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!

So I did back yesterday, pushed myself real hard, certain enough I ripped some new muscle fibers in order to grow, which essentially is how muscles grow in the gym.  

 
Also I try my best to match my gym wear and that now carries on to my rest days. Today is a rest day and I need to appreciate the rest day, nurture it, eat right, zero carbs on rest days as well. Hopefully I will have enough energy to just have a nice quick cardio session afterwards, on the spin bike, maybe 25 minutes HIIT. 

  
I had no option but to have this as a post workout snack along with my protein, not bad, very low fat, 29 grams of carbs from rice and corn, no gluten, which in a way makes a big difference. 

Also I’ve been having a blast on Snap chat, my handle is thatgeekfromthe, very interesting to see how it works.  

So I had spoken with Coach Phil, introduced him to the other diet plan I was given, then we made a choice to start carb cycling but with him since he knows my body better than others, he’s been my couch for over 3 years now. He knows how my body reacts to carbs, fats and sugars. We even targeted my high carb days on the same day as my cheat meal so that my body can utilize all the carbohydrates ingested. We completely changed everything on Monday and it’s Wednesday, I’m feeling the soreness creep on, with carbs comes strength and a full roundness of the muscles. I can definitely feel the results of carbs coming back into my diet, along with how well the pump feels. I’m going to do my research on the combination of carbs versus no carbs for pre and post workouts along with the importance of it, maybe with medical journals as well. 

Right now I’ve been dealing with some work stress here at work. Trying my best to reach out to other malls about how to get the ball rolling on putting in a Silk Road Express/Gyro place in as well as maybe another fine dining place. But in all honesty, I would rather have an express store, deal with take outs and fancy fast food, not worry about the front end but more of the kitchen, stocking part. At the current moment though I’m trying to get rid of these damn hiccups!

Sorry for not updating the blog as often as I’d like. First, since I’ve been using an iPad Pro, 13 inch model,the case that came with it is made by Logitech, the asthmatics of it is amazing, full defense against anything that could happen to the iPad. Only problem was that the keyboard sucked at getting all of my typing down, it was pretty much delayed by 1 second, which made blogging very tough. But now, with a new update finally coming along, it is pretty much like a laptop. Which leads me to think, will I still need a laptop to edit my 4K videos or can I still use my iMac desktop, OR just update my iMac once and use the one at home for work since the one at work kinda sucks now, it’s from 2008. In the mean time, time flies too fast, my weight kept fluctuating from 158 lbs to 162 lbs. My training and cardio regiment was on Par, I was training for an hour almost everyday and doing cardio for 35-45 minutes Daily, mostly after my workout. My diet was also in check, no carbs for 5 days, 1 high carb day and technically 1 low carb day since it was no carbs and a cheat meal. So in a way I was comfortable on where I’m at, not as much veggies, only fats and proteins, kinda like a struggle, only thing is I would be tempted to eat fruit from time and again which would slow me down too much. Right when I was thinking nothing can be done, I saw an Instagram post by a guy I follow, coolest dude, Sadick H. He is the perfect example of hard work, his diet, training regiment was very interesting to see. He is an IFBB Pro, Physique competitor and the way his body is sculpted is the way I want to look like, only thing is of course he was taller and had a faster metabolism where I was shorter and a bit wider; but like the away hard work beats talent. I reached out to him, got a diet plan and training regiment for 1 month, costed me double then what I usually pay with my other coach, but I was thinking why not, try something new and see where I go. I received the diet and workout plan the same day, after 3 days, my mind was blown. The diet was structured so differently than what I was used to from many years of dieting, I had low carb days, no carb days and 1 high carb day. I would be eating larger amounts of carbs and fats when needed to, it was questionable at first due to the fact that I was only consuming low amounts of fats and carbs in the old diet, but I was thinking I should start somewhere with a base line and with each week work my way up and have Sadick check out whatever he needs to check and make changes. 

So from day one, which was Tuesday, I had followed this diet specifically. Also the workouts as well which were totally different than what I was used to, most of it were super sets, one day was all core and abs and HIIT cardio, every workout does start with abs and core though. For the first time in a long time, after 2 days of strict dieting with the new diet and do how the workouts wants me to do it, my whole body felt sore. They say every morning listen to your body since when you wake up, your body is done healing and my body was screaming in aches, soreness and pain. I knew for sure that my body would need time to rest with proper dieting and enough sleep, sleep was the main thing needed in my busy work schedule! So on my non workout days I would be having no carbs, my workout days would be low carbs and on the days where I needed to actually workout hard, it would be high carb day which is usually once a week. I felt the difference with having some type of carbs before and after, especially how the high carb day is set up, no carb, then high carb then no carb again to repeat the pattern. It was an interesting kind of view. I can definitely tell a difference in my work outs, how the diet affects how I eat. I’m not totally starving throughout the day since the large amount of fats hold me over and the proteins stay the same. Hopefully by Tuesday I can get back down to 158 or maybe even cut it to 157 lbs! I just have to stay consistent and work hard at it, the problem that I have the most of is after work when I get home, if I cook eggs and eat them, I weigh a bit heavier in the mornings which is the best time for me to weigh my self. But if I eat a snack like protein chips or a quest bar, I still feel like I get a little heavier in the mornings. I can’t eat right before I sleep, it’s very tough, I have to time everything before I leave work or at least the car ride home which is 8 minutes away. Here are some progress shots, before I send them to Sadick:

   
    
 

I want to improve, I want to be better, you have to strive to get what you want, you have to adapt and change to get to your goals, or you just coast, be the same, never change and be monotone for the rest of your life. Think about it folks. 

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