BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Half Marathon Training 5 weeks to go to my second and my sister's first half marathon! So be warned! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in the town where the actual race will take place and went out for a long run on the actual race track this morning. I did 19km of the 21km we will be doing in 5 weeks. I recorded the stats with my garmin watch and uploaded it to the site, so my sister can check out the trail stats of our race onli... Sat, 23 May 2015 09:52:27 EST What is Your Reason to Run or Race? My father, my sister and I are racing like our lives would depend on it... lol - Why? <BR> <BR> In 4 days we did 3 running events. Here are our results in the following order Dad, Sis and Me: <BR> Thursday 10km - 1h07 / 1h02 / 54min <BR> Saturday 10km - 1h11/ 1h01 / 55min <BR> Sunday 8.2km - 57min / 53min / 45min <BR> <BR> Today, I asked myself, why are we doing that? Are we crazy? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:36:55 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 Impressions from the Big Apple I landed well in New York earlier today. I hadn't been here for 2 years... and oh gosh... How noisy is it here! I must have forgotten how loud the environment is in this crazy city! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another fact that struck me today was the amount of foods available EVERYWHERE! Delis, food trucks, cafes, restaurants, fast foods, pizzerias, yadayadayada... temptation is everywhere. I will need to be damn strong to stay t... Fri, 8 May 2015 18:40:58 EST Running at Age 75 or Under Dear Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Thank you for being there every day to help me go through this focus reset! <BR> <BR> You are <em>345</em> !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to add a little running blog to today's accountability blog, since I have been doing lots of running lately. <BR> <BR> My sister and I, team 'Wonder Women', are preparing for a half marathon in July but we and my father are also taking part in ... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:38:15 EST Mental Strength My topic for today was mental strength... for me this mind over matter thing does not come by itself - I need to keep practicing it and practicing it in many ways-maybe one day I will just be able to do it unconsciously... <BR> <BR> I practice mental strength when I choose my food: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I practice mental strength when I run or do my exercise: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 3 May 2015 15:44:51 EST Using Fear of Failure to Achieve Success. Fear of failure is bad in your job - usually. <BR> <BR> As a singer, it is very bad for me and I have been working on that issue for many years. If I let my fear of failure take over I won't do any auditions anymore, neither would I plan new concerts with new programs and so on... It would basically immobilize me, or anybody else that is subject to it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We probably agree with the above statement... yes... Sat, 2 May 2015 12:48:30 EST Blogging Regularly I will try (for my own sake) to blog very regularly this month. The blogs might not be very interesting or enlightening to you, sorry about that, but they will help me to be focused, reach my goals and be accountable. <BR> <BR> I am struggling and need some extra motivation and accountability and I know my spark friends are great and blogs will keep me more on track! I am taking ownership again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My d... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:02:28 EST Where Did April Go? Is Friday really May 1st?! Where did April go? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had so many plans for April and I haven't reached half of them... I guess I have to admit, that I am struggling... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> - In April I wanted to.... <BR> <BR> 1. Get to 134 pounds - Complete fail... I am not down a pound, but I am up a pound and am now 136pounds.... <... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:09:39 EST loose the weight that sneaks in immediately! You can never out-train a bad diet - I don't remember who said that but it is absolutely correct, unfortunately... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> my weigh- in this morning showed the number 136.5pounds. This is 2.5 pounds over the high boarder of my maintenance weight. I have been seeing my number creeping up on me slowly over the past 5-6 weeks and now it is time to take action again... Loose the weight that sneaks in immediately! T... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:11:58 EST Week of a Geek and Plans for April The past week was my first week using my new Garmin running watch... and I wore it everywhere as I told you in my last blog. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the results of my first week as a geek. I think they are good, especially considering the fact that I am feeling under the weather with a sore throat and a slight cough: <BR> <BR> Running: <BR> 35km / 21.7miles - 3hours 44minutes / Average heart rate - 148beats/minute <BR> <BR> Steps: 83.000 steps <BR> (Sun: 10.500 -Mon: ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:15:56 EST Garmin Running Watch Accuracy I had been thinking which running watch to buy, to start training more "correctly" for my next running goals... and now the decision has been taken from me. I was offered a Garmin running watch... like this one, by my sister! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since yesterday I have been testing all the features and enjoying it a lot! - Thanks sis! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:21:06 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 Los Reyes De La baraja - folk song by M.G.Lorca We had a blast at the 'Tea Time Classics' concert yesterday. Coffee, cake and good music - Great Sunday afternoon. <BR> <BR> "If your mother wants a king for you - you should get one of the deck of cards - there are four in there... run or I will wash your face with dirt!" Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:40:39 EST February and March It is not yet the end of the month, but I am in the mood to reset some goals and re-caliber my activities. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing great with maintaining in February, but I have been doing ok. Is ok enough for me? Not really. I can and would like to do better. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> In February I went from 133 to 134.5 pounds, mainly because I eat too little at meal times and too many snacks... <BR... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:55:09 EST Next Running Challenges Today I spent 2 hours on planing my running for the next 18months. I want to post my plans to maybe get some feedback from you and also make myself accountable to actually commit to reaching those goals! Because I am scared that I might not reach them. <BR> <BR> I made a training schedule for the next 18months that I will put on my fridge and follow approximately, knowing well that it is difficult to plan 18months in advance... but I need a long and thoroughly prepared schedule to do things... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:30:00 EST Planing success for 2015 - Part 3 As I said in my last 2 blogs, my only New Year's resolution for 2015 will be to maintain my weight between 132 and 134 pounds for the entire year! <BR> <BR> After setting up my fitness and nutrition plans, today's Topic is: <BR> <BR> keep a positive outlook on life! <BR> <BR> To have positive results in life with my weight, fitness and singing career, I want to have a positive outlook and mindset. This will help me to be balanced and courageous. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:28:49 EST Planing success for 2015 - Part 2 As I said yesterday, my only real New Year's resolution for 2015 will be to maintain a weight between 132 and 134 pounds for the entire year! <BR> <BR> To achieve this I need a good action plan! <BR> <BR> Today, I will analyze the second part of my program: Nutrition <BR> <BR> I am a medium active female person - spark says I need between 1400 and 1700 calories to loose weight. This worked for me, so I take it for true. <BR> I want to maintain weight, so I think I can say that I may eat... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:58:07 EST Planing success for 2015 - Part 1 My only New Year's resolution for 2015 will be to maintain my weight between 132 and 134 pounds for the entire year! This would be the longest I have ever stayed at goal weight in my life. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> To achieve this I will need a good action plan: <BR> - a fitness program that is fun <BR> - a nutrition program that is realistic <BR> - a positive outlook on life <BR> <BR> I will take a close look at all three parts of my program over the next three days, I hope you do... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:10:11 EST Una voce poco fa - Rossini This is a recording from yesterday's Christmas Gala Concert where I am singing "una voce poco fa" from the opera "Il barbiere die Sevillia" by Rossini for the first time in public. I hope you Enjoy! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:17:53 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