Thursday, January 3, 2008

08 | Happy new year

Firstly, Happy new year to all of you and all the best for 08, it is your choice after all.

Secondly, Shredder council, it's great to be back, although I see from Adam's site that I may not be part of that any longer. It was never my intention to not be back but I am lucky enough to be able to choose when I go back to work, so although I'm completely committed to a full transformation, if I had accessed my mail a day later I would have been I say I may still be. I await "The Boss's" reply to my comment on his blog.

No matter, whether I am or whether I'm not, I continue to be accountable to everyone who reads this.

I have just returned from one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa...for those of you who do not know this country, please accept from me that places close to where I was, are not called "God's window" and "Pilgrims rest" for no reason.

My girlfriend and I were guests of friends who own a large holiday home on the banks of a lake surrounded by the most beautiful forests. Absolutlely fabulous. Unfortunately my kids were with my ex wife at the beach and my g/f's kids were in Europe with their Dad.

This place is in a different league. Most of the people in this exclusive enclave travel by helicopter. Xmas eve we went to a drinks party next door (access via the beach on the lake) where the owner has a heliport on his front lawn...and uses it. He owns a Bell jet ranger and a fixed wing to get to his luxury resort lodges in other countries.

We were having, ahh hem... a latte, in a strip mall close to our lake house when our neighbour on the other side arrives for a quick guessed her helicopter. From there to wakeboarding on the lake.

At the end of December all these people close up their summer homes and head for Europe to ski.

All these people however, I discovered, are very friendly, very hospitible, very normal. They just have buckets of money.

What did I do...exercise wise on my vacation....well actually I was very active...although I did not go near a gym, which I didn't mind, I went mountain biking with friends in the forests...VERY hard work as these forests are extremely hilly. I ran occasionally, around 4 miles, around the local roads and a golf estate, I swam (distance) every day, and I played some golf.

Food wise, although I made sensible choices it is hard to pick and choose when you are guests, and especially with people, and a community who like to party.

I didn't get too bent out of shape but I am looking forward to getting back into the gym monday and starting a new 84 day program. M2 - revisited.

So...I'll post my goals on day one.

Here is a pic taken today so you can judge for yourself, how badly I behaved.


Debbie said...

Yeah!!! Dougal's back! So glad to see you again. Sounds like the vacation was fab-u-lous. Hope you got inspired by the *rich & famous*!!

You've been missed.


My 1-2-3 Fat Loss Solution said...

Welcome back, glad to see your post and pic! Looking great, will be checking in on you!

dougal said...

Hey guys, thanks for the warm's great to be back and raring to go. The break really did me good.

Your Grateful Cyber-friend, Christy said...

Welcome back! Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You look great, and wow what a vacation. Did you get any photos by chance? :)

Joni said...

Hey still lookin good man! Pretty sure you're still in the Group Shred, too. What an amazing vacation! I'm sure your next mission goals will be awesome and I look forward to seeing you achieve them. Great to see you back!

Your Grateful Cyber-friend, Christy said...

Just swinging by to pick up my current dose of Dougalisms. I'll be back later. Photo looks great!

dougal said...

Joni and Christy - hey guys how are ya? So nice to make contact with you guys again, Thank you.

Will get around to all your sites asap to chat.

Lilla said...

Looking Good! Welcome back!