Lifestyle

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what do you buy a guy who’s seemingly got everything? … More things, that’s what!

Before reading further, I want you to know that whatever you end up choosing, it’s the thought that counts…

I’m not a man but I do know enough about their species to know that they appreciate the fact that we’ve gone to the effort of purchasing or planning something special for them. Having said that, the only way to really get it right is if you are aware of his loves and/or dislikes…

It’s pretty simple really… If he’s into fashion, have a look at his wardrobe, check for colours, styles, and sizes and BOOM! #jackpot

Similarly, if he likes gaming, check what type of computer, XBOX or PlayStation games he enjoys playing and check for similar games that have good reviews (which he doesn’t already own a copy of).

Personally, I’d steer away from watches – I’m a little superstitious in that sense… They say that if you give someone a watch it suggests you’re counting down the hours until your relationship ends…  I also wouldn’t get my significant other a cologne, unless I knew the name of the one he wears and know that it’s running out.

Really and truly, it’s all a case of being a bae/girlfriend/fiancé/wife ninja and trying to figure out what he’s interested in… If he likes movies, get him some DVDs. If he likes Disney, go to the Disney Store and have a look round for what’s on offer… Same with comics. If he’s a comic book nerd, check out your nearest comic book store for inspiration.

The failsafe options would be boxers, socks, a gift card which – come to think of it – doesn’t sound like a bad idea if they’re big on iTunes or Amazon etc.

Alternatively, if he’s into football, you could try booking a tour of his team’s football ground or taking him to watch them play? If that’s not possible, buy him a customised Home and/or Away (not the soap) shirt provided he doesn’t own one…

Also, if he leads an active lifestyle, you could book a hike or excursion-packed weekend away?

See, although some say it’s “difficult” to buy guys the right gifts, it really isn’t… You’ve just got to know your man. You’ve got to listen to him, understand him, you’ve got to invest time into finding out what makes him tick, learning his wants, needs, interests etc. Then? Well, then you’ve won!

If you’re still unsure, why not do something really sentimental like cook him a meal, buy some massage oils and invite him round for a chilled night-in full of relaxation? That’s bound to do the trick!

At this point, if you’ve still not come up with anything, you have very little choice but to think outside the box and create a photo album, a Love Book, or doing something original like assembling a LEGO set or painting onto ceramics… Be creative. Be logical.

Whatever you end up doing, getting him or planning, he will love it, I assure you! The things guys really crave is our time and affection.

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My ACTUAL weights!

Weights are the second bane of my life, first is the lack of correction on my phone’s “autocorrect”. Oh, the irony!

That’s right, I highly detest dumbbells because they’re painful sons of beaches who don’t do anything other than sit there waiting for us to pick the slender looking but extremely heavy equipment (that could actually break your arms if not used correctly or with caution) up.

I found my luminous green Davina McCall ones (1KG) and decided to start pumping as part of my Miumba routine. You might be thinking: “1KG?” Let me tell you that I don’t have the muscles and strength of Popeye. I also don’t fancy an injury which – knowing my luck – almost certainly will result in an arm amputation.

Today, I started my day with these and I just did arm raises, punches and squat lifts.

I am going to be buying wearable arm and ankle weights soon. I can’t wait to use them as I go trekking up hills! That’s right, folks, it’s all about the: “started from the bottom now we HE-ERE!” approach.

Before you know it, I’m going to have Bicep(tors) 💪 that body builders would be proud of! #Pumped

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Me in my Premadonna 87 ‘Whats a Waist’ 2-in-1 Shaper Sport Sweat belt (this morning)

Premadonna 87, the lady, the myth, the legend! She’s the lady that gives celebs and civilians like us their waists back! #WasteNotWantNot #WaistGoals #NoTimeToWaist

We have answered all your prayers and created a waist trainer and sweat belt in one. Perfectly aggressive and comfortable. NO zippers, NO clips, NO rolls or flips! Easy to put on and stay on. Includes an aggressive Latex inner layer. Literally melts away the fat. Comes in prints and colors. Perfect for every day use and for exercising. Will definitely improve your posture, provide lumbar support, AND shape your waist.

If you’re reading this Pre, thank you for giving me my waist back (and welcoming me into your Waist Gang society)! *the only “gang” I’ll ever approve of*.

My Summer 2017 body is getting there and it’s partly because of your incredible work-out and waist training belt which I have been wearing in my workouts at the gym (and at home)!

If you ladies/gents want to get one for yourselves, check out her website for more details!

What I love about this belt is that it’s sweat-resistant (I assume?) and unlike other waist trainers, it’s slightly padded so as not to squash your ribs.  It’s in no way a corset but gives hourglass silhouette of one!

It’s tight and fitted enough to cling on to all the right places, and hones in on the stubborn areas that working out (alone) will take longer to shift!

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Me wearing my Premadonna Waist Trainer (2015-2016)

I also love the comic strip design on the back… You can get it in a range of styles, sizes and colours. I purchased SMALL!

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Very late last night, I decided to record a Snapchat Story that didn’t end up leaving my ‘Memories’ section (because I just didn’t want it to) until this afternoon.

It’s also made it onto YouTube as my first attempt at “vlogging”. I wouldn’t call this vlogging though, I’d just say it’s having fun in my room after I did a session of #Miumba (which is still going strong!).

I apologise perfusely if I’ve ruined this song for you. I didn’t mean to! I just wanted to show my appreciation, and to inform you that I know ten seconds worth of the lyrics in the chorus.

“Vlogs” are meant to be motivational and have a purpose. The motivation behind this video is music and my love for good songs that are catchy. The purpose of this was for Snapchat BANTS. That is all…

If you’ve got a YouTube account, it’d be lovely of you to subscribe to my channel – like or comment, I’d love to connect with you on there (and here, too).

Snapchat & Instagram: Miamii.Mansour

Twitter: @_Miamii_

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Flat Tummy Tea

If you read my blog post about Bootea, last year, you’ll know that I’m a lover of teatoxes.

I used to love the lazy way of cleansing my body from toxins or excess inches! Bootea used to be by “go-to” for that because it’s just Bootea, (kinda like BOOTY but not).

When I first heard of it, like four years ago, I actually, truth be told, bought Bootea thinking it’d assist my glutes. It didn’t. 😂

Anyway, not only *why the HECK am I still talking?* but *why the HECK am I discussing Bootea when this post is about Flat Tummy Tea?*

I don’t know the answer to either or those questions, apologies!

Yeah, Flat Tummy Tea is “rant and raved” about everywhere on social media. Everyone who’s anyone of a celebrity A-Z status is endorsing it.

But, does it actually work for civilians who aren’t wanting a PT and a live-in-nutritionist? …

Flat Tummy Tea is a 2 step tea detox packed with ingredients traditionally known to help cleanse your system, support metabolism, reduce bloating and boost energy.*

Like anything in life, if you put the effort in, it will. Flab is not bionic. Thank GOD!

If you exercise, eat well, stay hydrated and sleep well, it’ll drop off. Drinking two cups of tea a day (once every couple of days) isn’t going to be enough to shift the pounds, though. You need to work hard, play hard, eat clean, train lean, and sleep pristine to get results.

Swap your chocolate for mixed dry fruit & nuts, swap your pizza for a low-fat cracker with some feta cheese and guacamole, eat lower-calorie foods and you’ll definitely notice a difference.

If it helps, Flat Tummy Tea did give me more energy and stamina when working out. This means that I worked out for longer than I usually would without drinking it…  That, I think is its biggest USP. Because, when you near “Flat Tummy Tea”, your initial thought might be that drinking it and doing nothing else will give you a flat tummy… It doesn’t. I mean, it might cleanse your tummy and make it look less bloated, but if there is weight in, on or around your stomach, it’s not going to go miraculously after a mug of green tea, is it? The answer is no, no it’s not. 😭

I’ve been having a banana for breakfast, two boiled eggs and spinach salad for lunch and a bowl of Special K cornflakes for dinner most nights whilst on Flat Tummy Tea. I’ve also severely cut down on sugar, pastries and rice. I’ve yet to crack bread though. That’s my weakness! However, swapping normal white bread for brown or protein really helps!

Yes, Flat Tummy Tea does work providing you’re eating and drinking well… If you’re eating crisps, deep fried food and whatever else, you aren’t going to see results from a cup of green tea. It might deposit the crap you’ve eaten, but it won’t stop you from reaching for more – unless you tell yourself not to.

Therefore, although Flat Tummy Tea does work, you’ve really got to work at it. You can’t just eat crap, not train, not drink well, and take Flat Tummy Tea and expect your stomach to get washboard… That’s not how it works, soz!