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Shrinking jeans 38>32

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.
#1: turtle
#2: turtle
#3: turtle
#4: turtle
#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.

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?

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 12/13/2011 1:22AM

    I loved your reasons why your chose the meal you did - I think it is so funny how the outside world sees as it as one way (you are being good) when really it has more to do with a love of food and a craving for them (the freggies)

Nice jean comparison - it makes me wish I had saved my 22Ws to lay my 12s against - I think at the most I "might" have a pair of 18Ws left in my closet, but I'm pretty sure I already packed those off to Goodwill - maybe one day I'll unearth a hidden pair around here somewhere, and then I can take a picture :)

I was pretty excited today when I put on a shirt that I had gotten 2-3 years ago as a gift that always fit tight (so I didn't wear it) and now it just fits with comfort - that is a good feeling - makes you really feel like you are changing :)

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/13/2011 1:10AM

    I love your blogs and I think that I know where you are coming from. I also have colleagues that don't "get" my new perspective on healthy eating. When I brought my own fat free 1/2 & 1/2 to a breakfast meeting because I knew they would only have regular 1/2 & 1/2 I was made a bit fun of. It's hard to stay on focus but sounds like you have a great handle on it!

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KMICHA 12/12/2011 5:44AM

    WTG! Oliver, you just keep moving on!!! I enjoy your blogs! I've missed reading them in the past week! emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 12/11/2011 10:04PM

    Oliver you continue to impress me!! Way to go on the good choices! I actually have these pants that I bought when I was weighing 177lbs and they were tight in the legs and now I have about 4+ inches of extra in each leg and the waist I have to cinch closed with the ties..but I love them so much..very comfy!! It is so fun to compare the old with the new!! I am so proud of your accomplishments!!

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MUEHLBBO 12/11/2011 9:53PM

    I love reading about your adventures, but especially on your choices on the way. You are a great motivator. Keep up the great work and congrats on the new clothes sizes.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 12/11/2011 4:18PM

    Even with my few pounds lost, I have absolutely changed in size. Last year, I couldn't even wear a certain dress size at a certain store, this year, I could wear not only the size, but one less. So that was awesome.

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KRISZTA11 12/11/2011 2:03PM

    Congrats to your progress!
Jeans size reduction is amazing : )

You made great choices at dinner at the airport.
I got a similar comment about willpower at today's family lunch, where I ate normally and didn't feel restricted at all.

Köszi a kommentet!

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SHOOPETTE 12/11/2011 9:48AM

    Oh my what a pool! I think it's great that your body has gotten so used to healthy food that you were craving fruits, keep it up!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/11/2011 9:00AM

    Great job Oliver! Sounds like a good time in Paris, even with the food temptations.

I almost prefer using how my clothes fit as a better measure of success than the scales. It's a real good indicator of progress, especially since the scales can't tell the difference between fat and muscle.

Viva la difference!

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ZELLAZM 12/11/2011 7:33AM

    Love your jeans picture! A great way to visualize your super progress and much more fun than a number on the scale. Your meal sounds yummy - isn't it great when healthy choices become second nature and not a matter of a "strong will" (which we do need to have at times, too, of course!) ?

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Jazz at Montmartre

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.

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KMICHA 12/4/2011 7:34AM

    Sounds like you are enjoying your trip. Enjoy it for all of us who would like a little taste of Paris!! I enjoy your blogs of your travels. A little rest for you and you'll be back on track with food today. You have awesome disciple when it comes to nutrition! Have a lovely day! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/4/2011 3:26AM

    I came across your blog and smiled... I was in Montmartre yesterday and blogged about it! Fun coincidence! It sounds like you are having a great time in Paris, that's good, enjoy!

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SHOOPETTE 12/4/2011 2:10AM

    jealous... I love jazz and little get aways in Paris!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/4/2011 12:57AM

    Thanks for sharing! I envy you & all your travels, so much diversity. But are you ever home? LOL

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CHANGINGMORGAN 12/3/2011 11:52PM

    I love love love love love Monmartre. In case you didn't get that the first time, LOVE IT. Ok, moving on. You have a fantastic attitude in being aware of your own habits and are going to take measures to fix the bad ones as you go. At the end of the day, that's what counts.

If I end up moving to Europe in the next year or so, definitely going back to Monmartre. I have no wish to live in Paris or even anywhere near it, but a visit to Monmartre is necessary.

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KIMBERTA99 12/3/2011 9:44PM

    Wow..I love hearing about your travel adventures and you always do well when you do travel with eating well and exercise!! Have fun!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/3/2011 9:08PM

    Sounds great....enjoy, keep walking, eat right when you can, and have a great time!

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Weekend in Paris ahead

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!

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STRIVER57 12/4/2011 4:06AM

    les halles has a 50 m pool, but it's probably too late. the nicest pool, though, is the one that was in the movie bleu (of the rouge, blanc, bleu trilogy), on rue pontoise in the 5th.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/4/2011 3:32AM

    It is probably too late, but just in case... One of the very few 50 m swimming pools in Paris is the Piscine Keller. It was recently renovated and I heard it is good. Here is the address:
14, rue de l’ingénieur Keller
75015 Paris
Métro: Javel OR Charles Michels

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LAURIE9404 12/3/2011 7:22PM

    Paris is beautiful! Hopefully I'll get to go travel there again someday. But at least I made it once in my life. It's funny that I can't really picture you being anywhere without your running sneakers. I will definitely need to know how this goes for you. That will be a challenge itself. Good luck finding that pool you're looking for.

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ZELLAZM 12/3/2011 3:51PM

    Enjoy your trip - as usual, you've got a good strategy in place and now it's time to "work the plan.! Wishing you a great %5 challenge - even if we are on different teams!

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AKATUJE 12/3/2011 4:43AM

    bon voyage et bon weekend!!! Have fun!!!

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SHOOPETTE 12/3/2011 1:55AM

    ask striver57 and minium in our Francophile SP team, they live in Paris and will be able to let you know which one is the best.
Have fun!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/2/2011 8:00PM

    C'est si bon!


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KMICHA 12/2/2011 5:44PM

    Have a great time in Paris!!! I am ready for the challenge as well! It is a lot of time . . . but then I consider all that our leaders put into making it happen and I am so grateful for them!!! Go Daisies!!!

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Cold fat dissolver attacks

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.

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DORIS32 12/1/2011 9:09PM

    hi! I've been out of the loop for a while, but getting back on track finally. It's great to see that you are still being as fit and organized as ever!

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NOILEDNWAD 11/28/2011 8:57AM

    Forgetfulness is my middle name! Seems like I'm always cleaning the kitchen. I sure wish it would stay clean by itself ;) By the way, I love the pictures of your travels. If I can't go anyplace myself right now, at least I can live vicariously through others!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 11/28/2011 1:36AM

    WTG on doing your kitchen makeover! I forget things sometimes also... the other week I thought for sure I bought some cottage cheese. But couldn't find it in the frig...
A few days later I found it under the seat of my van --- rolled out of the bag...yikes - didn't even try opening that thing!

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LISAINMS 11/27/2011 10:36AM

    That "potato like root" is Jicama. I like it raw, cut like french fries and sprinkled with salt/pepper/lime juice. Good job on continuing with your swim. Start working on your freestyle stroke. That's what you need for triathlon.

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LAURIE9404 11/27/2011 10:17AM

    Good thing you are looking at the positive side of these lost things. It's always better to have a 2nd swimsuit anyways. Great job on the swimming. And I just cleaned my kitchen as well. I had dishes piled miles high from the few things I did for the holidays. You're doing so amazing!

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SHOOPETTE 11/27/2011 2:32AM

    poor oliver, I think it's the name, my brother Olivier also often forgets items along the way, but good job on the kitchen makeover!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/26/2011 7:01PM

    Good job,,,,especially giving your kitchen a makeover....I agree, sharp knives are ESSENTIAL to a good kitchen!

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ASHL_84 11/26/2011 6:39PM

    A bright and shiny kitchen AND a new knife sounds like a great day to me!

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REDROSEMARIE 11/26/2011 6:27PM

    Sounds like a busy day! emoticon

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A quick Fall 5% challenge lookback

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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KIMBERTA99 11/25/2011 12:35AM

    Oliver you have come along way since the first challenge....running small distances and look at you now...you have an amazing handle on exercise and food..this is why you have been so successful. You should write a book about your journey:) My favorite part of your journey is when you told us about taking your scale with you to measure out your food....I thought "what dedication he has" and it made me chuckle the same. You embraced this new lifestyle like no one I have ever seen before. You truly are an inspiration to us all. I love reading your blogs ..they make me want to exercise and the added bonus to your blogs are the awesome photos you share. I am very happy to see you contunue as a Daisy for the winter challenge!! emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog!

For the next challenge, I should write my percentage of fat besides my weight. My feeling is that mine will be very different than yours; I feel that it must be around 31-33%.

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LASARRE 11/23/2011 6:59PM

    Fantastic job! WTG! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/23/2011 4:30PM

    Great job Oliver. I enjoyed the 5% challenge too and have joined the Winter challenge.

I agree with you about blogging. I enjoy it, it helps me clarify my thoughts, and it keeps me honest making me accountable to my friends on how I am doing, good, bad, and indifferent.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/23/2011 4:27PM

    you are doing great!

it is interesting to see how one's goals shift once the goal weight is met - I love reading your blogs about your fitness goals/achievements and what you are eating - the fitness in particular is very inspiring

so glad to be a Daisy with you emoticon emoticon

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JEN-TASTIC1 11/23/2011 3:49PM

  That's awesome! Way to go! :)

I'm working on a 5% challenge too and I am halfway there.

Keep up the great work!

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