BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And Off We Are... BF and I are flying to Mallorca in a few hours. Suitcases are packed, paperwork ready and spirits high. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I did manage to get one of my non-fitness goals done for July until now: "finish digitelizing and ordering all the sheet music I have as loose paper." Man, this was a real Sisyphus-task. Here a sneak peak off the mess. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fitness and food wise I am ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:52:29 EST I Love To Run! Yes, this is not a secret for anybody reading my blogs: <BR> <BR> I Love To Run! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed it even more when my father was running with me from time to time. He got injured a month ago at his calf after having had problems with a tendinitis in his knee just before. He is still not able to run and there is no sign of recovery yet, unfortunately. It is really hard on him not to be able to run, especially now that his two girls are running. Nevertheless, he is a good sports and che... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:18:56 EST July Plans and Race My sister did her first 10k race today! She did great and it actually was a little bit more than 10km - 10.7km! I ran with her to encourage her. It was a lot of fun! The race took place in the woods and the track and views were gorgeous! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I planed on doing so much in June, but the end of the school year was too demanding and upsetting and I did not reach most of my goals. Ah well... I will get to them n... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:47:23 EST Faather's Day Accident ah well... it should have been festive and it became tragic! <BR> <BR> As a father's day gift my sister and I wanted to run a 5k with my father yesterday night. It was very warm as we departed in the evening but my father (age 74) was feeling very well and happy to go race with his girls. Everything was fine! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After 2km, my father stopped suddenly and thought he had a stinging cramp in his right calf. W... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:29:06 EST June Oh my God, every month the same... when did the time pass so quickly? <BR> <BR> June, already? Really? <BR> <BR> Weigh-in this morning was ok. I am still at 138.5 pounds. I Still want to loose 4.5 pounds to July 12! I am doubting that I will be able to do it, though. Those last pounds close to goal weight are so tough to loose... I guess, I might need the help of this lady (lol) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel, I need a st... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:31:34 EST Do Your Best I usually try to do my best in any situation: be it at work, with friends and family, fitness or nutrition wise. Work with what you have and make it the best you can! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Right now, I am in Germany at BF's place for a weekend and we are having guests over from the US. We are having fun and I am given an opportunity to see how far I have come in respect to making healthy choices at restaurants. Since Friday... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 04:41:47 EST My Big Running Goal For 2014 The number on the scale moved... <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> I lost just half a pound last week, but after 4 weeks of stability this is a victory. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I think it is due to the increased protein intake (I hit 20% every day).I will try hard to keep the proteins up in the future. <BR> <BR> But this blog should be about my newly found SMART running goal for the season 2014. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The goa... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:05:25 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 Very Nice Weekend :-) I had guests from Bulgaria this weekend! My Boyfriend's brother and his wife came for a short visit to Belgium from Bulgaria. It was their very first flight and trip to the "West"... I think they enjoyed it a lot and I had a nice time too. <BR> <BR> I took them to three cities in three different countries in three days... <BR> First day: Brussels in Belgium... of course with clams and fries for lunch ;-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:41:43 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 Did It! Yes! Yes! and Yes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a non-scale victory today! As planed, I ran the tough 10km again with more than 600 feet of elevation change and a frightening 2km hill at about 15% inclination. For me a difficult run. <BR> <BR> Last week I had a hard time running up the long hill, but today it went much better. I was stronger mentally, could enjoy the run more and my legs were collaborating much better. <B... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:44:21 EST Attracting Positive Changes I strongly believe that positivity attracts new positive things and changes in your life. Believing it is easy. Practicing it when you are experiencing difficulties, that is the art and the challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This blog is going to be deliberately positive - and only positive - what is this saying again? "I am going to walk my talk" NOW! <BR> <BR> Here are the results of my March goals: <BR> -Run three times ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:55:52 EST Stomach Problems - Family and Work (Whining blod, sorry) I usually try to keep my blogs about fitness, food, or positive things, but here I just need to get the pressure out of my system, sorry if this blog is whining. <BR> <BR> My stomach is burning more and more since December. I think, I might have something like heartburn. I have not been to the doctor and am not thinking of going to see one in the coming weeks. I think these problems are psychosomatic and I first want to do my own work to clarify my personal situation and conflicts before I ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:25:45 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. ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 06:30:12 EST