Saturday, May 28, 2011
I was hesitating to go to run before dinner, but a new friend, also interested in making changes for a healthy lifestyle, encouraged me.
So I went. I only realized when I was running that it is raining. I felt like I must be really committed that I run in the rain, but actually, it was really nice. I just hang out my clothes afterwards to dry.
However, the running was full of new feelings. My body was moving like a machine, I didn't even had to make any effort to do it, and I did 4.5km. Usually I do only 3km. It was good to experience the movement this way. I wish I had more time.
The GPS didn't capture the satellite signal on my phone, so it didn't track my path on the map. It was quite bothering me. I do the effort, and my phone doesn't. Maybe I'll look for some external GPS unit, because somehow it is important for me to see where I went, how much was exactly my distance, my speed.
I take away a lot from this week for my healthy lifestyle.
I developed a new habit this week: using my scale in a public space. I used the scale a lot before, but only at home. The scale frees up a lot of energy, so I don't have to eyeball, I just put it on, and write a note in my copybook. Fast and precise, while my eyeballing is slower and less precise.
I also have a more compact copybook for my jeanspocket, which makes very easy to jot note about food on the go.
I have a friend now who is also interested in making healthy lifestyle changes. I am very happy for this, as beside you sparkfriends doing it together, I didn't had any physically present person around me going on this journey. I have people supporting me, but they are cheering from outside of the track. So, I am very happy, even though we are at very different parts of the journey, there is someone I can share with.
I start to realize that just by being here, and doing my thing - tracking, healthy choices, exercise - had much more impact on people around me, than I originally thought. I talked about healthy living with people around me a lot. I think, at every meal? But it was not me bringing up the subject, I was not evangelizing at all, I didn't want to convince anybody. It just came up. It's like making other people's life better just living my life.
Tomorrow, on Sunday, maybe I will have a chance to make a last run. To say goodbye to this forest. I enjoyed it so much.
Thank you for your support, feedback, encouragement during this week. I can't tell in words how much it meant to me.
Friday, May 27, 2011
The day was long, and I get to run only at night again. I was very tired, but somehow my body automatically took on the running gear and started moving.
I was thankful for this, and I was very gentle with the running. Not forcing myself, just running softly in a slow pace, and enjoying my own space in the night.
Here's pic that shows the ambiance, empty roads, lights at some crossings, and just the road ahead of me.
I didn't stay in the calorie budget today, I was just too tired to keep focus. Otherwise, I kept my main boundary, and I still kept the log of all the food eaten during the day, despite way over calorie range. Also, in the morning, when I had to choose the evening menu for me, I automatically chose the healthy options.
I am sad that this week's end is near. I enjoy this course, the place, and my daily runs here a lot. Hopefully, I can still run two more times, on Saturday, and maybe early Sunday morning, and even make a ride with the bike.
I only noticed today that trough these runs and rides, slowly I've explored the whole surroundings in a 5 km radius. It's a completely different presence here this way.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
We visited Amsterdam this afternoon, and we also made a big walk in downtown for 3 hours.
Bikes are the default option to commute. They go fast, have priority everywhere. At the central train station, there is a several store high bike parking (like for cars), but it is fully-full. Parking bikes is a huge issue, so there are heaps of bikes everywhere on the street, too.
I went to run only at night. It was difficult to start, but then I was running like a machine, couldn't stop until I reached 5km. Was very good to relax at the end of the day.
For dinner, we ate in an Irish Pub. Only hamburgers, spare ribs, "English breakfast", pizza, and similar on the menu - no single healthy item. I went for the burger, unfortunately it arrived with a mountain of French fries. I measured the meat and bread parts, and weighed 100 g of the potatoes to eat.
So all was good today, except on the way back on the bus, there were chocolate bonbons circulating. I was tired, hungry, was very difficult, and 3 bonbons ended up in my stomach, 219 kcal. This put my daily calories off, tomorrow new day, new start.
There are boat-houses in the canals.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Here's a bicycle road in the Netherlands. In some countries, even a normal road is not in such a pristine condition.
Today, I focused on doing the healthy menu choices for each meal. This way, I already had ample room for the dinner, but I still went for the healthy choice, vegetable wraps, instead of the spare ribs. Wow, the ribs were like 3 portions, if that comes on my plate, would have been very difficult to resist. And I could enjoy the whole ice cream dessert, without any worry about size!
I went to run in the lunch break, which was difficult. But this run in the middle of the day really energized me for the afternoon session of the training. I also went to bike for another half an hour tonight, it was very refreshing, I explored the lake nearby. And I also feel this accomplishment, that I did it on top of the usual running. And somehow, I feel like to move even more tonight!
I am happy I took my digital kitchen balance with me. I measure consitently everything on the balance, I have more confidence doing it in the restaurant, as well. Before starting my meal, I just measure the meat, and other things on my plate by lifting them one-by-one. For salads, I measure them directly. I also paid attention, to start with the low calorie items.
Tomorrow, I need to focus on serving only once at the buffet table at lunch. Just decide what do I put on my plate, eat that, and don't turn back. Actually, I got this tip from a friend here during lunch.
I feel like the daily exercise is more and more becomes a habit, and my body looks forward to it.
Today, another two person got interested in this weight loss thing, due to the fact I have the scale with me. Looks like the scale is a good conversation starter during meals, and then, the first topic is healthy eating. It's not easy not to overwhelm others with my experiences - I don't know how you are with it, but I can talk about sparkpeople for hours!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Today I realized that there are always two energies in me. One that moves me to do the workout. The other energy is about keeping me back, something in me that doesn't want to go. Sometimes one is stronger, sometimes the other. It is interesting to be aware that both are there.
Today, this feeling of not doing workout was much stronger.
I still went to run, and being aware that also the energy that wants to go is also there, helped a lot to get moving. First, I only targeted 3km, but in the end I did 4km.
It is quite an effort to respect my calorie budget with all these food around all day. What I could do is to go for the healthy choices for each three meals, measured as much as possible on the balance, drank my water.
To reward myself, I ordered a Zephyr heart rate monitor, and TuneBelt armband for my phone, to use during running.
Thank you for your comments, they help a lot to stay on track.
I don't have energy left to comment individually on your pages, next week I will be fully back contributing feedback to return the support.
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