Sunday, August 21, 2011
So, I want to congratulate myself for last week's holiday.
It was such a healthy one!
That's 22223 on average per day!
We went to swim every other day, we ran every day 10K, and on Saturday we rode the bike for 15K instead of running. More than 120 every day.
What is strange that we didn't really make any effort to make it healthy, it was coming naturally. It was also encouraging that everybody around us were on bikes, on canoe, or just exploring on foot.
We ate healthy all week, with lots of salad, fresh fruits, low calorie fruit puree and yoghurt snacks, and dark chocolate as a dessert.
Also, I loved the offer of healthy snacks in France, there is a separate long section of 0% yogurts and fruit purees at the dairy section, about 80% of ham and meat are lean (not even "low fat" labelled, just lean by default). And we also noticed that when eating out, 6 out of 7 times the meals were just good both in portion and in calories.
And the best of all: 7-8h of sleep every single night for the whole week!
My weight didn't change last week, but I don't care now, it was such a great healthy week.
This is where we stayed, in Blere, France, on the river Cher, in the Loire region.
Our tent can be "seen" between the 4th and 5th tree from the left, we took a spot directly facing the river. So when I got up in the morining, I saw the sun painting in gold the whole surface. I took this picture from the other side of the river during the bike trip on Friday.
I miss Blere already, it was such a wonderful place, I loved every moment of this week.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I wrote this last Monday (15th Aug 2011), but it didn't go trough. Unfortunately Orange France's mobile internet was picky about websites, it just couldn't reach sparkpeople.com. So here it is now.
Bonjour les amis!
Greetings from the middle of my 2 week holiday in France.
Le Stretching d'Anderson
On Saturday, we went to the local bookshop in Pithiviers. My girlfriend offered me a "gift voucher" for a book I want. Surprisingly, even in this small town, the bookstore had a very nice selection of books. I asked for the section of sports/healthy living, to see what's on offer in France, and I choose this book.
As a physiotherapist, she was excited about my choice, telling this is a great author, and remembered him from her studies. It has stretching exercises for all sports, and even for sitting at PC and browsing the net.
On Saturday night, I learned quickly the movements for "before running" - and I was surprised there is a different series recommended for "after running".
La Cathedrale de Blois
Yesterday, we hit the road, and our first quick stop for in Blois, for the Sunday evening (and Monday 15th combined) service. As we were about 15 min early, and lady asked me to do one of the readings, so I choose the first reading. That was ultimate fun, in this full church, in French. I used a lot of my recently acquired higher self esteem, so this healthy lifestyle has benefits all across my life.
Le Camping de Blere
We wanted to stay in the camping of Amboise, which is on an island in the river Loire, facing the a famous castle of the French Kings. It's a 400 place, but was full - I guess at least 1500 people there. Unbelievable. The receptionist directed us to Blere, only 5km away. It was already close, too, but fortunately they opened the gate for us. We had to set up tent in the rain and dark, and we were so happy we bought this excellent VauDe tent. It was up in 3 min, and despite the rain, dry inside. Before going to sleep, to squeeze in my 10 min daily exercise, we made a walk in the village. It was a bit dark, a bit wet, a bit late, but in the end we enjoyed the walk so much that we stay for an hour.
Today is Monday, 15th August, a bank holiday in France. I am sitting on a bench, facing the river.
I brought my laptop with me, and bought a mobile internet sim card, so I can update my trackers, and blog occasionally. I also took my small travel scale with me, so I can measure my weight. I also bought chargers for the car, so I can charge my phone for running (music and GPS with endomondo), and also power for the laptop. In fact, I enjoy even more exercise now, during the holidays, as there is time freely to get moving, and the people around us are also into swimming, running, biking, and all sorts of outdoor activities.
Friday, August 12, 2011
After the knee pain last Wednesday I had to take off running.
It was a backlog from a mountain hiking trip to Hochlantsch, Austria, on the Saturday before, we went up to 1700m, and were almost at running-speed walking downhill for 2h30min to catch the train in Mixnitz. It was steep downwards, and many blogs mentioned that this downhill trip is heavy on the knees for casual hikers. My friend told me that it took him 2 years of hiking to get his knees used to downhill.
The pain went away a few days ago, but I still feel my knees when walking downhill or down the steps.
We applied some Kinesiotape around my knee, which covers the joint with an Y shape from both up and down in front, and an Y shape down from the back. I can understand why, but it really helps a lot.
So, today, I did again 10K running, with moderate speed of 7 min/km, on flat surface. We were running together with my girlfriend, which is a great feeling to do exercise together. We explored the surroundings of this small town South from Paris. The temperature was 20C, the Moon shining, now wind - perfect conditions.
Strangely, I feel like I did no exercise, it was like a small warming up.
My knees are feeling ok, but I see I need to keep it gentle.
I am in France for 2 weeks now for holidays. Yesterday, we did a 10K walk in the forest of Orléans, such a beautiful place.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I still feel incredibly hungry all day long. Maybe the short sleeps, or the increased exercise, or thirstiness due to the heat. Today I managed to stop at the upper limit of my calorie budget, but it is so difficult.
I've eaten tons of vegetables and fruits, to eat things with lower calorie content, but still have volume in my stomach. This helps, but I'm still hungry.
My run today was more difficult than usual. My left knee hurts a bit, I think because of the downhill yesterday. I tried to step softly, but probably it was not gentle enough. Going up to the look-out tower was a 7K uphill, but then, it is downhill. Usually, the downhills are more difficult for me. To go up, I gained already enough stamina, but downhill is about the joints. I only "fast walked", but still, it was long. Maybe this is the leftover from Saturday, we when we came down from Hochlantsch 1700m to 450m to Mixnitz in 2h30.
I ran again in the dark, and it started to rain for the last 4K.
I took this photo in the weekend at the same place.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Yesterday and today, I ran again 10K.
It feels more and more easy.
Again, I was running at night.
The warm summer night here is beautiful, the stars above me. I ran to the lookout tower we discovered on Saturday. I ran up to the top, and watched the lights in the countryside. It's really nice.
Instead of music, I listened to an audiobook. Due to this, and because it was 7K uphill, my speed dropped to 7 min/km. Yesterday, with music, on a more or less horizontal surface, it was near 5 min/km.
Yesterday, I also bought a Nike Dri-Fit running T-shirt. I enjoy it so much. It dries very fast, and feels good in general on my body.
But, the best thing that it has a minuscule zip-pocket for the keys, on the side over the hips. Wow, such a revelation. I just realized how uncomfortable were the keys in my neck, or in my pocket, always making a noise. This is a small thing, but such a big difference in comfort.
My eating now is full of fruits and veggies, and very well balanced in protein-fat-carbs.
My current struggle is to keep my calorie budget, these days I tend to eat more with 4-500 kcal, every day. I am just so hungry, probably because of all the happenings in my life, short sleeps, and increased exercise.
Anyway, I record everything in the food tracker, even if I'm over the range.
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