Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has put together a fitness challenge for the city to take part in, to try and get Dubai to be the most active city in the world!

The challenge runs from 20 October until 18 November and the idea is to spend at least 30 minutes each day doing something active, for 30 consecutive days.

For someone like me, this is not too difficult as I’m pretty active already, however there are many people who do little to no exercise day in and day out… and this challenge is largely aimed at them. And so to take it up a notch, I’ve registered my entire office into the challenge and am running a competition between 2 teams in the office to see who will put in their 30 minutes of effort each day 🙂

Are you or your company taking part??

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Week 39 – Deadlifts!

I received the below photo from one of the Fitness First Personal Trainers whom I used to train regularly with and his comment was “Are you coming to collect your medal?”

Now we all know how Hazel never shies away from a challenge so I immediately replied and said that I’d be there. He told me to PRACTICE, so, with only 4 days to go until the event, I planned in one practice session and a bunch of hoping-for-the-best 😉

Sunday evening I headed off to the gym and did one round of the challenge… and having never done a deadlift before, I was rather in shock at how heavy 35 kg’s is when you’re doing 20 reps!

Monday was fine – I headed out for a light run before work, but by Tuesday I was in a fair amount of pain in my back (from not knowing the correct form for deadlifts!), however I still went off to interval training.

This was not my wisest decision ever as I ended up with a huge cramp in my buttock and coach said “no more pushing for you tonight!”

And by Wednesday I could barely walk! I was rather concerned because the challenge was Wednesday evening, but since I really wanted to at least attempt the challenge, I headed off after work and waited my turn…

And then didn’t even finish it 😥 I managed to push through the first round in a fairly decent time, but once I’d finished the second round of rowing, I took one look at the deadlift bar and knew that if I tried to do those 20 reps, I’d be putting myself at risk for a proper injury… and so I tapped out 😦

I was really upset at myself for a) allowing it to get this bad, b) the fact that I could not finish it, and c) just because, well, I didn’t finish!

But at least I know now that I need to a) practice my form properly if I’m to do them again, and b) I really need to work on my back muscles a little bit and get them a bit stronger!

There’s now another gym challenge starting towards the end of October that I’ve signed up for – a 6-week challenge where each week we’ll be given a ‘surprise’ challenge to complete within the week, for time.

Bring on BEAST MODE!

BEAST!

100 happy thoughts

About 3 months ago I was reminded of a post that I did 2 years ago – a post that made me focus on finding the happy things in my day-to-day life.

I had been feeling a bit out of sorts for the longest time at that point and so I thought it would be a great idea to once again find something each day to be happy and/or thankful for…. and here are my 100 days! Enjoy 🙂

Day 1 (18 April 2017) – Being reminded of 100 days of happy Hazy

Day 2 – Peanut butter cookies for lunch snack

Day 3 – Cheese and wine night at home

Day 4 – Excellent night out at dinner and partying afterwards

Day 5 – House hunting

Day 6 – Public holiday: went for a run, escape room, visited a friend who’s just had a baby

Day 7 – Fabulous easy-paced 5km run

Day 8 – Random dinner with friends – home-cooking, wine, dessert, giggles

Day 9 – Bonkers Bingo!!!

Day 10 – Landlord agreed to drop rent so no need to move; Eddie Izzard live in Dubai!!!

Day 11 – Hilarious day / night out with friends

Day 12 – Total lazy day on the couch with loads of laughs, and even managed my 2km run!

Day 13 – Last day of running for run.every.day challenge – 140 km’s!

Day 14 – Wings & Rings dinner – YUM! (1 May)

Day 15 – Skype chat with the parentals ❤

Day 16 – Sports massage for tired & achy legs

Day 17 – Curry, wine & movie night at home

Day 18 – AWESOME brunch afternoon / night out

Day 19 – No hangover; random movie night at cinema

Day 20 – Wings for life run!

Day 21 – Just a typical day – nothing bad; nothing overly good

Day 22 – Olly being silly and jumping into the fridge

Olly playing hide and seek 🙂

Day 23 – Excellent 7km run at autodrome

Day 24 – Girls night out

Day 25 – Mary Poppins at The Opera!!!

Day 26 – Looooong breakfast & lunch at Crumbs with the girls 🙂

Day 27 – Cheeky, unexpected HazAl evening

Day 28 – Excellent night out at pub quiz, very funny!

Day 29 – Great training session; reminiscing on photos; great night’s sleep

Day 30 – 2 very successful & interesting job interviews – what will be the outcome?!

Day 31 – Bolognese pizza at Jebel Ali Club!!!!

Day 32 – Football tournament scorer, followed by great night out on the dark side

Day 33 – Minimal hangover, ending the day off by being photographer at football awards evening

Day 34 – OFFERED A NEW JOB!!!

Day 35 – Fabulous morning run

Day 36 – Fun night out at work social – tenpin bowling

Day 37 – Hardcore hill session at autodrome

Day 38 – Tough A – Z session at gym which felt great to be able to complete

Day 39 – Night away in RAK – clear the head a bit!

Day 40 – Chilled evening on the couch with the housemates after a night away

Day 41 – Received contract for new job offer

Day 42 – Fun night out at quiz

Day 43 – Spontaneous night on the couch with the girls, eating cheese & drinking wine

Day 44 – Signed contract for new job

Day 45 – Resigned! (1 June)

Day 46 – Fun morning on the beach, hilarious night out with friends

Day 47 – Found a brilliant new TV show to watch – The Handmaid’s Tale

Day 48 – Enjoyable short run to clear the head

Day 49 – Excellent workout at gym

Day 50 (HALFWAY!) – Wrote speech for sister’s wedding

Day 51 – Just your standard Wednesday

Day 52 – Very quiet night at home – finished The Big Bang theory (Amy & Sheldon?!?!?!)

Day 53 – Early morning gym session, catching up with friends, games night at home

Day 54 – Burj al Arab for dinner with the girls!!

Day 55 – Paid off teeth loan early

Day 56 – Smashed my 10-minute rowing PR

Day 57 – Blue Orange prize dinner  – mini birthday celebration for Daniel

Day 58 – Chit chat with new boss

Day 59 – Couple of beers with ex-work colleagues

Day 60 – Last morning run with Nat; Nat’s farewell – sad day, but great time out

Day 61 – Braai at a friend whom I’ve not seen in a while

Day 62 – First Pilates class at gym

Day 63 – Dinner with friends

Day 64 – Interval training – good run in this heat!

Day 65 – Work iftar / final dinner / farewell

Day 66 – Prague

Day 67 – Prague

Day 68 – Scored my first-ever goal (plus 2 more!!)

Day 69 – Very happy to make my flight home after oversleeping and missing my taxi by one hour!!!!

Day 70 – Packed for my trip home; lots of kitty cuddles

Day 71 – Fly to South Africa!!!

Day 72 – Family ❤

Day 73 – Went for a fabulous 5.5km run at home 🙂

Day 74 – Bootcamp with mom & Stretch – surprise hen party for my sister

Day 75 – Stretch’s hen party (1 July)

Day 76 – Sleepover at Maaitjie

Day 77 – Sleepover at Kimmie

Day 78 – Saw Kimmie’s baby on the scan!

Day 79 – Milo milkshake & chicken mayo sandwich with Stretch

Day 80 – Dinner with Kimmie – soooo many laughs and memories ❤

Day 81 – Girlie day with mom, Stretch, Feather – breakfast & massages

Day 82 – Fantastic day at the Fairway with Stretch & Dwayne ❤

Day 83 – Just being in South Africa!!!

Day 84 – Mauritius!!!!

Day 85 – Hilarious night with the bride, bridesmaid & one of the groomsmen 😀

Day 86 – STRETCH & DWAYNE GET MARRIED!

Day 87 – Catamaran cruise

Day 88 – Hassle-free travel with zero queues at JNB airport with transfer

Day 89 – Catching up with Villa Kunterbunt 🙂

Day 90 – Start new job!!

Day 91 – Catch up at HazAl!

Day 92 – Game of Thrones, with popcorn

Day 93 – Hot but enjoyable 5km run in the park

Day 94 – Chilled night at home, on the couch, on my own

Day 95 – Great 9km run in the morning; fab night out with friends

Day 96 – No hangover; fabulous neck & shoulder massage

Day 97 – Given news that BRACES ARE COMING OFF after only 9 months of being on!!!

Day 98 – Paid for the first level of my degree; Slow enjoyable run with Sara & Ellie

Day 99 – Shopping for stationery for my degree LOL

Day 100 – Hill Training! (26 July)

Be happy!!! ❤