10,000-14,999 SparkPoints 12,702
See this image larger
March 2010

See this image larger
My boys: Pippin (black) and Robin (tuxedo)

go to goodies page
Vegetable Soup
go to goodies page
go to goodies page

Interact with FOSKED
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment

I'm in my 60's, single, work in IT and have had problems with my weight since I was 10. I would love to be a Spark success story, but I'm not.
30 July 2018
None of my previous attempts worked. But the kilos have been flying off since I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The first 5 kilos came off before the operation and in hospital, where a high output ileostomy and resulting fasts took it off. Probably also loss of muscle. Since the beginning of June I've lost another 4 kilos just by thoroughly chewing my food and therefore eating less. But the ileostomy, with fairly high output, may also be a reason.

But I feel great and look much better with the weight loss, so I would like to try for more.

6 June 2016: Once more into the breech
The weight is creeping up, the joints are beginning to complain. I intend to lose 10% of my body weight, and am going to follow a 5:2 eating plan.

4 Sep 2013: Take Action
I'm a procrastinator, and am mostly happy to chug along and take things as they come. But for some things, that's a bad strategy. It's time to do instead of be.

1 Jan 2012: Mindfullness
Since I signed up in 2007, my only success has been to make exercise a part of my life. I don't undervalue that. I suspect that fitness may be even more important than weight to our overall health and feeling of well-being. I didn't make my 2011 goals so I'd like to reframe them into a single word:


Be mindful when I eat. Taste. Enjoy. Stop.
Set the table in the evening. Treat myself as I would others.
Notice how much better I feel when I am lighter, and more fit.

1 Jan 2011:
I asked a colleague at work to be my fitness buddy in 2008, and since then I exercise between 2 and 7 times a week. We are lucky to have a tiny gym and a fitness trainer in twice a week, so I'm able to exercise in my lunch hour or after work. But without my buddy and the strength training classes given by the trainer, I wouldn't have done it. In those 2 years, I've lost a few pounds and gained strength, but most of all, I look and feel better.
For 2011, my goal is to improve my eating behavior and get below 100 kilos and to improve my fitness even more.

Member Since: 4/2/2007

My Goals:
For June 2016:
Weigh: 108
Walk: 30 minutes every day
Lose at least 10 kilos.
Set the table and take time for evening meals
Eat mostly vegetarian meals

My Program:
Healthy food choices within recommended calorie ranges.
2 x week Body Pump 30 minutes for strength
3 week walk for 30-40 minutes
1-2 x week walk/run 6 k

Personal Information:
I'm single, no kids, and have lived in the Netherlands since 1998. I grew up in Canada and call both Amsterdam and Canada home.
I studied music and library science.

Other Information:
Sources of information on Dutch food:

Read More About FOSKED - Profile Information moved here. (Updated July 30)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
This user doesn't belong to any groups
My Ticker:
 current weight: 222.0 
Login to Leave Comment
    I love that I have come to Barbara's Home Page! Thanks for the visit. I am trying so hard to fit in some healthy sparking to keep me focussed. Last year was very hectic and everything took a back seat to school. Fortunately, my health was maintained (I had perfect attendance!) but, I would like to be less exhausted this upcoming year. I'm glad that you are still around to touch base with. It's nice to have your support. I hope that I can return the favor in the upcoming days.
    2883 days ago
    I'm doing just fine. Working a bit hard. Getting bored with the rain though. Realy bored. It takes the mojo out of me when the weather is bad. I need the sun to live.
    3650 days ago
    Ik gebruik dezelfde sites om calorieen op te zoeken. Deze gebruik ik ook en is is echt super. laat je niet afschrikken door het hartinfarct gedoe om de voedingswaarde tabel te gebruiken
    3679 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/27/2011 10:58:49 AM
    Congrats on the seven! Lucky number! It seems that I am "posing you" as the kids say. I noticed that I chose your color scheme for my May appearance. Good choice! I look forward to tales of more goals met this May. For both of us. Have a great month!
    3705 days ago
    It was such a nice surprise to see you today. I was just thinking of you. I was sorting my book marks and saw the one for your pho recipe!
    Loved that we are chipped tooth soul sisters. It is true. It's easier when you don't have to go it alone.
    Are you singing in any Easter cantatas of any sort? I hope so.
    Thanks for the visit. Always a pleasure.
    3715 days ago
Member Comments (44):  123Next >Last >>