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Shaping the dining out menu (and my 2nd 10K)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

(Tue 14 Jun 2011)

AN ACTIVE TUESDAY
Today I worked 12h, as yesterday was a day off, and last week I was on the conference, there was a lot to do.
Then back at home, I ran a 10K distance.

Once I've read in a survey that managers were asked if they know which one is the most active day of the staff. Half of them had no clue, the third of them said Tuesday, the rest mentioned other days of the week.

My nutrition was not very well planned either, as I've spent most of my calorie budget on snack bars for snack time and dinner, totaling 12 snack for the day.

RUNNING
The run was interesting. I didn't really plan for 10K, I was like that if it goes, it's OK, if it's too hard, then I let it go. So, the first 3-4 km was like dragging myself forward, I almost fall asleep. Then after 5-6 km I started to wake up. And funnily, I was the most active on the last 1000m, I was even speeding up, and was hard to stop at 10K.
Who understands this. I thought that at the end of a 10K run I am supposed to be tired, not energized. www.endomondo.com/workouts/o2
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Gleisdorf Cityhall


SHAPING OUT
Tomorrow, I travel to Budapest (Hungary) again with the train (5h). I organized a training with a friend of mine in organizational development, the topic is working with resistance, this will be from Thursday to Saturday.

As an organizer, I took the liberty to order a healthy menu for the 3 days. I asked the hotel to send the menu, which was a traditional heaps of carbs+fats for the main dishes, in great Hungarian style, with then the same amount of calories of sugar+fat for dessert. I often see that the dessert is the same amount of calories, as all the dishes added together before dessert.

So, I requested to change the heaviest options. Somehow, the 2nd edition still had cream of mushroom soup (this is an ultra calorie bomb in my eyes) and brownies with vanilla sauce (on which planet is the brownie a low-to-moderate calorie dessert?), and similar. We changed these, too, so the 3rd edition of the menu now is about 70-80% healthy, moderate calorie level dishes.

For the coffee breaks, we will have only drinks in the morning, and drinks+raw fruits+raw vegetables for the afternoon. I hope the group will like it, too. If someone wants to eat heavy, s/he can still go for double portion sizes.

A friend of mine is also coming, I asked him to bring his running stuff, so we can run together.

OMG, this was my 2nd 10K. Shouldn't I really be tired?
I go and make my sets of pushups for the extra points for the fitness tracker.
What a funny day.

  
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DORIS32 6/17/2011 10:10AM

    Congrats on the 10K! Seems like you just flew through the second part of it! It's so hard to keep on a healthy diet when going to restaurants/hotels/etc. Good for you for really going after the healthier options instead of just eating what you were given.
BTW - I always love the pictures that you post of your country! Keep em coming!

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GEOCARYN 6/16/2011 6:56PM

    That menu sounds wonderful to me.

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ON2GOALS 6/16/2011 6:51AM

    Great planning for the training days menu - I love this, even though it took a couple times to get it right! As far as your run goes, wow, sounds like your body is adjusting to the training - very cool! emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 6/15/2011 10:16PM

    That is great on your second 10K run!! And way to go on changing up the menu..I do hope they like your healthier options!! Maybe share with them your success so far to explain why you picked the healthier foods!!

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CONFIDO999 6/15/2011 4:29PM

    Way to go on insisting that the hotel provide a healthy menu! I used to have to plan menus as a sales assistant, and it was not easy sometimes. You are much tougher than me--I don't think I could resist putting the mushroom soup on the menu--it is SO YUMMY!

And congrats on your second 10K! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/15/2011 7:39AM

    please pass the brownies with vanilla sauce

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/15/2011 1:27AM

    You are amazing me! I think it's really awesome that you remade the menu for your business venture into a healthy menu! KUDOS to you!

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LAURIE9404 6/14/2011 7:22PM

    That is so great! Congrats on your 2nd 10k! I wish in this world that brownies were a healthy alternative. LOL. Not so much though. Great that you were able to adjust the meals so that everyone is eating healthier. Sometimes is hard for someone to make the right choices when there are so many bad choices available. Nice work!

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Tracking is king

Monday, June 13, 2011

(Mon 13 June 2011)

My exercise today was minimum, only a 2km - 25 min walk.
I notice that when I do a long run of 7-10K, somehow the next day running doesn't happen.

I was catching up with all my trackers and logs today, which gives more awareness on where I am. My learning is that still, after 4 months of consistent tracking, with eyeballing and thinking I estimate the calories 25-30% less, than they are in reality. This 25-30% can actually make the difference between weight gain or weight loss. So, I better track accurately.

Gleisdorf at night


In the evening, I was really craving for snacks, but then looking at the tracker convinced me to just drink a glass of water.

Otherwise, I slept 8h for 3 days in a raw, which feels good. Somehow, during the nights I could only sleep 7h, but then I completed later during the day.

  
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ON2GOALS 6/14/2011 11:25AM

    I have taken a cue from you and begun to measure and weigh foods. I've felt pretty confident that I could estimate the measurements accurately, but probably better not to guess. Glad you are back to feeling well rested!

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KIMBERTA99 6/13/2011 10:35PM

    Way to go on your tracking!! I just can`t seem to make myself do it and I am sure if I did I would lose the weight quicker!! That is great you are able to do those longer runs now...maybe alternating long and short runs is a good idea for now. emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 6/13/2011 10:05PM

    Tracking helps me also. I can attest to what happends when I don't track. You are doing a fantastic job.

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PEGTIGER 6/13/2011 9:57PM

    Tracking food has really helped me. I was eating just a little over and that was keeping me from losing. Now that I am tracking and staying in range, I hope to see the scales go down!

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 6/13/2011 9:55PM

    Good job on just having water. I find tracking really helps me make better decisions. I can see what I'm missing. Usually fruits and vegetables.

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GEOCARYN 6/13/2011 7:24PM

    I have found that seeing where I'm at for the day in the tracker certainly helps me make better decisions (with the exception of today emoticon). Having access to the tracker on my phone is really helpful for this.

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Enjoying the good sleeps

Sunday, June 12, 2011

(Sun 12 Jun 2011)
Today, I slept 8h at night, and another 1h30 in the afternoon on the train. It's funny there is a direct train connection between Budapest and Gleisdorf, only 4h40min. I love traveling by train. Hopefully my Ghrelin levels will be down by tomorrow! :-)

I ran 4K + 1.5K today, in 30C super hot. I decided to run before my train trip, to use the trip as having a good rest. I ran again in Lagymanyosi Bay, which was beautiful.
www.endomondo.com/workouts/rJ
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I'm at home finally in Gleisdorf, so tomorrow I can eat my own food again.

  
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ELEGANTFLOWERS 6/13/2011 10:17PM

    It's always nice to be back home. Now you can get back to your old routine.

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PEGTIGER 6/13/2011 9:44PM

    Enjoy being back home. Glad you have gotten some good sleep!

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KMICHA 6/13/2011 1:05PM

    there is no place like home! emoticon

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CONFIDO999 6/13/2011 10:03AM

    What a beautiful picture! I'm glad you had the opportunity to see family and your old town again. I'm sure you will be happy to be back home, though. A normal routine is very comforting.

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ON2GOALS 6/12/2011 8:48PM

    I like how you planned your runs with that rest break on the train. Smart thinking!

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GEOCARYN 6/12/2011 7:42PM

    I love travelling by train as well. I visited Austria and Germany and that was how I got from city to city throughout both trips. It's so relaxing, and the scenery is beautiful.

Great job on the run!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/12/2011 6:36PM

    Welcome home, and enjoy getting back into your regular routine :)

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I need sleep (Spring 5%, W6 D1)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Last week was quite difficult with all the travel and eating out that goes with it.
I think I will have to develop a system I can track more easily online when I am on the go, because I see a clear correlation between the on-the-day tracking and staying in my calorie budget.
If you have any recommendation, please let me know.

Today, I could finally enter all my daily food eaten, and it is much more reassuring to see the numbers, than guessing all day long.

I am still filling up my sleep tank after the short sleeps of last week.

I see more and more the importance of consistent good sleep. Thanks for the feedback about Ghrelin (Laurie), it is very interesting.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghrelin

View to Budapest from Gellert-hill (Gellert-hegy), where I grew up.

  
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KKINNEA 6/13/2011 1:53PM

    Good sleep is something I'm working on too. I have a SparkStreak set up for it and I don't think I've yet made it 30 days...

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LAURIE9404 6/13/2011 1:14PM

    Glad I could assist! Thanks for the link. I hadn't gotten that far in the research yet. I love how we all work together to get through this!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/11/2011 8:14PM

    When I'm traveling, I enter my food using my phone - it's a Palm Pre.
What a beautiful place to grow up :)

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ON2GOALS 6/11/2011 7:17PM

    Such a beautiful city. Have a good weekend, catching up on your rest. I imagine you'll get a little running in too...

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PEGTIGER 6/11/2011 6:12PM

    Beautiful picture, as always. Thanks for the link on Ghrelin. I enjoyed reading about it.


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SPARKCHANTAL 6/11/2011 6:10PM

    ps, i'm not much on technology, but i believe you can spark using your phone-- check it out on 'insider' or someplace...

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/11/2011 6:09PM

    been there, lovely place

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ECASPERS 6/11/2011 5:58PM

    Beautiful picture! I agree sleep makes a huge difference.

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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
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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.
www.endomondo.com/workouts/ie
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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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PEGTIGER 6/10/2011 10:20PM

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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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