6 comments on “Easy, healthy, but most importantly – Delicious Chocolate Cranberry Almond Oat Bites

  1. You are making my mouth water! I am going to try to make something similar. These days with the heat & humidity of the sub-tropical summer keep me indoors. I jog on the spot, do weight training with 1 or 2kg hand weights, I can even do HIIT (high intensity interval training). My view looks out from the 3rd floor of my studio apartment on the beach by the South Pacific Ocean. Good on you keeping up your fitness!

    • Thanks for checking in, Gerowyn! Happy New Year! Glad to hear you still run! We have many life goals ahead of us that require that we stay fit. So, yep, regular runs, weight lifting and bicycling are part of that. I am a strong believer in the importance of interval training and these are probably our favorite workouts – the variety is nice and so is the feeling of accomplishment! We’re on a 10-day cycle with runs every A day and cycling & resistance training on B days. We finish every workout with 20 minutes of flexibility & balance exercises. Staying injury free is something we’re mindful of… a goal is to run a half-marathon just after my 60th birthday this summer. Wish me luck!

      • Happy New Year to you, too! It is excellent to hear that you are still keeping fit & healthy, as well as staying right up to date on the latest exercise research. I remember when we were in Japan that you had been an athlete in your school & university days. You used to continue to keep fit while you were there. I agree with you & Barbara, that the feeling of accomplishment is so nice after completing what is hell on earth for 5 x 45sec intervals. This week, I have just started to increase reps to 6, with a 4min warm up & a 3 – 5min cool down. These I do 3 times a week in the mornings, while the jog & weight workouts are done almost every afternoon. To keep motivated in the afternoons, I watch documentaries on my HD recorder to keep my brain fit, as well. I cannot believe you are turning 60 this northern hemisphere summer. Isn’t your birthday in July like mine? I will be 63. My goodness! Who would have thought? Stay healthy & keep up the excellent work!

        • June 30 I turn 60. We first came to Alaska (on a visit) in 2009. That summer we went to the fishing village of Cordova, Alaska, (population 2,000) accessible only be air and sea. We took our C-Dory 90 miles across Prince William Sound to get there and spent a week camping on the boat in the marina. It’s a super cool little town, with the residents there quite happy to remain off the road system. Every July Cordova holds a Salmon Festival, and as part of that festival they have a series of “Salmon Runs,” one of which is a half-marathon which we both participated in back in 2009. We’re thinking it would be a good story to go back to Cordova this July for a 10th year anniversary and do the half again.
          My high school coach was ahead of the curve on interval training; we were one of the very few teams back then regularly engaging in things like repeat 880’s, 440’s, 220’s and 110’s and as a result were a dominant team in our league. Barbra disliked this form of training initially, but now looks forward to her interval days above all others. As we age, our stride naturally begins to shorten; gotta do the speed work to prevent that and, I believe, to prevent the kinds of overuse injuries that can occur from running too much of the same pace. Plus, as weeks go by, they really make one a stronger, more fit athlete. I’m just plain grateful to still be able to exercise vigorously every day. As the years slip past, I take nothing for granted. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. Gotta stay in shape to scramble up and down those river banks chasing fish!

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