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:


So it’s day 6 here in Kabul, Afghanistan & I have already barged my brains out & had diarrhea, I am officially in Kabul now haha. I’m actually surprised, my metabolism has been sped up due to my months of dieting that after I got sick,within in hours of sleep and plenty of fluids I heal up. Ramadan starts on July 8th,which will be very exciting for sure since we are spending half of it here in Afghanistan. Here are some pictures of what’s close by, we haven’t traveled to other places yet but we will before Ramadan:

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Kabul is an amazing place,so manny people,amazing scenery,great food & always surrounded by beautiful mountains. In went to a small,basement like gym already after almost 2 weeks of traveling and recuperating:

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It was great to get a good workout in,I mailed my supplements from New Jersey to Kabul exactly 2 weeks ago so anyway now in should get them. In the mean time my ore workout is Monster Energy Drink and they have EAS packaged protein shake if 20 grams of protein each so most likely I’ll drink 2 after my workout with either white rice or bread. I eyeball all my food instead of weighing them because my scale isn’t here and my family who lives in a third world country would think me crazy for limiting my food intake with a scale hahaha. I am so grateful to God for giving me this experience and time to relax from work, after 5 years of work I can enjoy vacation with my wife,who as well hasn’t seen her family in 5 years. It will never be that long again & we will visit at least every 1-2 years,saving is always important folks!

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Ramadan day 10

July 29, 2012

Sorry for not updating the blog for a few days,I’ve been busy at work most of the time. Everyone in Islam knows that during Ramadan it’s a test of faith,a test of passion,a test of patience and how we have nothing holding us back,we must be the better person in any situation and be patient enough to have faith, passionate enough to care through out any struggle. Ramadan is what I believe when Allah pushes you to the limit,it’s the most sensitive month for a lot of people. I have experienced almost every year that my family would seem to start off great,then half way there experience a problem,which would in turn make everyone’s anger am sensitivity heightened since we are not eating/drinking. Then in the end we all realize what we have done during Ramadan and always ask Allah for forgiveness. I’m pretty sure everyone has experienced this with their family,everyone’s angry,not everyone shows up to eat in the morning or night since someone is mad at another. MY ADVICE: stay humble,stay calm,be patient & remember that these are people you love and care about,even though sometimes you feel they have no brain and are acting improper. The only thing we can do is either try and help the situation by making sure everyone is calm and figure out a compromise,stay out of it if it doesn’t affect you or isn’t a really big deal,never take sides and be the middle person,look through the Hadiths and sayings of all the Prophets(peace be upon them all); try and tell everyone out of love that we shouldn’t even be arguing because it’s Ramadan and Allah wants us to restrain from these things and be pious.

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On to my diet part of the blog, I’ve been eating brown rice in the morning along with some type of protein. Then I too it off with smart balance non fat,omega 3 packed milk and Fiber One Cheerios with barely any sugar per serving. Also a bottle of water and a huge cup of green tea. This holds me for the 17 hours in front of the grill until Iftar which I have been eating 5 ounces of grilled chicken breast and more brown rice.

Ramadan day 7

July 26, 2012

This morning I ate fiber filled macaroni with beans,fiber one Cheerios with smart balance fat free milk& Omega 3’s,white rice with lamb chunks. Pretty much carved up for lunch. I’m by myself today on the grill,which is a great learning experience,because in the end you only have Allah and myself to rely on. We will see how Iftar is tonight,hopefully I can get to the gym and work out back along with 25 minutes of cardio or more.

Ramadan Day 6

July 25, 2012

So today is day 6 of Ramadan. Wow. I’m so very proud of myself for getting here, I’m just trying y best to not forget my prayers and performing them properly. I feel like this month,especially out of all the months,God has his ways to communicate to everyone. Today inward greeted by a black and white spider,3 quarters of an inch big,crawling on my shorts while driving; everything’s always a sign. I don’t know for sure what that sign is,but it could mean don’t break your fast or else.

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I’ve been working around food so much that I don’t even get hungry. Problem is even though I should be on a Ramadan diet, i pig out on finger foods and snacks after I break my fast. The only solution I feel would best work in this scenario is to prep my food an hour ahead of time. I figured that since I’ll be working out Friday,Saturday,Sunday and Monday nights after 11pm, I would stick to clean eating as much as possible.

I found some pictures of me from the past when I was working out but had no clue about my diet and how it should be implemented to get results:

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I’m missing the gym real bad,I figured if I stick to the diet and eat clean during Ramadan then my metabolism will burn the fat and keep some muscle. I know I’ll be leaner but weaker,which is no problem,I even see some belly fat leaving. Hopefully I can stick to the gym schedule for the weekend and not skip a day.

Ramadan Day 5

July 24, 2012

So far so good,just finished lunch service on the grill at the restaurant & I’m dreaming of water with a wedge of lime in it. We ate some take out last night which ha upset red everyone’s stomach,not gonna be getting food from that restaurant. I cooked some great food with the wifey which would last for days:

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This morning image a huge bowl of fiber plus Cheerios by Special K,along with smart balance fat free milk,it ain’t apart of the diet but it’s healthy,then I topped it off with a huge cup of green tea,hopefully Ivan hold off until tonight when Iftar(breaking of the fast) is at 8:21pm.

I have come to realize that Fasting isn’t just about how much your body can take,but how much will power you have. Next year the days will get longer and longer until the longest day of the year,June 21st.
Will update shortly after Iftar.

Ramadan day 4

July 24, 2012

So it’s my first day off during Ramadan, it’s great to catch up on sleep. I had to run errands, then I was able to work on some kitchen projects at the restaurant.

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I didn’t stick to the diet at all today since I wasn’t working, right now I just downed 8 Oreos with milk.

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