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Baby running (Cape Town #04)

Monday, January 23, 2012

In the morning run I've met a young lady running with her baby - this is so awesome, and so inspiring! These South Africans keep surprising me! When I'll have a kid, I think I'll do the same!

Today I had reserved not enough time to brush my teeth after breakfast. But, to keep the habit going (in theory it doesn't make sense, but for the habit development it does), I brushed my teeth then just when the lunchbreak started. I had lunch shortly afterwards anyway, but it felt good to do so.

I cannot comment back on your blogs as much as I want to this week, I prioritized to stay with my course-content. But the blogs help me stay on track, and I thought you might also find it helpful. I'll be back with feedbacks on yours when back from this trip next week. I hope this is OK with you!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KMICHA 1/27/2012 8:15PM

    I had to come looking for you because I hadn't seen anything from you lately! It is always so encouraging to read your blogs! Thanks for sharing your travels with us and your exercise experiences. Will you be returning as a Daisy in March? Hope so! It's a pleasure having you on the team! Looking forward to your next blog! Enjoy SA!!

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ZELLAZM 1/27/2012 1:28PM

    Check in when you can! Enjoying your travelog about your SA stay!

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SHOOPETTE 1/24/2012 3:56AM

    Running Oliver, Running Family! and you know that actually there are special strollers to run with your baby!

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SASSYDREAMER 1/23/2012 6:05PM

    The fact you're blogging at all is awesome!!! Sometimes there are other priorities in life that momentarily step back others - your friends are the ones who should support and understand such things. So you're a rockstar and a beautiful person. Keep it up!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/23/2012 5:43PM

    No worries...enjoy your stay, stay safe, stay healthy, eat well, and keep working out!

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The pinguins of South Africa (Cape Town #03)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Just a short check-in.
This course is turning out to be my best healthy - travel experience.
We ran with some others in the morning both yesterday and today.
There is abundance of fruits and vegetables for each meal, even the coffee break.
The weather is excellent, the surroundings are beautiful.
We're planning to make a trip with a taxi to the beach for the next morning run.
I continue to drink a lot of water, as it is hot.

There are pinguins here, quite endangered.
We were wondering, if we are watching them, or they watch us?

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/23/2012 7:50AM

    looks great....have a blast....and keep eating right!

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    Thanks for sharing! I did not know they had penguins there.
Enjoy your trip!

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KMICHA 1/23/2012 5:37AM

    thanks for sharing Oliver! We learn so much from sparks . . . not just about our healthy lifestyle changes either! I didn't know about the penguins either! Enjoy . . . and keep the blogs coming!!!

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BEATLETOT 1/23/2012 3:10AM

    How wonderful you got to see the penguins! I love them! I saw a show about a penguin...oh, what was his name? My husband would remember. Anyway, he was very cute and the South Africans would chase him off their porch with a broom. In the end, he found love!

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ALICIA214 1/23/2012 1:58AM


Probably a bit of both, after all we are both fascinating species.


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KIMBERTA99 1/23/2012 1:21AM

    Oliver what a cute picture!! Glad you are finding it easy to stay on track and I must also say that I had no clue they had penguins in South Africa!! Have a great rest of your trip!!

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SHOOPETTE 1/23/2012 1:13AM

    Didn't even know they had penguins there, oh the things we learn on SP!

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A beautiful and challenging week ahead (Cape Town #02)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

So after a few days in North Africa, here I am in South Africa, for 11 days.
The food is gorgeous.
People are very nice.
So I need to be really vigilant not too slip down the "I just eat a little bit of this" slopes.

It's full summer here, and I think the main focus should be to drink enough water during the day, not to confuse hunger and thirstiness.

Some preparation I did:
1. brought my travel body scale, weigh-in every morning to see where we're going
2. small travel kitchen scale (like the Bible in the precher's hand)
3. I asked around the participants to do exercise together, so we're gonna run each morning together, maybe some gym in lunchbreaks
4. I brush my teeth now after breakfast, helps to reduce the morning snack cravings
5. askef for fruits and vegetables for the coffee breaks of the program
6. small plates for buffets, only one round, strict - no return! (This one will be difficult!)

Brushing teeth after breakfast - done! Yesterday, after the long night flight, I could only do it later when arriving to the airport, but I did it at the airport!

Sunset in Cape Town, from The Twelve Apostels restaurant

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SHOOPETTE 1/22/2012 3:11AM

    very nice place to be!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 1/22/2012 12:57AM

    I love that you are in such a beautiful place! I think that you owe me post card from one of those places in an email you sent me several months ago!

You always have such a great plan in place when you travel!


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KIMBERTA99 1/21/2012 8:40PM

    Sounds like you have all your bases covered!! As usual:)

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/21/2012 10:33AM

    Fantastic Oliver!! Sounds great and you are my travel hero!

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ZELLAZM 1/21/2012 8:51AM

    You're doing so well on maintaining your healthy habits, even while on the road. Happy Sparkiversary!

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CANDOK1260 1/21/2012 5:29AM

    looking like you have a great plan. secrenar look wonderful.

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KRISZTA11 1/21/2012 5:13AM

Find a beautiful place like this for your morning runs!
Congrats to involving your team in your exercise plans!

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1 year sparkanniversary in pictures (Cape Town)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dear Friends,

Today is my first day of my second year on Sparkpeople.

Lot of things happened during the last year, let me share some pictures.

December 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - After a cold run in the morning. The moisture froze on my cap!

November 2011, Mexico

October 2011, Szombathely, Hungary - daily run

October 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - at work

September 2011, Gleisdorf, Austria - I needed new trousers

August 2011, Bléré, France - summer holidays

July 2011, Orléans, France - daily run

June 2011, Budapest, Hungary - in a coffee house

May 2011, Doorn, The Netherlands - coffee break in course

May 2011, Gleisdrof, Austria

April 2011, Gibraltar, Morocco - the wind between Europe and Africa

April 2011, Volubilis, Morocco - Oliver's Oliver Tree

March 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands - going for local food

January 2011, Skiing in Austria

October 2010, Gleisdorf, Austria

September 2010, Gleisdorf, Austria

Searching for all these photos, I noticed two things.
One, more and more pictures were me doing sports, as time went by.
Second, I travelled pretty much last year.

Funny, I write this blog today, from Cape Town, South Africa.

Due to the lot of flights and short nights this week, I decided to be light on exercise, and prioritize sleep. I made a long walk nearby (40 min), and now I'm heading to the bed.

I could have a nice run in 40 min, but then it spins me, I wouldn't sleep until 2am.
However, for tomorrow morning, I'm planning to get up and make a nice long run.

I thank you all for your support this last year, it is great doing the healthy lifestyle together!
I got so many tips, motivation, encouragement, ideas, presence from you here, it's incredible.
It's just sooo good that I have friends on this journey, and we can share all the ups and downs.

Let's spark!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 4/24/2012 9:06PM

    Congrats Oliver you look awesome. I would love to go to Africa myself some day on Safari. On my bucket list

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KKINNEA 1/23/2012 12:27PM

    Happy Sparkversary! The picture timeline does tell a great story - I also seem to have more and more sport pictures as time goes by :) Really appreciate you as my Sparkfriend - let's have a great 2012!!

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SASSYDREAMER 1/23/2012 9:14AM

    Wonderful. So proud of you and all you've done. Keep it up!

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TERESA159 1/22/2012 7:02PM

    Ah, you did the pictures backwards and I was going, wait, he's getting heavier! Ha ha. It's a wonderful picture blog, shows your journey very well. Congrats and both the success with weight loss and your ability to travel so much. I just had my first year anniversary two weeks ago. Keep Sparking!!

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LISAINMS 1/22/2012 6:50PM

    Way to go, Oliver!
Happy Sparkaversary. What an awesome lifestyle change you have made! You look happy and healthy.

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ZELLAZM 1/21/2012 8:53AM

    Not only are you doing sports in most of the pictures - you're SMILING! Obviously, this healthy lifestyle is good for us in more ways than one!

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SHOOPETTE 1/21/2012 12:42AM

    What a year!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/20/2012 8:43PM

    Good on you brother Oliver! What great progress and what a great plan you have.....you"re motivating me to out for a night bike ride!!

Happy Sparkversary!!

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TEDDYBABE 1/20/2012 8:33PM

    Oh I love that term "spins me". It does that to me also and affects my sleep also. Love your pictures and what beautiful travels! Congrats and good luck with year # TWO!!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 1/20/2012 7:45PM

    I'm totally jealous of all your travels.
Happy Sparkiversary!! :)

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KRISZTA11 1/20/2012 5:56PM

    Happy emoticon, Oliver!
The pictures of your journey are awesome,
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BELTONWALKER67 1/20/2012 5:09PM

    Happy Sparkaversary! Enjoyed the pictures and WOW you do travel! Have a great new year.

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Strawberries again. And swordfish. (Morocco)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

During this 3 day quick come-and-go trip to Morocco, I finally managed to make a run every day. I only had 30 mins, so I did interval training.

I had the chance to taste the first strawberries of the new season, mainly shipping for the fresh market. They are sooo good looking and tasty. Oh, I love my job! Many of my colleagues are saturated with strawberries, but somehow, I am still fascinated by these fruits. In fact, before working here, I didn't really care about strawberries, but here, over time, I got into it.

On this evening pic, you can see my favourite place in Asilah, a restaurant called Casa Garcia. It's owned by a Spanish man. They are specialized in seafood, and there's not really a menu, everything is shown in the glass-doored fridge that is available to eat. Everything is fresh from the sea. It's that type of restaurant that is exquisite cuisine, but not expensive, not a posh place. I got the insider tip from a colleague working there for years before.

I ordered mixed salad - somehow simple vegetable salad taste extremely joyful, salad de fruit de mer, swordfish, icecream, and tropical fruit salad. I asked about the side dish, and my worry was justified, so I asked to exchange the pile of french fries to steamed vegetables. And all this wonder for the same cost as a workday lunch in Austria.

What I find interesting in Morocco's cuisine, is that very healthy, fresh, organic, low calorie food is on offer in the same way as, fat rich, heavy food. For example, Taijine, which is steamed chicken/beef with vegetables dish, and heavy in fat grilled ribs with french fries are similar price items on the menu. In Austria, and Hungary, I only find low calorie items in special restaurants, or as special "fitness" menu items. In Morocco, somehow by tradition it is part of the menu. And most of the raw material is fresh, organic, non-processed.

As for my weekly new habit, brushing my teeth after breakfast, it's in. I had to do it in a rush, in the toilet of the hotel lobby, but it's in.

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ZELLAZM 1/19/2012 8:59AM

    I'm with you - love strawberries. I'm looking forward to strawberry season but it's going to be a few months yet. Enjoyed hearing about Moroccan cooking!

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KKINNEA 1/18/2012 11:04PM

    Great building. Sounds like the tooth brushing habit is set - nice job! Also, I love how you get your exercise and healthy eating in - I love the joyful descriptions of tasty food!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/18/2012 9:04PM

    Great job....enjoy it! I agree strawberries are always good!

I'll have to put Morocco onto my list of places to vacation

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/18/2012 8:38PM

    Keep up the emoticon work !


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KMICHA 1/18/2012 8:29PM

    Oliver! Way to go! Even if it's not the exercise that you are use to, you are still out there doing it! The food sounds so delicious! I can almost taste the strawberries! Thanks for sharing your travel experiences with us! I think many of us enjoy reading about them and seeing the pictures you post!

Good Habit! Brush those pearly whites!

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MELLOWPETE 1/18/2012 8:13PM

  Nice work keeping up on your fitness while away from home! I always found that difficult to do.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/18/2012 7:40PM

    This all sounds so fascinating! And good for you on the teeth brushing! Way to go Oliver! emoticon

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