Ramadan Day 8

May 27, 2018

Today was great, lunch was a bit slow but for dinner, everyone all came at once to break their fast. Luckily for me, I always make my bowl of food 2 hours ahead of time to make sure I’m not in anyone’s way later on. Here are a few examples:

So as you can tell, by the end of the night I was extremely exhausted, we left work at 11:30, picked up Lailah sho was already asleep and went back home.

I’ve also been recently reading a surprisingly good book by James Comey called A Higher Loyalty. It was great to read and understand his story before he got mixed into the presidential drama and learn that he’s as human as anyone else and with a good heart.

Today was also the day my sister in law started work and she only landed Wednesday morning. We are all work horses, we are all chasing that dream. But remember, life isn’t about working and paying bills, it’s about slowly but surely getting to your goals in life. I heard from a YouTube inspirational speech about a man who learned something very important from his father. His father was an Immagrations who came over from a third world country, worked his whole life, had 3 kids and wasn’t home as much because his excuse was the bills wouldn’t pay themselves. Now remember, it all comes down to you, your sacrifice and how you want to live your life for yourself and your family. This mans father worked so hard till he was 65 years old, retired, bought his dream house and later died the following year. With that event that happened, the YouTube inspirational speaker had realized that his dad struggled his whole life we he didn’t have to, he was of course grateful for his fathers hard work, but mourned the choices he made to be at Work more than at home. We only get one life so live it wisely, every moment counts and time doesn’t stop for anyone. We are all part of this life, our families life, friends life and so forth yet we need to actually be in it and not just pass by. Dream house or not, be happy with what you have, set goals and live in the moment with your loved ones because we might not get the chance to be there and with them again.

Ramadan Day 7

May 24, 2018

Almost there, almost a week down! Thank Goodness I was able to get a good amount of sleep in, Tuesday’s airport trip really messed my internal clock.

My cousin coming back from Afghanistan, only thing that’s changed is how tight his shirt is getting haha.

Today’s fast has been very comfortable actually, Iftar actually crept up on me. For the whole time, I’ve been eating 2

Bowls of rice, some type of protein and slow digesting carbs:

Not only does this gigantic meal hold me

Over until it’s time to eat in the early morning, but it’s nutrient sensed with so much good stuff! Some people get bored of eating the same foods everyday, not me, fasting has helped me enjoy what I have from food to life itself. I’ve learned to be more content and understand more the problems I’ve been going through.

I’ve also learned that people tend to live in their own world and remember things totally differently compared to what actually happened. I don’t blame em, sometimes it’s whatever helps them sleep at night. I just wish, during this Holy month of Ramadan, that the stubborn people out there could actually learn through fasting on how to put aside pride and understand situations that’s out stress on their lives. Stress is totally unnecessary in our lives and yet, it helps define who we are and how we look at everything else. Let’s learn to relax and calm down in any situation, there’s no need to react or fire back in any situation, just for the sake of being first or fast. Taking your time to process and carefully think of how your going to respond is key to becoming a better you, try it out.

Ramadan Day 6

May 23, 2018

Sorry for jumping a few days ahead, I keep forgetting I can easily write a Blog post on my phone!

I mean seriously, Thundercats, which were known for their amazing artwork and stories from comics to cartoon, will get rebooted into a weird ass goofy round cartoon like crap, just so that kids aren’t scared or so they can get I to it! What gives? Everyone’s butt is hurting more and More in this world, whatever happened to just dealing with the problems at hand or fix what’s broken? Why run away or create excuses to help you sleep better at night and why deny straight up facts and things that happen in real life, just to make yourself sound right to yourself and others???

It’s amazing how children helps us calm down from a stressful situation, like truly helps us be content on where we are today. And if your reading this and thinking all your kids bring you is mess, stress and dirty diapers then you gotta recheck your priorities in life. I’m not saying it’s always sunshine and rainbows, but the main reason we have children is to be happier in life and share that happiness. The one thing I regret is not having children sooner, but as always, God is great and God always has a plan for us all.

After a long work day, we had left and gone straight to the airport to pick up my cousin and his wife which is also my wife’s sister! They landed at 9:30 and we arrived at 9:45 in Newark Airport, Thank God not JFK! We were able to receive them at 11:30 pm, left and got home by 12:30AM. We ate a nice big meal at 1 am and then went back to the apartment to have Tea at 3AM, then we passed out. It was an amazing day and fun night, I’ll let you know how i am dealing with Zombie mode the next day in the next post!

Ramadan Day 3

May 22, 2018



So today was a much better day than yesterday. Not only was I able to get a good amount of sleep thanks to the babies new nigh time diapers which helps with her sleeping comfortably and yet still protects her, but because I was able to sleep early for once, 11pm to be exact. I was also able to get a quick cardio session in of walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes before i started the work day. Other than that things seemed nice and smooth at the restaurant, not as busy during lunch which is how it is at the moment since we are still new. But come 4PM, I was able to take a quick power nap for 45 minutes before the dinner rush. We had a healthy crowd going, a few tables also breaking their fast as well.

It’s funny how everyone is in a cranky or bad mood through out the day, but come Iftar time, everyone is so happy and content. Thats pretty much how it was yesterday with us and some customers. I like to observe a lot of things, I guess its a habit, to stay silent and watchhow things go, just to get an idea. During every Iftar, i am able now to eat all my food within 10 minutes before i get back to work, just so that i can help out and let everyone eat. Now I’m wondering what should i do for tomorrow, Monday, on our day off.

Ramadan Day 2

May 20, 2018

This day was so much harder! We woke up literally minutes before we had to stop so We chugged a bottle of water and passed out. That was a brutal day for me since I had to wake up at 8 and get to restaurant depot and to work. I also managed to do a very light shoulder and biceps workout too.

But the rest of the day was tough. Cutting cold turkey on most things leads to a very bad headache, which has been happening recently. I also noticed towards the end of the night a change in my mood from monotone to Hangry. So I refocused my little energy I had to staying positive and not let the negativity build up effect anyone around me, inspire through example. I ate right away first since I’m the fastest and was able to work the longest right after.

Ramadan Day 1

May 18, 2018

To be honest, it wasn’t as an eventful Ramadan as I had thought it would be. I guess working in a smaller restaurant would mean less walking everywhere. I wasn’t as hungry through out the day, just a bit thirsty. I did though hit up the gym for a good 50 minutes doing back exercises, which didn’t wind me out but did add to the thirst building up.

After lunch I was able to get a quick 30 minute power nap before heading back to work. Since it wasn’t as busy, fasting was pretty much a breeze. What I ate for Iftar(Breakfast) was salad,brown rice, lentils,protein shake and eggplant.

By the time I went home after work it was 9:45, I was able to stay up for 45 minutes playing with my daughter before we passed out to wake up again at 2:30AM. So far it’s been a good start, but for as long as I can remember, there had always been a major problem during Ramadan that always casted a cloud on the whole family. I’m afraid this year wouldn’t be the same.

Ramadan Day 0

May 17, 2018


So far so good. I had Set everything up so that it would be nice transition from eating during the day to not eating during sun light hours. The things that i have noticed from the past years is that everyone i know just right away cut food and water out without slowly tapering into it. For me, i would slowly stop eating at certain times during the day to help with my body to adjust to how it would be this year. Fun Fact: The Islamic calendar has Ramadan going back 10 days every year. Last time i remembered Ramadan was in the winter when he days where shorter, i was still a kid in elementary school, waking up early, wrapped in my blanket, eating my bowl of cereal and sipping on some green tea, the good old days. Thankfully we have passed the hardest parts of summer, when the days would be almost 17-18 hours of daylight and just a small window to eat.

I had made 2 decisions with myself on how i should go upon Ramadan this year. The first one is to go Gluten free, since i have noticed the whole swelling of the stomach every time i would eat it. The second decision is to write on my blog every day and make a Vlog on my YouTube channel everyday, just to get people knowing and seeing what I’m doing. So technically ┬áits a day behind and today is the first day of Ramadan, but I’ll let you know how it is tomorrow for sure. It may seem like a lot to me, but since my gym time has been cut to almost half, besides taking naps during the day, i would just plainly work on my video editing and writing for now, hopefully i can keep it up. Personally, when we as human beings say we are going to do something, we should do something. But sadly, we also are creatures of habit and laziness. We learn to asses whats more important and do that first, like eating, sleeping, drinking red bull to keep us going, picking up the kids from daycare. All of this list of demands that we tell ourselves gets numbered from 1- whatever else you have to do but don’t have time or don’t want to do it now. In Ramadan, the first thing we start is not eating or drinking for day One. Its tough, 16 hours or more sometimes, but we get it done. As I’m writing this, all i can think about is Pizza, chips and big bowl of Pasta, yet i just have my work in front of me to keep me busy, while I’m at my restaurant making sure everything goes smoothly.

To me, when i wake up every morning, i open my eyes, check on my baby next to me, then i stare at the ceiling for a good 3 minutes which does seem forever. I tell my brain exactly what needs to be done in the next 30 minutes, what should be finished in the next hour and what the plan is for the day, almost like a computer. It’s not easy at times, sometimes i just want to wake up and do nothing or do my own thing, problem is, through trial and error, i have lost a lot of time “winging it” and therefore late to work which even though i do own the business with family, still irks me.

Come the middle of the day, before lunch ends, i again think to myself what needs to be done for the rest of the day and if i had completed the tasks thought about earlier in the morning. Things get prioritized to finishing up what needed to be don’t then i have a staple in my day…..Go to the gym. I heard somewhere once that time is always flowing forward, that it doesn’t stop for anyone or go backwards, therefore its sacred. In this case, I could plan my day accordingly to what i think is important, or plan my day around the gym. I decided to do both, because its my life and i learned later on in life that sometimes, you should just do what you want when you want because its your life. I plainly day around a specific time during the week, 3pm, is when i get to work out for 1-1.5 hours. I have learned to not waste time at the gym, get in, do your work, get that pump and get out. Only problem is, i don’t have as much time anymore for cardio vascular exercises. Your thinking well who does?! I did, i would spend a good 2 hours at the gym every day when i was comfortable at my other job, i would wake up early, have my mom watch my baby, hit up the gym and come back home to shower and go to work. But sometimes life throws you curve balls and you learn to adapt in any situation.

I had gone to Costco, picked up everything in Bulk which should hopefully last us 20 days, Special K cereal with almond milk, Protein Pasta with beans and pasta sauce also to help carb up in the morning. One thing i did forget to buy was coconut water, which can help me stay hydrated throughout the day, but for right now Green tea should suffice. I’m excited to see how amazing this Month of Ramadan will be and how far i can get with keep everyone up to date. Lets chat tomorrow!

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