Saturday, January 10, 2015

No Comfort Zone Was Allowed in 2014 - My Year End Summary

Well another year has passed…. in a blink of an eye. You know its funny how things seem to never always go according to plan, which can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

I look back to about 4 years ago when I first decided I wanted to lose weight and get healthy, I figured it would a year or two and I would be done. I thought I would have reached some magical number on the scale and everything would be GREAT. But here I am 4 years later still fighting on a daily basis with my weight. I know people look at me and think everything is going great for him and don't get me wrong for the most part it is, I am very lucky and blessed to be in a good place right now. But what people don't see is my internal struggle, the demons I fight on a daily basis, they don't see how mentally tired I am….. I am flat out exhausted inside.

I ended 2014 weighing more than I did when I started the year…. it's been a tough year in the weight loss spectrum. About 5-6 months into 2014 I accepted the fact that my body was fighting off giving up any more weight and I had a hard decision to make. Continue with what I was doing and hoping it got better or simply give my body a break from "dieting" all together. It was hard to choose, of course I wanted to continue losing weight right away, I didn't want to wait, time doesn't stop.

Ultimately I ended up making the decision of taking a "dieting" break. What does that mean? Mainly that I would be focusing at eating at a maintenance level. Slowly increasing my eating week to week towards a maintenance level and trying to eat enough to not gain or lose weight. Let me tell you this was a very scary concept at first! Eating more than I had in a long time freaked me out. Mentally it was hard working out 5-6 days a week and knowing that there would be no loss on the scale, it was really a learning experience in the art of patience. This has been my life for the last 6 months of 2014. They have been hard and I did end up gaining about 15 lbs in a controlled manner. I am at the point now where I think I am ready to try and start losing again.

The hardest part of all of this is that my current body is not allowing me to do all the physical things I want to do. It's a hard a realization when my mind is like "yes, let do this!" but my body literally tells me "NO, not yet Alan". And that's ok…. I will be patient with myself. I will get to do all the things I want to do one day, I know this…. because I won't accept anything less than that…. I refuse.

Now with all that being said I did do some really awesome things in 2014! One of my biggest goals for the year was to push myself out of my comfort zone and that I DID! I completed my first half marathon, finished my second Tough Mudder Race (I retired from TM afterwards, at least for now), and I BECAME A TRIATHLETE! To say I have fallen in love with the sport of triathlon is an understatement. I love everything about it, the excitement, the challenge, the pain, the people….. I feel like the sport has changed me, its given me a huge boost of confidence in myself, it's made me fearless in a way! It has also opened my world to whole new group of amazing people. They have accepted me as I am, they have embraced me, and more than anything they believe in me. They have been the best part of 2014 for me, they made my year.

I have a lot of plans for 2015.. My story continues!

See the summary of my races from 2014 below! Thank YOU for your continued support and inspiration! My success is a direct result of the amazing people I have surrounded myself with…. Yes that means YOU!

Also please consider donating to my Smile Train Fundraising as I prepare to take on the Raleigh Half Ironman in 2015!! --------> DONATE HERE

Commitment Day 5K

Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlong (MY FIRST TRI(

Rock N Roll Raleigh - Half Marathon

Cary Duathlon - Short Course

Smile Train - Sprint Triathlon

Mayo Lake - Sprint Triathlon 

Tough Mudder - Toronto

Rex Wellness Knightdale - Sprint Triathlon

Inside Out Sports - 8k Turkey Trot

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sir, Do you like Jeans?

There I was shopping trying to find some clothes for my trip to NYC. Mainly I was looking for a jacket and some sport pants. The sales lady came to check on me.

Sales Lady: Sir are you finding everything ok?

Me: Yes, Thank you.

Sales Lady: Have you seen our jeans? They are on sale.

Me: Hmm I don't wear jeans.

Sales Lady: Why not?

Me: Honestly I have always felt like I was too big for jeans, they just don't fit me right.

Sales Lady: I think I have a pair you will like, just try them on.

Me: Ok

So she gave me a couple pairs and said one of these should fit you. I run of to the dressing room preparing myself for the same disappointment I have felt over the years. I try on the first pair….. Too tight in the butt (#FirstWorldBigButtProblems). I tried on the second pair not really expecting them to fit. I slide them on and kind of stood there dumbfounded for a second….. These kinda feel good. Dressing room was kind of dark so I thought let me step outside into the light. I walked around looking at myself in the mirrors kind of in shock…. They FIT and they felt good. It was like I was on my very own episode of SAY YES TO THE JEANS.

End of the Story: I own a pair of jeans now, it's only been 15 plus years since that has been true.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Mustache You Some Questions

First yes, I am still alive! :)

I was tagged by Krysten From The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail to answer the questions below:

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  • Aloosh
  • Mack (Long Story)
  • Superman
  • Alooah
2. Four jobs I have had:
  • Grocery Store Bagger
  • Pizza Maker
  • Dry Cleaning Attendant
  • Construction Project Engineer
3. Four movies I have watched more than once:
  • The Notebook
  • The Vow
  • Rocky 1-5
  • Wedding Crashers
4. Two Books I recommend:
  • The Alchemist
  • The Kiterunner
5. Four places I have lived:
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Chicago, IL
  • Raleigh, NC
6. Four Places I have been:
  • NYC
  • Toronto
  • Las Vegas
  • Portland
7. Four places I would rather be right now:
  • Toronto
  • NYC
  • Somewhere tropical
  • Having coffee with my Dad
8. Four things I don't eat:
  • Pork
  • Okra
  • Tofu
  • Tilapia
9. Four of my favorite foods:
  • Pizza
  • Ice Cream
  • Oreos
  • Burgers
10. Four TV Shows I watch:
  • Sharktank
  • The Profit
  • 20/20
  • Walking Dead
11. Four things I am looking forward to next year:
  • Raleigh Half Ironman
  • Traveling to Toronto & NYC to see friends
  • Hitting some weight loss goals
  • I can't share this one, its a secret.
12. Four things I am always saying:
  • Dude
  • Never give up
  • Whens your next race
  • Hi
13. Tag 4 people

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I am not qualified!

I get a lot of messages and email from people, some just want to say hello, some want to vent, some want support, and some want meals plans. I try to help everyone and anyone who reaches out to me in any way I can but there is one thing I will not do….. Create meals plans.

It’s not because I don’t care or don’t want to help you, it’s because I am simply NOT qualified to make legally and morally make meals plans for anyone. Yes I could easily start putting together plans for people based on what I believe they should be eating, I could even charge them money for this service and make a nice side business, I know MANY people who would pay. BUT I also enjoy a clear conscience and being able to rest easy at night. I could not live with myself knowing that I was doing a disservice to people and possible putting their lives and health at risk.

Look at this this way when your car needs service do you take it to the local hardware store? When are feeling sick do you call your hair dresser? So why are people all over the interest paying unqualified people to create meals plans for them? Just because someone has lost a lot of weight, has a six pack, or competes on stage does not mean they are qualified to take control of your health. In fact most of these people are just recycling meals plans they find online or got from someone else and selling them as their own. If you are getting a meal plan from someone is should be designed for YOU and YOUR lifestyle and YOUR Body. I am not saying everyone selling fitness advice is out to get you but please make sure you are dealing with qualified individuals. Ask for references, proof of certifications, search the internet on them. And also if you do end up working with someone and somewhere along the way your gut instinct tells you something is wrong here then don't be afraid to speak up or walk away! Remember they work for YOU. 

So please be careful out there. If I want my opinion on something you’re doing I have no issues with giving it, just remember at the end of the day it’s an opinion.

 Don’t think because I won’t create a meal plan for you that I don’t care, the reason I won’t is because I do care, I care more than most people.