Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Fourteen Dolce Val Niente

My Temperament
Good evening my fellow friends. This is your Moti Girl checking in for my weekly update.  What's cracking people?  This kooky Bay Area weather is driving me insane.  59 degrees in June?  Are you kidding me?  Aside from the weather, I am feeling quite cranky because I have absolutely nothing to do.  I didn't realize how busy my life was the last five years with school and now that that chapter of my life is finally complete, I feel barren.  I should punch myself in the face for sounding so ungrateful but I didn't realize I was going to be feel so lost.  Now what?  Everyone so kindly keeps reminding me to enjoy myself and to just relax.  I don't think I'm wired to relax.  Do I even know how?  I have a plan, well at least I think I did, but right now everything seems to be moving in slow motion.  It's only been a week and I feel so incredibly suffocated by all the time that I have? Does that even make sense? I need to find a hobby and things to do to take up some of my idle/free time. Any suggestions?  I downloaded the Instagram App on my phone and have had a lot of fun taking pictures recently.  An amateur photographer I am not, but I am definitely enjoying playing with this unique little App. (This one was taken at Half Moon Bay on Memorial Day weekend.  I think the picture perfectly encapsulates my stormy temperament right about now).  Find me, my screen name is msrehreh.

Happy Birthday Lady
This last week has been good to me. I celebrated my girl Amina's birthday last week (Happy Birthday Woman!)  with some lovely ladies and much needed "me" time . It's always so therapeutic to hang with just the girls sometimes.  We all need to take our Mommy and Wifey hats off for a few hours and just let our hair down and be enjoy the girlfriend hat for a change.  The laughter, the jokes, the sharing of stories the yummy food and dessert made for a memorable night but also reminded me of the importance of sisterhood.  That night I realized that it's so easy for all of us to get lost and lose our sense of self as we navigate through the different chapters of our lives.  Being with other women and exchanging/sharing stories about our fears, challenges and stressors really allows us to not only engage with each other but highlights the simple fact that we aren't alone and our issues are not unique.  It makes it easier to know that there are people out there who share the same crazy talk that swims around in my own head. Okay well I think I have hit the cheesiness quota for the day with this post.  I might sound like an after school special, but I stand behind my epiphanies, as corny and cheesetastic as they may sound.  :)

So another highlight for this week has been a couple things.  I gave the food truck CurryUpNow a second go (the first time I had the burritos and was not a fan) and was pleasantly surprised by their yummy Kathi Rolls and deconstructed samosas and I also got to indulge in some TreatBot goodness. These two trucks park regularly in Sunnyvale near El Camino and Remington on Tuesdays evenings. You should check them out.  CurryUpNow is your good old Desi food and Treatbot is ice-cream with a twist.  They have a karaoke machine there and if you dare to test out for vocal chords and manage to score higher than 90, then you get yourself a free dessert and a very excited audience that will cheer you on with much vigor. It's definitely something entertaining to experience.

I also purchased thanks to an awesome graduation gift card my very own Zumba Wii game.  Woo Hoo. Now I can Zumba whenever the hell I want, forget trying to get to a class at 24 Hour an hour before. I excitedly peeled it open and threw it in the game console to discover that I was in dance heaven.  It came with a nifty belt that neatly holds the Wii remote.  The moves and music are exactly the same as the class, and a good workout was had.  Anyone wanna come through and join me at home?  Feel free to hit me up.

I know this post was a bit lack luster but you know I can't have it all.  Well here is my weight this week:

I gained 0.2 pounds
Well, I'm not feeling too bad about this week.  I know I could have probably done a better job with calorie control, but I was also recovering from being sick last week and 0.2 pounds is really nothing.  So my friends... that's all for this week.. until next time. You know you love me XOXO.  :)

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2

Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11:  156.8
Week 6: 4/11/11: 157.9     (break)
Week 7: 4/18/11: 157.6
Week 8: 4/25/11: 155.8
Week 9:  5/2/11: 155.0

Week 10: 5/9/11:  156.6
Week 11: 5/16/11:  156.0
Week 12: 5/23/11:  153.8
Week 13: 5/31/11:  151.0
Week 14: 6/6/11: 151.2

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen... Bye Bye Berkeley

Yes, the day has FINALLY come aH
Howdy party peoples... yes I am finally back. Come on, do the happy dance with me.  Four incredibly long weeks since I have last graced my own blog.  I know pretty pathetic, but I had a damn good reason. I had to study for finals, write like a book's worth in papers, handle the whole graduation thing and just veg out.  If you don't already know, (how could you not with all my shameless self-promoting status updates, tweets and pics?) I have finally procured my BA in English from UC Berkeley aH. Feel free to say it... Hallelujah.  I say it all the time.   I will post a video as soon as I get my hands on it, but I was the last one to walk on stage the day of the commencement and I got to walk on with my two babies by my side.  It really was one of the most incredible and unreal moments of my life and I have to say, my kids have been the best motivation to complete school.  I'm a better person because of them.

Finally.. it's happened to me

So much has happened in the last few weeks, that I don't even know where to start.  I was going through all my pictures... and I was taken aback by all that has happened in this month!  Do I write one long blog post and go verbal/written diarrhea about everything that has happened? Do you want to know how my disciplined calorie counting and gym visits went right out the window?  Do I dare to admit that physically annihilated any food in sight?  No really I did. I was so busy with papers and studying, shoot even Trader Joes' microwaved macaroni meals were not only gourmet but a damn luxury. Do you know the amount of guilt I've been carrying around about sharing this with you all?  What were you all going to think?  How could I have just fallen off the boat?   However, I continued with the weekly weigh in pics and I nearly died of a heart-attack...  Unfortunately I will not  be entertaining you all today... No frills, no fun anecdotes, no wannabe witty banter this blog post... Just gonna get right to it.    I was at 155 pounds according to my last official weigh in.... read it and weep with me...

As of May 9th I was...

Gained 1.6 pounds

As of May 16th I was...
I lost 0.6 pounds

As of May 23rd I was...
I lost 2.2 pounds

As of May 31st I was...
I lost 2.8 pounds

Um yeah... you can close your mouths now.  Are you as shocked as I was?  So there was indeed weeping, but lots of happy tears. <insert Nutty Professor's Hercules Hercules (my equivalent for the happy dance)>  I wasn't watching my calories, didn't have time to go to the gym, pretty much ate whatever the hell I pleased and miraculously I lost weight.  Go figure, my friends, go figure!  I have to say though, this last week's weigh in might be off because I did get sick a couple of days ago and kinda loss my appetite. I haven't regained it fully... but seeing these results I question if I even need it back? I kid I kid.  :)  This has to be a fluke or a gift/nudge from mother nature for finishing school.  Whatever it is, I will take it.  I'm just grateful and feeling blessed for where I am in my life aH...

To Hawaii and beyond

A special shout out to the hubby for hooking up a one week family vacay to Hawaii this summer as a graduation gift.  Thank you! It's the best present ever and our first real family vacation! We have never been to Hawaii and are so excited to finally get to do so!  Woo hoo!

So in the spirit of feeling good and not looking like a Motigirl in Hawaii because you know I'm all about the itsy bitsy teenie weenie... yeah right!  Haha ok the wannabe witty banter had to escape somewhere.  I apologize for making you puke.  I just thought it would be fun to add that for shock value. Ahhh, I digress.  Anyways,  I am planning to get back into the gym, make better food choices and shed the pounds the right way.  :)    There has been some  weight fluctuation, but at least I've been somewhat successful at keeping it off.  I feel damn good too!  But you can't beat any geek off the street... (I'll stop there, before I become too silly) Thanks for coming back and sticking with my weird sense of humor and my Motigirl adventures.   Until next time my friends... good night.

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2

Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11:  156.8
Week 6: 4/11/11: 157.9     (break)
Week 7: 4/18/11: 157.6
Week 8: 4/25/11: 155.8
Week 9:  5/2/11: 155.0

Week 10: 5/9/11:  156.6
Week 11: 5/16/11:  156.0
Week 12: 5/23/11:  153.8
Week 13: 5/31/11:  151.0

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Nine... I'm over the rhyme

Hey there friends, Moti Girl checking in on this beautiful evening.  How are you all doing tonight? I'm chilling, enjoying my Laker game and am desperately trying to suppress the dire need to violently place a muzzle on the Hubby's mouth.  He is the biggest Laker hater in existence and I just want to punch him in the face right now.  Yes, I have a lot of pent up aggression, but his constant heckling and jabs at Kobe Bryant bring out the worst in me. Great the Lakers lost. Man I need to go sedate myself now.  In honor of the Fish and his hating ways, I am adding a small video clip from a few months ago when the Lakers and the Heat played, so you could get a glimpse of the torture I have to endure on a daily basis.  Enjoy all you Laker haters out there... it ain't gonna last long.  Can anyone say 3peat?  :)

Anyways, back to Moti Girl... So this week was filled with dessert temptation galore.  So Baskin Robbins had their 31 cents scoop day, food blogger extraordinaire Azmina Aboobaker  http://www.lawyerloveslunch.com/ came over with deliciously exquisite mini cheesecakes (also special shout out to Seher who brought over a beautiful flan, but I didn't get a chance to take a picture of it) and my hubby surprisingly brought home a delectable box of Belgian Hazelnut Chocolates to celebrate my last day as a berkeley student.  I don't know how I am suppose to watch my caloric intake when every other day I am tempted to turn into a dessert Pac-Man and just gobble everything in sight.  I know I sound like a broken record, but as long as I get a little taste of something. Luckily for me, the day Azmina came over, it was obviously free day so I actually ate the whole thing. It was ahhhh-mazing. I urge you to check out her blog. It's fun to read, witty and she has some really great recipes.  Check it out now!

Mini Cheesecakes
(Photo courtesy by Azmina Aboobaker http://www.lawyerloveslunch.com/)
I went roller skating this Saturday with my family in San Ramon at the Golden Skate. I haven't been since my 21st birthday. Wow!  It was hilariously fun and brought back so many happy memories from my middle school days. I think it's high time to do a GNO there with the ladies... maybe a retro night?  I can't believe I just used the word retro. OMG How old am I?  32 is any of you are wondering. Needless to say, it was a very memorable time and the fact that Leila was soooo incredibly happy just made my day.  I only fell once and it was only because I got all brave and tried to bust a move while skating and landed flat on my back.  Yes, it was ridiculously funny.  I woke up the next morning feeling like I got tossed around in the dryer.  Note to self: it wasn't skating with the stars... I need to check myself before I wreck myself. Trust me I did.  :)

enjoying 31 cent scoop night

I haven't really done anything extraordinary this week. Just trying to eat well, drink lots of water and get some exercise in whenever I can.  Besides the fact that I have one final on the 9th, I am feeling quite good.  No stress.  I feel weird that this journey of completing my undergraduate is finally over, but at the same time I'm happy that all the hard work, the sacrifices have paid off (aH). Anyways, I don't feel like being a sap today, just wanted to share my 2 cents. 

Well here it is...

I lost 0.8 pounds
I didn't lose as much as I would liked, but still going in the right direction.  Until next week, this is your Moti girl calling it a night!

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2

Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11:  156.8
Week 6: 4/11/11: 157.9     (break)
Week 7: 4/18/11: 157.6
Week 8: 4/25/11: 155.8
Week 9:  5/2/11: 155.0

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Eight, I want CAKE! No make that brownies

Good evening peoples, this is your Moti Girl bringing you a play by play of my adventures in fat extraction. I'm feeling good today. I apologize for lagging, but this is my last week of instruction as a Berkeley student and the work load has piled up tremendously.  I'm back though!  This week has been good to me.  I have hit a stride and I'm enjoying the ride.  Ooh the lyricist in me is escaping...    :)

my faves
my "Lesbian Look"
I had an epiphany this week-- I know imagine that.  I was talking to my girl Amina and we thoroughly discussed how feeling good about ourselves has a lot to do with how we dress on a daily basis. You all know that I love wearing my regular boot cut jeans, usually paired with comfy cotton t-shirt, socks and kicks. My hair is pulled back in a ponytail and if I want to be be extra snazzy I will don a funky headband to spice it up. Yup, I'm living on the wild side.   It's nothing special, just something I am comfortable with.  My friend who shall remain nameless calls this my everyday Lesbian look.  Yup you read it right, the Lesbian look. I think what she really means is the Butch look, but deliberately chooses to use the word Lesbian to ruffle my PC feathers.  Yes, I'll admit I have many fashion faux pas in terms of styling,  but who hasn't?  I'm just not that into to clothes or fashion.  I think I can play if off (sometimes) or at least get by.  It's just not my thing.  So I wear what makes me feel comfortable.  May this blog be my witness, but I am acutely aware of the abdominal obesity that I see everyday in my reflection, so yes I choose to wear things that are very loose around my waistline.  Tshirts make that a reality.  I mean why should I subject anyone else to the view of my tires of fat that will immediately cause stomach bile to swim in your mouth?  Yuck. Well I am working it on it. Are you enjoying my vivid imagery today?  Anyways, getting back to my epiphany I realized that although I love my daily "Lesbian" Look, it might not hurt to actually put a little effort towards making myself a little more presentable, or well put together.    I'm not talking about a drastic makeover, just a subtle changes to allow myself to feel good.  I don't know about you guys, but there's something about when I put a little more effort in how I dress, I all of sudden feel a small boost of confidence shoot through.  So any of my friends out there, want to step up and help a sista out?  You know I need it. I'm not ready to retire my daily wear, but maybe add a few more articles of clothing that will broaden my limited wardrobe.  :)

Yolatea's Coffee Yogurt
Anyways, I digress as usual.  Back to Moti Girl.  I'm doing well.  I'm feeling good. I went to the gym twice this week, but I also had dance practice twice this week for my daughter's talent show which surprisingly was very grueling. As far as food is concerned, I think I have finally found some balance.  I'm not being anal about counting calories as much. I have a firm grasp on how many calories I am approximately consuming and just trying to stay close to 1200 calories, which I found not too hard.  I love my free days, but they are slowly losing their appeal. Not because I'm not interested in food, but  think I have found some balance and I feel comfortable.  I also discovered No Sugar Added, Fat Free Coffee Frozen Yogurt at Yolatea in Saratoga and can I say that I wanted to jump for joy because it did not taste like Sugar free stuff. It was flavorful and didn't feel lacking in anyway.  Yolatea not only sells yogurt, but Gelato Classico, Crepes and Paninis.  It's a cute little spot and a favorite for after school kids to have a  snack in downtown Saratoga.

This week I was doing the happy dance in my bedroom because I discovered my jeans were loose even with a belt on. I started singing the chorus to "The Eye of the Tiger" and dancing around like a chimp on crack... I looked up and there standing in the doorway were my kids.  I was so lost in my delirium of happiness, that I didn't notice the lil monsters watching their mother in bewilderment. Leila asked me why I was dancing around without my pants on?  I told her it was the cool thing to do and that I was doing the happy dance.  She laughed at me and said Mom, you're so funny and turned and walked away. At least she didn't call me weird.  I'm sure she was thinking it though. Zaina just snickered and joined me in my happy dance and started singing Slippery Fish.  Yes, Zaina definitely falls on the Rehman side.

my guilty pleasure

Well, after I weighed myself yesterday, I couldn't help but eat one delectably yummy mint brownie and a tall glass of milk.  Can I just say it was sooooo needed and savored every bite!  Now if it was a reward or a guilty binge eating, you will have to stay tuned and see for yourself.

Ok well here it is my friends...

I lost 1.8 pounds!

Phew, I can't believe it!  I was worried that I was going to either be at the same weight or definitely gaining a pound or two. I think I need to break out in song now... "It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight, Risin' up to the challenge of our rival, And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger"  Haha... well that's all folk, tune in next time. This is your Moti Girl happy dancing away! :)

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2
Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11: 156.8
Week 6: 4/11/11: 157.9     (break)
Week 7: 4/18/11: 157.6
Week 8: 4/25/11: 155.8

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Seven?

Ciao, my Moti-girl readers. Well what to do. I apologize for the break in the regular scheduled programming, but somethings were just far more important than my trials and tribulations in my fat exorcism. :) I'm back to bore you with all the mundane details of my life.  You ready?

Go Lakers!

As far as the whole food and exercise goes... well I kinda fell off the wagon this last week. Just had too many things going on and I'll be honest my focus was just not there.  Suffice to say, I'm back.  The weight gain from last week was a small blow but to be honest it was an expected one.  Is this suppose to be the slump?  Maybe I am lacking motivation or maybe the results are showing too damn slow? Either way, I really need to learn a lesson in patience.  I can't expect the excess weight to just melt off me, can I?  One could only hope. In any case, keeping up with good food choices is as hard as keeping up with all the new Kardashian shows that keep popping up every couple of months. Yeah, I'm not a huge Kardashian aficionado as you can see, indeed they are all pretty women but something about the nonstop-in-your-face-attention-whoreing thing just doesn't sit well with me. Anyways,  back to the whole food thing, there were a few times where I simply didn't have those better choices available because the pantry was running low.  Exercise also took a bit of hit from 4 times a week to 2 times.  Well, if I plan to stay to reach my goal by August, I have my work cut out for me.

The new addition to our family, Baby Avah!

In the last two weeks, three pretty cool things took place: my Zaina's 2nd birthday party, my niece Avah came to visit from LA  and a few friends and myself threw a a Bake Sale for Japan. The two  events were a hit, thank goodness ah.  Zaina and her friends had a blast at her park birthday and we raised a little over $1600 for Japan.  I wanted to share some pics and without much fanfare I will just simply post my weight.  Again, I apologize for the short post, with looming finals and graduation I just need to get through these next three weeks.  Enjoy the pics my friends and thank you for all the comments, encouragement and love.

ZuzuBee beating Elmo.  Not the best word choice used that day.
Zuzu & Nunu loving the bubble machine!
Lulu & Samo doing their part.
a couple of the Superstar helpers

Bake Sale for Japan raised $1600

 Well here you go, homies...

0.3 pounds... woo hoo!

 I was completely expecting to be back in the 160s already, but I was pleasantly surprised. Especially since I really wasn't sticking to my weekly regimen. Well that's all for this post my friends, this is your Moti-Girl saying so long!  :)

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2
Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11: 156.8
Week 6: 4/11/11: 157.9     (break)
Week 7: 4/18/11: 157.6

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

moment of silence

Hello my faithful readers.  I am sorry to disappoint you, but I will be taking a break this week.  My batteries for my scale are dead but I did measure myself the night before and I was 157.9. I gained a pound.  It was bound to happen.  

I am writing with a heavy heart. Today, I dedicate this post to all the people who have lost special loved ones in their lives. Innalilahiwainniilayhirajioun.  "Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return".  May Allah give us all the patience and strength we need. Ameen.

Please take the time to appreciate and be thankful for all that we are blessed with and what is given to us by the grace of Allah.  Other than being an emotional support we can help by offering as many prayers as we possibly can for the ones that have passed and take comfort knowing that one day in the future we will be reunited with them. I humbly request that everyone who is reading this right now to please take a moment of silence to make a special prayer for loved ones we have lost.

Photo courtesy by www.islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com
Thank you for your patience and I will be back iA next week.  :)  With much love and respect, this is your Moti Girl wishing you a good night.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Five, will I survive?

Hi there my faithful readers, this is your Moti-girl checking in.  I don't know why I just don't feel very motivated to write this week.  I don't know what's wrong with me?  Is this the plateau everyone talks about? I'm not feeling as excited and most importantly I am seriously-aggravatingly-annoyed at making the better food choices.  I'm a carb girl.  I love me some rice, bread and potatoes. The more the better.  For someone who has a rich family history of diabetes, I need to avoid these yummies at all costs.  Even knowing that and being reminded of it daily, can I please be excused for being annoyed at this and rant about how I miss my good ol' carbs?  With my brother's Moti girl song constantly playing on repeat in my head, I feel like there is caldron of irritation brewing inside me ready to unload on any unsuspecting well wisher.  Well, now that you get a feel for the nasty mood I'm in today, please continue to read the nonsense that I spew.  :)

Bossy Boots
So while Leila was at swim practice, Bossy Boots (aka Zaina) and I were sitting off to the corner just horsing around.  Zaina was blissfully playing with her Barbie and picking the red flowers in the picture above to make a bed for her Barbie while I was staring distractedly into space trying to prioritize my workload for the rest of the week. Whenever Zaina's attention was diverted, I kept sweeping away some of the broken flowers back into the planter. Heaven forbid, I might come off as an irresponsible parent who allows her kid to rum amok, make a mess and forget to instill the value of living things by all the onlooking parents in the area by the huge heap of dead flowers at my footstep. Sometimes I have mad OCD.  In my lame attempt to be sly, I discovered the kids' forgotten snack bag and immediately indulged the growling rumbles of my tummy.  I fervently unzipped the bag to discover, FRITOS!  Yes, I had tunnel vision and the only thing on my agenda was to savor every ounce of salty crunchy goodness.  I mean come on now, who doesn't like Chili Cheese Fritos?  Well I sure as hell do and as I closed my eyes to inhale the chips, I was suddenly rudely interrupted by a squeaky voice telling me, "No, Mama, don't do it!"  Emphasis on the "doooo".  WTH?  Are you kidding me?  Now my 2 year-old is keeping me in check too?  I woke up from my wannabe drunken food stupor to find Zaina scolding me, not because I was about to devour her snack but because she discovered that I was sweeping her flowers back into the planter.  Go figure, yes she is quite the cheeky lil monkey.  I laughed, took her picture and chuckled as she continued to scold me for the remaining 14 minutes of Leila's practice. I accepted this as a sign from God and refrained from polishing off the Fritos.

Rib Eye Slider
So on my free day I pigged out. Surprise surprise.  On Saturday night, I was suppose to check out a friend's band Resurrection Men (find them on iTunes) in Cupertino with my brother-in-law Ausaff, but he declined to go and insisted that the Hubby and I enjoy a date night on him.  Wow! So we ventured out in shock and attended their fabulous show and when the set ended we had no idea what to do next. Thanks to twitter and my unhealthy obsessive following of all things food related, I discovered that after SJ Eats (which we sadly avoided due to the overcrowding) the Mogo BBQ food truck (follow them on twitter @MoGoBBQ to find out their location) was happily residing in downtown San Jose till 2:00 AM. Yup, so I dragged Hubby and we took off on our FoodVenture, thus this hideous picture of me took birth.  I will save my formal review of this food truck for a future blog post,  but suffice to say the Rib Eye Slider that I am am making out with above was beyond scrumptious!  I really wanted to try the Short Rib slider which my friend Amber raves about, but unfortunately they were all out.  I probably couldn't tell you the calories I consumed, but really who cares?  The delight I had experienced was well worth the 2000 I calories I ate in that 2.5 seconds. As Rachael Ray would say, YUM-O!

Anyhow, this week has been good overall.  I'm definitely keenly aware of what I am eating and the exercise thing doesn't seem like such a chore anymore.  Yeah, I know I'm quite the Shakespeare.  :)

Well here it is my friends...
Woo hoo I lost 2.0 pounds!
Who'd a thunk it?  I actually did the Moti-Girl happy dance which is a cross between my horse dance and the cabbage patch. Remind me to share a video, I promise you will literally fall over laughing your ass off.  Sorry for my crankiness at the beginning of this post, it just escapes sometimes.  I'm out homies, thanks for reading!  This is your Moti-Girl saying Adios!

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2
Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8
Week 5: 4/4/11: 156.8

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Four, oh what a bore!

Hello there fellow blog readers, Moti-Girl here to whet your appetite with my story about losing weight, eating better, exercising, stop being a moti-a-holic and start getting real. Oops, sorry the dork in me escapes from time to time, plus sadly I need to catch up on my episodes of Real World.  How are you all doing?  Me, not too good.  I have been plagued with a crippling migraine all day today and just not feeling my happy-happy-joy-joy self. So please bear with my lack of humor this evening.

  • I went to the gym four times this week, on top of exercising at home for an hour in front of the TV courtesy of On Demand and Mr. Billy Banks Jr.  Wow talk about a vigorous cardio work out!
  • I went to two birthday parties this weekend (Happy Birthday Fahad & Mimi!) and ate like a ravenous pig on free day.  Was there any doubt that I wouldn't?
  • I nearly passed out on the elliptical because Desis for some unintelligible reason don't feel the need to use deodorant.  I mean why, for crying out loud?  Why must you torture all innocent gym goers to your ignorance?  I feel like I should stand outside the gym and hand out free samples of deodorant and insist with the desi vigorous head shake from side to side to please try this revolutionary product that will help ameliorate your body odor problem.  I know I sound like a rude d-bag, but why does my gym experience have to marred with bouts of dry-heaving?
  • Why doesn't my hubby feel the need to read my blog?  This is a totally irrelevant rant, but a gripe I will post to see how much time will go by before he reads this post.   (The ball is in your court, Fish!)  Last week I asked him what he thought about my last two posts and after ineffectively avoiding eye contact and then mumbling some incoherent response, I realized, wow he didn't even read it.  He promised to read it this week, I'm not holding my breath. I guess I talk his head off enough everyday of his life that he doesn't see the need to read my drama-queen-antics as well.  I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little a butt hurt.  Who doesn't need a little validation from their own spouse?  Fish, the WARRIORS suck! Maybe that will get a rise out of him?  :)

For Free-Day I had the pleasure of attending Fahad Khan's 26th Birthday dinner courtesy of Chef Seema Aunty who made us a delicious Afghan meal.  The iphone camera does not do the food any justice, but  feel free to salivate over them.  Her food by far surpassed any Afghan food that I have ever ordered at any restaurant.  Yeah, even more than Kabul in Sunnyvale!  There are not enough words to describe the food heaven that I was in this Saturday.  Made me realize that I need to adjust my free day so it's not so close to weigh in day.  ;O)

Boranee Badenjan
Kabuli Pallaw

No suspenseful build up today...

Lost 0.4 pounds hah!

So I'm a bit of a Debbie Downer today because it was only 0.4 pounds.  I know the fat isn't going to magically melt off of me (I wish), but wow I didn't think it was going to be this miniscule.  Nevertheless it is still progress and I can't be so easily derailed.  Bummed, yeah, but not discouraged.  Not to mention, working out does give you more energy which has been a really nice change.  Thank you all again for the comments and all the well-wishes!  I wish I could properly articulate what that does for my morale.  It's like a drug and I want more!  All jokes aside, I truly appreciate all the love, it has helped me immensely and I am humbled by your generosity!  Well iA next week will produce more satisfying results.  Well that's all for tonight, this is your Moti-girl signing off, you know you love to be Moti... xoxo

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2

Week 4: 3/28/11: 158.8

Monday, March 21, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week Three, time to party!

hmmmmmmm sooo goood
Hello Blog Readers, your one and only Moti Girl here to give you the 411 on my mission to extract the fat from my body .  I can't believe it's already been three weeks since I've been on this mission!  It's actually been a decent week, no real complaints. Well on second thought, maybe a few grievances, but all in good fun.  I finally feel like I'm getting into the swing of things, in terms of controlling my need to stuff my fat face.  :) I know I just gave you a lovely mental picture.  Enjoy!  I think a lot of my self-control this week has to do with the knowledge of how many calories there are in certain foods.  Again, moderation is key. One bite of something totally satiates the moats in me.  So why not?  I indulged in Yogurtland's Devil's Food Cupcake Batter and died went to Moti Hell.  Yes, calorie wise, it's not too bad, but after tasting it I wanted more than 1 measly ounce.  I felt like putting my mouth under the yogurt dispenser, holding the lever down and just guzzling as much as I could before I choked.  Yes, I might shed some pounds and make better food choices, but the Moti Girl soul will live on forever.

Things that annoyed me this week: (Moti Girl rants)
  1. Skinny broads complaining about their non-existent fat around their waists.  Seriously, I am hard enough on myself, I don't need nor want someone else to imply what a water buffalo I am compared to you.  When you are pointing out your fat, can you please consider your audience? I'm all for everybody working on bettering themselves, but just be conscious of how your words can be perceived and how it can effect another.  Can you talk about you losing the fat around your waist when you are around another waif-thin friend like yourself?  Thanks!  I certainly would appreciate it and will refrain from punching you in the face, in my head.  That way I don't feel like a giant elephant next to you?  Just a thought.  For example: my whole life (ah) I have been blessed with pretty good skin.  I never really had any pimples nor zits and I will be completely honest I hate washing my face.  When I get a random pimple here and there and the drama queen in me seeps out, I always consider refraining from whining about it around people who have struggled with skin care. Just out of consideration. I hate the way the 'Fat' thing makes me feel... why the hell would I do it somebody else?  
  2. Secondly, to the people who walk around naked in the Gym bathroom... why? O-M-G!!!!  Why must I have the vision of your naked body, fit-or-not branded into my memory?  As if the vision of my own out-of-shape body in front of mirror isn't enough to scare me for a lifetime, now mixed with yours I might as well just keep slapping myself till the memory falls out of me.  I get it, your comfortable with your body and you don't care what anybody thinks. That's fine and all, but there is nothing wrong with a little (a LOT) of modesty. 
  3. Lastly, to all the a-holes who lie to my face and tell me that I don't need to lose any weight and that "a little meat doesn't hurt", get the hell away from me pronto!  That's the nicest possible way I can phrase that. Um, really? Do I even need to rant about why I found this comment so offensive?  I would like to be clear, if I haven't been so already, but I am doing this not only to lose weight but to have and maintain a healthier lifestyle.  I'm sure vanity has a little to do with it, but mostly it's because I don't want to suffer with heart disease nor diabetes.  Losing some weight might help me with my confidence and I want to be in shape.  That's it. What the hell is wrong with this?  Simply put, being a 161 pounds with a height 5'3 is not good.  So quite lying to me, it's not about being polite, consider using phrases like "good for you" or "good luck".  Maybe these people were trying to be polite because they didn't know what to say, but it really has an opposite effect.  Just my two cents.
My daily uniform
As I was getting ready to write my post today, my 100-questions-a-minute daughter decided to inquire about what exactly a blog was.  I tried to give her a short answer and be done with it, but a million additional questions followed.  So I showed her and told her what I was up to.  Her response was "That's cool Mom, you should take a 'before' picture so that when you lose the weight you can remember what you looked like."  Damn, she is a know-it-all smarty-pants just like her dad.  So I took the advice of the wise-one Jr. and had her take a picture of me.  I don't know if it's because she was sitting down and I was standing on the ottoman, but it's not a bad picture. I don't look as obese as I normally do. Phew.  :)  On a side note, this is my daily uniform/outfit-du-jour 24/7. I live in jeans, t-shirts, kicks and a sweatshirt. I will refrain from any further details because it reserved for my fashion faux pas posts-to-be.

Great things this week:
  1. I discovered Fage. Um, can I just say it is by far the yummiest snack/breakfast ever.  So filling and delicious!  You can't go wrong. I found it at TJs and I fell in love. I have been eating this a few times a week with a banana and I am totally full. (I think my stomach really did shrink).  It's strained Greek Yogurt with Honey. (thank you Wadalawalla for this tip)
  2. The gym doesn't seem as daunting of task as it used to be.  
  3. Homegirls that come through with great healthy recipes (Doof) to add to my meal planning and ones that hook up yummy food and bring it to your house when least expected (MKL).  I'm gonna be redundant, but I am only able to do this because I have a great support system. So thank you!
  4. So grateful for FREE DAY!  I got my grub on Saturday night and then felt so sick I wanted to throw up so badly, but settled for dry-heaving instead, which is even worse.  Yes, my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach. Note to self: my stomach shrunk, so calm down on free day.   :0)
*Highlight of the week* I got down to "Dus Bahane" in my Zumba class.  I got such a kick out of jamming to a Desi song.  I hate admitting it, but it was very entertaining and unexpected, but I felt like such a dork singing along to the lyrics.  Dorky Desis Unite!

Now, for what we've all been waiting for:
success I am now 2.6 pounds lighter
I am (ah) 2.6 pounds lighter. Who would have thought?  Well I think I have rambled on enough today. I love the comments... keep em coming please.  :)  Thank you all for reading my nonsense, this is your Moti Girl throwing deuces. XOXO

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8
Week 3: 3/21/11: 159.2

Friday, March 18, 2011

HBD Zuzu Bee

In honor of my lil demon's birthday, I wanted to share this "Up, Up Up!" video with you.  Zaina is a feisty little thing and keeps us all on her toes. She will not give up till she gets her way.

I am two! Hear me ROAR!

All day today, we persistently sang her happy birthday, to have her tell us incessantly that it was not her birthday but her Api-Jan's birthday. Zaina, if you ever read this, besides the fact that we all love you to pieces, you have brought so much light into our world and your spirited nature always brings a smile to our faces. Here's to many more birthdays (ia) and  we hope that your spunky attitude never diminishes.

Thank you Amina-Mami for dressing me up today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Moti Girl Diary- Week two, what to do?

Salutations my friends, Moti Girl here checking in for duty after a VERY long Week One.  Holy crap, I did not think I would make it.  I would like to start off by saying, that this by far has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever undertaken.  Yes even more than school.  Basically I have set myself up for utter failure so the whole world can watch in awe my eventual demise. Alrighty then, now that I have the dramatics for this post out of the way, I will continue with the importance of this week.


  1. Motivating myself. 
  2. Making better food choices. 
  3. Not feeling bad that I can't have certain things.  
  4. Getting my fat butt to the gym. 
my 100 calorie dessert 

Things I learned:

  1. I don't have to forgo dessert completely.  One night I had small bowl of blueberries, pieces of mango and pomegrante (antioxidant fruit salad) and a few of the other nights I treated myself to my new favorite Trader Joes 100 calorie dark chocolate bars. It's yummy, completely satiating and the one bar is more than enough.  Best part it's a $1.99 for a box of 5 Belgian Chocolate Bars.  Come on, that's a steal and if you aren't into dark chocolate, then they have milk chocolate too. I went with the dark to capitalize on the antioxidants.  
  2. Did you know that there are 240 calories in 2 tablspoons of  Olive Oils?!!!  YES!  I know my jaw dropped too.  With that being said, it's great for us and has lots of healthy fats and is awesome for our skin and our hearts (Thanks Saimah)
  3. Moderation is key.  I mean I can't have ice-cream and girls scout cookies along with a huge helping of lasagne, but I can have a little to just appease the Moti Girl inside me, so I don't feel completely deprived.
  4. Everybody needs a free day to eat whatever the hell they please and NO counting calories.  Hopefully the week leading up to this day will automatically make me a little more cautious about my greed.  There is no need to stuff my fat belly to death but then again I also don't need to starve myself either. I will never be a skinny girl that's for sure and quite frankly, I don't want to be. I just want to lose a good amount of weight and eat better.  Khalas (That means, that's it/the end/ it's done in Arabic) A little bit of my Dad sneaks in here and there. Anyways the free day is either Saturday or Sunday. It's my choice, depending on what my social calendar for that week looks like. This week I went to a friend's birthday dinner at Sultana in Menlo Park on Saturday so I chose that day to kinda splurge.  Can I just add that I had THE most delicious meal ever. I had the Pomegrante Kebab and it was to die for.  It was grilled lamb and beef kebab rolled with spinach over garlic yogurt and topped with a pomegranate sauce served with rice.  I honestly inhaled it as if I was being held hostage and hadn't seen food in weeks, but I also was generous and shared one of the kebabs with Fish and my brother in law Ausaff and surprisingly I was full.  Maybe my stomach did shrink? One could only hope.
  5. Family, friends and fellow bloggers encouraging comments have really kept the positive energy flowing and quite frankly, this is what got me through this week.  As cliche as it may sound, but when people really believe in you, your confidence soars.  SO THANK YOU!
Pomegranate Kebab at Sultana

I have been dreading the weigh in all weekend and mostly all day today. All I kept thinking was what if I didn't lose weight?  What if I gained weight?  OMG what jack ass I'm gonna look like after this.  What if this was all in vain? After I shut up the pessimistic Moti girl inside me, I realized that I am a little too hard on myself and that this was my first week and that whatever the scale reads, doesn't matter (really). For the first time, I'm doing something about it.  About damn time too!

My day today
My day today continued

Without further adieu, here it is...

Yes some success ah!  Well at least I didn't gain anything.  I lost 1.4 pounds.  Not too shabby, if I must say so myself.  I'll be honest, I thought the 3 gym trips and my soccer game, plus the deprivation of food, would amount to much more weight loss. But my nerdy husband aka the know-all-about-fitness made sure to remind me, that that's not realistic nor healthy to lose 5 pounds in one week. Yes Oh Wise One, I concede.  Woo hoo, I need to go buy a chocolate milkshake from Baskin Robbins now... just kidding. Ok well my work here is done.  Feel free to leave a comment or two or follow me thru my journey of exiting my Moti girl Land.  This your Moti Girl, peacing out.

Week 1:   3/7/11: 163.2
Week 2:  3/14/11: 161.8