Saturday, November 05, 2011
This morning AccuWeather forecasted unbelievable warm weather for this autumn Saturday, and I had the whole day free, so I planned to finally try how it feels to do all arts of a triathlon. Because I had to travel after swim on the train, I had some pause in-between, but still, it's a pretty nice workout for me to try.
So, I started the day in the swimming pool in Graz, for 45 min backstroke. I begin the backstroke to balance the muscle development, and because it's good for my back.
Then, from Gleisdorf, I took the bike, and rode to the valley of the river Raba near Oberdorf. It's a wonderful place, with the mountain river running all noisy, and the beautiful 4K track follows it along, with some additional paths in the forest. It took an easy 40 mins to get there (12K ride).
There I had 12K run, felt so good in the forest. I might need to buy trail shoes, my Nikes are working to their limits in the muddy-leaf covered areas.
Then ride back home to Gleisdorf.
Back in my appartment, I felt that I had a good exercise time, and sort of tired, but not energy-less, just normal tired. It was strange to feel that I could go on if wanted.
Then, I got back on the bike again to make some shopping to load up my fruit and vegetable stock. You remember my "populating my fruit corner" in my during my first 5% challenge? Now, the corner tripled in size, and also my fridge is full of fruits and veggies to the last cubiccentimeter. Because we have the fruit week in the 5% challenge, I thought to list it for inspiration.
So, this is what I have right now, enough for tonight, Sunday, and Monday.
Since I do more exercise, about mid July, somehow I crave for raw fruits and vegetables.
- 2x halves Pineapple
- 4000g grapes
- 6x 100g bags of romaine lettuce
- 1000g banana
- 2000g tomato
- 3x 100g bag cooked chestnut
- 2x 500g bell peppers (green paprika)
- 3 tangerines left from before
- 2x 350g canned corn (no sugar added version)
- 2x cup peach compote
- 1x big cucumber
- 0 apples
When I payed, the seller told me there are free salad to take if I want, pointing to a paper box. I checked, it was still in shelf life - shops are closed in Austria on Sunday, so I guess they didn't want to threw it away.
Somehow, I always win on prize draws, get stuff free, am offered discounts; so I didn't wonder too much but recorded on my long list of "lucky happenings of my life", and just took them all!
This is the apple season here in Austria, but I always eat 4 apples (snack) at workdays, so I have less wish for that at home. As my company is making fruit preps and apple juice, we always have fresh apple on offer in the office.
The window-wall of the pool:
I plan in usually two days of rest each week, mostly with some light exercise, like walking, or short distance with low pace, some "bike transportation", or doing some long due housework.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Today, I headed directly to the swimming pool after work. It's quite a trip, 1:10h to go, 1:10h to come back. But, I was looking forward to it all day long. My technique is far from perfect, I swim mostly in breaststroke, trying to copy the movements of Ed Moses. And it feels just so great to hunt the meters in the water.
If I look at myself with my Jan 2011 eyes, I must look crazy.
That time, when I just started my healthy life journey, I could start by tracking food, then got the grips and managed to cut back on calories three weeks later. However, I just wondered when on Earth I would have time for exercise. And I was so happy for the 70/30 rule, so then I can stay on the couch but still get on the weight loss track ("Weight loss = 70% nutrition, 30% exercise").
Then, I started with the daily 10 min exercise for 1000 days streak in May. I thought I really didn't have time for this, but then, 10 min is OK. And it was sooo difficult to squeeze in those 10 minutes every day, I mean I was really struggling. Just go back and read my blogs from May.
Can someone please explain this to me.
How the heck I have a block of 3h to go to swim on a weekday night now.
What's going on here?
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
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