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Oh YES oh YES OH YESSSS --- 25KG off

Monday, December 19, 2011

Let's shake it, and make it, and rock, and roll, and baby!

= 55 LBS

Oh I feeeeeeel GOOOOD!

Leeeets rock!


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    WOW! Congrats!

Here is a little song to celebrate it : ;-)


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PEPPYPATTI 12/22/2011 4:56PM

    You are the BOMB! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 12/22/2011 4:54AM

    apparently you ARE crazy!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/22/2011 2:03AM

    Fantastic!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2011 3:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Gratulálok, Olivér!

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LAURIE9404 12/20/2011 12:53PM

    Awesome work Rockstar!!!

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KKINNEA 12/20/2011 12:16PM

    Woohoo, congrats to you!!!

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4_MY_LIFE 12/20/2011 11:15AM

    emoticonWay to go!!!

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SASSYDREAMER 12/20/2011 10:55AM

    You are quite simply awesome. What an inspiration you are! Now off to have a healthy breakfast in your honor ;).

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ASHL_84 12/20/2011 6:53AM

    YAY!! Great job!

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KMICHA 12/20/2011 6:03AM

    Woo Hoo!!!! WAT TO GO OLIVER!!!!! emoticon emoticon
You Rock!!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/19/2011 8:36PM

    Wahoo....that's the way to rock the world!

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KIMBERTA99 12/19/2011 8:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You deserve losing every kilo....with all YOUR hard work and dedication to fitness and eating right!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon..Way to go Oliver!!

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MISSLORI5 12/19/2011 8:06PM

    emoticon You rock, Oliver! Keep it up, man!!!!!

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CANDOK1260 12/19/2011 8:05PM

    you should feel good

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PEPPYPATTI 12/19/2011 7:50PM

    Way to go Oliver. Love your enthusiasm!

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HAMMLIN 12/19/2011 7:11PM

    Oliver- you sir are AWESOME!!!

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Missed a turn, turned into a Half Marathon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I like exploring the surroundings at my daily runs.
Today, we had beautiful sunshine, it was like drinking light.
So, I turned to new hills in my daily 12K.

However, when Endomondo announced "You have reached your goal. 12 kilometers and...", I was at a familiar place, but at least 8K from home.
So, I have must missed a turn on the way back, to get here.
Then I decided to run more, with slower pace, and as long as I feel comfortable, then walk the rest.

When I reached 18K, the weather was still gorgeous, I was feeling very good, so I decided to try the to make half a marathon distance. I only did it once, during summer, so reset Endomondo again, now to 23K.

It was so much fun!
And I am so happy and confident!

By the end, the temperature dropped to -1 - -2°C (28-30 °F), the water puddles were all frozen. So, at home, I ate 1000 g of peach, 3 banana, 75g smoked fish, and took a hot bath.

Did you ever make a big exercise achievement by accident?


Sport: Running
Start Time: Dec 18, 2011 1:28 PM
Distance: 23.05 km
Duration: 2h:28m:31s
Avg Speed: 6:27 min/km
Max Speed: 3:22 min/km
Calories: 1763 kcal
Altitude: 367 m / 598 m
Elevation: 753 m ↑ / 704 m ↓
Heart Rate: 152 / 174

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MOBYCARP 12/20/2011 8:09PM

    emoticonIt's amazing that you set out to run 12K and it's no big deal that it turns into a half marathon! I hope to be able to do that some day.

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2011 3:29PM

    Great run in beautiful weather, good for you!

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AMYNYNJ 12/19/2011 11:55PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 12/19/2011 7:19PM

    don't remember doing it myself, but good for you!!

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SHOOPETTE 12/19/2011 6:26AM

    wow awesome!!!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 12/18/2011 5:33PM

    I've done that many a time... taken a wrong turn & run much longer than originally planned. When successful, those are very happy accidents :)

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CANDOK1260 12/18/2011 4:14PM

    that great see what you can do when you make a mistakes it call learning FROM 1 MISTAKES

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/18/2011 3:44PM

    emoticon Excellent! Congratulations for your half marathon 'by accident'! I have been walking more than planned sometimes during my hikes because I got lost! But never 23K! WOW!

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Apparently I'm not crazy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'm just back from running. All the saturday morning was difficult, I had a very busy work weak, good, but busy. My boss got a new boss, and things somehow speeding up, but in a good way. So, all morning I felt the stress and such all over my body, I didn't find my place really. On top of this, there is a Christmas market just in front of us below the window, and the jitter and music I think made me unable to have a good rest.

Then, I gathered myself together to go to run. It's cold outside, 4°C (39°F), so not freezing, but it took me a couple of weeks to get used to it. And there was fog too. However, I read this week an article in Runner's World, it was a user survey for the readers. One question was, what stops you from running. Rain, fog, cold, snow, and basically everything all scored very low. The only thing that got significant votes was ice. So, apparently I'm not crazy if I run in winter weather, so I decided that I don't care and go.

I had a fantastic run!

Out of the town, in the hills, the air was clear and sharp, and I watched the sun going down all along. It was beautiful.

Inbetween, my mind cleared up, and had lots of good thoughts for next week.

I run finally 14K, 1h 28min, 6:21 min/K on average. When I run uphill than my speed really lowers. I wonder is there a way to somehow compensate or to take into account the hills into this speed or similar evaluation.
My heart rate was between 150-160 bpm.

I feel so good, fresh, energized, relaxed; grounded.


Sunset near Gleisdorf

What stops you from doing your exercise?

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INFRANCE 12/18/2011 6:09AM

    No you're not crazy, I especially love being outside in the cold and snow. Much more so than in the heat.
As for your question, the big thing that stops me is my knees. When they hurt, I really don't feel like moving. I usually do it anyway and just tape them up and ice them down afterwards, but they can make a difference in my motivation.

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LENIASTY 12/18/2011 3:00AM

    Hard to imagine running in 4 degrees - I live in Queensland, Australia and in the 30 years I've lived here it would have dropped to zero on very few occasions (at night in the middle of Winter!)!
Well done, your weight loss is impressive! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/18/2011 2:39AM

    Indeed you are not crazy! :) Cold weather is the best one in my opinion for exercising, as long as there is no ice... I miss running and can't wait for the day I'll be able to run in the cold! For now, hiking will do. :)

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KIMBERTA99 12/17/2011 4:33PM

    Way to go on your run!! I think running in cooler weather is more enjoyable!! What stops me is that voice inside telling me to do it later and then it is too late!!

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SHOOPETTE 12/17/2011 2:12PM

    stress is what stops me, and yesterday I took a half day leave to unwind and go running, it felt amazing and I finally got the time to schedule a massage

Yourock, keep it up!

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KKINNEA 12/17/2011 1:46PM

    You're not crazy at all! I ran 16 miles (25.75K) this morning in 21 F (-6 C) with snow on the ground. It felt great and only a few places were icy - the only thing that truly concerns me. I'm breaking in some trail shoes to deal with that eventuality.

I can imagine the Christmas market would start bugging me after a while too - too much activity to be right outside your window!

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SASSYDREAMER 12/17/2011 12:25PM

    My own head stops me lol. I get into the "I'm so fat and never going to not be fat and who's ever going to want me" mode haha. So that's the big battle for me - the mental or more specifically, the emotional.

But you are a rockstar of insane proportions for getting out and doing it. Woohoo!

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PIXIESTIX6669 12/17/2011 11:56AM

    Awesome! Sometimes thinking of the cold just makes me feel like staying cuddled indoors...but once you get out there and begin moving around, you're always glad u did! Here's to a great week! Thanks for the sunset pic...


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KMICHA 12/17/2011 11:54AM

    Way to go Oliver! There is nothing like exercise to clear your mind! Hooray for you! for going out into the chilly, foggy day and running. Some would have looked at the weather and said no run for me today.

You always encourage me with your new healthy lifestyle and your blogs!

Enjoy the rest of your day! emoticon

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I got so motivated reading your comments. Thank you. It has such "keep-me-going" effect on me.

Monday night we had a visitor at work, and had a business dinner at a nice place nearby. I "saved up calories" during the day for dinner, so I can freely choose what I want.

I decided to experiment, and get out of my comfort zone a bit, and see what happens.

To start, I got an organic fried tofu couscous plate. It was very tasty, bit fat, but moderate level, and small portion. I don't recall eating tofu before.

My colleagues started to rave about the steak, so I thought to give it a try. I see somehow it belongs to the men image to love steak. To me it doesn't really mean anything, in Hungary and Austria, we dont't have steak, and eating anything not well done sounds like cavemen style in our culture. First time I heard about it was in my French language class, the second when I learned English. And I remember our teacher going for minutes what is rare, medium rare, and so on, and trying to convince us that people really eat the meat with traces of blood.
We have wiener schnitzel, goulasch (= porkolt), and such (other types of meat that however I enjoy); but a semi-fried meat was not considered a proper meal when I was growing up.

So, I went for one of the 200g steaks - since January I avoid these fried type of meals as much as possible, and I really didn't feel comfortable eating "unhealthy". But was curious what happens.

It was good, a nice meat, the others at the table told that probably imported from the states, as in Austria, they don't do meat to be like this.

But, all this effect of extra pleasure my colleagues were raving about (and they were having at the same time with their steaks), somehow didn't come for me. It was good, but that's it.

So, then, I was relaxed, because all the time when I went for my own choice of fish, vegetables, bio, and company, people suggested with their questions that I miss something. "Why do you order fish?" "You cannot eat meat?" But in fact, I don't miss much.

Because fish was really difficult to get when I was a kid, and we only ate it during Christmas holidays. See fish was really something special. I noticed, when I go on a special dinner, somehow I turn the pages to the seafood section, and order something I don't even know how looks living.

Tonight, I had finally again my run in, I missed for three days.
It was so fast and easy, I don't even remember while doing it.
Just this crazy elevated spun up state afterwards.

My recommendation: don't take coffee, pills and such to get high.
Just get 12K in, and you see the World in rose.

Winter leaves from my Saturday run in Gleisdorf.

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SPARKCHANTAL 12/22/2011 4:58AM

    pass the lasagne

love, garfield

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SHOOPETTE 12/16/2011 4:05AM

    I rarely eat steak so I can only understand you! and fish is so much healthier and comes in so many different forms!

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FVHORVATH 12/15/2011 9:13AM

    I like steak but I can't eat it if it has any blood but then I don't like it well done either. I am one of those in-between folks. To me it is a treat. I do like fish but I go fishing and eat what I catch. So I know where it came from and just how fresh it really is.

I am glad you were able to get your run in. I have never been able to run more that a few steps due to health problems but I do love to walk and do lots of that!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 12/15/2011 8:01AM

    I'd take a great piece of fish over steak any day :)
Good job on your 12k.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/15/2011 12:57AM

    Enjoyed your blog - I don't care too much for red meat either. Especially not if it's not well done. Fun to experiment once in awhile but I agree - better to eat your chicken, fish & vegies - what you enjoy the most!

Glad you got your run in. Have a wonderful day!

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KIMBERTA99 12/15/2011 12:37AM

    I think you should stick to what you enjoy eating and not what the "men" eat, especially if you really don't care for it. No need to explain!! Glad your workout went great..wow you don't remember your run???? Stick to your plan and you can't go wrong!! emoticon

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KMICHA 12/14/2011 9:10PM

    I'm not much of a beef eater! I will take fish, chicken and veggies, fruits any day!

Great job on the run. You make it sound so effortless!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/14/2011 8:35PM

    Good job Oliver. I think the lesson learned is to eat healthy and eat what you really like. There should be no pressure to eat meat.

Good job on the run and I totally agree....if you feel like getting drunk or high, just go workout instead....it can't be beat!

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WYO_CASEY 12/14/2011 6:47PM

    I'm one of those people that eats steak rare. Love it! But that's how lots of us American ranch kids are brought up. :)

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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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SASSYDREAMER 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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