BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Song Here the unprofessional recording made by my father at yesterday's concert for all of you who like old songs that make you dream on a Sunday evening of Fall.... <BR> <BR> Enjoy <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:19:47 EST Hard to loose those last pounds... ... and keep them off for good! <BR> <BR> my weigh-in this morning was not good, as expected. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a day of binging (Wednesday) and 2 more days of eating healthy but over my calorie range this week: those 3 days added up to +- 2100calories/day. (total overeating this week 1200 calories) (I am committed to really track every single bite, though.) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:45:50 EST Analysing my Binge :-( I just binged... on chocolate <BR> <em>29</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't binged on chocolate for a long, long time.... I actually don't recall exactly when my last binge was. I think it must have been about 8-9 months ago. This does not matter anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What matters is that I just ate about 50 grams of ritter sport chocolate (250 calories), 6 mon cheri pralines (300 calories) and 2 pieces o... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:50:19 EST Achieved This Year's Runing Goal :-) My running goal for this year was to get faster. I think I can now tell you that I did get faster. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two years ago I trained for my first 10k, last year I trained for my first half-marathon, and this year my goal was to get faster. <BR> I did more interval training and tempo runs and lately I started adding some drills and form exercises as well. In spring I set up some "smart" goals to materialize what ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:47:33 EST Are You a Secret Eater? Are you a secret eater? <BR> <BR> A few days ago I discovered a British TV show on Youtube called "Secret Eaters." <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know it (like me a week ago) it is about discovering what people eat without knowing it or recording it. They showed people who thought they were eating as little as 1300 calories a day and after observing them for a week it came out that these people where not honest or recording everything they were eating and their real intake was about... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:23:38 EST Creative Running Motivation I did my planed 15km training run today but not without some special tricks to get me motivated to do the last 2km. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I did my usual 11km route and planned on adding 2 circles of 2km each to get to the 15km. I installed this strategy of adding additional circles of 1km or 2km to an already well trained route during the training for the half marathon. This way I managed to increase my mileage with the least pain. <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> After running the 11km my en... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:34:30 EST All Round Running Training For those of you who know me a little bit, you know that running is my passion. I have been doing it for about 3 years, training for a 5k first, then a 10k, and finally half a marathon. Today, I am training to run faster and better. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I started working on my running form. I found lots of interesting websites and clips on youtube about running form and some drills to make my running more functional. There are also lots of interesting posts on strength training and fl... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:26:42 EST Race Weekend This weekend we went on a family trip. We went to Dinant - a cute town in southern Belgium where there is a fortress on a hill - a beautiful cathedral and 2 Rivers: La Meuse and La Lesse. It was also the birthplace of Adolphe Sax - the inventor of the saxophone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There were some commemorations for WWI on Saturday and on Sund... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:03:31 EST Fall 5% challenge (fitness, food and weight) Last week I got an invitation to participate in a 5% fall challenge. I have never done that since I am on spark and thought that this time it would probably be the exact right thing to do. Loosing 5 % of my body mass would bring me to my goal right on time for the winter. <BR> <BR> I enrolled and here I am not knowing exactly what to do and trying to understand what my challenges will be... Did it start already? Probably yes, because I saw that today there was a post for the second assignme... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:31:12 EST An Intriguing Remark... BF made an intriguing remark yesterday and I can't get it out of my mind. I am still trying to grasp what he was saying and why! <BR> <BR> Set the scene: <BR> We are sitting at the kitchen table and talking about weight while watching the pictures of our last vacation. His mother is normally skinny - his brother is extremely skinny, his sister in law is very skinny, he is very skinny and I am - "normal" I said. His reply to it was "no, you are neither fish nor fowl." <BR> <BR> I am what?... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:45:02 EST Where is My Ability to Set Goals? I am in a kind of "creative block" like writers or painters sometimes find themselves in. I am in a "goal setting block." I just don't know what goals to be working towards next to keep me motivated to loose those 5 pounds and work on my overall health and fitness. I am kind of bored with everything at the moment. A state that I find myself very rarely in. <BR> <BR> To help myself get out of it I thought that I would go back to the gist of my journey. Start from the beginning basically and ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:11:52 EST Is it Worth The Struggel? Doubt sneaked in over the last few weeks: <BR> <BR> Is loosing 4.7 pounds really worth the effort, the tracking, the constant food control and the dreadful weigh-ins week after week after week? Loosing 47 pounds~yes, that's a goal but loosing 4.7? Am I putting the bar too high? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am still struggling to loose that one pound I put on over our vacation and just am in a moment of doubt. Maybe I set the b... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:22:29 EST Looking at Nutrition - Again, and Again, and Again Why is my scale not going down? <BR> <BR> I asked myself this question last week again - "Getstronger" thinks this is one of the big mysteries of life and he sure is partly right. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But, I really want to loose 4 more pounds to my birthday in July. So I need to figure out this mystery for me at the present moment. I started looking at my food intake meticulously. Of course there it was... a beginner's mistake... a mistake I have done in the past. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 18 May 2014 06:06:56 EST Life is a Roller Coaster Ride - 3 Years on Spark Today, three years ago, I discovered this website. <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> I was trying to find help to loose weight, and I found it. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> I found more than I imagined, actually. I found a tool for personal growth to support me on my roller coaster ride called Life. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 148 pounds and I wanted to loose 16 pounds. Not dramatic, but I did not feel well in my body anymore. I felt like I needed to take action immediately... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:09:27 EST Honor your Mother's Heart as Long as It is Beating "Honor your mother's heart as long as it is beating." This is a German saying that my grandfather used to say a lot. Today I feel like honoring my mother's heart even though it stopped beating. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my mother's 70th birthday. She is no more here to celebrate it with us, although we all hoped she would have lived up to today.. it was not meant to be. <BR> <BR> She was a strong woman and a tough c... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:49:37 EST A partially cloudy 2013 The best description for my year 2013 is that it was partially cloudy. Good and difficult moments were always side by side. This is especially true for the second half of the year. <BR> <BR> I am trying to have a fresh start in 2014 and looked back at the goals I set for 2013. I met about 50% of them. <BR> <BR> I failed at building strength and loose body fat. I actually lost strength and increased the fat by about 1-2%. I also failed at getting under 30% fat consumption a day and put on ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:18:23 EST What are your excuses for disappearing from Spark? What are your excuses for disappearing from Spark for a longer period? Have you been out of touch for longer at some point? Why? How did it happen? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been gone for around 6 months after being on Spark for 2 years. At first, I was just very busy with the end of the school year. Than my boyfriend moved from the United States to Germany and there was a lot to do. After that, I had the excuse of going ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:25:32 EST Father's Day Race My father and I did a very demanding race today. In fact it was the toughest race I have done so far. My father used to do this race every year 30 years ago and he was very happy to do it again. the track goes over 13.5km and has many hills - really steep once! After kilometer 4 it goes basically uphill until kilometer 9 and after that there are some more hills... lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My father knew what he got himself... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:03:22 EST Setting Goals To Stay On Track I need some strong June goals to get through a rather rough period! <BR> <BR> YES I CAN! I AM MOTIVATED! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did I reach the May goals... hm... not really. I give myself only a 50% grade. <BR> Courage was good, food was bad, and fitness medium. <BR> <BR> Fitness: I reached the 15km running distance and did 2 races as planed a 5km and a 9km. I dropped the P90X2 program - booohhh!!! <BR> <BR> Food: Instead ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:25:22 EST Goals 2013 After looking back at 2012 and setting short term goals for January. There is the blog on the bigger 2013 goals left to right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Main goal: <BR> <em>249</em> Stay healthy, courageous, and around goal weight (58kg-62kg) <BR> <BR> To achieve that, I am simply going to continue what I have been doing and push myself further if possible in all three directions - fitness, nutrition, and personal growth. ... 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