BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Portugal Hello Friends, we are back from Portugal and had a great vacation. We visited Lisboa... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We walked many staircases up and down... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we visited Porto <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:08:15 EST walking the Camino Portugues I am off work at the moment and have more sweet time for myself - how nice! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> In a week BF and I are departing for Portugal to walk the Camino Portugues. I am very excited but also fairly nervous about this trip. Because I am still dealing with a foot/leg/back injury that happened 6 months ago, just a few weeks after I booked the flights to Portugal, actually. <BR> <BR> BF and I wanted to do this trip for a long time and I just could not cancel it. So we deci... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:42:19 EST Temple Of Testosterone In my last blog, I announced that I would get a gym membership for a few months. I hope it will help me get back in shape and let my foot heal before starting to run again. <BR> <BR> Well... on Monday night, I dropped by at the gym that is on my way to work. It resembles a warehouse stocked with gym equipment and it has no showers or changing rooms. There is only one unisex toilet (I just can't call that a bathroom, because it is not a room!), where you can change clothes and it has 5-6 loc... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:50:07 EST Going On By Starting Over Again - ugh! Going on by starting over... no, this is not a song title... although it could be one. It is what I feel like I have to do - again - ugh... <BR> <BR> The scale yesterday told me what I have been feeling in my trousers for a few weeks already. I am up a few pounds: 6 since December. Well, not a big deal you might say... but for me it is AGAIN the SAME D*** 6 POUNDS that I have to loose!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:35:38 EST The Algarve Last week I took my dad on a surprise vacation to The Algarve in southern Portugal. We had a great time traveling along the coast and we ate some amazing fish dinners and had some great wines... oh yes, the scale was up 2 pounds yesterday morning - but my official weigh in will be on Saturday so I have time to get back on track for the "real" weigh in of the 5 % challenge. <BR> <BR> I really need this challenge to get back on track. Today I cleaned the kitchen (spring cleaning is starting) a... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:56:40 EST weight loss happens in the kitchen! That is not the first time I am writing this in a blog, but it struck me again: <BR> <BR> Weight loss happens in the kitchen and now where else! <BR> <BR> Exercising might tone you up, make you look better and make you healthier and more fit, but weight loss depends on your food intake. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising for many years and really running a lot last year. At the moment I am injured and was afraid that I would put on weight while being immobilized. The exact opposite happe... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:14:11 EST Running Cup Ceremony Yesterday evening was the award ceremony of the running cup in which my sister, my dad and I participated in in 2015. We had a nice time and we all got an award in our age group. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dad was 2nd of the 75-80 year old (to the left) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sis was 6th of the 45-50 year old (second... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:35:13 EST Heel Spur I finally got a doctor to take some pictures and an ultrasound of my right foot - the diagnose is probably a double heel spur - inferior and posterior. Yet another diagnose, after being told it was plantar fascitis and Achilles tendinitis. I guess the symptoms and treatments are very similar for all three diseases anyway. <BR> <BR> I haven't been walking without crutches for a month now and the doc said I should keep them for at least 2 more weeks: Icing, resting, stretching and no exercise... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:59:36 EST Week one of 2016 One week of the new year has already passed. How are you doing? <BR> <BR> Are you still keeping those new year's resolutions and sticking to your plans? <BR> <BR> I read some statistics about it and in average only about 8% of people are successful in achieving their new year's resolutions, while 25% fail - the rest is in the gray zone of partially achieving their goals. <BR> <BR> Let's be among those 8% ! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:54:26 EST Influencing the Future I am not in a really great place (physically and emotionally) at the moment and I had some difficulties coming up with new and exciting goals for 2016. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I came up with a list of things that have been on my "I-would-like to do" list for a long time. I will set off to accomplish them in 2016 <BR> <BR> Let's prepare the positive outcome of our future now! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:59:20 EST The Now has the Seed of Our Future As I said yesterday, I want to evaluate first what was and what is before setting those goals for 2016. What was, was Yesterday and can not be changed anymore, only processed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is, is today and today is probably the most important and most precious time we have. We all know it, but sometimes it is good to remind ourselves of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:40:19 EST Flashback 2015 Before we start looking at where we want to go, we might want to see where we come from and where we are. That's at least what I feel like doing. <BR> <BR> Last year around this time I set some goals for 2015, I re-read them yesterday and was astonished at how some of it actually worked out.... <BR> <BR> Here is the list I made last year: <BR> <BR> My main goal was to maintain my weight between 132 and 134 pounds for the entire year. I stayed pretty close but not exactly at goal. highes... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:50:25 EST Bummer! What a bummer! I have Achilles tendinitis... or something similar.... grrrr! <BR> <BR> Life is sure testing me on my patience! I just was getting back to running comfortably and wrote a blog on the pleasure to learn from your difficulties... here comes the next challenge! <BR> <BR> I am not sure what exactly I have. I saw the doc for 10 seconds on Thursday (he did not have time) and he told me it is probably an Achilles problem. He told me "Just rest for 2-3 weeks" <BR> <BR> <em>24</e... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:21:02 EST Learning from your difficulties We all know that difficulties can make us stronger and that we can always learn from them. When you are experiencing some, be they minor or major, it is usually difficult to wrap your brain around that thought. It is only when you start to get out of the difficulties that you can really understand what you learned from them! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had some minor running/health issues for the las... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:29:04 EST Running Cup Results Yesterday was the final race of the Running Cup my sis, my dad and I are participating in. The unofficial results are out and we are all going to get a trophy! How cool is that! <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> We kind of slipped into doing this cup without planning it. My sis and I thought that it would be fun for my dad, who lost his soulmate about 2 years ago, to take part in some road races, since he likes running a lot. We signed up for some races last spring. A little later we learned ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:59:24 EST Running PR's and Festivities Wohoo - Did my second Half Marathon of the season and ran a personal record. That is always fun, the fun was tripled today though, because my sister set a new PR on her race too, and my dad ran his fastest 10km of the season... all good stuff. <BR> <BR> The weather was perfect and the course relatively flat but the terrain was uneven. We ran through the woods, on grass, and on cobble stones. <BR> Unfortunately, I had some problems during the race. My knee started aching after mile 10 and I... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:40:32 EST End of Summer Musing It is the end of Summer and the end of my carefree time... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am back to work at school: New students, new organization, and new challenges are coming and they shall not be all bad! I will make this school year a good one. <BR> <BR> There are still issues among colleagues and with the dean that stay unresolved and I shall not attempt to solve all these issues alone. My big motto for the year will be "trust the flow of life and go with it." What I mean by this is that I s... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:50:05 EST Hiking Mount Elbert! Oh my Good! What a dream vacation and What a day!!! <BR> <BR> Colorado is beautiful! <BR> <BR> Rocky Mountain National Park was aw inspiring... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boulder was a very pleasant city... <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:19:55 EST 40 and Fabulous! I feel a little like on those days where you make a fresh start, like on January first, or so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I turned 40 yesterday and today is the first day after the celebrations. I started the celebrations with the half marathon last weekend with my sister and I met friends and family on nearly every day last week. Yesterday was my actual birthday and it was quiet, like I hoped it to be. My... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:23:38 EST Half Marathon Blog! ... yes it was hot! It was very hot! But we did it and I am sooo proud of my sister! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She started running a little more than 2 years ago and she did run the 21.1km this morning! We came in a little later then planed - it took us 2hours and 42 minutes instead of 2 hours 25 and this was solely due to the heat! <BR> <BR> We got up at 5am this morning and headed out at 6am to get to... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:13:38 EST 4 Years on Sparkpeople Time flies.... it can not be stopped and that is probably good so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I logged into Facebook today, I was reminded by one of those "Facebook memories" that four years ago today I graduated 'Doctor of Musical Arts' from Rutgers University (New Jersey). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was also sa... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:46:07 EST Challenges are better than medicine! What a weekend... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sitting on my coach reflecting on what all happened in those last 3 Days... I think the best is that I managed my way through some difficult things and came out successful and quite proud of myself! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doing difficult and demanding things always pays off and makes you stronger. Tackling scary... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:10:23 EST GOAL! Two weeks ago, I gave up on the idea to become 60kg (132pounds) again because I had the feeling I was obsessing with the number, with calorie-counting, and spending way too much time and energy focusing on the number-goal. I reset the goal and decided I would be very happy with maintaining 134 pounds - around 61kg. What does 2 pound really make as difference? Right? <BR> <BR> and guess what happened? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:39:16 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