Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Day In The Life Of

The ongoing daily trials and tribulations of living in the land of sand

Last night I managed to convince Mitten that she would be much better off staying at Nanna and Grandad's than she would be with be, as all I was going to do was watch Coronation Street, it worked and she was duly packed off for a little holiday in Satwa.

My plan then came together, with Atilla out at Golf in Sharjah I decided to have a nice hot shower, put on some PJ's and ensconce myself on the sofa with some good television and the real Blue Cat.   After a couple of hours I had an early night, slept well and got up early this morning (7.30 am is early for me).  After breakfast I headed over to Juan Salon for a morning of pampering.  To most of you this isn't really that special, to someone who hasn't been the salon for more than half an hour since last Summer, this is a MAJOR pleasure.  Three hours later with pink hair, nails and toes I head over to Mall of the Emirates.

Now seeing as I am having a day of indulgence and relaxation I had a Pinkberry with fruit for lunch, naughty but nice I have to say.  I suddenly remembered as I was sitting there that I hadn't been to the Mall on my own since the Summer either and thought it was about time I got myself a new pair of jeans. Now I am already having a super day, out on my own, hair and nails done, Pinkberry consumed when I try on a pair of jeans two sizes smaller the ones I was wearing 4 months ago!!  did a happy dance in the changing room!!

I nipped into Boots quickly for some of my secret "how to stay young cream" which you can read about here, then headed home to find an e mail from my bridesmaid in the UK to say that her and husband have confirmed their flights to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us in March.

Did I deserve my day??  I wouldn't normally say this but yes I did! I hope you all have a day soon which makes you really really smile!

You will find me and my pink hair and nails, in my smaller jeans at Arte this weekend, Times Square from 12 Noon, why not pop in and say Hello, you will find me on the House of Colour stand right next to @toffeeprincess.

GA

A few days back my friend Frockexchange and I decided that enough was enough and we were going for a little day out to the shop that sells the sparkly stuff, the stuff with the bubbles in it ...

So of we doddle up the Emirates Road taking in the countryside, first thing we came across was a group of caravans for sale!!  Gypsies we shouted! sadly we were wrong but it funny all the same. Got there in no time at all and decided to have a bit of breakfast, so we headed to the little restaurant for some quick refreshment.   Walked in and standing at the bar with a whisky in one hand and a cigarette in the other was a man dressed in local dress.  I have seen it time and time before so it just goes over my head, Frockexchange was tickled pink, especially when he moved out of our sight of vision and the barmaid served him with a bottle of red wine!!

True to form the continental breakfast of pastries and condiments turned out to be four slices of white bread and jam!!  had a good laugh at it all though.

Just makes you think, what a weird and wonderful place we live in!

is to diet!  it's one of those things that we put the back of our minds or start one in January and then fall of the wagon before you even got the middle of the month. For the last four years (at least) I have not been happy with my physical appearance, you might think that odd considering the work I do with House of Colour but it's the truth. House of Colour gave me my confidence back to accept who I am as a woman but it didn't really stop me feeling fat.

The last few months have been lousy due to a back injury which I am not going to bore you all with, but it basically left me housebound.  On the 1st of September, I decided that enough was enough (again) and started on a diet.   I didn't do it alone I have been surrounded by a very special group of women who shall remain anonymous but they have all been fantastic.  I honestly don't believe you can do it on your own, you need to the support of family and friends to embark on what can sometimes be a miserable and disheartening time.

I dragged out all my Slimming World books, magazines and diet plan and started to concentrate on losing some weight.  The first month was tough and I got by with the aid of a curly wurly mosts nights which helped my sweet craving.  I no longer bother with that as my body is now used to having no chocolate, though I do have the odd nibble of some dark chocolate.  Anyway basically with alot of determination, coupled with a slight loss of appetite following a horrific experience with a needle, an Anaesthetist and a local hospital, I woke up a few weeks ago to find that I had reached my original goal weight loss, which was a 10 kg loss.

All I want to say is that YOU can do it if you WANT to do it, it won't be easy but if you really want to get back to the weight you were, sit yourself down and tell yourself that you will do it!!   One thing that kept me going was saying to myself when tempted, do you really want that pizza? or do you really want to be thin? the answer was the latter one.

Another good thing was that Nkd Pizza actually don't deliver in my area!!! (but if you do fancy one, they are the healthiest of the lot)

Good luck everyone YOU CAN DO IT!!

GA

It was November, my car was turning 4 in December and for the previous year it had been in the back of my mind that maybe it was time to let her go and trade her in for a newer model (thank goodness my husband hasn't done that with me). Anyway, being a great believer in fate I duly advertised her and she was sold to the first lady who came to see her. It was love at first sight, just like it had been for me four years earlier when we had bought my first ever brand new car in the UAE.  So, with that decision taken out of my hands we headed down to Al Habtoor Motors to order the new one, which was very simple as I knew exactly what I wanted.  The deposit was paid and we headed down to the HSBC Bank to apply for the loan that we needed to get the new car. The very nice man in the bank gave us gifts and told us it would take two working days before the loan was transferred into our account, however it was the day before Eid .....

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