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Old 09-11-2010, 03:52 PM
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well i think what you are doing is awesome and what a way to start off this contest. i have no doubt you will accomplish amazing things this goround.
Gee thanks! I appreciate your support and wish you a successful and significant transformation yourself!
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:25 PM
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Well, Ramadhan is over and I can eat and drink during daylight hours again. Today is my start day as well as the second day of the Eid (pronounced 'eed', means 'feast' in Arabic) holiday. I must say, I'm rather proud of the way I've handled my eating over the last couple of days. Eating over Eid is lot like Thanksgiving and Xmas. There isn't any particular traditional food but there's lots and lots of it. What makes it even more challenging is that Eid is 3 days long - imagine a Thanksgiving or Xmas that goes on for 3 days! And also, people tend to visit each other during the holiday to wish each other well, so wherever you go, you will be offered sweet tea, nuts, baklava etc. It doesn't look or sound like much but after being to 4 or 5 houses...well you do the math. It can add up very quickly so it's important to pace yourself and be aware of how much you've eaten.

While I'd told myself that I was basically going to eat whatever I wanted, I just couldn't - and more importantly - didn't want to eat until I was stuffed. There was a time when I would eat until I would be close to exploding but this time, I was happy and satisfied with just one (and a half!) serving of my sister's and mother's excellent cooking. My wife noticed too and mentioned it to me when we got home. So with the family lunch out of the way, dinner was salad and fruit.

Lunch today was with at an Italian restaurant with my in-laws and it was the same again. I ordered a salad for the starter and a traditional personal pizza with topped with a good dose of spinach, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms - and I was done. Dinner was a salad and fruit again and I feel just fine...no bloating, heartburn or any of the other signs of having eaten too much.

This is really encouraging and I hope the shape of things to come for the duration of the contest.

So, starting pictures have been taken and I am eager to get going. Today's activity was swimming with the kids as I'd promised them and I will be ready to start with my proper workouts from tomorrow.

I'm going to start with the workout I finished the last contest with - TT Big 6. I simply love this workout and I didn't do all 4 weeks last time so I want to see it through to the end. I'm not sure what'll I do after that so I'm going to take advantage of the extended holiday to go through the workout manuals and figure out my plan for the whole 12 weeks, so look for my starting picture and kick-off post in the next day or two.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:44 PM
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Hi, Waleed, you did an awesome job with your nutrition for the first 2 days of the Eid!! I know that it's very hard to refrain from overeating when you are allowed to have a short break from a diet, so congrats again!! Can't wait to see your wkts!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:28 PM
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Pace yourself Waleed!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:35 PM
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Great job with your pacing/eating, Waleed!
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I'm going to start with the workout I finished the last contest with - TT Big 6. I simply love this workout and I didn't do all 4 weeks last time so I want to see it through to the end. I'm not sure what'll I do after that so I'm going to take advantage of the extended holiday to go through the workout manuals and figure out my plan for the whole 12 weeks, so look for my starting picture and kick-off post in the next day or two.
Congrats on a successful end to Ramadhan with excellent progress made on fat loss!

I love Big 6 too! I did that one during the last contest, followed by Big 5. Now I'm doing DB depletion. Next up is my first experience with a meatheads workout-4x4, the new one. It looks similar to the circuits I love in that it's a limited number of exercises, except done in supersets instead of circuits, but it does have intervals and bodyweight complexes. I love the short, super intense workouts! They are the best!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:43 PM
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Waleed,
I answered your interval/bike question on my thread....Keep up your great work!!!..Rob
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:15 AM
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I answered your interval/bike question on my thread....Keep up your great work!!!..Rob
Thanks Rob! I saw your reply. Still not sure how easy it is to change the resistance on a bike for such short interval times but like I said, maybe it's just an issue with my bike. I'll try short intervals on a bike next time I'm in a hotel gym with a Precor or Other decent exercise bike.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:34 AM
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I did my first workout last nigth and was humbled. I didn't expect it to be as hard as it was and I guess that I had lost more conditioning that I'd thought over the few weeks of Ramadhan.

I started the Big 6 workouts with Workout A and completed 2 circuits. Intervals were done outside running and I was able to do 6 sets (30 seconds active/60 seconds rest). It's still way too hot to be exercising outside so I'll probably switch back to indoor shuttle sprints in my living room and the exercise bike until the the weather relents somewhat.

I've decided on TT Depletion (bodyweight workouts) as my next workout. I like the fact that it has a lot of 'open' days as there are other workouts and exercises I'd like to try as well as get in some flexibility training and foam-rolling. Also, it will give me the chance to go walking with my father - he's starting one month of physic tomorrow following an operation he had a few weeks ago and by the time I'm done with Big 6, he'll be done with his physio and he'll need to stay active. He's been fairly sedantary for a while so my sister and I are determined to help him get moving again by joining him for walks.

For the final workout, I'm planning to use Bodyweight Cardio 3. My main goal for this contest is fat loss and the bodyweight circuit workouts seem to work for me the best (as well as keeping my interest). I'm hoping that by the time I'm at week 8 and ready to start the last workout, my strength and conditioning will be such that Bodyweight Cardio 3 will provide a reasonable challenge.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:51 AM
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Good luck, Waleed............well, you know Craigs workouts..........some look easy on paper, but NONE of them are that easy!!!! Stick right with it and good luck to your father.............(and you, of course)
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