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#FitCrush: The 30-day Fitness Challenge Update #1

Hey you guys!

A week has gone by and so I thought I’d give you a quick update on my progresses with the famous #Bliss30dayfitnesschallenge!

Exercise-wise I’ve got to admit that I did not do as well as I hoped…. only because work, life etc… kind of got in the way. But I still fitted in a couple of gym sessions at the Pharaoh’s Club at Wafi, and 2 runs so it wasn’t too bad. You’ve gotta give it to these guys, their club is pretty amazing. I mean, the range of cardio & resistance machines available in the Ladies Gym is really good and truly allows you to mix and match different training routines.

On the diet front, I’ve actually been pretty good. I’ve not weighted myself as I try to only do so every 2 weeks… but I do feel  good and reenergise so it must be a good sign ;)!

And finally, I’ve been using the bliss Lean Machine together with my #FatGirlSlim cream and must say my skin defo looks a little firmer and smoother! This thing is AMAZING!! So easy to use and it damn bloody works. Really worth the investment.

More updates Instagram and Twitter so make sure to follow me on those 2 as well.

You can also search for #bliss30daychallenge and #fatgirlslim on social media platforms icon wink #FitCrush: The 30 day Fitness Challenge with Bliss Middle East, BasharaCare & Pharaohs Club at Wafi.

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PS: I got hold of my #fatgirlslim lean machine by accepting the #bliss30daychallenge. If you are a #beautyblogger nominate yourself to be the next one to be picked, otherwise you can buy your personal #cellulite buster from @basharacare.

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#FitCrush: The 30-day Fitness Challenge with Bliss Middle East, BasharaCare & Pharaoh’s Club at Wafi

I’m so excited to finally be able to share a new & exciting project I’m working on!! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably gathered I was up to no good with my blog-sister Liouaa from Jam the Glam cos hey, that’s how WE roll!

So a couple of weeks ago, Liouaa & I were offered the amazing opportunity to embark on a 30-day fitness challenge with Bliss Middle East and Pharaoh’s Club at Wafi and BasharaCare.com.

bliss recently introduced their hugely popular anti-cellulite cream, fatgirlslim, in UAE which used in conjunction with fatgirlslim lean machine, can make a huge difference on your cellulite. Of course, to maximise its results, it’s important that you also work out hard AND eat clean. They partnered up with Pharaoh’s Club at Wafi Mall and together, we will be working hard (very hard!) to kick start mine and Liouaa’s new fit & healthy selves!

1st step was the fit test –  Sue, our lovely personal trainer, took us to the ladies-only section of the club (how cool is that?! It just felt so much more confortable!) and, after an in-depth body analysis,  bossed us around a series of exercise to asses our current fitness level… the results were… how can I put it… let’s just say there is room (a lot of it!) for improvements. Which in a way, is great.

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2nd step – the individual workout session – Based on the above results, Sue was able to put together a personalised program targeting my very own areas of concerns. The workout is about 45 mins long and includes a warm up followed by a series of targeted exercises using the various cardio & resistance machines and free weights in the gym.  This one should be done 3 or 4 times a week, on top of which I should add another 2 x 45 mins cardio workouts… if I’ve not lost at least 5kgs at the end of it, there will be murder! (Sue, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding! But still…)

3rd step – the diet – No point in bursting your butt off at the gym 5 times a week if you’re gonna grab a croissant and a fat latte after each session. It is tempting though. The whole effort = reward thing does look appealing. But one must resist (trying to convince myself here). A program I followed in the past is the Dukan Diet.

Now I hear you already thinking it’s just another fad diet, it doesn’t work etc… well, I am not one that can just ‘control’ my portion sizes, or have ‘a little bit of everything’. See, I’m a ALL or NOTHING kind of gal and this plan works for me. It’s simple, doesn’t require a lot of preparing and it works. Check out this website for more details or, if you’d like, I’ll write a post on the diet!

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4th step – the lean machine – Every day for the next 30 days, I will be diligently applying my new bliss fatgirlslim cream and massaging it with the lean machine. It only takes a few minutes. I’ve now used it a couple of times and getting the hang of it. It’s not easy at first I must say and takes getting used to moving it up & down your legs (will go into more details at a latter stage).

So there you have it, the low-down on my new Fitness Challenge! Expect to see weekly updates and then of course don’t forget to look me up on Instagram and Twitter to follow my daily actives (beware there will be the odd sweaty/red/bothered selfie!).

You can also search for #bliss30daychallenge and #fatgirlslim on social media platforms 😉

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PS: I got hold of my #fatgirlslim lean machine by accepting the #bliss30daychallenge. If you are a #beautyblogger nominate yourself to be the next one to be picked, otherwise you can buy your personal #cellulite buster from @basharacare.

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#VideoCrush: #VLOGFIT Challenge, The Intro

Alright there ladies, I have finally put together my Goals & Objectives for 2014! Hurrah!

One these goals is to complete the bloggers #VLOGFIT challenge, supporting fellow blogger & friend Clare Elise from Clareelisesparkles.com!

Check out this video introduction to the Challenge and don’t forget to track my updates & progress on Twitter & YouTube, using the #VLOGFIT hastag.

And you too fancy joining in the fun just do it! The more the merrier!! All you’ve gotta do is blog/tweet and vlog your way to a healthier & fitter you using the #VLOGFIT hashtag!

Wish me luck!!

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#FashionCrush: Tamara Al Gabbani ArabiAna A/W13 Collection

Good morning to you all!

I am so super exited to be back after a whole week of ‘digital detox’! I do have lots of fashion & beauty posts to catch up on but thought I’d share one of my fave local designers’ new A/W Collection today!

Since spending the Eid holidays over in Algeria with my in-laws, wearing mostly jalabiyas, I really got to appreciate how comfy, yet stylish these Arabic dresses are!

This is the one I wore for Eid, which is more of a ‘evening/party’ jalabiya. I got it from a tiny little shop in a very dodgy looking shopping center in Algiers but hey, I tell you, this is where you find THE BEST stuff! Morrocan kaftans, kanduras, babouches, and they are super mega cheap! Next time I travel back to Algiers, I will be sure to go with an (half) empty suitcase!!

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For a bit more of a ‘luxe’ take on jalabiyas, Tamara Al Gabbani ArabiAna Collection really hits the mark when it comes to mixing modern designs & traditional pieces! Her new collection includes prints inspired from Islamic art and combining them with grecian geometric paterns.

Her pieces are made of the finest silk crepe and embedded with crystals. The finishing touch comes in the form of silk tassel belts. What I like most about Tamara’s pieces? They are affordable! From AED1,900….

Check out some of the pieces:

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All items & collections are available to order from her website here.

I’ll be back soon with more #Glam updates ;)!

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#FitnessCrush: The launch of Yoga Retreats

Hey gals!

I was very lucky to be invited to the launch of Yoga Retreats, affiliate company to Liv2Lead in the beautiful grounds of The Farm, Al Barari on Saturday.

We all enjoyed a very relaxing (yet a little tough!) yoga class followed by yummy canapes & drinks – FABULOUS!

There seems to be a growing demand here for relaxing ‘get-away from it all’ breaks & those Yoga Retreats are just perfect!

People will discover fun, nature, new cultures, physical and mental challenges and of course Yoga! The retreats and holidays combine mind, body and spirit, self-­‐discovery and personal growth.

Yoga Retreats provide short breaks and day trips with a difference. From rock climbing, horse riding, trekking, volunteering work in undeveloped countries and other energizing activities mixed with the ancient art of yoga, you will feel completely reborn.

Living in a city like Dubai with a stressful and demanding work life, often we forget what’s outside the comforts and the real lives people have in less fortunate countries.

Yoga Retreats not only provide people with the opportunity to explore new cultures, cities, and incredible sites to see but also gives time to reflect, discover oneself and learn to be more
appreciative of what we have.

Check out the upcoming Horse Riding & Yoga morning on Saturday 8th June! Register to attend here.

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Here are the Scheduled Yoga Retreats for the Summer/ Autumn Season: –

-­‐ 5th to 7th July -­‐Sri Lanka, ‘Revitalize Body & Mind’, Taste delicious southern Asia food and learn to cook too!

-­‐ 21st to 29th August -­‐ Vietnam, ‘A cultural & humanitarian Trip, visit heritage places and give back.

-­‐ 6th to 10th September -­‐ Jordan, ‘The wonders of historical sites’, hiking and relaxing.

-­‐ 11th to 16th October – Nepal, ‘Yoga in the Hills’, trekking and paragliding.

For info & bookings, contact the beautiful Livia Anzaldolivia@liv2lead.com or call +971 50 1819 527

Check the pics from Saturday’s Launch Events here:

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