Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Week 20.

Today is week 20 since I was banded and I'm down a total of 22 Kgs but only 1.4 kgs in the last 3 weeks.

In the last 2 months I have only lost 4.8 Kgs and this seems really slow now to me...9.5 lbs in 9 weeks....I know, I know what you will say - down is down and I'm not gaining, but it is really slow...and I am getting frustrated especially after all the exercise.

I am off to the Doc next week to see if he can manage to get the needle home and get a fill in, it will have been 2 months since my last fill and a month since the abortive efforts and revelation that he thinks that my port may have flipped. If he can't get the needle in - I just want him to cut me , get in there asap and put it right - yeah.

Exercise has been good again this week and I have now swapped all my efforts from bike riding to the elliptical cross trainer - you burn more calories for your hour of effort :-) and that must be good - along with weights twice a week - all the exercise is a positive at least - I'm also going to see if I'm up to a game of squash soon (that used to be my favorite sport).

Last week I went on a work scouting trip to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia - now that is not an easy place to work and live especially for women (you cant drive and are not allowed out alone, must be covered at all times etc etc) , we are actively looking for new regions to open up in as the work in Dubai is almost non existent in construction and Abu Dhabi is also slow at the moment - The prospect of Saudi is not a good one for me.

UAE tidbit number 3.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country that is made up of 7 different Emirates (all most states), they are Abu Dhabi - Dubai - Sharjah - Ajman -  Ras-Al-Khahmah (RAK) - Fujariah and Um-al-Quwain.

Abu Dhabi is the capital and by far the largest and richest of all the Emirates , most of the UAE's oil comes from Abu Dhabi.  Dubai is the most well known city around the world with the Worlds largest Mall,  tallest building , tallest hotel , indoor ski slope and of course the Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel and the Palm.
Ajman and Sharjah are both DRY Emirates and alcohol is not served in the hotels and can not be purchased in these Emirates.
Ras al Khamah and Fujarah are both very rugged and RAK has some fantastic scenery.

The population of the UAE is around 6 million with only 20% of this being made up by the local Emirati population the balance are expatriates , the largest number being from India and Pakistan.

Well enough of that

Ciao for now


  1. Oh, Andrew, I am so feeling your pain in the slow weight-loss department! Chin up though, all the exercise will kick in a some point and we will both see some major weight loss!

  2. You know that a pound a week isn't so bad, i'd take it! I hope that your port has somehow flipped back and you can get a fill.

  3. Sending the good vibes that your port isn't flipped!
    2+ pounds per week is amazing!!!

  4. So hoping they can find the port and you get a fill. But I think you are doing a fabulous job in the weight loss area. You'll get there. And you've be one to inspire us to get out there and exercise.

  5. Andrew, I try to alternate doing both machines, it helps me from getting bored :)