I wanted to give a little insight on what it is I’m doing in my food and exercise plan. I started on January 1st, 2020 and still going strong! I lost 7 pounds in my first 10 days and super excited about it! It was mostly water weight, but I feel damn good!
Anyway — I wanted to breakdown exactly what I am doing from exercise to eating healthy so you could understand what type of plan I am on. It’s nothing special, honestly. Just making some minor adjustments to do my daily lifestyle and major adjustments here and there. So far, it’s been easy and I’m only hoping it’ll get easier! So let me break it down for you.
What you consume is more important than the calories you burn at the gym! It’s important to eat healthy. Here’s what I’m doing:
Read my blog about Transitioning into a Healthy Lifestyle to learn more!
As for exercise, I try to go to the gym five days a week. I do this because I’m used to it and it’s possible for me — for the most part. However, if you’re not used to going to the gym or you’re extremely busy with kids, etc., then aim to go 2-3 days a week at least for 30-60 minutes.
Here’s what I do at the gym:
So overall, I do all those cardio workouts along with abs every time I go to the gym. And for the rest, I alternate different days and add it to the end of cardio. My goal is to hit 500 calories every time I go to the gym! Sometimes I hit higher and other times I hit lower, but I don’t beat myself up. I do what I can for that day! Some exercise is better than none.
WEEKLY FITNESS & HEALTH JOURNAL.
I update my fitness and health journal on my website daily! Stay updated on everything I eat each day and the workouts I do along with the calories I burn to keep yourself motivated!
If you ever have any questions regarding fitness and health, feel free to email me or reach out to me on Instagram! @sabreensaid_
WHERE TO GET STARTED.
Beginning a new and improved lifestyle can be a little difficult and overwhelming... Especially when you're unsure about where to even start. Sometimes you might feel discouraged to even begin changing your lifestyle because you feel like you don't have anything to eat and because you don't have the foods you need at your fingertips. This always used to happen to me and it sucked! I ended up just going back to my old, bad eating habits because I was left feeling stuck and starving! The best thing you could do is to P R E P A R E yourself!
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
In order for you to truly succeed at least the first 3 weeks of your new lifestyle, you have to get rid of the junk. So, if you can, clean out your pantry and refrigerator and get rid of all that processed, artificial, and fattening stuff you have. If you find this truly impossible because your kids eat these things, find a huge container and store their snacks in their and keep it out of the pantry and out of your sight. Out of sight, out of mind! And in the mean time... Try gradually getting your kids to eat healthier snacks and none of that chemical-packed junk the American market targets kids with (SOOO UNHEALTHY)!
Below, I created a list of staple foods I have in my pantry and refrigerator and that would be a good idea to have in yours if you’re trying to start a healthy life!
I may update these lists from time to time as I go on to discover new awesome food items that I like. In addition, stay tuned for a blog that will give you food ideas for all your meals! 🥰
Anyway — let’s begin in the pantry!
There are some staple food items to always have in your pantry for snacks or to simply create healthy foods!
HEALTHY FOODS IN YOUR PANTRY.
Staying stocked on these food items will ensure you have no excuse not to eat a healthy meal or snack!
HEALTHY FOODS IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR.
TRANSITIONING INTO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Now that you have all the things you need, learn about how you could gradually transition into a healthy lifestyle by reading my blog here!
You could also view my food and exercise plan here.
Lastly, take a peak into my weekly health and fitness journal here!
Feel free to contact me to ask any questions you have!
YOU’VE DECIDED — IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
It’s 2020, our world is becoming inspired to eat healthier and getting fit now more than ever! It’s been this way for a while now — almost everyone I know has tried putting themselves on a diet, tried going to the gym, and even began making healthier choices. As time goes on, we learn more and more about the things we’re putting in our bodies and just how horrible they are for us. It’s only normal for us to want to do better for ourselves at some point in time. And it appears that since you’re reading this blog, you’ve decided that time to transition into a healthier lifestyle is now. Awesome choice! Now, let’s talk about how to gradually transition into this new lifestyle of yours.
LET’S ADMIT IT — HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK.
We really put ourselves down when we have setbacks while dieting, when in reality, it’s one of the hardest things to do.
Imagine this — you were raised on these sugary and high-carb and high-fat foods that you’ve naturally become accustomed to. It’s the norm! What’s dinner without rice? Without bread? Without a large slice of knafa and tea filled with tons of added sugar? It’s normal for it to be so hard to stay committed to dieting.
Habits are really hard to break! Honestly, it’s similar to quitting a drug. We are addicted to unhealthy food because it not only tastes good, but it makes us happy! Our bodies begin to release chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins when we eat tasty food, which in turn, makes us feel these happy emotions. With that being said, we naturally tend to try and make ourselves happy. But we are making ourselves happy with the wrong type of food — which we’ll get to soon.
Habits suck. They’re hard to break and easy to fall back into. But do you know what the best thing is about habits? The moment they’re broken, it’s so easy to stay committed. It’s so easy to keep going on without the habit you once had because of the amazing feeling you get after breaking it. It’s like breaking yourself free, really. Once your habit has been dominated, you’ve already accustomed yourself to new and healthier habits. That’s the goal! Right?
Scientists say that it takes 21 days to break a habit and to build one. 21 DAYS! That’s all it is! What’s 21 days to the rest of your life?! And did I mention that the less you eat something, the less you crave it?! That’s even MORE helpful to us. So it really just takes about a week to not eat something, such as bad dessert, for you to stop craving it.
After one week of being in my new and improved healthy lifestyle, I didn’t even THINK about bad food. I didn’t even really want to have a cheat meal! But I did anyway, because cheat meals help you stay on track, so don’t skip them. I didn’t even crave all the sweets I used to eat, because I managed to develop healthy, organic, and whole versions of the desserts I love and that also helped keep myself going.
IT’S ALL ABOUT 3 THINGS.
Transitioning to and sticking to a healthy lifestyle is all about three simple things. And once you’ve conquered them, you’re set for life!
YOU WONDER — BUT WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
The best thing you could do is be prepared. I used to fail at eating healthy because I didn't know what the heck to eat! I didn’t make an effort to get creative or buy healthy food products. But this time, it’s different. I created a list of different foods I could eat, I did some research, and I bought everything I need to have those options. Prepare and have options already available for you so there are no excuses! Browse Pinterest and follow fitness and health bloggers on Instagram — they will constantly give you ideas on what to eat as a healthy meal, snack, or whatever. And it will help keep you motivated! I will post a blog on ideas for all meals and snacks soon, so stay tuned!
THINK ABOUT IT AS A LIFESTYLE, NOT A DIET.
Saying you’re on a diet is basically saying it’s something you can and will eventually get off. I like to think of it differently. I don’t want to think of myself as on a diet! I legitimately want to change my lifestyle and transition myself into a healthy eating machine. There’s no point to diet for just a few weeks or a few months... Sure, to lose some weight... but to only tack it back on the moment you quit your diet? No — it’s not worth my time.
Commit to changing your lifestyle. It sounds overwhelming, but gradually transition into it! There’s no need to quit everything cold turkey or to throw out every item in your pantry and refrigerator and buy $1,000 worth of groceries tomorrow. Take baby steps and slowly smooth into a lifestyle that you will commit to — there’s no rush in perfecting a healthy lifestyle. Sooner than you know it, you’ll find yourself in a habit!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.
To be frank, you really just have to want to do this. You complain and complain about the weight you’ve gained or about how you can’t fit into those jeans... You think about it every time you look in the mirror before you hop in the shower... You complain that you haven’t lost the baby weight yet... But you haven’t done much about it. Quit with the excuses and do something that benefits yourself. The beginning is the only hard part! Starting is easy... Then it’s the couple days after when you’ve lost your motivation that hit hard. But if you get yourself through the first week, you’ll find yourself getting through the next.
All it takes is the first step into a new healthy lifestyle. There are no cons, no downsides, and you have nothing to lose — except weight, of course! 😉
On a serious note — you got this. Be stronger than you think you are. Make the changes you’ve been wanting to make and make them now! In one month you’ll be wishing you started today because the progress you could’ve made in just a month is unbelievable. You deserve the best version of yourself, so do it and don’t let yourself down. Follow fitness and health inspiration on Instagram, keep up with my weekly fitness and health journal, buy healthy foods and snacks, go to the gym a few days a week for just 45 minutes, and keep your own food & exercise journal (it really helps). Do something to help you transition into a healthier lifestyle!
And don’t forget — all it takes is 21 days to create and break a habit. Get through the next 21 days and you’re set for life! Are you up for the challenge or what? 😏
Feel free to contact me at any time to ask me questions about anything concerning health and fitness! I’d be glad to help.
Follow me on Instagram for health & fitness inspo: @sabreensaid_
WEEK 2 GOALS
My goal this week is to stay away from heavy carbs for at least 3 days in the next 7 days. I also need to increase my water intake! As for the gym, I must go for the next 5 days! I want to feel that I’m really making a difference this week and that’ll only happen if I’m going hard in the gym and limiting my carbs. So let’s do it!
Note: I couldn’t go to the actual gym today for annoying reasons. But I will be going the next 5 days. Mark my words!!!
Note: I honestly didn’t eat anything bad, technically, but I did eat way too many snacks than I should have! Even if it’s not unhealthy — too much of anything is not good. I have to learn to lessen the amount I eat in a day, because I really just eat because I’m bored.
Morning weight: 146.8 🥰
A DECADE FOR CHANGE.
Going into not only a new year, but a new decade, makes me feel there’s a need for big changes. There’s always room for improvement and ways to better our lifestyles.
For about seven years now, I’ve been longing for a healthy lifestyle that I could be completely accustomed to. In reality, I never fully committed — so with that being said, my lifestyle has been in need of a major facelift! And because of what I do, such as cooking and baking delicious & not-so-healthy foods, it didn’t really allow me to exactly be on the path I wanted to be on.
In other words, I feel that it has been holding me back. I don’t mean to use my recipes as an excuse, but a food blogger has to taste their food, don’t they?! I’m a huge fan of food. I love it. It even makes or breaks my moods. That’s how much I love food!
All in all, I’ve come to the realization that if I ever want to truly be adapted to a healthy lifestyle, I can no longer focus on creating deliciously unhealthy recipes that do not benefit me. I have the worst willpower — I would never be able to continue making all the good stuff without swallowing half of it whole!
So, I’ve decided to make some alterations to my website — alterations that’ll be beneficial to me and keep me on track as well as motivate others to enter a healthy lifestyle this year, too. It’s 2020, y’all. It’s about time we start giving our bodies what’s best for them! We deserve it.
WHAT’S COMING NEW IN 2020.
I want to be accustomed to a healthier lifestyle. This means I would like to choose more whole and organic foods, nothing with preservatives or chemicals, and none of the processed and artificial junk any longer. I want to eat fresh and pure foods that have not been chemically refined or genetically engineered. I simply want to make good, healthy, and wholesome savory and sweet recipes. So, you may find that my new recipes are tailored to be more organic, gluten-free, low-sugar, low-carb, and low-fat.
Don’t forget — I am a sucker for good food. So, my goal is to make my life (and yours) enjoyable while eating #guiltfreefood and staying on a healthy path. There’s no way I’m giving you guys a healthy recipe without me enjoying the hell out of it!
I look forward to creating healthier recipes for you all to enjoy! The goal is to make delicious #guiltfreefood and to simply make a healthy lifestyle more enjoyable and easier to sustain for myself as well as for others!
Stay tuned for delicious #guiltfreefood to come your way!
WEEK 1 GOALS
To start off my journey, I don’t want to be too hard on myself so I don’t feel weak or the need to quit. With the gym, I am going to aim to burn a minimum 500 calories each day I go. With food, I plan to stay under 1,200 calories but I will not be calculating them. At this point, it’s been 7 years of experience with calorie counting so I know what I’m doing. However, if you want to count calories I suggest to use MyFitness Pal app.
Alright, let’s get started!
HOW I FEEL.
Honestly, I have mixed feelings. I still feel really motivated to eat healthier and to keep it going, but I did slip up a couple times. I’m not too disappointed in myself when it comes to the food, but for the gym? Don’t even get me started. I did poorly this week with the gym! I only went 3 out of the 7 days, so I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. Our week got really busy and I was dead tired from starting work again. But I HAVE to go the next 5 days no matter what. It has to be a priority! Anyway... I don’t feel like I’ve lost much this first week, but I don’t feel as bloated as I usually do. I hope I do better next week! With time and commitment, I will see changes I’ll love inshallah.
2020 FITNESS & HEALTH JOURNAL
I am beginning a new journey this 2020 that I will stick to and build into a habit. This journal will help keep me motivated and also keep me accountable for my workouts and eating habits. Start this new decade on a healthy note!
Below, you could view my weekly journals.
Do it with me!
THE ONE ABOUT 2019.
I’ll have to admit — 2019 wasn’t too shabby! First of all, it flew by within a second per usual, but this year was especially fast. I honestly had a great time this year and a lot has happened that I am proud of! And of course, some things happened that I am definitely not proud of... But alhamdulillah for everything, right?! It’s time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly to make a better 2020 inshallah!
LET’S RECAP THIS YEAR.
SOME NOT SO GREAT MOMENTS OF 2019.
Every year comes with good and bad — it’s inevitable. It’s time to reflect on the not so great times of 2019.
MY GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT.
In 2019, I completely let myself down with the gym and eating healthy. I don’t know what came over me this year, but I was just eating uncontrollably and barely going to the gym for months at a time! I was so lazy this year and to top it off, I ate like a straight monster. With that being said, there ended up being a big price to pay — I am ending the year at the highest weight I’ve ever been in my entire life and it’s so disappointing. 😞 I feel that I’ve let myself cross a line that I promised I would never even get near. But I’ve crossed it and it’s been so hard to come back. I’m now 153 pounds and I’ve never felt more disappointed in myself. I would say this was my biggest let down of 2019, which leads to my 2020 new year resolutions.
“NEW YEAR, NEW ME.”
I am one of those people who are all about the “New Year, New Me!” It honestly feels good to start a new year — it’s ending one chapter and starting the next. Life is all about new beginnings, becoming better versions of ourselves, and starting fresh. Whether you like to believe it or not, we all need a fresh start with a lot of things in life. I don’t know what about a new year makes people so motivated to work on imperfections, but it really does. And what’s wrong with that? If a new year is someone’s motivation to start something new or to change habits, don’t shit on them. Support them! Let them run with it.
I WISH YOU WELL!
Thank you all for reading about my 2019 and my goals of 2020! I hope you all took the time to reflect on your own past year and made goals or resolutions for your new year. We’re going into a new decade! Make the most of it and achieve your goals, you deserve it. I wish the best for all of you and hope you are blessed with a healthy and happy new year, inshallah! ❤️
HERE’S TO NEW BEGINNINGS.
Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!
Welcome to my Food Diary!
I will be updating my food diary every night before bed for that day. My goal is to consume 1,200 calories per day at most. On some days, I might “eat back” a small amount my calories burned if needed for energy! I calculate my calories eaten with My Fitness Pal app.
Being Consistent in a Healthy Lifestyle.
I know I am not the only one who struggles when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle... It’s probably one of the hardest things to do — to stay committed. And we wonder why?! Why is it so hard!? Then... We blame ourselves, put ourselves down, and just feel beat down. We wind up telling ourselves we can’t do it, so why bother trying?
Lets face it — no one is perfect. When life brings us cupcakes, we eat them. That’s just how we are. But my method of thought is that if I’m trying to put a conscious effort every single day to eat healthy majority of the day and week, then it’s okay to slip once or twice. Because we are human. The people that literally have been eating healthy for years and haven’t had a cheat day since have simply created a habit. Their bodies don’t crave the good stuff. And we could be those people too... But sometimes it’s just hard to build habits and break them, am I right?
It seems like everything interrupts our healthy lifestyle — all the parties we get invited to with endless sweet tables, when our friends invite us over for coffee and dessert, we go out to breakfast/dinner with friends and think how could I sit here eating an avocado on toast... And then a celebration seems to happen every week which gives us the excuse to eat cake... Like it’s endless! And so annoying.
The struggle part of all this is simply learning to say no. Learning to put our bodies first and our self-confidence! We are so quick to give up on our bodies and our self-esteem. And all that happens after we eat that piece of cake is that we are taken on a guilt trip... We feel terribly once we’re done eating it even though two seconds ago, we were high off the taste of that damn delicious piece of cake.
Well, hate to break it to ya — we will never get to where we want to be if we just keep saying, “sure, I’ll have a small piece.” Because it does the opposite of creating a healthy habit. It literally takes you further away from your goal. It creates a habit of saying yes and ignoring your body and self-esteem. So let’s put the damn forks down and start practicing using the word NO!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙅🏻♀️
Public Food Diary.
So I decided that I’m going to start a public food diary again because I realize it’s the only thing that keeps me accountable. I struggle a lot when it comes to eating healthy and even exercising regularly these days... I don’t know if it’s because the time change and it’s dark by 4:45 pm or the cold weather... Or just simply laziness. But whatever it is, it needs to come to an end. I’m so over it.
The Struggle is Real.
I never believed my mom whenever she told me my metabolism would eventually slow down... I was just used to my metabolism being so fast to the point I never had to do much to keep myself at a level I’m confident with. But lately, the struggle has been real.
I have been noticing it’s so easy for me to tack on a couple pounds here and there and it is driving me off the wall! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to be consistent enough to see lasting results. I’ve been struggling in both eating healthy and working out. So it’s not like I’ve been doing one really well and just lacking the other. I’ve been sucking at both basically all year round.
Eating Habits are so Important.
I’ve always known I had a wild appetite since I was a little girl... But I began noticing it even more when the number on the scale began to notice the amount of horrible food I’ve been eating. Let’s just put it this way — I eat like a cow. Anyone who knows me will confirm that I eat like a 250 pound man. So I’m not kidding when I say my appetite is huge. It always has been — I’ve just barely started “being what I eat” to realize the effect it’s having on my body.
I have a really hard time staying committed. I’ll be honest, I feel like I start fresh every Monday. The only time I’ve been committed this entire year was during my 16 day challenge, or however many days. And I felt amazing. But since? Nothing. I’ve gained the weight back, I haven’t been consistent more than just five days or so, and I wind up back where I started. It sucks.
Needless to say, eating habits are so crucial in losing weight. In fact, it’s more diet than it is exercise. So I decided I would start a public food diary again because I feel it’s the only thing that keeps me strict on myself.
Exercising is key to Losing Weight Faster.
Sure, you could lose weight by just dieting alone. But you could lose weight faster, tone, and build muscle by working out while dieting. And honestly, my exercise in the last four months have been straight trash. I find myself so tired after work and by the time my husband gets home and actually wants to hit the gym, I’m wiped out. So I would literally go only a couple times a week... There were several weeks where I didn’t go at all. I’ve never been at a low like this! The feeling really beats you down when you feel like you’ve been in a hole and you’re trying to get out but you’re too tired and too hungry. 🥺
But I can’t make up anymore excuses! I have to keep remembering that I hate how I feel. I keep thinking back to the year of 2013 when I legit lost over 20 pounds and I freaking rocked the gym and my diet. I was obsessed — I’d be in the gym for two hours everyday. And it really sucks when you lose that type of motivation. Plus, I simply don’t have that time anymore because of my job and just being a wife. The best I’ve ever felt and looked (in my opinion) was that year when I reached 128 pounds. I started out at 149 and dropped to a perfect 128 and never felt better. I never thought I could reach over 150 and I never thought I would ever allow myself to for a single second.
But I allowed myself to... I watched the scale hit 150, 151, 152, and my all-time high: 153. I am literally so disappointed in myself. That I could even be okay with this and fool my mind into thinking, “I’m fine, I still think I look good.” Because they’re lies. I don’t think I look good and I don’t think it’s okay. Some of you may think I’m psychotic or one of those “skinny girls that complain that they’re fat,” or that I have body dysmorphia. But I don’t. It’s just something I am not used to and that is not my standard for how I’m supposed to look and feel. I know I could do better because I have done better.
With that being said, I’m sick of this crap. It’s done with. I can no longer be in the 150s. I can’t be. It’s not me, it’s not who I am, and it’s not who I want to become nor what I want to be comfortable or okay with. I don’t even want to be at that 128 anymore, I simply want to be in the 130s. That’s all. Is that too much to ask?
Everything Starts with a Goal.
I’ve come to the realization that this food diary started out as a rant, lol. But that’s okay! Venting is good for the soul. I needed to really admit a lot of that. The fact that I have been sucking at this whole healthy lifestyle thing and that I’m literally the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. Those are facts.
ANYWAY — enough of the negativity. It’s time to make a goal; a realistic one that is possible to reach and within a reasonable length of time.
As of December 22nd, 2019, I’m at 153 pounds. My goal is to be 136 by February 20th, 2020. That gives me 60 days to reach my wedding day weight! I would have to lose 2 pouinds per week in order to attain this goal, so inshallah I work hard to achieve it!
Who’s ready to do it with me?!