Tuesday, October 31, 2006

When God gives you a wink...

Here's a really sweet and touching forward that I recieved today and I thought I'd share it with you. It really put a smile on my face.

"Every so-called coincidence or answered prayer is God’s way of letting you know He's thinking of you. By Squire Rushnell

You’ve had another one of those days.

Everything seems uncertain.

You think: Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one morning and have everything be certain? Certain in love? Certain about your job? Certain about your future?

Who could you talk to about this? Bigger question, who’d listen? Tentatively your eyes drift skyward.

Hello? Are you there, God?

Then your mind quickly assesses the immensity of your request. You want God to listen to you, right now. How ridiculous. There are six billion people on this planet. What if they’re all calling God at the same time?

You slump. Deeper into the dumps.

Then--something happens.

A little silly thing.

Someone you just thought about for the first time in years phones out of the blue--a silly little coincidence, so silly you shrug it off. Or a prayer you didn’t really expect to be answered--was! Immediately, your left brain repeats something you once heard: There’s a mathematical explanation for everything.

“But…” you say, “mayyyyybe…it’s not just coincidence or chance!”

Maybe God is communicating with you.

Yes directly to you!

You shake your head.

Naw. Couldn’t be.

But…what if God is communicating with you--in a nonverbal way--making a little miracle happen, right in front of you? After all, God doesn’t speak to people in a human voice. He’s God…He’d do something no one else could do, just to show you it’s Him!

If so, that would mean that He is listening! Right?

He has heard you!

What if through this odd little coincidence, or answered prayer, He’s sending you--you… out of all of those billions of people--a direct personal message of reassurance? To stop worrying? To keep the faith? That everything will be all right?

Every time you receive what some call a coincidence or an answered prayer, it’s a direct and personal message of reassurance from God to you--what I call a godwink.

It’s similar to when you were a kid at the dining room table. You looked up and saw someone you loved looking back. Mom or Dad or Granddad. They gave you a little wink.

You had a nice feeling from that small silent communication.

What did it mean? Probably--“Hey kid…I’m thinking about you right this moment. I’m proud of you. Everything is going to be all right.”

That’s what a godwink is.

Every so-called coincidence or answered prayer is God’s way of giving you His small, silent, communication. A little wink saying, “Hey kid! I’m thinking of you…right now!”

It’s a clear message of reassurance-that not matter how uncertain your life seems at the moment, He will help move you toward certainty.

And it’s a sign that you’re never alone. In fact, you’re always on His GPS--a global positioning system I like to call God’s Positioning System…."


I hope you all like it as much as I did. :)

Posted by Noors at 8:02 AM 6 comments

Friday, October 27, 2006

Weight issues...

Don't you just hate it when someone comes up to you and says 'oh have you gained some weight?', especially when you've been working out so hard at the gym, and have been trying to eat properly, while they couldn't care less about moving an inch and sweating and indulge in eating whatever it is that they want?

I do!

Why do you ask?

I just hate how discouraging poeple can be. We live in a world where we look at those 'skinny' models as idols when it comes to figures. If you're a bit more full, then you'll be teased about it again and again. People tend to forget how hard you work out, how you're gradually replacing the fat with the 'good lean muscle mass'. How you're changing your lifestyle into adapting a more positive attitude. How you're adapting methods to combat the everyday stress that lead a lot of women into diverting to binging and eating to relieve their stress.

They want you to be as thin as a toothpick, yet when you do start exercising and eating properly, they call you crazy or silly when you go out for a meal and choose to have a salad instead of a steak. They tell you how dull you are when you say you'd rather not have ice cream but something light. They tell you, why on earth do you diet when you have a good figure? When the fact is, you're eating healthy, you're trying to eat right, and the only reason you maintain a good fitness level and a good shape is through all of this.

You go over to a relatives house, or a friends house, and they nag and nag about you not eating, and about you not trying their wide collection of sweets.

They don't appreciate the way you're transforming, they don't notice how healthy and how fit you are, but the moment you have a setback and you gain a bit of weight, just a bit, you hear the comments all around. Sheesh, appreciate what that person is trying to do. No one is perfect, you aim for progress and not perfection. We're humans after all, we have our downs and ups. The smart person is someone who will stand up again and continue..

Does anyone ever appreciate that?

Not that often I'm afraid....

I was watching a movie the other day called 'Phat Girls'. I liked it. It shows you exactly how people of the heavy size struggle around. It's not fun, and it's hard to live when you hate the way you look and feel and how those around you take every opportunity to mock you.

It used to bug me BIG TIME when someone who barely exercises or eats junk, would come up to me and say My Noors, you look like you've put on a bit of weight, look at your face! Now, I try and not let it get to me. After reading the body for life book, I'm aiming on progress. I'm not perfect and never will be. I have no weight issues, and I'm proud of my fitness level. I'm trying to eat as healthy as possible. But I'm only human. When I crave for something sweet, I'll have it. I'm a girl so hormones play a role. I exercise to feel good and healthy, looking good is just an added luxury, but it does pushes you forward because you end up liking the results, and you end up with a complete transformation, inside out.

Posted by Noors at 9:35 AM 5 comments

Monday, October 23, 2006

Bikes..Eid? All in one post?!!

I'm completey in love with those spinning bikes. The best time during my day would be during one of the cycling classes. I loved the music, the challenge, the sweating and the laughing.

I mean just look at the bike, doesn't it look addictive to you?

Ever since our classes stopped a month ago, working out hasn't been the same. I feel like something is missing, but hey I can't do much about it, and this doesn't mean that I'm going to stop working out.

I don't know why I'm crazy over those bikes. I just love em'. I loved the feeling I got after a tough class. Damn I would sometimes come back from uni and I'd be dead tired, hardly keeping my eyes open, and once I get on those bikes, I get a rush of adrenaline and I'm hyper all over again.

You could be silly, you can sing at the top of your lungs, heck the girls and I used to pick on each other just for the fun of it.

Just look at this bike and appreciate the beauty! LOL okay I'm going crazy...

But I'm seriously thinking of buying one and keeping it in my room. I've just got some money for my birthday and I can probably add on to them. Those bikes are a bit too expensive, but they live forever!


Right, let me take this opportunity since I'm finally updating, surprise surprise lol, to wish you all a very happy and blessed eid. I sent out a message to everyone on my phone list and I wished them a magical eid. One friend replied back wondering if she can wish for ANYTHING to come true since I said it was going to be magical. ha! Maybe the little fairies can help us there. :P

Posted by Noors at 5:03 AM 7 comments

Monday, October 16, 2006

Here it is!

Here it is!

Those who know me and have me on their msn list know this pic very well. Yup, it's my dp on msn too lol.

Hey I'm an execise freak I cant' help it!

Again, a big thank you goes out to 3anooda for showing me how to do this.

Posted by Noors at 6:24 AM 6 comments

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tagged by 3anooda

Woohooo! I'm so proud of myself haha!

Right, I had trouble saving my desktop pic for some reason, which I figured out after several trials.

Now, I've had a different pic for as long as I can remember, until one day, while going through Nabs's blog, I came across some pics that he uploaded for bloggers to use as desktop backgrounds, and I just fell in love with this one because of the pink colour! So thank you Nabs (if you ever get to read this, and I hope that you don't mind!).

ooo and thanks 3anooda for teaching me how to do this. Now I can add sooo many pics to my posts and it's going to be a lot of fun :D *Alright I need to calm down a bit lol)

Posted by Noors at 3:19 AM 6 comments

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Body for life!

I'm reading a fitness best seller book called 'Body for life for women'. Dr Pamela Peeke, sat down with the author of the original book 'Body for life' by Bill Phillips, and they both agreed on making a version of this book for women. Why you ask? The reason is that a woman's body and physiology is different from men. They go through hormonal changes throughout their lives, and as a result, have more emotional and physiological demands.

The book isn't just another dieting book, or another fitness book, it's a complete lifestyle change that takes into consideration a woman's mental, health, physical and physiological well being. It helps women transform their lives, to take some time to take care of themselves, to help them get through the everyday life stresses that can have an impact on them. It teaches you how to love your body and how to take care of it. I'm very much enjoying the book. It teaches you how to absorb your problems and not let them get to you, and how to stop yourself from using the wrong route to deal with it, such as starving yourself, over eating to get over a problem you have, etc..

I was googling up some info about this auther. I was curious because she's a doctor, and from the book, I came to know that she has her own clinic where she helps women, no matter what hormonal milestone they're in. I was surprised to find that she got her bachelors in public health, went to med school, then continued and specialized in internal medicine, then further specialized in intensive care and trauma. She then got her post doctoral scholarship in nutrition and metabolism. She still works in a hospital, she's working in so many committees, she's a columnist in a number of magazines, anddd she has her own clinic where she helps women with their weight and fitness problems using a holistic approach.

I'm honestly impressed. She's a living example of what I'm aiming to be. I've always wanted to finish med school, specialize in emergency medicine or acute medicine, and continue working in a hospital but at the same time, to have my own clinic where I can help women to improve their lifestyles. To get them more into the proper eating and exercise, and supervise on it myself. A lot of people have laughed at me, asking me whether I'm a doctor or a fitness instructor. I've always said to those people, well I want to be both. I don't see it hard or impossible. It needs a lot of work, and a lot of dedication, but it can be done. There's nothing wrong with mixing the two fields together, on the contrary, you'll be able to reach out to a bigger number of people, because you'll be able to reach those with special needs, such as pregnant ladies, or those with arthritis.

I do believe that it is a CAN DO job!

Posted by Noors at 5:25 AM 6 comments