This is the blog of Oliver Kozak. === Transforming Oliver. Inspiring friends. Making the World a better place. All step-by-step! == I'm also helping others to implement changes to develop a healthy lifestyle. Creating a plan to implement new activities, following it through, having someone to be accountable to. www.fitlearninglabs.com == My current motto: "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the ...
This is the blog of Oliver Kozak. === Transforming Oliver. Inspiring friends. Making the World a better place. All step-by-step! == I'm also helping others to implement changes to develop a healthy lifestyle. Creating a plan to implement new activities, following it through, having someone to be accountable to. www.fitlearninglabs.com == My current motto: "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction." (Bill Gates)
"Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?" (Frank J. Giblin II)
Key of my success? Tracking food. Even if I'm out of my calorie budget. Then, 10 min exercise. Every day. Sun, rain, volcanos - no issue, I'm out there and my 10 min is in.
It was not by accident I landed on SP. I've read the article about people loosing double weight by making a food calendar, and it was from here. So, I decided to track my food. How to track then? I looked at several websites, desktop and mobile app, and I decided to come here to SP, because it had the right mix of community, planning, motivation - it was the whole package.. And the more I use SP, the more I like it here.
It changes over time what I like doing the most. Now, I am most interested in the Gestalt in OD. I like to watch movies, write postcards, ride my bike, make photos, get to know people, dance, travel, read, to learn in general. I most love learning languages; I speak French and English, now I learn German. I like gadgets, and I still build my desktop computer from parts. I'm Hungarian, grew up in Budapest.
Now, I support individuals to develop a healthy lifestyle with life coaching. My background is Gestalt, I studied in the Gestalt OSD Center (Gestaltosd.org).
I studied chemical and bioengineering, and worked in R&D in food for a couple of years; lately with fruit preparations for yogurts and ice cream. So, there was always some apple, strawberry, peach, mango, or raspberry around me, which made eating fruits very easy. But in 90% the case, it was strawberry! :-) For some reason, the World is mainly eating strawberry. Strawberry yogurt, strawberry ice cream, strawberry chewing gum, strawberry puree, strawberry jam, strawberry chocolate, strawberry cake.
Before, I worked as a developer of one of the main petfood brands in Europe in my previous job. And as a result, I developed a passion for dogs and cats over those years. Although my frequent traveling lifestyle doesn't allow me to have a dog with me now, I'm sure someone will company me in the future. Any questions on pet nutrition are welcome - just deal with the length of my answer!. ;-)
If you're interested to connect on Linkedin or Facebook, send me SparkMail to exchange e-mail addresses and full name.
I love high tech, but somehow, I also love to write postcards. So, if you send me your postal address in a SparkMail, I send you from here where I live, or from one of my trips.
In the background: Budapest and the Danube river -------------------------------- For starters, this worked for me: 1. Start by a food calendar to track food 2. 10 min exercise every day (minimum walking 10 min) 3. Join a challenge/team to get motivation --------------------------------
My healthy lifestyle habits tracking: 1. Register on SP - 16th Jan 2011. 2. Start on SP - on 31th Jan 2011. 3. Track of calories - since 24th Feb 2011. 4. Stay in the optimal calorie range - since 28th Feb 2011. 5. Water 8 glasses per day - since 4th April 2011 6. 10 min exercise every day - since 27th Apr 2011. 7. Spring 5% for community, blogging - since 7th May 2011. 8. Public scaling - since 20th May 2011. 9. Increase running to 10K+ - 10th June 2011. 10. Add motivators - 4th July 2011. 11. Increase running to 10K 5x per week - 18th July 2011. 12. Summer 5% to boost up - 18th July 2011. 13. Added swimming 3+ per week - 10th Aug 2011. 14. Preparing my own evening salad - 29th Aug 2011. 15. Increase simming to 1K per swim- 12th Sep 2011. 16. Bike 1h instead of swimming - 2nd Oct 2011. 17. Swim 1.5K (when swim) - 10th Oct 2011. 18. New motto (qualified) - 19th Oct 2011 19. Gratitude journal (5 things) - 23rd Dec 2011 20. Brushing teeth after breakfast - Jan 2012 21. Running in focus for a year - 18 Feb 2012 22. Sleep 8h a night - 1 Jun 2012 23. Pose-method running - 1 Aug 2012 24. Choaching others to motivate myself - Sep 2012 25. Daily meditation - 18 Dec 2012 26. Participate in 5% challenge - 27 Jun 2015
Weight tracking history: 2011/ 01/16: 99.0 kg (217.8 pounds) (Omron) 01/31: 97.5 kg (214.5 pounds) (old, Soehnle) 02/28: 92.0kg (204.4 pounds) 03/31: 89.0kg (195.8 pounds) 04/30: 88.0kg (193.5 pounds) 05/14: 85.5kg (188.1 pounds) (Spring 5% start) 05/21: 84.0kg (184.8 pounds) 05/28: 84.5kg (185.9 pounds) 06/04: 83.5kg (183.7 pounds) 06/11: 83.0 kg (182.6 pounds) 06/18: 83.0 kg (182.6 pounds) 06/25: 81.0 kg (178.2 pounds) 07/02: 80.5 kg (177.1 pounds) (Spring 5% finish) 07/08: 81.5 kg (179.3 pounds) 07/16: 80.5 kg (177.1 pounds) (old, Soehnle) 07/16: 81.4kg (179.1 lbs) (Summer 5% start) (Fat: 16.7%, Muscle: 40.2%) (new, Omron) 07/23: 82.2 kg (180.8 lbs) 07/30: 81.7 kg (179.7 lbs, Fat:15.1%, Muscle 41.1%) 08/06: 81.7 kg (179.7 lbs) 08/13: 79.9 kg (175.8 lbs) 08/20: 80.3 kg (176.6 lbs) 08/27: 80.9 kg (178.0 lbs) 09/03: 79.9 kg (175.8 lbs, Fat 13.9%, Muscle 41.8%) 09/09: 80.2 kg (176.4 lbs, Fat 12.8%, Muscle 42.4%) 09/10: 79.5 kg (175.3 lbs) (Summer 5% finish) 09/24: 78.9 kg (173.6 lbs, Fat 13.6%, Muscle 41.9%) 10/01: 78.8 kg (173.4 lbs) 10/08: 78.4 kg (172.5 lbs) 10/15: 78.3 kg (172.2 lbs) 10/22: 77.6 kg (170.7 lbs) Fat 11.1%, Muscle 43.3% 10/29: 77.3 kg (170.0 lbs) Fat 10.3%, Muscle 43.7% 11/05: 76.5 kg (168.3 lbs) Fat 10.4% Muscle 43.6% 11/05: 76.5 kg (168.3 lbs) Fat 10.4% Muscle 43.6% 11/12: 77.1 kg (169.6 lbs) Fat 10.7% Muscle 43.5% 11/19: 76.4 kg (168.1 lbs) 11/26: 75.5 kg (166.1 lbs) Fat 12.1% Muscle 42.7% 12/03/2011: 77.6 kg (170.7 lbs) (Winter 5% Start) 12/10/2011: 76.1 kg (167.4 lbs) Fat 11.8% Muscle 43.0% 12/17/2011: 74.7 kg (164.4lbs) Fat:9.5% Muscle: 44.1% 12/19/2011: 73.9kg (162.6) Fat:6.6% Muscle:45.7% (% a bit off) -25KG -55LBS 12/24/2011: 74.8 kg (164.3lbs) Fat:10.2% Muscle: 43.8% 12/31/2011: 75.9 kg (167.3lbs) 01/07/2012: 76.1 kg (167.4lbs) Fat:9.9% Muscle:43.9% 02/18/2012: 78.6 kg (173.3lbs) 03/17/2012: 76.7 kg (169.1 lbs) 03/24:76.6 (169.0 lbs) 03/31/2012: 77.1 (169.6 lbs) 04/07/2012: 75.3 (165.7 lbs) 04/14/2012: 75.8 (166.7 lbs) 04/21/2012: 75.9 (167.3 lbs) 04/28/2012: 76.1 (167.8 lbs) 05/05/2012: 75.9 (167.3 lbs) 11/03/2012: 78.0 (171.9 lbs) 01/05/2013: 78.0 (171.9 lbs) 03/03/2013: 79.7 (175.7 lbs) 06/05/2013: 79.5 (175.2 lbs) 27/06/2015: 85.5 (188.7 lbs) -------------------------------- RECOMMENDED GEARS for a healthy lifestyle:
My digital KITCHEN SCALE, very flat: Soehnle 67080 Page Profi Kitchen Scale http://www.amazon.com/Soehnle-67080- Profi-Kitchen-Scale/dp/B003LSUC9W/
My SMALL SCALE for on the move, very flat (big plates need an "elevation" to read the display): Soehnle Page Digital Kitchen Scale http://www.amazon.com/Soehnle-66100-Digi tal-Kitchen-Scale/dp/B000VS22MA/
My Measuring CUPs: Jamie Oliver JB3700 Double-Sided Magnetic Measuring Spoons http://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Oliver-JB370 0-Double-Sided-Measuring/dp/B002MUBVZE/
OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring CUP http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-4-Cup-An gled-Measuring/dp/B000079XWB/
SPORTS TRACKER: Nokia Lumia 830 + Endomondo http://www.endomondo.com Fitbit Surge
Tune Belt ARMBAND A82 for my phone when running: http://www.amazon.com/Tune-Belt-Armband- iPhone-Blackberry/dp/B002NL2WYQ/ http://store.endomondo.com/eu/tunebelt-a rmband.html
Omron MIT Elite Plus BLOOD PRESSURE monitor (w PC connection) http://www.amazon.com/Omron-Healthcare-C ompact-Software-2-5-Pound/dp/B001THA9VS/
Fitbit Aira WiFi scale with weight and fat%
Zephyr HxM HEART RATE MONITOR with bluetooth and rechargeable battery (so robust) http://store.endomondo.com/eu/zephyr-hea rt-rate-monitor-hxmtm-bluetoothtm-209. html
My past goals during the weight loss: 1. Develop a healthy lifestyle and keep it. 2. Use again my favorite clothes. 3. Get self confidence. 4. Sleep enough to be energetic. 5. Get to know people.
1. Always improve my healthy lifestyle to keep it.
2. Focus on sleep and recovery to be energetic.
3. Inspire others living and sharing about my healthy life.
1. Track food every day, this is my main priority. 2. Keep in my recommended calorie range. 3. 10 min exercise every day. 4. 8h sleep at least 3 times week. 5. Blogging to review my days. 6. Message boards to motivate myself and others.
I'm 37, Hungarian, live in Austria.
Thank you for supporting my blog! Have a Happy New Year! I'm going to do much of what worked in 2014 but increase my running speeds and distances, tighten up my diet and try to get to goal weight. My main running goal is to get to 50K by next November.
Thanks for your comment on my new life goals blog. You caught me! I am still pondering some of these and not at all set firm. I felt very successful from my start on Spark by setting goals to exercise, plan menus and do a few minutes of home organizing/cleaning daily. This was not my norm, as I tended to focus on big projects rather than regular maintenance. It still plan exercise, menus and cleaning tasks weekly and it has made my life more peaceful. I am more recently into running and love that as a stress buster. Satisisfies my desire to work up a good sweat, which the 10-30 minute walking didn't, although I think walking daily was the better way to lose the 30 pounds I took off. Currently I am trying to focus on being more intentional and mindful, because it seems to keep me in control of a healthy, productive and positive attitude. Yoga, quiet walks or music, and journaling daily are my steps for that. I have a highly people-oriented job where I get interrupted all day with other people's "emergencies", so I can get grouchy and frustrated if I react to the attitudes of others rather than keeping control of my own mood. There are times when I consider a new job, but I actually like what I do, so I am trying to work out how to manage it better--to control it rather than letting it control me. That's the part where I am still trying to figure out some action steps. Probably a longer answer than you were looking for ...
Your focus on dog nutrition is interesting. I have two black labs, and when we first got our dog, I went looking for a food that wasn't mainly cornmeal and had a hard search. The only food I found that I can buy in a normal store along with my weekly shopping for us humans is Rachel Ray's Nutrish. Any thoughts on that? It seems to nourish shiny, soft fur, which I figure is a good indication of health. Would be curious to hear what you think is best, and any thoughts on sharing people food. One of my dogs especially likes fruit and whole wheat bread, although being a dog, she will eat most anything.