Admission of fatness…

16 Feb, '05

I am fat.

Too bloody fat, and I’ve got to do something serious about the weight problem. I’ve just come back from suit shopping and in a shop full of suits they only had 2 which were my size.


Right. Measurements tonight (no, no naked pictures of me!), and weighing. Then targets are set, and stick to the plan this time to get my health and fitness back, now that I have been a non-smoker for almost 4 months, I can do this too.

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  1. km_romio says:

    Admission of fatness…

    That’s funny you mention your weight… I’ve just come to the realization that I’m a lunchbox… really… I have a friend who’s offered to whip my ass into shape in 2 months… thinking of taking him up on that offer… I’ve also begun my attempt at watching what I eat… no more cheeseburgers… did I just say that? I meant no more than 2 cheeseburgers a week.. well maybe that’s a little too harsh.. see what my problem is?

  2. salima44 says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Come on guys! We are not FAT. [b]WE ARE BIG BONED.[/b] So pass me another slice of that cheesecake will you?

  3. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Get yourself lycra shorts and a lycra top for when you exercise. You will look [i]appalling[/i] in lycra (no offence) but boy-oh-boy, running the gauntlet of horrified looks daily from your children, colleagues and fellow fitness-fanatics will motivate you no end. In a year, you’ll be able to strut proudly in your lycra. Pitstop babes will want to caress your thighs. You’ll be invited to model for “hunk of the month” calendars. Also, purely for the purposes of motivation, you should post a BEFORE lycra shot here very soon and an AFTER shot one year from today, perhaps with daily updates in between so we can study the progress of your contours.

  4. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    THAT is a HORRIBLE suggestion! ugghh, I can almost see myself in lycra and that thought makes ME want to puke! I wouldn’t put even my enemies into this situation, believe me.

    Just rest assured that I’m at the gym from tomorrow afternoon.

    I’ll blog about it like I have with stopping smoking, I found that very motivating. I’ll put up my measurements and weight and keep up a weekly update on progress for my use. If you or anyone else want to read it, you’ve got to find it as it will be an “easter egg” thing on the site!

  5. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    I’m too fat, too!

    But at least you’re rich!

  6. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    My “problem” has three axes of evil: food, drink and non-activity. Too much of the first two, too little of the last.

    I have to attack all three together and prepare for the peace as well with proper timeline, milestones and goals…

    Step 1: Go to a doctor for a complete physical. That’s got to be done tomorrow. Ascertain how much I need to lose.
    Step 2: Speak with a dietician to get a good program going and stick to it. MAJOR help from the wife here is needed. To be done this week or just after the Ashoora holidays. The program must not deprive me of things I like too much and must be maintainable into the future… a lifestyle change.
    Step 3: Hit the gym regularly with good supervision and incentives.

  7. mohd says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Would you like a Shawarma with that?

  8. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Rich? Me? No bloody chance… Whatever I make I immediately spend. I am NEVER happy unless I have a debilitating loan and I have at least a couple of those!

    Now if you classified me as stupidly impulsive I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you! 🙂

  9. salima44 says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Yep two of them please. 1 beef , 1 chicken and a lamb Kabob as well!!


    Good luck with the diet. You want to make you an appointment to see a Doc at the Clinic?

  10. 7alaylia says:

    Admission of fatness…

    It is hard to stay thin now at days. No people know this better than us Americans. It is all about portion size. You can get enough fast food here in the US, for about $10, to feed a whole entire family elsewhere in the world for a week. I didnt realise how big, us Americans had become, until I came back to the US after living abroad for several years. I got off the plane in New York and the people there were HUGE!

    It is food, quality of it (or lack thereof) and our culture here. We drive everywhere, passions more and more center around things that make us immobile. I know I find it hard to keep the weight off as I sit in front of a computer for 9-10 hours a day!

    Get exercise, cut down on the ruz and the kunafa. Instead of the motor cars, get an old fashioned bike.

  11. mahmood says:

    Re(2): Admission of fatness…

    thanks Mark, no I can handle it from here…

  12. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    very true almost everywhere else – at least in the “developed” world.

    I won’t agree with you on the bike thing however, not in Bahrain. You’ld be asking to be chased, trampled with a 6 wheel truck and thrown to bleed to death on the side of the road, and if the traffic cops come to you before you snuff it, they’ll kick the shit out of you because you were stupid enough to ride a bike in the first place!

    Forget bikes, go for the immovable ones at the gym instead… much safer!

  13. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…


    Which gym? I ‘ld like to see this happen…..I figure it would be more fun than watching bahrain TV ! let me guess now….

    Golds? Naaah to pricey and way too fit

    Brit Club?……..nope, too may thunderous-thighed middle aged ladies froim Lancashire

    Sheraton….na na na na na na na na na naaaaa could be…(remember HK Phooey?)


  14. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Now THAT’S business idea! Turn my trying to lose weight into a freek show 🙁

    With friends like you who needs enemies?

    Now I need to go and have a stiff drink…

  15. 7alaylia says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Safer, but very boring. I have got to say the funniest thing I have ever seen is a lady I sw recently riding near the University here. She was riding a bike, in a full black Abaya/niqab.

  16. anonymous says:

    Re(2): Admission of fatness…

    As Mahmood would have it: Guinness on the move! 🙂

  17. esraa says:

    Honey…. There’s just more of you to love 😉

    I will be starting a new weight loss program with my doc in another 2 weeks once I get the go ahead with my recovery. I have never feared 10 kilos so much in my life! I tried to get a complimentary liposuction and tummy tuck while I was under general anaesthesia recently but the docs wouldn’t play ball 🙁 Now I have to do it the hard way….


  18. mohd says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Did you give up on walking the dogs? With a third, I would have suspected they would have given you quite the workout.

  19. 7alaylia says:

    Re(3): Admission of fatness…

    In Ireland they refer to Guinness as a “blond with a black skirt”.

  20. anonymous says:

    Re(4): Admission of fatness…

    In Ireland a 7 course meal is considered a potato and a 6 pack of Guinness. FINE DINING!!!!

  21. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    How abouts you start off by WALKING to work and using National Transport like we do over here in England.. 😉

  22. anonymous says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    heheh. More seriously, Mahmood, if you can fit a biggish bit of exercise equipment into your house I recommend a good quality air rowing machine such as the Oxford Horizon Rower or the Concept 2. I bought one after researching which was the best bit of home equipment to get and the answer was always that if you are going to buy one thing then make it a rowing machine – burns off quite a lot of calories, exercises pretty much your whole body, and is good aerobic exercise too. It’s very boring though so I stick a TV in front of it and watch DVDs as I row. I do 30 minutes in the morning and 30 in the evening. I’ve never needed to lose weight but the rowing machine certainly helps keep me fit, in addition to cycling and walking my dog.

    If you row enough, you’ll end up looking as good as these guys in lycra: [img][/img]

  23. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    My office is about 18kms away from my home, so if I want to arrive at a decent hour to do business, I guess I’ve got to start at midnight.

    Public transport? Whassat?

  24. 7alaylia says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Wow, you are close. I am about 50 Km from home.

  25. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Chris enjoy university life… it’s going to be the best you will EVER experience!

    Thanks for the encouragement to you and your sister. My ideal form of vigorous exercise is sex. So I’ll talk to the wife to see if we can increase our sessions from twice, to at least four times a year. Other than that, I’m pretending to be rich, so I deserve to get a mistress who can pretend to like me. All in the name of good health of course! 🙂

  26. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Mahmood, my first time to post here. Really enjoy your Blog, Mahmoods Den is
    everything you say it is, “intelligent, informative and fun!”. Check this place out every day!

    Just had to post this time, because the subject is something I have to deal with. A subject close to my heart. A spare tire around the waist & an ever growing Ass! It’s not that hard to take off.
    Guessing from your Posted Bio, “About Mahmood”. Were probably close to the same age. Maybe a little older than you.
    Patience is the key, it doesn’t come off all at once. Dieting (healthy dieting) will take off 3 to 5 pounds a month. Mainly eating healthy foods in reasonable portions. Been doing this for two months now since weighting in at a physical towards the end of the holidays. Found out that I had reached a personal all time maximum body mass & in doing so had developed seriously high blood pressure. As a person that up until a recent time in my life (early 40’s) was very fit & had excellent blood pressure. I find my current state, just pathetic. 11 lb’s are now gone , blood pressure still a bit high. High normal, but back in the normal range. Not too bad considering these days sitting at desk for a living. Owe a lot of this to my wife, she gained twenty over the holidays too. She took charge over the whole “We’re eating healthy thing” & we are both losing at the same rate.
    You should think of this as a friend of mine explained to me several years ago. A big guy, smart like you, good degree in business via a football scholarship, collage line backer, even a NFL second string player. Ask him why the Hell he was working where we were working then with his background & experience. He said he had quit the big money high pressure job, smoking, seriously moderated the drinking, watched the diet & blodd pressure to get it in control to quote: “See my family grow up, I’m want to see, I’m going to see my grand children”
    If you quit smoking, you can do this! More power to You!

  27. chalk66x says:

    Admission of fatness…

    When you eat has a lot to do with loosing weight. If you have a 600 calorie snack right before you go to bed guess where its going. Try a daily sauna and stay away from refined sugars.


  28. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    To the poster form the UK re public transport

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! he ee heee hee hee hee hee he!!!

    I live a 20 minute walk fom walk – now that its cooler Ihave een trying but the main problems are:-

    1) No pavements
    2) parked cars forcing you further out into the road
    3) Abdullah/Dave/Srikant/Venu driving his Caprice Classic/5-series/Rover/Sunny phone in one hand and scratching himself with the other, not really giving a d*** about the road in front
    4) If it rained the night before, then that’s another dry cleaning bill from the filth thrown up by the car tyres
    5) Everyone and I mean EVERYONE stares at a European when they are walking (no car? mentally deranged? thrown out by the wife? etc etc)


  29. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Sad but very true… although some municipalities have started building ‘walking arenas’ as they have done by the GDN office area and at night it is full of whole families actually walking! There are other places which are being considered for the purpose like Abu Subh beach in Budaiya.

  30. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

    you sometimes do need a shock to give yourself a kick in the butt to get started to do something about a situation. mine was yesterday at the suit shop. what I didn’t say is that I found it difficult to bend down and tie my shoe-laces. almost went out of breath doing that simple task. I got absolutely sickened with myself.

    I weighed myself this morning and I weighed in at a whopping 110 kgs. I think this is the “grossest” I’ve been!

    I didn’t do any measurements yet, will do when I get home tonight. But like you, Frances and I decided to take the weightloss issue seriously this time:

    1. more fresh veg and fruit
    2. half the normal portions for us
    3. grill rather than fry
    4. brown rather than white (bread and sugar)
    5. labna instead of cheese (no olive oil)
    6. salads for lunch
    7. light meal for dinner

    check back in 3 months to see how we’re getting on.

  31. anonymous says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    The answer to your problems: THE PEDAL CAR. Look at this one:

    It’s a Beamer. It looks cool. It allows you to blend in with the rest of the traffic. But you’ll be pedalling like crazy all the way to work, so it keeps you fit. Get one of these and you’ll become a trend-setter. Every Bahraini will want one. You can become the sole distributor of hugh quality pedal cars in Bahrain – rich AND fit! It’s the win-win solution.

  32. anonymous says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    I must say that I am, well I don’t know what the word or words are for it. First you quit smoking, then you decide to shed some pounds. Is not the bar already high enough, with all of the humor, the fun, the intelligence? You are simply running me ragged. Sure, I quit tobacco, but I still chew the nicorette gum. Sure, I have lost all of my excess weight, several times, but have gained it all back, with interest!

    I don’t think that I can take this education anymore. You destroyed my notion of ME Arabs, so that now I can’t even identify them anymore, at least not as I used to. You showed me pictures of “Pit babes”, the likes of which I have never laid eyes upon. You made me hungry for dishes and drinks that I never knew that I could pine for. I even bought my son an Ipod last month, with all your talk about Apple this and Apple that.

    But, my truly rich fat friend, you have now gone too far. Your admission pierces through my own self deception. 110, you say? Ouch, I am 117. Perhaps I am taller than you. For Heaven’s Sake, don’t tell me your height!

    I give up. When I get back from my upcoming, week long “all you can eat” family vacation, I will finally give in to the truth that I have been avoiding. Packing last night caused me to realize that I will need to do some shopping today. It is awful when last summer’s clothes, even some of the shorts for crying out loud, no longer fit. My wife just shook her head, and I am thankful that I didn’t hear the cluck of her tongue as she turned away.

    Keep posting updates. I would offer you advice, but you would be a fool to take it.

    -AGA a fat, happy American.

  33. chrisamillion says:

    Admission of fatness…

    good luck with that! I have just moved to Queensland, Australia (to start uni) which is the “hilly state” of Australia, so I am finding myself out of breath just walking back from the shops! I was trying to start a program like you before I left Bahrain but I was lasy, my blood tests are normal though!

    My sister (a fitness and nutrition instructor) says that you should do at least half and hour of hard exersise a day, i.e. you should be breathing hard the whole time! So anything from walking briskly to playing squash is good! You should include going to the gym 3 times a week in that.

    have fun!


  34. khaled says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Billy Connolly says that lycra shorts and leggings should come with a government health warning
    “[b]Beware, these shorts will make your arse look even bigger[/b]!”

  35. clnsmi says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Congratulations, fight the good fight, Mahmood! I’ve been putting on about a pound a year since the late 1980’s and still smoke like a chimney. I’d like to quit smoking, but have come to the conclusion that I won’t unless I’m due to come down with lung cancer in the next 20 minutes. Plus, it’s a good foil for strenuous exercise. Let me know how it all works out….

  36. mahmood says:

    Re(2): Admission of fatness…

    I don’t need lycra for me to know that, it *is* big! not big enough to *have* to buy business class tickets though, and I intend to reverse the spread!

  37. 7alaylia says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Weight gain often happens after quiting smoking. Eating takes the place of the lost oral fixation.

  38. 7alaylia says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hum…….wonder why the signiture I added doesnt work? مالك عبدالله was what I added, doesnt show up.

  39. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Dieting is simple, there is only one real rule Calories in = Calories out. Eat almost anything, just a lot less of it, especially high fat and high sugar items.

    Read the labels on prepared food, if on the package. Most prepared American cereals should be sold at the candy counter.

    What a lot of people overlook is that adiet is a lifetime commitment and not something to drop when a target is reached. By the way, keep the olive oil – it is by far the best source of fat and omega three oils in the diet, and some small amount is needed.

  40. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    It’s me again! Second time to post.
    [color=blue “Mahmood, my first time to post here. Really enjoy your Blog, Mahmoods Den is
    everything you say it is, “intelligent, informative and fun!”. Check this place out every day”

    Your more than welcome to the words of encouragement! I know exactly where your at with this Body mass thing! Definatley understand, “I got absolutely sickened with myself”. Understand that feeling! At 34 , could still run 20 miles at a steady pace, weight 190lbs. These day I’m gasping for air just taking out the Garbage. Up until Febuary was just throwing it in the back of the pickup truck & backing out to the receptacle. Now walking it down. You want to hear something really Ironic, 110kg x 2.2 (conversion) = 242lbs. This is exactly what I weighed in at 2 months ago!

    What You & Francis are planning is almost exactly what we have been doing. Wife’s originally from Europe. She says, where she’s from people do not eat three big meals a day. They have one good [b]healthy[/b] prepared (cooked) meal a day & all else are light no fuss meals, cold cuts on crackers with, fruits, veggies, soup, salads, light meals. Usually in the evening, It works! And it’s not bad, actually pretty damn good , kinda like it. Tastes good, produces a lot of energy. Making me more productive on & off the job. We treat our selves to one night out a week at a resturant to keep from going Completely Insane, usually a steak house. No-hamburgers, fried food & so very, very sadly no Mexican & Tex-Mex.
    We bake almost everything people would normally fry in the oven, or. Don’t know if you have them over there, but we cook meat in a “George Forman” grill. If your not already familiar with it. A George Forman grill is a glorified waffle iron with hole in the bottom of it that allows all the fat that goes straight to the gut & ass from cooked meat to flow away into a little tray beneath the grill. Some Steaks we cook produced about 1/2 inch of what would be Lard Ass & Colesterol in the 5×5″ tray. (Ummm, Love animals, they’re so delicious. Check out, ummm. Grilled Toby sounds so good. )

    Mahmood, Hope your Blood Pressures is OK, If you have not already, checked IT? It kinda goes with the whole Lard-Ass Syndrome. 169 over 102 at idle with a 94 pulse is as you put it is, “a shock to give yourself a kick in the butt to get started to do something about a situation.” Words like Stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure, Heart Valve damage come to mind.

    I’ll spot you 11 pounds & we’ll weight in at 3 months! Take care of yourself Mahmood!
    Walt in Texas.

  41. mahmood says:

    Re(1): Admission of fatness…

    Wow, thank you very much for your kind words!

    This is one of the best compliments I have received! Makes this humble effort worthwhile.

  42. KhalidSaad says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Well guess what I just found in the Chicago Sun Times dated back to January 3rd, your opinions on this should be interesting especially the women, enjoy:

    It’s time to lose the fat — and here’s how

    January 3, 2005

    BY LAURA WASHINGTON Advertisement

    The Fat Nag is back, bearing some good news and some bad news. The good news: American women are not the fattest in the world. That title goes to the women of Bahrain, where an estimated 83 percent of women are overweight or obese.

    The bad news: We’re not far behind. Sixty-two percent of American women are breaking the scales, and two-thirds of all Americans are overweight.

    That’s according to the International Obesity Task Force and a recent Wall Street Journal report on the obesity boom in the Middle East. Thanks to an ancestral Arab practice called gavage, many young girls and women in Mauritania are force fed to fatten them up. In many Arab cultures, corpulence is a coveted symbol of wealth, beauty and fertility.

    So what’s our excuse? We’ve got plenty.

    For example, those lame old rationales African Americans use to cover up the obesity problem. Black men think our spreading butts and bulging thighs are sexy. We don’t have to buy into white people’s skinny-blue-eyed-blond definition of beauty. We’re naturally big-boned. You can be fat and healthy, too. Diabetes, heart disease and gastric maladies run in the family. We eat to combat the stress of a racist society.

    Get off it, the Fat Nag says. Black or otherwise, we’re not in Bahrain. I’m going to continue to nag at you until we all get the fat off. It’s not about beauty, or some socio-political gobbledygook. It’s about saving our lives.

    It’s that time of year for old problems and new beginnings. You’ve looked in the mirror and said I’ve been hogging out for the holidays. And you look like it. But before you start dashing off the hate mail lambasting Skinny Laura for her insensitivity, allow me to confess:

    You are not alone. I was in front of that same mirror last week, and discovered that Skinny Laura is not so skinny anymore. I’ve detected some brand-new bulges and rolls. That nice tailored skirt I got for Christmas doesn’t fit, not even close. I am terrified.

    We’ve got to start talking about this out loud. The obesity epidemic has been too easy to ignore because we look the other way. Asking a person’s weight is even ruder than asking her age. While our loved ones suffering from obesity-related heart disease, diabetes, etc., we cling to a code of silence.

    Here’s one resolution we can all make — and keep: Counsel and encourage those who are close to you.

    And if you’re reluctant to bring it up, let me do the nagging. Here are some Fat Nag Tips to share, with love, in the new year:

    Dump all that junk food that mysteriously found its way into your house over the holidays. You know what I’m talking about. The gallon of ice cream, jar of salted cashews, the chocolate pretzels. You can’t eat it if it’s not there.

    Skip dessert at least a couple of nights a week for starters.

    Walk a little, then a little more. Skip the elevator or escalator and walk up the stairs. Spend half your lunch hour on a brisk stroll and pick up a salad to go on the way back.

    Avoid the gimmicky low-carb, no-carb diets. They’re short cuts that don’t stick.

    Stop blaming others for your weight problem. Suing fat-peddlers like McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried is not the solution. No one is jamming that Big Mac down your throat — but you. You don’t have to opt for the “bargain” super-size soda and popcorn at the movies.

    Don’t starve yourself. It’s OK to snack in between meals, but fruits and vegetables only.

    When you are on the road, always carry a bottle of water with you. According to physicians, drinking several glasses of water a day can be very beneficial.

  43. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    You’re ON! I love a challenge, and no challenge is better than having a buddy helping/teasing you along. Makes it more interesting!

    I’ve consciously had half of what I normally have at lunch and filled up with saladdy stuff and I felt great all afternoon.

    I’ve seen ads somewhere for the Forman grill, although I can’t remember whether that was here in Bahrain or somewhere on my travels. No matter, I understand the concept and I’ll fire up the BBQ this afternoon, just as good!

  44. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    I just got this in an email from a friend in Bahrain. A new way to look at the fatness issue perhaps??


    Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
    A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it…..don’t
    waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your
    heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the
    life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?
    Take a nap.

    Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
    A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and
    corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an
    efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.
    Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green
    leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended
    daily allowance of vegetable products.

    Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
    A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled
    wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even
    of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

    Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
    A: Well, if you have a body and you have body-fat, your ratio is one
    to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

    Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular
    exercise program?
    A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No

    Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
    A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! Foods are fried these days in vegetable
    oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be
    bad for you?

    Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around
    the middle?
    A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You
    should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

    Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
    A: Are you crazy? HELLO …… Cocoa beans … another vegetable!!!
    It’s the best feel-good food around!

    Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
    A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

    Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
    A: Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!

    Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had
    about food and diets, and remember,
    “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
    arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid
    in sideways – champ in one hand – strawberries in the other – body
    thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming – WOO HOO! What a Ride!”

  45. KhalidSaad says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hey Mahmood n all, finally decided to join after a while of reading your blog. All I can say is that this is by far the most comprehensive and informative bahraini site you can find, thanks to the great effort of it’s creator and it’s followers.

    Well, to start off, I’ve been into fitness and sports for most of my life (still 20 though) and I can tell you from the suggestion above that rowing is great. Since you have a pool also in you house, crash in it after the bahraini winter finishes 😉 and that works out you’re whole body too. I do around 50-100 laps in a 25m swimming pool but for starters somethin like 10-20 is good. Running or walking is good and if you want to lose weight (a few km. a week), free weight or static excersise are excellent like crunches and push-ups. If this sounds too much, walking and rowing would be excellent starters plus a good eating-diet. I’ll crash in later 🙂

  46. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Thanks for the suggestions Khalid, and taking the time to join and post!

    I’m no stranger to exercise, I’ve done it about 7 or 8 years ago where I went to the gym 5 times a week and did 3 days cardio and 2 days weights. I lost about 20 kgs in 3 months! But then I got sidetracked and lazy and it all came back on again – with interest as AGA put it!

    I must confess though that I hate rowing. Tried it and it was too bloody difficult that I stuck to the climber or eliptical machines instead. Did 30 minutes on one of those a day. This is all history however!

    Now I’m prepared to give it another go and do a lifestyle change which hopefully this time will stick, and as there is a difference in age at this stage, I’m prepared to give it 6 months to lose 20kgs rather than the previous experience with 3 months.

    I think if you grow up past 20 and you’re still active and do sports regularly, you stand an excellent chance in continuing to do so past 40. That’s what I observed anyway… but if you’re like me – never had interest in sports and had the weight up/down throughout my life, it does get difficult. Losing the weight is easy, changing your habits and lifestyle is much more difficult.

    I started with stopping smoking 4 months ago, so that in itself is a huge undertaking and I am very proud of myself not to have taken even a single puff in all that time. So now its time to take care of my weight. If I can stop smoking, I can shed the weight…

  47. anonymous says:

    Re(2): Admission of fatness…

    I am glad that you appreciated it. I wish that I had more time to tell you how I really felt, and how much more you and the participants at your site have shown me. You are a class act, and it has nothing to do with acting. -AGA

  48. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Mahmood, OK!
    I love a challenge TOO! IT’s ON! Let the Contest begin, Three months from now [b]’The BIG WEIGH IN!”[/b] May the thinner man win! You may already be at an advantage as it looks like I found a couple of misplaced pounds today at a weigh in, probably a gift from Adolf Coors.

    Congradulations on becoming a Non-Smoker. I know how very tough that is to do & follow through with. Hope you will not be a dumb-ass like myself & start back again after, oh say after about 10 years. The conscience cravings continue to fade as years goes on. You get used to it, not smoking becomes as much of a conscience habit as smoking. Kind of a lifestyle thing. It’s the Sub-Conscience that [b]really[/b] messes with a mans head. Don’t know if you have been warned, or even experienced this yet. Or if it is even something that happens to everybody that has quit smoking, but in your sleep your going to dream & in your dreams your going to smoke.
    It always Freaked me out bad, would always wake up when I realized I was smoking in my dreams. When part of me knew I wasn’t a smoker anymore. Were talking 5,6,7 years on after quiting.

    If we’re not on the honor system let me know. If we’re going to do before & after photos need to buy an [b]extra wide-angle lens [/b]for my camera.
    Walt in Texas

  49. Helene says:

    Admission of fatness…

    If you don’t have one already, consider getting a heavy-duty blender like a [url=][b]Vita-Mix[/b][/url]. Besides all the other things you can prepare with it, you can make icy fruit smoothies that will take the edge off your cravings for things like ice cream while providing you with good tasting, low calorie nutrition.

    Good luck with the diet.

  50. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Done! I’ll post my measurements (if you’re under 18, please leave this thread NOW or forever suffer mental scarring!)

    You’re so right about smoking. I swear I woke up some mornings with the taste of cigarettes in my mouth, and it gets to be dry as well! It is such an addiction that even after so many years a single puff would take you back to your 2-packs-a-day routine.

    What I have done this time that I haven’t done the previous time I quit (lasted 2 years then) is that I’m not treating it as a ‘big deal’ this time. I don’t go around screeming at people smoking next to me, I just get them an ashtray and move along if I can! This has worked over the last 4 months, and I’m fairly sure that it’ll work over the next 4 years.

    Baby steps.

    Anyway, back to the weight problem. Bahrain is closed today due to a religious holiday (ashoora) but will WALK to the gym tomorrow and start the journey. Thanks for joining me Walt!

  51. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Thanks Charles, Frances has been doing those for some time now and I know the kids treat these smoothies as medicine and do their utmost not to drink them! I on the other hand love them, especially with breakfast! But having a jug in the fridge “just in case” would be nice actually… What do you think Frankie?

  52. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Actually – I would stay away from juices. They are very high in sugar – albiet natural. Better for you to actually have a piece of fruit for the fiber. I would have a good breakfast. A healthy lunch. But, most important – I would have an early and light dinner – at least 4-5 hours beore you sleep at night. You may wish to give yourself a one day machbous day – where u can eat what u want. Its more sustainable in the long run than just wiping out whole foods from your diet.

    Quitting smoking always makes u gain weight because smoking actually increases your metabolism. However, the day will come when u go to a restuarant/ bar – and when you come back – you will be grossed out by the smell of nicotine in your hair and clothes. I used to be a smoker, and quite twice. The first time I quit for a year. The second time has been 8 years and counting. I hate it now … I cant stand the smell, and funnily enough, when around smoke, I get the worst headache because I am not getting enough oxygen to my lungs

    Elliptical machines are fab. Very good cardio. And much better on ur knees than anything else.
    Good luck Mahmoud – a lean mean fighting machine!

    Jasra Jedi

  53. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    I want to look in the mirror one day in the morning, and SLAP myself because I have zero defects, that’s when I’ll be a lean, mean and fighting machine! (I love that movie Innerspace [sorry if the link breaks, but look for it in, it’s a 1987 movie and well worth watchine!], that’s where the slap came from!)

    I wouldn’t just give up everything, that’s why I never subscribed to the “high protein” diets (Lamya, come in whereever you are!) but this in this morning’s GDN:

    Dieting? May the force be with you

    Most of us who have ever been overweight know what it is like to binge eat on unhealthy food.

    You know how it goes, the day starts quite well with all the good intentions in place.

    “Today I start my diet.”

    You happily get to about 10am, when someone at work strolls in with donuts because it is their sister’s friends birthday and that voice in your brain starts mumbling.

    “Go on just the one, you weren’t ready to start dieting today anyway, have it !” Before you know it a force far bigger than yourself has grabbed a donut and wolfed it down.

    When that happens, your sugar levels rise quickly and dramatically; you feel a sudden rush of elation, which crashes as quickly as it rose, leaving you feeling guilty and craving more sugary foods.

    Before you know it, you are ordering a much bigger lunch than normal and because you have decided to start losing weight “tomorrow”, you plan to eat all your favourite foods today.

    So the whole day is spend eating thousands of calories in the safe knowledge that tomorrow is a complete healthy lifestyle overhaul. Or is it?

    Getting to grips with a lifestyle change doesn’t happen overnight. Small changes are important.

    Adding a salad to your meal is a great start. If you eat it first you will take the edge off your appetite and naturally respond to your body’s hunger levels.

    The way you look at losing weight is incredibly important, if you have a firm positive approach to weight loss, that allows you to have treats like cakes and sweets and you will not feel guilty when you eat them.

    They are an essential part of your new lifestyle; small gradual changes will mean lifetime success.

    With the average sugar donut containing about 250 calories, the dieter could quite easily have worked that into their weight loss day.

    Instead of thinking “Oh I’ve blown it, I might as well eat everything now”, try the other approach, “Ok, I’d better have a healthy lunch and dinner and I will do a brisk walk tonight to burn it off”.

    This way the treat does not ruin the diet, it sets the dieter up to exercise it off. The occasional high calorie item will not ruin your weight loss programme, the way you respond to it will.


    Losing weight doesn’t mean you can’t eat fast food, but you should be aware that they contain limited nutritional value and can be very high in calories, fat and sugar.

  54. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Dear Mahmood,
    I’m 5’9″, 62 years old and I weigh 145, which has been the case for about the last 25 years now. But that wasn’t always so. At one point, I tipped the scales at 190. What made the difference? Well, it does help to be obsessive/compulsive – as long as you can turn that in the right direction. And patience – as noted by an earleir poster – is essential. Don’t expect any quick results from the diet/gym. It’s probably going to take at least 6 to 9 months before you’ll start seeing any results worth noting.
    Whatever you do, don’t go for any “crash diets” or any liposuction – all the weight you might lose that way will return very quickly. What’s needed is a life-style change, and I mean one that you’ll stick to for the rest of your life. That includes, of course, diet and exercise.
    You probably won’t believe it, but I do 4000 stomach crunches and 1000 push-ups 5 mornings a week. And I go to the gym for about 4 hours weekly. Of course I didn’t start off that way; the first time I tried doing the crunches, I managed 50 the first day – and only 25 the second day. But by Jove – it’s darn addictive (at least for me). There’s only one thing I hate more than going to the gym – and that’s NOT going. You CAN do it, believe me. Not that it’s going to be easy, but the payoff makes it all worthwhile.
    Set up your schedule so that you can give yourself little treats every now and then; it helps to have something to look forward to. But I wouldn’t buy any home work-out equipment; with every person I’ve ever known who did so, that expensive piece of equipment ended up just gathering dust. Join a gym – and, if you can, get a buddy (or buddies) to work out with.
    If you backslide, forgive yourself – and then return to your workout schedule. Don”t let a slip or two make you throw in the towel.
    All the best in your quest for fitness. And remember – if a lazy slug such as myself can do it, you most certainly can.

  55. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Well Mahmood,
    [b]It’s going to be a good contest! [/b]This is just what both of us need, competion.
    Actually Looking forward to it. Have a lot of home gym equipment & weights, but It is all in storage. Instead of having to rely on diet mainly. Thinking better pull some weights out of storage.

    Best I’ve done in attempts to quite smoking since starting again is 10 days. I’m told I’ve not very pleasant to be around during those times.

    Today was my last Hoo-Ra for the next 90 days. If I’m in this contest, Got to have that last Hoo-Ra. Drove accross the Metroplex to the Sombraro, a little known hole in the wall restuarant with some of the best Mexican food & the coldest draft to be had around here. Curious?, Do you have Mexican Resturants in the ME? There’s a Lebanese restuarant around here, never tried it though. Maybe I should? But run into that whole “What to order thing”. Maybe you have some advise as to what to order ?

    Thanks for the challenge. But mainly thanks for the Great Hospitality you show to your readers.
    Your First & Top Class Kind of Man Mahmood. We all appreciate it, The worlds a better place
    with men like you bridging cultures & barriers. I’m even considering my own blog because of guys like you.

    [b]BUT Enough of the niceities, let the contest & the chiding begin[/b], “Mahmood has a fat Ass, Mahmood has A fat ASS, [b]MAHmood Has a FAT ASS!” [/b]. (Oh-hell, I’ve got a fat ass too).

    Walt in Texas

  56. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Dear Mahmood,
    Whoops – how could I, after all my time overseas, have forgotten that the rest of the world uses kilos, not pounds? The figures I gave (190 and 145) are, of course, pounds. Sorry about that oversight.
    As for the reps – well, as I mentioned, it helps to be a tad obsessive/compulsive. And remember – when I started, about 25 years back, I could do only a few crunches and push-ups each morning. But very gradually I kept adding more and more on. What’s the limit? Well, I’m satisfied with the push-ups at 1000 a morning (it’s a nice, round – so to speak – number), but I think I’d like to hit 5000 crunches per day. Then I believe I could be content and stop pushing the number upwards.
    It doesn’t take all that long, either. I get up at about 3:45 am and am ready to head out for work at 7 am.
    Most definitely stay away from “fast food”; I haven’t seen the inside of a McDonald’s (or any of the others) for decades. Fill up on salads and water.
    OK, I’ll admit it – I’m rather proud of my persistence. If anyone cares to look, here’s a photo – taken a couple of years ago at a gym in Riyadh.

    It’s all about priorities, I think. And your health – especially when you’re a geezer, as I am – has to come very high on the list. If you don’t have your health, you have nothing. And you, Mahmood, have to take care of yourelf – not just for yourself, but for your family, as well.

  57. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    take a pic of urs now (naked — ok in shorts only) and then other one after 3 months (or however long it takes u to shed all that fat) and then u can post a “before” n “after” pic for all ur loyal fans to see 😉

    Al 🙂

  58. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    or completely sicken them!

    the picture with me holding the mac mini up should be the start point though, as there is no way am I going to post my picture up in briefs. Too much and I don’t want to be held responsible for anyone’s blindness due to looking at such an image 😉

  59. mahmood says:

    1st Weigh-in

    here’s the beef!

    Mahmood’s specs on Feb 20th, 2005

    sorry, the measurements put up this afternoon for the chest are wrong, from 124cm it should have been 116cm. this is corrected now.

  60. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    My specs are up!

    Yes we do have excellent texmex restaurants in Bahrain, Senor Pacos is my favourite, not for their food specifically but their excellent margaritas! Their food is Arif’s (my son’s) favourite, so much so that he bought himself a Mexican cookbook and he’s occassionally subjected us to his cooking.

    There are a few more around town as well..

    This topic has set my tastebuds going. Got to go and get some lunch for the troops…

  61. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    John your weight is unbelievable! How did you get it? Was it a hereditary situation or illness? I cannot imagine anyone at 190kgs! Shedding 45 kilos is also very impressive, so are your repetitions. I would be an extremely happy person if I could get up to 20 pushups without fainting or dying!

    Today is D-Day for me, one of the “rules” which I hope to replicate with the others in this house is a total ban on fast food! Frances and Arif are both down with a throat infection at the moment and as it is also a day off, I went to a local restaurant and bought some chicken biryani for everyone and 3 salads to share. The salads (Fattoosh) I love and I inhaled one before touching the rice and chicken, which was a half portion, then followed that with a little fruit. I feel full. I could eat more, but am now comfortably full so I left the table.

    I’m running some errends this afternoon, one of which is to register at a local gym and start the process of getting my body back.

  62. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Dear Mahmood,
    Have you heard of (or tried) the Atkins diet? – no carbs:

    My wife is doing it – and, though I hate to admit it, it works. Problem is – I don’t see it as a life-long regimen. However, once you drop the pounds with Atkins, then you can switch to a more congenial diet and keep up the exercise.
    John Slattery

  63. KhalidSaad says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Mahmood, you sure you have a 124 cm chest and 126 cm tummy, that sounds huge to me, I’ve just been imagining it with comparison to my height (182 cm) and that’s like 2/3 i.e. ~ 4 ft. Is that possible, I dunno I might be a bit clumsy as I just woke up half an hour ago.

  64. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    I got man titties! 🙂 As the man said: “ma tetties are beggar than yoors”!

    My stomach just projects forward, I don’t carry the weight around my back as well. The best way to explain it is to put up a picture, and I ain’t gonna do that!

  65. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hi Mahmood,

    Walt’s Current spec’s for the contest Are:
    Height: 180 cm
    weight: 104 kg
    neck : 47 cm
    chest: 112 cm
    stomach : 121 cm
    bottom : 115 cm
    arms: 38 cm , 31 cm
    legs : 51 cm over 38 cm
    Man tittie size, about an A or B cup I’d say.

    Walt in Texas

  66. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    I have quite a number of friends who tried/trying/done it. Quite a number of them however say that almost immediately you stray a little off, you gain all the weight back with interest. So I’ll stay away from that.. Plus I know myself, I enjoy a variety of food and cutting the portions in half is a lot easier than cutting whole swathes of foods.

  67. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Struth all this talking of diet and food is making me bloody hungry!

    Foreman grill thingie is for sale in Al Fair/Spinneys here in Muscat so it should be a doddle to get it in Bahrain. My family in the UK swear by it, for me it would be another item of clutter in the kitchen, I bought a tomato cutter yesterday thinking I would eat more salad stuff and it is a waste of bloody space.

    I would consider surgery, my mate had her stomach stappled, by christ let me tell you the pain she went through. She thought she was going to vomit with starvation, you have to eat ‘back to baby food’ for ages after too. She’s still not pencil thin but it seems to be working now.

    Just keep off the burgers, try to drink less, and jump up n down like a lunatic in front of good ole Jane Fonda! can you please post this as video on your website, could do with a laff.

  68. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hi Mahmood, My Chunky Friend.
    Still Checking this Posts comments? If you are , How’s week one going?

    Hope your trip went well, I always loose weight when I travel.

    Walt In Texas.

  69. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    The new best-seller in the US is entitled “French Women Don’t Get Fat.”

    Because they eat very small portions & walk everywhere. Can you walk in Bahrain?

  70. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Of course we can, but not on pavements because that’s the exclusive domains of either Datsuns 140Js or VW Touregs and anything in between. To walk in Bahrain is quite a dangerous enterprise.

  71. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hm. It’s tough that you can’t walk, which is the most natural form of exercise around.

    I disagree with crash/fad diets and gym obsessions.

    No matter how much I denied it, I had to admit that portion size was crucial. Since cutting portion size and walking more I’ve lost about 4 kilos.

    By the way I’ve tried to register but I’m encountering problems–I keep getting referred back to the age disclosure.

  72. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Sorry for the delay Walt, it’s been a madhouse around here!

    Ok, woke up this morning and weighed myself:

    107.5 kgs! Change is -2.5

    Didn’t measure my waistline, but will do tonight.

  73. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Hi Mahmood,
    107.5 KG’s (236.9966lbs), not bad at all. Congradulations That’s 5 lbs, a good rate. I find it comes off in spurts of weight. I’m starting to lose weight real fast at 102kg now, but my body is telling me this weeks drop is unhealthy weight lose. Some muscles are aching, telling me my body is trying to canibalize protein from muscle tissue. Going to have to start taking in more calories, ummm from steak.

    Surprised you have time to look back at these posts at all with all that’s going on there. Since I asked how’s it going , haven’t even been back to look myself. Been reading the later posts.

    Anyway thought your: “A harbinger of doom” was a well expessed post. The well spoken voice of reason.

    If you check this thread again.
    Until next time, From one thinner Fat Man to Another.
    Take care Mahmood.

    Walt In Texas

  74. mahmood says:

    The nerve of some people

    Someone (the first letter of his name is Desert Island Boy) accused me in an email today that I sold Porkie because I couldn’t fit in it any more, that’s why I also bought a Cayenne S! What cheak! No DIB, I sold Porkie to a guy who’s sure to take very good care of her (he’s the tech manager at the Porsche dealership) and it was time for me to say goodbye…

    I bought the delectable Cayenne S because I’ve been lusting after it for at least a couple of years. Now that I am able to plonk the down payment without getting too much of a stomach ache, and with the encouragement of our lovely Porsche-head Sandee, I went for it.

    Let me tell you about weight loss however: the bloody scales are screwy, I was 107.5 a few days ago, this morning I’m up to 109 BUT my waist is certainly less, about 2 – 3cms down.. so go figure.

    One thing I did on my trip to Germany recently is that we stopped at Hugo Boss factory outlet, and I bought 3 (lovely but much more expensive than I’m used to paying for) shirts, none of which I can comfortably fit in at the moment:

    The first is 17.25-inch neck, that I plan to fit in COMFORTABLY in 60 days.
    The second is 17-inch neck, that I plan to fit in comfortably in 120 days.
    The third and my favourite (of all time I can tell you) is 16.5-inch, and that I plan to fin in comfortably in 180 days.

    How is that for a plan?

    Well, in 180 days I probably will have enough saved for getting a lovely Porsche 911-996!

    Let’s wait and see…

  75. mohd says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Well, if you’ve been exercising, I would imagine that to be a gain in muscle mass.

    Gee Mahmood, you’ve turned the tables on me haven’t you! Now I know you realize I meant no offense, but I do have to defend myself against your esteemed readership that it was all in good ribbing (PRIVATE ribbing I might add!!!) I’ll admit to being a smartass about it…

    You know we’re all behind you, and we admire the steps you’ve taken to take care of yourself. I’ll be glad to apologise if anything I may have said was in poor taste.

  76. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    hehe, not at all John, I just couldn’t be bothered to write another topic at the moment and you provided a perfect response opportunity: feelings about the car, my weight status and the future plans, so how could I resist BUT reply in public?

  77. mahmood says:

    How to Improve Your Running Form

    this is really a “note to self”, I suck at running and I have never ever felt comfortable running with painful shins after only a few minutes of running that I’m convinced that I’m doing it all wrong. And I have duck feet, pointing outwards… this article suggests that I can get insoles to correct the situation, never knew that. In any case, I’m very envious of regular runners.

    You get too tired, or you get hurt. How can something as apparently simple as running be so tricky to master? Take a few lessons from Fluffy. Cats stretch regularly, have excellent balance and excel at relaxation. These same principles apply to running. Remember, cheetahs are the only animals on earth that can reach speeds of 70 miles (110 km) per hour.


    1. See a physician before you begin a new exercise program. Take a treadmill stress test to ensure that your cardiovascular system can handle the rigors of running.

    2. Stretch. Spend about 10 minutes before and after the run stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, ankles, glutes, back and shoulders. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Stretching increases flexibility, reduces risk of injuries, and improves form and fitness.

    3. Adopt a balanced running posture. Keep your back straight and your face looking straight ahead a few yards (meters). If you need to turn your head, use your neck to avoid unnecessary twisting of your back and hips.

    4. Keep your shoulders, arms and hands relaxed while you run. Let your arms swing freely at your sides, bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your fingers loosely curled, not in a fist.

    5. Strive for a smooth heel-to-toe encounter with the ground. Land softly on your heel or midfoot; your foot should be straight below your hip when it comes in contact with the ground. Push off from the ball of your foot when your foot leaves the ground. Make sure your feet are straight, not pigeon-toed or pointed outward.

    6. Breathe deeply and rhythmically through your nose and mouth to ensure your muscles are getting plenty of oxygen.

    7. Start at a slow pace when you begin a run to allow your body to warm up.

    8. Run at a comfortable, steady pace with even strides. Keep your pace slow enough so that you are able to carry on a conversation. If you experience pain, fatigue or heavy breathing, slow down the pace and/or take a brief stretching break.

    9. Walk or jog slowly for 5 minutes at the end of your run to cool down, allowing your heart to return to its normal rate. And remember to stretch afterward.

    Overall Tips:

    Improper stretching causes injuries. Stay properly aligned as you stretch and move slowly and smoothly; avoid bouncing or sudden jerks. Muscles shouldn’t hurt when you stretch. If they do, you probably are overextending the stretch.

    Pull yourself up straight and tall while you run to discourage slouching or leaning. Take care not to overarch your back.

    Check yourself while you run to make sure your shoulders haven’t tightened up inadvertently. If they have, pull them down to release tension and relax. Stop to do some shoulder stretches if necessary.

    Your arms help you keep your balance. If you feel off-kilter, make sure your arms aren’t crossing in front of you or swinging too far back. They should move along your sides in rhythm with your leg movement.

    You can buy insoles for your running shoes to correct feet that turn inward or outward. Consult a store that specializes in running gear.

  78. 7alaylia says:

    Re: How to Improve Your Running Form

    Good luck. Never really liked running, aside from playing footie.

  79. Walt/Texas says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Greetings & Good Morning Mahmood!,
    We are nearing the Half Way point in this illustrious contest of will & weight loss.

    Sticking with the diet If the contest is still on. Let us know how it’s going! Or are you saving it for a future post?

    Very best regards,

  80. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    Walt of course I didn’t abandon the diet, nor am I saving the response for a post… uh uh, not at all. Just been busy and had to amend my diet to “see food” diet: I see food, and I eat it!

    I’ll update you more fully after the F1 weekend… 🙂

  81. Walt/Texas says:

    Admission of fatness…

    The F1 weekend sounds like quite an event, Enjoy! Understand the the excitement. We are looking forward to future events at the Texas Motor Speedway here. The Indy Race coming in June is my favorite, but Nascar Busch races are much more then norm.

    Looking forward to your post F1 update.


  82. mahmood says:

    It’s started at last

    and it only took 2.5 months to get going! 😀

    I’ve just come back from the gym where I did 30 minutes walking on the treadmill, completed 2 somethings (don’t know the unit of measure that machine uses, but it is American made) and then 30 minutes on the bike where I completed 14 whatsits then almost killed myself on that effing climbing machine for 5 minutes where I almost blacked out, especially as my left calf almost knotted up!

    I could breath a bit better now (hence could type).

    But to cut to the chase, I ENJOYED IT!

    What I didn’t enjoy was discovering that I have put on SEVEN kgs and 2.5 cms to my waistline. Damn! Well, that “feeling” was what pushed me to go and get started.

    What are holidays for after all?

    Walt, howyadoinsofar? restart? anyone else want to join this noble enterprise?

  83. mahmood says:

    Admission of fatness…

    lost 1/2 inch, and
    1.5 kgs
    so far
    though I had the whole of last week off due to cold
    just back from the gym
    it feels gooood!

  84. anonymous says:

    Admission of fatness…

    Was that you in the cc gym earlier today mahmood?! hehehe i thought it was but my pupils were all dialated from an eye exam earlier that day. I’m sorry man but you looked terribly lost. Maybe a trainer or something might help.


  85. mahmood says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    not guilty your honour! I don’t go to cc, but gg!

  86. anonymous says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    [quote] Actually – I would stay away from juices. They are very high in sugar – albiet natural.[/quote]
    What I used to do is mix fruit juice 50/50 with Gatorade or Powerade or another ‘electrolyte sports drink.’ I can’t stand them straight up, to me they have too little flavor, by mixing them you’re gaining some electrolytes, and yet cutting calories, as sports drinks have 1/3 or fewer calories of most juices. I have an uncle who used to teach aerobics & whatnot who had the advice of mixing juices 50/50 with a sweetener-free club soda / seltzer – the juice will have more than enough sweetness to carry over the lack of any sweetener from the bubbly. Still a very refreshing drink, you’re still getting the benefit of vitimins & whatnot, but with 1/2 the calories.

    I just started an exercise regimen myself 3 weeks ago — I’m only 84 kilos, lost 5 kilos over the last couple of years and kept ‘er off, but I was 57 kilos before my heart attacks almost 15 years ago (at age 24) — I’m a very small framed person and altho I [b]seriously[/b] doubt I’ll see 57 kilos again, dropping 15 more (and more importantly, getting back in shape) will definately help!

    BTW, I’d found this site thru a Google search… keep up the good work on the site, and hope the fitness is going well!

    Roger “Merch” Merchberger

  87. mahmood says:

    Admission of fatness…

    The training is going very well, I could lose a bit more per week if I change a few more habits, but over all am happy with the results so far.

    I’m now at:

    weight: 113kgs
    waist: 48.5 inches

    That’s 4kgs and 2 inches since I started the gym 6 weeks ago.

  88. 7alaylia says:

    Re: Admission of fatness…

    How tall are you Mahmood? I cant really get an idea based on the videos. Weight also has a lot to do with natural body frame size. That is why I dont like the Body Mass Scale way of judging weight. If you are muscular or large framed you will often hit into the overweight or even obese section of this scale even though you are in great shape. Body fat is the real way to judge. They sell scales that do a pretty accurate job of measuring body fat.

    If you have been going to the gym it is likely you have put on muscle, which has a density weight of 5 times that of fat. So if you have lost 4 kilos it is reasonable to think that you could have lost almost a stone in fat. Good on you! Keep up the good work.

  89. mahmood says:

    Admission of fatness…

    as of yesterday, I’m now at:

    weight: 111.5kgs
    waist: 47.25 inches


  90. mahmood says:

    1st Milestone Reached!

    Me extremely happy this evening… first weight milestone reached. I realise that it is going to be a hard slot reaching the next, but I’m game and I’m still enjoying – and looking forward to – going to the gym so far!

    Weight: 110kgs!!!! < ---- this is the first weight milestone
    Waist: 45.75 inches!!!

    next weight milestone is 100kgs.

    And to think that on May 1st I can’t stay for 5 minutes on the Stepper, I can now do 30 minutes and not break into too much of a sweat! This week I changed to the Elliptical cross-trainer/come cross country skier and I felt “honest” after 20 minutes on that as sweat was pouring off me (not a pretty sight I know, but to me it was beautiful, especially when you consider that I’m one of those people that doesn’t sweat easily.)

    I habitually now do 30 minutes on one machine, normally that’s the bike or the stepper, followed by 20 minutes on another machine which could be the cross-trainer or the treadmill. I intersperse these with some stomach exercises, leg ups, crunches, etc.

    I try not to go over 1 hour in the gym, I actually limit it to 50-55 minutes as I only take a break of a maximum of 2 minutes between exercises (30 seconds between sets) and I’m outa there to get home.

    Once I get home, I take the dogs for a 30 minute walk!

    Beeeeautiful! 😀

  91. mahmood says:

    Re: The nerve of some people

    It took a bit longer than I anticipated above to be able to fit into a Hugo Boss shirt, but I’m glad to report that this morning I decided to try the 17.25″ shirt, and it fit perfectly! Here’s proof:

    Needless to say that I’m very happy at this new development. One more, I had to cut off an inch and a half off my belt because it was too big!!!!!!

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