So 2 weekends ago in Oman we decided to go on a little Wadi trip, which I was convinced to join in on last minute. Little did I know what I was letting myself in fore. I am known to be the most unadventurous person on the planet … but that was in the past 🙂
we started from Muscat, to head to a place called Wadi Shab … and so the story unfolds as follows:
The main attraction is the water fall in the cave, which you can reach after roughly 45 minutes of #hiking (I was DECEIVED).
I hiked, swam in clear blue waters in natural pools with sweet water fish, for the first time in my life. also complained 90% of my way there to everyone, but without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
Some pictures I borrowed from @omantripper (sorry and thank you) i hope you dont mind, since I was told we can’t take anything with us
We then drove to Ras Al Hadd see the #turtles (turtle reserve) where we were met by a very good friend of mine another special person nick named (Al Badawi) for coming from Ja’alan to see us and take us turtle watching.
My weight loss has slowed down a lot, and that need for instant personal gratification tends to weigh heavily in my mind.
I catch myself wanting to find some cure all pill, or an extreme weight loss diet in order to shed an extreme amount of weight in a short time.
So I posted I was in the bottom of the pit, and I knew it was related to my love for food. I am very bravely taking a short 7 day break from DIETING not the GYM.
I take an OATH, where I promise to eat in moderation. I promise not to DIET, I promise to WORKOUT.
Having learnt the hard way, that to #BETHECHANGE , the mindset and lifestyle needs to change. What I need to learn is not to be over CRITICAL bout myself.
We learnt as children, that we needed superheroes in our lives, well I decided to become #MYOWNSUPERHERO
At 180kg I was just #exsiting last year I Chose to #LIVE for my #son #NOAH my #inspiration #bethechange #willpower #justdoit #healthylifestyle #workingout #cardio #weightloss #health #fighobesity #fitness #weightlosstransformation #life #muscat #Oman #fattofit #lessismore #anewme
What was I thinking!! FYI – NO SURGERY
I am sharing some of my food habits that I have made that have helped and still helping on my weight loss journey:
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!!
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
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
(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”
I am starting this tomorrow for one week:
Remember to stay HYDRATED, drink a lot of water
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) 😉
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
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
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:
“Creating My Own Stepping Stones”
So I am flat footed, finding the right shoes has always been a problem for me, and being the weight that I used to be it wasn’t easy.
Comfort before fashion has always been my thing. I will not compromise on self comfort.
So in brief if I am not comfortable I won’t wear it fashion or not.
So when I started working out and decided a lifestyle change is needed there were a few brands that of sports shoes that I tried and ended up settling for #Nike.
These are the reasons behind my love 😍 for #nike:
Comfort – I feel like my feet are on pillows
They have been good to my knees 😊
The science behind is well throughout
#nike now needs to come up with a mama and son edition coz my munchkin wants to wear #Nike’s like mama
The accessories are also good; I use the socks and gloves.
So my advice if your buying your #nike in Muscat Oman go directly to the Muscat City Center Brand Shop’s of #Nike. They really know how to understand a persons feet and needs, the others don’t.
I will be moving on to my 4th pair in less than 8 months