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Life changing carrots

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The weather forecast is very precise here. It rained the whole day as it said it will rain. Then it stopped as it was supposed to stop. Austrian precision. Only Germany can get more precise then this.

Gleisdorf, after rain, in the evening. The air is so sharp and clean.

So, I did my run when it finally stopped. I really just did because I committed myself to do it, otherwise, I felt much more staying inside. But, when I was running, like always, I got the hang of it, and just didn't want to stop.

I reached Level 7 in SP, for which I really am happy for. These points keep me motivated, and reading all those articles for the points make me learn so many things. I read yesterday that the key pillars for the exercise are cardio, strength and stretching. So, I paid special attention to stretching before and after, as I felt I was doing just the bare minimum.

To reward myself, I bought two small digital kitchen scales (I already have one), which I can take with me for my trips. This goes well with this weeks challenge to measure everything.

I also made another big step today in my healthy life journey. I cooked a warm healthy meal for myself for dinner. I decided to start simple, and techy - as I like technology, to make it more appealing to do it. I googled how to steam in the microwave vegetables, and go. I steamed carrots and a fish fillet of Pangasius. It was simple, tasty, and fitting well into my calorie budget.
I see for most of you in the Daisy team this sounds silly, as mother of many, running big households, and cooking for many people. However, I haven't been cooking before.
Last week I made my first cold meal. Now my warm meal. In the end, beside eating healthy, doing cardio every day, I take the habit of cooking my own meals.

I enjoyed reading your (Daisy team, and some other members') blogs today so much. Funnily, reading them just keeps me even more motivated.

I wanted to write only a few lines, as this was such a simple day. But then, since I am on this Spark-journey, there are so many things happening, even on a simple day. My life is changing. I like these changes in me.

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NOILEDNWAD 5/15/2011 11:31PM

    emoticon Learning to cook for yourself can be very rewarding. Because you know exactly what you are putting in the food you can really make it fit your taste buds and your calories. Nice job!

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 5/15/2011 10:30PM

    I'm glad to see your cooking healthy meals. It's hard to cook for just one person. You are so dedicated to your weight loss journey. I always enjoy your photos.

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CAPTHAMMER 5/15/2011 10:06PM

    yes, maybe I got a chuckle from steaming carrots but I bow down to you for attempting, and apparently succeeding, cooking fish.
Love your twilight photo.

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MUEHLBBO 5/15/2011 10:05PM

    Glad that you are trying the cooking journey, too. I don't always cook the way I should, opting to eat a salad. I'm always afraid I will get tired of them and start eating junk again. I still try to cook different things, but it's tough when cooking for one. Enjoy the new adventure.

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BUGQUEEN90 5/15/2011 8:21PM

    Enjoy cooking your meals at home. I feel best when I cook fresh meals at home, and I think it's a part of a healthy life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 5/15/2011 6:44PM

    That is awesome you are learning to cook healthy meals for yourself!! Your dinner sounds YUMMY!!! I am glad you stuck to your plan of running....it is easy to put it off when you would prefer to so something else!! You are a great inspiration!

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PEGTIGER 5/15/2011 6:30PM

    Glad you are getting some warm meals. We all need some healthy comfort food.

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CONFIDO999 5/15/2011 5:24PM

    How great it is that you are so motivated and staying with your goals so consistently! I am very proud of you. I hope you will catch the cooking bug like you have caught the running bug--it is a very enjoyable talent to have!

Beautiful photo, as always!

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DINGALLSTOO 5/15/2011 5:04PM

    glad you are expanding your horizons. YOU can do this

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Running in a Rush (Spring 5% W2 D1)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It was 6pm. I wanted to catch the 7pm service.
But I felt to run now, not afterwards.

Changing, stretching, drinking, should be OK in 10 min.
4 km at 7 min/km, that's 28 min.
Cool down walk, stretching, shower, drinking, banana, changing,-another 12 min.
3 min walk to there.
I should be able to catch it.

And I did.
Oh boy, but how stressful was to run like this.
Although, I had the same time for running like always, and I was the same pace, I felt urged throughout the whole distance.

First learning:
A 3 or 4 km run is a 1h program for me.

Second learning:
It's not just about squeezing in minus calories into the day. It's also about enjoying the neighborhood, let the day go, time for myself. It's about living healthy, which I prefer to do in a relaxed pace.

Third learning:
High heart rate and high mind rate can happen at the same time, but are different things.

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CONFIDO999 5/15/2011 4:35PM

    Great blog! I do like the lessons you found in your running. It is about taking your time and enjoying yourself while you get healthy! I'm very glad you did the run anyway, even with some other activity coming up. We all should learn that lesson--make fitness a priority!

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MUEHLBBO 5/14/2011 11:37PM

    Great job on getting it in even thought you knew you had something else to do. So many people might just skip it. You're doing great and another fine picture. I'm getting adicted to them!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/14/2011 11:11PM

    I also don't like exercising when I'm rushed. It's more stressful than waiting and doing it after. But you got it in so that's awesome!!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/14/2011 10:39PM

    Great job! Even though you were in a time crunch - you did get it in. You can enjoy it better tomorrow!

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MISSLORI5 5/14/2011 9:35PM

    It's amazing how being under a time pressure when exercising can increase our heart rate within itself. It must have something to do with extra adrenaline or something like that. You did just great, though! Keep up the movin'! emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 5/14/2011 4:55PM

    I agree it is better to exercise when you dont have to be somewhere right afterwards...I like to know I have plenty of time to do my workout and even relax after!!!

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PEGTIGER 5/14/2011 4:22PM

    You have made some great observations. I'm so proud of you for fitting the run in. I would have said no way can I make it and put it off. Running would be easier if I wasn't concerned so much about just "getting it over with" so I can move on to the next thing.

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BUGQUEEN90 5/14/2011 3:15PM

    Yes, this is the time to devote to yourself and release any stress that you may have. Still, you did a great thing by runnning today, even though you were under a time crunch.

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Oliver Gump

Friday, May 13, 2011

I can fully understand Forest. When someone begins running, it feels like to never stop.
I started to run the same way - one day, I just felt like I have to run.
And since, I have been running.
Maybe, I watch it again during the weekend.

I see my pace increasing.
I see my distances getting longer.
Breath much easier.
And enjoy more and more.
- In fact, I look forward a lot to my daily run during the whole day before.
Also, today, I increased my calorie range with 2500 kcal burned per week, as there was so much red warnings on the calorie tracker page for more than a week now, that I will loose less weight, metabolic rate and. So, instead of 1530-1870, I target 1710-2060. Actually, I will eat the same, just instead being at the top of my budget, I will be in the middle.

This is the last day of our Week 1 of the 5% spring challenge.

I can't believe, how much I enjoy this challenge. Each day a bit more. Your support has a tremendous effect on me, all this challenge is not really a challenge. It is much more a fun ride. Thank you Daisy Team.

I think I would have never joined a team called "Determined Daisies".

Come on, men don't do such things, we go for Sparkling Dragons, SprinT-rex, or simply Spartans. When someone asks about the challenge, and I tell that I'm a Daisy, all I get is laughing, and "What?".
I'm really happy I took it for the organizers to put me into a team, otherwise I would have never got to know you. Thanks for letting me being a Daisy.

I can't wait for tomorrow for my next run.

Let's rock!

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DINGALLSTOO 5/15/2011 5:10PM

    You are a great addition to the team. We're all glad to have you

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BUGQUEEN90 5/14/2011 2:25PM

    A daisy flower has both male and female parts, so you tell your friends that it is indeed appropriate for a man to be on a team called Daisies! emoticon


I feel the same way about running. I look forward to it now, whereas in the past, I dreaded it.

Beautiful forest.

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NOILEDNWAD 5/13/2011 11:40PM

    What's in a name? You make a great Daisy. emoticon I too, love running and, even though I'm just starting back at it again, I look forward to it so much! Spark on Brother Daisy!

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KIMBERTA99 5/13/2011 6:53PM

    You are doing awesome!! That is great you are enjoying the running..I plan to start jogging next week!! We are very happy to have you as a DAISY!! Love the pic!!

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PEGTIGER 5/13/2011 5:37PM

    We are so happy to have you as a Daisy. You have added comments and support to so many of us.
Glad you enjoy your running and are getting better. Enjoy rewatching the movie this weekend!

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LADYRH 5/13/2011 3:03PM

    Good for you, names should not define you or an action.
Good Luck with your challenge.

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New day, new river

Thursday, May 12, 2011

If it goes on like this, I zero in Columbus in no time.

I think this is called Streicheggbach - maybe brook in English?

It was just a another day, but somehow a lot of things happened.

There were a lot of chocolate and biscuits in the office "for free" today.
People keep on bringing them in, and put it on the coffee table in the corridor or on a shelf in the office area. I see it every single time that I pass by.

It is difficult for me to resist.
Of course I like chocolate and biscuits.

I chechked my calorie budget, checked the calories on the packaging, and decided to take a "Steirerkraft" pumpkinseed-chochlate bar. In Austria, things made with pumpkinseed are very popular, I see it in all sorts of food, sweet, salty, bakery, meat, pasta, salad dressing, in everything.
125 kcal.
It was not bad, but somehow, I didn't feel that satisfaction that I expected before. However, my mouth still felt like want to eat more.
I took a glass of water to free my mouth from the taste, and turned back to my work.

During the coffee around the coffee table after lunch (standing), all the buscuits again in front of me when we talked.
I just took a glass of water, which was also good for my 8 glasses.

Please, tell me, I did well! :-)

It was interesting to me: I noticed another colleague, who also took a glass of water. I don't know if it was because of me, nevertheless, I don't remember people drinking water during the coffee breaks before.
Before, I was challenged often, why I drink water, instead of coffee, fruit juice, or tea.
But then, it seems these things are interesting only for 3 days (or 3 weeks), then people get used to it, if someone drinks water. And even join.

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KIMBERTA99 5/13/2011 6:57PM

    Good for you for resisting the temptations!! Maybe you co-worker is also watching his weight!! IT is hard to resist when the temptation is everywhere..but you did!! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/13/2011 6:57:47 PM

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FVHORVATH 5/13/2011 11:49AM

    You did great! It is hard to resist all the goodies at the office when you can't put them away to hide!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/13/2011 12:17AM

    Chocolate and biscuits at work are hard to resist. You did a great job! emoticon Rock on Brother Daisy!

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MUEHLBBO 5/12/2011 11:08PM

    You did fantastic. It's great that your good habits are being noticed by others and that they are doing the same. Good luck and keep it up.

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BUGQUEEN90 5/12/2011 6:02PM

    You defnitely had a successful day avoiding too many sweets. Very proud of you, my friend! I can just imagine how good they looked, but it's just not worth it. CONFIDO is right - you are spreading the Spark to your co-workers because they see how great you look and want the same result. emoticon emoticon

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PEGTIGER 5/12/2011 4:45PM

    Sounds like you made some good choices, with the water being the best thing you could have done. emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 5/12/2011 4:42PM

    That's so great that you figured out that you could have one treat, had your one treat, and then went with water! I'm also very proud of you for setting a good example with drinking water for your coworkers. Good job on resisting that chocolate and biscuits!!

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CONFIDO999 5/12/2011 4:16PM

    You are spreading the Spark, my friend! How wonderful! Maybe in a little while you will see more fresh vegetables at work instead of those chocolate biscuits.

Very nice work resisting the temptation for another biscuit! emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 5/12/2011 4:08PM

    Good work see it does work

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The Raba

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

These days, I run each day to a different direction, I enjoy exploring new ground. And actually, there is a river in Gleisdorf, not small. Somehow, I only realized it today. I'm laughing at myself, how could I live here for 9 months, and only see The River today.

It is called Rába in Hungarian, or Raab in German.

I know the Raba very well, as in Hungary, we used to make canoe tours during high school, and once we made a week trip on the Rába.

I think I like running. I discovered that during the whole day, I was looking forward to my daily run. This is my time, for myself. And somehow, I was running in company, all you Daisy team and SparkFriends somehow companied me. This is great.

Do you see him?

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PEGTIGER 5/12/2011 5:18PM

    It looks like you have a great place to run. I am so glad you enjoy it and share your finds with us. I tried running for awhile, but I think I'll go back to a walk/jog instead.

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ELLEYKAT 5/12/2011 10:36AM

    That's so great that you run and discover new places all the time! I know I tend to get stuck in the same two or three walks - I will also start to walk new places!!

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KALISWALKER 5/11/2011 10:35PM

    When I get ready to walk, I think of my Spark teams waiting for me and they are with me when I walk. We are in this together!

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BUGQUEEN90 5/11/2011 10:16PM

    I have yet to try running outside, but you are inspiring me to try. The treadmill just isn't the same thing! You are having many new, interesting adventures while running, and I like hearing about them! emoticon emoticon
I wonder what adventure you will have tomorrow?

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MUEHLBBO 5/11/2011 10:00PM

    Don't feel bad about the river situation. I do an exercise in school where I quiz the students on obvious things they should see each day as they come to school: things like how many steps do they come down by the office, what is written on the mat as they walk in, how many trees are in front of the school. It's amazing what we miss everyday that is obvious. Because I enjoy photography I have started to see many things I missed before. It's fun finding those new things. Keep looking. As you run, I'm sure you will discover a whole new world.

I admire you for running each day. I try to walk, but running isn't in the cards for me. Take care.

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MISSLORI5 5/11/2011 7:37PM

    I truly admire you runners-there are several here in Port Orchard. The warmer the weather, the more come out of hiding, although there are a few who seem to have real tough skins and even run in the rain! Thanks for sharing your river, and may you continue to find new blessings you are being given each day! Have a good one! emoticon

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HAKAPES 5/11/2011 5:30PM

    Thank you for the encouragement!

Maybe an otter, I didn't see its tail. Or a beaver. And because the sun was going down, zooming the photo doesn't help more, it's low light and pixelized. It jumped in the water immediately when I arrived, and always tried to swim out of the photo.

And indeed, since I run, I start to see this place where I live differently, and I like it more and more. I didn't know before that forests and the mountains are SO close. It's new to me, I lived in cities, smaller or bigger, and had to travel if wanted to be in green.

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CAPTHAMMER 5/11/2011 4:53PM

    emoticonIf you've just found a river you've overlooked imagine what smaller things you'll discover on your runs.

I am truly enjoying the scenery you are sharing from your runs and biking.

And you win, I give up! What is the little creature in the water? A muscrat? A beaver?

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/11/2011 3:31PM

    Beautiful place to run by! Thanks for sharing!

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