With the 38th Milo Marathon this Sunday the 27th of July 2014 I wanted to share the many lessons I have learned in my previous 13 marathons. This will be my 4th Milo Marathon and I am glad to support the race knowing that it has been such a well respected race in the Philippines.
One day I hope to have run 65 marathons like my friend Willy Yao and I am sure I will still be learning valuable lessons then too.
13 Marathons – 13 Lessons
Marathon 1. You Have To Be Well Nourished Before and During the Marathon
I went into my first marathon with total ignorance and paid a heavy price. The Subic International Marathon 2009 (4 hours 31 minutes) was a lesson in nutrition for me as I did not eat a proper lunch before the 4pm start. I was top 30 after 32km and then I hit the wall. I did not even have any food or cash on me that day but I always do now.
Marathon 2. It Is More Fun and Rewarding to Share the Journey
I ran the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2010 in 4:49:39. We joined a Filipino contingent and made some excellent friends and had the time of our lives. Realizing how great it was to be part of a large group helped sway us to join the Melbourne Ironman 2014.
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“A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.”-Debi Mazar
After the heroic feats of the German World Cup football team it is time to reflect on our local heroes. They look like you and I but they are selfless and always think of others first.
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Ok, I confess, I loved beer.
Previously, I could not have imagined a life without beer. Seriously, that is how much I loved the amber ale.
My First San Miguel Beer Was at 5 Years-of-Age
Continue reading Beer, What Is It Good For? Beer Belly vs. 6-Pack.
“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen R. Covey
Our birth certificates do not have an expiration date so we actually have a saying in to how well and how long we live. Of course outside forces may affect this but what we do today will have an impact on our tomorrow.
What is the key to longevity? There is not one perfect answer but many things that you can do to give yourself a better quality and quantity of life. See what is the Primed Lifestyle.
From the facebook page of Overfed and Undernourished.
Continue reading What Do You Want To Do When You Are 90 Years Old?
I like kale but a lot of people do not. My daughter Lauren is not a fan of kale and never wants to have it again!
The fact that it is very, very good for you will not make up for the fact that some people just don’t like the taste as they find it too rich, bitter and powerful on the taste buds.
What if you can make a delicious and nutritious smoothie that incorporates this nutritious food into your diet?
At Nurture Wellness Village I enjoyed one of the most delightful smoothies I have ever tried. It was so good that I actually had 2.
The owner, Cathy, tells of a delightful story where a 9 year old girl, sipping on a Kale and Pineapple Smoothie, exclaimed to her Mum, “I love Kale juice!”
I will be taking my daughter and son there hoping they too might have the same response.
To make the smoothie simply blend ice, de-stemmed kale leaves and pineapple.
The great thing about getting your kale smoothie or buying your kale from Nurture Wellness Village is that it is organic and great quality. Kale is also excellent inside an Omelette with Berries.
If you are in Tagaytay enjoying the cooler weather there drop in and experience Nurture’s Spa or Wellness treatments, lunch or dinner, or even a delicious Kale and Pineapple Smoothie in their beautiful and relaxing garden setting.
I have a confession to make. As the owner, manager and breakfast cook in my own restaurant in Brisbane for 3 years I never learned how to make an Omelette. It seemed too difficult. I made a great Eggs Benedict, Wood Fired Breakfast Pizza and a lot of other dishes, but I always avoided the Omelette.
Continue reading OMELETTE of Wilted Kale, Onions and Mixed Berries
After receiving a few good tips from Chef Cyrille I decided to give it a go one morning during our holiday in London. I am pleased to say that it went well and my 2 children loved it.
It is not such a difficult dish to do after all as you will soon see.
Here is a complete meal in one nutritious slice. It might take a couple of hours of cutting vegetable and other preparations but it is definitely worth the effort. It is also a dish that can be stored in the fridge and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner on subsequent days.
Traditional lasagne is usually creamy and involves layers of wheat sheets of pasta. As we know, wheat contains gluten, to which a growing number of people have difficulty digesting and choose to avoid. If you are like me and want to reduce (or eliminate) grains and/or gluten in your diet then here is an alternative to the traditional lasagne.
By substituting the pasta sheets with zucchini, squash and eggplant sheets you are making this dish far healthier. You are choosing higher quality foods that won’t spike your blood sugar and are therefore fuelling your body with optimal sources of calories.
Continue reading LASAGNE with Vegetable Sheets (not pasta)
It is not easy to maintain fitness whilst at work slumped over your computer most of the day. We lead a sedentary work day and then commute home only to watch TV until bed time. This is not conducive to good health so here are a few tips for you to Prime your work day.
Top 7 Ways To Become Fitter Whilst at Work
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There is a lot of addiction in the world today. A lot of people are addicted to a lot of different things. Just to name a few of the more self-destructive ones (and destructive to ones friends and family) are: alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, pornography, smoking, surfing the internet, texting, watching TV, eating fast foods, using facebook and sugar.
Continue reading What Do You Love Too Much?
Holiday excess! Two words we do not like at all. We all usually come home with excess baggage from our holiday. Excess because of the new clothes, gifts for friends and souvenirs. But what about the excess weight around your waistline and butt? This is a usual occurrence after a great vacation where we return heavier than we left due to over-eating and drinking, and not getting enough exercise.
This post relates to our recent 3 weeks in Italy, France and the UK where we managed to return as we departed: fit and healthy. Here are a few hints on how to have a great holiday that could leave you a little lighter in body, enriched in mind, and save you some cash as well.
Continue reading How to Maintain a PRIMED Lifestyle while on HOLIDAY