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Just a coin for the locker

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I was planning the whole day that after work I get out and head directly to the swimming pool. It was already 7pm, but I discovered the entry is free after 7, and I can swim until 8pm. This is great, as during the day I think the whole area is there, like swimming Marathon, but everybody swimming in a different direction. But, strangely, at 7pm, people disappear, and serious swimmers show up.

So, when arriving home, I put on my running gear, and a coin for the locker, and go. No towel, no extra stuff. Arriving to the pool, I just took off things except my Mizuno running pants, and headed to the water. I had a great swim, open air, summer night, sun set and stars coming up, with people swimming around me. I swam in breaststroke and backstroke 1.1 K.

Then, around 19.45, I got out, just took a quick shower, put on my running clothes, and headed for my 10K. I had a great run, with some new music.

At home, I put all my clothes directly to the washing machine for a quick wash, and got dinner.
I ate like a bear. Opened the firdge, hey, a smoked fish. So, I ate the smoke fish. I found some tomatos, green paprika, and green onion, which I ate with. Drank 3 glasses of water, and finished with two yogurts. (1048 kcal).

Then I took a shower, update my trackers, and am ready for sleep.

From last week - the mother also eating healthy! :-)
Visit at www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr .

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KKINNEA 8/26/2011 12:36PM

    Wow, convenient workout! Nice job!

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CATREB 8/25/2011 7:10PM

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MKPRINCESS007 8/25/2011 7:03PM

    Sounds like it doesn't get any better than that.........wow, a swim and a 10 K run! That is totally awesome! Way to go!


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Chateau de Chenonceaux

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

35 minutes swimming in the local open air swimming pool.
It was a challenge, I think I was the only person until now not staying in the evenings at the "Wellenbad". It was like a swimming Marathon in all the pools, but people instead of swimming in one direction, they were like a bunch of crazy ants.

60 minutes running then, in the forest. The temperature is high, 35 C (95F), the humidity is high. I started at 20:30, but still it was hot. Anyway, I finished it, with a good speed, despite the uphills and downhills, my average speed was 6 min/km.

Otherwise, I feel so hungry all these days. Tonight, I just ate 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of nectarines.

The chateau de Chenonceax from last week's holiday. It was so nearby to us, I discovered it during one of my daily runs.

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SPBETTERWAY 8/28/2011 7:16PM

    Lovely! Glad you are still running hard.

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MARYCHERRY92 8/25/2011 2:03PM

    "Wow" is all I can say! I know that France is beautiful, but seeing all your pictures reminded me to go there again soon!

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ANNITAMOUSE 8/25/2011 11:58AM

    Did you take the picture? It is perfect. Just gorgeous.

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KKINNEA 8/25/2011 12:30AM

    Great run in spite of heat and humidity and swimming as well! No wonder you're hungry!

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RRP546 8/24/2011 6:11PM


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A healthy vacation week in steps

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So, I want to congratulate myself for last week's holiday.
It was such a healthy one!

Sunday: 8413
Monday: 16652
Tuesdays: 34050
Wednesday: 28060
Thursday: 21770
Friday: 25662
Saturday: 20959
That's 22223 on average per day!

We went to swim every other day, we ran every day 10K, and on Saturday we rode the bike for 15K instead of running. More than 120 every day.

What is strange that we didn't really make any effort to make it healthy, it was coming naturally. It was also encouraging that everybody around us were on bikes, on canoe, or just exploring on foot.

We ate healthy all week, with lots of salad, fresh fruits, low calorie fruit puree and yoghurt snacks, and dark chocolate as a dessert.

Also, I loved the offer of healthy snacks in France, there is a separate long section of 0% yogurts and fruit purees at the dairy section, about 80% of ham and meat are lean (not even "low fat" labelled, just lean by default). And we also noticed that when eating out, 6 out of 7 times the meals were just good both in portion and in calories.

And the best of all: 7-8h of sleep every single night for the whole week!

My weight didn't change last week, but I don't care now, it was such a great healthy week.

This is where we stayed, in Blere, France, on the river Cher, in the Loire region.
Our tent can be "seen" between the 4th and 5th tree from the left, we took a spot directly facing the river. So when I got up in the morining, I saw the sun painting in gold the whole surface. I took this picture from the other side of the river during the bike trip on Friday.

I miss Blere already, it was such a wonderful place, I loved every moment of this week.

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ON2GOALS 8/25/2011 12:31PM

    Congratulations on having embraced a new way of life. This looks beautiful.

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PEGTIGER 8/23/2011 6:04AM

    Now that's the kind of vacation we should all go on. Sounds so healthy, yet like so much fun, and still relaxing. Wish we had more places around that made that so easy!

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KMICHA 8/21/2011 9:42PM

    Awesome!!! Sounds like it was a wonderful time! WTG! keeping up the moving and eating healthy! I wondered where you had been I hadn't seen post from you lately! It sounds like a place I'd love to visit!

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CLWALDRO 8/21/2011 7:28PM

    I love it when you can make the right choices and still have a nice relaxing vacation. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPBETTERWAY 8/21/2011 6:08PM

    What a fantastic experience. Soak it all in for a life time of memories. Best wishes always. shirley

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Le Stretching d'Anderson, La Cathedrale de Blois, et Le Camping de Blere (Summer 5% W6 D1)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I wrote this last Monday (15th Aug 2011), but it didn't go trough. Unfortunately Orange France's mobile internet was picky about websites, it just couldn't reach sparkpeople.com. So here it is now.

Bonjour les amis!

Greetings from the middle of my 2 week holiday in France.

Le Stretching d'Anderson
On Saturday, we went to the local bookshop in Pithiviers. My girlfriend offered me a "gift voucher" for a book I want. Surprisingly, even in this small town, the bookstore had a very nice selection of books. I asked for the section of sports/healthy living, to see what's on offer in France, and I choose this book.

As a physiotherapist, she was excited about my choice, telling this is a great author, and remembered him from her studies. It has stretching exercises for all sports, and even for sitting at PC and browsing the net.

On Saturday night, I learned quickly the movements for "before running" - and I was surprised there is a different series recommended for "after running".

La Cathedrale de Blois
Yesterday, we hit the road, and our first quick stop for in Blois, for the Sunday evening (and Monday 15th combined) service. As we were about 15 min early, and lady asked me to do one of the readings, so I choose the first reading. That was ultimate fun, in this full church, in French. I used a lot of my recently acquired higher self esteem, so this healthy lifestyle has benefits all across my life.

Le Camping de Blere
We wanted to stay in the camping of Amboise, which is on an island in the river Loire, facing the a famous castle of the French Kings. It's a 400 place, but was full - I guess at least 1500 people there. Unbelievable. The receptionist directed us to Blere, only 5km away. It was already close, too, but fortunately they opened the gate for us. We had to set up tent in the rain and dark, and we were so happy we bought this excellent VauDe tent. It was up in 3 min, and despite the rain, dry inside. Before going to sleep, to squeeze in my 10 min daily exercise, we made a walk in the village. It was a bit dark, a bit wet, a bit late, but in the end we enjoyed the walk so much that we stay for an hour.

Today is Monday, 15th August, a bank holiday in France. I am sitting on a bench, facing the river.
I brought my laptop with me, and bought a mobile internet sim card, so I can update my trackers, and blog occasionally. I also took my small travel scale with me, so I can measure my weight. I also bought chargers for the car, so I can charge my phone for running (music and GPS with endomondo), and also power for the laptop. In fact, I enjoy even more exercise now, during the holidays, as there is time freely to get moving, and the people around us are also into swimming, running, biking, and all sorts of outdoor activities.

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PEGTIGER 8/23/2011 4:26PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Seems like a really great place to visit. You have been able to do a lot of traveling. How wonderful!

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/21/2011 3:17PM

    fun seeing the area i used to live in as a kid!
thx for these pics

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MINDY502 8/21/2011 8:34AM

    Love the pictures especially of that beautiful church a feast for the eyes. Sounds like you are doing so great even on a vacation! You are such an inspiration to us all and I know you will keep accomplishing your goals!

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    Wow! You did the first reading in French.

I am glad that your healthy lifestyle improved your self esteem. I have to work on it. It reminds of something I read from Jillian Michaels : "When you're strong physically, you're strong in every factor of your life."

I am happy to see that you enjoy your vacation. emoticon

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Running again - Vite-vite en France! (Summer 5% W5 D1)

Friday, August 12, 2011

After the knee pain last Wednesday I had to take off running.

It was a backlog from a mountain hiking trip to Hochlantsch, Austria, on the Saturday before, we went up to 1700m, and were almost at running-speed walking downhill for 2h30min to catch the train in Mixnitz. It was steep downwards, and many blogs mentioned that this downhill trip is heavy on the knees for casual hikers. My friend told me that it took him 2 years of hiking to get his knees used to downhill.

The pain went away a few days ago, but I still feel my knees when walking downhill or down the steps.

We applied some Kinesiotape around my knee, which covers the joint with an Y shape from both up and down in front, and an Y shape down from the back. I can understand why, but it really helps a lot.

So, today, I did again 10K running, with moderate speed of 7 min/km, on flat surface. We were running together with my girlfriend, which is a great feeling to do exercise together. We explored the surroundings of this small town South from Paris. The temperature was 20C, the Moon shining, now wind - perfect conditions.

Strangely, I feel like I did no exercise, it was like a small warming up.
My knees are feeling ok, but I see I need to keep it gentle.

I am in France for 2 weeks now for holidays. Yesterday, we did a 10K walk in the forest of Orléans, such a beautiful place.

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/16/2011 4:56PM

    hey, we lived in orléans back in 1967! you're too late for the jean d'arc festivities, though. they're in may

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DINGALLSTOO 8/16/2011 9:57AM

    Someday I will go to France and visit my exchange student. Enjoy your holiday.

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ON2GOALS 8/16/2011 9:53AM

    Great! Glad your knee is doing better. Yeah, you want a lifetime of running, so it's wise to treat those knees well. Enjoy your time in France!
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DORIS32 8/15/2011 10:35AM

    Glad your back at it. Take care of yourself!

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LAURIE9404 8/14/2011 8:45PM

    So great to be able to run with your girlfriend! Hope you're enjoying the time together. You definitely need to take it easy on those knees so no real damage happens.

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NOILEDNWAD 8/13/2011 12:22PM

    Smart to give your knees a break after that big hike! Enjoy your Holiday!

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LIVIN4LISH 8/12/2011 10:45PM

    Great! You're right, nothing like exercising with your significant other! Good for you, but be careful with those knees!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 8/12/2011 10:42PM

    Glad your knee is better! How exciting - vacationing in France! Have a wonderful time!

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KKINNEA 8/12/2011 9:04PM

    Wondered where you had gone off to, sounds like you and your girlfriend are having a great time! Keep being gentle on the knees and they'll treat you right.

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