Browsing All posts tagged under »Dubai«

wanna make a million?

March 9, 2014

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I’ve just finished writing an article for a client on the habits of the rich. You see surprisingly, those with a high income or a whopping inheritance aren’t necessarily more likely to build wealth than those with mediocre incomes and no family wealth. What then is the key to financial success? The answer is, quite […]

Motion of the ocean

November 24, 2013

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I hummed and hawed whether to go to the final day of the Dubai Yoga & Music Festival at Dubai’s Westin hotel yesterday. As so often the case, my current workload is asking that I perform miracles but then I figured that after a few days of flying back to the desert and then being […]

Choosing to live

November 12, 2013

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Just last week, a friend told me about a book he was reading called Choosing to Live by Davey du Plessis. “You must read it after me,” he said. “You’ll love it. I’ve read the first 50 pages and I’m gripped…” And then in a moment of complete serendipity, I noticed that on my first […]

Going solo at Kamalaya

September 10, 2013

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The Personal Yoga Synergy programme at Kamalaya has given me great opportunity to enjoy intensive one to one yoga classes. Perched at the top of a hill, surrounded by wild vegetation and azure seas hugging tropical islands as far as the eye can see has been a pretty awesome backdrop for these. On the contrary, […]

Food as fuel

September 8, 2013

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This visit to my Kamalayan paradise couldn’t have come at a better time for me from a food as fuel point of view. Over a month into my plant-based journey and I continue to feel inspired and amazed at all that I’m learning and experiencing. I feel wonderful … full of vitality and energy … […]

My Kamalayan paradise

September 6, 2013

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Yesterday, I arrived in Koh Samui at the simply stunning Kamalaya. It is absolutely sublime and despite several months of wistful daydreaming about what to expect, even my over-active imagination fell short. It all started after an introduction to the place via my friend Andrea Oschetti. Andrea is a fellow runner, writer, North Face adventurer, food […]

Pursuing plants

August 26, 2013

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It’s been a few weeks since I made the decision to adopt a mainly plant-based diet. I think it was a long-time coming really. I’ve been intrigued about plant-based lifestyles for some time and have listened to no shortage of podcasts on the subject. I’m fascinated by the fact that many of the world’s leading […]

Support in sport

August 18, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago, I put a quote up on Facebook that said: “There are friendships that have been forged by dedication and by pain, by defeat and by accomplishment, by mud and by sweat, by laughter and by tears. Friends who have seen each other when we look our worst and when we […]

My two feet

August 11, 2013

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I met a friend running around the Marina yesterday and we chatted about it being nearly a year since I went carless. You see, last summer I made the decision to sell my car with the intention to change or upgrade. It sold quickly and then various adventures got in the way of sorting another. […]

Tricks of the trade

August 1, 2013

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It is totally normal for me to have race wobblies. In the days or weeks prior to any event, I suddenly have a breakdown in confidence … wonder whether I can finish, ask myself why I didn’t train with a little more discipline and structure, berate myself for succumbing to that extra glass of vino […]

Doin’ the Dodo

July 9, 2013

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Apologies in advance … a long post! Every runner would agree that you learn most from the events that were the most challenging. Our takeaways are greatest when we’re tested … and I guess this refers as much to our running as it does our lives in general. And so it was, this past weekend, […]

Sharing v comparing

July 6, 2013

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I think I have died and gone to heaven. I woke this morning at the gorgeous Le Telfair in marvelous Mauritius. I opened the curtains to a feast for my eyes as right before me lay lush green trees, soft white sand, azure waters and complete and utter silence. Breakfast over conversation about all things […]

Flipping failure

June 29, 2013

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I seem to have found myself discussing the concept of failure a lot recently and specifically, not being afraid of it.  It’s a pretty stupid word really. I mean, there is no such thing as failure, provided you give something your best shot and you learn from the experience. We all face so-called ‘failure’ in […]

Excuse abuse

June 26, 2013

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Here in Dubai, it’s that time of year when your alarm goes off and it’s so tempting to not get out and run … it’s baking hot by dawn and if you’re like me and already pressed snooze one too many times, the sun is shining at super strength, long before you’ve laced up those […]

Supplements for 40-somethings …

June 13, 2013

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As published in Men’s Fitness magazine – June 2013 Do you find yourself hitting a health food store with the greatest of intentions only to leave feeling overwhelmed by the mass cocktail of supplements on offer? If only there was one pill that combined the recommended amount of every vitamin, mineral and nutrient you need. […]

Pick, plot, plan & prepare

June 11, 2013

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I wrote an article for The Sweat Shop recently about the key elements you should consider when picking a trail race. Here it is … for any of you would-be trail runners. I don’t believe there’s a single soul in the world who’s ever looked back after swapping pavement pounding for the tales of the […]

Doing it @ home

June 7, 2013

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I flopped into bed last night feeling utterly exquisite. Why?  Because moments before, a gorgeous Balinese masseuse called Ani had closed the door behind her after a blissful massage chez moi. You see, despite being blessed in Dubai with great spas on pretty much every street corner, there is one thing that undoes the wonderful […]

Unplug & tune in

June 4, 2013

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Once upon a time, I’d never consider running without music … or some sort of audio.  In fact, once upon a time, if my various pods, which I seem to have amassed in every possible colour and update, weren’t charged or loaded, I probably wouldn’t have run at all.  Much like my days when I […]

Urban aventures a Lyon

May 30, 2013

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I’ve spent this week in Lyon and have enjoyed some absolutely glorious runs taking in the fantastic Parc de la Tete D’or, exploring the quaint cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon, ambling up and down the river, past canal boats and bars, along graceful tree-lined boulevards with their imposing French architecture and al fresco cafes and […]

It’s all about the cupping …

May 20, 2013

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Whilst coffee has no direct correlation with fitness or running, health or wellness, it does play a pretty major role in fuelling me every morning and in particular, up mammoth mountains, over super long distances and often at crazy altitude. In fact, before I’ve had a good injection of the black stuff every morning, I’m […]

Flow, form & feeling on fire

May 14, 2013

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The other night I enjoyed a perfect yoga class … one of those practices when everything just flows.  You feel powerful, strong and invincible. Your balance is beautiful, your core on fire and your monkey mind is sleeping or something because you are totally in the moment and thinking of nothing else but your flow […]

Heaven in Hatta

May 4, 2013

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Like a magpie to shiny objects, in each of us, there exist certain events, experiences and people that we’re magnetically drawn to. For me? Amongst many are weekend escapes, mountain landscapes, yoga and meditation, healthy food and winning wellness, ad fab company and inspiring conversation. Combine them and you have heaven.  Heaven in Hatta to […]

Why trawl the mall?

April 28, 2013

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When it comes to buying gifts for people, I often find myself taking the whole ordeal far too seriously. I want to give gifts with thought, that have meaning or purpose, something that someone might have chosen on their own. This, combined with my oft inability to make snappy decisions has led me to more […]

Dirty dancing & downward dogs

April 11, 2013

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Every morning as I inhale my first injection of caffeine and anticipate what awaits me in my inbox, I fantasise less about deadlines and demands, taxes and timelines, bills and blah blah blah and more about the sort of email I received a few days ago from Suzanne Robson, a gorgeous Dubai-based yogi extraordinaire. Why? […]

fashion. fitness. food.

April 3, 2013

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Is there any better combination that these three? I think not, well, not legal in the UAE anyway! It’s no secret that I, and anyone reading this, loves keeping fit.  Put all the health and wellness benefits aside and it really boils down to looking great and feeling great, taking care of ourselves inside and […]

Fitness for 2

March 27, 2013

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Written for and published in Aquarius – Mar 2013 Look around when getting your own fitness fix and there’s never a shortage of women in various stages of their pregnancies, looking fit, fabulous and glowing. It’s clear that women today are staying super fit throughout and going into childbirth and motherhood with enviable levels of […]

Essentially essential

March 13, 2013

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Day 3 signaled the end of my Essentially Revitalisation cleanse. I should have been gearing up with excitement to normal food and naughty treats again but if truth be known, I had to cheat. Just a little. Insatiable hunger is one thing. Americano deprivation another. Combined and subject to an already hot-blooded female, it just […]

Chimps, chewing, creativity & contentment

March 9, 2013

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I had planned to be in Nepal this weekend, my intention to run a race in Annapurna … but various obstacles got in the way, for the most part, the fast approach of one too many deadlines. As anyone who knows me will testify, nothing comes between me and my mac when it comes to my work! […]

Turning points

March 6, 2013

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Aquarius magazine are currently planning a Love your age special and did a shout out on facebook the other day asking for readers to submit their favourite age and why?  What happened during that year that changed their lives? Timely then that I was fresh off the phone with Jules Lewis, Founder of Mountain High, […]

QT with your cuties

March 2, 2013

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Living in Dubai and got yourself some kids?   If so, click on the links below for the complete lowdown on the best options to get fit with your kids … from yoga with your toddlers to FlyWheel with your tweens, it’s all covered, right here!   As published in Aquarius – February 2013 With […]

Snowy Sapporo

February 9, 2013

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I touched down in Sapporo last night after some horrific turbulence as we attempted to land during a massive snowstorm. On landing, I felt freezing even looking out the window. Think pitch-black darkness and huge snow crystals, lit by the glare of the runway lighting, flying in every direction. Minus ten, the captain announced.  My […]

Love & luck

January 24, 2013

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Today’s post has nothing to do with health and fitness … it relates instead to wellness  … emotional and mental wellness … matters of the mind and of the heart. Here goes. Earlier this week, I received a call from my ex husband aka H1 to say he was getting remarried.  If truth be known, […]