New Year, New Name… Same Me

Happy New Year from Limitless Coaching

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Something NEW

Last year when I walked into bridal stores looking for dresses and was asked what sort of dress I want, I had a stock answer “I don’t want to look like Jordan… I have no illusions that I am a princess!”

Fast forward a year and the irony of that statement is hitting me in a variety of ways:

  1. The wedding of a real life princess (to be) on our day means that bridal comparisons to princesses are even more stark
  2. There’s been a fair amount of media interest in couples getting married in / around the day of the royal wedding – and yesterday Rahim and I got a taste of that interest as we had a few photos taken for a piece in New Magazine. (A UK women’s weekly magazine upon which Jordan has graced the cover more than a handful of times)

Weird huh?

Photographer Philip was our 2nd taste of a photoshoot within the last month so by the time our wedding rolls around in 12 days, we’ll be pros!

I figure it’s all harmless – as the early promise of the magazine to promote this blog (i.e. the reason for participating in the article) means that the quid pro quo nature of this agreement would make it worthwhile. It has to be said though, if the article misses out a mention of this www.royalweddingcountdown.wordpress.com blog, I may be tempted to do something I’ve never done before…

… throw a tantrum… of princess level proportions!

Let’s hope it won’t come to that.

The Princess and the Pea

This week, I discovered that I have something else in common with Kate Middleton. It’s uncanny. I am not looking for similarilities [from a very young age my parents did an awesome job of leaving me with no doubt as to the fact that I was my own person… and should be proud of my individuality] … however these similarities just pop up once in awhile.

So what is this similarity you ask? Wedding date? Well yes… we know about that one.

How about dress designer? Wedding budget? Hair and makeup look for the wedding? Music policy at the reception? Um… no. (Although – looking at this, I feel like I am doing pretty well in most of these categories – even coming up trumps in a couple of the above)…

Today’s similarity is the age-old bridal favourite… watching our weight. Really, show me a bride who doesn’t want to look their best on their wedding day and I’ll show you a fashion designer who’s not wishing Kate would chose them to design her dress!

Bringing a new dimension to the ‘princess and the pea’ – this week, Kate Middleton was impressive when it came to flipping pancakes on a recent official engagement however admitted that she would not be eating any as she was ‘watching her weight’ – as reported by Vanity Fair and many many other outlets.

She may flip em... but won't eat 'em

It seems the combination of flour, water and eggs – with delicious maple syrup / honey / lemon and sugar / nutella toppings are not currently on the agenda for our future queen. Perhaps this princess is more likely to be dining on peas than pancakes.

… and this is where I can relate. I am on day 12 of a South Beach Diet influenced detox (you may have noticed that I am not comfortable with the word ‘diet’) – and I too missed out on the pancake related joys of Shrove Tuesday!

I wish I could say I was quietly getting on with it – but I think I have been quite vocal in my desire for some of my favourite carb laden foods.

Resolve can be an incredible thing though and it was actually on Day 1 that I realised how determined I was not to let myself down with my detox. In an extraordinary occurence, on the first day of my healthier eating plan – the Chairman of the company I work for decided to bring us a treat… in the form of 3 boxes (i.e. 36) Krispy Kreme doughnuts! And where were these bad boys housed… yup – you guessed it. Either side of my desk. Literally… to my left and to my right – all day.

Detox challenges: Day 1

I am proud (and a little shocked if I’m honest) to say that I did not touch any. As Charlie Sheen would say: #winning!

Day 2? Uber generous Chairman at work decides to keep the treats coming… this time in the egg and rabbit shaped form of chocolate. Unbelievable. Yet, I managed to quash the chocoholic within and again resist.

From then… as much as I wanted pasta, pizza – wholemeal bread even (though I’ve never really had a craving for the latter!) – I knew that I could do it.

Now, on day 12/14 of this particular detox… my ‘cheat’ to date has been in the form of a muller (fruit) corner yoghurt – not too bad.

The important thing in all of this however – for me, and if I may be so bold as to make a suggestion to our future queen as well – is not to get too carried away. Both of our fiances fell in love with us how we were – and hopefully both Kate and I are fully aware of when we look and feel best. The media is suggesting however that Kate is at the stage where she is losing too much weight (with some columnists being presumptous enough to write open letters on the subject!)

That can only be Kate’s judgement (judgement which hopefully is not being influenced by the palace or any other sources) – but what I would say is that if and when you sense the curves are beyond being toned / streamlined but are in fact disappearing… it’s time to put down the peas and pick up a pancake. Quickly… if not sooner.

One is in need of a sick bag…

Designer Lydia Leith may be onto something with the Royal Wedding sick bags she designed…

With much fun memorabilia around, it is great to see an example of the great British sense of humour in full effect (see BBC video here)

My reason for writing about it today however? I need one! I have woken up with ear, throat and head pain… feeling like a fog has descended over me. I feel horrendous.

I’m not seeking sympathy (really) – however it did raise some stark differences between the plans for our big day on Friday 29th April… and that of Wills and Kate.

While of course hoping that she is in the best of health, I imagine that if she had an off day or two… or week even – the wedding plans would keep ticking along like clockwork. No worries about getting out those final invitations; the elusive search for turquoise shoes; writing the order of service; sourcing reception music etc… instead, there would be a team in place to ensure all continued to tick along.

Sigh… it’s not the status and royal riches I crave – I must admit slight envy at the prospect of someone being able to pick up the mantle when needed. With a fab groom to be, awesome bridesmaids and my mum due to arrive at the end of the month, I certainly am not lacking in support as such – but there are some things that only you can do yourself when you’ve planned a wedding this way. That said… delegation may have to become my new best friend.

The fun never stops

It’s been a busy week for the royal couple. From launching a new RNLI lifeboat to heading back to the place where the first set eyes on each other, St Andrew’s University – William and Kate seemed to enjoy their first official events since their engagement in November.

And why shouldn’t they? I am a firm believer that when it comes to spending time with your other half – when it’s right – you’ll enjoy most things as long as you are together.

I remember a number of years ago – summer of 2008 in fact when Rahim and I were in Canada for what seemed like 2 weeks of family engagements. No need to buy a hat (no major engagements of that kind), but I did have the pleasure of meeting and staying with his two sisters for the first time. Both lovely ladies who did nothing but make me feel extremely welcome.

That was the same summer when R met my dad for the first time. My girl friends who have known me since childhood had a fantastic time trying to convince him that he was like the dad in Guess Who. Lol – he isn’t… but they had much fun with that one.

Meeting the dad of your girlfriend can never be fun (no matter how great he is – it’s the anticipation that’s a killer!) – and the fun didn’t stop there. My mum’s high school reunion meant that we didn’t have to do a tour of the Caribbean and US to meet my aunties (my mums many good friends) – they were all there in one place. It seemed that Toronto was the place where we were beginning to truly get to know each others families.

At the high school reunion: Guyana in Toronto!

[For the record, ‘get to know’ includes the varying warnings R got from aunties… along the lines of “if you dare hurt our girl” etc etc]

I’m not sure whether the Middleton’s (be it parents or family friends) had that chat with William – but I would love to think that someone didn’t give a hoot that he’s a prince – and just wanted to lay down the law!

Either way – many years down the line – this couple seems to be having a fantastic time together, and hopefully when they go to Canada on their first official engagement as a married couple – they’ll have as great a time as we did.