October 30, 2012

Gym Update

So, I'm still going to the gym and It's great. Most of the time.  We have a little group that comes in every morning and it's kind of cool.  Our instructor is really great. She's very motivational and is good at her job. For example in Zumba, she knows just how many fast songs we can take before we could use a bit if a slower song. She amazes me. While we can wring out the sweat from our hair and shirts, and we are pretty out of breath, she's cool and hardly sweats and can carry on a conversation with no trouble. I guess that comes with being fit.

One particular day at the gym still makes me laugh and say "What the hell?" at the same time.  There were 2 new women who came in and wanted to join. Picture this. They came in to work out wearing skin tight jeans and tank tops. One with full make up and her sun glasses propped on top of her head/hair and the other had long dangling earrings and held her mobile in her bra/top. Weird, right? How do you expect to be able to move around and work out like that? The instructor said that they should bring stretch pants or sweats next time and that they should remove the phone and sunglasses. So we get started. Just barely doing the beginning of a warm up, step touch, rolling shoulders, you know. These two women were just standing there, giggling! I have no idea what was so funny. After a bit of this, the instructor turned down the music and asked them if they came to try or to laugh. They said they just wanted to watch a bit because it's hard to follow. Whatever, it was nothing. At that point, one of them left and sat on the side and watched the rest of the class and the other one at least tried. As soon as something was a little difficult to do or something she thought looked silly, she'd just stop. I mean seriously? What are you doing here?

Later someone told me that a lot of women sometimes want to be able to say they have a gym membership and casually mention in converstaion that they were "at the gym" or whatever but they don't really want to work. It was utterly ridiculous. They never came back since. It's not that kind of gym.

My gym is not a fancy spa/beauty center type gym but it's clean, it's got all the equipment and a good, experienced instructor. It's also like a 3 minute walk from my place, so it's very convenient. There are other gyms in Hurghada that are fancy and have a sauna, steam room, beauty center etc. I think those ladies might be happier there.

October 27, 2012

Photo Contest Update!

Hey! If you haven't yet dug out or taken a photo of your pooch in costume, do so soon. The contest ends November 1st and I will pick one winner to receive a $25 Target Gift Card.

Here are the entries so far!


Email me at mom2dawood@yahoo.com with your dog in costume photo to enter!

Brought to you by  Dogfencediy in participation with  the  Dog Fence DIY 2012 Halloween Dog Photo Contest.

October 25, 2012

October 23, 2012

Win a $25 Target Gift Card

Do you have a dog?  One of you can win a $25 Target gift card!  I'm  hosting a Halloween Dog Photo Costume Contest! You can spend the gift card on you or on your dog. ;) 

Participation Requirements:

Dress up your dog in a costume and snap a photo.You can even enter with a photo you already have, as long as it's your own.

When you have a picture ready to go, you can enter by doing one of two things:

1. Email me the picture at mom2dawood@yahoo.com with “Halloween Dog Photo Contest"  in th subjline ect before November 1st.
2. Post your photo on your blog then comment with the link on this post.

Simple! I'll pick a winner and announce them here on November 2nd and they'll receive a $25 Target gift card by email.

Want to win even more?

All those who participate in this, and other blog hosted photo contests will be entered to win The Big Event Halloween Dog Photo Contest hosted by www.dogfencediy.com where one very lucky winner will win a $500 Target Gift Card! Think of all the stuff you could get!

All of the contest photos will be posted in a gallery where viewers may comment and vote for their favorite doggy photo. Contestants can promote their dog by sharing links on their Facebook, Twitter or wherever they need to do to get people to vote for their photo.

Whoever has the most votes by 8pm EST on November 12, 2012 will be declared the winner!!

Come on, go and  take a fun photo of your favorite pup and enter today.  Hurry, the contest ends November 1st!

Disclosure:  Mama Mona is one of many host blogs in the Dog Fence DIY 2012 Halloween Dog Photo Contest. 

October 22, 2012

Festival Time

This past weekend, the kids and I went to a local kid's festival. It was really cool and the kids had a blast.

The kid's doing some arts & crafts

Salwa assisting the magician.

Sponge Bob and Patrick made an appearance, lol.

I felt this snake. Feels soft.

Salwa doing some stencil art.

Of course the guy on stilts stands in front of me.

This is the weirdest character I've ever seen.

There was a Chinese circus show


Dawood watching the show

Salwa and Safiyah getting their bounce on.

She was tossing that thing around like it was nothing.

Hard to capture in a photo but the table was spinning fast.

They held some competitions like a  ping pong ball in spoon race and limbo.

This guy had me nervous. He was on Arab's Got Talent.

Getting ready for color festival.


Safyiah and Salwa getting messy.


Some local kids I thought looked especially colorful.

They had some street performers.

Can you see the fire?

They wanted 5 LE to take a picture with the snake, with your own camera! Poor snake.

A good time was had by all. The little one is my friend's daughter.

They got me too.

There was also an aerial trapeze show.

Some local students sang and danced at the end.

It was a fun day over all and I hope they do it again.

October 9, 2012

Fitness Can Be Fun?

Hey all, I haven't really been in the blogging mood as of late. Just didn't have that bloggy feeling, I'm sure you understand. I finally felt like writing today about something I'm happy about.

So I recently joined the gym and it's been really good. I'm going to Zumba twice a week and Aerobics twice as well as some weights and strength training. Zumba is the most fun and the class I look forward to the most. I just started 2 weeks ago, I still feel sore after most of the strength/weight days. How long does that last?

Mostly I want to feel better and not be so out of breath coming up to my apartment (3 floors up). I'll never forget once, I got a call from my brother just as I got up to my floor and he was like, "should I call you back later? You sound like Stevie from Malcom In The Middle". I'm not on too strict of a diet because I suck at diets. I'm just trying to eat better, make better food choices.

My class is half Egyptian women and half foreign women, the instructor is a lovely Hungarian woman who really knows how to get you to feel happy about exercising. That's a feat in and of itself. She measured us on various parts of the body at the start of the month and we'll get measured again once the month is up. I've lost about 7 pounds so far but the tape measure will really be the difference.

Anyone else on a fitness kick? I'm hoping to keep this motivation going.