Thursday, June 02, 2011
I ran 6K today, and if I had time, I could go further for 7K.
I just have so much energy these days.
Maybe because finally I could sleep full 8h today?
Thanks a lot for the feedback on the strengths training. I see it working well on the long term for my SparkLife if I start slow. So I just added 10 squats and 10 push-ups. I learned from one of the trivia questions that it is more effective to do strength after the cardio, so I did it after running. It felt really good - I haven't used these muscles for long. Somehow these didn't show up among the calories in the fitness tracker, just as an entry without calories.
I was checking out which instruments could I use to track my endurance and body composition change. I was thinking about a blood pressure monitor, and an Omron body composition measuring scale. I see the weight is a good overall indicator, but it only shows the surface. Do you have any device that you use and can recommend?
Next week I will be in Budapest, now on a conference. Again a week in a hotel. It will be a challange again, but I feel so much prepared after last week.
I will pack my running gear by default, my scales, measuring cups. I am already decided to go for the healthy menu options, and request vegetables and fruits for the coffee breaks. Bring my healthy snakcs and basic food that I really can't miss.
Seems like I learned a lot last week in the Netherlands. It is more energy than to eat at home, but I can handle it. The most important I think that I don't feel this urge anymore to eat more when eating out. Because, before I had this feeling that because it's special occasion, I shouldn't miss the opportunity. And I was eating even food that didn't fit in my calorie range. Last week, I learned that there are always a special occasion, there are always special foods, so I just don't care anymore, and choose the safe option. Tonight I've met a long time no see friend. We decided to go to an Asian restaurant instead of the pizzeria, and instead of the many deep fried and sugar full options, we eat the mini portion Sushi and Maki (light), with Mizo soup.
And thank you for all the tips and feedback for the travelling part, it really makes a difference in my results.
During my run, I revisited my long time haven't seen river here, the Raba.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
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!
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
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.
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,
2. Buy a healthy cookbook in German, with kcal indication.
Dr. Ötker Schnell + schlank von A-Z
3. Check out how to subscribe to Cooking Light.
Maybe subscribe, if the price is right.
(And thanks for the recommendation!)
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.
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!
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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