Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 3 of 100

100 Day Challenge 

Ok, So I neglected to mention that this raw food adventure is going to a 100 day challenge along with exercising and a religious activity. Yay for day 3. Not much to comment on today, but it's a rainy day 80% chance which will kill our outside walks but I'm going to power through some how. 

Great update I actually hit 10000 steps by 5pm yesterday. emoticon 
I ended the day with 11971. Also all this extra work is paying off I'm down past my previous stall line of 177 emoticon So Happy, Gonna keep up the good work. 

FIBRO UPDATE:
So All this working out and speed walking killed me last week.  My knee started giving me issues and I almost caved a couple of times, but powered through.  I'd like to also thank my "Creed Card" which I got from the Humana living fit conversation.  

The Creed Card reads:

I don't fee like walking, and the choice is up to me.....

But I want and deserve to be Lean, Healthy, and Fit.

So, for right now I choose to be uncomfortable, get
up and get walking and train my mind to make 
exercise and it's benefits a regular part of my life.

So with that in mind I was temporarily uncomfortable getting started and worked through the discomfort to keep exercising and as the weight post above shows it's working.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Welcome to National Prematurity Awareness Month

We have made it to another year.  Welcome to the National Prematurity Awareness Month -NOVEMBER. 




It's that time of year again.  I have no words for the joy I feel participating with the March for Babies each year.  The first year we did it to support the organization, but after 2009 preterm labor and birth took on a whole new meaning for me and my family.  Now we walk to support the organization, but also in memory of our DS who was born way to soon due to complications.  But we also thank the March of Dimes for all they do because after him I had 2 successful full term pregnancies with the help of medical care and weekly progesterone shots that helped me carry my DS and DD right to the 37 week mark.

So this month I want everyone to remember those in their family born to soon or those in your extended families (friends/co-workers) that were born to soon.  Wear PURPLE in love on November 17th for World Prematurity Day. 

Raw Food Day 2

Raw Food, Who knew?


Ok, So I've decided to start slow, replacing one to two meals or all 2 if I'm feeling it.  I commited myself last June to going fully raw cold turkey.  Which worked at first, then I fell off into old habits (being a vegetarian not to bad).  So I've been toying around with new recipes and watching some inspirational videos and so I'm back at it.  This time I'm going to ease my way into it.  At some point I will do @Rawvana's 7 day reset to Reset my body and mind then make out my meal plans with raw meals and not look back.

So far today:
 I've had a bowl of fruit (mango, strawberries and blackberries) for breakfast.  With a side of lime & strawberry infused (32oz) water.

Lunch:
 I'm looking at a salad mixed greens (romaine, chard, & kale), mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and italian dressing.

Dinner:
 I'm thinking Spaghetti squash (especially since DH already tried cutting into it SMH).

Wish me good health

Check these people out:
Rawvana
FullyRawKristina
Raw.Vegan.Not Gross

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Final Day

Alhamdulilah, We have made it to the final day of Ramadan.  May Allah bless all those who are completing their fasts and those who were unable but had the intention to do so.  In this last day I can't help but count my blessings that I have been able to fast the entire month (not counting my cycle days) as this year I haven't been breastfeeding, pregnant or sick. So I say again Alhamdulilah!  Shukran (Thank You) for my family may you bless them with long lives, lots of love and most important plenty of knowledge and faith in their deen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ramadan Half way point

Alhamdulilah, Allah has made it easy on my husband and I that we have successfully made it through to the half way point of Ramadan.  This Ramadan and all others are a blessing and we are so thankful we have made it this far and for our little family.

My daughters have grown by leaps and bounds in their faith and I am so very proud of them.  My son mashaAllah was praised Saturday at the Masjid for praying so well at the ripe old age of 2.  I would like to thank Allah and my husband for being the best teachers.  Allah for teaching my husband who is in turn teaching my son.  My daughters are coming into their own in this deen and mashaAllah it is amazing to watch.

I pray: May Allah continue to make it easy on all of us fasting muslims that we may be able to complete the remainder of the fast, Insha'Allah.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ramadan 1435 and the Family Q

Family Qhamata will start fasting tomorrow Insha'Allah.  As usually DH called it.
Hilal Committee
Assalam u Aaikum WaRahmatullahe WaBarakatuhu

The Hilal for the month of Ramadan was not sighted anywhere in North America on the evening of Friday, June 27, 2014. Therefore, we will complete 30 days of Shaa'ban and the 1st of Ramadan 1435H will be Sunday, June 29, 2014, Insha 'Allah.

Jazkaumullahu Khairan
Hilal Sighting Committee of North America


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Raw food burger salad w/ tortilla strips

And it gets better, my home made raw food burgers make a great addition to my salad for today. 


Salad:









Sweet Mini Peppers
1 Each
13
Mushrooms, Whole
2/3 Cup
14
Salad, Herb Mix
2 Cups
15
Light Italian Salad Dressing
2 Tablespoons
35
Baby Carrots
1 Serving
35
Corn tortilla
1 Serving
100

Raw Food Burger:
    Ingredients:
    **Flax Seed, 16 tbsp
    10 baby carrots raw, 1 serving
    1 Med. Green Bell Pepper, 1 serving 
    Water, tap, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
    Sunflower Seeds, without salt, 2 cup, hulled

Directions

Blend Sunflower Seeds and Flax seeds (sperately) in a Food processor or coffee grinder

Once blended combine seeds in food processor

Course Chop 1 medium Bell pepper (green or red is fine), add to food processor

Add Baby Carrots and Water

Turn on food processor to mix, stopping to spatula down the sides from time to time. Pulse 3 times to finish

Should have a solid enough mixture to form (16 portions) by hand and set as many as you can on a Dehydrator. Cooking for about 10-14 hrs if set to lowest level (105*).


Serving Size: Makes 16 patties

Number of Servings: 16

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MARCH FOR BABIES Coming Soon!



Qhamata Team get ready the walk for babies is this Sunday at 9am.  Please me us at the University of Houston Stadium by 8:30 for the walk.  Look forward to seeing you.

Also if you haven't signed up for our team yet please go to The Qhamatas Page and sign up.  Lunch will not be provided if you are not registered.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Slacker

WOW I'm such a slacker, I am promising to do better.

I will try to keep up with my diet postings.  Especially since I've made the decision to go FULLY RAW. Yes I said it Fully Raw.  I bawked at my husband when he originally brought this up last year, but after the first 2 weeks I had lost 5 lbs and it was fun.  However at this stage in my journey I have been exercising, but in logging my foods I've noticed I'm no where near the health wagon even though I'm a vegetarian I'm eating entirely TOO much processed foods.

This being said I declare today the start of my raw journey.  I'm going to start with Kristina's 21 day challenge.

Friday, January 31, 2014

World Hijab Day Count Down - My story



It's almost World hijab day and so I thought I'd share my story and feelings.  In 2009 after my husband and I got married I started covering out of respect for my husbands new found religion, Islam.  Well 2 short months after we got married we had a death in the family which made me look at things in a whole new light.

In September of that same year I saw the light (noor) as it were and came into Islam.  From that day forth I took great pride in my hijab and was very proud to wear it.  Being that I had worn it prior to this date I was used to the weather, looks and questions (Aren't you hot?, So what are you a muslim?).  

We (my husband and I) had a 4 year old little girl at the time and we had just put her into an Islamic School. (Here's where the story gets interesting and I urge other sister's if you think about asking or speaking up, Don't! )

In the interest of trying to get our daughter used to wearing the hijab early we bought her a few to wear to her "Islamic" school.  I know Allah (SWT) doesn't require this until after puberty so we never stopped our daughter if she complained of being hot and took it off.  Or took it of for no real reason and left in the car, at school or home.
1) However the Quran teacher felt the "need" to inform me that it was un necessary for her to cover at such a young age.  I'm thinking to myself I may be new to this, but my husband is well versed in his 2 years of study he had before I even thought about converting.  I let it go, she's just trying to help.
2) Fast forward 2012 I've already had my second daughter and my son who as an infant is at home with daddy.  I go to HEB and while picking out veggies I get stopped by a "Muslim" sister (w/o hijab in a t-shirt and shorts) telling me how beautiful my girls are, but "you do know they don't have to wear the hijab right".  Yes, I do.  "And you still make them wear it?"  I don't make them wear it.  "Ok" and she walks away.  Wow, ok.
3) Fast forwarding again to 2014.  I'm in la la land thinking that's over.  As I'm putting my 1 and 3 year old in the basket (double seaters at HEB, I know HEB again, but different location).  I get them in the basket and just as I'm about the back it out to go in.  I get cornered (literally; between her and a wall) by a "Muslim" sister in a mini dress and you guessed it NO HIJAB.  Trying to explain to me that my girls don't "have to" wear that yet.  I tell her I know that I don't make them.  Especially the little one, she's been putting on hijabs since she was between 1-2 and she will pitch a fit if you try to get her out of the house without it.  The older one says she wants to look like mommy because mommy is beautiful.  She says ok, but doesn't leave it at that.  She then starts to test my islamic knowledge.  Asking which prayers I do (I'm thinking lady I've been practicing for over 4 years now I may not be a scholar, but I'm not stupid).  I politely inform her I do all 5 and I even do them in Arabic.  Shocked she then proceeds to ask me to recite the Fatihah for her.  I'm shocked at this point and politely let her know I have to hurry and get the kids home.

Moral here is everyone has their faults.  Having my girls in Hijab is a blessing not a sin.  So, If you are going to throw stones, just make sure your house isn't glass.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's that time again, MARCH FOR BABIES TIME!


It’s that time of year again - it’s March for Babies season! We all love walking for babies, lets start by kicking off Qhamatas team fundraising. 

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. I'm walking in March for Babies because I want to do something about this. And I need your help.
Please support my walk. Making a secure donation is easy: just click the 'donate now' button on this page. Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finding my way back to me!

I have been in a rut since 2009 and I'm sure if you know me or follow me you know there were 3 significant changes for me that year.  Well since then I've had 2 more beautiful children, Khalifah 3 and Israfil almost 2.  And being pregnant back to back from 2009-2012 I haven't been able to loose the weight I gained to try and help keep my kids healthy.  So as of 12/30/2013 I have made the pledge to be healthier.  Also I want to loose the weight to see if I can't scrap some of the meds I have to take for my Fibromyalgia.

So this is me as of 1/12/2014 in one of my favorite outfits my DH bought me:



I finally figured out the timer on my phone camera (tee hee) so I will do better next time.














But I will continue to update the pictures monthly (Insha'Allah) and pray that by the start of Ramadan 1435 (June 28, 2014) I will have dropped up to 40 lbs and will not feel so stuffed in the outfit above.

Here's to a healthier 1435 (2014)

World Hijab Day


Oppressed! Subjugated! These are probably the words that come to your mind when you see a Muslim woman covered in Hijab (the Islamic modest covering of a woman). You assume it’s her father or some radical male member from her family who is forcing her to dress that way. At least that is what people say to you. That is how the media views Muslim women who cover. Let me ask you, have you heard of the famous sayings: “go straight to the source?” Or “walk a day in my shoes?” I am sure you have heard these a million times.
Let me use the first. I ask you sincerely, have you ever gone to the true source for information about Hijab and Islam?  Have you read books, asked scholars or visited a Mosque? Have you ever asked a Muslim woman why she is so covered in a world that seeks to shed as much clothing as possible?  If you asked a Muslim woman, she would inform you that the purpose behind her Hijab is to obey her Creator over the creation. Her Creator, Allah (God), did not legislate Hijab in order to oppress her, but rather to free her from the shackles of this world. He ordered Hijab as an honor and sign of dignity for women.
When a Muslim woman covers her hair, chest and body, she is sending a silent message that she respects her body and like a pearl in the ocean, she covers it with her beautiful shell (Hijab). No one has the right to observe, gawk at and judge a Muslim woman by the highlights in her hair or curves on her body. Instead they judge her for what is in her mind, her character, and her goals and ambitions.  Hijab is prevention from being accosted by ignorant minds who only judge a woman by the clothes she wears and the skin she shows. A woman’s body as you know is sacred and this is why Islam encourages women to strive to cover and protect it.
Let us return to the second saying, “Walk a day in my shoes.” This is where WHD comes in. What is that you ask? WHD is short for World Hijab Day. This second annual event will be held on February 1st, 2014 (God willing). On this day, we ask Non-Muslim and Non-Hijabi Muslim women worldwide to observe Hijab for a day. It will be a day for everyone willing to experience what it’s like to step inside the shoes of a Hijabi. Our hopes are no less than that. We wish you will gain a wealth of knowledge and experience a slightly different definition of FREEDOM.