Tuesday March 11, 2014: Spring!

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Spring! Boy oh boy did we have great weather past weekend. It was Spring, spring, spring. On Sunday we came close to 20C (68 degrees) with sunshine all day on Saturday and Sunday. You get so much energy from this weather. Loved it!

We are going to the theater tomorrow evening for an unplugged concert of The Golden Earring. A Dutch band that you might know (Roz I know you do) from Radar Love. They had a hit with that song in the US. It’s been a while since we’ve been to the theater and I look forward to it.

Q&A on my last post(s):

Helen asked me what my grandfather’s name was. I have never met my grandfather. He was killed because he was hit by a car when my mother was 18. That was in 1960 and I am born in 1968. My full name is Janna Franciska. My grandfather’s name was Jan Frank.

Biz didn’t know what chicory is. The translation gave this word for this vegetable but maybe you name it different?

Char asked on my last post if the wild boars in the photo were sculptures.
They were made of wood and it looks like they were for kids to play on.

Debby: the red brick building was built in the water and it’s a castle. The sign outside that upstairs is used as an office and downstairs you could take a tour if it was open (it wasn’t) and that they decorated it in the style of the time when it was used as a house.

And the mill near the house was a watermill indeed. I don’t know if it’s still in use. It was also closed so I couldn’t look inside.

Beebox week 10:

Eggs, apple juice, apples, smoked catfish, celeriac, red and white cabbage, carrots, pears, leek, minced meat, shallots, onions, purslane, carrotparsley.


Wednesday: Chalean Extreme

Full body weights workout but mostly concentrated on biceps and triceps.
Total time: 44 minutes.

Thursday: Yogalates

For Dynamic Weight Loss, upper body.
Total time: 27 minutes.

Sunday: Running

Another 5K and again a walk break after every 2 songs. I had plans to walk after every 3 songs but I wasn’t feeling all that well. Because the weather was beautiful I did go (if it was raining I probably would have skipped the run) but it was a tough one. But in the end I was a bit faster than last run.

Distance: 5 K / 3.1 miles
Time: 00:36:13
Weather: dry, sunny, not much wind, 8C (46 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Paul McCartney – Listen what the men said

365 Days In Nature:

March 3: A couple of ducks and a dog.

March 4: One more because I just can’t get enough of Spring flowers.

March 5: It’s a beautiful day
The sun is shining
I feel good
And no-one’s gonna to stop me now, oh yeah

From Queen. So happy, Spring weather is coming our way this weekend!

March 6.

March 7.

March 8: Taken on our walk this Saturday.

March 9.

March 10: Another one taken last Saturday.

March 11: Still a bit light out now when I walk my dog after dinner.


Monday March 10

A salad of the red and white cabbage with purslane and the smoked catfish. Recipe from the Beebox. I wasn’t too fond of this dish but that’s because I am not a huge fan of smoked fish. But since it was in the box I used it.

Tuesday March 11

Merquez sausages, baked potatoes, roasted celeriac and carrotparsley.

Tuesday November 19, 2013: Health update

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Update: been to the doctor Wednesday morning. All the tests came back negative which is positive because I’m healthy.

But that doesn’t solve my problems. She saw no medical reason for me to go to the hospital for further examination. Based on my issues she suggested I start eating gluten free for 3 months and see what happens. After 3 months and no change, she would give me a referral for examination in the hospital.

Of course, stupid and flabbergasted as I was because they found nothing, I said okay. But I’m not okay with it. I’ve read a lot about gluten intolerance the past 2 weeks and the reason I’m not okay is:

a) gluten intolerance can’t always be shown from blood tests, especially when you’re an adult. The only safe way to diagnose this, is an gastroscopy in the hospital where they pick bites from your bowels.

b) if you eat gluten free and go to the hospital for the above mentions examination after 3 months, it can’t be shown anymore because you don’t eat glutes anymore.

c) people who have this and have to eat gluten free for the rest of their live, say that it’s hard to eat gluten free all the time and you shouldn’t do it without an official diagnose.

So I called back the same day that I wanted to talk to my doctor again and that I wanted a referral letter for an examination in the hospital. Of course she was busy and I had to wait till Friday afternoon when she called me back about it.

I have read on the internet that when your blood test comes back negative, it’s usually hard to get a referral for the hospital. So I wrote down everything I wanted to say to get that note. But when she called back on Friday she immediately agreed to write me that note. I could notice in her voice she thought it isn’t necessary but I want to be sure.

Yesterday after work I got the referral letter and today I called the hospital. I have an appointment with the specialist on December 17th. That’s 4 weeks from now but I have these problems for so long now, I can wait a little bit longer.

I’m sorry if some of my explanation isn’t clear, English is not my native language and medical terms in English are particularly hard for me. But I hope you understand what I wrote above.

Beebox content week 46:

Dried white beans, apple juice, corn bread, grapes, pears, radish, salad, carrots, onion, kale, red cabbage, potatoes.



Monday: Yogalates

Lower body workout. 30 minutes.

Tuesday: Rest

This wasn’t supposed to be a rest day but yesterday when I was walking Bella suddenly the top of my left foot started to hurt. At first I could barely move it but after a few minutes I could walk again and shortened our walk. This morning when I got up to get ready for my morning run, again I could barely stand on it and went back to bed. In the morning it was bothering me a bit but at the moment it’s fine again. I’ll try to run again tomorrow.


Sunday November 10

Pork tenderloin with pepper sauce, potatoes with herbs and olive oil out of the oven, pears.

For dessert I made chocolate pots by Nigella. Simple but delicious, all you add is chocolate, cream, an egg, piment and vanilla.

Monday November 11


Red cabbage with apple, onion and mashed potatoes with meatballs. This was a no-no! It had no taste at all. The meatball was good though. But not going to make this dish again.

Tuesday November 12

Piece of pork, potatoes and carrots.

My food photo’s are crap at the moment because I don’t have daylight when I take the picture. The camera is good though, have to find out what’s the best setting for this.

Tuesday July 9, 2013: The happy runner

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Miz left a comment on my last post saying: “and in this virtual world were everyone seems to be a runner – I LOVE you’re a walker as am I.”

It got me thinking. Where it seems to her everyone is a runner. As someone who’s a runner (and a  walker), to me it seems everyone is running a half marathon. And somehow it seemed I wasn’t a real runner before I ran a half marathon too.

It took me a couple of years to realize I don’t need to run that half, the pressure on myself was too much. I now believe this pressure was partly the reason running sucked the past 2 years.

It’s been 2 weeks since I made the decision to forget about a half marathon. To go back to the start with my running training: running a 5K without stopping in a good time. To do more long walks with Bella.

And you know what: the pressure is gone and my workouts are, again, something I look forward to doing. And I found out I love doing long distance walks with Bella. I see parts of my country I never been before or wouldn’t know how to find myself, Bella loves to walk and I do to.

Last week I did 5 (planned workouts) of which 3 were runs. Bella and I did walked 28.8 K (18 miles) on 6 walks.  I’m already so much happier after only 1 full week of “new” training.

Here’s to the new me: short distance runner (for now) and long distance walker.

Photo a day July

July 5: Love
I would have shown R. but he doesn’t like it when I post photos of him on the blog too often. So I choose the second love of my life. The unconditional love of a dog is something so beautiful.


July 6: Fav smell
That would be the coffee beans I use for the espresso machine. The smell of fresh brewed beans in the morning: delicious.

July 7: Where you have been
Took an early walk with Bella on a gorgeous day.

July 8: Path
I had a path in mind that I would photograph while walking Bella. But I ran into someone I worked with many years ago and we chatted for a while. I continued our walk and when I got home, I realized I totally forgot to take the photo.

July 9: 3 Things (you love)
The 3 things I love to do most in my free time: reading, cross stitching and making Japanese puzzles.


Running Friday
Last training of week 1, again 17 minutes of running, 12 minutes of walking. Every training this week was a bit faster than the one before. I’m ready for the next level next week.


Distance: 4.1 K / 2.5 miles
Time: 00:29:13
Running: 3-3-4-4-3 minutes.
Paces: 6:19 – 6:08 – 5:57 – 6:08 – 5:52
Weather: dry, cloudy, not much wind, 16C (60 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: The Script – If you could see me now

Running Monday
First training of week 2: 4 x 5 minutes of running with 3 minute walk breaks in between. The run went perfect, the 3 minutes is perfect to recharge for the next 5 minutes. This is however, the last week where there are 3 minute walk breaks.

Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Time: 00:32:22
Running: 4 x 5 minutes.
Paces: 6:28 – 6:23 – 6:18 – 6:23
Weather: dry, not much wind, 16C (60 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Kelly Clarkson – My life would suck without you.

Yogalates Tuesday
Yogalates Firm Fit & Flexibel, upper body. Total time 24 minutes.
I am not that flexible anymore. Back when I did Pilates once a week I was much more flexible. But it’s okay. I don’t love this too much to do it every week so I’m okay with being not that flexible.

Thursday May 16, 2013: Mark Knopfler in concert

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We went to a concert by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Tuesday night. I’m not a fan of his music but R. is and I went with him to this concert. And I have to admit, I was pretty bored after an hour or so and was glad when we could go home. There were to many slow songs and he’s not much of an entertainer (no interaction with the audience).  I like some Dire Strait songs but he played only 3 or 4 of them. This will be my one and only concert of him, not going to spend money on that again.

The entire country is talking about two brothers of 7 and 9 that are missing. They were last seen with their father on Monday May 6. Their parents are divorced and the dad picked them up Monday morning. Early Tuesday morning the dad was found in the woods, he committed suicide by hanging himself. But the boys are nowhere to be found. Police and volunteers are searching for them ever since but till today, they haven’t been found.  There are holes in where the father has been that day so it’s hard to find out what exactly happened or where to search. It seems he has left a goodbye note on his computer but no message about his boys in the letter. I don’t think they are still alive, it’s been over a week since they were seen alive. But I do hope for their mother that they will be found soon so she knows what happened to them. I don’t have children myself but I can imagine how hard this is for a parent: not knowing where your kids are and what happened to them.


Yogalates Monday


My legs were pretty sore on Saturday and Sunday after Friday’s run. My legs aren’t used to run longer distance anymore and I think this will happen a few more times. A yogalates workout was perfect to start the week with, I could use the stretching/yoga exercises. I did a upper body workout. Total time: 33 minutes.

Tempo Tuesday

Tempo run of 30 minutes with 3 x 3 minutes at a faster pace (6:27-6:42). Paces these 3 minutes: 6:27 – 6:27 – 6:17. I had to take a short walk break after 20 minutes but other than that it was a good run. Weather was perfect for running.

Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Time: 00:30:11

Speed per km: 8.75 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)

Time per km: 06:52
Weather: dry, not much wind, 11C (51 degrees)

Last song on Ipod before finish: J. Geils Band – Sanctuary

Easy Thursday

An easy 20 minutes run. No walk breaks and not watching my pace. Just run for running itself. A good run. My last 3 runs were all good ones, I’m slowly starting to believe I might be back on track.

Distance: 3 K / 1.8 miles
Time: 00:20:24

Speed per km: 8.82 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)

Time per km: 06:48
Weather: dry, not much wind, 11C (51 degrees)

Last song on Ipod before finish: Thin Lizzy – The boys are back in town.


Sunday May 12 

Breakfast: brioche bread (sweet French bread) that I toasted with light cream cheese, lemon curd and strawberries.


 Dinner was tomato soup, nothing special but I made a delicious dessert. I have a new cook book by Bill Granger where the recipe was in: strawberry pannacotta.


Tuesday May 14

Indian bread with chicken, hummus and mango. A recipe I made before. It’s kind of fast food but I like it very much. The rest of my meals this week weren’t very special.

Tuesday March 26, 2013: Mishmash

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Holy crap it’s so cold. When you are behind glass it looks perfect because the sun shines, it’s dry but as soon as you stick your nose out of the door it’s frozen because of the hard Eastern wind. The forecast is that the wind lies down after Thursday but still it’s too cold for this time of year. At least the crocuses aren’t fooled by the weather and they come up everywhere.


Sunday evening we had our anniversary dinner. I bought a Groupon for a 4 course dinner, 2 for the price of 1. We didn’t know the restaurant before but we will definitely go back someday. It looked a bit like a library and the food was great. We had a selected wine with every course. It was delicious.



After a week of almost doing nothing (no running and only 2 other workouts) I got it together and did a X-TrainFit workout, completely focused on the arms and shoulders. I did two rounds of dumbbell / body weight exercises. Felt great afterwards. Total time: 48 minutes.

Monday morning I went for a short and easy run. The wind was still very hard but I choose a route where I wouldn’t have to run against it very much. The run itself went great and I didn’t take walk breaks.

Bonus: I came home in daylight. I have been waiting for this for a couple of weeks. Just a few more weeks and I don’t have to run in the dark anymore, can’t wait.


Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Time: 00:21:50

Speed per km: 8.79 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)

Time per km: 06:49
Weather: dry, very hard wind, -3C (26 degrees)

Last song on Ipod before finish: ABC – All of my heart


This morning I did a Yogalates workout but I stopped before I was finished. I wasn’t into it. To be honest I don’t like yoga all that much. I do it because it’s good for my flexibility but it’s my least favourite workout to do. Total time: 15 minutes.

Weekly workout review:

Not my best workout week, mostly because it was so freaking cold and I didn’t run because of that and kept the walk with Bella short.



We started with carpaccio.

After that I had Iberio (I think that’s a Spanish) pork.


Main was beef tenderloin with pepper sauce and vegetables.


Dessert was crème brulee with icecream.



“Broodje (sandwich) shoarma” . A popular fast food here but not the healthiest choice. I made a healthier version myself with chicken (normally it’s pork), I made the garlic sauce myself and ate it with Turkish bread. I also bought some tomato-egg salad to go with it.



Chicken in pesto-cream sauce with baked potatoes and stir-fried spinach with garlic.

Tuesday February 5, 2013: Yeah, no more pain!

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Little background history: as a child I had many problems with my teeth. By the time I was 18 I have had 3 root canal treatments, 4 crownes, 1 surgical operation, 1 brace. Back then technology wasn’t as good as it is today and most treatments were painful.

Add to that that I have been in the hospital for 4 weeks when I was 11 because of an infection at my foot and had to have 4 injections every day. One of the nurses was terrible at giving the injection and often missed my vain. That’s when my fear for injections started.

Flash forward to 2009, my teeth had been healthy for many years but an infection at my jaw right under my nose had me go to the hospital again for a surgery.

Flash forward to yesterday. I called the dentist at 8.30 am and got an appointment at 9.40 am. After I explained what my problems where, he took a photo and saw an infection at the root of my teeth. The extreme pain I had Saturday was the nerve dying. “You have to get a root canal treatment” he said. I said “okay, when”. “Now” he said.

Oh my, I got nervous immediately, mostly because of the injection I would get and because I hadn’t expected it. I told him about my fears and his assistant helped me with breathing exercises while he squeezed my lip and gave me the injection. I have to be honest: I didn’t feel a thing.

I had to wait for a while in the waiting room where I called my manager that I needed more time and called R. to tell him what was going on. After that the treatment started, I didn’t feel a thing, and was outside again at 10.50 am.

My manager had said that I should go home afterwards but I was feeling pretty good although the anaesthesia hasn’t worn off yet. I went back to the office and was okay till around 2 pm. That’s when I went home. After sitting for an hour on the couch I was feeling better again and didn’t have pain the rest of the day.

I have to go back in 6 weeks when he will open it again to see if the infection totally is gone and after that I get a permanent filling.

I have been painfree all day today and didn’t need painkillers. You get used to having teeth pain and a headache every day but you know how irritating it is when you feel good again. I have more energy again too than I had the past 3 weeks.


I started the new workout month yesterday morning with an easy Yogalates workout. Total time: 25 minutes.

You know the Barbara Streisand song: What kind of fool? The song has been in my head all day because what kind of fool would run in the weather conditions I had this morning. Well, that would be me.

I always check the forecast the evening before my run and in the morning before I go. It said wind and a little bit of rain. It was raining when I went but the wind was more a storm wind than a normal one. After a few minutes thunder and lightning started, followed by hail, followed by heavy rain that was followed by wet snow. At some point I could take a short cut home and I did because this was a bit too much of it all. I was soaking wet when I got home but nothing that a hot shower couldn’t fix.

Spring can’t get here soon enough as far as I’m concerned.


Run-walk ratio: 5-7-7-5 minutes, 2 minutes walking inbetween (24 minutes running, 8 minutes walking) -> didn’t finish.

Weather: see above, 5C (41 degrees)

Distance: 2.9 K / 1.8 miles

Time: 00:20:13
Last song on Ipod before finish: Mumford & Sons – I will wait



Breakfast (3 points): 2 whole wheat crackers, light cream herbal cheese, cucumber.


Lunch (12 points) 2 Slices of bread with brie cheese, walnuts, honey and salad. I bought a container yogurt with honey at work and had a glass of milk.


Dinner (9 points): Chicken with mushrooms and onions (WW recipe), potatoes and broccoli.

Snacks: 1 little biscuit (1 Points).


Breakfast (7 Points): Oatmeal with raisins and a tablespoon brown sugar.

Lunch (8 Points): Couscous salad with grilled vegetables (zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red pepper) and feta cheese. I bought a glass of milk at work.


Dinner (11 Points): Beef, baked potatoes, carrots with green peas.



Weight Watchers review:

Last week wasn’t a very good week. I didn’t track from Thursday till Sunday. I didn’t eat in between meals when we were away for the weekend, except for the chocolate pie but we didn’t have lunch. The food was more than I make at home and it resulted in a gain on the scale Monday. I’m not worried about that because I had expected it. I picked it up yesterday and move on and am sure the gained weight is gone next Monday.

Friday January 11, 2013: Mishmash

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I got some questions from some of you at my last post. I collected them and answer them here:

  • Lori asked if I eat anything between lunch and dinner.
    I do, also between breakfast and lunch. Usually fruits that is 0 Points. I can’t make it from
    meal to meal on workdays. At the weekend I often skip the snacks because breakfast is later
    and I can make it till lunch.
  • Shelley asked about nap time :)
    I don’t often take naps.  Sometimes on a Saturday afternoon I take a power nap on the couch
    for 30 minutes. That happened more often when I was training for a half and did my long run
    on Saturday.
  • Biz asked me if I don’t eat the flex points because I should because of all my workouts.
    So far I haven’t used them much but I thought about your comment and you are making a
    point here. I’m going to make sure I use more Points on days where I do “heavy” workouts.
    I did some yoga for 30 minutes on Wednesday which is more for my flexibility than that I
    break a sweat. I don’t find it necessary to eat more on days like that.
    Thanks for reminding me Biz.

How do you like my new jackets girls? I needed color in my wardrobe so I bought a yellow and green jacket. I can wear them with black or blue in Winter and wear them through Spring and Summer. I’m bringing back my outfits as of next Monday on the blog.



Wednesday morning I did a yogalates workout for the lower body. I like these workouts because they aren’t too long (I get bored easily with yoga) and it has Pilates exercises in it.
Total time 30 minutes.

I got up for my run Thursday morning but I wasn’t feeling well. I had a terrible headache because I’ve catched a cold that started bothering me Wednesday. But with the reminder of Tuesday in the back of my head where I didn’t run and regretted it all day, I did go and see how far I would come.
Well, not very far. It was a terrible run, I had trouble breathing and my head almost exploded. I ended up doing 1 minute intervals and was glad I was back home after 20 minutes. But … during the day I was glad I did try it, no regrets.

Today is a rest day and I’m glad I feel much better already and going to try another run tomorrow.



Breakfast (8 points): Oatmeal with milk and 1 tablespoon of raisins and I added some brown sugar.

Lunch (9 points) a pita bread filled with tomato, feta cheese, olive oil and parsil. This was surprisingly tasty.


Dinner (9 points): Pork meat, cooked potatoes, Brussels sprouts.


Snacks: 3 clementines, 1 apple, 2 cookies (2 points)


Breakfast (6 points): low fat yogurt, 1 banana and muesli.


Lunch (14 points): I had nothing left in the fridge and was supposed to buy a bread, ham and cheese and some salad at work. But the temptation was too big and I bought some soup, a panini with ham and cheese and milk. This came at 14 points.

But I did learn something and that’s that I better bring my lunch to work so I won’t give in to bad food temptations.

Dinner (10 points): mashed potatoes, carrots and onions with a beef sausage.


Snacks: 1 mueslibar (2 points) 3 clementines, 1 glass of red wine (4 points)


Breakfast (4 points): 2 slices of bread with hüttenkäse and cucumber.

Lunch (11 points): 3 slices of bread with cheese, cucumber and tomato. I bought a bowl tomato soup and a glass of milk at work.

Dinner (12 points) was a WW recipe. Tagliatelle with ham, leek and mushrooms in a sauce of bouillon and herb soft cheese. Delicious.


Snacks: 3 clementines, not hungry in the afternoon and skipped my apple.

Movies I’ve seen lately

The Intouchables.

Last weekend of 2012 we watched this movie and it is the best movie I’ve seen all year. I highly recommend that you see this movie. I had a smile on my face the entire movie and if I didn’t I was crying. What a fantastic and feel good movie.

The movie is French and is based on a true story: a rich man gets paralyzed by paragliding and needs 24 hour care. A poor young man with a criminal past comes to the job interview but only to get an autograph so he can get his social money. The young men ends up working for the rich men and they develop a friendship that lasts till today. They learn things about each others world and interests. That’s all I’m going to tell you about it, you really should see it for yourself. I promise you: it’s worth it.

Wednesday December 12, 2012: Mishmash

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Daily stuff:

Not much to tell from this side of the world. Work is busy and I am looking forward to next week when my holiday starts. I have a vacation planned from Friday afternoon the 21nd till January 3rd.

We decorated the Christmas tree Monday evening and I leave you today with some pics of our decorations.



I did a yogalates workout yesterday, an upper body workout.
Total time: 25 minutes.

I skipped my run this morning. I got up a bit too late and when I looked outside it was raining cats and dogs. I don’t mind running in the dark, I don’t mind running in the rain but the combination of the 2 of them isn’t that attractive to me. Because it was already a bit late the choice not to run was made quickly.

TV shows I watched last week

Mad Men, The Kennedy’s, Private Practice, Once upon a time, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones.

Movies I’ve seen last week

The Help

Finally watched The Help. I have read the book which I loved and I loved the movie just as much as the book. Great movie.