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!
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?
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
Friday, January 20, 2012
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.
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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