Charts, Sports And Weight
I have no idea if I ever mentioned it on my blog, I love spreadsheets and charts. Back then I learned this in school of course but that was extremely basic. I went more in-depth alone or with help of IT courses for jobs. I still feel this love, you can use spreadsheets and charts for all kind of things. At home I use OpenOffice because it’s free and in my opinion the same as Microsoft Excel. I do keep track of all kind of things in my life and I had to laugh when a therapist said that would sound like OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). That was one out of hundred reasons why I preferred to deal with my depression and anxiety on my own and why I stopped to visit this person. These guys learn something out of a book and come up with wrong assumptions. It’s not that I feel constrained to write things down, it’s just that I love to visualize data as same as I love to look at graphs that other people created. Numbers can be abstract, but if you visualize them, you might spot interesting patterns. When I do for example create charts about my weight loss progress, it’s not because I am forced to do so, it’s rather that I want to see how the big picture looks like, for example after many months of collecting data.
But now I want to talk about sports and nutrition again, or the resulting weight loss like I started here. I did run a lot over the last weeks, and if I didn’t run I was hiking unless the weather was bad, which happened too recently. But yesterday I noticed that I went a bit over the top, when I was running I almost got a strain because I know the signs very well. I felt the typical pain in my muscles, but I still finished my run somehow yesterday. But now I should take it a bit more easy as I still noticed a little bit of pain today, I think my muscles need a break. Every running session I can run longer than previously, because my lungs are getting used to it, but instead my legs or muscles become the problem. I wouldn’t have expected it, because I hike long distances, but hiking and running is probably still very different stress for the muscles. I think this issue will be solved too when I continue, or at least improved, but I am a running beginner and see progress.
Talking about nutrition again, I did drink a lot of water and only a few cups of ice tea on some days. And as I already mentioned, I started to eat more fruits. I’ve never been a great fan of apples, but now I found some that I really like. These apples are more soft and more sweet than sour. I ate two of them every day, and vegetables are on my menu anyway as I love cucumber and tomatoes. Since I still don’t run marathons, I started to believe that drinking water instead of ice tea has the greatest effect on my weight. But I don’t want to say that my running doesn’t show effects, it’s of course a combination of both. But it’s clear, drinking ice tea all-day, even if I mixed it down with 50% water, is not a great idea. With water and more sport I went down from 83.4 kg to 80.5 kg in 19 days, that’s 2.9 kg difference. Fun fact, meanwhile I still enjoyed pizza’s, bread with cheese, cevapcici and a lot of other fatty things and I don’t plan to change that. Here are the charts…