ESPERI's SparkPeople Blog ESPERI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I climbed Ben Nevis! The Highlands were BEAUTIFUL - but cold so I´m kind of still in chock here being back in Spain that has it´s hotest summer in 50 years. <BR> <BR> Every day in Scotland we had rain and 10ºC and on top of Ben Nevis it was 2ºC and hard wind = freezing cold. <BR> <BR> Here are some pics from the trip: <BR> Loch Lomond <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nessie <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:32:12 EST OK - I am done here! I really did not have that much weight to lose to start with and I have not lost all I wanted, but I think my main focus has to be exercising regularly and staying fit. <BR> I would like very much to tone the body so I could show off my muscles a bit more, and that is what I will try to do in stead of focusing on the weight loss. <em>344</em> <BR> Must say I am ok with my body and myself at the moment but if the weight drops some kg,s more I would not complain. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 6 May 2011 15:49:20 EST More fish for me! I promised myself that I should make more fish in stead of the chicken that is all over our weekly menu. <em>14</em> <BR> And I have. The electricity is very expensive here in Spain so we use the gas barbecue on the terrass as oven. <BR> I have baked both salmon and white fish with vegetables in it this week and wow! I do like fish more than I thought I did! <BR> This will make healthy eating more interesting - and easy. <em>175</em> <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>69</em> <... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 16:37:52 EST Troll gone and musician back! I gave in and cut my hair even though I have not reach my goal, and I feel great! <BR> <em>204</em> Troll gone! Bye, bye Björn Borg! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> After leaving the salon yesterday we bumped into some friends who asked us home with them. I was quite tired and wanted take the beach promenade back to where we had parked the car and go home for a nice, quiet evening. <BR> But as I did not want to say no to our friends we went with them - and had an fantastic night together ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:42:59 EST The ticker - now it is getting embarrassing! Think I will cut out the ticker from my page!!! <BR> Or not? <BR> <BR> It is not the first time I have this discussion with myself and now I am taking it public. <BR> <BR> When I first made my page I had a bit of a trouble making my mind up about putting the ticker there. Then I thought "Why not? It can be an encouragement seeing it move". <em>226</em> <BR> AND I GUESS IT WOULD BE! BUT IT DOES NOT! <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> I tend to look at other persons tickers and they tick (some hav... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 04:52:51 EST If I loved tomorrow yesterday, I love today even more! I start to feel like myself again! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Today we had to pick our scooter up from the shop in Benidorm, and we made that into an active day in stead of what it could have been; taking the car there, picking the scooter up and going home again. <BR> <BR> What we did was this: <BR> Went for a long walk by the beach and up in a nature park called "Sierra Helada" where I have never gone before and it was wonderful and a bit unrealistic. <BR> <BR> We started from the bus stati... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:38:16 EST "Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow..." This week my body really let me down! As the mind is happy and ok let the body take the blame for a not very active week. <em>334</em> <BR> Yesterday I was so tired that when hubby said he wanted us to go for what used to be my favourite long walk by the sea to the lighthouse I just looked at him. Tired! <BR> Well we did it! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:14:51 EST Energy can come from the strangest things! Today, as yesterday, I´ve been feeling this lack of energy but today the sun shone and that made a great difference. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Went for a nice walk in the surroundings and spotted the first squirrel I´ve seen since we moved here. That made me smile and gave me energy to take on the hills. <BR> Nature can really charge the batteries! <BR> The sun was shining, a lot of flowers in bloom and bees buzzing around, even some butterflies playing put on a show for us in the air. <em>8... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:39:48 EST Body in a black hole! Something isn´t right. <BR> My energy is sucked up by the universe before I can use it. <BR> <em>197</em> <BR> We´ve been struggling with a very stubborn cold that won´t go away, but can that be all it is? <BR> I don´t feel like exercising - and usually I love it. My heart pounds like it´s about to leave the chest during the cardio. (As I´ve got the strap on I know the HR is ok). <BR> <BR> My body is so tired and boring! It doesn´t want to do anything. <em>413</em> <BR> I feel like I´v... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:10:27 EST Puh! Muscles are still in there somewhere I took the easy way out for a couple of weeks and puh! <em>198</em> was it hard to come back to the schedule! <BR> Felt like this <em>15</em> and before the visit that made me (hmm, blaming the circumstances... ayayay) lose my way I felt so good! <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> At last I´m back and feeling the muscles again. Strange how they seem to disappear in only such a short time. Now my stomach feels strong and tight again. Yesterday after workout my arms were shaking. Embarrassing! <em>2... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 04:24:34 EST Spanish bureauCRACY If you have read Peter Mayles´ book "One year in Provence" you know what we are fighting... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> When I read it in Sweden I really thought much of it was fiction, written to entertain the reader, and not his every-day reality. Now I know better! <BR> Should I tell you all my struggle with the paperwork here this blog could be very, very long. Let me just tell you that when we are going to the authorities or going out to buy something bigger, we always bring with us the; <B... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:53:38 EST Happy to be back! <em>213</em> <BR> SP has really become important to me. I understood that when I couldn´t log on for some time. The way it helps me to put my goals in front of my eyes every day makes me do better! <BR> Just wanted to sat that I missed SP and all of you sooo much and that I´m glad to be back! <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 02:05:17 EST How easy it is to lose! Well, not the weight, but the good habits I got during my first months here! <em>253</em> <BR> I´ve been gone a while, as you may or may not have noticed, due to a visit from Sweden. My family-in-law was here and with them coming my life was turned upside down for a while. <BR> The weather was really bad the whole time so what did we do??! <em>27</em> <BR> Stayed in and ate or went to restaurants to eat. <em>181</em> <em>190</em> <BR> <BR> They brought swedish sweets and I had some. T... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:48:25 EST Going swedish troll! This is the problem: <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> I promised myself a new hairdo when I had lost a certain weight. Thought it would be easy to get rid of those kilos - but here I am - with a hair to match my origin from the deep forests of Sweden. Or maybe more like Björn Borg 1982. <BR> Neither of the looks are becoming I can tell you. <BR> <em>32</em> <em>36</em> <BR> I have lost sizes and centimetres but the kilos just won´t slip off me. My husband tells me all the time that "muscles weigh ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 08:09:21 EST I got lost and found it... <em>331</em> <BR> Before the breakout of my cold I had found a track in the woods that looked promising for running. Today at last I went there to testrun it. To get there I have to walk down-and-up-hill a lot so I got there all warmed up and sweaty. <BR> Had to catch my breath and started walking on the new track for a bit. After a minute I started running, for some seconds; the track made a turn and became another hill to climb. <em>198</em> <BR> Well, shame on the one giving up, as we ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:35:34 EST I´m back from reality-socializing. Had a wonderful weekend with friends staying here. <em>26</em> <BR> Enjoying each others company both in our home and at restaurants. <em>190</em> <BR> But however great a time you have - it is hard to really focus on the weightloss and the tracking of food and exercise. I tried to make smart choices and I think I did, most of the time. <BR> Anyhow, they have left and I try to get back on track with this. Sorry to say I don´t feel the energy pumping for getting on with it, but I guess ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:11:51 EST Better again! As I told you, this year could have started better, but now I´m almost fit for fight again. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Took it really easy the days I felt sick. Went for slow walks and that was it. (Well - to be honest i did do some reps with the weights - that doesn´t work the heart as hard as cardio). <BR> <BR> Today I went for a real cardiowalk AND IT FELT GREAT! The sun was shining, I had a nice beat on my player and I had no problem getting up the steep hills. <BR> I´M OK! <BR> <em>... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:55:23 EST A lousy start! I wanted to begin the new year with all I could give. <BR> But here I am - sick! <BR> Feeling very sorry for myself and don´t have the energy to do anything. <em>39</em> <BR> Trying not to totally stress out because of all the exercise I´m missing but it´s not easy. <BR> Thought I could make todays bootcamp-video but it turned out to be a cardio, and since I´ve got a temperature I don´t think that´s a good idea. <BR> I even skipped joining this weeks challenge from "Just-do-it" team as I ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:26:45 EST Small steps in the right direction. It´s easy to think that nothing´s happening when the scale seems to be locked at a number and it doesn´t matter what you do - it just doesn´t change. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some signs that I´m heading the right way: <BR> <BR> 1. I have a lot more energy. Don´t need the alarm anymore. <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> 2. The pants are too big. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 3. I am stronger. The other day I did a kickboxing session that I remembered as r... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:46:29 EST Sleep or losing weight - do I have to choose? I always slept like a baby and that´s way I´ve been so irritated and annoyed the last two weeks or so. Waking up in the middle of the night or early morning because I´m hungry - what is this!?? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I´ve never experienced this in my life before. Yes - I usually am very hungry in the mornings but during the night??? <em>31</em> <BR> So I´ve been up and eating eggs, biscuits and a lot of other things easy to get in the mouth and return to bed. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> I c... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:09:04 EST Found a picture on messenger. It came to me that I had a picture of myself on messenger, that I could use here as well, so you have some idea of how I look. <BR> Promise there will come more in time. Just have to use the camera.. Fri, 24 Dec 2010 02:53:35 EST When you already do everything right... HELP! All tips about changing your habits to get healthier and lose weight is somewhat depressing when you can´t apply them. <BR> <BR> 1) Stop smoking. <em>270</em> <BR> - I never even tried one cigarette in my life! <BR> <BR> 2) Let go of the fast food. <em>489</em> <BR> - Can´t remember the last time I went into one of those places, doesn´t tempt me at all. <BR> <BR> 3) Stop drinking soda. <em>222</em> <em>262</em> <BR> - I don´t. <BR> <BR> 4) Eat more vegetables. <em>69</em> <em>258... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 05:09:08 EST Why I don´t have any pics of myself. When we first came to Spain from Sweden our computer crashed because of the uneven electricity here. With it all our music and pictures (read: our whole lives) disappeared. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> We try to have it fixed but so far no one has been able to do it, even if they are cocky and sure they can do it before they try. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> This has resulted in that we are very cautious with what we store on the computer nowadays. Everything important goes into an external hardw... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 02:44:52 EST TIred! I am so terribly tired this afternoon. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Today it has been sunny. <em>67</em> <BR> We have been walking for hours along the seaside, maybe it is all the fresh air <BR> - or I am coming down with a cold. <em>46</em> <BR> Feels like there is a temperature rising in the body... <BR> Protest! I do not want that. I know what it does to my schedule. <BR> <em>227</em> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:13:53 EST What is SP doing to me??! First of all; I´ve already been up almost an hour and it´s 7:06 in the morning AND SUNDAY! <BR> What am I doing up at this time?! <BR> Woke up at 5:47 but refused to get up. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> After only some minutes I understood that no more sleep was going to come to me, so at 6:00 I got up from the warm cosy bed where my husband still is sleeping. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Made myself a nice cup of tea and sat down in front of the computer - and here I am... <BR> <BR> I used to hav... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 01:32:23 EST Sore after hours of fitness minutes!!! Yesterday I got a lot of fitness minutes switching the office and the guestroom here in our apartment. <BR> <BR> We have had a nice guestroom with a big window and a quite small and dark home office, where I also exercise. Yesterday morning it hit me; why don´t we switch these two rooms?! <BR> It would be more inviting exercising in the bright corner room and the guests only sleep in the guestroom anyway. <BR> A great idea I have to say! But what a workout! <BR> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 02:42:26 EST So much (cal.s) for so little work! Today I went with my mother to the doctor. As she doesn´t speak spanish I go with her as an interpreter. She usually "thanks" me in money. Today though she wanted to treat me to lunch. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> From the hospital we went to the supermarket to buy some food. She suggested grilled chicken (phu! <em>198</em> ) that´s really ok I thought. <BR> But then she went for the cole slaw and the potato salad. <BR> <em>234</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> Not as good... <BR> My m... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:19:17 EST Spanish houses + workouts = made for each other? We are freezing like never before. <BR> Writing this I have a pair of fleece overall pj´s on and over that a fleece bathrobe, hunting socks and shoes. Sitting on the chair on a double blanket. This keeps me ok at the moment but the nose is ice cold. Just so you get the picture. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Kind of living in a cloud here in the spanish mountains - cold, wet and grey day today - and really tempting to just stay in front of the fire under a blanket. <BR> The worst with the houses ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 04:10:53 EST Making progress! Staying on the pantstheme. <BR> Good - I mean REALLY GOOD - news: <BR> As my jeans looked so horrifying that I didn´t like to be seen in them the other day, I pulled some old pants out of the closet, that have been stuck away for a long time, and tried them on. <BR> To my big surprise they fitted very nicely, to be honest better than when I bought them. <BR> I couldn´t believe that the nice ass in the mirror was attached to me!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> The scale doesn´t agree, but my body h... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:28:37 EST No new clothes for me. My jeans are really ill-fitting at the moment. Stretch and too big = not very beautiful. Went to the store yesterday to get new pants. <BR> Picked some pairs in different sizes up and tried them on. The bigger size fitted nicely and I was very tempted to buy them BUT why buy jeans that will be too big in a month??! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> The other alternative was buying the small ones BUT in a historical view that has not been a way to success. The wardrobe is the witness to that, full of... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:58:34 EST Sent my friend back home... I was really scared of the thought; having a friend here for a whole week and try to stay on track. <em>190</em> <BR> I pushed the "panic button" and got a lot of response. Good suggestions about how to handle the situation. I tried to follow them and guess what - I didn´t only throw it all overboard during her stay - I even lost some more weight!!! <em>9</em> <BR> Unbelievable! I always gain weight when we have visitors here. We eat out a lot, we drink more wine than we usually to, and ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:44:20 EST Change at last!!! Since I started up here I haven´t lost a gram, but today the scale finally gave in to what I already knew, my body has changed. <BR> My trousers doesn´t fit me anymore, I feel that a big lump on my stomach is gone but anyway it is nice to have the scale recognise it too. <BR> Tonight I´m picking a friend from Sweden up at the airport. She´s staying for a week and I must say I´m a little concerned about how I´ll manage during her visit. I know we´ll be eating out a lot and after reading the ar... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 04:24:09 EST "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain"... It is true. Here in the mountains the sun is shining like never before and the weather is perfect for exercising outdoors. BUT I did get a cold this weekend and haven´t been out for several days. What´s more; went to the dentist friday and had to have things done that still hurts. <em>46</em> <BR> So I sat/slept all weekend and tried to forget that the sun shone, I´d rather had rain and storm. <BR> <BR> However I´m better today so I have been on the cross-trainer for an hour and that felt... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:51:52 EST A different monday morning Monday morning; often the worst morning of the week, because of all not that great decisions during the weekend. Today though is a different monday altogether. <BR> <BR> I´ve only been with you for some days but it´s already changed me. Really can´t explain it. <BR> One of the goals I´ve set for myself is eating regularly. This of course is nothing new but having made the promise here in writing makes it easier somehow. <BR> I feel content, ok with myself and that only after 10 days!!! <BR>... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 03:51:12 EST Starting all over again <img src=""> <BR> It makes me full of energy, the planning and thinking of the goal BUT I have done it before and given up before reaching it. What will make it work this time? <BR> Hopefully this site will make me commit. Reading of all these struggling and successful people makes me realise that it may take more time than I want to but that the main goal is reaching it - some day. I too would like very much to be able to share a succe... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:14:14 EST