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.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I tried again a new road today. This one was slowly uphill, about 200 m elevation over 4kms. This was the hardest I ever did, felt like double distance. But was so good to get trough. When walking home, the Moon was already up, and I met two deers again. There are some really nice places here.
For measuring portions, the challenge for me is the canteen. Today, I went to my desk and back with my plate to measure it on a balance. Would I look silly to bring my balance to the canteen?
Or how do you measure portions in a restaurant canteen?
Then, I looked for a similar recipe on the web, and estimated the calorie contents with that. Which is a funny quest. I search for the German food name on Google images, and when I find a similar looking plate, then I check the name in English and the recipe. If there is no calorie content indicated, then I have to enter it to the recipe calculator.
It looks like now we are regularly two drinking water during the coffee-talk after lunch.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The weather forecast is very precise here. It rained the whole day as it said it will rain. Then it stopped as it was supposed to stop. Austrian precision. Only Germany can get more precise then this.
Gleisdorf, after rain, in the evening. The air is so sharp and clean.
So, I did my run when it finally stopped. I really just did because I committed myself to do it, otherwise, I felt much more staying inside. But, when I was running, like always, I got the hang of it, and just didn't want to stop.
I reached Level 7 in SP, for which I really am happy for. These points keep me motivated, and reading all those articles for the points make me learn so many things. I read yesterday that the key pillars for the exercise are cardio, strength and stretching. So, I paid special attention to stretching before and after, as I felt I was doing just the bare minimum.
To reward myself, I bought two small digital kitchen scales (I already have one), which I can take with me for my trips. This goes well with this weeks challenge to measure everything.
I also made another big step today in my healthy life journey. I cooked a warm healthy meal for myself for dinner. I decided to start simple, and techy - as I like technology, to make it more appealing to do it. I googled how to steam in the microwave vegetables, and go. I steamed carrots and a fish fillet of Pangasius. It was simple, tasty, and fitting well into my calorie budget.
I see for most of you in the Daisy team this sounds silly, as mother of many, running big households, and cooking for many people. However, I haven't been cooking before.
Last week I made my first cold meal. Now my warm meal. In the end, beside eating healthy, doing cardio every day, I take the habit of cooking my own meals.
I enjoyed reading your (Daisy team, and some other members') blogs today so much. Funnily, reading them just keeps me even more motivated.
I wanted to write only a few lines, as this was such a simple day. But then, since I am on this Spark-journey, there are so many things happening, even on a simple day. My life is changing. I like these changes in me.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
It was 6pm. I wanted to catch the 7pm service.
But I felt to run now, not afterwards.
Changing, stretching, drinking, should be OK in 10 min.
4 km at 7 min/km, that's 28 min.
Cool down walk, stretching, shower, drinking, banana, changing,-another 12 min.
3 min walk to there.
I should be able to catch it.
And I did.
Oh boy, but how stressful was to run like this.
Although, I had the same time for running like always, and I was the same pace, I felt urged throughout the whole distance.
A 3 or 4 km run is a 1h program for me.
It's not just about squeezing in minus calories into the day. It's also about enjoying the neighborhood, let the day go, time for myself. It's about living healthy, which I prefer to do in a relaxed pace.
High heart rate and high mind rate can happen at the same time, but are different things.
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