GARDEMON's SparkPeople Blog GARDEMON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ready for Koningsdag... Today is the National Holiday in The Netherlands. The whole country get crazy celebrating the Monarchy. Today is our King's Birthday. We all get dressed in Orange and go the streets in. I am going out now to party. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:35:28 EST 240 fitness minutes plus more than 13000 steps... Today it was the Balance Day at my gym. Lots of special activities. I went there with a group of friends and I followed two classes, Yin Yoga and Meditation. It was amazing. Afterwards we all gathered in the sauna and had lots of fun together making jokes and having lunch. When I came back home I decided to do deep cleaning and I walked around the lake again. Just before midnight I decided to go again for a walk. I walked one more hour. Now getting ready for bed. Tomorrow is the big day here ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:31:37 EST Twice around the lake today... First time I did it on the bike with a guest staying at my Bed and Breakfast. Second on my own by walking. It was great. Now getting ready for bed. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:25:54 EST Two more days above 200 fitness minutes Yesterday and today I went above 230 fitness minutes, 236 and 242 respectively. I love it. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:41:45 EST 275 fitness minutes today!!! Amazing. Today was a really productive day. Power yoga, swimming, walking, house cleaning and moving boxes, all added up to 275 minutes and feeling full of energy. Tomorrow a day at home finishing all the house cleaning and administration. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:53:47 EST First running session in ages Normally I walk. Today for the first time in more than ten years I ran... I did a lap around the lake. 5 Km. I was feeling great. I think I will keep it up. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:16:29 EST 244 fitness minutes today... That is four hours. I am very glad I reached that point. I will keep it u this week. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:21:34 EST Great dinner with friends in the city Celebrating my best friend Giulia will go to Africa for two months we gathered together and had a wonderful dinner. Calories were not counted. It was a special occasion. Afterwards lots of calories were burned biking back home... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:29:58 EST Lovely bicycle ride to the gym Today I started going to the gym by bike again. It ad been a wile since I did this. I loved it . Besides te yoga class was very intense. I burned today 1900 calories all together. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:44:07 EST More than two hours walking today In three different sessions. One around the lake for one hour. After each meal I decided to move at least for fifteen minutes. It is paying results. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:11:11 EST Spring is back!!! 20C degrees today... Amazing. Hope it lasts. Going now for a walk around the lake. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:38:45 EST What a lovely day... Getting ready at home. Later on going for a walk around the lake. A friend might join too. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:18:52 EST Autumn seems to be back,,, We just had one Spring day and it seems gone again. Nevertheless, I managed to do 130 minutes exercise outside, walking and cycling. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:10:56 EST Lovely dinner at my friend's Jan Yesterday he and other friends had dinner. They cooked each one a different dish and brought it with. They expected me to be there. Since I was not they reserved a portion for me and today Jan gave it to me. It was really good Surinamese food. To burn the extra calories I decided to walk back home. More than two hours by foot. 800 calories... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:35:36 EST Again amazing yoga class My teacher Sacha gave us a wonderful experience. It was a trip to paradise. How I love yoga... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:48:25 EST Amaizing yoga class Today I took my guest to my gym to a yoga class. We both loved it. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:55:44 EST Lots of walking Having visitors at home helps me with my goals in a way. I show them the city and I can make long walks... Today, three hours... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 20:51:19 EST Lovely day It was great today. Shared with a good friend, did groceries together, walked a lot and cleaned the house. Tomorrow a friend will come from abroad. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:15:49 EST More than three hours fitness... Today intense fitness. Yoga, cycling, walking. Went to the city cycling with two guests from France. They loved it. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 19:43:48 EST Another 10000 steps Actually it is esier than I thought to grt above the 10000 steps a day. I just need to remembee to carry the mobile all he time to count them... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:49:03 EST Another stormy day We are getting used to this weather... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:31:13 EST Stormy weather And still I managed to go on my walk around the lake. 50 minutes today. In total 173 fitness minutes including one hour Power Yoga. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:59:17 EST 145 minutes Great results today 145 minutes for 850 calories in several cycling and walking sessions. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:17:46 EST Another long walk Today again I walked back home. Eleven kilometers, 110 minutes. Besides I did yoga, swimming and other short walking sessions. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:22:34 EST Walking back home Today my best friend Jan came to pick me up since he had again trouble with his TV. Maybe related to the black out this area of North Holland experienced today. <BR> <BR> My friend invited me to have a typical Dutch dinner. It was so delicious and at the same time so rich. I was not counting on that dinner. My friend offered to drive me back home. Instead I decided to go back walking. It took me two hours... I loved the ride and I am sure I managed to burn at least half of the extra calorie... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:46:06 EST Slow day After a very intense day yesterday today I have had a slow day. Nonetheless in a while I will go out for a walk despite the rain. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:46:55 EST Love walking Last days I have been having several walking sessions a day. After each meal and before going to bed. I really love it. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:29:25 EST Three hours walking... Yes. In several sessions. Added up 18000 steps. Feels great. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:00:23 EST Election Day In The Netherlands we celebrated again democracy. We went to the polling. Lovely day, lovely weather. I took also the opportunity to visit a good friend in another city. We had lunch together. He ate pasta, I ate Chicken Tikka Masala. Amazing taste. From the time I left home to when I was back in Amsterdam I managed to have seven different outdoor sessions, two cycling and five walking for a total of 1300 minutes. Happy with the results of this election day... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:12:29 EST Lovely day, long cycling session Today I enjoyed almost two hours of cycling. A friend of mine called me to say e was sick and had to cancel picking me up to go to the gym together. I decided to go visit him on the bike... In this way I had my training session and could go buy some groceries for him. He was very happy with the visit and I burned some extra calories. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:27:04 EST Good get together with Italian friend Yesterday I visited my friend Martina and her lace and came back together to my place. Yesterday we had a lovely dinner and today we went for a walk and did some shopping. The lunch was Pasta with tempeh and tomato sauce, vegetables, olive bread and pineapple cake. When I walked her back to the metro I went for a walk around the lake on my own. It was a good hour walk. Just had the left overs as my dinner. <BR> <BR> Although I went over my daily allowances these two days, we also did lots o... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:00:10 EST Great week coming to an end Agai yesterday and today I managed to do 140 and 180 fitness minutes. The trampoline class yesterday and the yin yoga class today where amazing. Commuting on the bike adds up lots of minutes. I also walked a lot these two days. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:58:17 EST Two days on a row 210 minutes work out Great days, yesterday and today. I went bikin to te city and back. Added tis to my yoga classes and some extra bikin and walkin as well as swimming I managed to make 210 minutes of work out. I was hungrier than ussually so I went above my diatery goals. I guess this fine though. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:07:58 EST Exhausted but satisfied Today it was a wonderful day. I ended up completely exhausted. It was really worth it. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:53:59 EST Great Saturday Today I met all my goals and had a wonderful working day with my best friend Jan. I have lost six kilos already and to celebrate it tomorrow I am going with Jan going tomorrow to the barber shop in Brussels, while we are there for a day trip. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:16:12 EST Today was my yoga teacher Nancy Hoe did it again. The class was excellent, The asana to open the Chakras was amazing. Especially the throat Chakra. Tonight I had good profit of it during a very important dialogue I had. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:43:22 EST I love my yoga teacher... Ingrid is amazing. She gives me lots of energy and makes me feel great. Today we had a Power Yoga session. It was superb. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:40:29 EST Another day meeting all my goals Glad I managed to reach all my goals today. It is getting easier everyday... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:14:06 EST Great day for a walk around the lake Today I had an appointment to go to the sauna with a friend. It was such a lovely day that I managed to convince him to go for a walk around the lake. 95 minutes... it was great. after that we went to our gym's sauna. Perfect day... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:29:59 EST Glucose values going to normal And they are staying within the normal range already for a week. Ever since I started loosing weight and I came under the 100 kg my sugar levels got back to normal and I started lowering my metformine intake from 1500 mg to 1000 mg a day. My goal is to go down to 90 Kg and stop for good with the medicine. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:28:12 EST First Vibrogym session Today I had my first Vibrogym session at my gym. It is like PowerPlate. The advantage is that the machine has preset programmes to select from. You just need to follow them on the screen without having to ask any explanation to the trainer. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:13:35 EST First yoga session after more than a week Today I had my first yoga session after a while. I really loved it and I feel much better now. Hope next week I will do at least three sessions as I normally doe. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:58:37 EST Back to Pilates After many years I had today my first Pilates class. I always had difficulties with performing well at Pilates and afterwards I would have pain in my back. Today with the help of a very good teacher I could finish the class even when I was having lots of pain in my back. Now the pain is almost gone. That shows how important is to have great teachers. I am exited about following a trampoline class with the same teacher tomorrow. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:10:48 EST Water aerobics is really fun! 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 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 <img src=""> <img src="">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!!! 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 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 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... 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