Saturday, March 17, 2012
Funny thing in Morocco that even the supermarket involves some touches of the local culture of loving to trade on the market. Many items are on display like they are on the market. Here you are some beans.
So I start my 5% Spring Challenge here in the North of Africa, in Morocco, a country, which is a mix of the Arab World, and Europe. It's so exciting here, partly so different, partly so similar.
This trip is extraordinary in that sense that I eat very healthy, and I exercised every day. Travel habits rule in the end!
More adventure reports to come!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The daily run takes me to beautiful places I would othewise never go.
Morning and evening, running on the beach with the sun is simply breathtaking.
So greetings from Assilah, Morocco!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
How much and how often will you exercise?
Daily 10 min is the must, the backup is 10 min walking before going to bed.
Otherwise, I target 10k-6k-10k-6k-10k for 5 days in a row, with swim or bike on the 6k days. On the 6th and 7th day, long walk, or swim, or bike. I also plan to be a member in the local gym finally.
What diet will you follow?
SparkPeople, 500kcal less every day eaten vs. burned.
I introduced a planned breakfast recently, I keep on doing this to make it a habit.
How will you support your team?
Check blogs once per week and give feedback.
Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
I need to buy new running shoes, the current one reaches 1200K soon, so the material is really tired.
What is your exercise plan?
Running is my focus this year, other exercises as cross training.
Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
SparkPeople diet plan, I track food every day, track exercise, and see my calorie differential. I target 500kcal less per day, to reach my perfect weight again (74kg).
I'll look up a new salad recipe for the evenings in my SparkPeople cookbook.
Stock - from healthy snacks and Wasa crispbread, müsli, I have a stock, and I bring it with me on my trips.
Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
For sure I DO!
Did you put your Spring 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?
Yes in BIG! :-)
So, we are in Morocco, also at work during the weekends. When the strawberry season is on, there's not really time to break...
Something I love in Morocco, that I can eat very healthy if I want. For starter, one of my favourites is Salade Nicoise. As my colleague pointed out for me, it is very balanced in protein, carbs, fat, and fiber. And here vegetables are so fresh and tasty.
And now, let's get out to the beach (in another country, hihi!), and put in those daily runs!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
So we are on the way to Morocco with a colleague of mine. We flew to Malaga, Spain, then collected our equipment from a TNT depot station, and drove to Algeciras, which is a big port on the South of Spain. Tomorrow, we take to ferry to enter to Morocco.
It's still a challenge to live healthy when travelling, but I have my workarounds.
My luggage had my scales, running gear, some stock of healthy food that usually I cannot find in hotels and average shops, and my motivation.
I managed not to take the junk food distributed at the airplanes, and only drank water. This is still a challenge, as everybody is eating, and the situation is like "free food - everybody takes it".
For lunch and dinner, we choose local Spanish restaurants with seafood. I love all kinds of seafood, and so I enjoyed it a lot. I choose fish soup to start at both places.
In the evening, we went to run with my colleague, first 4K together, then I went on for my 10K on my own. I ran at the beach in the sand in the dark, it was fantastic. Just the sound of the waves, and the sand cracking under my shoes. The lights of the port on the other side of the bay were marvelous, here you are a pic from the begininning of my "track".
For the next 10 days I will be in Morocco, usualy program with strawberries, which I love, and the excellent Moroccan food all over the place.
Any suggestions, tips, recommendations, things to avoid for nutrition and exercise on a trip, are welcome!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, Gleisdorf (Austria):
We made a 60 min walk in the forest with my girlfriend on one of my usual tracks. It was a funny experience, the whole way looked so different by walking, and also much longer. I have seen houses, trees, details I haven't seen before.
Sunday, Szombathely (Hungary):
No run or other exercise today due to travel, so we put in a power walk of 30 min, to get in some exercise. Hopefully, tomorrow I can run, I have my running shoes with me.
Funny, that I only brought a small bag of stuff with me for this one day trip. Guess what's in that bag:
1. Running shoes and gear
2. Kitchen scale
3. Portable body scale
Here's a funny pic from Vienna from Friday. What a contrast...
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