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My last Moroccan dinner

Monday, April 02, 2012

This pic is from Monday last week.

Funnily, my last meal "a la Morocco" was in Spain. When I got off from the ferry from Tanger Med to Algeciras, I had about 2h until the next bus to Malaga. I had a big luggage on me, so walking around in the city center was not really an option. I was looking for a place to have dinner, and to my surprise, almost all restaurants/cafés/bars around were Moroccan style.

So, I settled in one of them, ordered my usual soup, salad, and tajine (meat cooked together with vegetables). In the pause between plates, I went on with a few pages with my current read on running.

There is some bread, which I usually prefer not to have, but my experience was that if I ask for anything that is not by the book in Morocco, they say yes, and in the end, they just do it by the book. Let it be tea without sugar, fish without French fries, or a starter without bread. In the end, they all reappeared.

I got inspired by CCASKEY37 to look at the positive achievements, and not only the scale. In Morocco, I have built a habit over the last weeks of this, that for the meals when eating out, I started a vegetable or fish soup, then a light salad, and then I ate some main course. This way, I was less eager to eat a big main course, or go for a dessert.

For the read, as running is in my focus this year, I kept on reading a few pages. Funny, that even these few pages give so much progress, both in the book, and in my running exercise.

Do you read any books lately for your healthy life?

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    Sounds de-lish! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/5/2012 2:04AM

    Tim Ferris The Four Hour Body. This meal looks delicious !

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KRISZTA11 4/2/2012 1:51PM

    Your eating out habits are great,
I'll keep this in mind as an example to me.

What is the book you were reading during dinner?

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/2/2012 8:11AM

    Looks like a great meal...enjoy, and safe travels

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TELFERS01 4/2/2012 2:15AM

  Why did you provide dinner for the last Moraccan?

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Pictures from Malaga - and the joy of home

Sunday, April 01, 2012

So, on Tuesday morning, before leaving to the airport, I had a short time to make a powerwalk of 60min in downtown Malaga (Spain) and the beach. It's funny that at night the city was full, everything is open until 11pm, but in the morning, hardly any shops have the doors open. It was just a short 1 night stopover, but my crave for exercise made discover the inner city in not much more then an hour. A nice place to return to for holidays.

Welcome to

Lots of scooters

Back of the cathedral

At 11 am

At 12 am

Beach #2

Roman theatre

Otherwise, I am very tired from the 3 weeks work in Morocco, without weekends, it kind of drains, and I need to recharge at some point. That time I was energetic every day (without the rest), but it looks like it comes out now, as since I'm back, I just want to sleep and rest, and to be at home.
In a few days for sure this period will be over, and I can be back to the normal routine, and be energetic again.
So, from Wednesday on, I didn't push myself too much, just tried to make healthy choices, and do exercise the way I was capable of, and take good care of me.
This I learned before, being super tired is not the good time to excel in calorie budgets, and new limits in lap times, and is better to accept if I eat more, or move less.

Otherwise, I enjoy being home and eating my food, and doing my exercise. Somehow, gradually I'm shifting back to the lower amounts that I used to eat before the trip, and more regular exercises.

I think the main difference in food is variety. Here at home I have learned what and where to get, to have healthy food from a wide range. On the trip, it's often reduced to the same salad, and steamed vegetables when eating out, even if it's the good Moroccan type.

So, as much as I enjoy exploring new countries, it turns out, I enjoy being at home, as well.

How is your healthy life when you are low either emotionally, or physically?
Do you push?
Do you scale back?
What do you do?

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    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing.
When I am feeling low, sometimes I go for a run, alone. That really helps me.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/1/2012 8:54AM

    Welcome back home!

You're right, I do the same thing. I've been on the road for 4 weeks (with another trip Monday). This I rested all day Saturday, then went to a movie with my son.

Relax, recharge, and enjoy!!

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CCASKEY37 4/1/2012 8:32AM

    I was in Malaga for one day a few years ago. It was the only day our tour stopped at the coast. It was a cloudy, coldish day but I enjoyed every second.

When I'm stressed I tend to push it on the exercise front but end up making bad choices with food. It's good to recognize so it doesn't happen as much.

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ZELLAZM 4/1/2012 7:42AM

    Home again safe and sound! Yes, I think that when you're tired you have to go easy on yourself. But I also know have to be careful because my tendency is to eat more sweets and carbs when I'm tired. Maybe because my body needs carbs at times like those? The trick, of course, is moderation.

Enjoy your "reentry" time - and rest up!

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KMICHA 4/1/2012 6:41AM

    After being away for so long, . . . . there is no place like home! Traveling and working will take their toll on one. I think you are doing the right thing, listening to your body and doing what it needs. Sometimes, in a emotionally or physically draining situation, I will get a burst of energy and do more than planned. But usually I scale back a bit and don't push as hard.

You are doing a terrific job Oliver! Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing the pictures and the journey with us!

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KRISZTA11 4/1/2012 6:18AM

    Thanks for these lovely pictures!

I agree with you, in this situation I would take the same moderate approach.
Take good care of yourself,
getting enough sleep is the most important now.
Enjoy being back home!
: )

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SHOOPETTE 4/1/2012 4:05AM

    lovely pictures, welcome back home!

I feel the same about traveling, love it but love being back home and sleeping in my own bed

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Greetings from Malaga, Spain (7K)

Monday, March 26, 2012

I just arrived to Malaga, and have learned that I'm in the Spotlight in the 5% challenge!
This is great!

Today, I was travelling, lots of sitting, and lots of walking. Excellent foundation for an evening run. I planned only 6K, but the city center is so beautiful, it was begging for another turn.

This where I reached the bay in Malaga, I ran along, then I turned back.
Malaga is known for it's exquisite beaches, so tomorrow I'll explore that.

Anyone visited Malaga before?

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SHOOPETTE 3/31/2012 2:17PM

    I haven't but your pics really makes me want to.

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ZELLAZM 3/28/2012 8:24AM

    What a lovely running venue! Look forward to a pic of the beach - never been to Spain at all so am enjoying it vicariously with you.

And congrats on being in the Spotlight on the 5% challenge board!

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CALIKIKI 3/27/2012 11:08PM

    I love Spain! So very jealous and cant wait until summer 2014 when i can go back.

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    So glad you're keeping it up rockstar! You're doing the most amazing job in the most wonderful of places!

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LISAINMS 3/27/2012 9:23PM

    I was in Malaga about 20 years ago. Beautiful!

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 12:09PM

    Looks lovely - nice place for a scenic run.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/27/2012 4:46AM

    Congratulations for being in the Spotlight! And for another great run! I have never been to Malaga, but it looks beautiful. I can't wait to see more.

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KIMBERTA99 3/27/2012 1:47AM

    Nope..never been to Spain!! I hope you show us the beaches tomorrow!! Way to go on being in the spotlight..you deserve it!!

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KMICHA 3/26/2012 9:50PM

    No, I've never been there . . . it look beautiful though! Can't wait to see tomorrow's pictures!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/26/2012 6:41PM

    so beautiful - can't wait for tomorrow's pictures :)

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Best 10K at 49m:35s - Still in Morocco

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A quote from Endomondo's tracker from Yesterday:
"Personal best 10 km of 49m:35s which is a 0m:39s improvement. "

This was totally unexpected, as I just went out to run after arriving home and going out to dine with my colleague.

I like to have lunch Lamoura, a village nearby one of the (strawberry freezing) factory.

This is from the top of the grill.
Before market:

After market:

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CALIKIKI 3/27/2012 11:10PM

    Oh my goodness really jealous. I am dying to go to Morocco!

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LISAINMS 3/27/2012 9:21PM

    WTG on a speedy run!

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BELTONWALKER67 3/27/2012 4:57PM

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 12:09PM

    Great picture and great run!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/27/2012 4:39AM

    Great run! Congratulations!

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KIMBERTA99 3/27/2012 1:48AM

    WOO HOO on your run!! Very impressive!!

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DONNACFIT 3/27/2012 1:19AM

    Congrats on the run!! Wow I love your background picture!! So beautiful :)

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/26/2012 6:05PM

    great time! WTG!

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TINAJANE76 3/26/2012 4:39AM

    Great job!!!

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NPA4LOSS 3/25/2012 10:00PM

    emoticon emoticon congratulations on your great success!

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TEXASTITCHER 3/25/2012 7:50PM

    Congratulations. And thanks for sharing pictures.

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KALISWALKER 3/25/2012 4:48PM

    Oliver congratualtions on your best time. I love the pictures in your blogs. This Spring when you wrote to me about inviting your friends to the Challenge that motivated me too.


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DINGALLSTOO 3/25/2012 9:46AM

    wow, you are a powerhouse....and an inspiration! Congratulations

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KRISZTA11 3/24/2012 4:13PM

    Congrats to your new personal best,
it is a GREAT time : ))

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ZELLAZM 3/24/2012 2:59PM

    WTG on your personal best! The village looks a bit deserted when the market is over!

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KMICHA 3/24/2012 2:48PM

    Nice!!! WTG!!! Keep it up!! Go daisies!!!

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Beach, run, wind in Assilah (Morocco)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This morning I ran again 10K - now three days in a row.

I love to run on the beach. The sand is soft, I could run barefoot, but the water and soil is quite cold, so I just run in my shoes.

Sometimes there's strong wind, working against me, but then it's just even more fun.

For food, I keep it healthy, I start meals with a vegetable or fish soup, then a salad (usually I ask for two of it), and then I eat a main course with fish, prawns/schrimps, or similar. The 10K run gives me about 800 kcal extra burned, which is also more room for enjoying the fresh and tasty food here in Morocco.

I'm happy the 5% challenge is back, gives me the motivation to squeeze in more exercise minutes!

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SHOOPETTE 3/21/2012 3:06PM

    You rock dude!

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KMICHA 3/20/2012 9:32PM

    NICE!!!! I miss the beach! thanks for sharing ! I'm glad the 5% challenge is back too. Great job on the exercise and nutrition! Keep it up!! Go Daisies!! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 3/20/2012 6:36PM

    Great photo! All your cross border excursions are what I was referring to when I said European life seems like a nonstop adventure.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/20/2012 4:41PM

    Wonderful! Way to go! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 3/20/2012 4:13PM

    You are a lucky man to have these wonderful trips,
and you make them the best with your healthy and active lifestyle.
Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 3/20/2012 4:12PM

    sigh...such beautiful pictures and inspiring runs - thank you for taking us along with you :)

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ZELLAZM 3/20/2012 2:19PM

    Got it a good run today myself. I've been missing it - yay for Spring! And yay for the beach in Morocco. You're making me long for beach runs in Florida.

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KKINNEA 3/20/2012 2:08PM

    That's quite a workout on soft sand - great job!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/20/2012 11:47AM

    I'm so jealous of your running locale!!

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MINDY502 3/20/2012 9:31AM


I am glad the challenge started I set out last one and hoping to find motivation. Have a great week!

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