Mid Ramadan Update

June 11, 2017

fullsizeoutput_11caIMG_2924fullsizeoutput_11cbIMG_2959IMG_2964IMG_3010.JPGMashaAllah so far so good. I haven’t lost any pounds yet, i guess i should actually check, problem is, i only check when I wake up in the morning. Problem with that is, i fill myself up with food 5 hours earlier, therefore thats not my ideal time to weigh myself to see my lightestweight. This few days though have been crazy hot, so naturally, all of us are very thirsty. Most folks during Ramadan now tend to try and sleep in a lot on the weekends or when they are off, but most still get up,work hard, come home, pass out till Iftar(Break fast) time. I fell like during Ramadan, i have more focus on my tasks, i would just need to figure out what task to do first, also my wife helps me stay on topic with things in life.

What i really want to do is go to a water park, just get lost in it, just like the good old days when i didn’t have to worry about bills, relationships, drama, stress and other sorts like that. I’ve always been good at organizing things like this, where the only thing that everyone had in common was being friends with me and wanting to have a good time. One of the best quotes i have ever heard was from Andy, from the Hit tv show The Office,”I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Above are some photos of the meals i have been eating to break my fast, half the time its with a protein bar and tea just because we are so busy at work. Ramadan ends June 25th or arount there. We leave for London and Scotland July 2nd, so hopefully i can save up enough money before hand and get the things we need ahead of time before anything.

So its day 6 of Ramadan, I am feeling a bit tired mostly and thirsty. We have 25 more days left, within those 25 more days i need to atleast cut 10 lbs of fat and PRAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Fasting without prayers is pretty much like expecting to be forgiven without even asking for forgiveness. The great thing about Ramadan is that it allows me to have more time to sit, think and understand what’s going on in life, to help me get my life together instead of worrying what am I going to eat or when I’ll be going to the gym. Speaking of what to eat, every morning I have been eating 1-2 big bowls of Whole wheat Chex cereal with almond milk, followed by 1.5 scoop of cassein protein and a bottle of water. That usually holds me over until 6 pm, at that time i start to get either hungry/thirsty or just very fatigued. In Ramadan we cannot eat or drink during the sunlight hours, therefore most of us are a bit lazy or just not all there. Those who have my upmost respect are the athletes, first responders and construction workers, who during Ramadan, would have to work outside or give their 100% each day to their jobs, those people are just insanely hard working and driven, with or without food. I was thinking about maybe going to the gym one day right after I eat in the morning, which is at 4 AM, or right before I break my fast, which is around 8:30 PM, but that would be when I have a lot of time on my hands or already caught up with sleep, mind you I work almost 12 hours a day at the restaurant, with maybe an hour of nap time in between lunch and dinner, POWER NAP!

Here are some photos of my foods I have been breaking my fast with:


So far so good, I have been able to hit up the gym 4 days this week, mostly after 9 PM, but my cardio game is a bit slacking, I would like to get at least 30 minutes in after my workouts. 
That also reminds me, I have to get a new battery for my heart rate monitor, it takes a watch battery so it lasts a good 3-4 months with how i use it everyday. 

On a side note, the family Thank God are doing well, trying to save up as much as possible for the London and Scotland trip in early July. Also trying to show my brother and m other everything when it comes to the cash register so they will be fine without us for 11 days. We are leaving July 2nd, which is the July 4th week, where everyone is out at the beach, which in turn is usually the slowest 1-2 weeks of the year, perfect time to take a vacation. When we get back though, my brother wants to head out to California to visit family from my mothers side and enjoy being on his own, hopefully he uses his head for the most part and stays safe.

My brother recently made a dessert he saw on Reddit, I need to actually start going on it to read, I haven’t gotten the time yet. I haven’t even gotten the time to finish the 5 books i started reading! Hopefully on the plain, they have only a few good movies to watch, I think they might have Spider-Man Homecoming because in my experience, Airlines usually have movies that are in theatres on their list to watch, I’m just hoping for now, then i can catch up on my kindle and read a whole lot, or if they have wifi, plan our itinerary for London, find out the closest gyms and book our hotel in Scotland, check out the Games of Thrones Castles. I heard in Scotland, they filmed a lot of scenes there that was supposed to be Winterfell, if somehow I can get my hands on the DJI Spark Drone, then that would be an awesome aerial view that i can add to the VLOG, PLEASE CLICK THE WORD TO GO STRAIGHT TO IT, SUBSCRIBE AND LIKE, THANKS!

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They were nice, soggy, crunchy and over all, delicious. Now that i have footage of my brother cooking I can use it for my dating episode for him on the VLOG, which will follow right after with my second episode of Ramadan, which technically was day 1 of Ramadan, but I couldn’t finish in time. I will definitely make a day 10 episode, hopefully InshaAllah I will have time to film and get it all. Until then, thanks for taking the time to actually read this, hope you all have a wonderful day!

My current weight for the last week is 167 lbs. I have changed my cardio regiment to speed rope, 50-100 jumps after every set followed by a 30 second cool down before going again. All my workouts would be 4 sets of 12-15 reps each with always going up in weight. With this method I haven’t been as crazy strong as what i was used to, this morning i was also thinking it may be that I have been doing fasted workouts with my speed rope as well. In the morning I would wake up nice and early, down my pre workout, take my BCAA’s with me to drink during my workout so I won’t get fatigued. This way i save time, instead of waking up  earlier, making a pre workout meal, then waiting an hour before getting to the gym. I would love to actually do that, but when your raising a baby, your plans are never solid. Most nights i get less than 6 hours of sleep, just because i need to help the wifey with the baby, God bless my wife, she’s a soldier and she’s the one raising the baby, so whatever help she needs, i try my best to help her. 

My diet so far has been ok during the day, it is the night time cravings that get me real bad. I would look for chips, sweets or just have another big meal, since at work I barely eat during the dinner shift, usually maybe a small snack which leads to a huge craving/appetite when i get home to relax. I have Cassein Protein in the closet, maybe I should make some type of ice cream with it, sprinkle some whole wheat Chex cereal and just down a water. bottle before hand, that might be able to do the trick. 

Here’s a typical meal I would eat 2 times a day usually;100% whole wheat bread, sweet potato fries,Kale salad with blue berries,walnuts, carrots and sun flower seeds, Halal Wagyu Angus Beef.
NOW……..Ramadan starts Thursday or Friday so I would have to figure out what to cook ahead of time for basically my 2 meals a day, the second meal would probably be followed by a post workout shake or something. Each meal would have to be designed to have fiber, fats and protein to hold me over for some time. I would only do little carbs, most likely half a whole wheat pita or 4 ounces of Sweet potatoes, followed by maybe 3-4 steamed broccolis and a white meat. Hopefully i can get some time to get some Halal Turkey from Paterson, make some Turkey Meat balls so that it can be enough for my meals. I have read somewhere too that not everyone can eat 5-6 small meals a day, thus they opt for 3-4 larger meals a day and maybe a snack here and there. Ramadan will be an amazing opportunity to test out how my body reacts. I know for a fact that during Keto,5 years ago, i had cut down a lot of weight. But now, since I have to causally take some carbs out, if i start with fasting and adjust the carbohydrates and making them at a smaller amount, maybe after Ramadan then the body can react to switching to Keto for maybe 4-5 weeks without taking a big hit. Of course i would have my refeed days filled with abut load of carbs and protein, which most people don’t understand when it comes to ketosis. 

Being a father has been amazing, it has opened my eyes to what really is more important in life to me and what matters the most. Time with my family is important, time is something no one can get back. Growing up my parents were able to have some time for us to go on vacation and trips, but towards my middle school and high school career, they were nowhere to be found, always working. Which i now understand completely, money makes the world turn, but the sacrifices that are made should never be up against spending time with your kids. I have realized that spending time with your kids equals raising them, every moment you have with them is a moment to teach them about life, a moment to mold them into being a better person than yourself. I have a different outlook than my parents now on how to raise my kid. I think most children, when they have their own families, know what to do and not to do, thanks to their parents and their style of parenting. Ever since I have become a father, I put  my family first on everything, as it should be with every parent. But unfortunately others see it as a negative because it doesn’t benefit them and their agenda. Try and stay away from negative people, even if they are in your own family, stay peaceful, patient and do not react, take some time to chill and then revisit the problem with a positive outlook without trying to seek revenge. Only then will you be able to stop and smell the roses. 

Now with my workout routine, this will be challenging. Last year, i just ate whatever and workout out maybe 3 times a week or less. This time, i would like to hit up the gym 4 times a week, probably during the night, right after work, then followed by keeping up with the baby and then taking a nap for an hour or two before waking up to eat again. Then I would be able to sleep for 6-7 hours before work, followed by an hour nap after the lunch shift. Everything always looks easy on paper compared to actually doing it. 

Here are some photos of our recent trip to the Zoo, Even though Lailah is too small to probably remember, at least we got photos with her so she can see later on in life,also Madina had a blast with everything:


Now we are back

April 20, 2017

We are back, back at the restaurant that is. After the trial period,it was in the family’s best interest to keep ther estaurant as a family runned restaurant. What did I do during those 2 weeks off? I worked as an Uber driver, tried to reach out to all my contacts for a job. A few people had put in a good word for me or moved my resume along, but it takes forever. Some people just gave false promises as i wastched time go by, and time to me, is the most valuable currency we all have. During that time I didn’t see my father, barely saw my mother, stayed with my wife and child for most of the day, to be honest, being with my baby and wife was the happiest time i’ve had in awhile and I tahnk God every day for it. My heart goes out to those who kept in contact when we left the restaurant, to those who did their best to help us, to those who offered kind words and comfort when we were down, those kind of friends will always be in our hearts.

I have seen from too many situations in the past, that if your not there to raise your children, give them a good home, teach them above all, then it’s just a plan for disaster. My dream would be to have 5-6 children, live in an open space, 2 Acre land with trees, maybe a small barn to raise live stock, an area to grow crops. I would have a job which would allow me to be with my kids on the weekends and at dinner during the weekdays. We would take small vacations or drives to random places, to learn about history, nature, people and so forth. To grow old with the women i love, my wife, be surrounded by our loved ones, to just sit on the porch ona rocking chair on a nice, cool summer afternoon and just soak in life, thank God for everything we have. That, my friends, is my dream, but to get there is first to be successful.

We are currently finding existing restaurants that are for sale or out of business, to of course build a Silk Road 2, problem is manpower on people we can trust and location. If anyone knows anything, please let me know in a private message!

Other than that, my family is doing well, eevryone thank God are in good health, I’m just planning now for a vacation to London, trying to put money aside for hopefully July. Thans Folks for taking the time out of your day to read this! Hope to see you all at the restaurant, now for some fun pictures/movies:

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Where I Am Now…

November 13, 2016

First, I have taken the liberty to start Vlogging, heres a link to my latest video:

Great to see how Word Press just embedds it with a preview right away, very classy.

So far I have not been with my coach for almost 7 months, i have tweaked my diet with the knowledge I have learned from past coaches and years of trial and error. The one thing that gets me is cardio, I’m always busy and never have time. When i lost my 20 lbs a few years ago, i had done fasted cardio every morning, 45 minutes on the stair machine, followed by an almost keto like diet. Now im sticking to the same cardio regiment, but starting at 30 minutes a day, fasted, with 15-20 minutes of abs to try and pop them out. I was told by a friend at the gym who also frequents at my restaurant, that the main reason he wants to get serious att the gym and change how he looks is because hes tired of maintaining. He’s tired of working hard at the gym, sweating non stop, cardio and weights but yet, he feels and sees no results, thus him getting in touch with a coach. I can totally relate to him, recently i had a shoulder injury that was made worse by a chiropractor. It was so bad, I  couldnt even sleep properly or stand straight, I had to sleep sittin up with an ice pack and switch to a heating pad. I’m not bashing on Chiropractors, but i should of gone to a sports doctor first before anything. I was out of the gym for almost 2 weeks, it was horrible, medicine, hot and cold packs, barely any sleep, eating whatever i wanted. I gained a good 10 pounds in those 2 weeks, i couldnt even do a simple cardio session! I was devestated. But as they say, no courage without fear or in the words of the Dark Knight, Bruce Waynes Father,” Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to get back up.” In a way I started again from the bottom, that was 2 months ago, in that time i have successfully been able to lose 5 pounds, regain my strength, but like before, just mainting. So today, what i have decided was to do my cardio session early, 30-45 minutes, every morning so that i can always have it done, mostly a fasted cardio session. I will try my best to either work out in the middle of the day, or if im even pressed for time then i can try and get home before or by 10 pm from work and head over to my “convenient”gym, Eclipse fitness, which is down the street from where I live. Reasons why I do not enjoy working out or doing cardio as much at Eclipse:(WARNING:UPCOMING RANT)

1)Ceiling leaks

2)Dumbells are coated in rubber, thus the rubber stripping due to wear and tear.

3)weights and most machines are crazy old.

4)Theres apart of the gym where  barely anyone uses, why, its filled with machines that are “experimental” and in my opinion, dont do anything to benifit the muscle group it says it does.

5)Smith machines are a joke, angled down so its not straight up or down.

6)Benches are insanely tough, too high, very uncomortable.

7)The basketball court does not bring in new customers at all, just annoying kids who dont shut up, have unecesarry fights, scream always and part of the time a basketball flies out of the court and gets in the way. A quick side story, I have a classmate who signed up at Eclipse, started with a trainer and new diet, then while on a cardio machine ,2nd floor, near the basketball court, a ball bounced off the rim when kids were messing around, flew up to the second floor and hit her in the face. She fell off, ended up going to the emergency room for a cracked tooth, spent thousands of dollars fixing her tooth and dealing with the pain. After say a month, she went back to the gym to dispute it and have their insurance pay for all the damages, on ly to get therun around from the managers and owners of the gym. After almost a year, she finally got back her money, but she wont step foot in that gym, not just the fear of another basketball flying to her, but on how poorly the upper managment dealt with her situation.The owners own other gyms and supposedly, Eclipse is their oldest gym, thus them not giving a crap about what the customers want.

8)Their machines are Startrack, one of the worst companies ever to buy gym equipment from! Its like they make the stuff but never even tried it themselves!

9)Have the worst grab and go proteins ever! Quality of the companies they buy from shows that they dont care for the customers, just trying to fill up the fridges as much as possible with expired crap.

10)They send out this annoying email every month, a questionaire that they expect to see what the cusomters think. I get the run around from them when i express myself on it, yet they say they are just working on it with no times table or update on what they are doing to fix any of these problems.

11)Trainers allow their clients to run around the whole damn gym in between sets, didn’t bother me until someone ran into me almost knocking me over, yet they still do this shit when its busy.

Thats all that i can think of right now from the top of my head.

Also since this is also a Tech blog, i had the Iphone 7 Plus now, yes a Plus size, mainly for the camera and screen quality, since it came out. Im very happy with it, here are some sample shots:

Just found out that i have reached my capacity with WordPress on how many pictures i can store and post, never thought that was a thing. So here is where i signed off, a bit disgruntled, also i found out that i messed up my sweet potatoe fries in the oven, they are all dry and powdery, so i need to figure out what went wrong. PEACE!

 

so far I believe its been day 30, i have lost a total of 6 lbs, not my best, but its slowly trickling down. Its been a hard few weeks leading up to today, i havent gotten cardio in this week, been running around changing accountants, dealing with employees leaving at work and just overall stress.IMG_3741

Every monday or tuesday im able to stop by Shoprite and buy Haal ground turkey breast to mix with brown rice and have it with a scoop of almond butter.I had 6 meals to choose from, i figured just make 4 of the same meals for now just to keep it simple and easy.IMG_3744.JPG

I have a spin bike literaly 3 steps from my bed, yet i forget to wake up early to get a fasted cardio spin session in, i really need to get my moneys worth for sure! I also bought myself a lego set, after 20 years, just to see if my brain was still as sharp as when i was a kid, by the way ,legos has advanced so much thrgouhout the years, i was blown away by my X-wing lego set of 740 pieces.

Lego time!

 

 

New diet day 13

July 19, 2016

Started a new diet, down 5 pounds, didn’t even start cardio, switched up my foods, all measured and properly packed. It’s amazing what food can do for your body. I incorporated fruits for the first time in 4 years into my diet, so happy I did that. For now, 4 meals a day should suffice based on my crazy work schedule and time to work out. Now if I sleep early, I should be able  to get my workouts and cardio in all early, today was the first day of cardio, 30 minutes of stair machine, then I did cardio mid afternoon, a brisk 30 minute interval bike ride which was great! Early this morning I did chest, calves, light abs and cardio. My carbs this week went down by 25%, we will see how it affects the body in a few days. Since I have fats and carbs in almost every meal, here’s what I look like during a good pump:

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The carbs really helped with building my strength back and getting that perfect pump flow. This process is slow and steady, no short cuts, eat, train and work hard, that’s all I know. What other people don’t understand is that sleep and patience is heavily involved so make sure you get plenty of that all!

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