Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Life has sure changed in the last week. Our two year stay in Italy came to an end and we moved back to Sweden. Of course we chose the darkest, dreariest time to do this, because just the move in itself (with two toddlers in tow) wasn't challenging enough.
We have been super busy buying new furniture for the kids, organizing clothes, toys books and everything else that makes up the homey clutter around us... Things are shaping up. Still loads to do, but at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. :)
I have had to worry about my hip as well as all the practical everyday details. On my last run before the move I had excruciating pain in my hip. I hoped that rest would be enough, so I haven't done any exercise (except carrying luggage and assembling furniture) for the past 8 days. The last 4 days have been completely pain free, to my immense relief. So I thought I would be okay if I started out running at a leisurely pace and for only a short amount of time. Today I learned differently. 5 minutes into the run I started getting worried, after 15 minutes I was cursing and by the time I was home after the 30 minute run, I knew that something was very wrong with my hip.
I'll be calling a doctor tomorrow.
Meanwhile I'll be hobbling about, getting our home as organized as I know how, if only as a way to quench my worries and anxieties.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Wow, what a ride it's been!
Two years in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in. And tomorrow this adventure is coming to an end.
It's been awesome, awful, interesting, annoying, mind-blowing, mind-numbing. It is over too quickly and not quickly enough. It's home by now, yet will never be my home.
Do I make any sense?
Well, there's Italy for you. A country of many contradictions, shock-full of impressions, so many good qualities and a host of really bad ones.
While I can't return home to Sweden fast enough, I know that I am going to miss this place so much. I'm going to miss the smells in the spring, the overwhelming scent of flowers in bloom. I'm going to miss the helping hand everyone is willing to give you when you have children with you. I'm going to miss my running route (pot holes and all). I'm going to miss going out in just a sweater in December. I'm going to miss the beaches. God, I'm going to miss the beaches.
I'm not going to miss the traffic chaos, the noise, the drafty apartment, the paper-thin walls, stores that close for siesta.
I know that we're going to come back frequently for vacations, but I can't help but already feel a little nostalgic. Sentimentality isn't reserved just for Italians! ;)
So, Arrivederci Italia. Grazie per tutto.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I'm putting this here for my own reference. This is a calculation of my Total Daily Energy Expenditure.
Since I don't know my Lean Body Mass, I will use the Harris-Benedict formula to calculate my BMR.
Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X wt in kg) + (1.8 X ht in cm) - (4.7 X age in years)
655 + 729.6 + 306 - 173.9 = 1516.7
For the activity factor I'm choosing moderately activity (moderate exercise 3-5 days a week) so that's BMRx 1.55
So, my TDEE is 2350 calories.
Since I usually work out 5-6 days a week at a pretty hard level on most days (The Insanity workouts are no joke!) I was contemplating choosing the next level of activity, which would have put me at 2616 calories per day. Just something for me to keep in mind.
For an optimal, safe weight loss I should have a calorie intake 15-20 % below maintenance level, which would put me at 1880 (with a TDEE of 2350) or 2093 (with a TDEE of 2616).
Currently my calorie intake range on SP is 1400-1700, (which I almost never reach anyway) and as I suspected it's too low a range for my activity level. I just can't seem to eat that much. I am almost never hungry between the main meals, so snacking is a chore. I need to find ways to eat more, without resorting to high-calorie, high-fat treats, like cake, ice cream, Nutella. I just can't feel good about myself if these are a daily part of my diet.
It's good to get these numbers written down. It does quite clearly show me that my eating is way off, that I am likely putting my body in starvation mode and that is the reason my weight loss has slowed down.
Monday, November 02, 2009
I like this concept of outlining goals for the next month. I have also realized that the more concrete, detailed and realistic the goals, the better I feel about them and the harder I fight to achieve them. I have read some blogs where the goals stated are really lofty and general, this would never successfully keep me accountable to myself for my actions, or lack thereof. I know myself well enough to realize that.
1. I want to lose 3 kilos this month, which would put me at 73.3 kg. I didn't succeed with this last month, but I know it's a realistic goal and I just have to push through the plateau I'm stuck on.
2. I want to improve my 10K time by 2 minutes. So, the time to achieve is 58 minutes.
3. I want to run at least 150 kilometres this month. I ran 120 K last month, so this is definitely realistic. Broken down it means that I need to run 37.5 K per week. I am going to aim for 40K a week.
4. I want to get a long run in once a week. By this I mean 13K or longer.
5. I want to keep doing the Insanity program at least twice a week. Any additional workouts are a bonus.
So that's 5 goals for this month. They are all detailed enough to leave very little room for manouvering and free interpretation, which is what I need.
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