BERGBA7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BERGBA7 BERGBA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Never say Never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152662 It is probably ridiculous how much I am emotionally attached to getting back to running. There are so many activities one can do to stay fit, why does it have to be running? <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly why. Running is a family thing, so that is surely a big reason, but there is something more about this sport that I really like - it makes me feel like flying! If you look at my pace and my previous running I am more like a flying turtle. I guess that the speed of my flights is less import... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:48:21 EST The marathon I didn't run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149142 Today was the day of the marathon in Duesseldorf (Germany). I registered for it 9 months ago. <BR> <BR> I woke up early at 6 a.m. this morning dressed, attached my bib, and took the subway to the departure line. BF accompanied me. It was freaking cold - around 37 Fahrenheit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66f514f6-c06c-423e-b9f8-2e8c570131cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did all this knowing very well that I would not run the marathon because of my foot injury. Something ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:42:50 EST Temple Of Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143046 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138972 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa97eee6-0726-4bdb-b49a-ffd47f32f0bc.jpg">... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:35:38 EST The Algarve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137099 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 struggeling a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125630 I have had a tougher time again lately, but I am still here and still going. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71cd5294-cef0-4bd7-ae37-fe6bdc2dc23c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My weight is going up and down between 135 and 137 pounds and I registered for the next 5% challenge. Maybe I can get to that magical 133 pounds again before the summer - Commit to it for April Girl! <BR> <BR> My foot is recovering very slow. I still feel some discomfort and when I exercise the pain ge... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:47:55 EST weight loss happens in the kitchen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082860 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077828 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a78eb8d-6d35-4abb-b713-cea3d5a3718b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dad was 2nd of the 75-80 year old (to the left) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3d7cfc-658c-40be-8882-4368813d3667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sis was 6th of the 45-50 year old (second... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:35:13 EST Everything is in the Eye of the Beholder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072414 The last few days I have been thinking a lot about how your judgment on things really depends on you! Not only beauty is in the eye of the beholder, also success, a tasty meal and behavior in a social setting. <BR> <BR> Let me explain what I mean by personal examples: <BR> <BR> - I have a foot injury and have been walking on crutches for about 5 weeks. This morning I went out for a first walk on 1 crutch. My goal was to reach the cemetery (+-1.5 mile round trip) but I did not make it, I o... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 07:06:43 EST Heel Spur http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068181 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065465 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d862b7f1-2c0b-4758-a... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:54:26 EST Influencing the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058813 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50e5c5fe-8039-486f-a5af-215eaeaf8731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:59:20 EST The Now has the Seed of Our Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055860 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/263b829f-099a-4ffd-88f4-24a8df16c0cf.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055212 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 Chair-ridden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052821 I have been chair-ridden for a week now and am not really enjoying it. My mood goes up and down a lot. I am trying my best to stay mentally positive. Santa brought me crutches yesterday to at least being able to jump around the apartment a little bit better. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf2b1e9c-9db3-43c7-a7a0-252d2979d627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a nice Christmas Day and I tried to be very reasonable with the food since I am not moving much. I managed pretty... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:27:34 EST Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052007 Enjoy and Merry Christmas to Everyone! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:24:01 EST Somewhere over the rainbow... skies are blue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051231 One of my favorite songs to sing and not only around Christmas... so very true... somwhere over the rainbow and behind the difficulties and clouds there is alsways sunshine and hope! Just don't loose faith! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:35:59 EST Bummer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050093 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046701 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/981633b0-0096-4cb2-bd15-82a9e1402299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have had some minor running/health issues for the las... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:29:04 EST Running Cup Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036095 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987472 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979134 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ebd1ea0-3fd1-4d7c-8f6f-f393cf72c36c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/888a64f7-3565-4efb-91ef-32c57ae812db.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Boulder was a very pleasant city... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d1a616d-a3dc-4722-88db-436afb207fb9.JPG"> <BR... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:19:55 EST 40 and Fabulous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960178 I feel a little like on those days where you make a fresh start, like on January first, or so. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd7d2dd1-68ad-40bb-9790-67a71f3203c8.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955390 ... yes it was hot! It was very hot! But we did it and I am sooo proud of my sister! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef5bd8eb-09d8-4382-a475-9237c022dfd3.JPG"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928115 Time flies.... it can not be stopped and that is probably good so. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/267ab819-517c-478a-959f-a24e7ba1571f.jpg"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e707d06-246b-42cf-9bf4-728837a7476c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I was also sa... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:46:07 EST Challenges are better than medicine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889227 What a weekend... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1351000356.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120310703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doing difficult and demanding things always pays off and makes you stronger. Tackling scary... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:10:23 EST Planing success for 2015 - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843001 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841719 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841282 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 GOAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816582 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70271969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:39:16 EST Life is a Roller Coaster Ride - 3 Years on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685063 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598231 "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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1384349347.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580568 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579643 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679178948.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390927 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1970705799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My father knew what he got himself... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:03:22 EST