GARDEMON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GARDEMON GARDEMON'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/ Water aerobics is really fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201020 Today I went to my Water Aerobics class after the holidays. It was really good. Very intense. I was sweating on my forehead after few minutes. I really missed it. <BR> <BR> After that I went with my gym partner and three lady friends to the sauna. We had a wonderful time together. A good laugh and a well deserved rest. <BR> <BR> Then with my gym bud we drove to visit my old neighbors who moved to a care house. We had a very good time with this couple who are 83 and 85 and are still so full ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:06:20 EST Great yoga class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199490 Today I went back to my gym for the first time in three weeks. I had been in Rome to a gym but they did not have yoga lessons. I was missing it. This one was just great. <BR> <BR> Afterwards I went with a friend in his car to down town. It was raining a lot and I would not have been able to go by bike. He helped me moving some refrigerators and other furniture in the Buddhist Temple I am volunteer on Wednesdays. We managed to take two nice walks from the place where we parked to the old cit... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:08:52 EST 165 minutes biking and walking down the city again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136061056.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527447243.jpg">It was great. I did it with my partner and friends coming from Rome. Tomorrow going to the temple by bike. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:58:42 EST More than three hours walking in Hoorn and Enkhuizen. It was great!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186757 Yesterday and today I spent both days with my partner and friends in the North of the country. We had long walks over the dikes and in the harbors. It was vet good. I loved it. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:40:52 EST Walking down Rotterdam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181263 Again today a long walk in the Maas City as it is called in Dutch. Love walking while enjoying the city and burning calories. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:09:35 EST Week-end in Rotterdam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180195 Today got ready to spend the weekend in Rotterdam with my friend Carlos. Training only 85 minutes walking and heavy cleaning. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:20:07 EST Biking calories out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179232 Despite the rain that fall almost the whole day in Amsterdam I managed to score 105 minutes biking and 60 minutes walking today. Great day. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:59:14 EST Getting back on tracks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178019 After Christmas now it's time to get back on tracks I started biking and walking again. Yesterday 120 minutes. Today 135. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:45:22 EST Glad being back home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176955 I just came back from a week in Rome. I was getting a bit crazy there. I tried to walk in the area I was staying but it was very hard. There are no pedestrian path. Biking is out of the question. It was really an adventure. Now back home, I'm glad I could go to center on the bike. 30 minutes each way. I love it. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:45:11 EST Christmas in family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175412 Today was a lazy day. Great dinner. Tomorrow early in the morning flying back home. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:11:07 EST Trampoline jumping is really fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173860 Today again I had a Trampoline jumping training. I love it. I find a great cardio training. I'm considering to buy one of them to do some training during the winter. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:38:31 EST 160 minutes walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173165 Again today I hit the road. I walked down to the Buddhist Temple for a short visit. I wanted to help them with cutting the grass in the garden. Nevertheless, today was a rainy day and I could not do it. Tomorrow will be another day. <BR> <BR> After the temple I kept walking. In total I burned 900 extra calories. Needed to keep up with the great food... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:11:55 EST 220 walking minutes today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172317 Today I changed the visit to the gym for a long wall around the city. I walked three hours with an hour break in between. Later in the afternoon another 40 minutes. Today I visited a Buddhist temple in the area where I'm staying. Tomorrow I'll go again to the temple. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:30:08 EST First day in Rome!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171297 This morning I went to the gym and spent one hour on the treadmill. More than 500 calories burned. Good I did since the lunch and dinner with the family brought me way above my daily calorie allowance. <BR> <BR> It was the feat day with them so I told to myself to go with the flow and relax a bit. I will make it up later when I'm back in Amsterdam. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:12:20 EST Getting ready for Christmas in Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169418 Here in Amsterdam it snowed a while ago. Now it is always raining. Hope we will have snow by the time I am back from my week trip to Rome. I am going there tomorrow till Christmas. <BR> <BR> Christmas with my partner's family is a big challenge. They love cooking and eating. I guess I will have to double or triple my calorie burning rate through exercise to be able to loose everything I am going to eat. I decided not to get into discussion with 'la mamma' at the table. <BR> <BR> Today I wa... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:31:46 EST Vegetarian Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168534 Lovely day today <BR> <BR> After having visited my ill friend yesterday, we both came to the city and went to the Buddhist temple. There was a very good chanting ceremony. Then we had the vegetarian lunch at the same temple with Daniela, another mutual friend. Then we decided to have a quick coffee and dessert the two of us before my friend went back to Rotterdam and I turned home. <BR> <BR> Normally I would have brought vegetarian food from the temple for dinner. It was so busy there that ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:01:47 EST 165 Minutes Cardio Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167643 This was a great day. <BR> <BR> It started with a good bike ride to the gym. Then a very intense one hour Power Yoga class followed by half an hour on the elliptical machine and 10 minutes on the Top bike. Then I went to the sauna and relaxed for a while till I received a call from a friend of mine who was having difficulties with her partner. I told her we could meet at my gym. <BR> <BR> She came on her car and we drove my bike back home where I changed bags and took the groceries I had a... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:39:27 EST A low profile day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166797 The weather in The Netherlands has not been helping for training outside. Today it rained most of the day. I just could manage to go on the bike do some shopping. When I was back I was totally wet. Now I have a throat ache... Hope I can do my biking to the gym tomorrow for my last yoga class this week. Now heading to bed. Tomorrow another Spark Day Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:53:44 EST Slowly but steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165828 I am loosing weight. I just went under the 96 kilos mark, point I have not been in a long time. My goal was to get under 90 by January next year. I might have to review this. Nevertheless, I am very pleased the way I am loosing weight and above all the way my condition is getting better and the way I am feeling and looking now. I will keep moving forward. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:35:08 EST Exchanging yoga class for voluntary work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164830 Yesterday I went to Rotterdam to visit my long time ill friend. We had a very good time with dinner and watching TV and talking. I made it till very late at night. <BR> <BR> Early in the morning I took the new High Speed Train back to Amsterdam. As every new thing, this line has what they call child sickness and we had a huge delay. This way I was not on time for my yoga class. I decided to go into town instead to the gym. I went to the Buddhist temple where I volunteer and I helped them cha... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:40:45 EST Another Power Yoga Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163627 I love Tuesdays. It is the day I can have three classes one after the other. First one Power Yoga, then meditation and then another Power Yoga. I end this up with a short swim in the pool and a visit to the infrared sauna and whirlpool and a chat with friends in the sauna. <BR> <BR> Today after that I went into town and stopped in the Buddhist Temple before coming to visit my best friend in Rotterdam where I stay over tonight. <BR> <BR> A great day! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:32:58 EST I won't give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162533 Today I realized while having my daily walking session I realized I have been neglecting a person who seems to love me with all his soul. I am going to change this. As Jason Mraz says: I won't give up... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:12:31 EST Weekend temptations are over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161572 A long weekend to my perception. Even when I thought I had eaten within my allowance I went above it. Fortunately I burned 1000 extra calories. <BR> Tomorrow is another day and a new week starts. I will make some correction and will compensate the extra calories eaten. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 22:23:59 EST Another day Extra Calories Burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160499 Back home from a week in Brussels I stayed very late last night fixing things at home and I did not manage to wake up on time for my yoga class. I thought this was going to spoil my plan and I was not going to be able to burn some extra calories today. I was wrong... <BR> <BR> A friend came to visit me and we thought of having a walk around the lake. I needed to fix a new vase for a plant in my living room. It was the lake or the plant. We decided to walk to the garden store instead with the... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:52:32 EST Back home from Waffle and Chocolate City!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159627 The week visit Brussels is over. <BR> I feel great I could win the Waffle Challenge. I survived the whole week without eating any one of those calorie bombs. I love them. This time I could stay away. <BR> The whole week I walked a lot and so many things in the city despite the rain and snow. I also visited friends and met new people. I could manage socializing and eating. Getting better on that. <BR> Still I got a bit too much of Charles The Fifth beers... I even got one big 0.75lt bottle as ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 20:37:52 EST 1100 extra burned calories today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158627 Another day in Brussels of long walking sessions. Three main ones to add up 185 minutes. This is a great way to burn calories while enjoying the city and meeting all my appointments. Tomorrow another day with long walks. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:24:37 EST Very rainy/snowy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157447 Over here in Brussels today everything came down from heaven. Even though I walked 140 minutes outside today. It was great. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day I had dinner with my friend where I am staying in this lovely city. We went for Chinese. We had a very light dinner and two small beers. Everything within my daily allowance. <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:38:08 EST Survived day two Waffle Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156212 Against my expectations I went to the city today. I was prepared though and in order not to fall into temptation I ate four integral cookies as a snack. That worked very good since I could walk in front of all those temptation tents with success. <BR> <BR> Later in the evening it went wrong though since the friend I am staying at decided to celebrate the fact he's got this new flat and we indulged with a very nice red wine. Fortunately I did 190 minutes training today. Tomorrow I will increa... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 17:25:47 EST First day Waffle Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155115 Since yesterday night I am visiting Brussels for a week. This city is well known by its gastronomy. Normally I can handle it though. My only weak point are the waffles... <BR> Today I managed to walk by in front of five different waffle stands on my way doing shopping. <BR> Tomorrow I will be busy the whole day at the place I am staying at. Let's see how the other three days develop. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:38:31 EST Great Yoga class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152973 Today I had a Power Yoga class and i felt very good afterwards. I love this lesson and our teacher. She is really powerful. She made sweat more than a session on the elliptical... <BR> <BR> Feel great Sat, 1 Dec 2012 20:51:50 EST Sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152013 The last few weeks due to much stress and labor reason I have been sleeping very shortly. Tomorrow I am going to an extra yoga class to see the impact on my insomnia. I also checked on The Better Sleep Challenge. I wait for the results Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:32:52 EST Met all goals today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151153 In the morning I was feeling very weak and unmotivated. I did not want to go to the gym. Nevertheless, I had already made an appointment with s friend to go together. He came and picked me up. Only for that I went. I was so happy afterwards. After my training was done I felt much more energetic and could cope with the rest of a very intense day. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:29:19 EST 1650 Extra calories burned today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149887 Power Yoga class, moving boxes around in the Buddhist temple and lots of walking today. I had a very good training today. I am satisfied. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:24:30 EST Zen Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148747 Tuesdays is my Zen Day. Normally I go to the gym on the bike getting warm on the way before I follow one yoga class, a meditation class and a second yoga class. Then I bike back home and do my home duties. <BR> <BR> Today somehow I was late for the first class. I took an alternative way on the bike to find out there were works on the road and I had to walk on some sections what make my delay even bigger. I decided to enjoy the situation and I learned few new things about how roads are been b... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:50:52 EST Discovering home training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147616 These have been rainy days here in The Netherlands. <BR> That's why I have not been biking. To compensate I started finding solutions to train at home. <BR> I started doing push ups yesterday and today I started biking on an old home trainer that had not used in more than five years. I loved it. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:45:52 EST Starting a new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146307 Already few weeks I have been following this wonderful program and I am very pleased with the results. The weight loss is less than planned due to some social and family events that have come on the way. Nevertheless, I feel much better and fitter now. My fat percentage has gone down with five points and my abdomen has also shrunk to the point I am using pants two numbers smaller. <BR> <BR> Cardio exercises like biking, walking, water fitness and yoga I do very often. It has been a while si... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 19:06:38 EST Socializing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145378 Visiting friends and weddings are difficult to combine with my new life style. Nevertheless I manages to keep moving to burn extra calories. Tomorrow is my vegetarian and detox day. Monday I will retake my program again. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:10:45 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144608 Glad of being back home. Today I had my Yoga class then swimming and a sauna session. <BR> Then several short Walk and biking sessions to a total of 130 minutes. Glad with the results. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:03:38 EST Back home!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143037 Glad to be back home after eight days holidays in Rome. Being outside of my environment interfered a lot in the outworking of my plan. Even when I managed to exercise several days, the calorie intake was much higher that the calories burned. Nevertheless, it seems I only increased my weight in two kilos. I hope I can burn them very soon. Tomorrow is another day.... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:37 EST Going back home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141874 Another night sleep and I'll be going back home where I can follow better the plan. Holidays are over. Starting Thursday morning everything will be back to normal. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:35:57 EST Another rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140837 Today just helped my friend in Rome doing some shopping and cleaning at his house before we had dinner with some people who came over. It was a very busy day and I missed the food logging. I'll pick it up again tomorrow. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:12:43 EST A rest day enjoying gastronomic Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139479 Today we went into the country side to collect the oil the family I stay with had let pressed from the olives produced at their garden. It was a great experience to visit the factory were people from Rome bring their olives to make their own olive oil. <BR> <BR> We had a lunch in a typical restaurant in the Tivoli area. It was very good. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow back to the plan. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:28:39 EST Trampoline jumping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138699 Again today I tried something new. This time it was trampoline jumping. I did 90 minutes lesson. I loved it. In the evening I went out in the city for a 60 minute walk at low tempo. I am enjoying Rome. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:03:39 EST Elliptical... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137762 I needed to come to the Eternal City to rediscover the elliptical machine. <BR> Back home I never go to the fitness room. I prefer the yoga classroom and the swimming pool. Here in Rome, next to where I am staying there is a small gym with limited facilities. Among them there is an elliptical machine. I love it... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:07:58 EST Getting in the rythm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136746 Rome is a nice city, great food, lovely people... <BR> I just need to burn more calories that I eat. I am getting there. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:18:08 EST First day in Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134533 And I already went above 3000 cal intake... <BR> Thank God I did 215 minutes training today burning 1600 extra calories. <BR> Tomorrow I will pick it up again Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:26:11 EST Ready for a week in Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133217 Today I did all my fitness, 130 minutes in total, went to the city on the bike and fixed few things before my trip to Rome. Bags are packed... <BR> Tomorrow after my Tuesday's Zen Session (three hours yoga plus sauna) I will be going to the airport. In the evening I will get there for dinner time. That will be a challenge. Dinner in Rome... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:02:47 EST And a new week is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132041 During this calorie packed week I managed to keep the calories differential in 9000 kcal what seems to be a very good value. In this week that just starts I will use some strategies learned by now. There will be another factor added to the equation though... going on holiday to Rome for eight days. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:58:48 EST Another calorie packed socializing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130963 Again today I met friends for dinner. My Italian friend cooked the best canneloni I had eaten in a while. She also served all kinds of Italian salamis and prosciutti. It was a 1000+ calorie dinner. <BR> <BR> Thanks God I had done lots of walking today. I decided to walk pulling my bike instead of riding it. In this way I burned some extra calories. Tomorrow I will go vegan visiting the Buddhist Temple. A detox day for the body and the soul. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:31:20 EST Socializing and changing life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129846 Repeatedly I have experienced that socializing and keeping up a healthier life style can be in contradiction. During the week when I am on my own at my place I can plan my program and stick to it. Once other people come in to the equation things become harder. In these cases a lunch or a dinner can go up to 1000 calories each. This is a situation I need to learn how to compromise. Especially with the beloved persons around me who are reluctant to get into a healthier life style. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 18:21:46 EST