Category Archives: Personal

Haven’t been posting a lot

We’ll it’s been a long time ago since I’ve updated my blog here, partly because I’ve got another blog I set up and partly because I’ve just been working on other stuff. Got back to rowing again and I’m coaching a group of people to improve their rowing skills.


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Weight loss

I’ve been having the flu for almost a week, and it certainly helps when loosing weight. It took almost 2 kilo of my current weight and seems to have put a big dent in my appetite, which actually was something I needed anyways.

So currently I’ve put the amount of dinner I use almost in half and it seems to be working, I’ve got a full feeling after having dinner and I’m not trying to eat as much as I can.  Now that I’m feeling better again I can also start to exercise again, to help the weight loss effort. Sometimes a little sickness is the help one needs ;).

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Another sunday walk

Today I walked with Cindy my wife as the weather was really gorgeous as there was no wind and the sky was blue with hardly any clouds. It should be somewhat alarming of course because if this weather keeps up, it’s just to warm. I’ve seen birds already preparing their nests, which they normally tend to do at the end of this month.

On the plus side of course it made it possible for us to go for a 12K walk, which apart from that it is healthy also means that we’ve got time to talk which is an added plus. After getting back, I made some fresh pasta which not only tastes very good, but also the process of making you’re own pasta for me is a joy, you get dirty hands and with just two basic ingredients you make a very tasteful pasta with a much better bite than the usual dried pasta. (And apart from that it just costs me 5 more minutes overall than using pasta out of a package).

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Having a rabbit

Is one of those things I wouldn’t want to miss. I’ve grown up with dogs, goats, rabbits, ducks and some other animals and when you’ve grown up with animals, it’s kinda hard not to have some of them around you, but unfortunately it’s not really feasible to have a dog, so we’ve settled at having a rabbit.

As rabbits are clean animals, after some time they can be left running around in the house, though it’s recommended to stay in the vicinity as they tend to like cables, especially telephone and  electricity. As we’ve had three rabbits, I can say that each of them have a different character. Our first one called fluffy was a very friendly animal, which could be picked up rather easy. Our second rabbit Tarzan, had a preference for me and listened only to me. Our third one, hardly listens to me and has a distinct preference for listening to my wife and is a lot more adventurous than the other two.

In all cases they’re just a friendly addition to your home and that is what counts..

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Saturdays are always a resting point in the week, even more than Sundays, I guess we’ve rolled into some kind of rhythm which makes virtually every Saturday the same during day time unless of course we’ve got some planned visits etc.

It starts with getting up, I’ll head for the grocery, butcher and bakery and do the shopping while my wife goes to her running club. I get home after shopping, put everything away and when I’ve finished that the paperboy arrives with the newspaper. I’ll make myself breakfast and fetch a cup of coffee. Approximately then my wife arrives, she takes a shower and we start reading the newspaper together. We have lunch and then determine what the midday will look like. Sometimes we go for a walk, sometimes we read and most of the times there’s nothing that is mandatory.

At the end of the day we cook and have dinner and then in most cases just read some more or watch some television. Nothing more and nothing less. The nice thing though is that this proves a very good day for just relaxing, just because you know how the day will evolve :).

So now I’m heading off to enjoy my Saturday and wish all of you a good weekend.

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Stormy weather

Today is such a day that the weather is somewhat stormy, we don’t get it that often in the Netherlands and in most cases the only impact it has is that the traffic jams are longer than normal. But since I’m living in an older house, this also means either that we have to fire up the heating a lot more, of wear warmer clothes.

In my case this always resorts to warmer clothes, because it just feels better and probably is also somewhat better for the environment. Our heating is rarely above 19 degrees Celsius which is high enough for the both of us, though I’m aware other people find this rather cold. It’s just something you need to get used to, after some time you’re used to it and don’t bother to turn the heat up.

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Loosing weight

I’ve been postponing this for way to long as came apparent during last weeks ski trip. I’ve grown to much weight. After Christmas I was just over 100kg. Which in my opinion is just to much.  In the Netherlands we’ve got something called the Sonja Bakker diet, which my wife ones tried. Problem with this diet and with most diets is that I become increasingly grumpy and with grumpy I mean really grumpy.

I’m planning on writing a plan, which should incorporate my old love rowing and my Concept 2 rowing machine. I could go running again, but as my weight is just to high it would be better to just start rowing as that is better for my joints. I’ve got an account at traineo which is some kind of web2.0 site for people wanting to lose weight while increasing their sporting activity. It forces you to think about which trainings you did, the amount of calories you’ve been taking in etc.

I’ll post a regular update with regards to progress etc. My current weight is 98kg and it should go down at least another 13 kg.

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