Monday, May 16, 2011
I tried again a new road today. This one was slowly uphill, about 200 m elevation over 4kms. This was the hardest I ever did, felt like double distance. But was so good to get trough. When walking home, the Moon was already up, and I met two deers again. There are some really nice places here.
For measuring portions, the challenge for me is the canteen. Today, I went to my desk and back with my plate to measure it on a balance. Would I look silly to bring my balance to the canteen?
Or how do you measure portions in a restaurant canteen?
Then, I looked for a similar recipe on the web, and estimated the calorie contents with that. Which is a funny quest. I search for the German food name on Google images, and when I find a similar looking plate, then I check the name in English and the recipe. If there is no calorie content indicated, then I have to enter it to the recipe calculator.
It looks like now we are regularly two drinking water during the coffee-talk after lunch.
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.
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.
A 3 or 4 km run is a 1h program for me.
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.
High heart rate and high mind rate can happen at the same time, but are different things.
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.
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.
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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