Tuesday, January 24, 2017

For me challenging myself and consistency is key.

Why I started running

January 19, 2017

I’m not a seasoned runner, in fact there are times I don’t like running πŸ˜‰ but I’ve had enough good days of running now to know how good it feels or experience that rush of endorphins and knowing that it’s the easiest way to get a good sweaty cardio session in! Let’s face it, it’s also one of the most basic movements for human beings. I decided to rise above me ‘not liking’ running and work towards getting good at it. It still hasn’t happened, I’m still not good at it but I have been enjoying the process. Tomorrow I run my third 10k at the Standard Chartered Marathon Dubai. I do need all the luck in the world because today I woke up feeling feverish and a dull head cold (I know! What I’m timing right?!). I thought I’d list out the reasons I started running, just so that I keep that list in mind when I need to push myself to complete every kilometre tomorrow morning InshAllah.

  1. It challenges me – physically yes but more than that it challenges me mentally, I’m working on reducing the volume on that voice in my head that keeps saying “stop, this is not for you, you can’t do this” “you’re not capable”. One day this voice will be a lot more encouraging when I run πŸ™‚
  2. It’s the cheapest way to get a good cardio session in – I LOVE lifting but I also know that to stay athletic and agile, I need to keep my conditioning in check as well and running is an excellent boost to my endurance levels.
  3. I’ve experienced experienced runners call ‘the runner’s high’ and I was to feel that more often πŸ™‚ It’s a happy feeling after all so why not!
  4. I’ve experienced that sweet spot when my mind and body cooperate with each other and I can just keep going – I want to be able to channel that kind of mind and body sync whenever there is a need and running teaches you that so well.
  5. It questions that whole notion which all of us often fall prey to – It’s difficult for me, so might as well just stay away from it – erm no! I want to increase my fitness level and being able to do a comfortable 5k will get me closer to that goal πŸ™‚Β 



January 16, 2017

Training is all about that constant story running in your mind – “There was once a girl, she didn’t let age /the colour of her skin/gender/genetics hold her back. Nobody gave her a crown so she made herself one”.
You get the drift πŸ˜‰ So when you have a tribe to help with these stories; more often than not, they’re happy stories! I’ve joined a 6 week fitness course and I’m super excited to see the journey through and absorb all the health learnings πŸ˜€Β 


You workout and you eat everything? Haw!

January 7, 2017

A graceful and pretty face is out of the question when one is doing renegade rows πŸ™ˆ
Over the weekend I was asked “Oh so you workout but eat everything?” I took 5 seconds to decide what my response should be and in those 5 seconds, I had my friends jump in and say “why should she deprive herself?” “Where’s the fun in that?” while I gave all of them mental high fives, I couldn’t help but wonder why fitness and health most often fall into only one kind of bracket? Health and fitness looks different on everyone, let’s celebrate that! You train every other but don’t look like a super model (male or female) but can keep up with most 20 years old and kick ass at work? Who am I to judge then – run like the wind!
#StrongIsTheNewSkinny #StrongIsBeautiful#ThatWorkoutFace #Moderation365#AllAboutThatBalance



January 3, 2017

I don’t believe that lots of sweat is the only proof of a kicka&% workout. It depends on what you’re treating your body to that day. Consistency becomes a good friend when you do what you love and not what someone else tells you to do because that’s what ‘works’ – in the gym and in life actuallyΒ ??Β ?
#GirlsGoneStrongΒ #StrongIsBeautiful#AndTheBeatKeepsRunningRunning

What’s keeping you consistent with your health journey?



The best view on 1st Jan 2017!

January 2, 2017

After the really late night and a LOT of fun that led us into 2017, my husband Fareed and I decided that we would have to do some form of a workout or just move on the 1st of Jan πŸ˜€ So we got onto the Jebel Ali race course footpath which very close to where we stay and we just ran. I also do need to up the ante on training for the Standard Chartered 10k so this was as good a time as any! We started our run just when the sun was setting so just as I was making my way back, I saw this gorgeous view <3 I know it doesn’t beat a sunset view on the beach but it was such an amazing way to say welcome to 2017. I know a lot of people make fun of ‘health/fitness’ resolutions but for me if anyone has decided to get healthier it’s a start – even if that person doesn’t stick by it. They made that move to recognize that something needs to be done, that being healthy is always better than not πŸ™‚ and the seed is sown πŸ˜€