Yes my friends, this is the revelation that finally shook me to serious action. That number is my current weight, in kilograms. You Yanks can convert it to whatever you like, but let me spare you the effort; in short, I am OBESE!


Going to the regular gym which I did go to religiously didn’t help. There was something obviously wrong there. I hired a personal trainer for about 6 months, that didn’t reduce my weight either, and the number above is the proof. I actually started – if I remember correctly – with a weight of 110kgs. I would like to think that those extra 5 are attributed to the muscle mass, it being 5 times the mass of fat I am told, but somehow I don’t think so. I am even rounder than when I started. If you want the gory details, my chest is 121cm (47.5″), stomach is a bit bigger at 122cm (48″) and the butt is 121cm again, so as you can imagine, I am rather shapely; yes, a block is a shape too!

With this admission I am serving myself notice that I want to change, really change this time by changing habits I have fallen into throughout my life, so the journey is not going to go simply via getting yet another trainer, although change in my experience is good and might get results, nor is the journey going to be short and sweet. It is going to take some discipline as well as determination. I think I have plenty of both but I need to channel and exercise them.

Talking this situation over with my friend Suhail Al-Gossaibi who is a martial expert, kickboxing champion and owns both Zen-Do and Dream Body Centre, he offered me some advice as well as a generous donation of a year’s membership at the Dream Body Centre in order to get my journey started.

And started it did. I’ve been going there for about a week so far and I’m giving it a chance. The first thing that Suhail did was give me a pep talk then gave me a good food guide written by his wife – Alia Al-Moayed who is a nutritionist of note here in Bahrain – and took me on a tour of the facility, showed me how to use those machines and introduced me to his staff.

Arriving for my first official date with his 23-minute workout, I was measured – hence the numbers above – and then left alone to enjoy the machines. It’s quite a unique concept actually; rather than killing yourself with weights, the design of the gym is based on 23 alternating stations, one is for strength development, like weights but is done through hydraulic arrangements – hence no screwing around with weight settings etc – interspersed with cardio stations, be that a rowing machine (again hydraulic governed) or a jogging board etc.

The idea is that you would spend a maximum of 30 seconds on each station pumping the hell out of it! Two countdown clocks in the gym keep tabs on you and they beep when they reach zero. That’s when you leave and jump to the next station.

You might scoff at this arrangement, but you need to try it for yourself to see how effective it is. I know that when I finish the first round I’m sweating (not copiously yet, so I need to turn it up a notch I think) and am pleasantly tired at the end of the second. The beauty is, even with you showering (you need to take your own towel, they don’t have those handy there at the moment) you’re in and out in about 45 minutes. And when you think that the location of the gym is only about 5 minutes away from my house and office, it’s a perfect arrangement. There is another DBC in the Seef area near the Ritz as well, so that should be convenient for people from that part of town.

Wish me well my friends, I seriously am serious about reducing my weight now. By the end of this year which is less than 6 months away, I want to go down below 100kgs. Hopefully by the end of next year, I’ll get down to my dream weight of 85.

15kgs per 6 months is doable don’t you think?

I’ve got a couple of complementary 1 month memberships in the Dream Body Centre if you want to try it for yourself. Let me know if you want one.

Wish me well my friends. Your moral support is very important.

  • Mohammed Issa
    21 June 2009

    simple, it’s what you eat!
    I just lost 15 KG in less than two months, I don’t kill myself working out but I’m losing weight.

    • mahmood
      21 June 2009

      Do share my friend, do share. I need all the help I can get.

      But isn’t losing that much weight in such a short time dangerous?

  • Faris
    21 June 2009

    Good luck! Its worked for allot of people.

    PS: I’m not biassed, honest!

  • T.J Neruda
    21 June 2009

    Well I won’t pretend to be an expert on such matters but I’ll agree with Mohammed up top, it is all about what you eat in combination with a good work out regime. I would ditch the personal trainer if you think you can keep going to the gym by yourself without the idea of a real person on the other side waiting for you to go there to force you over, and instead perhaps consider a nutritionist if there is a good one on the island. A decent nutritionist should also be able to provide a blue print to a work out schedule for you in relation to the new diet. I’d say your main focus should be cardio not muscle training, which should compliment rather then overtake the cardio.You want to shed fat, not convert all of it into muscle right now because it will be rather bulky, and will revert to fat once you stop hitting the gym. Lots of work on the elliptical, tons of veggies, no rice, and meat very few times a week, I’ll usually only work out right after I wake up only eating a banana if I’m hungry. Investing in a good rear motor elliptical can be an expensive proposition but if you can afford it is a grand idea as you’ll have it on hand at home and the fact that it exercises so many muscle groups at once means it pays for itself quite quickly, and since you complained about your butt the elliptical is the best to work it. Plus the flexibility of the better models allows for the entire family to enjoy it since everyone can switch what muscle groups are being worked out on the fly. Before I sound like more of a marketing exec for crosstrainers I’m out… Goodluck!

    • mahmood
      21 June 2009

      The elliptical cross-trainer is my friend, I do 30 minutes, still, no joy. That’s 30 minutes at level 8 or more doing the Hill program. It’s a very good workout. After that I do the same level on a bicycle. I do both at least 3 times a week, then I walk about 6 kilometers in about an hour and a quarter.

      Still, no joy. I am not kidding, I am relatively fit but I can’t shed this excess weight.

      It must be the food I eat, and the drink. I’m managing both now so I am confident that it will all come together soon.

      • Anonny
        22 June 2009

        Another thing is the need to vary your routine. If you’re doing the same workout every time your body works out how to conserve energy while doing it. Your muscles can adapt to regular, unvarying muscular movement like stationary bycycle or elliptical trainer very quickly Mahmood. The cells will start to ‘cheat.’ Try something like jogging outdoors and changing routes, or the unpredictable ‘roller-coaster’ type programme on a treadmill. This taxes mind and body more, breaking movements out of patterns just enough to make your body expend more calories. Also try movements you are not used to. Yoga can be a toughie for many men who don’t often extend their muscles and joints in their full range of motion. That can be a valuable challenge (and loosener-upper) for a while.

        One last thing: we all have an exercise we loathe. If you loathe it, do it. It’s probably something that will do you a lot of good.

  • T.J Neruda
    21 June 2009

    And yes loosing that much weight in a short time is not only dangerous, it may also shock your body which can lead to you regaining all that weight back very quickly, you should be strict but not over ambitious about it, don’t kill yourself denying food, just focus on the veggies, eat meat very few times and only as a compliment, not as the main course… eat what you want in addition really, just be reasonable as to how often and in what quantity.

  • bint battuta
    21 June 2009

    Nice pics! 🙂 And I think making a public commitment is a great idea. Helps with motivation.
    I would love a month’s membership, as I was looking into joining the Dream Body Centre – I need to exercise more and spend less time in front of my computer (don’t we all).

    • mahmood
      21 June 2009

      You got it BB!

      I hope that you too will blog about it. Let’s make Bahrain healthier! 🙂

  • FYI
    21 June 2009

    Godspeed Mahmood.

  • Anonny
    22 June 2009

    Weight can be hard to shift if you’re malnourished. There are people who eat plenty but don’t get enough of that trace element or certain vitamin they need. Also people who are allergic or intolerant to certain foods (like yours truly who cannot tolerate gluten) can also stay podgy if they don’t find their allergy. Another thing is a bad diet. The body sometimes buffers toxins with a store of fat to prevent fast entry into the bloodstream.

    For me? Cut out the sweets and work up a sweat 3 times a week for at least half an hour. It never fails – and once I start it becomes addictive after the first 3 weeks. I’m about to start the process again because I’m too fat now.

  • Anonny
    22 June 2009

    Sorry Mahmood I forgot: bon chance and all the best. We’re all looking forward to a slimmer blogfather. 🙂

  • Suhail Algosaibi
    22 June 2009

    We’ll get you there buddy! God willing you’ll be looking slim and trim in no time. Just a comment about what T.J Neruda said. It’s a misconception that people have, thinking cardio is more important than resistance training. Both cardio and resistance training are important, but resistance training is MORE important. Muscle requires more energy to sustain itself than fat, and so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn, even if you’re sitting still. Also, muscle takes up less space (as Mahmood correctly pointed out.) Intense cardio can help you lose weight, but it’s not very good in giving your body definition. If you’re an apple shape, and you do lots of cardio, you become a smaller apple shape. But if you add resistance training to the mix, you’ll burn more fat, and change the shape of your body altogether. And yes, what you eat matters a whole lot too, and of course what you drink. Other lifestyle factors like smoking and stress also play a role. At the DBC we give member a comprehensive -and safe- weight loss eating guide. One more thing, here’s how the DBC helped this woman lose 40kg!
    Here’s another blog post which some readers might find inspirational in attaining their weight loss goals:

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      Thanks my friend… it looks like you need to donate a few more free trial memberships, I’ve just run out!! 😉

  • Alia Almoayed
    22 June 2009

    Great to hear that! Good luck 🙂

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      Many thanks Alia! hope to meet you some time for you to advise my wife on her shopping techniques… like putting her credit cards on diet? Pretty please? 😉

  • Bahrain Taxi
    22 June 2009

    I think telling everyone you’re planning on losing weight is a great motivator. You won’t be able to dodge going to the gym now that everyone knows. I’m sure you’ll lose the pounds fast, the problem is keeping them off. I lost a lot of weight in 2003/4 on Atkins but a stressful few weeks in 2005 meant it all piled back on again. I never lost it again and now I’ve got the added weight from pregnancy which is still hanging round my waist (I still look pregnant)

    Can I please ask you for the other membership? I won’t be able to use it until I get back to Bahrain in late August though. Not procrastinating though, I’m going to kick start my weight loss by power walking on Brighton beach!

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      With pleasure! I’ll hold it until you come back, please call/email to arrange collection.

      • Bahrain Taxi
        22 June 2009

        Thanks for that!

        By the way, there’s an added bonus to getting fit, you won’t get sick. When I was working out I didn’t come down with a bug once! Also, if by any chance you do get sick you’ll bounce back much quicker . It’s good to make sure you’re in the best of shape with all these nasties in the air!

  • adil
    22 June 2009

    Weight Loss
    Any weight loss program is based upon the principle that when the number of calories burned by a person in 24 hours is greater then the number of calories consumed, weight loss takes place in the individual. The net deficit in the calories burned and used is made up by the fat in the body which results in a loss in weight.
    1 pound of body fat = 3500 calories.

    Weight can be lost through a diet that delivers less calorie intake. This is best achieved by eating less fat or low fat foods. Weight watchers should choose low fat categories of foods such as fat free diary products, fish, turkey and chicken. They should stay away from red meats and eat more complex carbohydrates in the form of whole wheat bread, pasta, rice, beans, vegetables and potatoes. Fat should be avoided in the form of fizzy drinks, cakes and excessive cooking oil.
    Weight Loss
    Any weight loss program is based upon the principle that when the number of calories burned by a person in 24 hours is greater then the number of calories consumed, weight loss takes place in the individual. The net deficit in the calories burned and used is made up by the fat in the body which results in a loss in weight.

    1 pound of body fat = 3500 calories


    As a fitness trainer, you must emphasize the importance of exercising for weight loss, even though this may seem the hard way round the problem, it is much healthier and more fun. The formula behind a successful weight loss training program is simple – burn more calories.

    Here is a chart explaining the approximate number of calories burnt in 30 minutes by the body during various exercises:

    Aerobics (low impact)

    Cycling (recreational, 5mph)

    Cycling (moderate, 10mph)

    Cycling (vigorous, 15mph)


    Step Aerobics (low impact)


    Walking (moderate)

    Walking (vigorous)

    1 pound of fat is burnt by 3500 calories of activity. So, to burn one pound of fat it would take 11.5 half-hour sessions of moderate cycling per week. This may seem difficult to most people, so it is best advised that a healthier food intake program is combined along with the exercise routine. The emphasis should be on healthier food intake rather than less food intake (dieting).

    Proper food is essential for the maintenance or restoration of health. There are six classes of food substances – carbohydrates, fats and oils, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and water.

    A calorie is a unit of heat used to measure body metabolism and “how fat” individual foods will make you. Technically, a calorie is the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of water one degree centigrade. Carbohydrates and fats are the chief sources of calories; proteins may also furnish calories. One gram of these nutrients, when burned in the body, supplies the following number of calories:

    Carbohydrate 4 calories
    Fat 9 calories
    Protein 4 calories
    Alcohol 7 calories
    From the above figures, you can see that fat is a concentrated source of calories. This is the reason why overweight people are asked to reduce their intake of fatty foods. Alcohol is also a concentrated source of calories, supplying 7 calories/gram. This is one of the reasons that beer drinkers end up gaining a beer belly. The amount of calories needed for body functions varies with age, sex, activity, and climate. Boys are usually more active than girls and require more calories. If you eat more calories per day than you use in your body, the excess is changed to fat and stored in the body.

    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of the amount of fat on the body. BMI is defined as the individuals body mass (in kilograms) divided by the square of the individual’s height (in meters).

    BMI = Body mass / (Height of individual)2

    The critical values for BMI for male and female are 27.8 and 27.3 respectively. One variable that the BMI fails to consider is lean body mass. It is possible for a healthy, muscular individual with very low body fat to be classified obese using the BMI formula. If you are a trained athlete, your weight based on your measured percent body fat would be a better indicator of what you should weigh.

    If BMI is below 20

    This indicates a lean BMI, which means you have a low amount of body fat. If you are an athlete, this can be desirable. If you are not an athlete, a lean BMI can indicate that your weight may be too low which may lower your immunity. If your BMI and body weight are low, you should consider gaining weight through a good diet and exercise habits, to increase your muscle mass.

    If BMI is between 20 and 22

    This indicates the ideal, healthy amount of body fat which is associated with living longest, and the lowest incidence of serious illness. Coincidentally, it seems this ratio is what many individuals perceive to be the most aesthetically attractive.

    If BMI is between 22 and 25

    This is still considered an acceptable range, and is associated with good health.

    If BMI is between 25 and 30

    You are considered hefty and should find ways to lower your weight through diet and exercise. You are at increased risk for a variety of illnesses at your present weight. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.

    If BMI is over 30

    This indicates an unhealthy condition. You are at risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease and some cancers. You should lose weight by changing your diet and exercising more.

    Weight loss requires a change of eating habits, life style change as well as a regular dose of exercise to burn fat. People who are grossly overweight have a great problem on their hands, and you must ask them to stop worrying and attack the problem with a positive mind and motivation. Willpower is an important factor in weight loss, and you must help the trainee believe in him/her self that weight loss is possible. While mentioning this, you must also drive home the point that weight loss cannot take place in the matter of a few days. It is a hard road that will require the person to abstain from unhealthy foods, and also exercise (something that the overweight trainee will not be used to). Weight loss trainees are not only required to be administered fitness counseling but also mental counseling to keep them motivated.

    Keep in Mind the Following Points when you take up Weight Loss Clients

    Ask the client not to worry about the weight problem, as you have an answer to it. Moreover worrying is not going to solve the problem.
    Instill patience in the client. More than often weight loss programs do not work because of a lack of patience or an anticipation of early results.
    Do not lay over emphasis on dieting. Even though a controlled diet is an important part of weight loss, it is better to simply mention that a healthy diet with exercise is your technique. Simply leaving food is not the key – the way to proceed is to towards healthier food. Regarding information on a healthy diet, refer to the food guide pyramid in the chapter on nutrition.
    Motivate the client daily by talking about the benefits of lower weight and healthy living.
    Do not try to prescribe any wonder drug or wonder exercise routines that will reduce fat in 10 days flat. Instead try to build up a habit of healthy eating and regular exercise.
    Benefits of Exercise in a Weight Loss Program
    Burns Calories – Physical activity uses up excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat.
    Increased Metabolic Activity – The higher our metabolic rate, the easier is it to lose weight. In this way, exercise helps to overcome the ‘plateau’ effect. The BMR or basal metabolic rate refers to the rate at which you burn calories at rest.
    Reduces your Fat Ratio and Increases your Muscle Ratio – Muscle cells are 8 times more metabolically active than fat cells. So the more muscle you have, the less fat you have and the easier it is to lose weight.
    Builds Self Confidence – Weight loss helps to improve self image and confidence.
    Develops Will Power – Overwhelming evidence suggests that the best diet is a balanced low fat diet.
    A balanced low fat diet is high in healthy carbohydrates, low in fat and moderate in protein. It should be rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which are specially recommended for weight control and preventing diseases such as cancer and heart disease. High-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein diets are also recommended for optimal athletic performance. The CARMEN study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveals how increasing carbohydrate intake can help weight control. The study demonstrated that when volunteers increased their consumption of carbohydrates and reduced their consumption of fat, they were able to lose body fat and maintain this weight loss without counting calories or embarking on awkward or life-changing slimming regimes.

    Eating Low Fat and High Carbohydrates Diet (low-fat, hi-carb diet)
    This diet is low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates. Lower amounts of fat in the food keep you away from heart disease and you avoid taking excessive amounts of calories that the body does not require. Complex carbohydrates are not easily converted into body fat, and are part of a healthy diet apart from being good energy generators for the body.

    There are three basic types of carbohydrates, simple, complex and very complex carbohydrates. Out of these the last two types are essential for a healthy diet.

    Simple Carbohydrates (also called sugars): Simple carbohydrates can be found in white sugar, preservatives, candies, coke, cake, juice concentrates, honey and glucose syrup. Simple carbohydrates are made up of single or double molecules and are quickly absorbed into the blood stream.
    Complex carbohydrates: Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates include whole grain bread, pasta, rice, beans, vegetables and potatoes. This type of carbohydrate is made up of complex molecules and the body requires time to digest them, which means that we fell full for a longer time period after eating them.
    Very complex carbohydrates (also known as fiber): This type of carbohydrate adds the bulk to our food that helps in digestion, such as found in whole meal bread and phsylum husk. Fibers help to ease the flow of food through the intestines and reduce the risk of diabetes and lowers cholesterol. 30-35 grams of fiber a day is beneficial for the body. Very complex carbohydrates have an extremely complex molecular structure.
    Diet Guidelines
    Weight can be lost through a diet that delivers less calorie intake. This is best achieved by eating less fat or low fat foods. Weight watchers should choose low fat categories of foods such as fat free diary products, fish, turkey and chicken. They should stay away from red meats and eat more complex carbohydrates in the form of whole wheat bread, pasta, rice, beans, vegetables and potatoes. Fat should be avoided in the form of fizzy drinks, cakes and excessive cooking oil.

    Some substitutions that are essential in the diet are mentioned below.

    If you are eating
    Switch to

    Diary products
    Fat free diary products

    Egg with yellow
    Only egg white

    Salad dressing
    Fat free salad dressing

    Low fat cheese

    Fizzy drinks
    Water or fresh juice

    Low sugar or sugar free cakes

    Beef and Lamb
    Turkey , chicken and fish

    Healthy Eating – Food Guide Pyramid
    Regarding the quantity and type of food that one should eat to get the required number of vitamins, minerals and proteins, please refer to the food guide pyramid in the chapter on nutrition. The food guide pyramid shown below gives you an idea of the quantity of servings of particular types of food you should eat daily.

    Tips to Cut Down Weight
    Build muscle to cut the weight – Protein rich foods help put more distance between hunger pangs. The fuller you feel before meals, the easier it is to avoid eating. This is also applicable for women. Proteins are also made up of amino acids which help you recover from hard workouts by reducing the protein breakdown within your muscles. They also increase the testosterone and growth hormones which help you loose weight by boosting muscle growth.
    Do not eat refined carbohydrates – Highly refined carbohydrates such as squashes and colas and peeled potatoes are a bad idea. One reason is that they shoot up the blood sugar levels, and you feel tired and hungry when the blood sugar levels come shooting down afterwards. Frying these carbohydrates is an even worse idea.
    Eat more fiber – Fiber helps to keep food from getting absorbed into the blood stream faster giving you a consistent energy supply for longer.
    Have more calcium – Calcium rich foods have fat fighting properties and adequate calcium should be consumed from food sources every day.
    Eat more fish – Fish contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fats which help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This helps muscles recover faster from workouts. Less inflamed muscles mean a faster metabolism which helps to cut fat. You can try cod liver oil capsules if you do not like eating fish.

    from this informaion, i will agree with Suhail as cardio and resistance are important for any workout, either u are a pro or just want to loss wieght, and the resistance its more important to to burn fat…

    There are five basic components of fitness, each of which is explained below.

    A. Cardio respiratory endurance – It is the ability to perform prolonged large-muscle dynamic exercises at moderate-to-high levels of intensity. It is a central component of fitness that trains the heart and makes it healthier and more efficient.

    B. Muscular strength – It is the amount of force that a muscle can exert with a single maximum effort. Adequate muscular strength is important for body alignment and also for the performance of daily tasks. An increase in muscular strength means increased fat-free mass and therefore a higher rate of metabolism. Maintaining strength and muscle mass is also vital for healthy aging.

    C. Muscular endurance – It is the ability to sustain a given level of muscle tension. It is important for good posture, injury prevention, and for the performance of various physical tasks.

    D. Flexibility – It is defined as the ability of joints to move through their full range of motion. Poor flexibility, which can be improved by exercises, leads to stiffness, misalignment, and pain.

    E. Body composition – It is defined as the proportion of fat-free mass (muscle, bone, and water) and fat in a body. Healthy composition is a high proportion of fat-free mass and a low proportion of fat. Weight training is the best way to add muscle mass.

    hope that help…talk to you next time

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      Excellent information. Many thanks Adil!

  • Hani
    22 June 2009

    That workout sounds really good. I’m looking to vary mine as well. I’ll have to try it!

    Go for it and good luck!

  • Kate
    22 June 2009

    Good luck with that Mahmood. Tony says that cutting the grass is his exercize, it takes about 4 hours to do it once a week at this time of year!! You are welcome anytime to come and help, not as convenient as your local gym I know!!
    Keep at it.

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      Hahaha! No thanks. He can have all the pleasure and then some. I’ll stick with this workout for now and see how the progress happens. Hopefully when I’m fit and strong, I shall come over, sit on the porch with you and watch him cut the grass while we enjoy strawberries and PIMS!! 🙂

  • Steve the American
    22 June 2009

    One thing that has worked for me is the Nutrisystem diet, where they send you a month’s worth of food in a box and that’s all you eat. It’s all calculated and measured. If you stick to it, you lose five pounds per week. However, it’s not a lot of food. Just enough. The good thing is that it is a no-brainer. You know what you can eat today.

    My problem is that I eat when I’m bored or stressed, rather than when I’m hungry. So there is a psychological battle to wage, too.

    • mahmood
      22 June 2009

      I think we have something similar in Bahrain but I haven’t investigated it. Like you, I have comfort eating binges too, that and the irregular work schedule doesn’t help either.

  • adil
    22 June 2009

    you very welcome Mahmood, this country gives a lot and i am ready to help or assist any way i can give…i am personal trainer and all matter for me is to help people transform thier commitments toward thier health and fitness to real and be active…i will publish a workout for people in thier offices if they dont find time as soon i finish the study of it…keep urself motivated and willing to do so and always remind urself of the benefit of ur training and the goal u want to achieve that way u will stay in ur good path to get ur health back…good luck and thx to Mr Suhail for his effort for us all to share something for our goods…

  • Bernie
    22 June 2009

    Good luck Mahmood. I’m not quite up to your subtly generous proportions but I do know how much easier it is to put the weight on than to lose it.
    We want photographs of the ever smaller blogger extraordinaire.

  • Sybil
    23 June 2009

    You are what you EAT!!! I’m a firm believer in that. My fat friends would look at slim me with contempt and say, “oh my gosh, and you can eat whatever you want!”. Why do you drink diet Coke”? I always wanted to say, “because I don’t want to be fat like you!”, but I checked my thoughts and always just smiled. No, I cannot eat WHATEVER I want. I practice self control. Don’t eat that huge serving of food when you eat out. Take half home and enjoy it the next meal. PORTION CONTROL and activity will give you results! Ok, that’s my thoughts. Just remember, your perseverance will pay off! Stay with it & GOOD LUCK!

  • coolred38
    24 June 2009

    Hey Mahmood…it seems being overweight is a condition that is acquired simply by being in Bahrain…so many expats I know…myself included…arrive to these shores a fit and trim athlete…then slowly pudge out and become a round little wobbly umpalumpa (Willy Wonka fame). The island has a lot to offer in the form of sport…but alot of it is out of the reach of the ordinary folk….not to mention the weather makes it rediculous sometimes to even contemplate doing something outside other than running for the nearest shady spot.

    I also recently embarked on a diet and exercise routine…unfortunately my numbers are similar to yours…except that Im fairly short…so its even worse. So far 5 kilos down…every bit helps.

    The only thing that keeps me motivated at the moment is the fact that my kids have only me on this island to care for them (friends dont count for this particular thought) and if anything happened to me…where would they be…so I need to be healthy for them if not for myself…you know?

    Anyhow, good luck. I hope the DBC is exactly what your looking for. Let us hear some good news before too long.

  • moe
    26 June 2009

    Dear mahmood,
    as the guys mentioned above good diet and exercise is key to lose weight..
    buy the george forman grilling machine, you can find it in manazel or electronic shops…grilled food is really helpful in losing weight…more salads in your meals will help as well.. cut carbs but you still need some to keep you living..but there are really bad carbs that slows down the process of losing weight…thats what i basically done and lost 30 kgs in 5 months
    good luck 🙂

  • flymenian
    27 June 2009

    It can be done of course.

    I gained 25 Kg in 3 months, and I lost 10 in 2 months, I’m on a food diet and heavy exercising, maybe you should join the dream body centre. but if you want the free help, I shall advice you with lots of things including a diet and some vitamins and food supplements, contact me and I shall tell you everything you need, I just need some commitment and patience.

    • mahmood
      27 June 2009

      Thanks for the offer to help, this comment alone is help.

      I’ll give 23 minutes a chance for now, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll give you a shout.

  • mashtan
    27 June 2009

    As I write in the middle of the night in the States eating the occasional peanut butter and jam sandwich (a habit I picked up when I first moved to bahrain when I had terrible jet lag)….I find that if I write down in a log every thing I eat and quantity, I am very suprised by what I intake.

    This helps.

    I have been a yoyo dieter all my life. My problem is I love good food too much. I love to cook. I love to talk about food. It goes on and on. I even belong to a international cooking club.

    Also it is good that you have a realistic goal. I too made the goal last month to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year.

    I started by eating steal cut oats every morning with walnuts and then eat 2 small lunches at 11 and 1PM and then a sensible dinner and small snack at night.

    I can work out with a trainer 4 days a week and not lose anything. I look better, have more muscle but the scale barely tips.

    Its the food intake I have to cut to reduce.

    Guess I better log this delicious peanut butter and jam sandwich tonight, even its made on soft thick Japanese bread….goodnight.

  • Fati
    22 July 2009

    good luck!

  • Avin
    26 July 2009

    Hey Mahmood

    I can relate to you so well. I am a stagerring 116 Kg at height of 6 ft the last time i checked and am about to embark on the same journey as yourself with dream body centre. I have tried out various gyms raised the heaviest of weights (to my capabilities), jogeed untill my calves hurt but it all just seemed to be a temporary fix as the weight would come rushing back and worse each time. I cant find sizes for clothes I like. Its all just going down hill at the moment. Hoping that dream body centre can help me in my quest to find the old me.
    Could I get my hands on the month free registration would be of great help to me.

    • mahmood
      26 July 2009

      Good luck Avin. Unfortunately I’ve run out, but let me speak to Suhail, he might feel generous enough to extend me another chit. I’ll let you know.

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