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Week's goals: nutrition in focus

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I've read one of you writing the goals for this week, and I got motivated to do so.

As the exercise part goes well now, I thought to focus on the nutrition again. So here are my goals for this week.

1. Buy healthy food to fill up my kitchen:
- lean meat,
- low fat milk products,
- vegetables,
- fruits.

2. Buy a healthy cookbook in German, with kcal indication.
Dr. Ítker Schnell + schlank von A-Z
www.amazon.de/gp/product/3767007177/

3. Check out how to subscribe to Cooking Light.
Maybe subscribe, if the price is right.
(And thanks for the recommendation!)
www.cookinglight.com/magazine/

I think to look up some peanut butter, as it is not in my usual inventory, and was recommended now so many times.

It was so nice last week in the forest. During my run today, I was remembering, how much I get to like those trees. So, here's a pic again from last week.



This is the book, in English it would be "fast and slim from A-Z". Looks like the perfect book for me! The Dr. Ítker series was recommended in the Austrian SparkTeam - these forums are really helpful.

  
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BUGQUEEN90 6/1/2011 3:03PM

    These are fantastic goals, and you're already crossing some off your list. I need to make a plan for each week, especially now that summer is almost here and the schedule changes.
emoticon Looking forward to hearing about the recipes that you try!

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HAKAPES 6/1/2011 11:38AM

    I've finally found how to subscribe to Cooking Light - buried in several menues:
Customer Service \ Frequently Asked Questions \ For international subscriptions

https://subscription.timein
c.com/storefront/site/mm-intern
ational-newsstand.html

85 USD/year.

Comment edited on: 6/1/2011 11:45:01 AM

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ELLEYKAT 6/1/2011 9:55AM

    Wow, that books looks great! Hope you find some awesome recipes in it. =)

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CONFIDO999 5/31/2011 10:22PM

    I hope you can get a subscription to cooking light. It is a great magazine!

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LAURIE9404 5/31/2011 8:49PM

    Great goals! This plan sounds like it's going to really keep you moving in the right direction! emoticon Guess what?!?! you motivate me!

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NTSOHLTHNT 5/31/2011 8:39PM

    Kudos to you for getting the healthy foods, too. Exercising alone won't keep you there. What you put into your body is what you get out. With regard to the peanut butter, just make sure it doesn't contain hydrogenated/hardened oils, also known as trans fats. Those are bad for you and can raise your cholesterol despite your best efforts to lower those levels.

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The public scaling momentum

Monday, May 30, 2011

Today a colleague asked me in the canteen what is happening, I look skinny. Was interested in loosing weight, too.

Also, I used my scale in the canteen during lunch, which is a big first. I used the "public scaling" momentum built up last week.

During the coffee break, two other colleagues also said that I look very good shape, "even in the polo-shirt with horizontal stripes".

I am eating again my food for breakfast and dinner, faster, easier, healthier, good to be back in my own kitchen. Also, staying in my calorie range is easy this way.

I ran 5 km today, instead of 4 km. However, I am tired now! Really tired!

Let's make a great spring challenge week.
I can't wait the morning and my breakfast!

  
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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/2/2011 4:23PM

    emoticon that people are noticing!

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KIMBERTA99 6/2/2011 3:35PM

    Isn`t it a great feeling when people mention how slimmer you are looking!! It is great motivatin to keep going!! I am sure you are happy to be home and back to your regular eating!! I am impressed at how well you handled your vacation emoticon

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PEGTIGER 5/31/2011 8:58PM

    Isn't it great when people notice the changes in you! You have done a terrific job. Keep up the great work.

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MISSLORI5 5/31/2011 3:55PM

    I love the word canteen. It sounds so much more fun that just restaurant! Congrats on that 5k-it was a great victory! You keep moving, you never know how far you can go til you do it, right? And bless you for these beautfiul photos! Have a good one! emoticon emoticon

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BUGQUEEN90 5/31/2011 1:24PM

    It's great to have people notice your progress!


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ELLEYKAT 5/31/2011 9:39AM

    Yahoo! I just ordered a mini-scale to carry in my purse and one to keep in my desk at work so I can weigh my food when I buy from the cafeteria. I'm also trying to bring my own lunch from home more, so I have more control over how the food is cooked (without a lot of butter!).

Don't you just love when people start to notice how much healthier and more fit you're looking? Congrats! =)

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CAPTHAMMER 5/30/2011 8:11PM

    "Public Scaling" emoticon
You should be very proud that your efforts are being recognized by your co-workers.

You are an inspiration!



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MUEHLBBO 5/30/2011 6:30PM

    Neat picture. I'm glad you are home and able to eat your own food. I so admire you in using the scale in public. Keep up the good work.

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When I really arrived back home

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My plane left later from Amsterdam, then I missed my connecting flight in Munich, so in the end I arrived to my flat at 01.00 am. I was like - is this the day when I break my 1000 day streak? Come on, let's go. So I went to run, and 4 km was very easy. I could have done more, but then I stopped, today is not the day to overdo my goal.

It was somehow strange to run here again. I got to love the forest in Doorn. It was a really nice place. During going through the streets, so many things came back from the past week. It was good. And then, back in my appartment after the run, I really arrived back home.

This was the welcome in Graz Airport.

  
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PEGTIGER 5/31/2011 8:42PM

    That is a beautiful pictures. Sorry you had late planes and missed flights. Glad you are home safe now.

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MISSLORI5 5/31/2011 3:50PM

    Thank you for sharing your homecoming from above! It is a great thing to go on a vacation, but a wonderful thing to get home again! I'm glad you have developed the drive to keep your goal-it is an awesome personal victory! Have a great week! emoticon

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BUGQUEEN90 5/31/2011 1:23PM

    I agree - you are amazing!
So dedicated!

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ELLEYKAT 5/30/2011 12:20PM

    WOW! Way to go with not breaking your streak!! =)

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MUEHLBBO 5/30/2011 9:42AM

    I'm impressed. Going for a run after a long day and flight is a true testament to your dedication. Thanks for the great pic.

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NOILEDNWAD 5/29/2011 11:41PM

    Great job! I'm impressed!

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CONFIDO999 5/29/2011 10:41PM

    You are amazing, my spark friend!

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CONFIDO999 5/29/2011 10:41PM

    You are amazing, my spark friend!

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FAT_SLAYER 5/29/2011 9:18PM

    You went for a 4k after getting off a plane?

Respect.

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KIMBERTA99 5/29/2011 9:18PM

    What a beautiful photo!! I am glad you made it back home and didnt have to break your streak!! Way to go!!

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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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