Friday, November 18, 2011
So here I am for a week in Mexico. We had a one week conference in Guadalajara, then now I have two days free.
In short, food is excellent, the weather is superb, and the people are very friendly - I enjoy it so much!
As for the healthy life, with all these excellent food here, it's not easy, but I still find my way around. I managed to put in a 30 or 45 min swim every day, circling in the small swimming pool of the hotel.
And not full in the "Sparkpeople compliant" way, but I went for healthy choices and controlled portions about 80% of the time.
Today, I am at the beach with a friend from here. I had 30 minutes swimming (haha, not moving ahead due to the waves), and 60 minutes "fighting with the waves". It was just great. The waves of the pacific are very strong, the sand is fine, and the sun is very hot.
I eat a lof of fresh tropical fruits, a lot of fresh vegetables, and excellent vegetable soups. I mostly enjoy fresh coconuts and papaya, which I never had in Austria/Hungary, and are a lifetime first for me! I try to limit the excellent tortillas and tacos, and mostly go for seafood. But I taste a bite from everything anyway.
In the morning, I made a 30 min walk in the sand.
Anyone been to Mexico before?
Saturday, November 12, 2011
2 week ago I made a major inventory of my clothing department. Every single peace had gone trough Salamon's sword: the ones that still had fit me were the keepers, those fitting some other person 25% heavier than me - with heartbreaking tears - had to hit the fast track.
There are two destinations for the poor fast track Oliver's clothes:
Garderobe, a fantastic second hand shop in Graz
Charitas, for charity distribution
Today, I visited with a huge bag Garderobe, and left a few pieces there. One of my jackets can make a revisit to the shop in February, for the spring collection. The majority however came back.
Here's the full pack, 104 pieces together, plus not on the picture are 3 other trousers I sold already, and 6 summer trousers already packed for February. This is 113 pieces, with some items not discarded yet, because then I really have nothing left to wear.
Especially my underwear series needs a quick overhaul.
Trousers: 38 (uncomfortable) to 32 (comfortable)
Shirts: 43 to 40.5 (in centimeters)
T-shirt: XXL/XL to M/S.
Shoes: EU 46.5 E (US 12 1/2) to EU 45 (11 1/2).
As for exercise, I had 50 min swim today (mostly backstroke), and 65 min running (5:30 min/K, 12K).
Some peopel tell me I should save some of the clothes for later, if I get fat again.
Before, I was really kind with these people, and politely said, "I am decided to keep on the healthy lifestyle, but thanks for your comment."
These days, I am getting angrier hearing all these nonsense comments (one after the other), and just tell, please, do me a favour, and save your comments for yourself. I feel like they really haven't listened to me, and are just projecting on me their ideas.
Next step is to save up some funds for new clothes, because now I have exactly 5 shirts, and 5 jeans, which means I have to wash every 3-4 days.
I gave a goodie for myself (as per Fall 5% challenge), because I really did awesome today, with the exercise, fresh fruits and vegetables, food tracking, discarding old clothes, reading SP articles, spreading the spark, and so on. In fact, most of these are just on autopilot, because they are part of my daily life.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I have a 1.5 day trip ahead to Hamburg, Germany.
I was doing well lately on trips, but my experience is that it still works better if I plan ahead.
So my goals:
1. Eat at office before leaving. This way I am not hungry at the airport and avoid avoid the fast food.
2. Plain water to drink on the plane.
This is hard to resist with all the wine and nice drinks on offer. Before, I used to ask for cola light, but then the caffeine has effect for the night's sleep. So, I came back to plain old good transparent water. At least, no brainwork to choose.
On the plane, I eat the sandwich/candy offered, but track it beforehand.
This is to ease things, and not to be too hard on myself. When everybody is eating around, and the smell there, I don't want to expend to much energy for little effect. I invest it for healthy choice later, when I have more control, and bigger effect.
3. Take the stairs, go on foot when possible (vs. elevator).
4. Buy fruits and salads for dinner in a supermarket at the airport, or if not possible, before swimming.
5. Look up a swimming pool instead of dining out.
This will be a new way to explore the city, and learn something about Germany, and life in the North.
And my exercise for the day will taken care of.
6. Five goals is enough! ;-)
This is on my office wall.
I inherited from the colleague who was sitting here before me. I just become aware how nice heritage it is.
Makes me look at healthy food each time I turn my head to the right.
Update on Tuesday night:
1. I left the office with a healthy meal. So I was safe at the airports.
2. I asked for water on both flights, on the first one we got some small cake with macadamia nuts. I was already prepared for it, and as it was already budgeted in my nutrition tracker, there were no side feelings, just enjoyment.
3. My step counter is at 7766. I did my best, with 60 minutes power-walking, but it looks like without running it will stay below 10000 steps today.
4. At the airport, I bought 1kg of banana, cabbage salad, melon, and tomatoes, good for this week challenge.
5. I had a good swim in Alster Hallendbad in Hamburg.
50m, open until 23:00 in the evening. Lots of sporty people still at 21:30, almost full. German precision and organisation, separate area for "Tempo" swimmers (faster), also the swimming direction was indicated.
They also have free-to-show up triathlon training in the pool. There are fixed times when the rainers are there, and who ever wants, can join in. That is awesome! Here's the timetable: www.baederland.de/angebot/sch
Monday, November 07, 2011
I discovered today, that if I go with the bike to work, although I shorten my daily step count, I can easily fit in some extra exercise.
I love biking.
Today was a super busy day at work. I'm on a trip for two days tomorrow, so had to squeeze in everything today before I leave. Result: check out at 19:50.
No swimming - too far away.
No running - too dark and cold.
No biking - too cold and dark.
So what to do.
The deal is 10min every day.
As I was already on the bike, I thought, let's make it the daily 10 min, so I steered away from home.
It was quite cold, but I thought I can do it for another 10 minutes.
Then it became fun, as I found the entrance of a path I never went before, but was interested what's there. And it wasn't that cold anymore.
So, from the no go, it became a 30 minutes cardio.
It's not perfect, but it's IN.
This from running last Friday.
I love Autumn, too.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
We have freggies week in the 5% challenge.
Some grapes, imported from Italy to Austria presented in a bowl made in China - we live in this global society -, not looking particularly dirty.
This water is an opaque misticanza, with all the leftover pesticides, dust, and particles. Some grape-wax (actually this is not bad) and plant-parts also in the water. One can say, "Come on, this is not so dirty...".
Well, I would not drink this as part of my daily 8 cups!
This is the clean fruit, and obviously the water is sharp-transparent see trough.
So now, bon appetit!
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