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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.

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.

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

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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