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/ 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 Maintenance without Scale - week 9 and result http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810514 Today is end of Week 9, and of maintenance challenge, and I stepped on the scale... <BR> My weight was 64.5 kg at start, and this morning it was 64.1 kg (142 and 141 in pounds). <BR> I consider this a success, because <BR> -the weight is practically the same, within margin of error <BR> -the weight is within my +-3% maintenance range, a tiny bit closer to my target <BR> -I kept my promise and did nor cheat <BR> <BR> I lost my extra 25 pounds tracking all my food, and continued tracking for... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:14:17 EST 100% mindful eating today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810107 Today I ate my 3 meals and 2 snacks mindfully. <BR> It was nice. <BR> I often eat my breakfast mindful, taking in the colors, texture and flavors of oats and fruit of choice. Today I did it with my eyes closed, focusing on chewing every bite. <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack was a dark red apple with some walnuts. Usually I do this during work. Now I stopped, and appreciated the beauty of the red and white colors, the sweet taste and the walnuts. Took a lot longer to eat the apple and certainly I... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:31:00 EST Maintenance without scale - Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806449 Last week I posted late, so this week was only 4 days, and pretty much like the previous one was: all fine, except mild overeating in the evenings. <BR> <BR> But last night I did somewhat better with eating (grilled chicken, rice, steamed broccoli, some leftover Greek salad, 1 square of dark chocolate). <BR> As I mentioned earlier, now I do short sitting and walking meditations, aiming at 3x10-15 minute sessions: one immediately after waking up, one at getting home and one before going to be... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:17:45 EST Good book and walking meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803183 I read a fascinating book this week: <BR> 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (by Dan Harris) <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/10-Happier-Self-Help-<BR>Actually-Works-A/dp/0062265423 </link> <BR> <BR> I considered buying it a few months ago, but told myself " hey you have enough books about mindfulness and meditation" and it was true. <BR> But KANOE10 recommended it, so I gave it a try. <BR> ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:45:47 EST Maintenance without Scale - Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803175 This update is two days late, normally I do this on Tuesdays, but I had very busy work days. I even broke my 60-or-so day login streak. <BR> <BR> Eating was not so good: mild overeating almost every evening, even during the day in the weekend / work at home day. <BR> Good thing I skipped dinner when I ate too much during the day. <BR> I would certainly gain weight if I continued this way. <BR> <BR> Exercise was good, limited to running and walking (ie. no yoga) on the two busiest days. <B... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:25:16 EST Maintenance without Scale - Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797809 This week was good. <BR> Lovely sunny autumn weather, good walks and runs, and yoga outside on the terrace. <BR> Eating went well, cooked 3 times. <BR> A friend grows tomatillos in their garden and gave us some, and I made roasted tomatillo sauce - turned out very well, my first attempt. <BR> <BR> Dinners are still my weak point, though. <BR> Once I had potato chips for dinner, with lots of carrot sticks - crappy choice but amount was OK and at least I had the carrots. <BR> The last 2 night... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:44:54 EST Upper body strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796247 I used to do weight lifting with a barbell, but I replaced that with yoga, which I enjoy much more. <BR> So no lifting for about half a year. <BR> The only way I work my upper body is yoga, and it is enough to maintain the muscles: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800902415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have a warm and sunny October here, I enjoy every minute outside. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:18:52 EST Mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795372 Mindfulness is a good place to be. <BR> When I first read about it (here, in SP articles about mindful eating and walking) I thought "oh dear it sounds really boring, thinking all the time" and dismissed the idea. <BR> <BR> Now, 3 years later, several books and many hours of practice later, I can see I got it totally wrong. <BR> Mindfulness is not about thinking. It is about not thinking. <BR> It is about staying in the present, paying attention to what is and what I am doing right now, and ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:45:36 EST Maintenance without Scale - Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793810 Time is flying! <BR> Week 5 was very good. <BR> Ate well, did all my workouts, slept well. <BR> On Sunday DS and me made sushi (from scratch) and it turned out very well. <BR> I guess I haven't gained, even might have got closer to the lower end of my weight range. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was all good too, except the evening. <BR> I got home late from work, tired and somewhat frustrated. <BR> My dinner was fine - chicken breast, vegetable mix and 2 ounces of bread, and 1 small square of dark cho... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 03:42:23 EST Working with tiredness and meditation success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790854 Huh, the past 3 days were tough. <BR> Mon-Tue I had a 2-day business trip, and on Wednesday another one, doing quality checks. <BR> I knew in advance that by Tuesday night I will be dead tired, and Wednesday is 8 hours + 3 hours drive both ways. I hate to drive in the dark highways when I'm tired, and I can't bill an overnight stay on this project (what I normally do). <BR> So I asked my boss if I could go by train and she said yes. <BR> Of course it takes longer (bus- train-tram-work-tram-tr... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:45:50 EST Maintenance without Scale - Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789814 Week 4 was not so good as the previous 3. I',m not proud of this week. <BR> I was back to work on Wednesday and - as I had a low workload - I volunteered to do a few things, and found myself on the high end of workload. <BR> And this week Mon-Tue-Wed are 11+ work hours. <BR> The end result: <BR> -exercise: less minutes, but I did at least 45 minutes of run / yoga / walking. Tomorrow I will not have the time. <BR> <BR> -eating: good by day, moderate overeating in the evening (the usual patt... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:48:41 EST Maintenance without Scale - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785321 I got an annoying head cold, that started with sore throat on Sunday, then the pain ceased only head congestion and weakness remains. I took a day off om Monday and I'm working from home today, feeling better. <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> Sunday run was cut short to 5K as I felt weak, and Monday run was downgraded to a walk. My usual vinyasa yoga workouts were downgraded to slow restorative / meditative sessions, without any challenging poses. I felt they were healing. I got the minutes in but... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:34:54 EST Cooler weather - running clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782720 This morning I ran my 7K forest route in 13oC /55oF. <BR> This is the lower end of "shorts and sleeveless shirt" temperatures for me. <BR> Dressed like this, I felt comfy and warm during the run and cool down walk, but put on my jacket when I stopped moving and got in the car. <BR> At home I had my breakfast and by the time I finished I felt really cold. <BR> I just warmed up after a hot shower, in 3 layers... <BR> That's the usual pattern: feeling good during the run, but after finishing I ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:43:33 EST Third Maintenance Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781727 I reached my goal weight 3 years ago. <BR> At that time I very happy, but never thought that I will be able to live a healthy lifestyle without tracking all my food and weighing in daily. <BR> I continued tracking my food all day for 15 more months, then on and off for a while, and now I have been off tracking for 5 months. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1160881453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Funny, but I keep eating the same food and same portions. That means I hardly ke... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:06 EST Maintenance without scale - week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781101 This week was good to. <BR> I thought I wouldn't have time for exercise due to business travel, but woke up too early and had a walk and a short yoga workout before leaving. <BR> <BR> I haven't stepped on the scale, but I must confess I'm checking out my abs every morning in the bathroom mirror. They look good, maybe even a bit better than at Day 1. <BR> <BR> Eating goes well, I overate once: on my mom's name day, cake and salty crackers - but at least ate grapes and skipped dinner. <BR> I... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:23 EST Two good runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779519 Friday morning it was pouring with rain when I went out to run, and it rained even harder towards the end of the run. Good I chose the rubber track around the park instead of the forest trail, at least it was not muddy. <BR> I was totally soaked, but it was not unpleasant. The rain was warm, and formed creeks on the slopes, it was very pretty. <BR> <BR> And today I ran a half - marathon relay, the route went around the inner city, and I had the last 7.8 km (4.85 miles). I was worried about t... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:49:26 EST What exercise gives me - and what it doesn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776968 This is the first time in my life I'm able to maintain my weight loss. <BR> I believe this is because I made exercise part of my life, a top priority. <BR> If I have any time left after work, sleep and personal hygiene, I do it. <BR> <BR> This is what exercise gives me: <BR> <BR> #1: Connected me to my body, made me feel good, even before losing any weight or getting any stronger. <BR> It was strange. At that time I only did stationary biking and easy strength training, following demos o... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:26:07 EST Maintenance without scale - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775946 Status: <BR> Eating: good - no overeating in the evening at all, the only mindless eating event was MIL's birthday lunch (wonderful yogurt-coconut cake), which I compensated by skipping dinner <BR> Exercise: good, 4 runs, 3 walks, yoga on 6 days <BR> Sleep: good <BR> Stress level: low <BR> Mood: good <BR> Perception of weight: no change <BR> <BR> Not stepping on the scale has been easy so far. <BR> Today was day after huge lunch, so I was tempted to step on the scale, but then I thought: w... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:03:30 EST Maintenance without scale - day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772050 Today is day 1 of my special 9-week maintenance challenge, within the US Election Day challenge. <BR> My starting weight is 64.5 kg, just within the +3% range, and it reflects my last week's behavior well - I would like to get back to the lower side of my range, below 63 kg. <BR> Eating: good during the day, moderate overeating at dinner + at Sunday lunch <BR> Exercise: good, 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 swim, yoga every day <BR> Sleep: good <BR> Stress level: low <BR> Mood: good <BR> <BR> So, all I n... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:07:35 EST Experiment: am I able to maintain my weight for 9 weeks without the scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766027 The usual maintenance challenge is coming up in At Goal and Maintenance team: US Election Day Maintenance Challenge, 2nd September- 3rd November. <BR> <BR> At this time I'm going to modify the challenge for myself: <BR> am I able to maintain my weight without the scale? <BR> I will post my weight only at Week 1 and at end of challenge. <BR> Of course officially I will be dropped out for not posting, but in I will post a short weekly update on how I think I am was doing, and see the result ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:38:01 EST Photo blog about vacation in Germany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765568 It took me while, because we made lots of pictures, but finally I selected a few to share. <BR> <BR> DH, DD, DS under Nuremberg Burg: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902785466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> North Sea: low tide, seals, sand dunes, clouds, my kids doing yoga on the beach. <BR> On Baltrum island there are no cars, so horses carry everything. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806175678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:37:32 EST 10K on the hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761230 This morning was sunny, 15oC/60oF, and somewhat windy. <BR> I usually run 7K on Sunday mornings, now I thought: this is perfect running weather! The routes are clean and dry, and it is so cool I don't even have to carry water! <BR> Go run the forest 10K route! <BR> <BR> Well, I haven't run so long since last fall. <BR> This means adding a very steep hill to my usual 7K forest route, which is beautiful but very hard for me when the surface is muddy or snowy, or when it is hot. <BR> I decided... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:01:20 EST Mediocre week and a good run this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760376 This week hasn't been too good. <BR> Overate each night, not too bad bad enough to feel drained and tired an sleepy. <BR> To make it worse, I let myself slip back into my bad habit of compulsive reading... yes there is such thing! Reading Terry Pratchett books on my Kindle several hours a day is not a healthy habit. This is why I was missing... <BR> Apart from my workouts, really felt my energy was drained. <BR> <BR> But last light I said no, and had a modest dinner and read only half an ho... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:36:31 EST Vacation Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756111 I'm back! <BR> We arrived home from Germany late in the evening on Wednesday, had a rest day on Thursday and went back to work on Friday. <BR> The second half of the trip was just as wonderful as the first. <BR> From the North Sea we drove to the beautiful valley of the river Mosel, even the steepest hillsides cultivated and growing grapes for their famous wine. Lovely little towns with medieval houses and castles. <BR> Then we drove to Strasbourg. I have never heard of the gothic cathedral ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 03:47:56 EST Vacation Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750109 This is Day 6 of or vacation in Germany. <BR> We came by care, 4 of us plus another family of 4, kids between 13 and 21. <BR> In the first few days I didn't have the time to blog, and now the internet access is limited (ie. 1 account for the 4 of us). <BR> We are having a great time. <BR> Spent 2 nights in Nuremberg, 1 in Bremen, and now we have 4 nights at the North Sea. <BR> We are amazed by the tide, the beauty of sand dunes and the grey-green color of of the sea. <BR> Yesterday during th... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:27:56 EST 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