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Drink baby drink!

Before I began… I’ll warm you: A long post ahead! ๐Ÿ˜€

Saturday night is PASTA night. I had an amazing seafood lunch in Alexandria with friends (sorry no pics) in addition to the carb comma the night before. So I wasn’t feeling hungry but I knew I had to fuel well to prepare for Sunday’s long run.

Tahini, soba, broccoli, onion, brussels sprouts and spinach. While cooking I snacked edamame (new love! ;))


simple stir-fry with olive preserve


Sunday morning 7 AM I was like them

what was I looking at? Weather.com because it was raining and I know I’m not an evening runner, so I check the website every 10 min to see when it will stop raining. I usually don’t eat breakfast before running but since the weather left me with no option…. let’s do breakfast first ๐Ÿ˜‰


raspberries topped with greek yogurt and flax meal


half Udi’s gluten free bagel + cream cheese that I got in WF (first time)


Not a big fan ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I prefer LC more!


Udi’s bagel: it’s chewy, spongy and tasty. I wouldn’t say it’s like conventional bagel because of its lack of chewiness, but I like it. Its texture is between cake and bread. I had this half toasted and the other half later without, I like it more without toasting. Coco’s rating: 4/5.

At 10 AM, the sky cleared up. So I put my new running short! ๐Ÿ˜† Now I feel like a real runner ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I don’t know what moves I was trying to do… feel you can see my excitement.

oh… if you didn’t realize it… I forgot to take off the label… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

< 2 hours later… I finished 12 miles!!! It’s the longest run in my life and the longest run I’m doing to prepare for the incoming half marathon. And let me tell you… 2 miles up from last week’s 10 miles was HARD!!! I never got thirsty during long run (well, apparently not long enough) but yesterday I got it, I need to DRINK before, during and after!!! I was doing the before and after, but didn’t do properly the during. By mile 6 I drunk the whole bottle of vitamin water and ate two fruit straps. ย Those gave me a good boost, but I got thirsty again in mile 8. By mile 10 I was really thirsty. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was not fun to do 2 extra miles feeling thirsty. Fortunately my mental strength pushed me to the end but I learned the lesson: drink baby drink!

Things to know about hydration (source)

1. You need to be well hydrated before you start your run or workout. If you start partially dehydrated, it only gets worse from there.

2. The color of your pee should be pale yellow, rather than clear or dark yellow. It should look more like lemonade than orange juice.

3. Electrolytes are lost along with fluid when you sweat. You need to replace these electrolytes through an energy drink, electrolyte solution or electrolyte tablets.

4. If you donโ€™t replace electrolytes, particularly sodium, you wonโ€™t be able to absorb the fluid youโ€™re drinking. This means that you could be drinking plenty, but not re-hydrating.

5. Dehydration leads to a loss of performance, cramps, digestive problems, and ultimately an inability to cool the body. These progressively worse problems will eventually stop you in your tracks.

6. Drinking too much plain water can also be a problem. Drinking lots of plain water can dilute the sodium level in your blood, leading to a problem called hyponatremia. This is why it is important to use a hydration product to replace electrolytes.

7. The term โ€œdrink to thirstโ€ means that you should not drink just for the sake of drinking. You need to drink an amount of fluid that replaces what youโ€™re losing in your sweat.

8. You may not actually feel โ€œthirstโ€ while running or racing. If you donโ€™t ever feel the sensation of thirst, donโ€™t make the mistake of stopping drinking completely. Continue drinking fluids in a moderate quantity to make sure that youโ€™re getting what you need.


another things that I realized yesterday

  • Outfit matters. I was wearing cotton shirt, it got all wet and it was heavy.
  • Strength training. My legs weren’t tired but my upper body was. My arms and shoulder got very tired during the run and sore after the run. I haven’t done power yoga lately and I got the consequence. Somehow I don’t feel into yoga these days… but I know I need to do cross-training and strength work to have a balance workout. More on this later ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post-run fuel: more bagel


I showed and laid down a while before getting to prepare lunch.

I roasted brussels sprouts


with salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder


spinach and mushroom sauteed in coconut oil


couscous and wheat berries



curried tofu with green peas and cauliflower


more edamame


it looks like a KERF meal, isn’t it?


A long nap, some work later… I went to a gym 2 blocks away from home. Yes, the strength and cross training thing stuck in my head.

vida fitness is a really fancy gym. It has a big variety of fitness classes (spinning, yoga, pilates, steps, body pump, etc), twoย stationary swimming pool (I was shocked ๐Ÿ˜ฏ when the guy showed it to me like “this is the pool”)


I did the tour and left the gym. I thought about it “seriously” during groceries shopping in Whole Food and went back 30 min later


I became a member ๐Ÿ˜†


yes, I know, I’m really COMPULSIVE or better said, I’m aย DECISIVE person ๐Ÿ˜‰

I heard a lot runners talking about the after long-run hunger. Well… since I started running, it never happened to me. I don’t know why. Since I’m a true believer of intuitive eating, I won’t stuff myself just because. So, for dinner I craved something simple.

I made Miso Soup from 101 cookbooks

firm tofu, chopped parsley


green onion, carrots


cooked and rinsed soba noodles


miso seaweed broth






The taste is clean and simple. Maybe in another day I would find it bland but that was all I wanted yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

Q1: Are you a compulsive or decisive buyer?

Q2: Are you a gym member? What do you do at the gym?


Filed under breakfast, dinner, lunch, review, running

I miss weekend because

Since Monday morning I started missing weekend because

1. I sleep much better during weekend (night and day), I’m sleep deprived during the week. I often wake up before 5 AM ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
2. I get time to organize my apartment
3. I get time to catch up on blog reading
4. I get time to read leisure books
5. I get time to meet new and old friends

and I can continue … ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway…. I’m glad that wednesday is almost over and I’m hosting a housewarming party this Friday!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

Rewind a little bit. Monday 6.30 AM


ready for 5 miles run


juice ingredients


new breakfast combo: parfait made with roasted kabocha, greek yogurt and raspberries



the most hated housework: IRONING ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


I don’t do bed every morning…. only when I can’t stand the mess anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰


chinese food for dinner: tomato, bamboo, black fungus and winter squash stew. YUM YUM~~~


bok choy sauteed with mushrooms


seaweed salad (I can’t get enough of it :D)


very healthy and filling dinner combo. don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dessert: rainbow color corn! ๐Ÿ˜†


I’m soooo obsessed with CORNS. heheh….:lol:

Q: What do you miss about weekend?


Filed under dinner

The way I love my family.

I love my parents and my uncles family. I’d do anything to make them happy. Few years ago, I thought buying them gifts every time that I visit them is a way to show love. Yes, that is a way to make them excited for a moment but that won’t bring them long term happiness. To truly take care of them is to show them a life style in order to be healthy, therefore be able to enjoy every day and be happy. We all know how hard is to change someone’s decades of life of being sedentary, eating high fat, high sugar and high animal products everyday. They know that it is not healthy that way but they’re reluctant to change. What can I do? Put them in a strict diet and workout schedule? No, I don’t think so because the change should come from themselves, not from brute force. What I can do is to provide them with the information about the benefits of adopting a healthy life style. I bought them a lot of books, cook them healthy meals, talk to them and walk with them whenever I get the chance. This morning I chat with my cousin and she told me that nowadays their diet have completed changed, they eat mainly vegetables, fruits, grains, tofu, fish and very little meats. She said that they really enjoy eating that way, it’s like their taste buds changed. Nothing can bring me satisfaction as much as hearing this, not even appearing in news or presenting in an important audience!!! That is the life change that I’ve been working for them for years. I’m so HAPPY for them!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ My next project is to put them in move!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


My Sunday was good: worked 6 hours, did laundry, called my mom, started planning my next trip, and veggie-loaded meals! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch was stir-fry veggies with coconut oil (love this) on a bed of spring mix. Warm salad are the best! ๐Ÿ˜‰


with women bread



Dinner was stir-fry of cauliflower, seaweed and black fungus. I don’t know why, but I just love sea vegetables! ๐Ÿ˜€



millet, dates, goji berries porridge and stir-fry romaine with mushrooms.

Q1: What’s your way to show love to your family?

Q2: Any trip plan?


Filed under dinner, lunch