Working out at work

Ever since joining the gym here in the same building as my office, I’ve really enjoyed going to the group training sessions that they have in the mornings. The instructors here are extremely motivational and have really helped me get back in my gym game. I’ve entered a bunch of competitions, done reasonably well in them, and can certainly feel a difference in my body and strength levels.

But, for the past few months there haven’t been any classes because the gym is undergoing renovations and there hasn’t been space to hold big group classes. So, in order to push myself, and help others at the same time, I’ve convinced a couple of my colleagues to join me at the gym, and I run our own “private” training sessions.

I’m by no means a personal trainer, but I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to this so I enjoy putting together sessions that we can push ourselves in, based on our different levels of fitness and strength.

I vary these sessions to include HIIT training, circuit training, or just your standard weights training session, to try keep things interesting… trying to ensure that the sessions are never the same, and always allowing the option of having an easier or harder variation of (most) exercises depending on the fitness level.

I’ve fallen a little bit in love with doing this – it brings back fond memories of my previous job where I was running competitions at the office on a monthly basis – and while I’d never go into this as a career, I do love that my enthusiasm has rubbed off on some people and they are now motivated to get to the gym in the mornings and get a good workout in before starting the day off ๐Ÿ™‚

A friend told me over the weekend that I have inspired her to run again, so I must be doing something right… and I’m loving it ๐Ÿ™‚

My mini-circuit one morning

My mini-circuit one morning – squats with ball overhead; burpees over box; kettle-bell swing; standing sit ups with weight; a-squat

My first seven jobs

I came across this blog post from one of my fellow bloggers that I follow and it prompted me to write this post… I thought it might be a bit of fun to do someย random posting for today because I have finally caught up with all my delayed posts after my wonderful holidays that I’ve had recently… holidays that I’ve been able to enjoy because I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today.

So, if I look back to when I had my very first job in which I earned money, even though I was only about 13 years old, it is quite scary to think of how many jobs I have been through over the years – way too many to go putting that out in public ๐Ÿ˜‰

But, it is an interesting journey through all these years to see where I started and how I’ve ended up where I am today – living in Dubai and loving (almost) every minute of it… so here are my first seven jobs (or as I’ve detailed them, my seven different roles in my working career):

  1. A packer at the local supermarket – packing the bags at the tills. I wanted to be promoted to cashier but we left the town before that could happen
  2. Waitress at a coffee shop – I was still in school for this one and the shop was a 5-minute walk from my house so weekend mornings were spent serving coffee (possibly the reason I don’t drink coffee today ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  3. Customer sales at a sports store – sales assistant on the floor, to answering the customer care line to simply standing by the change rooms handing out tags for customers trying on clothes
  4. Waitress in various pubs / restaurants – I did this when I was studying and working in the pub was probably one of my favourite times… I worked with great people, made some decent money and just had a great time in general
  5. Travel agent – this is what I studied in college and I did this for 8 years, moving between a few different companies over the years (one of them I stayed with for 5 years!), but it was in this job / field that I got offered a job to move over to Dubai…
  6. Personal Assistant – this is what brought me to Dubai! One of my clients at the travel agency was moving over to Dubai and he offered me the position of being his PA… it was not a difficult decision to make ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Office Manager – I’ve been in Dubai for 8.5 years now and have evolved from Personal Assistant to Office Manager, over a few different companies that I’ve worked for. I’ve been at my current job for a little over 2 years now and still loving it, with the potential for lots of very interesting things to come my way…

Week 29 – Eloquent Elephant

(21 July 2016)

Slowly, slowly catchy monkey,ย so the saying goes – I’ll eventually get back up to date with my blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

Right then, let’s talk about the something new for week 29 – which ended on 21st July…

I had just got back from an amazing holiday with the fam-dam and thrown head-first into the madness at work, but there was to be some socialising with work to be done too – we had entered a quiz night to be held at the Eloquent Elephant at the Taj Hotel, Dubai.

Now, I’ve been to many a quiz night in Dubai but I have never been to The Eloquent Elephant, nor have I ever stepped foot into The Taj Hotel…. WOW!

The hotel is absolutely stunning – and surprisingly does not give off too much of a show-offy type of attitude when you walk in. It is so tastefully decorated!

Heading over to the pub for the quiz was an interesting experience in itself – the entrance to the pub is merely a tiny door in the wall, a door that looks like it might be an emergency exit type of door… but, lo and behold, through that door is yet another display of tasteful decoration.

Unfortunately I did not take many photos on the night because I was an idiot, but here are 2 that I managed to snap, of the lobby entrance, and a few that I’ve taken off Google just so that you can have an idea…

With it being a quiz night, we didn’t just sit down and enjoy a meal / few drinks. Instead we had a few beers during the quiz, and then afterwards a few of us stayed for a while and ordered some food off the menu.

The menu is small, but very interesting, and the food is very delicious… at least, the burgers that we all ordered were delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰

Would I go back there?

Yes, but it’s probably more suited to taking a client out for a drink, or if you work in the area then popping in there after work for a quick drink or two before either heading home or out for the night.

** Disclaimer: My understanding is that this was an event organised by a client and it is not an event run by the venue itself… so don’t be surprised if you cannot find details of a public quiz night at Eloquent Elephant. The views in this post are entirely my own – I was not asked to do, nor given any compensation for this review.ย