Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday was not so great in exercise, I missed anything real phyisical, just the walks and catching the ferry type of things that went with the travel. And a huge couscous in the evening. Calaroie budget bye-bye!
I know alrady, when the travelling day is hectic, I am tired, I tend to eat more, and drink less, exercise less. But instead of penalizing myself a lot, I just let it go, and do well before and after.
However, today I woke up early, and decided the 40 mins left until breakfast to get out and make an early morning run.
We stay in a guesthouse in a very small village (about 100 families living there), quite off from the main road. Our small Peugot 206+ is really struggling in these roads.
For the morning run, this couldn't be a better place. Stepping outside of the garden door, I am right on the track to run. I can start in any direction, it's beautiful.
A typical crossing
Cactus here and there
The morning lights were beautiful
Friday, April 20, 2012
Yesterday, we arrived to Malaga again (on our way to Morocco, "as usual").
We had a nice lunch-dinner meal, combined together both in schedule and calories in a local place, where they are specialized in "jamon" (ham).
They serve very thin slices of ham, and small pieces of bread with fish, pesto, cheese&jam, octopus on it. We has a few pieces of chips, slices of potato.
Both the meal and the ambiance was fantastic. Here in Spain the cuisine is really good, so high quality, the same league as in France and Italy.
As for the calories, it must have been around 1500kcal for each of us, but I didn't worry much, as we skipped dinner, and I had 6K running, plus 26000 steps walking for the day already.
How often do you skip a meal as planned?
Thursday, April 19, 2012
On Tuesday, we met with a former colleague of mine. We have been keeping in touch over phone and e-mail frequently, but we haven't met in person in the last 1.5 years.
He was shocked by my looks - which was so new to him.
First, I didn't understand what's so unusual.
But then, this made me think that in fact, it was not so long ago, I was 25kg (55lbs) heavier.
I remember in last November-December, I was at the point when I was seeing myself slim. I mean the mental image of myself, on how I see myself when I see myself from the outside in my head.
And what I realized on Tuesday, that in fact my life changed, and now, I also see myself in my new body. Which is not so new anymore - this is the normal body.
At the moment, I am sitting at Vienna airport, waiting for my flight to Zόrich/Switzerland. So, here's a pic from Belvedere Castle - from a rainy day a few days ago.
Healthy life, here I am!
Monday, April 16, 2012
With two friends, we agreed to go for a short run tonight in Graz. We've met at 19:00, and did 32min - 5K around the river Muhr, was great fun.
Before that, I went to swim to Graz Eggenberg, and had 45 min breaststroke.
And as usualy, I went everywhere with the train and my bike.
Just a few minutes before arriving home, I discovered that I had all three sports in today, although moderate amounts, but all in!
That is fun!
According to endomondo.com, last week I burned 7095 kcal in exercise.
I didn't beat my record (11399 kcal - a week in October when I did 120 min cardio every day), but still a good dose.
These weeks now, I usually average between 4-5000 kcal.
This is from the excusrion on Easter Monday, near Vienna.
What is your weekly average kcal of exercise?
Sunday, April 15, 2012
On Wednesday, we went to the local McDonalds with the colleagues. The factory restaurant was closed this week, so each day we ate at a different local place outside.
I decided beforehand that I will eat a snack-wrap, and a salad, and maybe a small ice cream in the end, if I feel so. I discovered making the desert optional often gives me the option of ignoring the desert, if I already fill well eaten. I planned to eat a big cup of yogurt (we got some product sample to taste) back in the office, so I considered those already in the meal's calorie budget.
I was surprised and not surprised how my fellow work-mates eat. They chose big burgers, with chips, large coke. It felt like big amounts of calories, so back at home, I calculated for both me and one of them the calories.
Snack wrap (197 kcal/100g, 137g) 270 kcal
Garden salad without dressing (14 kcal/100g, 70g) 10 kcal
Balsamico dressing (76 kcal/100g, 16g) 12 kcal
Spar Bio Kaffee-yogurt (back in the office) (100 kcal/100g, 200g) 200 kcal
Total = 492 kcal
1.5 + 1.0 + 0.1 + 0.0 = 2.6 (~3.4 USD)
Der M (241 kcal/100g, 247g) 595 kcal
Big Mac (226 kgal/100g, 219g) 495 kcal
Gitter Pommes (300 kcal/100g, 183g) 549 kcal
Coca-cola 0.4L (43 kcal/100g, 400g) 170 kcal
Total = 1809 kcal
3.99 + 3.49 + 1.99 + 1.89 = 11.36 (~14.85 USD)
1. It is good to decide beforehand what I will eat.
I save time, and energy on wandering around the menu.
The in-store advertisements promise saving with big portions and combinations, but in fact they promote eating more and spending more.
2. The grilled chicken wrap is 250 g, but only 370 kcal. It is a better choice for feeling full. This is because the snack wrap has deep fried chicken.
3. The choice for calorie-wise eating in the local traditional restaurants is limited (usually only deep fried meat and sausages). Funnily, McDonalds at least has some choice, six salads, and the two mentioned wraps are moderate in calories. (All else is near or above 500 kcal/portion).
4. It's great that McDo show on the homepage the nutritional values!
5. Eating less costs less...
I almost forgot to mention:
I took the bike to the restaurant, the others went by car.
And somehow I was faster in both direction (although I didn't go fast).
On Easter Monday, I went to an excursion in the forests near Vienna (13K), it was a beautiful sunny day.
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