February 22, 2013

Check-In

I know I have been an absentee blogger.
It's just one of those things where you don't have much to talk about so why bore people with the mundane.

Well just doing a weight check in to let you know how I am doing.
I am down 10 pounds and counting.
Very exciting. I am so happy and motivated to continue the hard work.

My running is improving and I see the changes in my body. I am sexy y'all! Lol.

Oh more good news.
I have booked my ticket home. Heading to NY in July for a month and making a stop in Paris enroute back to Abu Dhabi.
I am all kinds of excited.
I can't wait to see my mommy and my friends. Can't wait to eat some oxtail and beef patties. Can't wait to go to my favorite Thai food spot in the city. I get tingles just thinking about going home.
I also can't wait to go to France. Cool stuff.

Anyway, here is a picture of me on one of my running evenings. I go to the Yas Marina Circuit where they have the Formula1 races. I run/walk the track every Tuesday when it is open. It's awesome.
Have a great weekend!

February 11, 2013

Growing Up

One of the best things about change is that it can help you to grow through self discovery.
When your situation changes, you have the opportunity to find out exactly the stuff you are made of.

I am definitely grateful for these opportunities especially with my move here to Abu Dhabi.
I have been in situations that have challenged me emotionally and spiritually and I have found out that I am a lot tougher than I give myself credit for (through Christ who strengthens me).

One of the things I am realizing is that I have to grow up more emotionally. I need to be more mature when it comes to handling my life. I typically go to my friends asking for advice, listening to everyone's opinions and then I make my decision or take action based on the views of others.
This isn't always a bad thing especially if the people you are talking to have experience and knowledge in the area of your need.
However, a crucial part of growing up is to actually know what you want and what is best for you i.e making your own decisions.
People can advise you but at the end of the day it is your life and your choices. You must live with the consequences of your choices. No one else will be held accountable.

This is a big lesson I needed to learn and it seems the opportunity to learn has come along. I hope I will have the courage to be independent in my choices and face the outcome with no regrets.

February 6, 2013

Hey

Hey folks!
I am so exhausted, for some reason I have insomnia. No bueno. Too many things on my mind I guess.
Anywho, life is good and I am still alive.
Not much going on by way of excitement.
I saw Django Unchained and I have to say it is now my favorite movie ever. I was super blown away by the story line and the action and wit of the characters. I was also impressed by how well Tarantino was able to bring to reality the horrors of slavery. My co-worker was very surprised that these things really took place during slavery. I am sure it will open the eyes of many people who watch it...well that is my hope.
If you have not seen it, go check it out. Very good film.

Weight Matters

Trying to change your habits is no joke particularly your eating habits. I am still only down 4lbs since my last post.

I have been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for about 3 years now. Sometimes I lose a little or a lot but inevitably my love of food gets the best of me.
I figure that if I am enjoying myself eating and being with my friends sharing good food then I should be happy. In the moment I am but then I look in the mirror later and the weight bugs me.

Like many people I make the decision to lose weight all the time and I sometimes do but my mindset was not changed during those times.
I never wanted to workout and always made excuses not not.
I just thought I eat could myself skinny. Haha, notgonna happen.
The truth is that I need to workout to lose weight permanently. When I was at my ideal weight, the key was doing exercise regularly.

This year I am making an overall change in my life. I am once again incorporating exercise in my life and making a healthy lifestyle change. The benefits of exercise far exceed weight loss. I will be healthier in general. That is what I am focusing on instead simply tunnel visioning being skinny.

This week I am doing the South Beach diet.
It really isn't a fad diet at all. More of a detox and transition into healthier eating habits.
I can swear by this diet /lifestyle. When I was at my lowest weight I did South Beach to detox and free myself of the desire for sweets and simple carbs. Along with exercising, I was fit and trim.

With SB, there are 3 phases.
In phase 1you cut carbs and fruits for 14 days. You eat tons of lean protein and veggies. You can also eat nuts and dairy. By not eating fruits and carbs you are detoxing your body of any sugar that is in your blood that drives you to eat crap.

After the 14 days, you are in phase 2. In this phase you  reintroduce fruits and complex carbs. It is a 6 weeks phase and you are pretty much testing out the water, gradually adding back carbs one at a time to see how your body responds. Eventually you should be up to three servings of fruit and 3 of healthy carbs a day. You have to really be in tune with your body and figure out what is best for you.

The final phase is the long term phase. This is where you have a clean lifestyle that's working for you. You know what to eat to feel good and keep you at your desired weight.
If you want to learn more about SB read about it here.

I am now on day 4 and I really feel good, I didn't have any crazy carb withdrawal symptoms. My body feels lighter and I don't find myself starving during the days before lunch. I am always snacking on nuts or veggies.
Also, exercise is a regular deal for me. I either go to the gym, run outside or do some strength training at home.
Eventually, the routine will set in and exercise will be a huge part of my life daily. That is one of my goals for the year. As they like to say in the UAE, Inshallah ( God's will) it will happen.
Ciao