_VALEO_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FVALEO%5F _VALEO_'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/ Trying hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175976 I haven't been the same person since I got fired in December 2013. Something has been broken in me, and I have never been able to regain my mojo. <BR> I do not like the person I have become since then. <BR> <BR> My goal for this year is to work on my health, physically and mentally. <BR> As I have always seen Spark as my "safe place", I am here again to find the tools to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2016 19:07:17 EST Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804846 It would take too long to explain what has happened to me during these last months. Here is a summary in bullet points in no particular order (for more details on one specific point, please ask me directly) <BR> • Had a bout of depression after being fired just before Christmas. It took me more than 5 months to get over it and stopped having nightmares. <BR> • I have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. <BR> • My prolaspe has not been taken in charge because of malfunction between two clinica... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:53:02 EST Zucchini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375277 I just lost my blog TWICE when adding the last picture for a Jack LaLanne challenge, created by Diane aka Lopeyp in the By The Numbers team. <BR> <BR> It's an awesome challenge, and we could use some alternate members. *wink *wink* <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=8110x26785x<BR>43026697 </link> <BR> <BR> (Seems like Spark doesn't support Chrome or vice versa) <BR> <BR> So I am going to be fast (& furious?), and make it short this time ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:46:19 EST RA---TAAAAAAA---TOUILLLE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3495954 Sounds like a war cry!? <BR> <BR> It is the cry of the healthy veggies simmering together. <BR> <BR> It is also the rallying cry of healthy people! <BR> <BR> With my SP team, I have started a challenge to keep us busy during summer. We are zooming into Europe, taking the best that each country has to offered in terms of cuisine, fitness, well-being and more. This week, we are in Spain, last week was the French week. Although I mainly supervise the challenges I have created, I am also a fl... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 16:58:05 EST Monsters, Inc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486649 [Opening credit] <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Mikiio family <BR> How you do? The Mikiio family <BR> Come into the Mikiio family <BR> Now! cha cha cha <BR> <BR> Wonderfully scary <BR> And pleasantly hairy <BR> Delightfully? Very <BR> It's the Mikiio family <BR> <BR> <BR> As promised these are the photos of my first harvest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562890455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a lot of zucchinis, and this one is the biggest. A good 2,8 kg (6.17 ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 19:16:38 EST Ain’t no mountain high enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415412 Tonight I gathered my courage and climb down and up my stairs…. Doesn’t seem like an achievement, does it? <BR> <BR> Well, after my stunt on my way to the pool one month ago, and being in a cast until last Tuesday, it is my MAJOR achievement of the month. The whole process took me a good 5 minutes. The way up was extremely tricky. I have never liked stairs where you can see through them, and my fear was bigger with my crutches and my gimpy leg. <BR> <BR> I still have a splint and my cruchte... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 17:16:44 EST The Full Monty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3308264 (Should a pair of butts or tits is enough to shock you, please <em>227</em> here !) <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, we went to see one of Philippe Decouflé’s creation. <BR> <BR> Philippe Decouflé is a French choreographer, ( <link> http://www.cie-dca.com/dca_uk.html </link> ) his previously show dances I’ve seen were very different from this one ”Cœurs Croisés” (Crossed Hearts, literally. It is also a name ringing a bell, when we heard this name we think of Playtex and bras… we had so many c... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 06:34:18 EST “In my green days” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3258603 After being back from Paris, it made me realize that I could never be able to live in this city anymore (how did I manage to live there? it puzzles me!) or any big city. Like any city, it is too noisy, too crowded, everything goes too fast even when the traffic is slow, and there is not enough space and nature. <BR> Talking about going fast, I have really lost my “Parisian” way of driving or walking, and got some “toots” as I was no longer moving at the right pace. It was great to see my fri... Sun, 23 May 2010 06:00:57 EST Remember the Liquidators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3164192 What were you doing on the 26th of April 1986? Do you remember this day? Does Chernobyl mean something to you? <BR> <BR> I was 16, and I still remember it. It has changed my life. This accident and the Rainbow Warrior case—just one year before- deeply influenced my adult life, and my involvement in non-violent movement and green associations. <BR> <BR> The 26th of April is an homage and a tribute to the firemen from Chernobyl, to the liquidators, who at the risk of their own live and withou... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:20:16 EST A bug’s life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3158904 Ants are fascinating… when you are not overrun by them. A few days ago, I saw a few of them in our entrance, and didn’t really pay much attention, but last night they finally found our larder in the kitchen. At 1 a.m., Jeff and I were still cleaning the kitchen and the entrance, and we had to throw away some food, but we managed to save some produces (my agape syrup and other honey jars are now in the fridge.) <BR> <BR> Kato is of no help. I must say he’s disappointed me. I think he is such ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:36:09 EST Returning to our source http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2974730 Today has been a great day because I said so! No one and nothing could change that. <BR> After reading my friends’ blogs, I decided to ask Jeff to come along with me for a Nordic walk, and was happy he agreed. It was my first Nordic walk after such a long time. The snow has melt at our altitude, so it is now possible to walk. It’s funny, the snow is still there, only a 20-minute drive from where we are. <BR> We’re lucky, we have Spring and its first flowers at our frontdoor, and not far from ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 18:45:11 EST What to bring back from Switzerland? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2966400 I remembered well the first time I went to Geneva. I was 5, and it was the first time I crossed a border. <BR> Since I could speak, my father told me I kept pestering him for going “abroad”, across this fascinating border. Switzerland was abroad in my child's mind, although it was only 40 km away. I think traveling was already in my genes. <BR> <BR> I don’t know what I was expecting from this trip? <BR> <BR> The purple cows from Milka? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 17:03:32 EST Joys of Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2943420 I’ve been enjoying my first winter here. I love: winter season, cold weather, winter sports, and snow. <BR> <BR> Snow is magic, it covers everything, including my messy garden. It’s the time of the year where the “best lawn” contest is postponed… Having said that, another contest takes place: the “best snow shoveling path.” <BR> We didn’t start right with this one, we were not well-equipped, now that we have a very large and light shovel, I could push away all the snow in the village... if... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 13:49:35 EST Bluebird Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2835754 After snowing for days, we finally had a perfect day to go skiing. <BR> The beauty of being self-employed is you don't have to ask anyone if you can take a few hours to go skiing, and it is very difficult not to go when you live at the bottom of the slopes.:) <BR> <BR> As Maha asked for some photos of the scenery, here is a quick blog with a few photos taken this afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/1/b411121189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The lake that you can see is the... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 13:16:58 EST Skate Skiing, or is it Ski Skating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2800490 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/2/b727799384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw both names. We just say Skating here. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, my relatives switched to skate skiing, and I can't follow them anymore as classic cross-country skiing is not the same technique, not the same skis, and it is slower but more stable--almost anyone can practice classic cross-country skiing, but skate skiing requires some techniques, and an excellence balance and rhythm. <BR> <BR> If you are not fa... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:11:48 EST Together.... in 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2679386 I had a terrific year! So many positive events happened in my life, it will take too much time to name them all. <BR> <BR> I officially declare 2009 was a great year for me, and 2010 will be better. <BR> I just would like to thank all my Sparkfriends, and members I met on Spark for all I've learnt from them, for the great laughs, their support, their positive attitude, the Spark Coaches for trusting me to lead a SP Class, and Linda and Gail for trusting me to co-lead the By The Numbers team... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:05:49 EST Take a music bath! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2653472 After reading the most revolting hatrefulness and narrow-minded serie of blogs from a SP member, leaving me speechless -it is rare enough to deserve a special mention-, I really needed to wash myself from all this negativeness which made my blood run cold. <BR> <BR> I then remembered a joyful event. <BR> 1997: grand debut of Pink Martini (a very talented group from Oregon. You rock Oregon -to be more precise, I'd say, you groove and jazzy, folks) <BR> They managed to create a real wave of o... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 06:34:52 EST Let it snow! Let it snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2598387 What a great surprise this morning, we now have snow, the real stuff, not the ridiculous snowflakes which don't last. <BR> <BR> I've been expecting it for days, and here it is: at last! <BR> <BR> Not sure you'll see much on the webcams, it's dark now, but if you're curious, come back when it's daytime across the pond: <BR> <BR> <link>www.webcam-ski.com/interfaces/lelexc<BR>rozet/interface.php?pk_interface=18&m=<BR>images&r=vue&pk_img_vue=120 </link> <BR> <BR> The timing is bad, if onl... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:26:02 EST A fortnight after our move… Got my pic in the local newspaper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2467823 I nearly dropped my croissant in my coffee this morning after discovering my photo in the local newspaper. <BR> <BR> No, I didn’t appear in the wanted notice or minor news events, but in the sport section! <BR> Who would have ever thought I could be in this section one day? Certainly, not me! <BR> <BR> I just joined a Nordic Walking group: to walk and to meet my new community. Last week, one lady took pictures of our group, although I tried to hide myself behind the group –I hate having my ... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:44:46 EST In action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2317505 Phew, I still have lot of work... and I'm not talking about painting, but my body. <BR> <BR> I hate pictures, but Mr. Mikiio took mine when painting. I was wearing my "I love America" T-shirt, and he told me that I should be wearing "I love Painting"; by the look I gave him, and considering I already had some war paints, and was armed with a deadly brush, he hasn't reiterated his remark. <BR> <BR> So, here is the infamous picture. <BR> <BR> Oh, look a blue sky and a moutain! <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 10:45:10 EST Moving is no picnic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2311944 We are still in the new house - experiencing unexpected problems. <BR> <BR> The loo draining system -or whatever it is named, I'm no plumber!-, has broken down on us as soon as we arrived! <BR> Let's skip the details, I'm sure you don't want to hear how we had to clean the garage, because the big pipe just blew inside, nor how we have been managing since then (let's just say the grass is still high in the garden, and thankfully we're surrounded with my family's bathrooms in good working orde... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:23:23 EST Laughter Yoga 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2211616 What is universal, contagious, and make you feel and the others good? <BR> <BR> Laughter! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/6/b266364767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We laugh 6 min a day, it is three times less than at the beginning of the 20th century. Is it dramatic? Yes, it is! <BR> <BR> Laughing is to humans what purring is to cats and some felines, it can be a natural healer and a good way to relieve the stress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/7/b57... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 05:28:21 EST Kato's transhumance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2203702 <BR> <BR> Kato and his two servants (aka Mr. Mikiio and I) would like to announce you that we are going to leave Normandy in September (date is subject to the moving company). <BR> <BR> It's going to be a 605-km drive (385 miles) to reach our final destination. <BR> It might seem a short distance for those of you who are used to move from a state to another, but that's really quite a move for us. We're actually going to cross our country (from West to East). <BR> And for Mr. Mikiio, it is... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 10:29:24 EST Let's walk 10,000 steps and have some Vitamin D! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2109829 I read an article on Sparkblog about "staycation" for those who won't have or can't take vacation; this article encourages us to discover our city like a tourist, and as I don't like to walk without a set purpose, I decided to take my camera with me. <BR> I went for a walk yesterday, but I had to turn back, I couldn't make headway: too many persons in narrow medieval streets, it is not a wining combination. As shops are closed on Sunday (except some cafés and bakeries, and Souvenir shops), it... Sun, 31 May 2009 16:21:53 EST