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!

Ramadan Day 23

June 26, 2016

So we are at the final week of Ramadan. In my opinion it hasn’t been a good one, but I’m glad that I’m alive to participate and that hopefully God shall allow forgiveness for my sins. With that being said, I’ll explain why this Ramadan hasn’t been that well. First, not praying as often as I would like. Second, not reading more about the Quran, the stories of the Prophets and understanding my religion more through peace and Harmony. Lastly, the diet, it has been fine but it’ll always be a gaining diet, I have come to terms with that since the middle of Ramadan. I cannot restrict my carb intake while eat large amounts of fats and protein before and after my fast, it just can’t work like that. My body responds well to carbs and it needs them to stay round, not flat, plus since I’m fasting for 15 hours a day I need the glycogen stores to keep me going throughout the day. On a side note, I’ve decided to actually get my certification in personal training, NASM to be exact. Then once I get it, I’ll get as much experience as possible and get certified as a nutritionist;  Not sure though I I need to go back to college for that. The end result is I want to be able to coach people, be a one man gym with a large amount of knowledge on how to help people stay healthy, eat clean and be happy. Here are a few of my videos to help inspire everyone else to get to the gym and work hard to achieve your goals: 

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Most of these workouts are done during the day, a little before Iftar, just so that I can get my metabolism shocked and ready for when I break my fast. For cardio though I would just do 25 minutes HIIT, but recently I’ve fallen in love with sprinting on the WOODWAY treadmills at Life time fitness. I’ll keep everyone posted for the last week of Ramadan and the post week too to see how my weight fluctuates, now I’m at 165 lbs

Working on that stress

April 28, 2016

In life we are faced with challenges, challenges that make it hard to walk, eat sleep and function. We may see these challenges as many things; the one thing to end it all or the one thing that makes you stronger. Surround yourself with positive people, happy, influenctional and well rounded people. Inspire through example and the rest will follow, don’t expect it, just hope for the best. I, as many of you, am always in a situation where either I feel like if I don’t get through it or deal with the stress then and there then it would be the end of everything. But then I look at it with a positive vibe, I want to learn and understand what the situation is so that I can assess the problem, turn. It into a learning experience and move on, forgive but never forget. I feel like our life is plagued with many situations like this but they can become more than just a bad time in our lives, they can be a milestone, something that we can look back at and ponder, how amazingly strong we were in that dark hour, how did we get through it, can we conjure that strength again and make it work for us again?

One thing that has kept me not caring about the world was food and lots of it! I would eat tons of rice and spaghetti! Pizza and bread like no other! I didn’t care what I looked like or how winded I would get playing outside, I would turn and eat foods like sweets or ice cream, just to keep my mind off of what’s happening then and there, stay out of the now. Looking back at it now I would punch myself in the face, how could I let time waste away?!?! Time is the one thing that we, as human beings, cannot even measure or fathom, it’s the one thing that is always with us and yet can be our friend or foe. It’s the now that we need to focus on, use this time to plan for the future and stay positive, make use of what we have.


I’m also going to incorporate more bursts of cardio at different times of the day to help get me through the Dailey struggles, jump rope is one of them, which I carry in  my car always. It is very important to not keep stress, anger, fear or any other negative emotion bottled inside, but let it out loud in your physical process at the gym, whether it’s weights, cardio or sports. It’s the thing that’s not just healthy for you but also keeps your brain focused and stress free. I mean yea when you get home or back to work you have your problems to deal with, but at least your at peace with everything built up inside, you can now go on about your day knowing that your focused on repairing whatever’s broken and make things better for your situation and others. 

Health update:

So I couldn’t get cardio in everyday for the past 3 weeks, thus me gaining 3-5 lbs, which is always fluctuating. I have been trying to stay on the diet 100% but there are a few days where I come home late after a long shift and don’t have anything prepared, thus me resorting to left overs, small amounts of carbs and so on. I had tried my coaches diet, Sadick H.’s diet, so now I’m going to connect with someone who I believe may help with my few diet problems such as bloating, timed meals, access to certain foods and etc. This person was the first physique I saw and wanted to have, way back in 2006, Rob Riches. This guy not only eats clean all throughout the day, but his knowledge on food, exercise is insane! I can’t wait to see what he has for me!

Full Body Soreness

April 8, 2016

So for the last 3.5 days I went to the gym for a total of 6 times, for either working out twice a day or doing cardio and working out at different times of the day. I am totally sore, I can feel it everywhere. This is in a way a good sign, a good sign that the things I’m doing are working perfectly, all I need to do now is eat properly via my specified diet.  

   

Eating clean is one no f the main ingredients on achieving your goals in this conquest of a healthy lifestyle. In my case, conquest to cut the fat, keep the muscle and stay healthy. In the gym I try and do calves in between sets so that they can grow, recently I found out a new way to do calves with cables, which in my opinion are growing them twice as fast compared to the conventional style of doing them.

I’d like to apologize ahead of time, I’m a very random person and I like tour out my thoughts on this blog, along with videos and pictures, just to keep those who are interested updated on what goes on in my life. I’m also sorry if it bores you.

So with the new diet, I have low carb days when I train, no carb days when I don’t train and one high carb day that goes perfectly with my cheat meal day. But since I train almost every day I benefit from the carbs, only down side is that if I’m working a double or can tell my body needs a rest, I have to no carb it and do a lot of cardio. I have a freakin spin bike in my room that I need to take advantage of, top of the line, belt driven, magnetically enhanced, yet I fail to wake up 30 minutes earlier just to get a quick spin, now I’m mad I’m wasting money. I’ll start tomorrow and keep everyone updated on how it goes with my side quest, spinning, right before breakfast, everyday, that’ll help with the weight cut for sure. Last time I cut weight I would do my cardio fasted, right before breakfast, that helped a lot. But recently I’m doing cardio right after I work out, thus maybe slowing things down or keeping my body used to it. This week though since I’m low on post workout cardio time, I would just do jump rope intervals, 1 minute rest with 100 jumps. I’ll slow build my endurance with my smart rope, it helps me track my jumps, and is powered with LEDS so that I can see how many jumps I do while I’m jumping and when I need to pause for a rest set, here’s a video:
  

I haven’t weighted myself since Monday, it’s currently Thursday, I’m afraid in a way. Afraid that I’m letting myself down, afraid that I’m wasting my money on food and a coach. I need to analyze what is slowing me down,not enough cardio? Maybe meals aren’t portioned the proper way, or maybe I’m not eating at the proper times, or the small snacks that I eat throughout the day actually matter a whole lot. Whatever it is, I have to push the bad habit out with a good habit, replace it, acknowledge it and stay positive. Here’s a link to my current vlog in case you can’t view the top video:Some jump rope fun!

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