KRISZTA11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KRISZTA11 KRISZTA11'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/ By night one way, by day another... blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744306 In the past two days I remind myself of Princess Fiona, true love of Shrek. <BR> By night one way, by day another... apart from the fact she seemed to enjoy her life as an ogre. I don't. <BR> By day I'm physically active and eat well, then evening comes and I just sit and eat like an ogre ... if I continue doing this I will look like one too. <BR> I haven't gained yet, but I surely will if I go on like this. <BR> <BR> I like summer a lot, especially the cool early morning walks / runs, and b... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:38 EST Being mindful about my own thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733552 My most important realization coming from my mindfulness / meditation practice is this: I am not my thoughts. My thoughts are objects of my mind, they come and go, some are true others are not. <BR> This is a great thing to keep in mind in case of negative thoughts. <BR> <BR> Here is a (bit long) story about how it works. <BR> Yesterday DH and I drove 3 hours to pick up DS and DD + one of their friends after a music festival. <BR> I got up at 5:30 to get a short run in at least, instead of t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:00:08 EST Six reasons why I love yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729541 I have been doing yoga for a couple of months, and I LOVE it. <BR> I know I talkl too much about yoga, but I have to go through this phase with every new activity I fall in love with. <BR> <BR> Here are my reasons: <BR> 1. it is graceful, and feels like dancing <BR> This is why I started it. My 20-year old daughter has been doing yoga for 3 years, at home, and when she does it outside on the terrace, I can see her, radiating strength, grace and beauty. <BR> <BR> 2. there are so many kinds o... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 03:55:47 EST What does my healthy lifestyle cost me? and weekly update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727750 Not much. <BR> I already had a bike and a stationary bike, so don't count those. <BR> <BR> These are the items I bought during my journey: <BR> Year 1: <BR> -5-pound dumbbells <BR> -a stability ball <BR> -running shoes #1 (70$) + 7 various tops / shirts, 2 bras, 4 pants, 2x winter underwear, jacket, hat, gloves, socks (total about 280$) <BR> -simple pedometer <BR> <BR> Year 2: <BR> -running shoes #2 (now over 700 miles but still good) 120$ <BR> -ice cleats to run safely on packed snow and... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:58:25 EST 3rd Sparkversary - honoring my #1 secret of success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722286 Today is my 3rd Sparkversary. <BR> This makes me remember how different I was 3 years ago, and I want to honor my #1 secret of success: The Spark. <BR> At that time I was content with my body at a BMI of 25.3 as I was 5 kg below my highest, and hopped on my stationary bike a few times a week. <BR> I was browsing e-books and came across "The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life" by Chris Downie. <BR> I figured I could do anything for 28... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:05:45 EST 50000 Spark Points and 2 days until 3rd SparkVersary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720785 After logging my fitness minutes today I saw this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613708487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and with the bonus spin: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l910104377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know it's childish but it was really fun to see the number change : ) <BR> I'm also proud of my 102 day streak of logging in. <BR> Logging in is not a big deal, but shows that I made an effort and paid attention. <BR> <BR> My 3rd SparkVersary is on F... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:55:33 EST Eating did not go well & frustration at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719198 The past week was stressful, I had high workload, a few frustrating tasks, worries about DS not learning at all for his exams. Stressed about the organized half marathon relay, the race itself and the high temperatures (all turned out well of course). <BR> I didn't sleep as well as I usually do. <BR> Made foolish food choices, like eating Nutella ( hazelnut chocolate spread, sweet and deadlier than peanut butter) with my afternoon bananas (instead of yogurt), or putting Nutella into my morni... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:02:53 EST Half marathon relay report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718556 Today several colleagues and I ran the local half marathon relay. <BR> We had 4 groups of 3, each member running one third of the distance. <BR> <BR> It was warm, but cooler than during the week: 22 oC (72 oF) at start and 26 oC (79 oF)at the end, most of the route led in the shadow of large trees and there was a cool breeze. <BR> I didn't look at my pedometer to check my pace, I just ran a comfortably, breathing easily. <BR> There was a big crowd, and I passed about as many runners as passe... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:28:57 EST Hot days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716628 We had an exceptionally hot weather in the past 3 days, daily high of 95 degrees. <BR> It is OK in our air conditioned office, but now I'm on a business trip, and I worked in an old hospital building, in a hot room, the air hardly moving at all. Huh. I checked quite complex data, and it was not easy to concentrate. <BR> But after work I swam in the hotel's swimming pool. At 9 pm I went out for a walk, and had a lovely ice cream. <BR> <BR> Today was so much better! It was overcast most of ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:19:23 EST Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713248 Friday: <BR> my work included making copies of about 400 pages of documents, most of which were stapled together by 3 to 10 pages, by 2-3 staples... ouch, it was boring and took forever, also made my wrist hurt. I did it in 3 batches, separated by a few hours of brain work. I'm glad it is done! <BR> I got home late, but remembered to make an effort not to eat first thing when I arrive, and to avoid trigger foods. <BR> And I did it! No yoga or meditation, but chatted with DH, DS and his fri... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:01:27 EST I should remember this: after a long working day a big meal is NOT comforting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711794 After a few weeks of eating very well, this week is not going well at all. <BR> My workload is on the crazy high side, and I didn't sleep well, I guess it explains it all. <BR> <BR> The interesting thing is what happens when I get home after working long hours. <BR> I feel OK in te car. I remind myself that I'm not terribly hungry, and eating should not be the first thing I do at home, I should destress first. Ten minutes of sitting meditation or yoga would be refreshing. I should avoid my t... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:46:56 EST Minor Sunday overeating and pedometer recalibrarion (unrelated) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708580 I don't know what was wrong with me on Sunday, but I felt like eating all day. <BR> Luckily I had just bought a pound of fresh sweet green peas in pods, so kept grazing on them. <BR> A good healthy snack one cannot eat very fast, as taking the peas out of the pods slows the process down. Had some bites of this and that during the day, but nothing terrible. <BR> <BR> We watched a movie late in the evening. <BR> We have an HBO subscription and can watch all the movies online, and finally we bo... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 03:51:25 EST Good Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707555 This morning I walked in the forest with a friend, <BR> then after breakfast I did some yoga with my husband outside, on the terrace. <BR> He is a complete beginner, this was his 5th workout and he liked it a lot. <BR> Then he left to do some shopping with his mom, and I continued with my own yoga workout (sun salutations and standing postures). <BR> <BR> It is funny, I'm a beginner too, learning poses and workouts from books and yoga websites (my new favorite is ekhartyoga.com), and for hi... Sat, 31 May 2014 15:38:33 EST 2 busy days for a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705204 I had a client visit yesterday and today. <BR> That meant limited time for exercise in the morning, so I dropped the usual walk, and only did yoga on the terrace. <BR> The visit was planned to be 8 hours but I had so much to do I stayed much longer. <BR> So got home late, packed my food for today and went to bed at 11. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up at 4:30, way too early. But after some tossing and turning I had to see I will not be able to go back to sleep. Huh.... reminded myself that ... Wed, 28 May 2014 12:05:24 EST Good Wednesday and Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700934 My workload is fluctuating from month to month and day to day, from crazy long hours to subnormal. It has been quite low this week. So I thought this was the right time to take a day off. <BR> This is what I did on Wednesday: <BR> -ran 3 miles on my usual forest route <BR> -did a 60-minute yoga workout <BR> -did some grocery shopping <BR> -drove son to university to do a written exam (he was dead tired from staying up all night), my daughter came with us (to enjoy our company and to give her... Thu, 22 May 2014 17:06:33 EST What the world eats - amazing pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696501 I came across these amazing pictures by photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, showing what families around the world eat in one week, and estimated costs. <BR> <BR> <link>time.com/8515/hungry-planet-what-the<BR>-world-eats/ </link> <BR> <BR> And another gallery, showing what individuals around the world eat in one day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foo<BR>danddrinkpicturegalleries/8198839/What<BR>-I-Eat-Around-the-World-in-80-Diets-by<BR>-Peter-Menzel-and... Fri, 16 May 2014 15:31:05 EST Small positive changes in my attitude towards food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696103 After logging my hunger + satisfaction + fullness for a couple of days, I see some small positive changes in my attitude. <BR> <BR> I usually maintain my weight by eating 3 meals, 2 small snacks, using my full calorie budget, and going over a bit on "emotional eating in the evening" days. <BR> This means never really feeling hunger. The goal of this clockwork schedule is to avoid the overeating in the evening - and it usually does the trick. <BR> However, after a few months weight creeps o... Fri, 16 May 2014 03:43:35 EST Good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692006 Again I had a good week. Almost all are : ) <BR> This was a 6-day working week, as we had to work on Saturday in exchange for 2nd May which we got so as to have a 4-day weekend. <BR> <BR> My exercise schedule changed. <BR> I completely dropped weight lifting in favor of yoga. <BR> It has been a month since I lifted weights (after I hit my knee) but practice yoga every day, and my arm, abs and back muscles look even better than before. I enjoy yoga much more, so for ow, weight lifting is off... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:56:06 EST Hunger and feelings log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690616 A few days ago in the blog of my SP friend HABBITT I read writes a food / hunger and feelings journal: "it is easier for me to get back in balance if I go off the rails, because eating a certain number of calories is not my goal - rather being more in tune with my own body is the goal. " <BR> <BR> I started to type a comment to say how much I liked this but unfortunately I'm unable to do it... and then thought well, I have never tried so I may be able. <BR> So I re-wrote my comment and start... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:08:54 EST I give myself a gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686366 This week has been lovely. <BR> We have Thursday and Friday off, so it is a 4-day week end - we have to work next Saturday in exchange, though. <BR> I'm having a peaceful, quiet time. <BR> <BR> In the past couple of months I made many searches about yoga, and watched several videos on youtube - and the ads followed my interest! <BR> Now my SP screens are loaded with yoga retreats, DVDs, websites and so on. <BR> One caught my eye: it offered a 14 day free trial, so I checked it out, and liked... Sat, 3 May 2014 10:21:28 EST Good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681345 This week started with a 2-day business trip. <BR> I like to visit this location, because there are 2 nice hotels: one with a swimming pool and the other one with the lake and nice running path. <BR> These are my healthiest days: I eat the food I packed, no seconds and no snacks, and I spend all my waking hours actively. <BR> I chose the hotel with the swimming pool , to take it easy on the knee, and swam both evenings, plus did my yoga, and walked in the mornings. <BR> I noticed on both days... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:39:00 EST Still no running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675503 After I hit my knee last week I didn't run for 4 days. <BR> On Monday I did a slow 30 minutes run and all was fine. <BR> On Wednesday I did the same, and at this time the knee was a bit stiff and I limped a little too. <BR> Walking up the stairs feels strange too. <BR> Sigh... no more running this week, and no weight lifting either. <BR> But I can walk and do yoga without any discomfort, so walking and yoga it is. <BR> <BR> Amazingly, I still got my 2600 calories burned this week - in 740 m... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:35:50 EST Hurt my knee but it feels a lot better now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669898 On my day off Wednesday I went to a nice playground with my dad and my sister's kids. <BR> Weather was cool and windy but sunny, bright blue sky above the colorful wooden toys. <BR> The little boy almost fell off the top of a high toy, I caught him but hit my left knee hard. <BR> Ouch! The pain was very intense for a few minutes but them it subsided quickly. <BR> Luckily, I haven't twisted anything, just hit thighbone beside the kneecap. <BR> It didn't hurt much but to be on the safe side no... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:04:15 EST Finding my own way in maintenence - exercise adjustment vs improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667893 During my morning run today I was thinking about how my exercise habits changed during my years here on SP, <BR> I started with stationary biking and easy body weight and small dumbbell exercises. <BR> 3 months later I added running, <BR> Later I stopped using my stationary bike, and walked outside instead. <BR> Then I added weight lifting with a barbell. <BR> And most recently I added yoga. <BR> <BR> Now, my running pace and distance has been the same in the past 2 years, and the weights I... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:00:37 EST Short update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665028 Nothing significant happened this week. <BR> I continued tracking my food, and didn't feel deprived at all. <BR> Running, weight lifting,walking and yoga - as usual. <BR> Nice weather and good mood. <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:37:37 EST Good week again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659088 This week has been lovely. <BR> I took a day off on Friday, and so have a 3-day weekend with not much planned. <BR> I put away the winter shoes and clothes, and took springtime clothes and shoes out of the bags and boxes. It feels different! : ) My wardrobe now matches the wonderful sunny weather. <BR> Spent a lot of time running, walking, lifting weights and doing yoga, ended up with 600 fitness minutes again. <BR> <BR> My eating was not as perfect as during the previous 2 weeks, I had 2 m... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:45:43 EST Update after 2 weeks of tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653716 I'm finishing week two of tracking all my food, to get back to my goal weight. <BR> These are my numbers per week: <BR> Daily calories eaten, average: 1920 - 1990 <BR> Weekly fitness minutes: 541 - 633 <BR> weekly calories burned: 2950 - 3000 <BR> <BR> Tracking food really helps. <BR> I stayed within my range every day, both calories and nutrients, <BR> I was hungry a few times, but the perspective of tracking silly things stopped me from eating them. The tricky part is always dinner, so be... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:24:48 EST Back to tracking all my food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644210 My weight has been creeping up again... <BR> So I'm 3 pounds above my goal. <BR> This is the time to go back to tracking all my food. <BR> My first automatic thought was "oh dear I have to really watch and eat less". <BR> This is true but in fact not so scary: I'm just going back to eating within my range, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, and no unplanned eating at all, and no skipped snacks. <BR> I know I will not be hungry. <BR> The only time I am hungry at all is the mornings after binges. <BR>... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:48:21 EST Golden age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631333 Preparing for upcoming 4th season of Game of Thrones, we plan to watch all the previous episodes. Yesterday night we watched the very first episode. It was a very strange experience, after having seen the "future" in seasons 2-3 and having read all the books... <BR> <BR> Everybody is safe, healthy and alive in Winterfell, going about their usual business. <BR> They are worried or angry about their problems, like having to behave like a lady when one is interested in swords and arrows, or bei... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:57:44 EST I have enough time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630944 Time is so subjective... <BR> Before I started my healthy lifestyle journey in June 2011, I always felt under pressure, I always hurried and didn't have time for myself. <BR> Making myself and my health a priority, somehow time opened up and I managed to fit in 8 hours of sleep, 1 hour or more of exercise and making/cooking healthy food and tracking it all - and still had time to do my work and share of household chores. <BR> I really found it amazing at that time. <BR> <BR> A few month ago ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:57:48 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618718 I'm in week 6 the mindfulness based stress reduction program, it is going well, doing guided sitting meditation and yoga sessions, alternating. Next week is developing my own practice, without soundtracks. I already have a few ideas. <BR> <BR> My runs were fun this week: the forest route is covered with packed snow, some places tunred into ice, some places melting. <BR> I was glad I had my new running shoes (goretex upper material) and the snow cleats on. I saw some other runners struggling ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:41:37 EST Another good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605877 Monday evening I packed food for a 3,5-day business trip. <BR> For these trips I pack all my meals (sandwiches, fruits and veggies, yogurt, 1-2 cans of sweet yellow corn), except for breakfast which is provided at the hotel. <BR> These are the times I eat best: all I have is the food I packed Monday evening, and I'm too busy to go buy anything else. <BR> <BR> I had my deep relaxation and yoga soundtracks on my iPod, I had the beautiful lake in front of the hotel to run around, and I did all... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:29:00 EST Good week and yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597654 This week was good! <BR> <BR> Eating went well: perfect breakfast and lunch and 2 snacks... <BR> and dinner on the good side too: moderate portions with lots of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers), and 2 squares of dark chocolate. <BR> As I eat the same food and same portions as I did when I tracked all food, I can estimate that my calorie intake must be around 2000 calories, in the upper half of my maintenance range. <BR> <BR> Sleeping was better than last week, I got 7-8 h... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:12:34 EST Not back on track yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589882 I'm back to work since Monday, with a normal workload. <BR> I'm glad because I started to feel rather lazy, but it was difficult to set my inner clock back to getting up at 6 rather than 9. <BR> I didn't get my 8 hours of sleep, it was 6 or 7 on most days. <BR> <BR> I started to practice deep relaxation every day, using a 45-minute soundtrack (part of mindfulness based stress reduction program). It is not easy to follow because my thoughts are wandering and I often fell asleep. I found the b... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:28:11 EST Back to normal. Reading. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580989 Christmas and New Year holidays were great but also challenging on the eating front. <BR> This was my third year end holiday season since I joined Spark People, and I allowed myself to eat as I liked. Nothing horrible, just cookies (mostly the healthy ones I made), some fancy chocolates, larger portions, no mid-morning and afternoon snacks, and less fruits and vegetables. <BR> As a result I gained 5 pounds - that is my "normal" holiday gain when I don't watch my food. <BR> <BR> Another proof... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:21:11 EST Christmas baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570495 Yesterday I baked with my kids the cookies they chose from the internet, <BR> a Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie and Salty Caramel Sauce Chocolate Bars. <BR> They turnd out well and are delicious. <BR> Also the both entirely consist of unhealthy carbs and fat, and the Salty Caramel Sauce one is the devil itself, inducing the maximum possible cravings: salt+sugar+fat+chocolate together! <BR> But I don't mind, I think it is OK once a year. <BR> <BR> Today I'm baking my favorite Spark Recipe... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:48:09 EST Mindful eating contemplations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568673 I have been practicing mindful eating for a few months. <BR> I always do it at breakfast, at most dinners, and sometimes at lunch. <BR> Concentrating on my food, not reading or watching TV. <BR> It helps me enjoy and appreciate my food better - actually everything I eat was once alive, information and matter coming from billions of years ago, beautifully structured. <BR> Also helps preventing mindless overeating in the evening. <BR> <BR> I read a few books of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist mast... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:03:06 EST Winter is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562119 I was on two-day business trip, and last night I finished quite late. <BR> Had no exercise in the morning, so I went out at 9 pm and walked an hour. <BR> It was -2 oC / 29 oF with strong icy wind and I was very cold in the first few minutes. <BR> Brisk walking warmed me up. I had 3 layers and a warm jacket on, so I was a bit worried the running clothes I brought for the morning will not be enough... <BR> I recalled 2 layers were enough down to -4 oC / 25 oF... <BR> So today morning I put on ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:18:58 EST Bad luck continued, and I haven't been eating well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558449 Since my last blog entry I had several unfortunate incidents, like <BR> -dishwasher's engine burned down (no kidding, we saw the flames inside!) <BR> -I scratched the backup car I got to replace my broken car <BR> -I poked the sleeve of my coat into my left eye (I was so scared I ruined the good result of the laser surgery but no it is OK...) <BR> -DS came home from a party saying he lost his cellphone which we searched for desperately for hours, until DD woke up and told us she found the ph... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:31:45 EST Bad luck continued, and I haven't been eating well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558448 Since my last blog entry I had several unfortunate incidents, like <BR> -dishwasher's engine burned down (no kidding, we saw the flames inside!) <BR> -I scratched the backup car I got to replace my broken car <BR> -I poked the sleeve of my coat into my left eye (I was so scared I ruined the good result of the laser surgery but no it is OK...) <BR> -DS came home from a party saying he lost his cellphone which we searched for desperately for hours, until DD woke up and told us she found the ph... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:31:43 EST Random update about binge eating, bad luck and getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550002 It has been 2 weeks since I blogged. <BR> Maybe it was because I had a short streak of moderate binge eating in the evenings, and it is really annoying and demotivating. <BR> On top of that, I had some unlucky events. <BR> Monday: got a fine for turning right where I was not supposed to when I drove my dad to the clinic after his eye surgery (about 230 USD) <BR> Tuesday: my son got fined by public transport company because he hasn't had his student ID renewed so he was not entitled to the stu... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:30:58 EST Kitty story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543268 We have had our kitty for two and months now, he was one pound when we first weighed him, now he is 4 pounds. <BR> His behavior started to be annoying, clawing furniture, jumping up everywhere and stealing all objects suitable for eating or making noise. <BR> I was worried as we live on the 3rd floor so he never gets to go outside, and cannot run around and climb trees which I believe is the true nature of cats (this is why I didn't want a cat in the first place). <BR> Inspired by an episo... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:45:04 EST Sunday update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537079 This week has been great. <BR> My plan to do 3 days work in 2 days and take 1 day off worked well. <BR> I had a lot of time to rest, walk, run, lift weight and to cook every day. <BR> <BR> I continue practicing mindful eatig at every breakfast and dinner, <BR> Breakfast is really fun this way. First I drink my tea on the terrace, watching miniature clouds forming on the surface, and the real clouds in the sky. <BR> Then I bring out my porridge with fruit, and savor every spoonful. <BR> I'm s... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:09:02 EST Back to normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533139 My eyesight is better and better every day. <BR> I can see far objects beautifully clearly, and my ability to read printed text and computer screen is improving every day, <BR> Monday was my first full day at work, I survived reading and typing for 8 hours but my eyes were exhausted by the end of the day. <BR> So I work from home in the next 3 days, with interruptions every couple of hours. <BR> I'll do 2 day's work in 3 days, and take 1 day off. <BR> I should be OK on Friday for a full day... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:12:35 EST Eye surgery report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528524 I had refractive eye surgery (laser) a week ago to get rid of the myopia I lived with since the age of 6. No more glasses! <BR> Well, probably I will need glasses for reading, but I would have needed that anyway within a few years, and one set of glasses is better that 2 or 3... <BR> The procedure was successful and painless, on the second postoperative day my eye was very sensitive to light, but the rest of recovery was OK. My vision is better and sharper every day. <BR> Now I have to wear ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:00:41 EST Perfect Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518227 I slept in and woke up at 7:30 after a good resting sleep. <BR> Weather was lovely, 6 oC / 43 oF, sunny with mild wind. <BR> Put on capris, a long sleeved running shirt and a very thin jacket. <BR> Drove to the hill where I always run in the forest. <BR> Practiced walking meditation during the warm up walk. <BR> Started my run, clothing was fine, but after one mile I warmed up and took off the jacket. My pace was 9:35 min/mile - the cooler it is the faster I run! : ) <BR> Practiced walking me... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:57:05 EST Back at goal weight - thank you Nutrition Tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512063 At the end of August I had to admit that my though my weight fluctuates, it does fluctuate higher than I like it. <BR> I presumed there was nothing wrong with my calorie range (1750-2100 calories) and my fitness plan (about 400 fitness minutes and 2600 calories per week), and probably I was eating more than I thought. <BR> So I returned to measuring and tracking everything in Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker (not linked together). Now I'm back to my goal weight and try to go only Quic... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 05:41:39 EST Morning walk and more mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510036 This morning I had the most lovely walk. In the summer I didn't notice how many kinds of trees and bushes we have in our neighborhood, as everything was just green. <BR> Now we have such a rich variety from pale yellow to orange and red... <BR> The colorful trees made me happy during my morning walk. <BR> <BR> In the past three days I ate all my meals without reading. It is not as hard as I thought, and I enjoy my meals much more than before. <BR> This is a huge positive change for me... <BR... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:02:29 EST Mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504505 Mindful eating means focusing on food while eating, and not doing anything or thinking of anything else. <BR> Sounds easy, doesn't it? <BR> For me it is not easy. Reading during eating has always been my number one relaxation "activity". Reading a book, or a newspaper, or most recently surfing on internet. <BR> <BR> I first read about mindful eating in June 2011 when I joined Spark People. <BR> I thought no, no way shall I lose the fun part, I need to read while I'm eating. <BR> <BR> But in... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:40:24 EST 2 years in maintenance - I love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498260 This week I reached 2 years in maintenance. <BR> Thank you At Goal and Maintaining / Transitioning to Maintenance Team leaders and members for cheering me on! <BR> <BR> Maintenance is a great place for me to be. <BR> Working out everyday is now routine for me, and I feel uncomfortable if I have to miss a morning walk or run outside. Morning is my favorite part of the day, and the best thing to do with it is walking or running in the neighborhood or in the forests nearby. <BR> During the wal... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:24:17 EST