All praises and thanks be to Allah. Abundant salutations be upon His beloved Messengerﷺ.
Can you believe half of 2020 is OVER?!
This gets me every year:
I intend to eat healthy and exercise to:
– follow the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ;
-look attractive to my spouse;
-have energy to do activities with my spouse;
-carry a healthy baby in the future isA;
-have energy to play with our future kids;
-be an example to our future kids and make it easy for them to live a healthy lifestyle when they grow up isA.
For those who are not yet married, this question is definitely one to ask to a prospective spouse. Something along the lines of: What are your lifestyle habits? How do you envision or what would you like your married lifestyle to be like?
If there was one thing I could go back and change at the beginning of our marriage, it would be to commit to a healthy lifestyle from the start. This would mean cooking more and eating out/ordering in less. And being committed to gyming/exercising. It would have saved us from being in the place we’re at now. But hey; as the saying goes:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”-Chinese Proverb
So this morning Masud and I started our first workout together with our online personal trainer. There are free workouts on YouTube, but we needed the accountability of a live trainer🦾.
We’ve welcomed the “new norm” with open arms. We adapted quite well, but we are missing our monthly gatherings. Egypt was never under a lockdown like South Africa was. We had curfews and the closure of most public places. As of Saturday the 30th of June 2020, the restrictions were lifted, and most places are now open, including the mosques, except for Jumu’ah. So yesterday Masud and I got to have our first lunch date together in like 3 months!
We have been staying at home, and doing online grocery shopping via an app called InstaShop. Our teachers have been coming over so our studies are continuing, Alhamdulillah. I’m currently doing Qira-at, Arabic, ‘Aqidah, Fiqh, and Tafsir. It is a lot of work, and it is not easy, but there is no difficulty except that Allah makes it easy if He wills.
June was a jam-packed month for me, as I took on more students than ever before; my new term of my psychology studies started, and my online qira-at course started up again after being on Ramadan and Eid break.
In addition, I started EXERCISING and HEALTHY EATING – which was meant to be the point of this blog post. Masud wanted to attempt Keto, which he’s successfully done before, but I disagree with it, and was not keen on preparing separate meals for us every day, so he quickly gave up on it. If I don’t make him food he ends up ordering in🤦🏻♀️.
I joined a 30-day challenge and exercised at least 3 times a week🏋🏻♀️. I was also fasting quite a lot due to paying in days plus Shawwal fasts, and that really boosted my weight loss. It felt amazing to visibly see and feel the difference💃. So this month, Masud was inspired to start exercising too.
Hijabi Logistics: We have a male trainer, but being a hijabi, I train without him seeing me. I can do this because I’ve trained before, so I already know how to do proper squats and lunges etc. And my husband checks me out to make sure I’m on point😆.
My fitness level is miles ahead of Masud’s because I’d been exercising for a month already, but I’m sure he’ll catch up in due course. Our personal trainer gave each of exercises appropriate to our fitness level.
During the workout Masud felt nauseous and threw up. At the end of the hour he was seeing stars. I just felt like I had a workout💪. I remember my first time last month – I felt like an old lady! But it’s amazing how our bodies adapt, subhanAllah.
I’d been going to gym on and off over the past 2 years. I am planning to join the nearby ladies gym once it reopens inShaAllah🏋🏻♀️
Our bodies are an amanah (trust) from Allah (SWT), and it’s one of the things we’ll be accountable for. May Allah SWT aid us in keeping our bodies fit and healthy as a form of worship, and to perform our acts of worship better.
Fitness goes hand-in-hand with healthy eating. It’s a huge challenge for us because we’re not fruit and veggie fans and absolutely love junk food🍔. But we’re trying and that’s what matters🥗.
The harder the struggle, the greater the reward.
I’m thinking to do the next blog post on our healthy eating, so let me know what you think.
With best of du’as for your worldly and Hereafter success,