Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today, I was again out of my calorie budget.
Only about 60 kcal, but still, over it.
For lunch, a colleague of mine brought a cold dish of home made ham and cheese, with home made bread, to celebrate his recently born baby. I was very happy for him!
However, when there are so calorie full things on my plate, it is very difficult, as I need to eat a certain volume. So, after lunch, I was basically already near my daily lower limit.
To balance things, I bought on the way home some salad, and strawberry, and ate that for dinner, both low on calories.
My run was excellent, it was again 10K.
I also updated my calorie range, to reflect this exercise - only 150 kcal more per day. Lot of exercise, and not much calories as extra.
The effort I had to make remembered me when I started in April, and I was just doing 3K each day. Now, it was a similar effort for me, both for my body and my sipirt.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Finally my rest day was over and today I was out to run again.
To make something new, I plan this week to run each day 10K, and rest during the weekend.
Today, I made some distance trough forests, not even tracks, just go ahead. It feels so free and great, to run trough under the trees, bushes, and everything.
It stopped raining just before I started, the air was so fresh and clean, and the sun setting down made beautiful colours.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Today was the resting day after the long run yesterday.
IT IS STRANGE TO REST.
This is funny - somehow I am waiting so much for tomorrow, and be out again and run again. It must be really the endorphines.
Before, I couldn't imagine where I could fit in those exercise minutes.
Now, my tomorrow-afternoon-evening looks like a giant window, where the only important thing to do is my one hour running (I plan 10K).
Crazy, how my attitude transformed during the last months.
Somehow, today I was hungry over my calorie budget, so I went over it by 330 kcal.
However, the huge improvement compared to January 2011, that in July 2011 I ate over my budget from melon, peach, low fat yogurt, carrots, and such. The only less healthy thing today was some ice cream, during my light walk outside. I think this is big!
Also, to reward myself for running 22K, I bought a "Diesel Kino Card" to the local cinema. I also watched a movie today, Bad Teacher. It was in German, which is a foreign language for me, and I am far from perfect in German. To my surprise, I enjoyed the movie a lot, despite being in German, and I understood 60-70% of it.
This giving reward for myself is something I learned here on SP, and it has a great effect on me.
I was also able to read many of your blogs and messages, which sometimes helps even more, then doing alone my exercise.
This challenge starts really well!
This from the citypark, from my exercise-walk.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
So, today I set a new distance record for running, 22K.
This is half a Marathon.
I am happy, though I can't understand fully what this means.
Otherwise, I made today to be a really nice day to START the summer challenge.
I slept 9h, so I am fully charged.
I logged all my food in the food tracker.
I made shopping and my refrigerator and fruit corner are fully populated with lots of healthy options, from fruits, to 100 kcal snacks.
I made my exercise for today, I logged it in the forum, too.
I switched my tracker for my new scale, so I can track my weight more precisely, and also track my body fat%.
31953 Steps for today.
My RUN STARTED in a funny way. I had no wish to run, tired, bit sleepy. I really just followed my automation to put on my shoes, heart rate monitor, armband, phone, headset, some water and a banana.
Then get out, stretching, and just slowly start to run.
It was already late evening, 9K, the sun was just going down. Soon it was night, and the moon came up. It was a huge full moon. As it got higher on the sky, it became smaller, and lit my way more and more.
I choose a track which goes in the forest, and I loved it, as the yellowish light dimmed trough the tall pine-trees.
Running felt so easy and effortless. I paid attention to my BREATHING , and pace, and to keep my upper body in an "open position", with heads up.
After 10K, I decided to continue to fully home, which was at 14K. There, I decided to continue to 20K, and to set the new record - the previous was 17K.
After 18K, I started to feel my JOINTS in my leg, not pain, just feeling that they are really working a lot. Otherwise I was not tired, I had enough air to breath. So I switched to a slower pace, and a softer step. It was uphill, which I enjoyed a lot - lately, I prefer if it goes up. And decided to make the goal for 22K, so it will be a half a Marathon distance. I ate my banana and drank my 300 ml water, and continued.
I reached 22K easily, but my legs really reached their limit I think. So, when endomondo announced "You have reached your GOAL. 22 kilometers and 2 hours and 40 minutes and 2 seconds. Lap time ...", I was very happy. I made it!
Then I switched to a very gentle WALK.
Arriving back to Hauptplatz, I made a long stretching.
I just ate 2kg of Watermelon, a huge piece, and some low fat yogurt, to fill up my glycogen tanks with carbohydrates and some protein after exercise.
As it was dark, I couldn't make any photo.
This is from my 17K two week ago, nearby in Gleisdorf.
Thank you for all the encouragement on Friday.
It really helped.
And I am so grateful to have you sparkfriends in my life, it is so much easier with your support.
My skin is full of dry salt from sweating.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So, I've slept 4-5h every night in the last 5 days, I am getting sleepy.
At work, I am running at a very intensive pace every day.
I didn't have any time/energy to run since Monday. Although, for yesterday, my step counter shows 27000 steps - in the morning, I was still in Paris, in the evening, I was already in Gleisdorf.
Tonight, we went for a "Buschenschank" dinner to celebrate with my work colleagues. This is a traditional farmer's place style restaurant in Austria, where they serve locally produced meat and wine.
I didn't eat too much, but when I added up things at home, I went over 2000 kcal just for dinner. Apparently, in a place where everything is full of fat, measuring things on my scale doesn't help. The lightest thing I found was black beans, with pumpkinseed oil. So, you can imagine how the ham looked, or the liver paté. The only thing they could offer for dessert was doughnuts.
The meal was tasty, and I like it is locally produced, but I think I am already over of these full-fat dinners titulated "pure joy" and "super tasty". Somehow, I never happen to go to celebrate with friends to a place, independently from the country and my workplace, where all food is normal calorie, or low, and the dinner is not about overeating ourselves, but about enjoying the taste.
These weeks, I struggle to track my food every day, sometimes it happens, sometimes not.
Last week I didn't have any energy to read others' blogs, to visit the forums, and to get prepared for the summer challenge.
So, before I also would have broken my 10 min per day exercise streak, I went for 30 min walk now, 3K.
I can't wait for the weekend to begin.
Paris, Airport Charle de Gaulle Terminal 1
Gleisdorf, River Raab
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