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My new habit of the week (Spring 5%, W4 D1)

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.

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BUGQUEEN90 5/31/2011 1:22PM

    Yes, how great it is to have a friend also into eating right and exercising! emoticon

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DORIS32 5/29/2011 7:28PM

    I'm so glad you found an IRL friend to be able to share the journey!

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PEGTIGER 5/29/2011 4:50PM

    You are doing marvelous at changes for yourself and helping others. It doesn't get much better than that. I too would like a live in person person to share this journey with. A workout partner helps so much. I lost my running buddy to an injury and she has quit all exercise now. Maybe God will send me another soon! Great job!

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ELLEYKAT 5/29/2011 12:30AM

    You blog made me smile! So many great things going on for you right now!

I also feel frustrated when my trackers don't work right (though usually it's my fault!) The other day I did my Insanity workout and forgot to start the counter on my heart rate monitor, and didn't realize until after that it wasn't tracking. It almost made me want to do the whole (terrible horrible painful!) workout over again! The same thing happened when I went on a bike ride the other day - after the 40 minute bike ride I accidentally leaned on the odometer and reset it. Oh no! I didn't even know how far I went!

I think that leading by example is the best way to spread any message. It's great that your healthier habits are sparking interest in others. If we could all just go and be open about our commitment to live healthier lifestyles like you are, and just measure or weigh our food in public (without being embarrassed!) IMAGINE how many lives we could touch! People are curious about what you're doing, so they ask questions and maybe start thinking about how healthier their OWN lifestyle is (or isn't!)

You're doing such an AMAZING job!! I'm so proud of you, and you just keep inspiring me to do new and better things! Thank you!

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LAURIE9404 5/28/2011 9:51PM

    That's great to have someone for support when you really need it. That'll help you out! I am so impressed with all the work you have done for this healthy lifestyle and it's so great that you can help other people learn things as well. emoticon

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KMICHA 5/28/2011 8:39PM

    Wow!! Way to go! You are really moving forward! Great Job!!

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PINKHOPE 5/28/2011 8:06PM

    It is frustrating when our technology doesn't perform on our fitness! The good thing is - your BODY knows you ran!

Press On!

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My own space in the night

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.

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DORIS32 5/29/2011 7:29PM

    what amazing perseverence!

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CUSH1932 5/28/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon You have done a great job of staying on task while in travel status.


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MINDY502 5/28/2011 6:18PM

    Awesome way to go sticking to your plan the best you could!

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BUGQUEEN90 5/28/2011 1:15PM

    I agree, you've done an amazing job on this trip. emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 5/28/2011 11:21AM

    You've done an amazing job while you were away. Thanks for sharing your time there and your pictures. Have a good trip home.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/28/2011 2:36AM

    Thank you so much for sharing it all with us - I love your pictures!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/27/2011 11:25PM

    It's very impressive how you managed to maintain your workouts and you did a great job with your menu options while traveling. It's a real challenge! Have a sparkin' great weekend!

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LAURIE9404 5/27/2011 10:08PM

    I love the pictures of what you see when you're out running. Amazing! I'm so happy that you've done so well this week through everything. Way to go!

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ELLEYKAT 5/27/2011 9:42PM

    That's so great that you still ran, and that your body has made it a habit. Way to go!

I think it's important to log your food even if you are off track - maybe especially then. That way you're owning up to "Here is what I did. These were not the best choices. Next time I can do better." I think this is much better than just pretending you didn't make mistakes and trying to hide from them.

That's sad that your time there is almost over, but will you be glad to return home? I know I always am after being gone for a while! =)

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CONFIDO999 5/27/2011 9:17PM

    Way to go on choosing the healthier options when you weren't so tired--that helped to make your eating much better than it could have been. I'm really glad that you had such a great time this week--I think getting back home and back to a regular routine will help you not feel so tired. Enjoy your last two days!

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Amsterdam, bike heaven

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.

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PEGTIGER 5/27/2011 7:53PM

    You are doing great. Not many of us would take the food scale and measure our food in public. Your dedication is amazing!

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MUEHLBBO 5/27/2011 1:26PM

    You are an inspiration. I appreciate your sharing your travels with us.

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ELLEYKAT 5/27/2011 10:02AM

    I love the pictures you post! WOW, that's a lot of bikes! You don't get a lot of people commuting by bicycle where I live - maybe because there is snow on the groun for 1/3 of the year, and another 1/3 it's raining!

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FVHORVATH 5/27/2011 9:37AM

    Teh picutes are wonderfull! I would very much like to see those sites myself. Maybe someday. I think it's great the bikes have that much room and more riders than in the states. I would like to see safier places to ride. There is not a time I have riden that cars nearly hit me therefore I don't ride as much as I would like.

I have to congratulate your dedication to weigh out the fries! I don,t think I would have but would not have had more that 1 or 2.

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BUGQUEEN90 5/26/2011 9:05PM

    You didn't go that far above your calorie limit, so it's really ok. You brought your scale with you, so are you losing weight during this trip? I bet you are.

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CAPTHAMMER 5/26/2011 8:58PM

    I am not a world traveler so I am learning so much from your blogs. Thank you!

It is not reasonable to expect anyone to perfect every day. Just start fresh tomorrow!
(does this mean you plopped your little scale on the table in the pub and weighed your French fries?? That is some serious dedication!!)

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CONFIDO999 5/26/2011 8:22PM

    Beautiful pictures! Amsterdam sounds like a wonderful city--you are very lucky to get to see it. You have a great attitude on your calorie intake. Tomorrow is another day, so don't worry about going a tiny bit over today. You do well most of the time. I have read on Sparkpeople that many successful people go for doing well 80% of the time. You do well even more often than that, so you are awesome!

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I want to move even more

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!

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ELLEYKAT 5/26/2011 11:05AM

    I've found that going on a walk on my lunch break helps me attack the afternoon with more energy, too. =)

You've inspired me! I think I will get a small digital scale to carry in my purse when I go out to eat, and one to keep at work so I can measure things like how many oz the chicken breast I buy from the cafeteria is. =) Thanks!!

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    I need to start exercising more. I just bought a bike. I sure feel the pain in my legs. We've just been going for short bike rides around our neighborhood. I wish we had some nice trails closer to our house. I am always so imspired by your blogs. emoticon

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BUGQUEEN90 5/25/2011 10:50PM

    You are a Super Sparker!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGTIGER 5/25/2011 7:45PM

    You are doing so good with your eating and exercising while away from home. Inspirational!

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CONFIDO999 5/25/2011 7:34PM

    Exercise is very addicting, which is a very good addiction to have! Way to go on spreading the spark to your colleagues! You are doing great!

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KIMBERTA99 5/25/2011 5:58PM

    That is great you are wanting MORE exercise!! There will be a time when you will need to do more. Way to go with inspiring others...and I am sure you offered up alot of great advice!! emoticon

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LADNBA 5/25/2011 5:47PM

    I totally agree!

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One wants to workout, the other not

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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DORIS32 5/25/2011 2:33PM

    I totally understand what you mean! I just tell myself, there was never a workout that I regretted.
And it's so important to have rewards and celebrate your success!

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KMICHA 5/24/2011 10:11PM

    Hmmmm . . . kind of like the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other! Oh! I have been there!! I always feel better after I listen to the side that desires to work out . . . I've never been disappointed that I didn't listen the the negative side!! Keep up the good work!

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BUGQUEEN90 5/24/2011 9:39PM

    I also have these two opposing energies. This is why I exercise in the morning while I'm strong enough to resist the urge to not exercise. In the afternoon or evening, I have a million excuses of why I'm too busy to exercise.
Good for you for listening to your "good" energy today! emoticon

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LAURIE9404 5/24/2011 9:00PM

    I'm just doing research on which monitor I want as a reward for my hard work. I think right now it'll also get me motivated even more. I love science and research and I want to figure out what works best for me and what sorts of stuff will add up. So much fun. And thanks for sharing your tracker! Wow - so much hard work there and especially when that voice telling you not to work out was hanging around. You are really getting healthy!

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ELLEYKAT 5/24/2011 8:35PM

    A heart rate monitor is such a great reward! Since getting one, I've come to realize that SparkPeople's estimates of some of my workouts are way, WAY off! Like today, I walked 1.6 miles in 26 minutes (according to their route map and fitness tracker) and SP says I burned about 180 calories. However, my heart rate monitor says I burned more like 350! That's a big difference!!

Way to go for exercising even though that part of you that didn't want to was so loud today. You inspire me!!

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KIMBERTA99 5/24/2011 8:18PM

    You are totally right about having that "other" person trying to talk you out of working out....I have had that person around alot and she won ALOT!! But not anymore. I am glad you did your run and more!! You have the power to tell that voice NO!! I hope you are enjoying yourself and keep up the good eating!!

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PEGTIGER 5/24/2011 8:05PM

    I never thought about the 2 energies, but you are right. You seem to do a great job of listening to the right voice, even when you are tired.

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NTSOHLTHNT 5/24/2011 8:05PM

    The heart rate monitor will help you with your bio feedback. It'll definitely help you with calories in and calories out. I know how you feel about not wanting to work out. It's hard to get going sometimes, but then when you do, you feel so much better. So it's good not to think about it, you just have to 'do' before you can talk yourself out of it. :)

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    Yup, nonfood rewards- I'm on board! I have the same inner turmoil. I know that walking to the gym after work is actually closer than me walking home, but some days I just can't do it! Good luck staying on the motivation side, the angel on your shoulder.

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