button to call the flight attendant and she is there already. Korean Air personnel were my first encounter with Korean style: Fast, objective, efficient. I hope I am lucky enough to come back this way soon with Korean Air.

Beautiful People

As a man I was quick to notice that all the flight attendants were very beautiful. I thought, “They get the best of the land… of course…” Then I arrived in Seoul and thought that all the girls were flight attendants — incredible — everywhere beautiful looking men and women, it is rather rare to see someone out of shape. But let me tell you more, they are not just good looking they are great care takers, I felt very well taken care of while in Korea.

Koreans
Koreans

Friends

As always, at an international gathering like this, there is a sense of friendship and sharing. The Mennonite Church in the U.S. has a program of exchange visitors and their motto goes some like “Building Bridges Across Boundaries” and, you know, that is exactly what happened with all of us during this Forum.

So, now Korea is no longer just a flag for me, a distant country somewhere on the map; now Korea is Ms. Nayoung Han, Kon, Mr. Oh, Mr. Jean K. Min — for me now Muhammad Aslam Khan is Pakistan, Yehonathan Tommer is Israel, Rajendran Nair is India, and so on.

I did try to put it in words — I am sure this is something we all felt and feel until today.

Oh how many beautiful people!

People from all over the world
People from all over the world

Giving Thanks

I am still thankful to all readers in Korea and all around the world because you are the ones who ultimately made all this possible.

Brazil, Amazon – River Trip to Parintins

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Above, the Amazon State Flag.

Well, first, how to get there? Once you are in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas in Brazil, there are two ways to get to Parintins: by plane, about a 1 hour trip, or by the Amazon River, 18 hours to get there and 24 hours or more to get back.

Parintins has a great festival every year between June 28 and June 30. Fifty thousand people from all over the country and abroad come to participate. Apart from the Bull Festival, it is a nice place to visit year round. But, in case all you want is to experience the Amazon River, you may go to Itacoatiara, which is nearer to Manaus and less tiring to get to. You see, riverboat trips are slow and long.

Of course, adventurous, I chose the river trip to Parintins. The idea was to see more of the tropical rain forest and maybe animals, too. Also, to learn more about the “Amazonenses” of other smaller cities. “Amazonense” is the name given to people born in the state of Amazonas. Rivers are the major means of transportation in this region of Brazil. Most cities grow and develop on their banks.

Manaus Port – Black River.

At the boat docks in Manaus, cargo and passengers are readied for the trip. Usually these river vessels stay harbored in Manaus for a whole day because this is where all the people from the smaller cities scattered along the river ways of the mighty Amazon, its branches and tributaries, come to sell their goods, crops and fish. They in turn buy clothing, groceries, seeds, gas, fuel, building materials, etc. The riverboats take on an average of 170 passengers plus many tons of cargo.

On the boat, everyone brings a hammock. There are places for you to hang them and enjoy your trip in relative comfort. I could not really be at ease with mine at first. On the trip from Manaus to Parintins, I could hardly sleep. You see, it is not so easy to sleep in a hammock when you are not used to it. But on the way back I was so tired, I did sleep, at least for a couple of hours.

 Life stile

The first thing I did was to check what kind of hammock people used. Then in one of the many shops near the harbor, I bought mine, neither better nor worse. Next, I paid for my ticket and went on to choose a place for me to hang my hammock. Sounds simple, right? There’s not much to it, but if you happen to be late, most of the passengers will already be on board — a mass of people lying side-by-side and sometimes even on top of each other.

In the photo above, do you see the woman’s net? (Brazilians call hammocks nets.) It is beside two other nets. The people in the photo are not relatives or anything like that; they just got to know each other that very moment. Brazilians tend to talk at a closer distance than British or Americans do. They mean no disrespect or intrusion. It is simply our way.

  Cidade de Alenquer – Riverboat.

During the trip, three to four meals are served: dinner, morning breakfast, lunch and, if the boat is late, another meal before arrival. The food quality varies from boat to boat. Traveling to Parintins on the “Cidade de Alenquer” the food and its preparation was very good, on the way back I was not so fortunate… On the first day, before dinner, I was interested only in the rivers, the scenery and stuff like that. At the first meal, however, I got to learn more about the beautiful people from the states of Amazonas and Para.

The meals are served on a rather small table that fits 12 at a time. With 170 some people onboard, one table on the first deck and another one — the same size — on the second deck, so about 85 people per table, right? Now everybody is hungry, the boat is three hours late, the engine’s on: po, po, po, po, pop popt … I thought to myself, this is going to be a mess. I was wrong, very wrong. I fell in love with these calm, clean and peaceful people. Yes, very clean. During the trip, some of them took up to four showers. They’d go towel in one hand something to dress in the other, and when they returned they’d spend up to 30 minutes combing, brushing, voluptuous — incredible.

 People eating on the boat.

Note, when the Europeans arrived in Brazil they where amazed about the nudity and the bathing habits of the natives — well, it is still true. At least the bathing thing, sometimes both.

The bell rang and in an orderly way without much external control, they went to the table. There the food was set in medium-sized bowls and they served each other without hurry and in such a nice way. I took part in the second round. The bowls where refilled. I noticed then that no one was watching or comparing, getting more or less; they were at ease. You see, these are mostly very simple people. In general, they have a low level of education, low incomes and yet they have good manners, a very good heart and relate very well with each other.

Old woman ready for the trip.

Now night came. Soon, some of the hammocks were empty while others held more weight… Wow. Love on the boat was so simple. But what was funny was that you did not hear any sound at all. Before this, on the third deck, the top level of the boat, where there is a bar, the people danced, drank beer and socialized. But don’t take me wrong. This was good. Whole families, children, the elderly, they were all having a good time. Not everyone on board was there, of course. Some were down stairs sleeping or just relaxing. Later in deep silence, we all slept. Well most of us anyway. They are not uptight; they really feel free to enjoy themselves. Would that you were there, you’d feel respected all the time, no question.

The confluence of the rivers

The trip started in Manaus at the Black River. Thirty minutes later the confluence appeared — the Black River and the Solimoes River collide and give birth to the Amazon River. The Solimoes River is red with mud, the Black River, as the name suggests, has black waters, and the two do not mix for many kilometers. So on one side of the boat you have red water and on the other black — a real scene.

It is fantastic. The Amazon is large — in some places more than six kilometers wide. Going down the river to Parintins or Itacoatiara is faster because you are traveling in the middle with the current, which is strong. On the way back, the boats travel very near the banks, doodling up every curve, so you may add from 6 to 10 hours to your trip. Should the captain try to go up by the middle, the current is so strong there, the boat wouldn’t even move.

Sadly, I saw only one fish jump in the river and some birds. The Amazon is a highway for boats of all sizes going up and down. According to some of my fellow travelers, animals and even more birds can be seen on the branches and tributaries far from the main rivers because of the up and down movement of the boats.

 Technology is here. A young girl plays with her cell phone for the entire trip.

Itacoatiara Port

There are many cities on the riverbanks, like Itacoatiara. Once small, today Itacoatiara is a port through which wood and many other goods are exported to Europe, the U.S., Asia, etc. There is a road between Itacoatiara and Manaus. By river, it may take you eight to ten hours; by road, it may be only three. (So you may leave Manaus by boat in the morning, enjoy the trip, experience the river and later come back by taxi or bus.)

Itacoatiara Port

Itacoatiara Main St.

It all starts in Itacoatiara pretty much like any other small village, A church, a health center to serve the formers nearby, soon someone puts up a bar that also sells groceries and the city develops.

 Itacoatiara Main Street

Nowadays these places are not springing up without care. There are programs run by the Amazonas state government to help them develop with more planning. Sustainable development is the name of the game and is the key to preserving the rain forest and the people who live in it. Brazilians know that and are willing to fulfill the task — to take care of our share of the Amazon.

Nevertheless, I must admit there is a lot that needs to be done. I was all the time worried about a piece of plastic I had in my pocket. I thought ‘this must not go to the river, Carlos! Be careful with your garbage!’ In the early morning, I was on the top deck inhaling the pure air, enjoying the scenery, at ease. The night before, I had put my garbage in the right place. The trashcan, right? Well, all of a sudden to my surprise I see two garbage bags flouting past the boat. Did someone from the crew throw that in? I immediately went downstairs and saw the trash can with new bags. I was mad. So mad I decided it was not a good time to go speak to the crew. But I later wrote to the port authorities. They said that they teach and that there are regulations, but people are hard to change. The next photo is my view from the top deck. I did not have my camera when the bags passed by unfortunately…

My next trip, you can guess, right? Yes, go wild, experience the jungle!

The Amazon River is so amazing. I recommend you take a trip down to see it for yourself. Have fun!

Early morning on the upper deck of the boat.
On the upper deck of the boat, early morning.
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