Sunday, August 24, 2014
The usual maintenance challenge is coming up in At Goal and Maintenance team: US Election Day Maintenance Challenge, 2nd September- 3rd November.
At this time I'm going to modify the challenge for myself:
am I able to maintain my weight without the scale?
I will post my weight only at Week 1 and at end of challenge.
Of course officially I will be dropped out for not posting, but in I will post a short weekly update on how I think I am was doing, and see the result at the end.
I need the challenge to anchor myself to my goal.
In the past 3 years I weighed myself every day, looking at trends, not daily fluctuations.
Recently I noticed that I can predict my weight quite well based on my past behavior.
Exercise is always the same, but there are worse and better periods of eating.
A: eating the planned amounts, good portion control at dinner = I'm at goal weight or below
B: overeating in the evening and occasional mindless snacking during the day = I'm over my goal and need to pay attention, if all else fails even to go back to tracking all my food.
Hm... that seems all I need to know to take action, so I might just as well eliminate the scale from the process?
Saturday, August 23, 2014
It took me while, because we made lots of pictures, but finally I selected a few to share.
DH, DD, DS under Nuremberg Burg:
North Sea: low tide, seals, sand dunes, clouds, my kids doing yoga on the beach.
On Baltrum island there are no cars, so horses carry everything.
Gothic Cathedrals of Strasbourg and Ulm - we climbed both towers
Lake Attersee in Austria - I did yoga, walked the hills and swam in the lake on our last day : )
Sunday, August 17, 2014
This morning was sunny, 15oC/60oF, and somewhat windy.
I usually run 7K on Sunday mornings, now I thought: this is perfect running weather! The routes are clean and dry, and it is so cool I don't even have to carry water!
Go run the forest 10K route!
Well, I haven't run so long since last fall.
This means adding a very steep hill to my usual 7K forest route, which is beautiful but very hard for me when the surface is muddy or snowy, or when it is hot.
I decided to give it a try, and if it is too much, I can always slow down or add extra walk breaks.
It went very well : )
Actually it went exactly as if I haven't skipped more than half a year. I could run the steepest uphill part without slowing down, and didn't need extra walk breaks. My pace was 10:23 min/mile, which is only 1 min/mile slower than my personal best (which was 9:29 in a flat 7K race).
I enjoyed the run very much, and I plan to do it again a few times before autumn rains set in.
I'm pleased I did not lose my endurance : )
Friday, August 15, 2014
This week hasn't been too good.
Overate each night, not too bad bad enough to feel drained and tired an sleepy.
To make it worse, I let myself slip back into my bad habit of compulsive reading... yes there is such thing! Reading Terry Pratchett books on my Kindle several hours a day is not a healthy habit. This is why I was missing...
Apart from my workouts, really felt my energy was drained.
But last light I said no, and had a modest dinner and read only half an hour in bed.
I was rewarded this morning: I felt refreshed and energetic, and my early morning 7K forest run felt wonderful.
The rest of the day was good too, ate well, and did not overeat in the evening.
And didn't read a word from the book yet ; )
Saturday, August 09, 2014
We arrived home from Germany late in the evening on Wednesday, had a rest day on Thursday and went back to work on Friday.
The second half of the trip was just as wonderful as the first.
From the North Sea we drove to the beautiful valley of the river Mosel, even the steepest hillsides cultivated and growing grapes for their famous wine. Lovely little towns with medieval houses and castles.
Then we drove to Strasbourg. I have never heard of the gothic cathedral there, so I was stunned by the beauty of the colorful glass windows, just sat there for half an hour watching, and another hour wandering about. We climbed the tower too. We had all the time we needed, because our friend took all the kids to Europa-Park theme park. So everybody was happy.
We spent our last night at a lake in Austria, did my morning yoga by the water, then walked the hills, swam in the lake...
I gained only one pound - the smallest vacation weight gain I ever had.
I tracked my fitness minutes, and week 1 was 5800 calories burnt, and week 2 was 3100, this may be the reason why, but I ate quite well too.
There were 2 nights when I felt like drinking a beer, and had one, but on other days I didn't drink alcohol at all.
The photo blog will come later as I have to rush now.
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