Friday, June 10, 2011
I only managed to sleep for 7h 11min, as they started to clean up in the hotel and I woke up. However, this afternoon I visited my sister (I stay at her now for the weekend), and I added a 1h 30min powernap.
This evening I went to ran to Lagymanyosi Bay, a park nearby at the Danube. It is very nice. www.obol.hu/obolvideo-english
I didn't plan, but in the end I run 10K, in 1h 04min 53 sec. I paid special attention to breathing, and looks like this is key for me. It didn't feel difficult, and I felt I could run more. However, I really think this is the healthy limit for now.
Probably that also counts that back at home in Gleisdorf, I run in a hilly area with ups and downs, and here on the flat surface I can then run more distance.
Today again snacking was the issue, too much fruit yogurts. I don't know if I am over my calorie budget, I didn't enter the data yet. But usually, in such cases I was always over.
My experience of the past months is that when I was sleeping enough for many days, I found easy to keep my calorie range. When I didn't sleep enough, or was too tired, I was snacking a lot extra. This is in line with Laurie's feedback on the Ghreline hormone. I looked it up in Wikipedia, and the studies say that during short sleep Ghreline concentration was higher in the blood stream.
Thank you for all the comments this week, it was so helpful, and I learned a lot from your feedback.
The Parliament in Budapest
According to my weigh in, I also broke the plateau, I was 82.5 kg (181.5 pounds).
Thursday, June 09, 2011
(09 Jun 2011, 01:00 am)
I think writing these short blogs are more important for myself than I thought. It's not just a blog, but a quick reflection on how I managed the day on my healthy life path, reviewing what I did or didn't do.
Now, I am super tired, very low energy. Short sleeps for many nights, organizing during the day, long evenings. I don't have any stamina left for to type in my food and exercise from my paper notes to the website, or to do anything on SP.
So, I think I will keep this minim that even if I don't do the other things, I'll keep this daily reflection if possible. It has a very good effect for the next day.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner: healthy choices, small portions, with fresh vegetables and fruits.
Only water or cola light in the coffee breaks (no pastry or bakery).
Dinner: I tried a new idea suggested by one of you previously. I asked for steamed fish for me (not on the menu). Only grill, but agreed to without added oil, and steamed spinach as a side dish.
Snacking: the week part today. Several yogurts and ice-creams from the not used samples, a late night apple-cake, peanuts, small Milka-bar, extra banana. I was very tired, and just couldn't deal with the inflow of tasty food. I don't know how others do.
The schedule was busy today, I could only go run now, 1am. However, I think this is the time that actually sleeping comes first.
I did a 60 min walk tour for a friend around the neighborhood, I count that as the 10 min exercise.
Otherwise, I was really looking forward to run today, and I feel strange not to do so.
I had my 2h20 presentation-workshop-presentation today, during this one week of conference in Budapest for my job. It went very well, I got a lot of positive feedback afterwards from participants, for which I was very happy.
However, I noticed that somehow now I was standing differently in front of these 50 people. I had much more self esteem - somehow how I was present, was different, compared to how I was presenting during the last years.
So this new, 84 kg version Oliver is definitely different from the 98kg Jan 2011 version. In a very positive way.
Hopefully tonight finally I get a full 8h sleep. I often wake up "at my usual time", even if the night was short. I hope my internal alarm will be silent.
This from yesterday night's boat trip on the Danube. This is the Chain-bridge (Lanchid), the first bridge built in Budapest.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
So, we've met at 6am as planned (huh, way too early), and we were two in the end.
We started to run directly to the Margarit Island (3300 m), then went a full circle on the running track around the island (5300 m), and a bit more, and took tram No 6 back. So, in the end we run 9K.
After 7K, I didn't have enough air, so my friend advised me to pay attention to breathing, and suggested to do 2x in, 2x out. After a minute or two, I had enough air, and could run along. Around 9K however, I felt it is better to stop and not to strech the limits too far, it was already 58 minutes of running, which is the longest I ever did.
It was great to run in the morning, to explore the city waking up. The Sun was already up long ago, and temperature was warmish, so it was a very nice summer morning outside. We got so energized, it was great to start the day this way.
He told that at the beginning we were probably running too fast, apparently a common problem when several people run together, and maybe explaining about the history of Budapest and Hungary along the way also cost me more energy. He advised to keep on running for 1h, even if I mix walking and running.
For breakfast and lunch, I managed to choose healthy choices, and also during the tastings I paid attention today to really just "taste", and not to "eat". For dinner, I was already tired, and we had really nice food on offer, so to lessen the effect, I ate a big plate of fruits and vegetables to start, and then jumped only to the main course. I didn't use the scale today, but I added the same portions as the previous times. Tomorrow, I will scale again to better track.
I managed to keep on drinking water all day long, I stopped counting after 14 glasses.
Thank you for all the encouragement, it helps a lot!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
I lost track of how many yogurt, ice cream, cheese and other fruit based dairy products I have tasted on this conference today. Maybe 1200 kcal, or 1500 kcal? All I know that I probably underestimated.
But, somehow it's so much fun to taste products from all corner of the World, from China to South Africa. Different people, different tastes, different preferences. This goes with the job.
So, I skipped the dinner menu, I only ate some raw vegetables, and all day I only drank water and some cola light (no beer, or wine). It was hot, so the 14 glasses of water was easy.
Tomorrow morning, we meet at 6am, and make a run on the running track of Margit-sziget (Margaret Island) with two colleagues. During dinner we discussed, and it turned they also run, and are interested to discover Budapest in the morning as locals live here. So we go to run as people in Budapest do.
I am also happy to learn that there are other people who travel with their running gear, and just exercise wherever they are.
Instead of running, I made a big walk with some colleagues into the night life of Budapest. I could go to run now (at night), but I decided to sleep so I can get up for tomorrow morning.
My colleague also explained that he is not surprised that I discover running now. He said many people start to run after the age of 30. Somehow the needs, mindset, the planning the exercise for a long distance comes at this age.
Nyugati Pályaudvar, Budapest, Hungary (one of the main railway stations)
So, I'm excited, tomorrow I go to run with two experienced runners, in the morning, to a pro running track. Something I never imagined to do before.
Monday, June 06, 2011
So here I am in Budapest.
My home town.
I grew up here, and lived here until I was 26. It's hard to see it was 8 years ago, because it feels like yesterday.
A week of conference for my job, so now I sleep in a hotel, instead crashing at my sister's place.
I really feel the vibe here.
2 000 000 inhabitants, capital of Hungary, and also the current presidency of the European Union this 6 months.
I've met all the party guys going home on the buses and trams (I started my run at around 11pm).
It was not easy to gather myself to go out to run tonight. I felt tired (mentally only), lack of motivation from the travel, and all the negative comments to not to run after dinner from peers.
But I remembered my goal, "get dressed and get down to the street". And once I was there, I was just going.
I even went to Margit-sziget (Margarit Island), which is surrounded by the Danube. It has a professional running track, made of a felxible soft-hard material for runnig. Trees on one side, the Danube on the other side, and the beautiful view across the river. The track is 5km. And I remember how much I admired the people running on this track, such an unreachable activity for me.
And now, I just was running there.
It sounds simple, but to me, it is a milestone.
And I also met some other people running there. I'm not alone, even at night! :-)
I will really need a dedicated external GPS, as my phone takes so long to lock on a satellite without internet connection, and it didn't track my road. Fortunately, my walk back was recorded, 3.41 km, so I think my run was 5K.
I am really pushing the limits of the Nokia Camera phone - here's something how it looks.
Tomorrow, I have to keep an eye on my calorie intake, the food is tasty here in the hotel, and we have lots of tasting sessions with yogurts, ice cream, bakery, cheese and all sorts of products with our fruit perparations from China to South Africa. Maybe skipping dinner?
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