Skipping…no mary-mack-mack-mack here

Remember those fun jump roping songs? I used to love them and have dozens memorized while my friends in school and I jump-roped.

The other day I bought my 3yrs old daughter a jump rope and finally we got to play with it at the park.  My husband gave it a go but had trouble in the grass.  My daughter had seen on tv how it was supposed to be done and got frustrated she couldn’t do the same.  So she uses it to tie poeple up and to play tug-o-war.  At home I picked it up one afternoon but felt self concious to try it.  Heaving my large body up and down over a rope wasn’t my idea of a stylish way to loose weight.  I ddn’t even think it was healthy for someone my size to try and get their feet and knees to support that kind of jumping trauma.  Would my back break? I’ve had back problems before and this was not something I want to encounter again.  Would my husband be disgusted by my wobbily (jelloey, my husband likes to call it) body being catapulted? Would I fall on my face in front of my daughter?  WOuld I trip and fall on my baby? 

I took matters to the bedroom to try it out in peace.  I set up the rope behind me and prepared my body mentally for any accident to befall it.  I took a gentle swing and smoothly jumped over it with two feet.  I wont lie it did hurt.  My body is not used to supporting itself in the air and then having to catch it when it falls.  But I did it. I sset up again and took another more forceful swing and skipped so that only one foot goes over the rop first and then lands and the back leg lifts for the follow through.  There! That was much more easy on the body. So I tried a few good 5-10 skips before my daughter and hubby realized what the sound of the rope was… so suddenly they pop up and I stop self-conciously.  Hubby proceeds to tell me quite possitively that he doesn’t mind seeing my jello wiggling as long as it’s wiggling for sports.  So feeling happier with my back-handed compliment I start skipping in front of him and he’s quite impressed I can do so well.  I DID use to skip rope everyday durring recess and at home for like 2 years when i was 6-8. I loved it then and I loved it now. It felt exhilarating being able to do so well after so long that I made the mistake of getting cocky and did a highwire (where the rope doesn’t touch the florr and you have to jump higher to get over it) and suceeded and then got more cocky and did a crossover (where you cross your hands at the elbows and jump through the loop) but this wasn’t the bendable kinda rope i had as a kid and it didn’t twist fast enough and I stepped on it and tripped and fell over onto the bed and almost sprained my ankle.  I took a breather and warned myself that Allah put me back in my place with that last one.  Obvisouly I’m not 7 years old anymore. Still Hubby was proud and I was happy to be able to do it again.  He made me promise to do it daily and I happily did.  I tried it next on this spongy mat I got for the living room so my baby with his new cruising abilities wouldn’t fall and hit his hed on the tile.  It was much easier on my body and feet (ah my poor feet after that hard tile) and it was easier to jump.  So I put it away for that day.

The next day I took it out and played with my daughter and then started exercizing.  It felt great to do jumps and it certainly works out your whole body.  I anxiously watched the clock instead of singing jumping songs but perhaps next time I’ll sing a little diddy. After an hour of good all around exercizing I was indeed THE SWEATY HIJAB and when hubby got home I handed over the kids and took a relaxing shower.  Alhamdulillah.

Lean, Mean, Eating Machine…

Our Bodies that is…..

Finally I’ve taken the time to tell you how I do it.  How this fat has melted away:

What with all the diet books, videos, websites, clubs, and organizations people certainly have the idea that they need to “diet” in order to loose weight.  Look at my past pages where each month I have lost minimum 2 kilos all without exercize (excpet an occassional walk up to the mall).  What diet are you on? People ask me expecting to hear some new fad that will work wonders for them. I smile my “I have a secret” smile and then start explaining my system. Their eager smiles slowly drop and turn into looks of increadulousness. She’s silly, this can’t really be what’s making her loose so much weight. Only when I tell them I got it from a very good “bestsellers” book do they take me seriously.
  The book is (drumroll please)…….
“I Can Make You THIN” by Paul McKenna

In it he gives you 4 basic GOLDEN RULES to follow. Each Golden rule is followed with advise about how and why to implement the rule and some science behind it. Easy to read and understand.
  If you follow these four rules you are sure to loose weight and eventually be a sucess story -like me, though I never actaully imagined being one.
   For those that want to do better or loose weight faster and loose bad things like low self esteem, emotional eating, cravings, lethargy, slow metabolism etc… can read the sections that help you get over these things and it does work.  You are motivated and have more energy and best of all you’re really NOT thinking of food all day.
    You don’t need a great imagination like mine to do this either.  Everyone has regular imagination use -imagine what the front of your house’s door looks like.  That’s the only teqnique you need to do this book. A basic imagination and the ability to read. Those with super imaginations like mine will just do it with higher intensity.
     So for the most part I’ve really been following these rules and subhan’Allah they’ve worked and here I am more than 20 kilos lighter and it really wasn’t hard.
     I’d really like to be able to just write everything he wrote in his book down for you all to benefit but maybe that’s a copywrite no-no and I might get sued. So here are just the four Golden Rules that I tell anyone when they ask me what I do to loose weight.

*1. Eat whenever you are hungry.
    So that means just what it says. ANytime you feel hungry go ahead and eat something. By starving or limiting your body’s intake you’re sending it into survival mode and it will store fat not get rid of it which is why diets don’t work.
*2. Eat what you want, never what you think you ‘should’.
    We obsess about food and what are no-nos to eat but when we release ourselves from the food police.  We are less obsessed about it and can then eat things like broccoli or cake without having a stigma attatched to it. This is the hardest part to convince friends about because of all the media about bad foods and good foods.  But eventaully you will gravitate naturally to good foods and avoid bad foods just because you followed Rule 1 and aren’t limiting yourself.  THis one feels great that I can just go have a slice of cake and not feel bad because when you’re incorporating all the 4 golden rules at the same time it just works.
*3. Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful.
    This one I have trouble doing but the total point of it is to break down the food better to digest better AND to eat less overall because you’re listening to your body’s signs of full and hungry. But it’s nice when you do follow it more becuase it makes your food taste better than ever. In fact this is the main step to follow if you can’t follow 4 rules and only want one rule.
*4. Stop when you think you’re full.
    By following the above steps you will literally be in tune with your body’s needs and wont be able to overeat. Don’t feel the need to clean the whole plate off.  Stop about half way and assess yourself on the hunger scale.  If your satisfied or full then just stop and save the rest of the food for later (because it is not cool-and against the sunnah- to just throw food that is edible).
*5. ok so Mr. Paul McKenna didn’t have a 5 but I’m adding it as a bonus: Drink lots of water throughout the day.
    Water helps break food down and aids in hydration and digestion and to keep our bodies running effeciently. Plus most of the time we are hungry and eat and then still feel hungry is because we are really thirsty in the first place.  Assess you hunger and decide if you’re hungry first or thirsty and either way drink a glass of water FIRST then if your still hungry follow the above rules.

So that is about all I do. Exercize to speed things up but only do what you naturally enjoy doing.  You should try to just take about 2,000 more steps per week/day and that is all you have to do. (so my occassional walk when I’m not loosing down the scale helps things pick back up again)

I have a better Golden Rule that is easy to remember though:
Chew More, Eat Less, Walk More.  That’s all that you have to do to loose weight.  You already knew this though deep inside. The tricky part for most poeple is leanring how to motivate themselves to do this and Paul McKenna does a great job.  I really reccommend to buy this book.  I used this advice durring my pregnancy and was able to maintain an even weight.  Even as the baby grew my weight remained good. With my first baby I ballooned up.  I almost didn’t buy this book thinking it was just another fad and i couldn’t losoe weight while preg anyways so why waste the money but then something jsut told me to buy it and I did and loved it and it comes with a meditation CD for self esteem/motivation too so it’s worth the buy.
Thank You Paul McKenna!

Weigh-In #11

Salam and welcome to the Eleventh Weigh in!

Begining: 108 kilos | 240 lbs

Weigh in: 82 kilos | 182 lbs

Loss of: 2 kilos | 4.44 lbs

Total Loss: 26 kilos | 58 lbs

Goal of: 70 kilos | 155 lbs

Well I KNOW I said i had to get down to sweatyness and now it’s post #11 and STILL i’m not the “sweatyhijab”.  Though I have gotten a bit ripe from cleaning out the house of boxes and getting rid of things and the water happened to stop flowing for a few days so it was a bit ewww. So April was just frustrating and still is emotionally because of the cleaning and marriage issues.  I had no time to really worry about the weight and just ate my normal meals which i guess are still doing great to loose consistantly.  I actaully got down to 81 and A HALF kilos but i can’t really count it because it’s stablized at 82.  I’ve had many of these steps where the weight has been stubborn to get lower and it’s sucks it’s decided on 82 because I’m sooo looking forward to my HUGE surprise at 79 kilos.  If I go for a few walks up to the mall or just step up the exercize (like i’ve bene saying i need to all along) then i know it will just fly off and maybe even make close to my goal!  It’s weird seeing my goal so much closer on the scale yet still not quite in reach! I still see lots of tummy fat and of course the dreaded thigh fat to loose but i can see it’s less.  I gotta figure out soon the best way to firm up this extra skin created by the weight loss.  Maybe just exercizing can do it?  I hope so.  I don’t want to have to do any drastic surgeries like i saw this one guy on tv needed for his baggy skin left over from weight loss.  I do have more energy than i ever thought before but still my back aches something fierce from breastfeeding and lifting short (young) kids all day.  I feel like I’m falling apart and i’m only 24.  Of course because of my large weight gain as a pre-teen my body already had too much to cope with at a young age.  Sometimes I really wonder if I can get a nice body shape.  I’ve lost 26 kilos so far and still I don’t feel confortable with myself.  I still need a lot more to go.  Maybe even beyond 75 kilos but we’ll see once i get to that.

My sleeping schedule has been extremely erratic and maybe that is slowing my body down mentally because sometimes i just feel i wanna nap all day and have no energy to finish things.  I take a good shot of soda or coffee I KNOW! 2 big no-nos but when you have 2 kids to deal with you just HAVE to be mentally alert. I just hope to finish this sorting and get on with organizing my life. So wish me better this month that i can loose past 79.  Soon I will update my site about HOW I eat and what methods i use.  Take care and I hope you all are having success too.