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?
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.
Lots of scooters
Back of the cathedral
At 11 am
At 12 am
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?
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?
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.
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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