Tag: #strength

Battle of the Bulge

Creating My Own Stepping Stones

the Battle of the bulge is not easy: we become moody, edgy, irritable, touchy and so much more. So its easy to give up and fall of the wagon. That is why a support group is necessary.
So I have been Lucky that I have my own little support group with me, its been a bumpy ride but we are getting there.
So when I started my weight loss journey and decided to join the GYM my mom laughed as did the immediate family who are close to me. You see I had done this so many times no one thought I would manage to pull it off.
Don’t get me wrong, they were tired of my joining the GYM and not going through and they all thought “ok another failed attempt” But this time what no one realized was that I have had blessings sent to me (everything happens for a reason)

BEFOREBEFORE

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Intermittent Fasting – An Eating Pattern

So a while back the my Coach recommended that I try this diet that you have to fast in, i didn’t really listen and ignored it.

Just before Ramadan started I started following some really amazing people who did the whole fat to fit transformation (weight loss) with and without the gastric banding etc. So One of them mentioned it to me, this made me do some research and discovered that its called Intermittent Fasting.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a term for eating between periods of fasting and eating. (i hope this makes sense)

There is nothing about which foods you should eat, but actually when you should eat and that they have to be low calorie.

This is what worked for me and in 1 week they change was apparent even to those who saw me everyday.

Do I recommend it ? YES!!

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 I AM THE CHANGE 

Food Habits that I Use

I am sharing some of my food habits that I have made that have helped and still helping on my weight loss journey:

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GRAPEFRUITS

Some compounds in grapefruits help your body use insulin more efficiently.

Keeps your blood sugar in check

Also help burn calories.

TIP: I usually mix it in my green salad with a touch of balsamic vinaigrette dressing that I make at home. NO JUICES!!

Olive oil

OLIVE OIL

 Get rid the butter, the cooking spray
Replace it with olive oil. Like fish oil.
Olive Oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids that help keep  the stomach less bloated, the brain, and other organs working more efficiently, & helps regulate the appetite
TIP: DO NOT over heat the olive oil in the pan, because it burns and then you loose all the effective properties of it

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Generally start my day with a banana
It helps the metabolism due to all the potassium in them. “Potassium helps your body regulate minerals and fluids in and out of your cells”
TIP: Keeps you full, I blend it with my milk and use my protein powder to make pancakes

 

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BERRIES

Did you know that  berries are high in fiber (up to 8 to 9 grams a cup)
also have antioxidants, and contain less sugar than most fruits.
TIP: The combination of all the berries makes them a satisfying and healthy choice and sometimes I blend it with a banana and fat free milk

 

 

“BE THE CHANGE”

Support Group Necessity – Reach Out

the Battle of the bulge is not easy:  we become moody, edgy, irritable, touchy and so much more. So its easy to give up and fall of the wagon. That is why a support group is necessary.

So I have been Lucky that I have my own little support group with me, its been a bumpy ride but we are getting there.

So when I started my weight loss journey and decided to join the GYM my mom laughed as did the immediate family who are close to me. You see I had done this so many times  no one thought I would manage to pull it off.

Don’t get me wrong, they were tired of my joining the GYM and not going through and they all thought “ok another failed attempt” But this time what no one realized was that I have had blessings sent to me (everything happens for a reason) :

  • My Son Noah – my Miracle (A gift from God);

  • A Girl Called Nadia Khan from London

    • there is so much I can say and yet it would not be enough (she is another beautiful soul that has walked the walk with me & still is)

    • she joined the GYM with me

    • she came with me relentlessly for months & due to busy life schedules we try to work out together when possible

    • stood by me through it all – a backbone

  • another called Christin from Berlin – but she’s more Omani now 🙂

    • a force to reckon with as well

    • my rock & backbone

    • another beautiful soul who has walked the walk & still is

  • and sitting in Budapest is my Sister Anna Maria who lives on the 4th floor, without a lift (you can imagine how many times I cursed her coz I had walk up 94 steps and down 94 steps) 😉

    • my globe-trotter

    • someone who has stood by me from across the continents

    • another soul sent to me, a force to be reckoned with and my pillars of strength

the above was how it started, along the way the circle increased

  • my Coaches

  • Mum & Dad, they started to believe (they are my parents always stood by me, but as far as loosing weight was concerned it was hard for them to believe)

  • Princess Ash & Khali (uncle) Shez from Manchester – my cousins

  • Hilal Al Habsi – Someone who Believes & true to his word

  • Ahmed Al Omairi – training us now a friend & brother

  • Eva Stanley Jones – Making it Happen, like a breath of Fresh Air

  • the gyms

  • my online supporters

  • those who only say they support – talk is cheap 

There are those that would like to remain anonymous & those that breezed in and out of my life, bringing or teaching us something positive in life.

Everyone needs support something or someone to fall back on … as the shrinking arab feel free to contact me for that, I know how it feels:

  • email: info@thechrinkingarab.com

  • instagram: theshrinkingarab

“Creating My Own Stepping Stones”