Wednesday, February 4, 2015

21 Days to Create a Habit...

You know that saying, "It takes 21 day of a repetitive behavior to create a habit".... I have no idea if that's true.

I DO know that I have 22 days of Half Ironman training down and I am feeling GOOD. I will be honest, I had been extremely nervous about the training for this race. Even though I am still early in my training and the volume has not kicked up yet I am feeling a lot better about everything. I am seeing small slivers of progress in all of my swimming, biking, and running. I am starting to get a little confidence in myself and starting to believe that I CAN do this.

This week is a recovery week so my workouts are scaled down a bit and I will be doing a swimming and running test later this week to collect some data for my Tri Coach Earl from Tailwind Endurance. He said next week training will kick up kicked up a notch....We will see what that means!

I will check in again soon!

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