Saturday, February 11, 2012
The last two weeks were quite hectic. Lots of travel, lots of going on, and also winter got to full swing with sub-freezing temperatures.
I just didn't had time to track all my food, I couldn't do real exercise every day, and it was just plain difficult to do any kind of extra beside what happens automatically.
It was my habits working 100%, with zero willpower on decisions.
I decided to look back at this last two weeks as an experiment.
What can I achieve with my habits today?
Which habits are strong?
The outcome is quite surprising for me. The biggest change is where I have least expected.
It's in nutrition, and the majority (60-70%) of the food I eat is now naturally raw fruits and vegetables. These stuff now just flows into my shopping basket naturally, and even if I'm eating out, this is what I am going for.
Also, my daily calorie range, if I eat just by going after my feelings, is about 2000-2500 kcal. I think it's about the half or sometimes even third of what I used to eat last year by this time.
Running seems to be my baseline exercise activity, I take my running shoes and clothes everywhere with me, no matter at which GPS coordinate I land, I just go out for a run. I would have never thought that I will be such a runner. Even this super winter time, in full snow fall, super cold weather, I just got out and enjoyed my 10K.
Not so happy learning:
When I don't track food, my weight starts to increase slowly.
Especially if this is combined with a lack of intensive exercise.
Areas of improvement:
Tracking food is not easy enough. Somehow entering on my PC via the web takes too more time and effort then "happens without effort". So, when I don't have net, or the day was long, it gets difficult to sit down and enter all the food here on SP.
I have to think about a different solution - maybe install a netbook PC in the kitchen, or a tablet for travels. Something, that is with me and ubiquitous enough.
Exercise wise, I have to widen the range of exercise that is on offer in my menu, so I can adapt better to the changing conditions. Now I have running, swimming, cycling, and power walking (as backup for the daily 10 minute goal) in my repertoire. But I have to add things for when it's super cold outside, and even the Stamina Oliver decides to stay inside. Also, when I had already run for 5-7 days, and I need to take 1-2 days of for running. When the swimming pool is far away. When my motivation is low. And so on.
I thought the following:
- gym - workout with weight --> can be done in hotels, or in other towns/cities
- zumba in a group --> for motivation, and it's inside for super cold days
- zumba at home with a DVD --> when I'm really short on time
Otherwise, I think that next big goal, that I read about in a SP article, needs to somehow organize my nutrition and exercise. If not, it's just on the happens or not happens basis, and it is not good enough to make it happen. The goal until recently was to reach my weight target (99 --> 74kg), which was motivating enough to make all the changes in my life during the past year period. However, to keep on going, I need something new. I was thinking to target a triathlon competition, but the swimming and cycling looks to be difficult to organize with the lots of travel combined. Or maybe I should just go for running, with other exercises to cross train?
Any ideas, comments?
Today's 10K in a nearby forest (Gleisdorf, Austria)
Monday, January 23, 2012
In the morning run I've met a young lady running with her baby - this is so awesome, and so inspiring! These South Africans keep surprising me! When I'll have a kid, I think I'll do the same!
Today I had reserved not enough time to brush my teeth after breakfast. But, to keep the habit going (in theory it doesn't make sense, but for the habit development it does), I brushed my teeth then just when the lunchbreak started. I had lunch shortly afterwards anyway, but it felt good to do so.
I cannot comment back on your blogs as much as I want to this week, I prioritized to stay with my course-content. But the blogs help me stay on track, and I thought you might also find it helpful. I'll be back with feedbacks on yours when back from this trip next week. I hope this is OK with you!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Just a short check-in.
This course is turning out to be my best healthy - travel experience.
We ran with some others in the morning both yesterday and today.
There is abundance of fruits and vegetables for each meal, even the coffee break.
The weather is excellent, the surroundings are beautiful.
We're planning to make a trip with a taxi to the beach for the next morning run.
I continue to drink a lot of water, as it is hot.
There are pinguins here, quite endangered.
We were wondering, if we are watching them, or they watch us?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
So after a few days in North Africa, here I am in South Africa, for 11 days.
The food is gorgeous.
People are very nice.
So I need to be really vigilant not too slip down the "I just eat a little bit of this" slopes.
It's full summer here, and I think the main focus should be to drink enough water during the day, not to confuse hunger and thirstiness.
Some preparation I did:
1. brought my travel body scale, weigh-in every morning to see where we're going
2. small travel kitchen scale (like the Bible in the precher's hand)
3. I asked around the participants to do exercise together, so we're gonna run each morning together, maybe some gym in lunchbreaks
4. I brush my teeth now after breakfast, helps to reduce the morning snack cravings
5. askef for fruits and vegetables for the coffee breaks of the program
6. small plates for buffets, only one round, strict - no return! (This one will be difficult!)
Brushing teeth after breakfast - done! Yesterday, after the long night flight, I could only do it later when arriving to the airport, but I did it at the airport!
Sunset in Cape Town, from The Twelve Apostels restaurant
Friday, January 20, 2012
Today is my first day of my second year on Sparkpeople.
Lot of things happened during the last year, let me share some pictures.
December 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - After a cold run in the morning. The moisture froze on my cap!
November 2011, Mexico
October 2011, Szombathely, Hungary - daily run
October 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - at work
September 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - I needed new trousers
August 2011, Bléré, France - summer holidays
July 2011, Orléans, France - daily run
June 2011, Budapest, Hungary - in a coffee house
May 2011, Doorn, The Netherlands - coffee break in course
May 2011, Gleisdrof, Austria
April 2011, Gibraltar, Morocco - the wind between Europe and Africa
April 2011, Volubilis, Morocco - Oliver's Oliver Tree
March 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands - going for local food
January 2011, Skiing in Austria
October 2010, Gleisdorf, Austria
September 2010, Gleisdorf, Austria
Searching for all these photos, I noticed two things.
One, more and more pictures were me doing sports, as time went by.
Second, I travelled pretty much last year.
Funny, I write this blog today, from Cape Town, South Africa.
Due to the lot of flights and short nights this week, I decided to be light on exercise, and prioritize sleep. I made a long walk nearby (40 min), and now I'm heading to the bed.
I could have a nice run in 40 min, but then it spins me, I wouldn't sleep until 2am.
However, for tomorrow morning, I'm planning to get up and make a nice long run.
I thank you all for your support this last year, it is great doing the healthy lifestyle together!
I got so many tips, motivation, encouragement, ideas, presence from you here, it's incredible.
It's just sooo good that I have friends on this journey, and we can share all the ups and downs.
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