Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, Gleisdorf (Austria):
We made a 60 min walk in the forest with my girlfriend on one of my usual tracks. It was a funny experience, the whole way looked so different by walking, and also much longer. I have seen houses, trees, details I haven't seen before.
Sunday, Szombathely (Hungary):
No run or other exercise today due to travel, so we put in a power walk of 30 min, to get in some exercise. Hopefully, tomorrow I can run, I have my running shoes with me.
Funny, that I only brought a small bag of stuff with me for this one day trip. Guess what's in that bag:
1. Running shoes and gear
2. Kitchen scale
3. Portable body scale
Here's a funny pic from Vienna from Friday. What a contrast...
Saturday, March 03, 2012
We walked by the Rathaus in Vienna, and there was this huge place to ice skate, with roads going around in the park, music, food, and super great ambiance.
This was the 3rd time in my life to ice skate. How the hell I know how to ice skate? I did some in-line skating (roll-skate) a few years ago, but so basic level.
After two hours, my heart broke to get off the ice, I enjoyed it so much, but we had to leave to catch the train. But for next year, I keep an eye on it, and will stay from morning to the evening!
But of course, the day wouldn't been complete without
- my 6K trail on my hardest round with 3K uphill in Gleisdorf early morning, and
- 45 min bike in Graz midday, and
- 1h power walk in Vienna in the afternoon.
Calories are on a forest fire here!
More pics here:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This weekend I went on to stretch a bit my comfort zone, and did a two day workshop on contact dance improvisation in Vienna.
I was moving from 10am to 6pm both days, I didn't do so much exercise in one block for years, and it felt so great. And on Sunday, I even stayed for another 90 min of jam, open for everybody.
It was also great to be there with my new body. It was great to be confident, that I look good - before, I always felt some un-confidence when dancing, now I just enjoyed that I am full of muscles, and I can just go on all day long.
I enjoyed it so much, I just can't wait to get back there again.
Today, did something new. I went to run after getting up, 6K in the morning sun.
Then, I went to swim right after work, 1.1K.
I never did this before, and sounds kind of crazy to start my day and end my day with exercise, while last year same time I was just staying on the couch.
Incredible, how things change.
Last day of February - tomorrow it's March and Spring!
Anybody doing exercise twice a day?
What do you do, and how do you organize it, to keep good with the time?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So sometimes I have these periods when everything works well in terms of healthy life.
Nutrition wise I am in the budget, eating healthy, drinking 10+ glasses per day.
I have my exercise daily, charging up with energy.
I track all food, all exercise, scoring my 50+ sparkpoints every day.
And fat just goes down bit by bit, I can see my abs slimming every morning.
Now, I have these type of series of days.
It's just working perfectly, well oiled machine.
I don't know why it works now so easily.
Today, I had a 12K run after work, with a colleague of mine. He's a bit faster then me, and "pulled" me up to finish in 01:02:10. This is 5:10 min/K.
We even had in the middle 4:45 for a full K.
I've never been so fast for such a long distance.
And, we did 5 high intensity intervals.
Otherwise, I had a pretty worthless day at the office.
But a good run clears my mind so easily.
On Tuesday, I ran in the morning, before work.
The colours, the light, it was just magic.
This is a frozen field of grass.
So, I just enjoy that it's working perfectly.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I was reading a forum question on cutting back vs. cutting out, and had so many thoughts, that I've rather write a blog about it.
There are a few things that had been replaced with alternatives. For example instead of bread, I eat Wasa Crisp'n'Light Rye crispbread (20kcal/slice), or puffed rice (40kcal/slice), because it allows me to eat more worry free. 1 slice of bread averages around (30g) 100kcal. So, I can eat 5 slices instead of one for the same calories.
Also, I abandoned most soda, even cola light, but more for the reason to skip caffeine for the good night's sleep.
Also, my alcohol intake is much less, and if I drink, I go for high quality wine and spirits. Then for fruit juices, if I have the choice, I rather eat the "fruit" version instead of the drink. So my consumption of fruit juices have also gone down.
Some very high fat foods are not in my kitchen anymore, but less because they are cut out, and more because I haven't eaten them lately and they faded out, they were so high in calories: french fries, high fat meat and fish (Mackerel, bacon), butter, margarine, jams, jellies.
However, there are some new foods in my diet, that are heavy in calories, but were not in my diet before:
- Dark chocolate 70%+
- Olive oil
- Peanut butter
- Canned baked white bean
- Macadamia nuts
- Granola (in Europe it's called Müsli or muesli)
- Avocado, pineapple, honeydew melon, dried fruits
Somehow, I see these of high nutritional value, and eat them with moderation.
Also, I discovered that from dark chocolate I only eat 1 or 2 squares, and I am happy to enjoy the taste. While with milk chocolate, I often get the sugar cravings after the first square and don't have the raw willpower to stop, so I tend not to eat these. In exchange I eat dark chocolate from the expensive brands. Funnily, I spend less on chocolate by buying the expensive brands. My favourite is Valrhona, a French manufacturer. www.valrhona.com
This is not usual in Central-Europe, dark chocolate consumption here is very low, people usually go for Milka and Kitkat and similar. In the summer, after my holidays in France, I came back with a nice pack of different dark chocolates, and made a tasting in the office during a week, every day a different taste, with some background info.
What I also noticed, that because my nutrition is healthy in general, I have a lot of buffer for those emotionally troubled times, when I need to comfort. Then, I just go for the big cakes without hesitation. ;-)
My FNF goals were the following:
www.sparkpeople.c om/mypage_public_journal_indivi dual.asp?blog_id=4681458
1. Emotional: Gratitude light
Done every evening, the 5 things that I am grateful during that day.
I discovered that even on the "darkest days", there are so many good things happening. Somehow it started to shift my focus.
I also discovered that there are a few things that I really value in life, but I didn't pay attention to them until now. Funny.
2. Body: BAM Brush-After-Meal
Brush my teeth after breakfast: done every day.
I skipped it only once, when I miscalculated my time one morning.
It has a great effect to reduce hunger, too.
I will go on for one more week, then I add it after lunch, too. I still reserve the liberty to have snacks afterwards, although I expect it will go down, but the goal is to brush my teeth.
3. Mental: Morning pages
This will come only later.
4. Spiritual: Meditation
This will come only later.
From my 10K run yesterday:
Cutting back vs. cutting out
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