Monday, November 21, 2011
About two week ago, on the on-line check-in page of Lufthansa, I discovered there is an option to specify the meal type.
I found "Kaloriearmes essen" (Calorie reduced meal) in the list, and I thought to give it a try.
This payed off very well, as on both trips, to and from Mexico, I got a special meal with less calories. At first, it looked very similar to the normal menu on offer, but then I discovered that the regular menu had cheese with nuts, white bread, creamy sauce, and my dessert was fresh fruits instead of biscuits.
I also stuck to my commitment of only drinking water on the plane - I have read many articles of drinking alcohol and tomato juice makes the flight experience more difficult, cola light alters my sleep patterns, and apple-orange juices were just not appealing. So, I drank plenty of water.
Arriving back to the airport, I headed to the supermarket at the arrival area, and bought some salad and fresh vegetables for tonight.
At home, I discovered that unfortunately I switched off the power also on the refrigerator, so all the freezer content was to land in the bio-organic waste bin. Anyway, it had many items high in calories that I delayed eating, so, I look at it as an opportunity for fresh start.
Now, I am quite tired of this 20h trip, head to bed, and hope to set-back my internal clock 7h forward, to Paris/Vienna time.
Any tips on how you do with airports, airplanes, to keep up with healthy eating habits?
Sunday, November 20, 2011
We had a great run in the morning in the sand. Slaloming around the waves of the Mexican beach. Then, I went for a longer 9K run, but in shoes on the asphalt. On the way back, I discovered the sun was stronger than me, I almost couldn't finish.
Back, I had this excellent fruit salad to add in carbs and water after the run.
1200g of pure tropical joy!
It turned out it was all yellow, even the plate. ;-)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Finally, I have a little net here, and here I am first thing to do is to jump on SparkPeople.
I was tracking food on paper, but still, I prefer the on-line version. Sorry for being scarce with replies and feedback - next week I'll be back full speed!
So, a short update on today's nutrition part.
For lunch, we went to a restaurant with a wonderful view directly to the beach/sea, the waves almost had the tables. We had a round of fish-tomato-avocado salad, then a round of fresh salad, then some excellent fried fish. Aqua de coco (Coconut-water mixed with water and ice) to drink. It was sooo tasty, and also good on the calories.
We went to a neighbouring town for the evening, and I capitalized on the opportunity to get some fresh fruits. They have in Mexico these wonderful places where they sell fresh fruits to take away, with some yogurt topping, and/or some seeds/raisins toppings. We had to ask, and walk around two blocks to find one, but, OMG, it was super delicious. I had to go for a 2nd round!
I also tried some churritos (deep fried very tasty), but now with portion control - only a small piece.
Tomorrow morning, we plan to do the run in the beach in the sand, right next to the water!
Papaya, apple, banana, melon.
But lots of papaya!
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.
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