TELERIE's SparkPeople Blog TELERIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July 22 Rest day - or rather, a day of quiet thoughts and remembrance. It's a year since the terrorist attacked our peaceful city and the beautiful island filled with happy young people on a summer camp. <BR> <BR> The weather today has been like last year, pouring with rain, the sky is crying. <BR> <BR> I've not been to the city but watched the ceremonies and the big memorial concert from home, thinking of those daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers who never came home. I'... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:20:39 EST A new spark I really feel I'm back here again now. Like a new beginning. <BR> <BR> I never fell completely away from Spark, I just stopped being as active as I used to be, both here and in my daily life and didn't track my food or fitness with any sort of consistency. <BR> <BR> My emotions had to be sorted, lots of "life" happened and I regained some of what I lost while spending time grieving and working (and eating) too much. <BR> <BR> I am motivated by structure and consistency, and that's why I've... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:24:47 EST Anyone for tennis? Hi, I'm here again, and really grateful for your encouraging comments on my last blog. Thank you for being wonderful! <BR> <BR> May has started well. We went to a beginner tennis class today. Every Tuesday for six weeks we'll practice and see if we can get that ball under control... Fun! <BR> <BR> I have gone walking and done strength training at home and some at the gym. Now I just need to go track those workouts and the strength I did before the class and put my thinking cap on when it co... Tue, 8 May 2012 16:30:15 EST Starting to thaw I'm not gonna apologize for my absence, things just turned out like that. <BR> I just realized that today it is four years since I logged on to Spark for the first time. <BR> <BR> Thinking back now... <BR> As low as I have been lately, I felt even worse back then... <BR> As hard as it is to keep moving consistently, It was harder to get started... <BR> As much as I have fallen back on old habits and dropped from Spark since my Dad's death, I am still doing more and with much more awareness ... Wed, 2 May 2012 17:56:46 EST Fighting for my groove The Plan for January was: <BR> Another year. Focus on getting back on track. Back to basics and still allow myself time to grieve <BR> Food: track it if you eat it! <BR> Fitness: track it. Two-day rule. ST, cardio and random acts of fitness <BR> Rest. Sleep enough. Meditate. Yoga. Gratitude. <BR> Blog or visit friends SP pages 1x week or more. <BR> <BR> The Result: <BR> Food: Tracked every day! Some guesstimates, but good effort! <BR> Fitness: I'm getting back into the good habits. Can inc... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:06:15 EST He would have been 70 years old today I miss my Dad. <BR> <BR> He was born on January, 6 in 1942 and has to escape into the mountains as a two-year old when the Germans burned everything. How things have changed during his lifetime and how I miss him... <BR> <BR> I'm still working on finding the right balance between online and life, between work and private, still missing and grieving, but have started a small streak of tracking and getting back to normal workouts. <BR> <BR> You will see more of me here eventually. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:36:35 EST Autumn leaves <link> </link> <BR> My father's funeral was yesterday. <BR> I had written a eulogy but didn't know until I stood there by his coffin if I would be able to talk. It did me good to actually DO that and talk about his life. <BR> I had picked out the music he loved for the ceremony. Lots of jazz, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Jan Garbarek. Words and music made it warm and personal and my friends and family remarked that it was a beautiful service. I thought s... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:11:29 EST My 36th GOYAAM plan August 2011 and I make my 36th GOYAAM PLAN <BR> <BR> I've not been very active here for months due to all sorts of "stuff" happening in my life. This should not have interfered with my logging onto Spark - but it did. Still - I made my GOYAAM plans monthly and made some halfhearted attempts to follow them too, but failed to stick to them consistently. <BR> <BR> The only thing I have managed to keep up and keep track of is my two-day rule. I guess I kind of burned out on the tracking for a ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 05:03:02 EST Three years later... I just realized it's my <em>505</em> ! <BR> <BR> I found Spark May 2, 2008. I can't really fathom all the changes in my life and mentality since then - I've so completely changed my life around... <BR> <BR> But May 2, 2011 came and went without me realizing that it was my Sparkiversary ... my excuse is I have been inundated with work since Christmas... <BR> <BR> I AM really happy to report that despite all this work pressure I'm still moving regularly, I'm still more active and I still fe... Wed, 4 May 2011 16:39:20 EST February already? Dear blog, sorry for abandoning you for so long, but as you know, life is hectic and it's all I can do to keep up with my workouts, track my food and spin the wheel here on Spark. <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> January has just zoomed past and the downtime I got was spent idly surfing, instead of putting my thoughts together. I think I needed that.... <BR> ... but I also think I do a lot better with the support I gain with blogging. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> So here g... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:18:43 EST A quick (musical) note Not much time to blog, but I wanted to let my lovely Spark friends know that I got through the concert on Friday unscathed! Thanks for all the supportive words while I fretted and was nervous! <BR> <BR> In fact it was great fun and those who came to listen to us (2-300 colleagues) told us that they found their Christmas spirit. <BR> <BR> My solo number went all right (although I did better at the rehearsal) I'd love to do it again (and do even better). <BR> <BR> The whole choir had a grea... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:13:16 EST Accepting challenges I haven't realized it's been so long since I visited my own blog! Must remedy that! <BR> <BR> This blog is about doing stuff that scares me! I've accepted a challenge that both scares and excites me! I sing in a choir at work with 40 others, and the conductor asked me if I would sing solo for our Christmas lunchtime concert for the whole University! <BR> <BR> I'm really nervous, but I strive to not be too afraid of making a fool of myself or take myself too seriously. And I wouldn't want t... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 17:21:31 EST Growing pains This blog has been brewing for quite a while. It might be incoherent, but I need this place to sort some of my thoughts here while I think through my life right now. <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with balancing my Work & Personal Life. <BR> <BR> This is the one life I get. This is IT, and it's important (to me) that I find a way to live through pressures which are certain to return in my life. <BR> <BR> If it isn't the current object of my frustration (huge re-organization at work), it ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:01:04 EST Breathe There's simply TOO much going on in my life right now and I suddently noticed today how stressed and tense I was today. <BR> <BR> ... Shoulders up under my ears and shallow breathing and a really hectic intense mind chatter... <BR> <BR> I've been working 14-hour days this week - not good. <BR> I REALLY need to stop and smell the roses and breathe! I need to sleep too. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to practice my yoga a bit and do some breathing exercises whenever I remember to. I'll also... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:14:49 EST The race If you've seen my status update, you already know that my bib number won a prize draw. I got a subscription for a fitness magazine good for this year and the next. Very cool! <BR> <BR> I didn't finish last! In fact my time was a little bit better than in my first 5K (last year) even though this was slightly longer (in fact 5.5K) and I took some walk breaks uphill. Finished the 5.5K in 39:08 and I'm happy enough about that. I don't have any idea that I'm a fast runner, and I probably never w... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 16:58:34 EST Sweat therapy All better today! Thanks for all your comments on my latest blog! I don't beat myself up about breaking my "two-day rule"! It's not the end of the world, and I can keep going from where I am, no matter what. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is the cause for my good mood, but I am really happy! <BR> <BR> I think it's mostly the sweat therapy I got after work! Squats with barbell, bench press, and working my triceps and biceps to failure between doing lunges with barbell MUST have some effect! <BR> ... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:45:16 EST Gahhh! It's been three days since I worked up a sweat (ran with our friend in Copenhagen!) and by now I really feel the stress building up. <BR> <BR> Ok - I'm miffed because I broke my "two-day rule". Oh, I've got lots of "excuses": Work is crazy, I've been traveling and I'm way behind on everything and I have been walking between meetings, but really... I NEED to get some proper sweat therapy! <BR> <BR> Which is why I intend to go to bed early tonight (NOW!), hit the gym tomorrow and really emp... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 18:07:15 EST New Spark I'm back from two days at a hotel where we worked on our new leader team and how we should work together and use our group constructively in our administration. <BR> We are a really diverse group and it's been difficult to see how we should use the meetings we have, but I'm back at the office now with a new spark and a new hope that things might indeed work out. It WILL depend on us catching this "ball" and running with it, but I believe we all WANT this to work. We got to know each other a b... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:38:26 EST Goals and whatnot I'm home from a lovely weekend! We visited some friends at their summer place, and though it wasn't exactly summer we got to enjoy a lovely boat trip and a hike through the forest around their cabin. Such a lot of mushrooms! We picked a lot and ate our fill and still there was more to take home! <BR> <BR> I'll be getting practice managing my internal environment on our leadership seminar the next two days which I haven't really got _time_ for because of other obligations. And the group is q... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:46:52 EST Challenges x3 Our old neighbor a few houses down was cleaning his car when we got home today and called us when he saw us, giving us an invitation for a race he helps to organize. He was really quite sweet when he issued his "challenge" and very carefully (in case we got offended?) said he couldn't help notice what we'd been doing the last few years, with our running and shrinking, and he thought we'd like this race challenge. <BR> <BR> We'll definitely sign up today! It's a local race without any pressu... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:19:01 EST Dusty boxes As you know, I'm in the process of clearing out the junk in my basement. It's really slow going and I'm getting increasingly dusty. :) <BR> <BR> Those boxes have not been looked at for a couple of years... out of sight but alas, not out of mind. In fact they have exerted a considerable weight on my mind and I feel hopeful that I will finally get through to the other side this time and by then I'll be at my goal weight! LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself time for the task, as I'd go mad other... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:42:41 EST Getting there I'm back at work after a long summer and already I'm planning my next trip and time off (Copenhagen in September & possibly Vienna later in the year). <BR> <BR> Vacation time is great, but it IS good to get back to my regular daily life. <BR> <BR> I really needed the breathing space vacation has given me - needed to gather strength for the coming months at work and this summer has provided plenty of that! <BR> I'm 6 months into my new job, 6 months into a huge reorganization and I'm taki... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:04:28 EST Going through a lot of "stuff" This weekend I started a new streak and took another step towards creating a happy and healthy life for myself. <BR> <BR> I (re-)started clearing out my clutter & "stuff" in the basement... <BR> <BR> To deal with this (enormous & boring) task I have set a target of 15 minutes (or at least ONE box) every day. This is how I got started on my healthy Sparky life, and I know that if I do it consistently, little by little the "stuff" will be gone and I will have increased my peace of mind and t... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:35:01 EST Back at work - it's not so bad I've had a fabulous summer so far! <BR> <BR> As you can see from earlier blogs I've had two weeks in Denmark which was utter bliss in the most gorgeous house you can imagine. The last week I spent at home and also some short trips to visit in-laws. My good friends from Denmark came to see us with 6 month old twins - they're a full days work and then some!! <BR> <BR> Today was the first day back at work - I wasn't exactly looking forward to returning, but I was almost alone all day and had... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:40:46 EST Vacation I'm SO HAPPY because my vacation has started. I won't be around all that much during my break, but I'll make sure to log on occasionally and hope you have a wonderful summer. At the moment I'm in Denmark, enjoying a 14 day stay at a beautiful house we have rented on the beach (that is to say overlooking it) about 50 meters above the beach on a sandy cliff that's slowly/not so slowly eroding. Each year a lof of land disappears from this part of the country and the cliffs are crumbling as you c... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 18:11:56 EST Summer bliss My run today was short and sweet, as I think this blog will be. I just wanted to tell you I'm alive and also let you all know that I absolutely LOVE June! <BR> <BR> It usually means the start of summer here in Norway. The first warm evenings when the sun not going down until late and it never gets really dark and knowing that it's only getting better and all of the summer is ahead. I really love how everyone smile more, I enjoy the scent of freshly cut grass, the lilacs in bloom and feel my... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:44:56 EST Mid-month update Last week was a short work week! I had a lovely 5-day weekend and this week only 4 work days ahead of me. <BR> <BR> Spring is finally turning up so I kept myself busy on my days off with gardening, working out, cleaning and also met some girlfriends from high school which was fabulous! We have kept in touch but meet far too rarely. Going to have to do something about that this summer! <BR> <BR> I have a feeling I've weighed what I do now for AGES, but was really cheered up by my old weight ... Tue, 18 May 2010 13:31:57 EST The go-to person I've recently become the go-to person people around me ask about health and fitness (running in particular). <BR> <BR> I think it's rather strange to find myself in a situation where slim and healthy co-workers and neighbors ask ME about fitness and how to get started. <BR> <BR> ... It makes me happy to be able to direct them to the C25K program and other places like SP to track their fitness. <BR> <BR> ... It makes me happy that they SEE such a change in me that they can ask me about w... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:44:12 EST Re-focus: Daily summary Just a quick little note to see how my new plan for May is going. I don't think I'll make daily notes here on the blog, but I just wanted to discuss some of these issues with myself - it helps to have it in writing! <BR> <BR> My weekend home alone was pretty active, I cleaned a lot and did a quick ST session on Friday. Went for a run on Saturday and a long walk on Sunday. Food, sleep and water could have been better, but not TOO horrendous. <BR> <BR> Monday morning workout was OUT of the qu... Mon, 3 May 2010 16:01:48 EST 2 year Sparkiversary and May Day Plans Happy Sparkiversary to me! <BR> I've been here two years and EVERYTHING in my life has changed for the better! <BR> <BR> To all my lovely Spark Friend: Thank you for the support and for inspiring me to keep doing this and actually succeeding! <BR> I've lost more than 40 kg and about 5 sizes. I can run, I am active, I'm happy and people around me are impressed and motivated to see how a person can change. It's an incredible feeling! <BR> <BR> But I am NOT done yet, and it's time to put th... Sun, 2 May 2010 16:59:53 EST A fresh start I lost my logon streak of 609 days this weekend since I forgot to log on while visiting my in-laws. I felt really bad bout it for a short while, but after thinking about it I feel it might be a good thing. <BR> <BR> I know it'll do me a whole lot of good to shake things up a little, re-start and go back to basics, I've noticed that work and life has had me too busy to really focus, and my Spark has become a bit stale and my weight loss has slowed significantly. <BR> <BR> Most of March/Apri... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:46:16 EST How much to you want it? Hi again blog, seems I've got a few things on my mind these days... <BR> <BR> Here's a short excerpt from one of my favorite motivational bloggers, Craig Harper. He talks about the personal developement industry, and what happens when the euphoria of the "honeymoon" of a new program is over. I thought it timely, as I'm going to celebrate 2 years here on Spark people in May. <BR> <BR> Some questions from Craig's blog today. You can read all of it here: <BR> <link> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:16:28 EST How time flies Not sure how I have managed to go over a month without blogging. March was just crazy for me at work and at home. April is shaping up to be a little bit better, although I'm still struggling at work with deadlines looming. <BR> <BR> April is also the start of the birthday craziness in our families, and I just found out this weekend that my father-in-law will celebrate his 80th birthday on the Saturday we had signed up to run our very first 10K race. <BR> <BR> It will not be possible to be ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:30:26 EST You are marvellous... It's been ages since I posted a blog. <BR> Never fear - I'm still here, and I'm keeping on with healthy choices and working out. Still doing strength training and still running. I can do better, but I feel I do what I can do these days as I'm also insanely busy with work and have to limit my Spark time a lot. I'm making sure I take time for my own well-being and limit my stress levels. <BR> When I'm here I track and follow up on team business as much as I am able, and I haven't much to say i... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:29:34 EST Who am I? I saw this first on SIMPLE_TAILOR's blog and thought I could do this silly little meme too. <BR> <BR> If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Copy these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? I was late this morning, feet hit the floor 7:50 AM <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Rare (run past the kitchen) <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the c... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:06:32 EST 30 % I just realised! <BR> <BR> On January 16th I reached 30 % weight lost - the mid-term goal I was working towards! <BR> <BR> In January 2009 I got to 20% lost and now - almost exactly a year later - there is 30 % less of me than when I started Spark-ing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's overwhelming. It's incredible and it's awesome to think about all the changees from the person I used to be to the one I am now. <BR> <BR> It is... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 18:23:54 EST January Review & GOYAAM plan for February My focus in January when it comes to health and fitness was to: <BR> - Get 7h sleep (= bed by 11 PM weekdays) <BR> - Do the bootcamp challenge <BR> - Fitness: Do 2500 cal/week, 250 minutes/week <BR> - Food: Track and stay in range 6 days/week <BR> <BR> Weekly result <BR> <BR> 1/3-1/9 = 30/35 points B <BR> Sleep (7+h) 4p BC 7p Fitness calories 2665 (7p) Fitness minutes 325 min (7p) Food 5p = 30 points <BR> <BR> 1/10-1/16 = 34/35 A <BR> Sleep 7x BC 7x Fitness 2559 kcal 360 min Food 6x <BR> ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 17:19:41 EST To keep doing what doesn't work? Or? Craig Harper's latest blog: <BR> <link><BR>ent/out-with-the-old/ </link> <BR> <BR> Excerpt below: <BR> <BR> "Every day of your life – yes EVERY DAY – you have the opportunity to change your destiny. That is, the direction of your life. Not some days - every day. Including today. To make decisions, to take chances, to be courageous, to do different and to embrace behaviours which will be transformational from the inside out. Every day you (yes, YOU the ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 09:22:45 EST Catslide I went to the gym on Saturday and saw that the Nike Convention occupied all the group training facilities. I sneaked a peek at what they were doing in one of the rooms and think I'll may have to join that convention next year - it looked like so much fun! <BR> <BR> One of the exercises I saw people do was a "Catslide" - and I think you can do this anywhere and everywhere with just some wool socks or wash cloths. <BR> <BR> But my oh My it looks HARD! I need to try this and see how many I can... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:41:39 EST Another good week with room for improvement Goals: Results for the week 1/17-1/23 = 33/35 points. I'll call that an A- <BR> Sleep 5x Bootcamp 7x Fitness 3066 kcal 390 min Food 7x <BR> <BR> As you can see I'm still struggling slightly with early bedtime. I'm doing all right on all other fronts. I drink my water, do my workouts and the bootcamp - although I sometimes have to do postpone a video for another day due to doing other workouts. Food has also been good this week, I've been more focused on my calorie range and that seems to wor... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 18:06:03 EST I give myself an "A" this week Short update on my goals last week: 1/10-1/16 = 34/35 points. <BR> <BR> I got at least 7 hours sleep every night even if I didn't hit the pillow by midnight. Did my bootcamp videos (had to catch up today to get all of them done) and surpassed my goals for calories burned (2569) and fitness minutes (360). I stayed in my new calorie range for 6 days this week, and kept to the lower end of the range. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I reached a new low weight. We had some friends over for dinner, and I s... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:29:11 EST An extra boost of motivation Janet (JESPAH) wrote this little piece today and I have to say this gives me a great boost and extra motivation to keep doing what I do to continue with my healthy life! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eme-Weight-Loss-Examiner~y2010m1d15-Ma<BR>rit1 </link> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:03:55 EST First week of 2010 A short little update on my first week of 2010 and how my January plan is coming along: <BR> <BR> Week of 1/3-1/9 <BR> I give myself 30 of 35 points for this week. <BR> <BR> I lost max points due to my fear of sheets and sheer inability to go to bed at a reasonable hour on work days. I "catch up" during the weekend, when I sleep a LOT. <BR> <BR> Sleep: 4 nights of more than 7 hours sleep. I need to do better this week if this is truly my FOCUS in January. No sitting up writing and readin... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:15:49 EST Highlights of 2009 and Pursuit of Excellence in 2010 I wanted to do blog about what happened to me in 2009, and to prepare I went back to read my end of year blog from 2008. I must admit I was a bit moved and very motivated by that blog. I saw that I already had learned and grown so much by last New Year that I had set myself up for a very successful 2009. <BR> <BR> Many (most) of the hopes and goals I had for 2009 have been fulfilled! <BR> <BR> I wrote in 2008: “I don't make New Year's resolutions. I'm already living them and make changes i... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 18:09:38 EST Happy Holidays! I'm about to head offline for a few days and wanted to wish all my Spark buddies a very merry holiday of your choice! <BR> <BR> I just got in from a mid-morning run and I feel so much better! <BR> <BR> Endorphins are the drug of my choice! I hope I'll always remember that I do feel better after a run! Even this one in -10 degrees C (14F or so?) and snow. It wasn't slippery, and the whole world was covered in a white blanket. Very pretty. The only stains on that blanket were from some dogs.... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 06:26:09 EST Putting the FUN in dysfunctional Fresh set of challenges - bring them on! <BR> <BR> Dad's back home from the hospital after a whole week there and he's obviously ready to spend some time alone! While I'm happy for him to be away from the hospital, I'm less happy about him staying alone in his flat. <BR> Low sofa, bed and chairs he has a hard time getting in and out of with those crutches. If he falls and can't get up I can't get in since I haven't got a key. <BR> <BR> Yep, I've asked about getting a set a few times - he ... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:38:12 EST Busy busy busy! Breathe... Just a quick blog to let everyone know I'm doing ok, but suddenly got a bit more stressed and busy than I anticipated with my Dad in hospital with a fractured kneecap, Christmas looming and a lot of work to do at the office! <BR> <BR> I'll be here and will leave comments here and there, but apologise in advance for not responding in a timely fashion and keeping up with blogs and teams - I'll get back to you when things are more normal! <BR> <BR> My Dad'll be up on crutches tomorrow, and I h... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:28:13 EST Rambling on 4 hours sleep I woke up a bit early this morning after only 4 hours sleep. Not good. <BR> <BR> A lot is on my mind these days. We are in the middle of a huge re-organization at work on top of end-of-year craziness, and we're all insecure about where things are headed and whether the changes are right and worth it or a bad idea in the long run (unfortunately that is what I believe...) I think it was thoughts about that and a hectic day that woke me up and kept me awake even though I really wanted and neede... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 16:22:36 EST Crankiness It's the 5th of December and I have come to realise that working out is a MUST for me to keep my balance. <BR> <BR> So far this month I have had two active days. The three other days I've been busy at my desk and have had a lot on my plate at night. But I haven't got my sweat therapy, and I really crave it! I am pleased to say I haven't broken my UNBREAKABLE two day rule, but that was with a squeak today as we went for a walk in the woods (I wasn't in the mood for much)... <BR> <BR> I've ... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 17:19:14 EST Knowing isn't doing I just wanted to share another MUST-READ blog from the awesome Craig Harper: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ht-loss/renovate-your-body-a-briefreview/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:55:56 EST