Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Netherlands is such a beautiful country. And so exercise friendly. There are bicycle ways EVERYWHERE, sometimes in better condition then the car-roads. And everybody bikes, there are bikes to use also in the hotel.
I slept today in sum 10h, good to catch up. I recommend to all my sparkfriends, sleep a lot. It is good. :-)
EATING MY OWN FOOD
As planned, I went to the local supermarket to buy my food. It's not easy, new country, new products - took me almost an hour to find the right stuff. Fruits were extremely expensive.
However, I found new snacks, apple puree, a 40kcal/100g cottages-cheese-yogurt, puffed rice with chocolate/paprika/caramel (50 kcal/piece), and pre-washed raw baby carrots.
The breakfast in the hotel is a mix of fat-sugar-carbohydrate mountains. I found full fat milk, fatty sausages, fried bacon, heaps of white flour bakery, fully sugared dried fruit and cereal flakes, full fat hard cheese, butter, peanut butter, high sugar jam. Looks like they target the Ironman competitors.
Not a single piece of raw vegetables, skimmed or low fat items, or something different from white flour bakery.
I found some banana, orange, apple, and unripe kiwi.
I didn't plan to eat only my stuff at breakfast in the hotel, but seems no real better choice. Or I eat only small portions of these high calorie stuff.
I lost 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) between 14-21 May, during last week. I didn't plan this, and I think this is too much. In all articles in SP I read that I shouldn't loose more than 0.9 kg (2 pounds) in a week. And I have read in a Trivia answer that below BMI=30, even only 0.5 kg (1 pound) per week. I think the problem was that I have planned 2500 kcal exercise for this week, but I did in fact 3600 kcal.
I think I have to eat more, so I readjust the recommended calorie range for this. Just, I'm not sure weather I will be able to do this amount of exercise every day, every week. Maybe, I set it to 3000 kcal for next week.
What do you think, what would you do?
I took my bathroom balance as Bugqueen90 recommended, so I was able to weigh in today.
I also brought:
- a small kitchen scale
- big kitchen scale,
- tablespoon size measuring cup,
- and bought a small notebook that fits into my pocket to track food during the day.
Friday, May 20, 2011
So here I am in the Netherlands near Utrecht, just back from running.
It's almost 1am. It was pretty cold, but no problem. I don't get why, but I was running fast, 5.15 min/km, I never did so fast before.
The trip was long and tiring, I almost didn't go, but then I thought would I stop tonight my 1000 days streak (of 10 min exercise each day). And all the team is out exercising, so I just took my gear and go.
During the run I have identified the shop where I can go tomorrow to buy fruits and vegetables.
Just before leaving, in Graz Airport, I bought some food. I started with a small bag of chocolate balls (Mozartkugel, 200g, 1100 kcal). But then, as I went around the shop, I started to think over, and in the end I changed it to a small bag of steamed chestnut (100g, 186 kcal). Of course, I ate the chestnuts during the trip in 3 portions.
Tomorrow I can sleep long, as much as I want.
Hopefully the internet will work, and depending on the schedule, I will continue to blog.
This at the Amsterdam airport, Schiphol.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Thank you for the feedback for the trip next week. Each comment is so valuable, both new ideas, and reinforcing the existing ones. I feel much more confident to carry out these actions. It's great to have you, SparkFriends.
I've met a friend visitng this afternoon. We had a 4km walk in Pischelsdorf. Even nicer forests and landscapes.
When showing my Omron Jog Style pedometer, it turned out, my friend was about thinking to buy a pedometer. I could recommend mine, as it is very accurate, spark.
Now, I go to run.
Then I will have my 8h sleep, and have the reward of free morning tomorrow.
My Omron shows 18713 steps, so I am sure I will break my record.
Not just of this year, but ever.
My BMI is 24.3. I set foot in the healthy zone. I didn't plan a reward beforehand for this, but I need to figure out something, because this is a great milestone.
I also love short blogs, so I stop.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I am just back from running. I did 4 km - usually I do 3, and a bit more if I feel good. It was tiring, but I decided to do 4 km. And as I reached it, I also decided to reward myself.
We had a business dinner tonight. A colleague of mine, also a project manager, got a 1st place award for one of our innovation project, from TechForTaste. In Austria, healthy eating and bio-organic-natural products are very important and trendy. And especially here, in Styria (Steiermark), where there is a lot food and agricultural industry. There are lots of small and big companies developing new healthy products. It's really nice to want to eat and live healthy here, because I feel going WITH THE FLOW.
TechForTaste is a cluster initiative of the departmental government to network companies to innovate in the food industry. www.techfortaste.net/cms/1539
As it was already night when I was running (I love to run at night, it's so silent, calm, and relaxing), here's a pic of the band playing traditional Steirische Musik from tonight.
I was not planning to come for this dinner tonight, so in the afternoon I had only 5-600 kcal left in my budget, just enough for a light dinner, and before-after exercise nutrition.
The menu was tasty, the portions were perfect (small), and the food was healthy. However, as I promised myself, I tracked everything, although only by estimation, not weighing. So, I tracked all, and in the end, it is 240 kcal more for today than my budget.
Learning: small things add up, even faster then one big meal.
On Friday, I leave for a week to The Netherlands, for a training in organizational development. I like this topic, so I do it on my holidays and cost. Originally, I planned to work on Friday, and leave from work to the airport in Graz. However, I decided to give myself Friday as holiday as reward. So I can put down work on Thursday afternoon, have a good night sleep, and more time to prepare. I feel so much better knowing that my travel starts in a smooth way.
Next week will be a challenge. I will eat all meals provided by the hotel - breakfast, lunch, dinner, even coffee breaks.
Do you have any tips on how to deal with this?
I thought about the followings:
- bring my digital kitchen scale and measure
- bring some low calorie food with me like puffed rice, crisp bread, low fat milk
- buy fruits and vegetables to snack during the coffee breaks
- one calorie rich drink per day only (wine, soda, fruit juice)
- one calorie rich dessert per day only (chocolate cake and friends)
- drink water, cola light, tea during the day and coffee breaks
- ask for half portion, steamed vegetables from the restaurant if possible - maybe talk to the leader of the kitchen?
- inaugurate a fruit corner in my hotel room on Saturday
- if no internet, track things in my paper-food-diary
- announce in the beginning for the group that I have a limited calorie budget, so encourage me for drinking water, eating veg, and eating less in general
- bring my running gear with me, and still aim 10 min exercise per day, even if Beatrix is waiting for me in the lobby... (the queen in The Netherlands)
- ask in the group if someone wants to run with me
What do you think - any ideas, tips, experiences, how you deal with trips and hotel food?
Any feedback is well appreciated!
Otherwise, I hope to catch some nice tulip fields on my runs next week.
And thank you for your suggestions from last week and this week. I appreciate them a lot.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Yesterday, or rather today, I went to bed at 2am. I was doing my tax report for Hungary for 2010. I didn't plan to do, but I don't want to leave it for the last day either.
But somehow, today, I was still super active, and got a giga mountain of things done at work. Usually, Tuesday is my most active day during the week.
I think then, 17th May must be my most active day during the year.
Then of course, when I arrived home, I was feeling like the Duracell rabbit after the shootings are over.
I almost couldn't gather myself together to make any exercise. So, I just took my running gear as I promised for myself, and got down to the square. I was standing there, looking around for 5 minutes to figure out if I go North, South, East or West. But then, slowly I started to run. The landscape snailed by like a slow motion movie. I was not tired, just plafff mode.
Finally, after 2km (1.2 miles), I got the hang of it, and reached 3km easily, when I turned back. I had a very nice walk backwards.
Since I arrived back to my apartment, I am cemented into my chair. I am energized in mind, and tired in my body.
So, now, I stop reading your blogs and comments, and sleep.
By the way, 126 SparkPoints today.
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