Another month has come and gone. Summer has definitely passed its peak here, the fields are full of straw bales and the blackberries are ripe and juicy. Maybe this makes me a bit moody because I am already dreading late fall and winter, but I am... Read more
Mid-year update on my "2,015 miles in 2015" challenge
Just a short update because I realised today that half the year is gone and I could have a look at my stats. I knew I was doing good, because April through June I have been walking quite a lot, we have had a lot of fine weather here and I was tr... Read more
A plateau, and a clinical study
So I have been on this plateau since last November. It's hardly my first, and I'm not going into a tizzy about it. But with this plateau, I have tried just about everything you could possibly try to do to break a plateau. I tried eating more, I ... Read more
The "Power Nine" – Lessons from the blue zones
The four blue zones that Dan Buettner explored were the mountainous region of Sardinia, Italy, the Japanese island Okinawa, a community of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. There are more – ... Read more
The Blue Zones
Last week I read a book by Dan Buettner, called "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest". "Blue Zones" are areas of the world where people live longer and have an extraordinarily high number of centena... Read more
Week 4 of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge"
So, today is the last day of my challenge, and I guess I'll have to sum up what changes it may have triggered in my life. These were my action steps this week:
"1. Set your long-term sugar goals. It's unrealistic to think you'll never eat s... Read more
Week 3 of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge"
So, I am well into week 3 of the challenge now and the further I proceed the more I am convinced that this challenge was created mostly for people with a more serious sugar addiction than mine, but I'm still sticking to it. Here's what my agenda... Read more
Week 2 of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge"
So this were the tasks this week:
"1. Find out where sugar may be hiding. You probably already know the most common sources of sugar (think cupcakes or cookies), but how well do you know the unexpected places sugar may be hiding?"
So f... Read more
My sugar habits
So, besides assessing my current sugar habits and listing the reasons I want to cut back (which I did in my last blog post) I was supposed to record my sugar habits all week long. not to change my ways yet, but to keep track of what, when, and h... Read more
The "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge
So two days ago I realised I have gotten into some pretty bad habits lately – I feel like I eat a lot more sweets than I used to. So I decided to give the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge a try.
For my first week I am supposed to do a co... Read more
A belated New Year's resolution – somewhat unexpectedly
So, it's been more than one and a half years since I re-ignited my Spark and I haven't been blogging here because not many of my old Spark friends are still around to read my blog. But today I got it into my head I would make a New Year's resolu... Read more
i just got a chance to try my new dumbbells my dad gave me for my birthday - they are handed down from my late grandfather and look pretty antique. it's a nice keepsake of my grandfather, who was always very conscious of his fitness and health a... Read more
so it seems i've fallen behind on blogging again. i don't know where the last week went, but maybe i can use my birthday as an excuse.
sad news, and ouchie.
so it seems the wedding is not happening. my friend J and his partner S seem to have gotten so upset about each other's different ideas about how their ideal wedding should be that they postponed the whole thing. i'm afraid part of the problem i... Read more
getting ready for sweatsuit to swimsuit bootcamp
so for those of you who don't know yet, last thursday i joined the "sweatsuit to swimsuit bootcamp", together with thousands of others.
our first optional bonus challenge for today's start into the bootcamp is to update my blog with my startin... Read more
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