Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday night I couldn't believe my ears when I was running. Endomondo reported for each lap a crazy fast speed for myself, between 04:44 and 05:15 min/K. I've never been so fast before for the entire hour. I managed to speed up for one or two K, but then I had to revert to a slower speed.
Now, I have great motivation to work on my technique, and target a triathlon olympic distance later this year or next year. It's 1.5 km swim, 40 km ride, 10 km run https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped
ia/en/wiki/Triathlon I already have the swim distance, the run distance, I need to try the bike distance, but I'm positive. Combining two of these onto one day was already no issue, to combine three, is still to do.
Otherwise, I had a perfect-healthy week last week.
Each day, I ate healthy, I stayed in my calorie range, I was able to do my planned exercise (10K run, about 1h) with some extra walking or something else. And as a result, my weight also decrease about 0.5 kg (~1 lb).
Yesterday, I decided to buy the season pass for the swimming pool in Graz. Quite an investment, 211 Euros (~300 USD) until April 2012. I also need the monthly pass for the travel, which is an additional 476 Euros until April. This is kind of an experiment, I see how it goes over the next months, and will decide to extend later.
This is one of my favourite places to run, within biking distance from my flat. I like it, because for almost the whole 10K I can stay in the forest.
Do you have an interesting book to recommend on running, biking or swimming?
Or a dvd, webpage or magazine to check out?
I need to learn how to perfect my technique, make a good exercise plan, how to select my equipement and so on. Basically, any tip is welcome now.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Today, I stayed 2h more at work. It was silent in the office, and I could focus on things easily. When finished, I took on my new Adidas coat, bag to my back, and as I stepped out of the office door to the corridor, it hit me.
I've seen myself mentally in my new body.
Smaller, sporty, wide shoulders, energetic.
It was just a flash, and I tried to re-capture the feeling on the way to home, but it was again gone.
This coat is a puffy design. I never had such a coat, because I looked even more round. And this one, is really for slim people. I bought it on Sunday. When I tried it on, I was shocked that it looked good on me.
Arriving home, I took some new music on my phone to run. This is crazy, I listen to tons of music I never listened to before. Now, I like these speedy, bump-bump style music a lot. I was not fond of these before. So, I went out to run; to the rythm of Chrsitina Aguileria - Bionic.
When running, I felt light, fast, slim and muscly.
I was crashing trough the dark like an arrow.
I stopped at 5.3K shortly to let the steam go, and turned back.
I was really energetic.
I did 11.3K, and I was surprised to see on the history page of endomondo that my slowest lap was 5:22 (1K). It means I was between 5:00 and 5:22 min/K troughout the 11K.
I was never so fast.
And I was not even tired.
I'm close to my 77kg goal (169 lbs) - I had set it as the middle for the healthy body mass range for me. I was thinking about this period since January 2011, when I was 99kg (218 lbs, about 50 lbs difference). In Jan, it looked so long until Oct. Looking back, it looks very short.
Maybe in this training with Authentic Movement (see previous blog), I really did somehthing silently, inside, and it's working.
I have the impression, these months are just a short transition period in my life.
Beginning of something new.
I don't know what, but something very different from before.
So, I try not to care to much about it, and just stay in the here and now, and enjoy the ride.
I also found this quote here on SP, to complete some backlog of Stage 3, which I like a lot.
I put it on my main page.
"Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?"
Monday, October 17, 2011
This weekend on Friday - Saturday I went to a workshop with Authentic Movement in Budapest (Hungary). I had no clue what it will be about, just knew it will have some Gestalt, and something to do with the body. And these days I like to do things around my body, to learn, to improve.
And it was so good. Finally, I could let go of my "thinking about things", and just give the permission for my body to talk.
I think, slowly I'm getting used to this new body. Smaller, thinner, more energetic, younger. Taking up less space in a room when I go indoors.
I feel more self confidence when interacting people. The thing is, I was not even aware about the lack of confidence, just I experience now, there is more of it. I'm more natural, I'm more in the present.
Sometimes, I get the feedback "But please, don't loose more weight!", usually from people whom I know for long. I don't like this comment, its holding me back. I know it's good will, but in the end, it's so difficult unrealistic to loose more then necessary. If they could imagine all the energy we put into making happen all the portion control, healthy food, exercise. So, I was quite resistant to this type of comment.
And now, one of us told that accepting the new body and the changes, is not only a challenge for us, but for the people around us. And sometimes they tell her, "Please, don't loose more weight!". And it sounds like, "please don't change more, it's already difficult to adapt".
Hm, that is a new perspective for me.
It's about change, not just for me, but for the people around me.
I think, I'll be more gentle with the people around me.
One of you wrote in the blog about the book "Who moved my cheese?", and the topic of change.
The biggest discovery about myself on this Authentic Movement session, is that my soul is changing, as my body changes. Somehow, my personality changes along the way. But I can't really put my finger onto it, but it's changing. I have more energy, different things interest me, I spend my time on new things, I listen to new style of music, I eat 180 degress different, I get connected to new types of people.
On, Sunday, we went to the Adidas Outlet in Budapest. As a reward, I bought some new performance clothes for winter exercise. I felt so good. Spending money for nice exercise clothes. And you know what, the main issue was to find clothes with slim fit!
Because, I have to go for the SLIM FIT now!
I'm so happy for the new clothes, I'll post some pictures of them later this week!
This is where I went to high school. Mikszath ter 1. I had the training nearby. It felt good to walk on those streets again. When people didn't look, I caressed the walls softly.
One of the trainers, Sabine: www.sabfab.com/englisch.html
Authentic Movement: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authentic_Move
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The pool, and run today in Szombathely, Hungary.
I was on my 6h train trip from Gleisdorf to Budapest.
As I did last time, I stopped at mid way after 3h, left the luggage at the station, did my exercise, and continued my train trip for another 3h.
1.5K swim, 5K run.
I miss the other 5K, both the feeling, and from my daily calorie differential. :-)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Yesterday, I went to Graz to sell some of my clothes that I cannot wear anymore, because I slimmed down.
I will make some pictures of my old and new trousers. I should change my shirts, too, all of them are loose, but maybe next year, I've already spent a fortune on new small clothes. (This kind of spending makes me happy!)
So, due to the trip, I had less time for exercise, so I made this the day off from running.
I planned to go to the pool Auster, which I did. It's the most expensive (4.6 Euro = 6.3 USD) for the evening ticket, but I was like if I spend extra, I rather spend it on exercise. I had my best time for swimming, 25m 34s for 1K breaststroke.
I remembered "There is a best time for exercise (anytime), and a best place for exercise (anyplace).", so I decided to fire up Endomondo on my phone, and do powerwalking when commuting. When I walk the fastest, it's about 10 min/K. I also skipped two stops of the tram. All in all, I had 56 min of powerwalk!
During the walk (when skipping the tram), I've seen a big shopping mall for sports (Gigasport). I got in to have a look, and they have a H U G E floor only for running. I bought a Nike long pants good for summer nights (€30 instead of €60). I've also spotted UnderArmour that you suggested. It was almost 19:00, so couldn't try on the winter pieces, but now I know where to return.
This is an art project - they painted the street in red to make people remember the importance of the small shops in the centre. The new shopping centres dragged the people away, and shops are closing.
How do you fit in extra bits of exercise in your day?
Any tips welcome!
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