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


  1. Good Job!!! More power to you. You will succeed, you have determination (and youth) on your side. Luvya!
    Seema (aunty)

  2. thank you seema aunty! Definitely the determination not so sure about the youth part, but I will take it nevertheless. Thank you :) love you too!

  3. Awesome! I agree with you about this being the hardest challenges, it has been for me as well.

  4. good job, Reh!!! Arsh

  5. thank you Arsh <3 & (Nadeem) i recognize i have no damn patience, but I want to see results already. LOL

  6. Slow and steady! :) Remember, the faster you loose it the faster it could come back! :O

    I believe in you!!! <3

  7. i never looked at it that way. So true. Don't want it to come back for sure. LOL

    thanks jojo! :)

  8. good job reh! as if its not hard enough to do in the first place, everything gets so much harder when you have 2 kids and a hubby to take care of as well. more power to you

  9. Congrats on your weight loss my friend! And yes, olive oil is shockingly full of calories but really, they are good calories so definitely don't forgo those kind!

    And TJ's chocolate is my weakness too!!

  10. go reh go! you are motivating me to get my butt in check in a couple weeks... 2 more weeks of recovery and then I am all over zumba, the treadmill, and eating well! <3 rabz

  11. thank you Amberino. :) I can't escape it now, it's out there. Let's hope i stay on this path.

    Thank you Ameena! It's all about finding balance, I'm just glad I know now. Who can forgo chocolate? Tjs has some really great products.

    thank you Rabs, yes when you get done, we will get down!

    Thank you ladies for all your support!