Tuesday, June 18, 2013
When I analyse where I slip up it boils down to 2 simple issues:
1. When I eat mindlessly and give in to cravings
2. When I am out with friends and drink alcohol.
There is a simple lesson to learn from both:
Stay away from the alcohol, since it has lots of empty calories, unless you are sure you can get away with only 1 glass of wine, and pay attention to what you eat.
Make sure you have healthy snacks in the office and carry your daily food items from home.
When that doesn't work, make sure you go to eat somewhere, where there are healthy choices. This is important, since here in Kenya, you will get no info on calories and end up overeating, if not careful. If BF & I meet for lunch we often share 1 smoked Salmon Bagel. We realized even 1/2 portion is filling and it is enough to push me through the afternoon.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Just want to share my amazing day in the Nairobi National Park. This is a wildlife game reserve within the boundaries of a Mega City.
We do game counts every 2 months from the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and they are a lot of fun.
Basically you are allocated a piece of the park and count animals you see at the same time as everybody else. I love it if I am allocated a piece on the other side, since you will drive through the whole park and get a chance to see a lot.
This was one special morning! We went in at 6am at the crack of dawn as always.
First thing we saw with in 3-4 km was a big fat Rhino walking right in front of us on the road - usually you only get to see them from a distance.
UNfortunately my camera developed a problem, so most pictures where very bad, I will only share the Best!
500m after the Rhino, right after the next bend we saw a big male lion, who was very love sick according to the sounds he made.
We had to follow him for a while, before he moved over enough for us to pass. Sorry about the poor picture.
less than 1 km away we got to one of the sign-posts and see what we found:
Then when we got to another dwam a few km down the road I saw 2 Rhino getting at each other with their horns. so we tried to get a bit closer for a better look. Turned out they were again right on the side road we choose. As we got closer they stopped quarreling and decided to walk on.
So we followed and voila, right behind the next bedn in the road we found a group of 7, including the 2 we had seen. This is a rare sight!
We had a few other sightings of Rhino & Lions and of course lots of other animals. Once you finish counting in your part you can stay in the park for the rest of the day and we always take advantage of that. We carry a picnic and just have a good time driving around or going for little walks in the few areas where you are allowed out of the car.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Yep, I have lost another pound. I weighed 2 days in s row with the same result.
So let's keep focused
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I think this expereince can help others.
The year I turned 40 I gained a lot of weight while still running 5-60km per week and I had not changed my eating habits. My blood pressure also went up and for the first time in my life (my blood pressure has always been on the lower side) I had several readings above 140/80mmHg. I think it was changing hormone levels, which made my body need less food.
I reduced my food to 1600kcal per day but still on 3 meals a day and increased my exercise (mainly running). but for several months I did not loose any weight, i did however maintain and my blood pressure got back into the normal range.
Then I started reading up - that is also when I came across SP and joined - and realized I need to do several things:
1. take my snacks seriously and bring them from home to ensure they are healthy choices. By spreading out your claories to 5-6 meals a day and taking a snack every 2-3 hours, I felt less hungry, had less cravings. Also snacks are the best time to get in those fruits. At work they laugh at me because of the apples & bananas I bring almost daily, but I have seen some taking up the habit.....
2. change up my exercise. I went from mainly running, to do 2-3 runs a week, go to the gym twice a week doing a combo of cardio & ST and then went swimming whenever I got a chance.
This worked very well and suddenly the pounds came off I lost 10kg that time. Meanwhile I have regained most of that, due to sickness, injury and further hormonal changes. I also lost focus for a while.
Now that I am focussing again I have lost 2kg. and know I will loose more.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ok, now after 2 months of letting myself go I need to get back in the rut of regular exercise. Have made a start this morning by going to the gym early before work for the first time in 2 months. This works better for me, since the evenings tend to be hectic and unexpected long site meetings etc. throw my plans often over board. I had switched to evenings when I was trying to study in the mornings for the course I was taking. But I am not studying in the mornings. Need to figure out when to study, because I want to schedule the exam for end of June if my pre-qualification is accepted. But the exercise needs to be priority as well, since I need it as stress relief as well.
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