TV debut

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You all probably know anyway from my FB and twitter updates but last week, I was on telly *said in best Yorkshire accent*, My amazing midwife Deb has done a few appearance for a show called Studio One on the Dubai one channel. She asked me if I would like to go on with her to talk about having a baby here in Dubai and how its differs from other countries. Now as I have a wee Dutchy and a Dubai-an I was definitely qualified to do the job.

I didn’t think I just said yes, as the day grew closer I was starting to umm……poop ones self! We arrived at the TV station, I was expecting this huge building/studio kind on the Phil & Holly size but it was actually daily small, trickery of TV I guess. We went straight into hair and make up, I remember think how nervous I was and the smell of stale cigarettes from the make up artist wasn’t helping my nausea.  Tom Urquhart little bit of a hottie actually  was super nice and made me feel completely at ease, he told me how the interview would go and what sort of questions he’d ask. He’d mainly be talking to Deb anyway, however I was just so paranoid I was going to drop the F bomb in Dubai TV.

Once I got stuck in and started to talk it was great, nerves melted away and actually had a really awesome time, I was hoping to show you a snippet from the show but they haven’t updated the website yet! So here’s a few wee pic’s of my trip to the TV station!!






Change isn’t the enemy!!

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Isn’t funny how we can give others advice and encouragement but we don’t give to ourselves? You look beautiful, you’re doing so well, you can do it!!!

It’s no secret on here and around the people I love that I struggle with my weight/body image, so almost 8 weeks ago I had a life changing moment.

I attended a friends boots camp she’s starting her own business and had asked me to come. I have always had a strong aversion to group exercise as I feel self-conscious and judged even though people actually don’t give a shit as they have their own lives to deal with. However I decided to get my arse off the couch and go, I loved it…well I hated every moment I was there but I loved it. Emma is so positive is so motivating, she’s had two kids herself although you’d NEVER tell so understands that maybe star jumps may actually…erm.. be a problem. She doesn’t pick on you or name and shame, she doesnt’ use embarrassment to motivate you., you want to work hard cos she’s working hard with you. Anyway at the end of the session I got on her fan-dangled scales that pretty much weigh everything!! The results we’re shocking, the visceral fat (the fat in my abdomen and surrounding my organs) percentage was dangerously high, I had no skeletal muscle, so I’m pretty much Mr Muscle with a tub of lard around his middle. I went home and I cried, I was so disappointed with myself, how did I do this to myself?especially as the first time I started weight watchers I was only 8 1/2 stone!! That was nothing, my bra size was 3 cups smaller than what I am now, it’s ridiculous.

I didn’t cry for long, I decided to take charge and sign up for more of her boot camp classes and her personal training sessions, yes I can hear you now “not everyone can afford a personal trainer” I know they can’t and to be totally honest I can’t either but I will gladly sacrifice a couple of nights out a month if it means I end this battle I have with myself and my weight!!

After Two weeks here I am IMG_5525

I’ve weighed myself a couple of times but now avoid the scales where possible as they’re toxic for my mental health, I go by how I feel , which most of the time is positive.

At 4 weeks here I am,

I want to be clear, I’m not writing this for compliments or gratification from others, as to be honest I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, thats the whole point.

I’m writing this as I want to get this running commentary out of my head.


8 weeks on I could probably be a hell of a lot smaller (if Emma hid the duck pate) but I refuse to diet, if it takes me two years I will do it and I will do it the hard way. At the beginning I could barely do 1 press up but yesterday I did 75!!!! I ran around the park in Boot camp without stopping, ok I finished about 10 mins after everyone else but it didn’t matter. All I got was encouragement from the others, encouragement  that I achieved something big. I can encourage and give advice to everyone about how great they look so why can’t I listen to myself? I’m having a bad week this week in the fact I’m letting the mirror/scales define me define my success…..why I am I doing this?

What I am doing is so good, I haven’t touched my meds in 4-6 weeks, I smile so much more, my sugars are stable, I have more enthusiasm to get out with my kids…Its funny how we’ll always focus on the negatives we feel.

These girls I exercise with are amazing, we’re all normal and go about the school run after our post boot camp rituals, I just feel that I should maybe dedicate this post to them and Emma, as without you all I would have given up after a couple of weeks.

I really hope that my story or moan what ever you want to call it will inspire some to get moving, change the things in your life you don’t like. Trust me, coming from the laziest person ever, I would seriously rather eat a bag of mini eggs then go to boot camp. However isn’t that being selfish on my part? “Sorry kids mammy brought you into the world but she didn’t stay long cos she just didn’t love herself enough to be healthy”

Harsh? maybe….but true!!

Anyway here are the GIRLS ONLY crew, you ladies rock!!10007067_10153921528175058_2003863973_n

Emirates Park Zoo

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During the first week of our Easter holiday I took the wee bubba’s to Emirates Park Zoo now as most places like this that are in the UAE I didn’t really have very high expectations. It’s an awful thing to say but its true, however I was pleasantly surprised by this place. First and foremost you COULD actually find your way from the map on the website. Considering it was in Abu Dhabi and all the way I was sweating like a dieter in in a chocolate factory, I’m happy driving here in Dubai but I had never driven as far as Abu Dhabi on my own. We did it though, so that’s ticked of the list!

With admission only being 25dhs for me and 10dhs for LPV it was cheap enough to get in, when you walk through the turnstiles out to the Zoo park there are guys selling large bunches of leaves and grass so the children can feed the animals. This is lovely, it made the whole experience for them very interactive and not just staring at  poor miserable animal in a cage.

There is a bird aviary with bird from all over the world and LPV got to a Kookaburra “singing” this prompted Mammy to burst into song about a Kookaburra which LPV did not appreciate and I was told not to sing. We walked around and came to the camels…they we’re a..erm friendly bunch. One practically my hair gave me the fright of my life and LPV got to feed them some carrots



Miss C loved watching the fish in the air-conditioned mini very basic but good aquarium



The good thing about this place as that 80% of it is covered or inside, so this is perfect with the weather heating up fast. Dotted all around amongst the animals are cafe’s selling snacks and most importantly water!! So you can sit chill watch the animals and rehydrate too.  We made a little pit stop in the giraffe cafe to have a wee drink and watch the Zebra’s and giraffe’s funnily enough. There are places to get food around the park, they really don’t like you to bring your own. We just went to the subway which is conveniently right next door, that worked well for us, we then hit the road.

It really was a great day out, the drive isn’t too bad as its more Dubai side of Abu Dhabi, it’s was a very peaceful drive home as both angels fell fast asleep before we got on to the Abu Dhabi road, I would highly recommend it even now in the temperature we have.

I would love to post more photo’s but wordpress is being very awkward, this is not a sponsored post, these are my own words from a family day out that I wanted to share