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To Cooking Light or not

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

GOALS

1. Buy healthy food to fill up my kitchen - DONE
Banana, peach, melon, tomato, cucumber for the fruit corner.
Kraft Miracel Whip, cucumber salad, peanut butter (thanks for the tips on peanut butter). I haven't eaten peanut butter before, maybe tasted only once in my life. I really had to look for it, it is not part of the average diet in Austria/Hungary. It has 90% peanuts.
I bought also a lot of healthy snacks, each 100 kcal or below, like low fat fruit yogurts. This is because I just read an article here on SP on emotional eating, so better to get prepared when the beast kicks in.

2. Buy a healthy cookbook in German, with kcal indication. - DONE
"Dr. Ötker Schnell + schlank von A-Z" is on the go!

3. Check out how to subscribe to Cooking Light. - DONE
So, I took the effort to look up that silly link for the international subscription page. They really buried deep in non-intuitive menus. The cost is 85 USD/year, so I'm hesitating a bit.
https://subscription.timein c.com/storefront/site/mm-intern ational-newsstand.html

So, I can lean back, this weeks goals are DONE!


EXERCISE

6km running today, 6km/min.
And 5.5 km waling at 12 min/km.
This is the first time I reached 6km (3.6 miles). OMG. This sounds so unbelievable, because I've just started this daily running in the end of April. And now, this is kind of the best part of my day.
I also got some new music from Röyksopp, which gave a twist to my pace, as I didn't know what rythm comes. It's kind of new that I listen this type of music, it just came with the running thing. royksopp.com/videos

EATING

I did fit in the calorie range.
I increased it by ~500kcal according to the fitness tracker's recommendation a week ago. However, I didn't increase it further, but according to the tracker, I should it more. However, I am 84 kg (185lbs) for more than 10 days now, when I was expecting about 1kg (2lbs) loss. OK, last week I was eating in the hotel, at least 3 days surpassing my calorie range.
The other thing that came to my mind that I've never been less then 84 kg in the last 8 years. Kind of my body remembers this limit, and takes some time to enter the new zone. Whatever. I was thinking not to worry much about this, just stick to my calorie and exercise plan, and see what happens. If my weigh doesn't change next week either, then I have to revise something.
What do you think?
Decrease calories? Increase exercise? Stick to plan?

I just thought today that I really enjoy reading your blogs. It is such a great motivation, either you are doing well, or doing less well. I'm really happy that I joined this Spring 5% challenge.

A shot from Amsterdam.
They really don't care about the rain, just ride.

  
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GEOCARYN 6/2/2011 7:35PM

    Peanut butter is excellent with apples and bananas!

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KIMBERTA99 6/2/2011 3:31PM

    Sounds like you are getting everything in order for eating and working out. I would definitely think about adding strength to your program. That is so awesome about adding more km to your runs! I just started doing the 5K your way Rookie running. Today is going to be my second day..very excited to start running again.

Keep doing what you are doing..I LOVE how motivated you are!! emoticon

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CONFIDO999 6/2/2011 9:43AM

    I think the cost is a little too much for Cooking Light. That healthy cookbook you bought will be a very good tool for healthier eating, so you shouldn't worry about the magazine.

Bugqueen's advice about adding strength training is excellent. Don't think of it as having to strain under heavy weights. There are a lot of non-weight strength exercises available on Sparkpeople--just check them out. Even doing squats is considered strength training, so you should be able to add a few exercises in without much trouble.

You are doing so well--congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 6/2/2011 8:48AM

    Cooking Light is a good magazine, but definitely not worth $85/year. I pay $11/year for it here in the US, and if it were any more expensive I wouldn't subscribe. It's not THAT great.

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HAKAPES 6/2/2011 3:40AM

    The scale showed today 83.0 kg (182.6 lbs). I know there is a lot of variance, as I weigh in every morning after getting up. But this is really funny.

Thanks for raising the awareness on endurance. I had this strange feeling in the last weeks, there are a lot of things going on in my body under the surface, but I was not sure. I wish I had a body fat monitor, and a blood pressure monitor. I have already ordered the heart-rate monitor.

The strength training is on the plan for later, although I don't know when. I hope, I will feel when it is time for that, like I did for running. Thanks for encouraging!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/1/2011 10:52PM

    You need the calories. You already run every day. There are improvements happening to your body that the scale does not detect, like increased endurance. One change to make at some point is to add strength training into your routine. emoticon

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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. Ötker 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. Ötker 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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