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8h40min sleep + 10K

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).

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NOILEDNWAD 6/11/2011 9:50AM

    Ghreline sucks! lol I'm always sleep deprived and that horomone has to go! Way to go on that 10K run! I'm adding Budapest to my list of places to go too!! Run on Brother Daisy!

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CONFIDO999 6/10/2011 9:01PM

    Woo Hoo on breaking that plateau! That's awesome!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/10/2011 8:22PM

    Congratulations on running 10K and also for losing more weight!! emoticon

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JBARUWA 6/10/2011 7:43PM

    Congrats on finishing the 10k race.

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KIMBERTA99 6/10/2011 7:39PM

    Wow you are doing emoticon!! I am truley impressed with your dedication to running and your commitment to eating well and using your scale!! A 10K..very impressive!! emoticon

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GEOCARYN 6/10/2011 6:37PM

    Great job on the 10K! And that picture really has added Budapest to my list of must-see places. Gorgeous.

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Zero energy

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.


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KATIEANN59 6/11/2011 10:36PM

    sounds to me like you are doing pretty good. Congrats on your presentation. And thanks for the beautiful picture. Wish I could see it. Keep up the good work and try to relax at least an hour before bedtime and it should help you get to sleep. Take Care Hon and thank you for all the post on my blogs, you are a very careing person and I really apprieciate all the help you have offered. God Bless!!! HUgggg,s Katie

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NOILEDNWAD 6/11/2011 9:41AM

    You are doing so great, I hope your internal alarm clock let you sleep in! I have found my days off from running are extremely important, I'm still getting in exercise, just walking instead of running 2 times a week. My runs are better for taking the break. And congrats on doing a good job on your speech! Rock on Brother Daisy!

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DINGALLSTOO 6/11/2011 7:20AM

    sounds like you are getting a handle on what you need. The sleep is neccessary, glad your "standing proud" from your weight loss. You've done a great job.

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/10/2011 8:30PM

    Sounds like you need to get more sleep and some rest between your runs to allow yourself to recover. Are you taking in enough calories for all of the running you've been doing? We all have our highs and lows and sleep cures a lot of things. Take it easy and have a great weekend!

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LAURIE9404 6/10/2011 1:05PM

    As we have seen, sometimes sleep is more important than exercise. I do know that you can feel more sore and worn down when working out and feeling exhausted. I just learned that there is a hormone that kicks in that we feel hungry when we are tired. Crazy! And the walking around for 60 minutes is without question, exercise. I hope you get a great night's sleep tonight!

Just looked it up - ghrelin is the hormone we produce when we haven't had enough sleep that causes us to be hungry.

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ON2GOALS 6/10/2011 11:56AM

    I can relate to the extra snacking when I'm tired - sometimes it seems the more tired I feel, the more I feel like eating, even though what I really need is rest. Great that you have kept up with your blogging during the trip! I loved how you wrote about feeling so different in your presentation this time. This is really wonderful.
emoticon (Lullaby music for tonight.)

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GEOCARYN 6/10/2011 10:39AM

    I feel the same way about writing the blogs. It really forces me to focus on my day and how my life is effected by what I eat. Way to go on the increased self-esteem!
That is a beautiful picture of the bridge.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/10/2011 3:15AM

    go olli, your energy level will increase soon, for sure. be patient!

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ELLEYKAT 6/9/2011 11:11PM

    I hope you feel more energized tomorrow!! =)

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BUGQUEEN90 6/9/2011 8:35PM

    I had zero energy today too - weird. You ran so long yesterday, so you just need a day without running to recover.
The increased self-esteem is a wonderful side-effect of losing weight!

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Get up and run

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!

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ELLEYKAT 6/9/2011 11:18PM

    WOW! Congrats on your hour run - I'm so impressed! Whenever I walk now I find that I want to run for a little bit, and each time I can run a little further distance. When I don't HAVE to run, I actually rather like it. I will try to run more and more, and hopefully someday I can run as far as you!!

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LAURIE9404 6/9/2011 5:02PM

    Yup, getting up that early to workout is brutal, but way to go doing it! A totally different view from when you ran at night. And great choices at meal time! You are doing so great! Was it more interesting running with the group?

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DORIS32 6/9/2011 2:00PM

    that is awesome that you are getting up early to run! it sounds like a gorgeous time of day. wow! 9K!! that is amazing! remember when you first started?! you are making remarkable progress!!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/9/2011 10:54AM

    Woah, what an awesome run that you did! Amazing!

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PAIGESMAMA 6/9/2011 9:00AM

    Great job. Sounds like you had a good day.

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ON2GOALS 6/9/2011 8:09AM

    9k - I am impressed. Great to get some running tips as well from your friend. The photo looks so beautiful! I was happy to run indoors yesterday in the air-conditioned gym, as it is hot and humid over here this week. Have a great day.

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/8/2011 7:56PM

    Wow, it sounds like you had a great day! Awesome job on the running, eating and having fun in general. I'm trying to find an alternative to running I the heat. It was more than 100 degrees out today and the air quality was very poor-- not a day to be outside :(. Do have a fun rest of the week!

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AEROGERS129 6/8/2011 6:27PM

    Wow, awesome job! Sounds like you're really doing it all- getting up early to go running (I give you so much credit for that!), having an awesome run, drinking water, making great food choices! Way to go!!

Keep up the good work :)

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Fruit yogurt overflow

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.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/9/2011 3:15PM

    I love your blogs and seeing your great pictures! Have fun running tomorrow with your friends. What do you do for a living that you travel so much, sounds really cool.

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ELLEYKAT 6/8/2011 10:06AM

    That sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you found some running friends there! =)

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    How wonderful that you are enjoying yourself at the conference, and also sticking to the plan (eating healthily, working out).

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BUGQUEEN90 6/7/2011 10:29PM

    Have fun with your running buddies tomorrow!

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LAURIE9404 6/7/2011 9:50PM

    You're getting a whole new view of things when you bring your running gear with you. It's so amazing! And what a good choice of just having veggies in place of dinner after all the tasting you've done. You are determined!

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PPELTON 6/7/2011 9:38PM

    I am interested. As you sampled many dairy products on your business trip.. Are you a dairy scientist? Or do you work in the Dairy industry?

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ON2GOALS 6/7/2011 9:21PM

    How cool - running is really a gift you can bring with you everywhere! The photo is beautiful, too.

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CONFIDO999 6/7/2011 7:58PM

    What a beautiful city! And so great that you have friends now to run with! This is turning into a great trip for you!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/7/2011 7:25PM

    Wow, you have a great venue for your runs! There's nothing better than to be able to stay fit and explore new things at the same time. Enjoy!!!

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Guest in my home

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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PEGTIGER 6/7/2011 1:05PM

    Beautiful and so peaceful looking. That is so amazing that you ran on a track you never thought possible! Congrats. You have been determined and done so much. Inspirational.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/7/2011 12:36AM

    This is really good about gathering motivation to run after a day spent traveling. There was so much temptation not to run, but you found your motivation. Enjoy being home and spending time with family and friends.

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ELLEYKAT 6/6/2011 11:36PM

    That's so amazing!! That track sounds great, and to think! You used to watch the people running and think you couldn't do it, and now you're one of them!! =) You've come so far!

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CONFIDO999 6/6/2011 8:45PM

    You are awesome for taking that run anyway. I'm sure you will do well with your calorie intake this week. Keep your scales handy!

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LAURIE9404 6/6/2011 8:24PM

    Love it! That is beautiful and it so amazing that you got to accomplish this goal of jogging around this track. I had to look up the island in English and immediatly told my boyfriend we should travel there. Looks great! One of my workout programs, the teacher says, on days you don't feel like working out, just give it 5 minutes and you won't regret it. Looks like that works for you. I like the small goal of getting dressed. That's the 1st step and the easiest to start blocking yourself. You really are putting alot of hard work into this! Way to go! You are awesome!

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