Current situation…

August 14, 2019

So obviously it has been a long time since I was on here, expressing myself and giving you folks an update on how things are going. My bad! So at the moment we live in an apartment, things are fine between my parents and myself. My daughter is now 2.5 years old and is starting Pre K this year. Wife has left her current job of 2 years to take a break. The restaurant is booming, to the point where we are in negotiations of expanding and breaking down the wall next door. Now I know what your gonna say, But Moose, doesn’t this all look familiar? Well of course it feels familiar, Nostalgic almost. Only difference here besides it being my own restaurant with my partners is now I have “almost” the type of freedom I have been anticipating since we opened the new places to do things, explore new types of dishes, designs, integrate technology where it was really my fathers way at his restaurant. Also I help out my parents at their restaurant on the weekends since my cousin had been in Afghanistan for his brothers wedding but will be coming back in a week.

On the story of my YouTube page, its been months since I uploaded a video😂. I had sold my go pro hero 7 in July, awaiting for the new Go Pro to debut in September 2019. Supposedly it’ll have a new form factor, larger size, larger screen, flip able screen like the DJI Osmo Action, which I almost purchased but stopped myself for many reasons. Even though its cheaper, has a color screen on the front side of the camera so you can see yourself and a bunch of neat features. Yet the things that were a deal breaker for me were no stabilization for HDR 4K recording and the 1.5 second lag when recording with stabilization on. I don’t know, I’m just saying that when I pay $350 for a product, I want it to do things to make filming easier for me. I am really waiting for Go Pro to wow us like they did with the amazing stabilization work on their Hero 7 Black camera.

So at the moment I am selling my Mac book pro from 2015, perfect condition really. And I am just going to be using an iPad Pro for all of my video editing and blog posts, it just seems so much smoother, faster, easier to transfer data and with the new iOS 13 c moving, Apple is really trying their best to use an IPad as almost a laptop replacement for most of its power users. I downloaded an video editing software called LumaFusion, so far from what I have seen online with the reviews, its not as powerful as Final Cut Pro which I have learned the hard way to use, but if the user interface is similar and on the iPad, then it’ll be much easier to help its users understand what it has to offer.

As I’m writing this down, I am listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Joe Rohan Experiment, Joe Rohan: Special guest Bernie Sanders

I believe its very important to always learn something new each day, no matter what. I have been following that opinion for a very long time now, what I would like to do now is finish a book every 2 weeks now, based off of my busy schedule that is.

Now, to my fitness journey update. I have been at my lowest since Post Ramadan is 164 lbs. My goal is to get to 160-155 lbs. So far I have left crunch fitness and joined Life time Fitness in Bridgewater, which is closer to work, 4 minutes farther from where I live. I understand the price point is almost 4 times more than what I was paying at Crunch fitness, but remember, its all about the quality of whatever your paying for. At Lifetime I NEVER have to wait for a machine, the equipment ad machines from cardio to strength training is all way over $4000 to purchase alone. I ran on a treadmill today that was $10,000 for one and it felt amazing! Who knew that running would feel amazing and as if I was running on clouds! Like my father told me, you pay for what you get. For years I have been complaining about a lot of things at Crunch and was addressed in the worse way because they really don’t know how to deal with customers properly, heard some crazy true stories and some shady crap they had been doing. I am not saying lifetime isn’t the same, yet I have only had nothing but amazing customer service from them. Also they have an amazing childcare program there which makes me envious of my daughter with the amount of toys they have, also they have a new born center to take care of babies! I’ll just be filming on my Vlog YouTube channel my days and random crap I do, along with our UPCOMING expansion with before and after photos, time lapsed videos and explanations on why we did this and that.

Here are some videos from today, working out videos and some random things I’ve seen today at the moment. I genuinely believe that the things I see and do are nice to film so that not only everyone knows what I’m doing Incase they’re interested but for my family to see how goofy I was later on in life.

Thanks again folks for taking the time to read this, I will keep you guys posted for sure on this, and once I figure out the new video editing software, I will post an update on my twitter of the new video: Thatgeekfromthe

Road to recovery…

March 5, 2019

I was pushing my self to the Max. I didn’t allow myself to stop and smell the roses, reliving my glory days. One of the hardest things to understand in life, believe me, is to understand that time always win. We can’t stay in place, relieve the experience as the first time,which is very rare by the way. In this case my shoulder was bothering me more and more,every week it would get worse. I never really connected the dots until it was too late, I over trained my body, slept in a position where my shoulder would be aggravated, not allowing a full 1-2 days of not training to give the body the proper time to heal. Basically it’s an addiction to being better, staying healthy, almost an impossible task just because we can stay healthy for a certain TIME until something out of left field just comes smack you in the face. I guess what I’m trying to say is, invest in yourself in more ways than one. Of course go to the gym, but also invest in eating right, hobbies, family, things that bring you joy. I say this because maybe the things we think are negatives could be embraced as positives so that we don’t go crazy. I want to work out every day, burn the set calories I want to, lift the heaviest weights, look lean and vascular, but with the positives comes negatives and if we don’t address negatives in our lives, we can’t move forward. Moving forward means embracing both sides, making the best of any situation and move forward to strive for a better tomorrow for you and for the loved ones in your life.

Here’s some videos of the procedure I needed to relieve the immediate pain:

Now what I’ve been doing in the gym is getting a full 8 hours of sleep each night, protein in every meal that I eat with a balanced amount of carbs and healthy fats. Plenty of supplementation and water. More cardio to the system really goes a long way in my opinion in helping the body to heal up. Besides a physical depression also comes a mental depression which I could not of dealt with if it weren’t for my wife, child and family.

God bless you all, sorry for not writing as much, I’ll be updating this blog regularly to help me get through things in life. Peace.

Feeling bad is OK

August 7, 2018

So for the past year or so, I have been taking my “Blank Time”(The time spent driving, waiting, awake crazy early before anyone else, awake crazy late before anyone else) to listen to some great audio books, listening to awesome inspirational and motivation videos on Youtube, here is one of my favorites: Arnolds Inspiration 

I was a child of books growing up, they were the very few forms of entertainment i was able to enjoy when everyone else was asleep. Reading had always transported me to a far away place where I could forget about school, parents fighting, bullies in school, homework and general sadness. I made it a habit to visit the library twice a month to not only do my homework, but to rent, return and place on hold many books that were supposedly supposed to come out, thanks to magazines that would advertise them ahead of time, this was of course before the internet was a crazy big thing. Over time, once the internet became a thing, i strayed away from books except for the ones assigned in school and more towards screens, video games, the internet when it was a young, vast, increasingly amazing tool to escape the real world as well.

Fast forward to today, where the whole world is in your pocket, I have come to realize that sometimes, even the most advanced things in the world, cannot replace the most simple things that have been around for decades. Now mind you, i do enjoy the feel and smell of a good book , but due to my time restraints, I have opted for an Amazon Kindle, which holds thousands and thousands of books in one little magazine sized E-Reader, which is so pleasant to the eyes over time spent reading on it.

My point here is that throughout time, we enter in a series of ups and downs, left and rights, positives and negatives. We have every right to be sad and every right to be happy. There is no Ying, without the Yang is what i am trying to get to. It’s a bit depressing, when your on a high off of happiness and success, to understand, in the back of your mind, that there might be a low coming up soon or something negative about to occur, but you don’t ever, ever let that stop you, it’s just a realist way of thinking. In the way i handle things is like this:

There is a positive streak, it goes on day by day, but that doesn’t mean that it will stay like that the whole day. You have to build on it, ALWAYS. I build off of positive or negative thoughts, situations and energy all the time, just to keep myself constantly moving forward, so that i don’t fall backwards to the past, because then you end up over analyzing what could have been or  what should have been. Instead, i focus on what will be, what could be and how i should make myself to be better and stay positive. Out of most of the situations in my life, i try to be a non stop fountain of positivity for everyone around me, no matter what. The only things that occur negatively in my life is from the outside, i never want bad things to happen to anyone, I do not judge anyone and i tend to stay away from negative situations. Just don’t confuse negative situations with hard altercations with people to either fix things, stand up for one another and being brave or humble. I asked once a very famous bodybuilder via Twitter how to get someone to stay positive and be a good person, this was during the dark time my brother was going through and in a way still is. He replied with a very simple answer: Inspire Through Example.

That’s what I am trying to do, day by day and trying to include as many friends as possible, because in the end, we are alone in our heads, but never alone in person, remember that. Feeling bad is ok, because as they always say, the sky is the limit. A better quote to leave you guys is from one of my favorite movies: Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to get back up. (The Dark Knight)

The Reward of Patience

July 22, 2018

As always, lets start off with a few fun photos of how life is at the moment:



So as you can tell, Lailah has grown considerably fast in the last 6 months, which is what the doctor would always tell us as well as parents of older children, they grow very fast. She is 1.5 years old now and loving life everyday. Her mother is of course in most of these photos, but she never wants to be in them only because she knows I would be posting them on the Blog from time and again, she’s camera-shy Hehe.

From the health part of my life, i have been feeling ok, not too good and not too bad. From what i have been told and whats been proven in medical journals world-wide, if i do not give my body time to rest, besides sleeping, then i would be almost reversing the process of weight loss and destroying the process of muscle-building due to not enough nutrients getting to my muscles and time to grow. I just recently started taking at least 1 day off a week, just to catch up on paper work for the restaurant and personal chores to get everything moving forward. I’m stuck at 171 lbs at the moment, so i have been not only reading up again on my old diets but measuring everything i eat, restricting the amount of carbs i ingest per day and reading on a lot of new medical journals along with science baked books explaining the simple mathematics of a diet plan. I love to read and soak up all the knowledge out there on something i feel so compelled to understand more and more, unfortunately i can’t go to school and learn about this due to work, but i can at least prepare with the amount of knowledge taught outside of a classroom. My workouts have been planned accordingly to this new social media fitness guru called Julian Smith, just a couple of years older than me and very passionate about fitness. He has inspired me to do what i have always wanted, help others on a fitness level by inspiring through example. I bought a simple, handheld tripod for my Iphone and started to film literally every single workout that i do for the past 2 weeks, edit and post them on my Instagram and Snap chat, just to help people get motivated on what workouts they should be doing and the right amount of repetitions, how long the contractions should be and the proper form when doing the specific exercise. Now the difference between me and most fitness gurus/models is that I have  24%  body fat on me, for my height and age, i should be 15-20 lbs lighter and i do not do enough cardio to have a healthy heart and leaner look. Here are some shorts of my exercises and foods i have been documenting, hope you all enjoy:

Now of course these are just random videos of food and workouts, but in my Instagram or Snap chat, I post exactly how many reps, how long the holds and how many sets. Once i can get my media in order, I’ll post an episode on the Vlog of some exercises on the days i have worked out. If anyone have any questions or concerns, feel free to private message me. Like i have said, im no professional or fitness guru/model, just an average joe, trying to make things happen, Peace!

Ramadan Day 5

June 1, 2018

Today was a great day MashaAllah.



The baby and I was able to hang out all day Monday and we were able to get up late together. I had to take my father in law to his usual physician in the early afternoon, which even though i have known the guy for a long time, he seemed to be off his game, cold, weird really. I guess for people who have been working for that long, that makes sense. I asked him how was his family and health, he just stared blankly at me and then looked back at the computer.

After that weird visit I took the family to the restaurant to prep for the week with marinations. It was a long work day after that that felt like forever, but was necessary, thats what happens when you own your own business, you have to put as many hours needed to make sure it runs smoothly, just until you can teach someone to do the same and structure a proper schedule to maintain quality.

So many of you may be wondering how is the restaurant going, whats new, hows it handling the pressure, publicity, quality and so forth. Let me take a moment and update you all:

Thank God, we are doing fine, surviving, spreading the word and making sure everyone leaves full. Bridgewater and Martinsville have welcomed us with open arms and the reception has been so overwhelming and amazing that we are just so lucky to be apart of a great community!

Ramadan Day 11

May 31, 2018

Now this day is my favorite day by far for Ramadan. Not only because it was my first day off during Ramadan but because my wife was off as well for Memorial Day weekend, it was very special just because we are together. We all woke up late, hung out in the bed, Lailah was just so happy to be with her parents, you can see it in her behavior and her face. After we got out of bed, we washed up, Fed Lailah, changed her and planned the rest of our day.

We went to the mall after and took my sister in law as well who had landed the week before. What I enjoy when bringing someone to New Jersey is the expression on their faces when the see NYC, the malls and random things that are different from Afghanistan or wherever. We also bought Lailah some light up shoes so that we can keep them in my wife’s car just Incase we end up going to the park or Lailah wants to run around.

From the mall we went straight to Paterson with most of the family. First we went to the newly renovated Turkish Bazaar, which had everything I’ve ever wanted from Turkish food, but as they always say, don’t go food shopping on an empty stomach. I got dried fruit, homemade yogurt drink, date filled cookies, halal sausages for cooking with eggs in the mornings and some freshly baked Turkish bread.

Afterwards we went to Toros to sit down and get our table and orders in ahead of time before the crowd. Not only were the long tables set up too tight with barely any room for people to walk, but as it got busy, the staff was less and less to be found. Also our meat wasn’t cooked all the way and smelled old, so we left a bit disappointed.

Ramadan Day 10

May 29, 2018

Wow, day 10 is already here! We are now officially 1/3 down. By now fasting has been pretty good, not too bad except for the days that I sweat from strenuous activities. Today was also extremely slow at work, most likely because everyone wanted to enjoy the holiday vacation at the beach but got stuck due to the clouds and rain. But at night t was fine, most of our tables were people having Iftar and breaking their fast. We ended up staying late though because we wanted to clean everything in the kitchen and front as well as prep for Tuesday so that we can enjoy our day off on Monday. I got home at 11:30 PM and the wife at 12:30AM. I know this won’t last forever, I know right now it’s a job and we are trying our hardest to keep it moving, we are setting up the grounds for a proper, timely expansion.

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