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/ I did the math part well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932854 Thank you dear Spark Friends for your input on my last blog, your comments helped me put my "problem" in perspective. What I'm doing is right or very very close to right, I just need to accept transition is harder than steady state. <BR> <BR> Our local online news portal featured this calorie calculator this morning: <BR> <link>www.calculator.net/calorie-calculato<BR>r.html?ctype=metric&cage=47&csex=f&che<BR>ightfeet=5&cheightinch=10&cpound=160&c<BR>heightmeter=170&ckg=59&cactivity=1.725<B... Sat, 23 May 2015 04:32:05 EST Eating more and whining while transitioning back to maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932332 Today is day 6 of eating about 12% more than before (2150 cal), in order to stabilize my weight. <BR> I still don't like it, because <BR> - I feel a bit more full than pleasant and longer than pleasant <BR> - I never feel that my stomach is empty, so it is weird to eat again <BR> - I suffer from mild indigestion <BR> <BR> On the previous, 1900 calorie food plan I felt perfect. <BR> - my meals were satisfactory <BR> - I felt adequately empty before and adequately full at the end of each meal ... Fri, 22 May 2015 04:01:06 EST Blood donation and eating more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930246 There was a mobile blood donation station at my workplace. I took low dose iron pills in the past 2 weeks, drank a lot in the morning, and managed to have it done before my 11 am meeting. My blood counts were good, but lower than last time, half year ago. I keep taking iron for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I already ate the increased calorie menu, and it made no difference. <BR> <BR> Today those +250 calories felt like a lot, but ate my food as planned anyway. <BR> Breakfast: 440 calo... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:49:44 EST +250 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929446 I planned to wait out till my weight plateaus naturally, as the Beck book promised, but it doesn't seem to happen and I really don't want to lose more. <BR> I was 57.7 kg this morning, and 58 was my psychological barrier. The new clothes I bought recently show that I'm content with the weight. <BR> DH already told me a couple of times that I should eat more, and today DD told me I was too skinny. <BR> <BR> Backside of not tracking: now I had to evaluation my menu items one by one, and I fou... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:14:11 EST First craving of 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928980 I have been following the Beck Diet Solution for 4 and half months now, <BR> that means I have a food plan for each day and I follow it, no ifs, ands or buts. <BR> My goal was to get rid of cravings and overeating, and it is really working. <BR> When I do follow my plan and eat no unplanned food, I have no cravings – I believe sticking to my plan protects me. <BR> The plan used to be a short list of what was going to eat next day, in the past month it is just a generic menu of 3 meals + 2 s... Sat, 16 May 2015 07:21:28 EST Wonderful vacation at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925615 Today is the tenth, last day of my vacation - it was wonderful! <BR> I really like staying at home <BR> I'm well-rested and happy and did everything I planned, <BR> avoiding both mindless activities and exhaustion. <BR> <BR> -exercise: a yoga workout + a run or a walk each day, some yoga and one walk with DH and 2 forest runs with DS <BR> <BR> -food and weight: followed the Beck principles, ate everything slowly, sitting down, no unplanned eating, no munching standing in the kitchen, nev... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:33:10 EST Wonderful vacation at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925614 Today is the tenth, last day of my vacation - it was wonderful! <BR> I really like staying at home <BR> I'm well-rested and happy and did everything I planned, <BR> avoiding both mindless activities and exhaustion. <BR> <BR> -exercise: a yoga workout + a run or a walk each day, some yoga and one walk with DH and 2 forest runs with DS <BR> <BR> -food and weight: followed the Beck principles, ate everything slowly, sitting down, no unplanned eating, no munching standing in the kitchen, nev... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:33:06 EST Holidays finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921638 I survived the 4-day long inspection at my second client too - again, there were no major problems and I'm so relieved! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I walked or ran every morning, and after work went for a short walk again while sun was still up, and did my yoga in the evening. <BR> By now my teammates understood I don't like to go out for dinner, and they didn't invite me anymore : ) but we had breakfast together and spent the entire day together, and they got to see the sunny relaxed sid... Sun, 3 May 2015 04:54:15 EST Neuroplasticity and letting go - long blog warning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917763 In 2014 I read many books about mindfulness and about how human brains work. <BR> One of them was "Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom" by Rick Hanson. Among so many things new to me, the most interesting one was the theory of neuroplasticity: if I change the activities and the thoughts I spend time on, there will be structural changes in my brain, and the changes will show up special brain images. <BR> "Neurons that fire together wire together." <BR> <... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:14:41 EST Back home for 2 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917509 One of the 2 inspections was successfully finished on Friday - I'm so happy! : )) <BR> As I hoped, the process itself was less stressful than the preparations, and it was held strictly 8:30-5pm on all the five days. <BR> This meant I had to reschedule my days, but it was easy: on Monday I went to bed at 9:30 and woke up at 5. So I had time to run or walk each morning and do yoga each evening. <BR> I packed my sandwiches for dinner, and did not go out to eat with the team (they already got use... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:51:34 EST Hard week and good choices again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909726 This week was mostly like the previous one, 3-day client visit with two supervisors, making corrections and translating back and forth from Hungarian to English non stop. <BR> I followed my meal plan, did my workouts as planned, some meditation, and I was rewarded by deep restful sleep and good mood. <BR> This time I didn't go out for dinner with the supervisors, instead I went to my room, ate my sandwiches and veggies, did yoga and went to bed early. This made me feel a lot better than the d... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 03:51:19 EST Credit to myself for good choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903967 Three exhausting days of inspection preparations behind me! <BR> Sitting all day with 2 supervisors reviewing quality of client's data and processes. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I made many good choices and now I give myself credit for them. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> -brought water and a lot of fresh fruit and for all of us <BR> <BR> -packed lunch and dinner for 2 days for myself (to avoid ordering food) <BR> <BR> -wrote a food plan in advance and stuck with it, with very few re... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 03:38:43 EST Good week and weight trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900989 This week was good, office days Mon-Fri, and I'm working again today on Saturday. <BR> Working 48 hours in 6 days is much better than covering the same amount of work in 5 days, and I will get a day off for this, so I'm fine with it. <BR> I made good progress, and only some peaceful paperwork is ahead of me today. <BR> <BR> I was able to exercise every day, no skipped workouts, and did my meditation and deep relaxation too. My sleep is deep and relaxing and I feel OK. <BR> <BR> Eating went ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:09:50 EST A better work week and a peaceful weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897045 Work was more reasonable this week. <BR> The ceaseless requests for documents slowed down, and though I worked long hours, I will absolutely not do any work or even think about it during the weekend - two long days! <BR> <BR> Today I had my long forest walk and a nice workout with DH outside on the terrace. <BR> Yoga is always good but it is wonderful under the open sky. <BR> It was sunny but windy, 12 oC / 54 oF a bit chilly at start, but the sun salutations warmed us up. <BR> Then I cooked... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:46:02 EST How cognitive therapy helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894368 In the past week I noticed I wish to blog more often, maybe to organize my thoughts. <BR> Your kind supporting and encouraging comments help me a lot, I appreciate them so much! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Spent Monday in crossfire of conflicting tasks and obligations. Once I almost cried. <BR> It really can't get any worse, unless I'm transferred to a coal mine to work under the earth 12 hours 6 days a week ; ) <BR> To make it worse, I made a foolish dec... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:48:09 EST First overeating episode of 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893485 I woke up well rested today, ran in the forest, did yoga, and cooked lunch with DD, my parents visiting. <BR> The first signs of "I don't care" emerged during cooking: I wished to taste a few bites, and I did. <BR> Mental note for future: Don't Do It! <BR> So I blew my 70-day streak of Eat Sitting Down at all times. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I planned to eat a bit more than usual for lunch, and 1 slice of apple cake as afternoon snack. <BR> I did well at lunch but I ate 3 slices of cake, I knew it wa... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:46:37 EST Working on Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892622 I don't have to, I chose to. <BR> Tuesday morning at 8:30, while I was peacefully sparking and having breakfast, the project lead girl saw I was online and called me to discuss what documents she needed immediately. <BR> Then it clicked: however hard I try, I cannot manage the inspection preparations for project A and meet my other important deadline in project B by end of business Friday. <BR> Once I realized this, I felt relieved. <BR> Decided to go in on Saturday and finish tasks for proje... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 04:41:06 EST Stress reduction: from "unbearable" to "highly annoying" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891510 If at all possible, I have 2-3 hours of calmness and peace every morning before work to myself: meditation, play with cat, run or walk, yoga, shower, breakfast... and then it's showtime! <BR> During this time I gently push away all work related thoughts, and focus on what I feel, see and hear. <BR> This makes perceived stress level go from "unbearable" to "highly annoying". <BR> Work has been crazier than ever. <BR> On top of usual high workload, I had to jump in and make an important present... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:26:00 EST Under the weather and high workload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887274 Two weeks ago DH and DS had flu with high fever, and they are still coughing. <BR> I escaped without high fever, but I got the congestion, sore throat and bronchitis, with mild to moderate fatigue. Not a good combination with crazy work schedule. <BR> I didn't miss a day at work, but decreased exercise intensity: walk instead of running, and easy restorative yoga sessions instead of the usual vinyasa yoga. <BR> This is day 10 of no running, I just don't feel like it. <BR> This night was the f... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:00:42 EST Still losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882867 Today I hit a new low weight: 59.9 kg / 132 pounds. <BR> I haven't been below 60 kg once during my SP journey, and the last time I was about 18 years ago, when my daughter was two. <BR> I'm 6 kg / 13 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. <BR> <BR> The old "before-Beck"me would say "Yippee! I'm doing so well I really deserve some spontaneous eating a.k.a overeating!" <BR> Now I know better. <BR> I eat around 2000 calories, my meals are delicious, I feel satisfied after each meal, I have no cr... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:39:34 EST Cat Sabotaged my Morning Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881554 I have a start of a head cold, so decided to do a restorative yoga session after my morning walk. <BR> So I did, and after 15 minutes, just when I was about to come off a lying pose, I felt the cat got on my belly, curled up and started to purr sweetly... <BR> I didn't have the heart to push him off, so I wiggled into a more comfortable position, and stayed on the mat for another 20 minutes, felt the weight and warmth of purring cat, every breath lifting him up gently. I felt my abdominal ao... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:04:39 EST Workaholic tendencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879728 Don't get me wrong, I think working hard, paying full attention to tasks is good. <BR> But it is easy to overdo it. <BR> Being focused and getting a lot of work done, making progress feels good. Feels so good I can easily end up wanting more and more, just like with overeating. <BR> Last week I had so much work I had no time left to complete mandatory trainings by 15th February. I thought OK, I'll do the trainings on 14th February (Saturday), and ask for a day off in return. <BR> I did the t... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:26:04 EST Wonderful run on packed snow and ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874854 Yesterday's workday was so long I didn't get to do any exercise at all. <BR> Did about 30 minutes of deep relaxation though, because I woke up too early and couldn't get back to sleep. Went to bed at 9 pm and had a good sleep. <BR> <BR> Today I'm working from home. Woke up early again. <BR> Drove to my favorite hill for an early morning run, the sun was just turning from red to orange. <BR> There is no snow left in our neighborhood, but the track on the hill is still covered in packed snow a... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:05:06 EST Reasonable confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873592 So, I finished the Beck book. <BR> Again, I recommend it to everyone who likes to work through self help books. <BR> It is a good read, very helpful and makes sense. <BR> <BR> After finishing, I don't have new information to read daily, and there are no daily tasks. <BR> Now I can do the things learned weekly or as needed. <BR> It feels strange and somehow disturbing - it is so easy to forget about useful habits! <BR> During the 6 weeks I worked through the book I didn't have any cravings or... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:02:16 EST Tough work week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871044 Work has been crazy this week. <BR> Started Monday at 6:30 in the office, because I had to leave early to take hubby for a medical procedure (which went well). <BR> The next 4 days were client visits, meaning I didn't have any office time to do paperwork and manage other tasks. <BR> I hate things piling up! <BR> But there was no other way around, so I accepted this was it, and protected my sleep time, workout time and mindful eating time as top priority. <BR> Family time suffered, but kids a... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 04:38:09 EST And still doing well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866312 This week has been good. <BR> I'm at Day 30 of the Beck Diet Solution, and I still find it very useful. <BR> My weight goes sidewards, which is good because I shouldn't lose more. <BR> On most days I'm below 62 kg (136 pounds, lower end of range), and at the end of 2014 I was usually above 64 kg (141 pounds, upper end of range). <BR> <BR> The last exercise in the book was very interesting. I had to identify my personal sabotaging thoughts, and create my own helpful responses, using the "seve... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:13:13 EST Still doing well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861381 This week has been good. <BR> We have had mild weather a lot of rain. <BR> Yesterday I ran in the woods. From my window weather looked harmless so left my running bag (extra shirt, jacket, hat, lip balm, snow grips) at home deliberately. 2 miles away, on the hill it was drizzling rain, at some places pouring. Oh well... I figured 45 wet minutes in 7 oC / 45 oF will not hurt me, and they didn't. <BR> This morning it was raining hard, and I dressed more carefully for my long forest walk. It wa... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:19:50 EST No cravings at all for 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859227 If you have any problems with cravings at all and you enjoy self help books, then you may find the Beck Diet Solution book just as helpful as I do. <BR> <BR> I'm impressed with my progress. I had no cravings at all in 3 weeks. <BR> For me, the worst food related feeling is struggling with cravings, giving in and then suffering from the effects of overeating. <BR> <BR> I eat sitting down, not a bite in food standing in the kitchen, I eat slowly and mindfully, and I din't eat anything that wa... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:12:20 EST The "Stop Overeating" exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856382 For today, the exercise was this: <BR> -for one meal, put too much of my planned food on my plate, and one food that was not on the plan at all <BR> -push extra food aside and leave it on the plate <BR> -if tempted to eat it, use the anti-craving techniques learned earlier. <BR> <BR> I was a bit worried about this, as I have always been a notorious plate cleaner. <BR> I decided that my planned food will be two thirds of large burger and fries menu + steamed broccoli, and I'll add a handful o... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:22:12 EST Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855513 After 2 weeks of eating sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite, <BR> and a few days of planning my meals for the next day and sticking to my plan, I weigh 2 kg / 4 pounds less. <BR> My intuition is that this is the easy way. <BR> <BR> Definitely easier than engaging in thoughts like "shall I eat this 3rd slice of fresh bread while I'm preparing dinner?" or "hmmm I seem to be still hungry after finishing my dinner, shall I eat some peanut butter out of the jar?" <BR> The Beck book points ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:16:59 EST The Hunger Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852760 Today I did Day 12 of the Beck Diet Solution book: did not eat between breakfast (bowl of oatmeal and oranges) at 9 am) and dinner. <BR> The goal was to experience hunger, and rate the perceived discomfort every hour from noon, so that I can see hunger is not an emergency and I can tolerate it. <BR> Now, this is something I never did before, as I always eat about every 3 hours during the day. <BR> The book said "skip lunch" but I figured I should skip morning and afternoon snack too, and so I... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:15:54 EST Inaccurate perception http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850794 I'm still stuck at the "eat sitting down" revelation. <BR> I always thought my problem was overeating in the evening. <BR> Now I that I'm paying attention I can see that my problem is eating standing up when I'm in the kitchen. Apologies to those who are getting bored of this! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> I perceived this incorrectly, because the problem really culminated when I came home after a long working day (where I ate what I packed for snacks and lunch, with no kitchen a... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:15:43 EST I eat sitting down : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848735 I'm so tired after a long working day, I thought I'd just write a status update... <BR> But decided to write a blog in the end. <BR> <BR> I'm working on my new habit of eating everything sitting down, in other words no nibbling or "food tasting" in the kitchen. <BR> I didn't make any other changes to my food plan, but it is obvious that I eat less. <BR> <BR> I feel hunger several times a day, from a few seconds up to 10 minutes a time - usually I never feel any hunger. <BR> I lost the 3 po... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:35:13 EST New book to support me in maintaining my weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845442 In the past few months many of my maintainer SP friends mentioned they are following the Beck Diet Solution, shared their experiences and made me curious. <BR> Especially as I know little about cognitive behavior therapy. <BR> So I downloaded the book, and it seems to be very useful. <BR> <BR> Day 3 is about Eating Sitting Down. <BR> Reading, I recognized that I do almost all my unplanned eating /overeating standing up, or it least starts with eating something standing in the kitchen. <BR> ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:27:04 EST Icy run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844457 After some freezing temperatures down to -12oC / 10oF, we had some mild days. <BR> All the snow we had in the neighborhood melted away, but the hills are different: top of packed snow melts during the day, then freezes back by night. <BR> The result is smooth ice. <BR> <BR> Despite the unfriendly surface, there were many runners out on the forest path, I saw and heard many of them slip, and two of them fall. <BR> I felt like SuperWoman: with my YakTrax snow grips I could run safely at my usu... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:19:51 EST My first day back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842924 Happy New Year, dear Spark Friends! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> In the last 5 days I made a lot of poor food choices, like unplanned snacking, calorie and salt rich foods, cookies... So typical of me, stay strong during fancy Christmas meals then give in to leftover food and sea of cookies and bonbons ; ) <BR> I felt the effects more and more every day: puffy eyes, lack of energy, lack of focus... and I didn't like it. <BR>... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:11:03 EST There is such thing as too much rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840659 This winter holiday is 2 weeks long, and I have a feeling that I have got too much rest, and the less more I get the lazier I become and the less energy I have... <BR> This makes me understand my mom who lives a very inactive life, practically sitting all day and she always complains about being tired and having no energy. <BR> <BR> My last working weeks were exhausting, but that was 9 days ago. <BR> I did a long run (7k) or a long walk (90 min) in the forest every day, the Zoo visit on 27... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:42:53 EST Christmas eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838046 Merry Christmas to all my dear <em>223</em> s! <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> My day started with a nice forest run in mild weather and sunshine. <BR> <BR> During the day DD, DS and I baked 3 kinds of cookies: <BR> -SP recipe Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies: turned out delicious and crunchy - ate 6 of them for early lunch with apples <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=25893 </li... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:49:30 EST Winter holiday started for me. Forest path is cleared from fallen trees. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836685 My winter holiday started this Saturday, and I did my best to relax after my last hard 2 working weeks. <BR> So I did deep relaxation in bet before getting up, then my long forest walk, then yoga with husband. After cooking and eating a healthy lunch, and afternoon nap with husband. <BR> Then some sparking and web surfing, I listened to a dharma talk, then watched a movie with family (which turned out to be one of the worst movies we saw ever, but we didn't care). <BR> The result was incredib... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:36:53 EST My observations and insights about overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834719 I have been in maintenance in 3 years and 3 months, and most of the time it is easy for me to stay in balance. <BR> I'm doing well for several days or weeks in a row, then something happens (or nothing happens) and I find myself overeating at dinner. Nothing horrible, I guess 3-500 calories over, but I certainly lose control. These are the only times when my weight starts creeping up. <BR> <BR> In the past weeks I observed two things that I didn't notice before: <BR> <BR> 1. overeating feel... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:17:14 EST Another hard week, but I'm fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832450 Peak workload continues, in addition we had to work on Saturday, so that we get 24th December off for Christmas. <BR> But I feel fine. <BR> Limiting work-related thoughts to working hours is really helpful: I concentrate hard during the day, but as soon as I'm off work, I turn it off. <BR> This morning I went for my traditional Saturday long walk in the forest - made me calm nd focused at work. I made a lot of progress on the administrative front. <BR> <BR> Last week I posted pictures abou... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:47:32 EST Ice damage in the forest - my favorite running route is blocked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828950 Earlier this week there was horrible ice damage in our forests on the higher hills. <BR> There is a temperature just above freezing point when rain drops are liquid all the ways down but crystallize into ice when they hit the ground - or a tree. <BR> <BR> This time there was a lot of rain coming down, the critical temperature persisted and thick layers of ice covered the trees. Many huge branches and entire trees broke and fell under the heavy weight. A link to some pictures: <BR> <link... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 05:34:56 EST Heavy workload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826479 With my projects coming to end or a least end stage, I volunteered for a temporary position that is mostly people management and will take half my time. December is the busiest time to in this area, and I'm already covered in emails and spreadsheets... <BR> Except last month which was busy, my workload was somewhat low, and it was good for rest and recreation, but it is nice to use my full energy again. <BR> I feel like a husky who gets to pull a heavy burden on a sleigh and runs happily on ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:37:06 EST Positive attitude and and meditation update - long blog warning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824543 Last night I finished my long and busy working week at 6 pm, walked to my car anticipating getting home soon - but the car did not start: the battery was dead. <BR> I called company’s car guy, but none of his men were available. <BR> Then I called the assistance service, and they told me the help will arrive in 45 minutes. <BR> Yikes. I was sitting in the cold and dark, fog and sleet outside ... and surprised myself: I only felt a minor annoyance pass through my mind, then accepted the situa... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:23:39 EST Maintenance update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824513 Weight has been stable, and despite hard work schedule I didn't miss one run or walk, and missed one yoga workout only. <BR> <BR> My Anti-Evening-Overeating Plan is a success: I didn't have any emotional overeating episodes. My evening portions continue to be at the upper end or a bit over, but the urge to continue eating and the helplessness is gone. <BR> <BR> Weight is stable, with a tiny downward trend. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:36:35 EST Good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821618 My second run after blood donation (day 7) was uneventful. <BR> I paid attention not to push myself uphill, but I ended up with my usual pace (9:48 min/mile). <BR> <BR> My Anti-Evening-Overeating Plan is working very well, I managed to follow 6 times out of 7. That one night was a high risk one: got home late after long and boring work day, after skipping my after noon snack, had little time before going to the cinema with family, so skipped meditation, and ate a small plate of pasta whil... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:22:58 EST Strange run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819862 Due to work schedule I had to cancel my Wednesday and Friday runs, and run today, on Thursday instead. <BR> This is a work at home day, so I drove to up the hill, dropping off DD at work at 7:00. <BR> Weather was lovely, 6 oC / 42 oF, sunshine, muddy path and moderate to strong wind howling over me in the trees. <BR> The path is up and down, more down on the way out and more up on the way back. <BR> Halfway back there is a long uphill segment with a very steep part which is always hard to run... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:41:58 EST Tuesday update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818406 My Plan to Avoid Evening Overeating is working well. <BR> On work-at-home days it is usually not 100%, but I don't mind as those days are low risk anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I weighed 63.6 kg - closest to my center weight in 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> There is blood donation in our office building every few months, and I wanted to do it the last time, but I was turned down because I only had a copy of my social security ID (the original was lost about 20 years ago). <BR> I requested a new original a... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:20:51 EST My plan for the new Maintenance Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815905 I have been in a rut of evening overeating in the past few weeks. <BR> This really bothers me, because I know better, and I'm not hungry at all to start with. <BR> Then I get home, walk into the kitchen, grab whatever I like and return for more, in addition forget to drink. <BR> My brain seems to be switched off. <BR> Really annoying. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, when I was on a business trip and I ate my packed sandwiches, I didn't even think of eating more, despite walking 1 hour before and swimm... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:50:39 EST Miscellaneous update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813391 New Shoes <BR> I have 736 miles in my old winter running shoes, and 580 in the newer summer shoes. <BR> On Tuesday I worked next to the Nike outlet store and checked if there are any shoes good for running outside, with water resistant upper material, and fit for the Nike+ sensor. <BR> And yes, the had Nike Pegasus Trail 28! <BR> This is exactly the same as my old winter shoe, and I searched for this model everywhere last fall and it was nowhere to be found. <BR> <BR> Two Good Runs <BR> Tod... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 05:21:24 EST