Lifestyle

Mum about to lose it

I’m a Mum that is about to lose it …Hey Hey! I mean those extra pounds.
I have been yo-yo dieting, and my weight kept going up and down, but I guess it’s time for a healthy lifestyle (I know that it’s not going to be easy). I have now set up my own rules (from lessons learnt with my previous experiences) to lead a healthy lifestyle my own way.

My rules are;
1. Be Real; I am going to set realistic goals. It didn’t take me one month to gain all these, so why do I expect to lose them in a month? All I need to see is progress, and no matter how small, I will appreciate it.

2. Stop my Gym membership and have fun: Hahaha! Yes you read the lines right, don’t re-read it thinking I omitted a word. Since We moved to Muscat, I got a gym membership and never forgot to renew it every year(you would have expected to see some “Halle Berry” abs right?). If I didn’t write this now, you wouldn’t have known because my body has nothing to show for it … Hahaha!
Anyway I realize when I go to the gym for two weeks, it becomes more of an obligation which I don’t enjoy doing, so I end up stopping it, and when it’s a new year I rush back to renew thinking it would be different.

But now I’m going to have fun, I’ll do things I enjoy doing like taking a walk, dancing and would still use my little gym set up in my house. So now I don’t feel compelled to go to the gym based on membership but I choose to burn those calories based on the mood I find myself. Isn’t it fun?

3. Keep the scale away: I have noticed that whenever I start a weight loss journey, I get my eyes fixed on my scale and the numbers, if the numbers don’t go away as I expect I get angry and demoralized. Thereafter go back to where I started feeling the efforts I had made aren’t working. This time, I’m going to measure my progress with my cloth size. I Would bring a cloth from the immediate size below my present size and check if I can fit into it fortnightly, until I finally fit into it.

I started practicing these rules over a month ago, and below is Top of mine I managed to squeeze myself into;

I still have a long way to go, but at least this is a progress I’m happy to share.

4. Eat “Everything”: Apart from the fact that I’m still breastfeeding, and my baby still needs healthy nutrients from me, I have also noticed that restricting myself to a particular kind of meal is not a healthy long term weight loss goal. The moment you start eating other stuff not in the diet plan, the weight piles on again (yeah this my personal experience).
So this time around I’ll eat everything but “portion control” and “calorie count” would be my watch word.

5. I’m Not a Hollywood Mum: Yeah, this is what I’ll constantly remind myself. Hollywood Mums lose their baby weight in a month or two after delivery, but I have to remind myself that I’m not them. I don’t have the paparazzi around me, I don’t have millions of followers on social media, I don’t have a weight loss company putting pressure on me to be their brand ambassador, I don’t have the media discussing how long it has taken me to shed it …I’m just a regular mum, so why the pressure?

I’ll keep you all updated with posts on my progress or failures popping up from to time …lol

Stella.

Parenting

Toddlers in the Kitchen

I have always sent Zita (my 3 year old daughter) out of the kitchen anytime she offers to assist me because I had felt she would make the cooking process slow or would make a huge mess in the kitchen.

Anyway during the weekend she was back again in the Kitchen, and I kept sending her away as I usually do, and she later said “please mum”, this phrase made me pause and allow her stay (Oh Yeah! she got me there … In Naija slang we would call it the “mumu button”).

My curious daughter was at it again, wanting to see and take part in everything. In order to keep her busy, I reluctantly gave Her the eggs I have cracked in a bowl to beat. Immediately, she stretched to kiss me and said “Thank You Mum”, The Excitement she had touched my heart.

This made me feel I have been doing something wrong, I should have let her in the kitchen (under supervision) before now. I’ll like to hear from you all, do you let your toddler assist you in the Kitchen?

xx

Stella

Lifestyle

It’s that time of the year!

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel this year went by so fast. It may be because I spent a reasonable part of the year been pregnant…Hahaha!

Anyway, this is my favorite month (after March of course winks). I always love the Christmas decorations and all the festivities around it, and the feelings of the year coming to an end that follows.

To be honest, before our first Christmas here, I was wondering if Christmas was acknowledged in Oman but when I later saw the Christmas decorations in most places here, I didn’t have to wonder.

A lot of people would be travelling during this period to celebrate with their family and friends back home, while a lot would also remain in Oman. It all depends on what you want, but either way, you can still have fun.

If this is your first Christmas in Muscat, and you are wondering how/where to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner outside home this year (It can be boring if you are home without family or friends visiting), then this link (click on the word “link”) I read today would come handy. The blogger did a good job by compiling them.

Happy New Month!

Stella.

Lifestyle

I’m Back…

I can’t believe it’s now a year since I wrote my last post.
When you leave a place unattended for a while, dust begins to accumulate, and then cobwebs … I feel like my blog is at that state now, and I have to clear all cobwebs (Hahaha!).

When I started blogging, I felt this was a place I could express myself in my own way, write about my experience and adventure, and my life in Oman but what I didn’t know is how far my writing (but i feel they are scribbles) would touch peoples lives, and how much they care.
I want to use this opportunity to say “Thank You” to all of you that reached out to me during my ‘hiatus’, I was amazed by the number of emails I got from my readers … I feel loved.

I’m sorry I couldn’t reply to most emails, I kept saying “I will” but days turned to weeks, and weeks turned to months, and yet the emails kept coming … Since I may not be able to reply to all, I’ll answer most of the questions you all raised. My answers are; I’m Okay, I’m doing great, I’m still in Oman, I will still be blogging, and I miss y’all too.

Actually a lot has happened since my last post, which I may not be able to narrate in details (because I’m not a fan of lengthy write-ups when it’s not related to test questions/ examination …lol).

I’m happy to let y’all know that we now have have a new addition to my family. During the period of my pregnancy, I was too lazy to blog, and I spent reasonable time from my pregnancy in the United States where our lovely baby girl was born in July.

I’m back to Muscat and to blogging, and would try not to practice this disappearing act on you all.
I really did miss this little corner of mine xx
 

Stella.

Lifestyle

Happy National Day Holiday!

The Oman National day is actually 18th November, but yesterday and today was announced as holidays to celebrate the national day.

Since I was not back to blogging as at the 18th of November to express my wishes, I may still do it today (that is a holiday in its honor …I guess better late than never).

Happy National Day Holiday!

I hope those of us in Oman are having fun with these four days rest (including the weekend that starts tomorrow).

Stella.

Lifestyle

Is this the winter in Oman?

I remember when we first moved to Muscat, a family friend was telling us about Oman and he told us that we should get prepared for winter. I began to wonder what winter would be like here, I was trying to imagine if this winter he is talking about would be like the ones we experienced in Aberdeen (The last place we lived in before moving to Muscat) …lol!

When the months passed by, I noticed around October that year, that all the clothing stores had winter jackets (the very thick ones you find in snowy regions) on display, and I said to myself …Oh! our family friend informed us.

As the days turned to weeks and weeks to months, I noticed that the weather was getting cold and windy (but not to the extent that I would need winter jackets), and around March the following year, the weather started getting hot. I asked myself, “Is this the winter in Oman?”

It’s getting to the so called winter season (or should I say the winter season is here), and as usual the winter jackets are on trend in the stores, 6pm now seems like 9pm (longer nights). It rained last night and today, and there was also thunder and lightnings.

Below is a picture I took last night around 8pm during the lightning (the lightning made it seem like daytime), before the rain started.

Whether this is winter or not, I’m so loving this weather  …winks

Stella.

Food

Food Festival

I keep promising myself to blog more frequently, but with my present schedule, I guess it is easier said than done … I hope to be more efficient with time …winks

Last weekend, I attended the Food Festival organized by the Ghala Church (the arrangement somehow reminded me of Aberdeen International street market).

Different communities were represented, and below are some of the pictures.

I couldn’t get a close picture of the food because of the crowd …it was fun hanging out and chatting with friends while trying out different food.

Stella.

Parenting

Weekend with Barney

Barney (of Barney & Friends) was in Oman during the last weekend, and this gave residents/visitors in Oman (especially those with kids) an opportunity to spend some hours with him.

After the much publicized “Barney in Oman” show (Oh yeah! This show was advertised in the malls, radio, newspapers, blogs etc …I don’t think there is anyone in Oman during this period that was not aware that Barney was visiting Oman), hubby got Zita and I  a VIP ticket (which in my personal opinion, I don’t think it was worth the price) to watch the show.

Oh! Don’t get me wrong, the show itself was fabulous, both Zita (who was dancing and almost wanting to join Barney on stage) and I enjoyed the show. Barney was there with his friends (Baby Bop, B.J, Riff and some of the Adults ), and there were lots of singing and dancing. I made lots of amateur videos and would share one with you …winks

Here’s a link (Click on “link”) to the video, and below are some of the pictures

What I didn’t like about the show was the fact that the show started about 35minutes late.
As regards the VIP seats, apart from the fact that we were close to the stage (which made it easy for me to make my amateur videos …lol),  the seats were covered with blue  and white materials, and we were served donuts and water, I didn’t really think they were worth the 125 RO (325 US Dollars) and 75 RO (195 US Dollars) per seat.

Part of the advantage of the VIP ticket was the fact that you would get to take some pictures with Barney, but this also got tiresome because we had to wait for those without VIP tickets to leave, queue for your turn, and then spend few seconds with Barney (which was done in a rush) …Hahaha!

Despite these minor errors (which I feel may be because we attended the 1st show on the 1st day), We had a great time.

Stella.

 

Food

360° Oman

It’s been almost a year now since 360° restaurant launched in Muscat. I have heard and read reviews about this restaurant, but I haven’t visited the restaurant until the last Eid Holiday (unlike me …I know).

Hubby and I wanted a fine dinning experience and we felt like exploring instead of going to our regular restaurants. 360° came to our mind and we decided to give it a try.

The restaurant is located at the Penthouse of Al Nahda Towers 2, Ghala (Opposite Zubair Automobile). There are two similar towers, go to the one that has the Vaccha Hypermart.
On getting to the ground floor there is the restaurant hostess by the lift to welcome you. Since we didn’t make a booking (because we decided on the restaurant on our drive to the restaurant …lol), the hostess at the ground floor informed us of the dinning options, and we chose the live Teppanyaki.

By the lift at the Penthouse (which is where the restaurant is located), A waitress was already waiting for us, she also gave us a warm welcome and assisted us to the seat she had set for us (we were lucky that some seats were available at the live Teppanyaki section, because there are limited seats in that section, and customers usually make early bookings).

The restaurant has a fantastic view, with a huge space for groups or couples who would like to have some privacy. They also have a luxury shisha lounge (for those that love shisha) and outside seating area.

 This is part of the restaurant’s view

The waitress had good knowledge of the Menu, and was always there to make sure everything was fine

 …The Chef was entertaining (I wish I made a video …sad face)

I enjoyed all I ate there (The meal was great), here are pictures of my meal

 Delicious Sushi

I had already started eating before I remembered I needed to get a picture of this …lol

I enjoyed the dessert

  I will definitely visit again.

Stella.

Lifestyle

Nigerian Day in Muscat

The Nigerian day is being celebrated by Nigerians living in Oman every year.
Officially, October 1st is Nigeria’s National day, but here in Muscat different events are usually organized around this period to celebrate this day.

This year was no difference. There were various events like family day, sports day, symposium and the gala nite. For some reasons, most of the events didn’t fit into my schedule but I promised myself that I won’t miss the Gala Night which took place on the 11th of October, 2013.

This is a night that reminds you of the Nigerian culture especially with the different Nigerian cultural attire, Variety of Nigerians dishes, Green and White (colour of the Nigerian flag) decorations etc.

Below are some of the pictures;

There were lots to eat and drink

There was a section for kids entertainment

Some traditional artifacts

Beautiful Nigerian attire

…And then dance! dance!! dance!!!

It was really a fun-filled night and even these lovely cuties had fun socializing …xx

Stella.