Sunday, December 11, 2011
Last Jan, I used to wear size 38 jeans, and they were kind of tight.
Now, I wear 32, and they are loose-comfortable.
Before, I used to wear shirts size 42-43, normal or wide fit.
Now, I wear 40.5-41, slim fit.
Paris was fantastic last weekend.
Thanks for all the suggestions on the pools!
Finally we went to the pool at Les Halles. It is underground, level -3, there's a huge shopping-cultural-sports center in the middle of Paris at Les Halles. I've never been there before. The pool was very packed, ~8-9 people on each lane. This was the highest speed segmentation of the lanes I've ever seen.
#5: 4 styles slow, drills with equipments
#6: 4 styles fast
#7: crawl and back fast
#8: crawl triathlon
I swam on lane 6. ;-)
There was a window to have a look in from the outside:
On Monday night at the airport, on the way back, I watched a colleague to go trough a big beer, double burger, and pile of french fries. Kind of a treat after the long business day.
He commented how much he loves meat, and how tasty it is, how good it is, and how much he enjoys, and told "Oliver you have such a strong will!"
As I was eating my strwaberry-ananas-mango smoothie, my 5 vegetables bio soup, and fish with salad.
But, I didn't feel like having strong will.
Yes, I was thinking about how much exercise I did that day (zero), all that fat going to my body, but that was not really what determined my choice. Instead, I was craving for fruits, I had none during the whole day. And I love to order fish when I travel, as seafood is seldom in Austria and Hungary, and usually poor quality; and the 5 veg soup looked very tasty on the menu, I wanted to try something new.
CHALLENGE 1st WEEK
Otherwise, the whole last week was difficult nutrition and exercise wise. I was short on sleep every day, which resulted craving for snack, difficulty to resist junk food offered, low energy to get in exercise, no time for blog. Today, I slept finally long (8+1h), and things are smooth.
Did you also change in size?
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Thank you a lot for the encouragements!
So, here I am in Paris. I love here, so free, no boundaries, everybody equal. There is a past behind everyone, a future ahead for everyone, but what counts is just the here and now, tonight, here, in this moment.
We went to a Taize meeting, and was invited to join for a little lunch-cafe afterwards, and had a nice chat with some "Parisien"s. So sympatchic people. In the evening, we passed by a super-tiny local at Montmartre, and there was a jazz concert starting in 10 minutes, so we came later, and had a wonderful time. We were only around 10, but the music was really top.
I regret now I didn't organize to bring my running shoes. The weather is spring like, very nice, I could had a nice run. For that, I would had brought a bigger cumbersome luggage, so has the downside, too.
We walked a lot today, I logged in 180 min walk for today.
Food wise today was mixed. I was offered chips, bakery, pancakes, peanuts, granola bars, and all sorts of junk food I normally don't eat, and as I was hungry, sleepy and tired, I always ate a little. And by the end of the day, it added up to 4000 kcal.
When I had a choice for myself, for breakfast and lunch, I ate healthy food, with salad, though, and I skipped the breakfast offered on the flight.
Tomorrow, we'll start with a tour in a supermarket to get some fresh fruits.
And I know when I'm sleepy, usually the nutrition slips away, so hopefully tomorrow I will be well slept and a back on track.
Friday, December 02, 2011
So, this weekend I will be in Paris.
I love France and Paris, and I always find so many good healthy food in France, I really look forward to it.
I decided to skim down my exercise gear for travelling, and I'll bring my swimming stuff only, and leave the running shoes at home. We looked up some nice swimming pools in Paris.
This week I had a great run all the last 4 days. It's cold outside, 0-2 C (32-35F), and I still miss proper clothes for this temperature. I ordered a Nike pants online labelled "Thermal", but they are still cold. I think they are for Fall-Spring conditions, not winter. I think I need to get some Odlo nordic skiing gear for these cold runs, as runner friend from Vienna suggested.
Tomorrow, the winter 5% challenge starts. I hope I can keep up. It is really good for me, it keeps me on the healthy track. It's a lot of screen time, but in the end, it's good investment.
Two week ago I ran on the Pacific beach in Mexico. It was only 10am, but the sun was so strong already, I had to walk the last part.
This week, I had the same with the cold.
It looks so unrealistic. From extreme to the other extreme.
Anyone knows, which swimming pool is the "best" or the biggest in Paris?
I was looking for a 50m pool, but didn't find one.
Donc, a tout a l'heure, mes amis!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I slept 10h yesterday night. It was long due, coming back from the jetlag, and somehow this week I could only sleep 5-6h every day. I booked the time for sleeping, but I woke up always earlier.
I decided to give an uplift for my kitchen, and if got rid of the fat on my body, let's get rid of it in the kitchen, too. So, I armed my "cold fat dissolver" flash, and attacked all appliances. Apparently, new layers of metal appeared on the electric stove, as most of the thing was there from the previous renter. The usual disadvantage when I rent the apartment. However, now it's all new and shiny. I also brightened up my sink into new life, it's just a pleasure to wash dishes now in this eye-frightening brilliance.
I also made a list during the cleaning of the things that are missing, and I always want to buy sometime. One was a new sharp knife to chop vegetables. In the afternoon, I bought one, Zyliss, self sharpening. Wow, it was just a pleasure to chop the veggies for dinner. I can't wait my next salad meal, just to have an alibi chop.
In the evening, I went to swim, 40 min slow 1K backstroke, more focusing on the movement, then on the distance.
Then 27:30 min 1K breaststroke. I'm getting faster. Looks like all this tutorial watching of Ed Moses helps.
I noticed that when I go fast, and pack +100% into a day than usual, a few things "get lost along the way". There is some loss (-10%) of the increased pace of the process. I think this is OK, because on the other side, the added outcome worth it (+100%), and the balance is still +90%.
Things that got lost today:
1. I bought a Torx size 4 screwdriver along with the knife to be able to open my Nokia N8 phone. Which I forgot at the cashier. I went back to Liebmarkt 2000, but the shop was already closed, and all I got some angry "not looking at me" from the staff. I try to get it back on Monday. Little money, but still. I think the reason I left it there that it was small, and my items were too close to the next customer's things.
2. I forgot to take my swimsuit with me, discovered when I was about to take it on in the swimming pool. I was thinking about to go home or buy a new one. I decided this is a weak excuse, I rather buy a cheap swimsuit. So did I, and had the swim in.
3. Back from swim, I bought some more veggies and fruits, and a new vanilla yogurt. I forgot to pack it in, but then somehow I grabbed it. The issue was the same, it was put together with the next customer's stuff.
Learning: I have to pay attention to pack all my stuff when they put my stuff with other's. Maybe I'll count when packing out from my shopping cart, and count again when packing into my bag.
On the positive side, to turn the loss into gain:
I learned the word screwdriver in German (der Schraubenzieher),
finally i have the second swimsuit, and know there is backup of gears at the pool, and
will have more control next time when paying.
This is some potato like root, cooked, with salt-lime-chili (as all things ;-) ), at Chapala lake in Mexico last weekend.
It was very tasty, I really liked it.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This was my third 5% challenge.
I started in Spring 2011, then Summer 2011, and now Fall 2011.
Goal weight: 77.0 kg
5% goal: -2kg (4.4 lbs) My goal was 2.5% only, as I was closer to my ideal body weight then 5%.
My weight history:
09/24: 78.9 (173.6 lbs) Fat 13.6%, Muscle 41.9%. START
10/01: 78.8 (173.4 lbs)
10/08: 78.4 (172.5 lbs)
10/15: 78.3 (172.2 lbs)
10/22: 77.6 (170.7 lbs) Fat 11.1%, Muscle 43.3%
10/29: 77.3 (170.0 lbs) Fat 10.3%, Muscle 43.7%
11/05: 76.5 (168.3 lbs) Fat 10.4% Muscle 43.6%
11/12: 77.1 (169.6 lbs) Fat 10.7% Muscle 43.5%
11/19: 76.4 (168.1 lbs) END
I mostly made small adjustments to my current practice.
I finally finished the motivation part of the Stage 3 of the diet program - somehow it is so complicated, with all those subpages and submenus. I still have to finish stage 3 of the program.
I reached my 5% challenge goal, which was my overall goal target weight, which is 77kg. To have perfect abs, I need to loose about another 1.5 kg of fat, either as weight or fat %.
I figured out to combine my swim-bike-run habit into a triathlon. I bought a couple of books and magazines on triatholon, and also separately on running and biking. I got some tutorial videos on swimming and running, as I need to upgrade my technique for both.
In swimming, it is needed for speed and efficiency, in running, for speed and to be gentle with my knees.
My daily preferred exercise went up from 1h to 1.5-2h - so about an hour from one type of cardio, and something else on top.
I see tracking food is still key. When I track food properly, I fit in my calorie budget, and good in weight. When I don't track, or only track in paper without counting the calories, weight goes up. Simple.
I discovered long ago that blogging helps a lot, and not really for feedback, but to summarize my progress for myself.
I'm also happy to be on the same team now. We get to know each other, and can give and receive and support on a long term, which I really like.
So, thank you team, and thank all you others who gave feedback and support for during these 8 weeks.
I see this 5% challenge really important to stay on the healthy way. I still need the support of the team members for tips and motivation, and the ongoing accountability also helps a lot.
What is left unfinished in the challenge, is "man energy" and my own age group, not just in the 5% challenge, but on SP in general.
My next steps are:
1. Have a little off between fall and winter 5% challenge.
2. Finish the outstanding steps of the Stage 3 of the SP diet program, and move into Stage 4.
3. In parallel, planning of the new chapter of my life, maintaing this healthy lifestyle. I don't talk about weight on purpose, because it really has small importance now. (First, it has no real meaning without Fat% and Muscle%, second, it is rather a side bonus of my healthy lifestyle, then the main purpose. Third, I notice my weight fluctuates up to 2.5kg (5.5 lbs) up and down due to water, and my weight change is within this interval.)
4. Do something for this winter temperature. Either buy clothes for running, or get a pass for a gym, or get a turbo trainer (bicycle)/treadmill for home.
The main purpose of my healthy lifestyle is eating healthy, and doing exercise, both in a way that I enjoy.
This is where we had once lunner in Mexico a late afternoon, just before sunset .
(If breakfast+lunch = brunch, then lunch+dinner=lunner.)
Any feedback on the 5% challenge is welcome!
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