BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Getting Ready for the Race Next Sunday is the first race of my fall running season. It should not only be a nice race but also a nice family outing. We will depart on Saturday for Dinant (Belgium) and I booked a nice hotel with a pool for a night. The race is on Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> It is a 13km race along a river with one big hill. Here is a race profile. I will start in Gendron and do the "small" race. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinant is also the... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:23:26 EST Stray Dogs Went out for my interval running training in the park here in Sofia, Bulgaria and met lots of friends on 4 legs... not feeling so comfortable around them but what can I do! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came to Sofia for the first time 10 years ago and back then the problem was even bigger... maybe one day there wont be any stray dogs left in the streets of Sofia... until that day I will continue talking to them every time I pass... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:55:55 EST Training in Bulgaria After the traumatic running experience at the local basement gym on Saturday, I decided to go back to it to overcome the bad experience by doing some wight lifting. <BR> <BR> I noticed that there were some serious guys working out at that small gym when I did my run and yes of course... I suddenly understood I am in Sofia! Bulgaria! Ivan Abadjiev? Does it ring a bell? He used to be one of the most successful weight lifting trainers in Bulgaria and got lots of his pupils to an Olympic level.... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:18:38 EST Successfully Failed Crazy Run Not too long ago, I would say things like: "these guys must be crazy to run at noon with those temperatures" or "Only running-junkies go out in that heat" ... Today, I felt like a crazy person doing my own run. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 2 weeks and really want to stick to my running training plan. <BR> If you have ever been in an Eastern-European city you will know that these cities are not running... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:18:24 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 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 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 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 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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