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Thursday, July 7, 2011

HELP HESSAH Winnnn!!! (Just 2 Little Likes on Facebook!)

Salam Aleikum it's me UmmKhaled....

Long time I know...I will be getting back to blogging. I had a biiig move and am now living in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Lots of changes...lots of news...BUT FIRST UP.........

Please help my little Hessah win the contest at Hamleys Toystore in UAE. She got her picture taken with Cars Lightening McQueen and it is on the Facebook Website....all you have to do while in your Facebook is CLICK on these 2 links...go to the first one and "LIKE" Hamleys and then go to the second link and "LIKE" Hessah's picture :) We need all the help we can get...all votes are appreciated :)

Here are the links...Jezekallah Kheir and Thankyou in advance and to those who already voted :)

Step 1. Like the Hamleys page - Click on the link below: 

Step 2. LIKE Hessahs picture - Click on the link below:

Loooove Kasey

Thursday, March 24, 2011


This is for a very special sister in my Twin Sister...I love you more than you will ever know...

Your Twin

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday to Monday (My Week)

I decided to roll this past week into one post. My other computer is broken because the baby decided to spill some juice on it and just not so easy to type things. So this is my weekly recap all rolled into one post. I have a few milestones reached this week! TUESDAY I ran 11.75 Km! And it felt amazing! Then later that evening I did 2 RPM Classes in a row! Thanks to my friend Joanne for getting me to do it! She does 3 on Tuesday for "Tri-Cycle Tuesday" the crazy gal! Felt great too! I also moved up another level in the Sun-Run Training Clinic! So I am in the "Run Faster" Group now! That was really challenging but felt great! Had a really great week!

MONDAY (Lazy Day):

45min. Free-Weights
45min. Relaxing in the Sauna!


90min. 11.75 Km Run (872 Calories) Awesome!! Felt so great!

106min. DOUBLE RPM Class (2 Classes in a Row!) (800 Calories)


90min. 5.58 Km Run/Walk (428 Calories)

50min. BodyAttack (350 Calories)

65min. Hot Yoga (307 Calories)

1Hour BodyPump (209 Calories)
1Hour BodyJam (422 Calories)

1Hour BodyCombat (424 Calories)

Day Off


26min. Walk & Bus to Run-Clinic (127 Calories)

67min. 10Km Run (WarmUp/Sprint 5min/Run 3min/Sprint 3min Run 2min X 10/Cool Down)
            (717 Calories)

1Hour BodyCombat (538 Calories)

33min. Fit-Fix Resistance Training (179 Calories)

65min. Hot Yoga (310 Calories)

So that was my little awesome week...another week passed on my little journey of life...

Love UmmKhaled

Thursday, March 3, 2011


8.24 Km Run? I did it this morning!

I am chasing a dream...or two...or three...

This morning my husband had a day off of work, *aka Yay! I can go for a ruuun day*! I woke up and got Khaled ready for school and dressed myself for the plan! I was going to walk him to school, and then start my run from there while hubby and the kids slept. But, that little plan was interrupted by Mohammed's "waaaaaah" and then, while I was trying to get him back to sleep, my husband drove Khaled to school, and then, I hear raining and hail outside...awww, I was disappointed...I didn't really want to get my sneakers all wet, and it is chilly out too. So, I decided to make some French Toast for breakfast and brewed a nice fresh pot of coffee and sat down with my little family to enjoy....

Then, what do I see through the windowwww? 
The beautiful sun shining in, and inviting me out for a run. 

So I got my on my gear and off I went! I started off with an IDEA of where I wanted to run, I had a general direction, but I just follow how I feel as I go along...I decided about 2 Km in that I would ATTEMPT to do, or get pretty close to a 10 Km....having a little route in my mind...knowing what 6.45 Km felt like, and how far that took me...I drew a little imaginary map in my mind and I went for it....

This run felt great! Lots of hills...some pretty steep ones too....I ran pretty much the WHOLE time (64mins) with about a 3 minute warm-up walk, and then I stopped to get a rock out of my shoe...then the other shoe had a rock lol...and then I finished with 4 minutes of stretching. So pretty much ran the whole time...different paces...there were some pretty steep elevations, so sometimes I really had to slow/shorten my pace because my heart rate was sky rocketing lol...BUT still felt great! I didn't feel a pain...or an urge to stop. I was loving it so much! I could keep going and going...just an awesome feeling of freedom...

Always set the trail, never follow the path

I was excited to come home to "map my route" on SparkPeople. I go on a little map, trace my route exactly, and it tells me the distance that I ran! I always come home and that is the first thing I do! I was soooo excited to see that I reached 8.24Km on this morning's run! Plus I burned 606 Calories!! So NOW I know what 8.24 Km feels like and looks that sets me up to challenge myself the next time....hopefully tomorrow, but most likely Saturday!

Then, I went and did a little shopping for kid's clothes...and headed to the gym. There was a mix-up in times as the schedule was different just for today due to staff I missed my planned RPM & Hot Yoga...but I had a nice time doing Free-Weights & Abs with Lydia & Barbora! We did 1Hour of Triceps, Biceps, Chest Presses, Abs, Dead-Lifts, Dead Rows, and Shoulders and I burned another 242 Calories!

Well I am tired and have to get to bed...Alhamdullilah/Thanks to God for this Wonderful Life MashaAllah! A little weekly re-cap to follow.

64min. Morning Run 8.24 Km (606 Calories)
58min. Free Weights & Abs (242 Calories)

1Hour ZUMBA!
1Hour BodyPump

1Hour RPM
1Hour BodyCombat

1Hour BodyPump
1Hour BodyAttack


Looove UmmKhaled

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Awww thank-you stranger...and people around me...

Yesterday, while I was out on my run in the light snowfall mixed with light drizzle of rain, a lady walking by just said to me:

 "You look like a perfect advertisement for Winter Health"

 I was like "Ohhh Thank you" and continued on my way with a little smile. Awww that was really nice of her to say. Sometimes people can really make your whole day just by saying a nice comment or compliment...Thank you to that stranger. I get many comments on my weight-loss from friends, and people at the gym all the time and I want to Thank all those people. Those are the type of comments that can keep people going towards their goals...who knows what that person is going through and feeling? Maybe they were feeling like giving up (been there) and that one little comment...kept them going...

I think we should all just embrace and love each other, because positivity and caring for each other is really what makes a difference in people's lives...I love my gym buddies and all the encouragement they give me...watching them achieve their goals and seeing them happy, makes me feel happy too, and I honestly can't think of ONE day at the gym...when I met up with gym buddies, that I feel down...they are SO positive and so FUN, and it just radiates to all the people around them. Thank you to all my friends at the gym! You really changed my life in so many ways...and add sunshine to my life everyday!

Love UmmKhaled

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I know I have been slacking off (on my blog, but not in life) but, I have been working out everyday and keeping up...just got a little busy and have not been posting. I have been logging it all on SparkPeople though. I have been going to 2 classes a day...had a few days off and am really trying to get more running sessions into my schedule. I have also lost 1 more Pound!

Lately I have really found a loooove of this RUNNING business....

I posted a little about it before, but it all started when my gym buddy Joanne won two entries for the 10Km Vancouver Sun Run along with weekly Training Clinics. She asked me if I would go along with her and I thought, well...that would be something interesting, I would love to try something different, and what a challenge that would I was in! The first training session I was nervous that I would be behind and not in shape enough, but we joined the Turtles to start and it was surprisingly we did Turtles again the next week...I felt I could move up a group...and when I DID, I KNEW I made the right felt GREAT...I was not tired at all, and even wanted to keep now I am thinking of moving into the fast group from the medium group! I will try it next week and see how it goes. 

When I USED walk around the mountain a lot, I would run for 2-3 telephone poles and walk more...I would only run non-stop when I got to the downhill parts, and I would be out of breath, and my heart and lungs as well as legs where not working with me! I would NEVER even THINK to run up-hill...and had no idea how to pace-myself, so I was going into this with THAT mentality...but then when I was running THIS time...I noticed my heart, lungs AND legs were loving this...I felt like I did not even have to stop or rest. I know this is because of all those LesMills classes I have been so dedicated sports-inspired BodyAttack, my heart-conditioning RPM, strength-building BodyPump, my BodyCombat, BodyJam, as well as ZUMBA and occasional Hot Yoga. They all helped me conditional myself for this...nothing like conditioning your heart, lungs, mind and body to go out and enjoy a run, never wanting it to end.

At first I was not doing my homework runs on my own time, because I thought I go to the gym enough so why would I do that lol...but once I STARTED doing them, I have been trying to fit them in any time I get the chance because even though the weather is cold, the feeling I get when I am out there is like nothing else, and I crave that feeling. The most wonderful feeling...out there in nature, running on the mountain...breathing in the chilly air...and at the same time, nice and warm from such an awesome workout and the sunshine shining down on you...all you hear are the rocks under your feet and the occasional bus, car or airplane. Ahhhh nothing more relaxing....

I have been running 4.89-6.16Km so far. I put the baby for a nap and off I go. I walk for a minute or so and then run the whole time at different paces, navigating my way through different routes up here on the mountain and lots of little hills and bigger challenge myself on the route and I just keep on running. If you have never tried it...start small in intervals of walking and running and work your way really is an amazing experience and a really nice thing to do for YOURSELF! 

I love this quote:

Well off I go to clean my house...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TAG: Bold the Statements that are TRUE...

I stole this from Mrs. Handbag Addict and Starry Eyed...Here we go...

 Bold if true:

I am a cuddler.
I am a morning person. (I wish I was)
I am an only child.
I am currently in my pajamas.
I am currently pregnant.
I am currently single.
I am currently suffering from a broken heart.
I am left handed.
I am married.
I am addicted to blogger.
I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
I am a little shy around the opposite gender at first.
I bite my nails.
I can be paranoid at times. (When I am home ALONE at night)
I don’t like anyone.
I enjoy country music.
I enjoy jazz music.
I enjoy smoothies.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I have a car.
I have a cell phone.
I have/had a hard time paying attention at school.
I have a hidden talent.(I must)
I have a lot to learn.
I have a pet.
I have a tendency to fall for the “wrong” guy/girl.
I have all my grandparents.
I have at least one brother.
I have been to another country
I have been told that I am smart
I have been told that I have an unusual sense of humor
I have OR HAD broken a bone
I have Caller I.D. on my phone.
I have changed a diaper
I have changed a lot over the past year.
I have done something illegal.
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color. (I have never dyed mine)
I have had major/minor surgery.
I have killed another person - (really? lol)
I have had my hair cut within the last week.
I have mood swings.
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I have rejected someone before.
I have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I have seen the television show The O.C.
I like Shakespeare.
I like the taste of blood. - (ewww)
I love to cook.
I like to sing.
I love Michael Jackson (his music)
I love sleeping.
I love to play computer games.
I love to shop.
I miss someone right now.
I own 100 CDs or more.
I own and use a library card.
I read books for pleasure in my spare time.
I sleep a lot during the day.
I strongly dislike math.
I watch soap operas on a regular basis
I will try almost anything once.
I work at a job that I enjoy.
I would classify myself as ghetto.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free. and halal! (Heck yah I would!)
I am currently wearing socks.
I am tired.

I love to paint/draw/sketch/sculpt.
I have had/have a broken heart.
Smoked cigarettes. (2 in my ENTIRE LIFE YUCK!)
Rode every ride at an amusement park. (Hate RIDES)
Collected something really stupid (I don't think it was stupid but it was Porcelain Dolls)
Gone to a rock concert. (One and it was AC/DC)
Helped someone.
Gone Fishing.
Watched four movies in one night.
Gone for long periods of time with no sleep (when in army)
Lied to someone.
Been dumped. (Not that I remember)
Failed a class. (Chemistry 11)
Taken a college Level course.
Been in a car accident.
Been in a tornado.
Watched someone die.
Been to a funeral.
Burned yourself. (accidentally)
Ran a marathon.
Your parents got divorced. (separated)
Cried yourself to sleep.
Spent over $200 in one day.
Flown on a plane.
Cheated on someone.
Been cheated on. (Not that I know of)
Written a 10 page letter.
Gone skiing.
Been sailing.
Cut yourself. (By accident)
Had a best friend.
Lost someone you love.
Shoplifted something. (when I was a young kid)
Been to jail (lol yah I actually further comment lol)
Had detention.
Skipped school.
Got in trouble for something you didn’t do.
Stolen books from the library.
Dropped out of school.
Been in a mental hospital.
Watched the “Harry Potter” movies. (watched the first one)
Had an online diary. (yah this blog)
Fired a gun. (Many times in the military)
Gambled in a casino.
Had a yard sale.
Been in a school play.
Been fired from a job.
Taken a lie detector test.
Swam with dolphins.
Gone to sea world.
Attempted suicide.
Voted for Pop Idol.
Written poetry.
Read more than 20 books a year.
Gone to Europe.
Loved someone you couldn't have.
Had surgery.
Had stitches (I gave birth 3 times
Taken a taxi.
Seen the Washington Monument.
Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once.
Had a drug or alcohol problem. 
Been in a fist fight.
Suffered abuse of some type (nothing major)
Had a hamster.
Petted a wild animal.
Used a credit card.
Gone surfing in California.
Dyed your hair.
Got a tattoo.
Had something pierced.(ears)
Got straight A’s.
Your parents sent you to a shrink.
Been handcuffed.
Known someone with HIV or AIDS. (Patients in dental office I worked in)
Taken pictures with a webcam.
Started a fire. (in a reasonable place)
Had a party while your parents weren’t home.
Gotten caught having a party while they were gone.
That's it for now folks...Love UmmKhaled

Saturday, February 12, 2011

VOTE for my BABIES...Cutest Kid Contest!

Salam Aleikum and Hey all...

Every Mother thinks their Kid is the Cutest right? Well I thought so myself and I entered them in a Cute Kid Contest :) for Virgin Radio in Vancouver...

(Look at their CUTE LITTLE FACES...How could you not VOTE for them :) hehehe)

So I was wondering if you guys could go give them some little VOTES :) I think they deserve a 10 cause they are soooo cute! I entered Hessah and Mohammed because they had to be under 5.  So I would loooove if you guys could go on and vote and it is so easy and need to register or anything. Thanks so much in advance and you can vote for a week from all different computers :P

So here are the links...

Click here for Link to Hessah: VOTE FOR HESSAH!!

Click here for Mohammed: VOTE FOR MOHAMMED!

Thank you again...InshaAllah one of them can win :) Yayyyy!

Loooove UmmKhaled

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to me....Happy Birthday to meeee....

Whatever with the Past has Gone....

What a nice saying on your true...and I hope this is a great year for my family, and loved ones! This one is especially for my Twin Sister Shannon! I love you Shannie!

Today I woke up had so many lovely Birthday messages online. My friend Lisa was the first to say Happy Birthday to me this morning...Thanks Lisa. I talked to my Mom for a while this morning which was nice. My twin sister Shannie called too. My husband was off to work early in the morning, but came home really early today, after I got the baby sleeping for his afternoon nap I had a little relaxing me time. I got some warm clothes on and my Vibram Komodo Five Fingers Shoes with the socks, and headed out the door for my "Sun Run Homework Training". I did a brisk warm up walk for 5 minutes and then ran for the full 28 remaining minutes. I could have kept running and running...I was having a really great time, but my TOES were cold as I ran by the house... so I ended it lol! But I felt so free and lungs and heart were in great condition and I never felt like slowing down!


After a little while of warming up...I bundled up the kids and we walked to get Khaled at school. SO that was a really enjoyable walk too. Later on I headed down to the "GoodLife" for ZUMBA! and BodyPump...taught by our lovely Nathalie! Had a great time with all the girls! Joanne gave me a really cute red "GoodLife" T-Shirt (I am wearing it now and loving it! So cool!!) and some lotion! Thanks Joanne! Elly had lots of hugs for me...awwww! I felt so special and had a great time! Joanne had on her new Vibram Komodos too and Elly had hers all ordered! :)

When I came home my hubby had a yummy cake which I indulged in, so good going down but then I felt like crap lol...anyways I have to get off to bed...I am tired!!


33min. "SUN RUN Homework Run" 5minWalk/28min Run  (276 Calories)
27min. Walk to school & Back with kids (96 Calories)
1Hour ZUMBA! (381 Calories)
1Hour BodyPump (289 Calories)

So I am off to