Browsing All posts tagged under »wellness wins«

Dead fish

August 3, 2011


Aiden shared a great quote by Malcolm Muggeridge with me yesterday … ‘Only dead fish go with the flow.’ This one will stay with me, I know, because I have forever been a fish who battles upstream, when it comes to training, work or play.  Why? I just like it that way.  It’s more fun […]

Ramadan is for life …

August 2, 2011


not just for Ramadan. I picked up a copy of Time Out this week and there was an article titled ‘How to fast healthily this Ramadan.’ The article started off by saying that a vital part of completing a Ramadan fast is to know how to break it properly. Reading on however, I noticed the […]

Paddle for the Planet

July 27, 2011


As published in Outdoor UAE – July 11  Not yet seen Outdoor UAE this month?  Not yet read Adventure Chicks July column? Hurry now and get yourself a copy before being replaced by the next fab issue!

Three cheers for Cavekids

July 27, 2011


Half an hour into my first meeting with Aden Hopkins and latterly Scott Stevenson, I felt like we had been friends forever.  Referred through a mutual friend which lead to my doing some work for the boys and their fantastic company, Cavekids Evolution, we just clicked.  We have exactly the same thoughts behind the connections between […]

Jebel for Jonathan

July 22, 2011


Around 3am this morning, dozens of cars set off from Dubai in the direction of Jebel Hafeet, a 1,240m mountain with 60 corners and an 8% ascent on the border of Al Ain.  A road snakes up from foot to summit, 13km long in all. By 5am, the cars were empty and the car park […]

Wisdom from Wouter

July 18, 2011


Wouter Kingma, the much-loved Dubai photographer who has wowed hundreds and hundreds of Racing the Planet competitors with his awesome ability to capture the blood, sweat, tears and  joy of adventure runners from all four corners intent on living life to the full, sent out an email the other day that I can’t help but […]

Marathons & marriage

July 8, 2011


Tomorrow, the 9th July 2011, my DXB partner in crime and a truly great girlfriend will walk up the aisle and marry the lovely Simon Osborne. I’ve spent the last few days thinking about Emily a lot, missing our five-times daily chats as she embraces wedding fever back in England. And I’ve been thinking about what […]

Tori’s two cents

July 8, 2011


The other day I was asked by a magazine to give my top five health, fitness and wellness tips.   Only five I thought?! Ask yourself the same question and you soon realise that this is pretty hard as between living, eating, training, working, wellness and more, day in day out, there are countless tips […]

Thai Tai Chi, Cocktail Frocks & Collagen Coffee

July 6, 2011


I had my last BKK run for a while this morning so fitting then that it was one full of action and adventure. I planned a route to and around Lumpini Park … a lush piece of land in the heart of the CBD … the Bangkok version of Safa Park I suppose. And Lumpini […]

Downward Dog Dubai

July 4, 2011


As published in Aquarius – July 11     Yoga is often billed as the ultimate antidote to life in the fast lane and in Dubai, where our every fitness and wellness whim seems to be attended to, we are spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of classes on offer. Follow our top tips […]

Slow down & savour

July 3, 2011


I write this from Le Vimarn, an island paradise in Ko Samet, Thailand.  The hotel is divine, sitting right on a white sandy beach and sheltered by great big palm trees and lush jungle behind. I’m here with an old university friend … we’ve spent the last 15 years taking very different paths in opposite […]

Singapore salutations & mindful planning

July 2, 2011


A few days ago, on my last day in Singapore, I spent a very lovely morning with my sisters and mum at yoga.  We arrived a little late, fell in the door like naughty school girls and immediately lifted the tempo in the room to all-round smiles and animated chatter. Our mats were alongside each […]

Love you

June 27, 2011


As published on This week, LOVESTYLE divas, is a post about loving the way you look.  Dubai is a city full of beautiful women; we’re a young population and compared to other cities, we have high disposable incomes so have no qualms about treating ourselves regularly at spas, beauty salons and the malls. But […]

Cocktails & Coco

June 26, 2011


I sit and write this from my hotel lobby in Singapore, fresh from a BBQ with my wonderful family, suitably hydrated thanks to a few chilled glasses of Cloudy Bay and looking footloose and fancy free in my favourite LBD. It’s hard to imagine already that just 24 hours ago, I was in the midst […]

I + I = < 2

June 21, 2011


See that title and think I made a typo?  Mixed up by 1’s and my I’s? No typo … just Tori’s revised version of the classic ‘the whole is great than the sum of the parts’ formula. How many times, in work or in play have you heard the words ‘There is no I in […]


June 18, 2011


IS WITHIN ME NOW! This was one of the many affirmations I chanted this morning but before I get to this and the others that featured, let’s go back to the beginning. I got in touch with Yvette of Breathe Believe Pilates via the wonderful Noura whose yoga I’ve been to (see Ironing out the […]

Sharing soles & nourishing souls

June 8, 2011


Last weekend I spent a fantastic afternoon with Muna and a great team of volunteers from The Seeds of Change group who go about doing random acts of kindness within Dubai. A fabulous concept, a fabulous group and Muna is nothing short of fabulous all-round. As I mentioned in my post that followed that I love random acts of […]

Twinkling eyes & secret smiles

June 6, 2011


Yesterday my friend Emily was asking me about how I like to run so much, what I think about and how I keep my busy little mind occupied for so long. My answer ….? It’s my time to get creative, brainstorm, set goals and plan adventures, sing along to cheesey tunes, listen to audio books […]

The Seeds of Change

June 4, 2011


I hear on a daily basis now comments about summer having arrived, about how the temperatures are rising and how drained people feel … and it’s true. It is now extremely hot. And the mid afternoon sun is extremely uncomfortable. But these comments have more often than not been made by fellow expats as they […]

Paddle for the Planet

June 4, 2011


This morning, 7.30am, at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s North Beach, our crystal clear waters were awash with paddlers …. kayakers, SUP’ers, surf-skiers, dragon boaters … I even caught sight of a swimmer with paddles on his hands … all there to support a pretty awesome initiative called Paddle for the Planet. Here’s what you need to […]

Face the fear

May 31, 2011


Today is World No Tobacco day so I’m feeling very aware of days, or should I say habits, gone by as although I find smoking a repulsive habit these days I used to be a smoker myself. Tori the runner I hear you cry?!? Yes, Tori the runner! This is where it all began …. […]

Wise old soles

May 30, 2011


I am listening to Once a Runner on audio right now.  A great book by John L Parker and one that I will cover alone in a future post but today, my words are about one particular line in the book … a comment made in passing about the personalities that our running shoes have.  […]

If you snooze, you lose

May 28, 2011


Last night I had one too many vinos. Combined with far too little sleep, when the dreaded alarm went off, I very nearly opted for repeatedly reaching out for the snooze button and opting for a few more hours between the sheets. But no. Why? Not for punishment per se but rather because I have […]

Real rocks

May 23, 2011


The last time I paid a visit to Real Pilates, I fell in love. My post Time to get Real said it all. Fast forward a few months and I returned this evening, this time to check out the reformer classes. Different class, different instructor, same results; I fell in love all over again. Here’s […]

All praise for the playground

May 19, 2011


This morning I was on Dubai Eye, along with James Russell, designer-extraordinaire and Pete Aldwinckle, of Global Climbing for a chat with Suzanne Radford re Outdoor UAE magazine. I write a monthly column called Adventure Chicks and Pete is a regular contributor re all things climbing-related. Pete is the Ruler of RAK when it comes […]


May 18, 2011


I read some lovely words recently and today want to share them with you. They were: Start your day with L.I.F.E LAUGH – Do something that makes you feel positive INTENTIONS – Set a focus for the day and give it direction FUEL – Get a healthy nutritious meal in your body to give you […]

The tragedy of the treadmill

May 15, 2011


Dedicated to AJ. You know who you are and you know what you need to do! Now that Summer has reared it’s hot head on our shores, I’ve had more than a few runners lament over moving inside and taking to the treadmill. Just the word fills me with horror so this post, Tragedy of […]

Shakin’ it up at Fit-Quake

May 14, 2011


Today FXT Fitness held Fit-Quake … a charity event in aid of raising funds for the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand. Held at Studio Fitness in JBR, it was a day of fitness and fun although post a long run this morning, I admittedly opted out of anything remotely resembling hard work and […]

Step it up lady B

May 12, 2011


My friend Briony has made more than one comment of late re not getting mentions in my blog posts so today Briony, this one’s for you, although you might regret having ever said a word when you read on …. I first met Briony boxing. We would both be on the mats, thrashing it out […]

From bud to bloom

May 7, 2011


A fabulous pool party last night meant I woke up without the usual spring in my step, raring to run and eager to expend energy. Instead I felt in dire need of an injection of therapy in a more luxurious setting and an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Enter my destination for the day […]

Running for rants when life is pants …

May 5, 2011


I ran with a good girlfriend tonight … unplanned and short but required for a friend in need. Why? Because she needed a rant … to let go of the stresses and strains in her life and the hands of cards she’s currently being dealt. And if a run is sometimes a great release then […]

Chill @ Chill

May 4, 2011


Once upon a time I had a full-time office job (the memories still haunt me!) and the office in question was on the 11th floor of Al Shatha Tower, Media City. Fortunately, on the 9th floor, was a beauty salon where Bea, a fantastic masseuse, would pummel and pamper me at least a couple of […]