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Orléans, France, 10K

Sunday, July 10, 2011

10K on the riverside of the Loire.

Here's the cathedral of Orléans.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/11/2011 8:43AM

    Beautiful. So glad you could do this.

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PEGTIGER 7/10/2011 10:44PM

    I always love your pictures. Thank you for sharing parts of the world I'll probably never see.

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3K+3K - feels like warming up

Sunday, July 10, 2011

(Sat, July 09, 2011)

We started today by buying fresh fruit on the local market.
They have really a wide selection of fruits here in France, with lots of different types of vegetables.
I find that in France it's much easier to find healthy food, and the selection is much wider on the healthy shelf.

In the evening, we ran together.
It was a new experience, as my girlfriend is a physiotherapist. She loves sports and activities, and she started doing fencing 1.5 years ago, as a new sport. She has now great endurance, and a muscle toned body, with zero fat (you see my motivation).

However, for running, I was surprised that all my kilometers added up also in endurance. We ran 3+3K, which felt like warming up for me.
Because, when I started to run at the end of April, my first run was with her. It was a 3K, and it was difficult for me to keep up.

So today, I received a lot of bonus points from her for how far I've gone, and a lot of support to keep on.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/11/2011 8:46AM

    Wonderful! Fresh fruit in the open air. Big congratulations on your progress!

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PEGTIGER 7/10/2011 10:43PM

    emoticon on the progress you have made.

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Travel checklist - Paris, RER B

Saturday, July 09, 2011

(Fri, July 08, 2011)

Today, I was travelling from Gleisdorf to Paris.
These days with lots of taxi, airplane, bus and train can be a real stress on my healthy life.

I developed the following to overcome the challenges:
- I take an empty bottle with me to the security check at the airport. After passing the security gate, I fill it up, so I have water with me in the transit area and on the plane.

- I eat 1-2h before boarding the plane, so when I'm there, I'm not tempted to eat the junk food. I usually just put the sandwich in my bag, or don't ask for the air plane food at all. To drink, I usually ask for a cola light and a glass of water.

- At the airport and whenever possible, I take the stairs, and walk, even with my luggage. This adds steps, and keeps me working during the day, which otherwise is about sitting 6-7h. Usually I am the only one in the crowd to take the stairs. :-)

- In the transit area, there are so much bakery, sausage, fast food and lots of kcal packed junk food. So, I just decided to delay my eating to a normal restaurant, if possible, or eat from my bag.

- My luggage contains the following by default, so even for the short trips, I take a larger suitcase.
1. runinng shoes
2. pedometer
3. heart rate monitor
4. travel mini-scale for body weight
5. blood pressure monitor
6. phone with music+gps

- I also subscirbe to the internet with a local sim-card, so I can log in to SP, for tracking and blogging.

- I keep a small paper booklet with me to jot down food during the day.

When arrived to my destination, I took out my running shoes, and went for a short 6K run in the French night. It felt sooooo good to finally move my body after all this day of sitting, and a bit stress of travelling.

This is Paris, Metro station St. Michel - Notre Dame.
I took the stairs!


Darkness, silence, limit stretching

Friday, July 08, 2011

(Thu, July 07, 2011)

Tonight I worked until very late, and it was already 9pm when I arrived home.
Running was on my schedule today, and when I finally got out, it was already 23:15pm.
I love running at night, the only downside is the difficulty to make photos.
It was a great warm summer night, no wind, and the street lights. It's a very soothing ambiance.
Nobody on the streets, only me.

I chose a direction that I haven't done for long, I put on some new music, Gossip - Music for Men, and go. I put an easy distance for now, 10K.
I know, it sounds strange, but 10K feels like an easy distance these days.

What I forgot was that the last time I took these streets and direction was when I was doing 3K. And after 3K, I reached the border of Gleisdorf, and the forest road begun.
Hm, what to do, as there it was almost complete darkness.

A little exploration never hurts, so I took off my glassess, to let in even those last rays of light, took off the music, so I can hear where I step, and I ran forward.

This was a really new experience, running in darkness, in complete silence, 95% of my energy spent on focusin to stay on the road.

It was very really strange to listen how my shoes touch the ground, and decide about the terrain, and whether I am still on the road based on the scratchy sound of gravel.

I continued for about 1.5K like this, but then, when the road was going really into the forest, I decided to turn back. I couldn't even see if there is a tree in front of me or not.

Running backwards was again fun, because in this darkness it didn't help much that I just took this road in the other direction.

I noticed that I am much more aware of how I breath, how I put my feet on the ground, how my body moves, what do I do with my hands.
I realized that it is no joke if my arms are also tired after running, as I keep them in a 45 degree position for 1-2h.

Due to the heat and the no wind, the run felt much harder then usual.
After I reached back to the town, I decided to run towards another forest I explored last weekend.

Wow, that was a revelation. Running just outside the forest, near the trees, I benefitted from the cool air flowing down from the small hill covered by the trees.
It was like switching on the air condition. My speed increased, my breath get smooth, and the overall experience switched from good to great.
It was really fun to run trough this cool air, feel where it goes, and also experience when there was no more of it.

This is the main square (Hauptplatz), at 23:15pm, from where I start every day.

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/8/2011 9:15PM

    Wow, that sounds really cool. I would love to run at night, but I have to get up at 3:30 in the morning to get ready to go to work and get my regular workout in. I am a bit envious of you. But I'm also proud that you're making such good progress. You look great by the way! emoticon

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DORIS32 7/8/2011 7:55PM

    How cool to run in the dark! Being a girl, I'm a bit scared to do this alone and am looking for a group to do this with.

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KKINNEA 7/8/2011 1:45PM

    Wow, sounds great! My run started at 1930 and ended at 2230 but all I got was bugs and sprinklers!

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BEATLETOT 7/8/2011 8:31AM

    Ich bin sehr neidig, dass du in Oesterreich wohnst. =( Ich mag dieses Foto sehr!!!

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PETITFLOUR 7/8/2011 6:57AM

    gut das du das machen kannst und dich dabei sicher fuehlst. Das vermisse ich richtig!

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Healthy life as default

Thursday, July 07, 2011

(Wed 06 July 2011)

I can mark several bonus points in my healthy lifestyle day.
Looks like the system starts to work by itself, and those many things that was so much energy for me, are now happening as default.

For BREAKFAST, I ate my usual low fat milk, oat cereals, with some ham and puffed rice. Quick, nutritious, balanced.

During the day, I drank a glass of WATER before reaching for snack, and 5 times out of 7, in fact I was thirsty. 2 times, I ate the snack anyway.

My scale was with me at LUNCH, and without major resistance, I just weighed my meal. I had some comments from others - even after months of public scaleing they still comment, but these now just bounce back from me. I just reply with a smile, and let the comments fade away, and just do my thing.
I realized, that 600 g of rice-cake is probably too much. So I cut it in half, put aside one half, and only ate the other half.

For DINNER, I realized that I am close to my calorie budget, so I decided to eat some lettuce salad for dinner, and tomato-olive salad. Both were in stock in my refrigerator. I was not feeling hungry afterwards. I had also balsamico salad dressing, which I started to like, and is low in calories. Before, I always took some creamy dressing, which in fact just brought in the calories that I saved with the salad.

When I had no time to log in to TRACK, I jotted down on paper my food to eat.

In the evening, I got a surprise invite for a DRINK. I didn't hesitate too much what to order, I ask for cola light, and if they don't have, I go for water. As I had dinner before on time, I just closed the menu and didn't bother with ordering.

In the evening, as this was a rest day for running, I went for a walk for my daily EXERCISE, and enjoyed the nice and warm summer night.

What I noticed at the end of the day that all these things were happening naturally, without any major energy to put in from my part.

Now I am working on my motivation, as I am in stage 3, and am curious, how it adds to what I already have.

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    GREAT photo as usual. I always enjoy reading your blogs. You are doing great. emoticon

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    That you can let comments slide off your back is such a hallmark of inner strength and maturity ~ way to go!

What you describe is what I'm looking forward to .... kind of like being on auto*pilot.


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ON2GOALS 7/7/2011 1:09PM

    This is so good, how these healthy choices have become second nature for you. I liked your note about reaching for water first, instead of a snack, to discover instead that you were really thirsty, not hungry. This is a great tip.

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CONFIDO999 7/7/2011 11:30AM

    Way to go! You will be at your goal in no time with that healthy attitude!

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KKINNEA 7/7/2011 10:38AM

    This is great, healthy living has become so effortless for you! Reading along was very joyful - good for you!

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LIABOOTY 7/7/2011 8:28AM

Keep it up

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SPBETTERWAY 7/7/2011 8:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful that healthy habits are the default now. Great photo.

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