Checking in from Austria
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I trust everyone had a nice Easter holiday. I just wanted say Grüße Gott or hello from Austria where I have been relaxing, tourist-ing and speaking German for the past two days. I also got a chance to spend a day in Brussels Belgium too---mmmm waffles.
First things first: I got an email from my soon-I-hope supervisor saying he is on vacation too until the 8th. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that a.) It shows that he knows time is of the essence b.) is extemely thoughtful and professional---funny enough I fly back from London on the 9th so I can only pray I come back to the USA to find good news.
You might be wondering how health and fitness have been for the last fortnight or so. A voltage adaptor that didn't fit in England meant that I had to do away with my workout DVDs but to compensate I have been doing A LOT of walking.
According to my bodymedia each day I have been gone I haven't done less than 15k steps a day or exercised less than two hours. Even when you are away making fitness a priority is a very deliberate choice. In England that meant walking around one of the many popular parks in the city such as Hyde Park. In one day I even walked 9 miles! Here in Vienna I walked for around three hours at Schonbrunn palace and its beautiful gardens. This is apparently a very popular outdoor fitness spot in Vienna as I saw so many runners in their gear!
Of coruse the overall European lifestyle lends itself to 'built in fitness.' As I have discovered in the past tendency to walk everywhere, use public transport, eat smaller and slower meals means that you see a hell of a lot less obesity in Western Europe than in the USA. England is somewhat of an exception as many people have a weakness for take away.
I have noticed, even without tracking, that I am probably taking in about 600 calories more a day here than in the USA. That being said I am constantly on my feet and find myself noticably hungrier here. Could this have something to do with overall increased calorie burn? For instance on April 2nd my Bodymedia indicates I burned almost 3000 calories which is double than what I would burn at home (without excercise.)
Already this week I have burned 4300 calories in exercise according to Bodymedia---which is double what Sparkpeople suggests!
My eating has been only 'ok.' As anticipated I am eating a lot more bread here but it is of superior taste and quality. In England I enjoyed a lot of Lebanese take away and Indian foods. I am neither making the worst or best choices.
I am not sure what to do think. If I find I lose weight I will be happy, but while away my only goal is to maintain the weight I saw before I left. I do plan to do a week or so detox of fresh fruit, vegetables and a ton of water when I get back but for now.... I want more brot und milch reis!