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. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

I got the FOMO

FOMO….. it stands for "Fear Of Missing Out"

I will admit I have never heard of this acronym until I heard someone mention it at Fitbloggin this year. I kind of mentally noted it and didn’t really think much about it until this past week.

About 4 weeks ago I got sick. Doctors originally thought it was bronchitis but turned out It was the early stages of pneumonia.

And I thought whyyyyyyyyyyyyy, not nowwwww!

I took my few moments of self pity and got over it. I am not one to complain too much when it comes to things like this because honestly most of us have SO MUCH to be thankful for. People around the world are suffering and I have nothing to complain about.

But anyways so I took 3 weeks off from the gym as my Doctor mandated and during that time I started eating freely. For the first 2 weeks of my recover I really wasn’t eating much as I still felt horrible and really didn’t have an appetite. I basically was living off of PB&J sandwiches, soup, and gatorade. Moving into the 3rd week I started feeling better and my appetite came back roaring…. Quickly! And with that I started to eat freely!

Friends and family started to invite me to eat out…..often…. and I start going. Not that there is anything wrong with enjoying a meal out with your family or friends but I definitely do not need to be eating out for every meal . This was also around the time of our religious celebration that comes at the end of Ramadan which didn’t help….. foods and sweets galore….. Everywhere!

I was having a hard time getting back into my normal routine of making my own food. All the invitations to eat out kept coming and I started to suffer from FOMO. I remember having these feelings in the past, it’s a very hard cycle to break out of.

 Luckily last week I was able to start going back to the gym. Usually when I work out eating right comes very easy to me, not sure how that works mentally but that’s just how I feel when I work out. I still struggled last week though. My first day in the gym felt like Day 1 from a few years ago but I finished my work out anyway. I did end up getting all my workouts in but again FOMO got to me and I ate out almost all week.  I can tell I have gained some weight in the past 3 weeks as I can feel it in my pants.

So you see I have been fighting to get out of this FOMO cycle! It hard to break but something happened yesterday that helped me. A friend reached out to me, she needed someone to vent to about her struggles with her weight.  So we skyped yesterday evening and talked about things going on with her and I ended up talking about a few things going on with me and I started to feel better. It’s like I saw a small door in my FOMO cycle opened up and I had the opportunity to jump out and so I did. Not saying this week is going to be easy but I just feel a lot better after our talk.

It gave me some hope... :-)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Losing my mind.... just a little bit.

You see about a week and a half ago I started feeling ill at work, you know the chills and body aches, all the fun stuff. So I went to the doctor and they said it's probably bronchitis, that was on a Friday. They gave me my meds and I went home to rest for the weekend. The next day I felt worse, and on Sunday I felt like death! Monday rolled around and I called the Doctor and said I feel really bad, I need to come back in. The nurse said you know lets just prescribe some more meds and see how you feel..... UM NO, how about I come back in and get reevaluated?  seriously I hate being on meds in general!

So I go back in and badda bing badda boom I am in the early stages of pneumonia! Honestly I had no idea what it was other than I remember my Mama getting it when I was really young and she had to be hospitalized. So I get a steroid treatment, new meds, and an inhaler. Oh and by the way you will need 2-3 weeks to fully recover and you can't workout until then.

Insert my wth face.

Then I remembered I had a Triathlon a week way which I was going to have to pull out of. I had organically planned to do the whole race but then switched to a relay team since the race was in the middle of Ramadan but I still wanted to experience my first open water swim. Honestly what I am most frustrated about is the forced inactivity. It's not even about weight loss it's just that working has become part of my life. I enjoy it and it helps keep me grounded in life. On top of that I have been eating horribly for the last week and half. Real talk here, sorry but when I am sick the last thing I am thinking about is eating sensibly.

At the same time all this laying around has given me a lot of time to think about my life and where it is headed. There are just a lot of things I am not happy about it in my life. I don't complain about them on Facebook or anything like that because that's just not my style. I share a lot about my life to the online world but there is another huge part of me that I keep to myself because that is just how I am wired. I have a hard time asking for help or reaching out to others because there were so many times when all I had was myself to rely on and I just had to deal with it.

Anyways I am just rambling now. My Doctor actually just called me a few minutes ago to check up on me and I told her I was losing it. I asked her if I could just do some light walking? She said yes as long as I was feeling ok. I have the rest of this week to finish my meds and then I need 4-5 days of being off of them before I can resume my normal type activity.

Did I mention I have a Tough Mudder Race in Canada in 24 days?! More on that later!