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Here’s how I am doing so far (it’s a comment I left in The Professor’s blog, The Dancing Maenad):
[...] My first goal was and still is to get rid of depression. A healthy body needs a healthy mind, I think. I’m not there yet but I’ve started going to therapy once more.
My second goal is to lose 3 kg.
I have failed there so far.
Third goal: Get fit(er).
Improvement here! I walk 2-5 km daily, ride my bicycle, always take the stairs and not the elevator.
Fourth goal: Drink more water.
Success!!! I don’t drink coke anymore, only on special occasions. I try to stick to tea & water (both still & sparkling).
Fifth goal: eat healthier.
Improvement. I eat more salad and other vegetables. Still way to go, though.
I found an app which helps me keep track of what kind of stuff I eat, how much water I drink, how often I worked out (it’s called “Noom Weight Loss Coach”).
Personally, I consider BatFit a success.
I went to college in Muenster, Germany. This week, I returned to campus to take part in a workshop. It is strange to be back. I graduated in 2007 and had somehow hoped never to walk these halls again. I am glad I do not have to take all these exams again. I still get a stomach ache thinking of my years in college.
Later today, I will meet my economics professor from back then for supper. I always got along with him very well and we have always stayed in contact over the years.
I spend my free time here reading and walking through the beautiful city of Muenster, which is actually not very far away from where I live nowadays. Muenster is full of history. Lovers of old churches and cobblestone streets should visit this city and stay a day or two.
Good news! My insurance will cover ALL therapy sessions. Usually, they only cover 5 sessions and then you have to turn in a statement by the psychologist which states why you need therapy and how many sessions. In my case, they agreed to cover forty sessions (usually it’s 25). I am so relieved.
On August 1st, I was ranting about my weight. Since then I’ve downloaded an app which helps you log your workouts and what you eat. I’ve lost half a kilo (~ 1 lb). I feel happy about this. I hope to keep this rate up until September 30th. Then, I just want to hold whatever weight I will have reached. Anything below 56 kg / 124 lb will be okay (I’m 1,63 m/ 5,35 ft).
Is anybody else watching the Olympics? How’s your country doing? The German swimmers have been criticized a lot. They do not seem to be in good form. I enjoyed watching rowing, fencing and gymnastics, though.
Hellooo! Hello? Are you still there? Thank goodness. I have neglected this blog for so long that I am really ashamed. Will y’all forgive me?
I have been spending some time with therapy sessions and creative writing during the last couple of weeks. Then, one day, I decided to check my weight… 58.8 kg!!! How awful is that? I am quite small and the weight I am most comfortable with is around 53 kg. Gah, that is so bad.
I have started to write down my daily calories intake on Monday. I really do not each much (meaning I do not eat large amounts) but oh! What crap am I eating!?
The internet tells me that a person my age and height should have a daily calories intake of about 1,900 cal. To lose weight you need to stay below 1,900 calories and/or burn those calories which are 1,900+. But who could have imagined how hard that is? I cannot even have one coke a day without feeling really bad. I just had my lunch break and have already “used up” today’s calories.
I tracked down the amount of calories I burned taking the dog for a walk last night… Approx. 25 calories burned every 10 minutes. That’s not much.
I think I will ride my bike today. And maybe feel a little better about myself.
I was tagged by the lovely Goth Mary Poppins (check out her blog!) and received this award:
Thank you, sweet lady!
These are the rules that come with the award:
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
- Answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
- Create 11 questions.
- Choose 11 people and link back to them.
- No tag backs.
Okay, let’s start!
11 things about Sal Kaye:
- Here’s why I call myself Sal Kaye: S.A.L.K. (my initials) –> SAL K. –> SAL Kaye. So, no gothic name for me. Only fooling around on the level of phonetics. Mr. K.‘s initials are D.K. Playing around with phonetics again I end up zombifying his initials: D.K. –> D. Kaye –> Decay. Haha. Sorry, guys. I’m still a child inside.
- I wear socks to bed unless it’s over 90° F.
- I love eating junk food. I’ve tried to eat healthier but I CANNOT.
- I published a book when I was 15. Since then, I’ve been embarrassed about ever having written it and never told anybody its’ title.
- I took ballet classes when I was little but only for a very short time. I can’t move gracefully. It’s impossible. I can kick ass, though.^^
- I allow Flo to sleep in my bed.
- I don’t want to live in Germany. I always wanted to live somewhere else, speak a different language and not be recognized as German. Even when travelling to countries in which they know how to speak German I always speak English or even French.
- I am obsessed with some branches of Christian religion although I’m not a Christian and won’t be. I love talking to Mormons or Jehova’s Witnesses. They are always nice and patient even when they realize they can’t win me over.
- The last book I read was “Wives And Sisters” by Natalie R. Collins. I’m currently reading her book “Killer Instincts” which is free for kindle at the moment. I don’t know for how long so hurry and grab a copy. I found this author via Letters From A Broad… by blogger C.L. Hanson.
- Mr. K. is 16.5 years older than me. People loved insulting us because of that when we got together a couple of years ago. I don’t know if they still do. I stopped caring.
- Knowing that countless animals are mistreated, mauled and abused by humans makes me want to hurt the people doing this really, really bad.
- Some story, that was embarrassing when happened, but later became funny. – The time I introduced myself to my superior on the first day at that job and then introduced myself AGAIN to him the next day.
- Any weird fact about you. – I have a kidney on the left side of my body and one in the middle. No right kidney.
- What did you wanted to be when you grow up? – A writer AND a helicopter pilot.
- Best Christmas present ever? – My first very own computer, Christmas 1994.
- Funny local tradition that you and/or your family follows. – Riding a bike. I just started. Everybody seems to ride a bike in these parts of Germany. People think you’re funny if you don’t have a bike.
- Worst song, that you secretly like. – Haha, that’s a good one.^^ I fear there are many. Like “Morrigan” by Suidakra (I found it on YouTube if you dare to listen). I still love it. I’ve always liked The Morrigan. I also like “Oops, I Did It Again” and “You Want A Piece Of Me” by Britney Spears.
- Are you a morning bird or night owl? – Night Owl
- Do you prefer boots or pointy heels? – boots
- What is your favourite snack? – french fries with mayonnaise
- Alcohol: yes or no? – Yes, but not very often.
- What was your last dream you can remember? – It was some kind of zombie apocalypse/war of the worlds scenario. I tried to save dogs but one died before I could help him. I tried saving the humans in that dream after I had made sure the dogs were safe.
My 11 questions for you:
- Favorite book and why?
- To how many foreign countries have you been yet? To which ones? Which countries would you like to visit before you die?
- Pink or Purple?
- Cat or Dog? Bird or Hamster? Spider or Snake?
- Favorite movie and why? Also: Favorite actor/actress.
- Would you pay more than 100 $ for a pair of shoes you really like?
- Super Mario or Sonic The Hedgehog?
- Do you knit/crochet/sew/draw/…?
- What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
- Do you play an instrument? Which one?
- Do you collect anything? Books, candles, yarn, buttons…?
Flo – wanting me to throw the ball for her
I started decluttering my home office earlier today thanks to this great post in the “Keeper Of The Home”-Blog: 8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home. I got rid of lots of old stuff. Even books (although putting these in the paper can really hurt).
Also, be sure to visit my BLOGROLL every now and then. If a good blog is still missing on that list drop me a comment. I love adding more great sites to the collection.
A while ago, I realised how much impact the meds I’m taking have on me. Without them, I’m on an emotional rollercoaster ride. With them, I’m kind of indifferent to everything. I function, but no more. No creative energy, no motivation to do anything. As Mr. K. put it yesterday: I’m a walking sleeping pill. I’m there but you hardly notice me.
I hate this because I have no real choice. Take pills = feeling awful. No pills = feeling awful.
At least, I did a little experimentation with black & white.
First picture: The scarf I usually pair with white clothes.
Second picture: My new fleur-de-lis scarf.
If I had a little more energy, I’d like to try knitting a similar top. Shouldn’t be too hard, even without having a pattern.
New picture on my office wall: Look at what Emma of Little Gothic Horrors sent me! So far, my co-workers haven’t asked about the meaning of “Betelgeuse”. I’m curious how long it’ll take them to ask.
Here she is: my beautiful Prophetess. I finally managed to take some photographs of my new bike to share with y’all.
Isn’t she lovely? I named her The Prophetess for obvious reasons… The manufacturer is “Prophete”, a German company (They don’t pay me for writing this article. I just love my bike and want to share who made it.).
Today, the Prophetess and I went to the women’s health & fitness club. I feel incredibly good about pedaling to the gym. I worked out and then we rode back home. She even carried my backpack for me. I don’t like front-baskets so my little black basket sits in the back and holds my stuff while I ride.
I am really happy about me finally doing something for my health, fitness and general well-being. BatFit really works for me!
Here’s some fantastic Monday inspiration for you! I can’t resist any longer, I just HAVE to share these cool links (I’ve been looking at the photos for days):
Nooooooo! I missed the Tweed Run in Oldenburg, Germany!
Wouldn’t it be fun to take part in a Tweed Ride? Wouldn’t it be fun to take part in an ALTERNATIVE RIDE???
Wouldn’t it be just amazing to see black-clad people pedaling through a quiet landscape at night…? Ahh, the possibilities!
Have a great Monday (and get on your bike!)!!!