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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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