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Beans of Tangier (Morocco) - 5% start

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!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/17/2012 4:44PM

    love the picture - and looking forward to hearing more of your Morocco adventures - I love North African food :)

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ZELLAZM 3/17/2012 8:42AM

    It's great that you are starting the challenge in Morocco where the food and exercise venues are so super! Hope you get in lots of good "air miles" this first weekend of the 5%!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/17/2012 8:20AM

    Great job Oliver....keep enjoying! Life on the road can be healthy!

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KMICHA 3/17/2012 7:13AM

    Thanks for the report . . . you are so good about sharing your travels with us! Today is the DAY!!! GO DAISIES!!! emoticon

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Just a pic - but direct from the beach (Morocco)

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!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/14/2012 5:00AM

    Thank you so much for sharing, this is gorgeous!!!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/14/2012 12:11AM

    SO beautiful!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/13/2012 5:53PM

    Definitely gorgeous!

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FVHORVATH 3/13/2012 4:31PM

    What a beautiful picture! You are so lucky to be able to travel all over and have the chance to see all the amazing things you do. And to be able to exercise in areas like this would be so much fun!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/13/2012 3:42PM

    You rock.....this kind of run is good for the body and the soul!!

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KMICHA 3/13/2012 3:34PM

    Breath taking!!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MPLANE37 3/13/2012 3:09PM

    Very beautiful...

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LAURIE9404 3/13/2012 2:54PM

    Beautiful!!! Those runs are good for more than just your physical health!

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5% Challenge commitments - Moroccan starter

Saturday, March 10, 2012

emoticonHow 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.

emoticonWhat 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.

emoticonHow will you support your team?
Check blogs once per week and give feedback.


emoticonHave 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.

emoticonWhat is your exercise plan?
Running is my focus this year, other exercises as cross training.

emoticonDo 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.

emoticon Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
For sure I DO!

emoticonDid 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!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/16/2012 2:33PM

    great plan - and wow - that salad looks sooooooo good!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/14/2012 12:12AM

    emoticon plan! I love reading your blogs - feeds my travel bug - even though I will never go those places you have been to!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 3/13/2012 8:45PM

    Oliver that salad looks delicious. Bring us some back. And wow is that beach absolutely breathtaking. And that's only the pic I saw.

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KKINNEA 3/13/2012 3:43PM

    Lots of distance on those shoes - treat yourself to a new pair! Yay spring challenge!

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LAURIE9404 3/13/2012 2:56PM

    Good plans. I might have to start stealing some ideas from you!

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KRISZTA11 3/11/2012 7:41AM

    emoticon plan!
It is amazing you exercise twice a day,
swim or bike when you run "only" 6k : ))
That salad looks wonderful.

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KIMBERTA99 3/10/2012 1:19PM

    Oliver you have a great plan in place so I know you will reach your goals!! OH MY..that salad looks sooooo YUMMY!! Glad you are able to find the healthy choices "if you want"!!! emoticon

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Spain, Algeciras. 10K in!

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!

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ZELLAZM 3/10/2012 9:55AM

    What a beautiful running venue! And all that seafood!

It sounds like you are doing things right! I think your readers are learning from YOU how to travel and stay fit at the same time. My only added tip would be to pack one of those therabands. They're really light and make it possible to do some good ST while you're on the road.

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SHOOPETTE 3/10/2012 3:04AM

    You rock! always thinking about exercise and healthy food!

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KKINNEA 3/9/2012 2:36PM

    Your plan, as always, sounds like you have the market cornered on healthy travel! Your "track" looks wonderful!

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CANDOK1260 3/9/2012 10:34AM

    great blog great pic thanks

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BD3269PM 3/9/2012 6:41AM

    You are doing great, making excellent choices. Keep it up and enjoy your trip emoticon

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KRISZTA11 3/9/2012 4:44AM

    I don't think it is possible to do any better then you are already doing!
Bringing your scale, running gear and healthy food, running 10k at the beach on the sand, wonderful choices!
You can run all around the world!

I'll go to London with my family and friends and I'm looking forward to run in Kensington Gardens and Hyde park, as our lodging will be very close to them.
Running gear will be almost half my luggage lol...

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KIMBERTA99 3/9/2012 1:05AM

    I am sure you will do wondreful..stick to your plan. Sounds like you have all your tools to succeed!! I agree with Mindy...I hope you can show us some beautiful shots from Morroco!! Have fun!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/8/2012 6:59PM

    You're doing great....I envy you the great food available in Morocco...and the great places to run. Enjoy!

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MINDY502 3/8/2012 6:22PM

    Sounds like you got it covered. Beautiful pictures hope you post more over the week. Have a great week!

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A funny pic from Vienna

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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KRISZTA11 3/5/2012 1:09PM

Your travel bag shows where your priorities are!

I had the same experience walking the path where I usually run,
it was totally different!
And a good time to take pictures too.

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CONFIDO999 3/5/2012 10:17AM

    It's funny, but also kind of sad to see a huge ad covering up that beautiful building. The modern age is sometimes not so great. I am glad you are enjoying the trip, though!

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SHOOPETTE 3/5/2012 2:35AM

    and what a contrast of having a women's naked legs on a cathedral, not sure the priests like it

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BLUE42DOWN 3/4/2012 8:47PM

    What a contrast of new with old.

emoticon getting those walks in!

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