It All Comes Down To This … Happy New Year


Happy New year everyone.

I don’t fully understand the concept and the excitement over the start of a new year. Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed a full moon. It was always about the full moon which is at its the last stages . Never was I called out to check the birth of a new moon; it was just not as fascinating, “oh look, there is a crescent forming in the sky”. Really? A crescent?

Happy-New-Year1Even in a solar eclipse, where the sun entirely disappears, the climax is during the complete black out. It’s towards the end of the existence of the sun. A few seconds of complete darkness. After that when it’s re-emerging back, it is not as fun anymore.

When people reach the end of their life that is exactly what they call it; The end of their journey. They never say, I will start a new life in Heaven / hell or I will be reincarnated in 10 days.

It is sad in a way that we contemplate on everything and we label them based on their expiry date. But why can’t we do the same with the celebration of the new year? Why can’t we celebrate the end of the existing one instead?

If I had a great year so far, I would like to be warned just like they do in malls, “dear shoppers, we will be closing in 30 minutes”. Maybe not along the same lines, but something like: “Hey, you’ve had a wonderful year so far, but you still have 10-15 days before your luck runs out. Do something about it. Buy a lottery ticket, or do something crazy.”

And if you’ve had a not so great year, you will hear something like: “Hey I know you’ve had a shitty year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t despair”.

The current year as it stands, is something I am very well experienced with. The one to come is still unknown. I may not be too eager to see the year over yet, but I can only wish this upon everyone: “for those who had a good year, I hope it extends indefinitely. And to those who have experienced sorrow and misery or even consider themselves unlucky, I can only wish them a happier life with more ups than downs.”

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Just like in the movies, it isn’t over until you see the words “the end”.

You know what they also say, “ it’s not the end of the world”.

So Happy End of this Year to all 🙂

Raghid Khalil 

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Guest Blog: Don’t Break Your Healthy Eating on Vacation!


Guest blogger: Cole Millen

I have been contacted by Cole Millen, an avid traveler and foodie. Here is a post he wanted to share with us. Thank you Cole for considering my blog.

Don’t Break Your Healthy Eating on Vacation!

Just because you are taking a break and going on vacation does not mean you should take a break from eating healthy. While it can be easy to reach for fast food or high fat snacks, a little planning and savvy thinking can help you to make the right choices when you are on the go!

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At the airport:

Airports are full of unhealthy foods but if you look around you can find places with fresh fruit, water, and salads. In fact, use your downtime to walk around your terminal and get a little exercise. Use the stairs instead of the escalators! Get your blood pumping before you are stuck in an airplane for a few hours.

Most importantly, make sure to bring along some healthy snacks of your own that will curb your appetite and keep you from grabbing one of those high in sugar and fat items. These snacks can be dried fruits, vegetables, or even nuts!

At the hotel:

One of the most important parts of your vacation is finding the right hotel. After all, you are living there for the time being. It is important to make sure that your hotel offers the appropriate amenities and services that can accommodate to your healthy lifestyle. I have had trouble with this in the past but found that doing a little research beforehand can go a long way. On my most recent trip out west I found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding not only their amenities and services, but also on the restaurants in the surrounding areas. This made it easier than ever to plan out my trip and to eat right while in and out of the hotel. Healthy_Eating (1)

Stop by a grocery store before you get to the hotel to grab some healthy foods. Almonds, fruit, yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs are great for giving you an energy boost before you venture out for the day. Pack a few portioned out snacks and bottles of water in your bag when you head out so you aren’t left hungry and reaching for fried foods or sugary snacks. Also, ask your hotel to not stock the mini bar or to not give you a room service menu. They are there to accommodate you, so let them! Even better, look for places and hotels with a healthy edge before you go. Plenty of hotels now offer gyms, yoga studios, and healthy menus for their guests! Treat your vacation as a mini-spa getaway!

At the restaurant:

Speak up when choosing a place to eat with your group. Try to find a place that has healthier options and scope out their online menu before you go. When in doubt, choose lean protein with veggies for a side. Avoid carbohydrate-rich (and calorie laden) entrees and ask for your dish without heavy sauces or oils. If you’re totally lost, look for entrees that have lots of vibrant colors. Usually foods that are bland colors (whites, tans, browns) are the ones with the most.

calories and fat. Also, be weary of tempting restaurant salads. They can sometimes pack in as many as 1500 calories!

Above all, try to drink lots of water when you travel. Flying and restaurant foods are very dehydrating and can leave you zapped of energy. Also, try popping a multi-vitamin and fitting in a little exercise when you can. It may be tempting to let go of your diet when you travel, but it will likely leave you feeling sluggish and disappointed with yourself. Eating healthy and taking care of your body should be an all time habit, not just when it’s easy.

— Cole Millen

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Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.”

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

2012 – Resolutions and Decisions


New Year’s Day is just around the corner. With it comes new resolutions and decisions. What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Let the comments begin… we might learn a bit about ourselves and each other.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

The Season of ‘Tis and ‘Twas


Santa Claus

Santa.

Ever  since I was a kid and like millions if not billions around the world, when we hear the word “Santa” we automatically draw this visual image of an older man, heavy built, a white beard, high rosy cheek bones, and eye glasses on. But most importantly, what really makes him stand out is his uniform. Just like superman or batman or any other superhero, we can easily identify them simply by their uniform. While most of the superheroes prefer to wear tights, we see that Santa Claus has chosen a thicker uniform, and that’s because he lives in a place where no man can survive, “the north pole”. If it’s freezing in the summer time, you can only imagine how cold it gets in the winter time.

While most of the superheroes claim to provide protection to everyone on earth all-year round, we hear of Santa whose only purpose is to deliver toys in one night. That to me, is a lot of work; Not only that, he also has to make sure that only those that deserve a toy would get one, and those that were naughty shouldn’t.  It is really hard for him to come down the chimney to begin with, but now imagine he only has to leave one toy for one of two kids in a household, “the good boy”. I know the second kid will side with the Grinch, that’s what I would do if I were him.

The Grinch

But that’s not the point, the main question I have always had is: What does Santa do when he is delivering toys in places where his “freezing proof” uniform is now acting more like a “Surround Sauna”? Does he have “Santa shorts” uniform with a sleeveless “Santa Jacket” that is not made of fleece? Do kids leave him milk and cookies in those countries or maybe he would rather have a refreshing glass of lemonade instead?

If he is flying over Washington DC, will we see the US Air Force scrambling a couple of jets escorting him away from the White House?

I am not sure what the answers are, but would love to hear some suggestions.

Raghid Khalil

It’s That Time of the Year!


I hear songs from the eighties, songs that millions of people have heard before. It might not be playing on the radio but it sure is playing only in the minds of those that want to hear it. “It’s the eye of the tiger”, that’s right “the eye of the tiger”.

Less than a week to go… Everyone is on the lookout for everyone else’s action. People slowly walk down the aisles of different electronic and clothing stores, smiling and nodding their heads to others while greeting them, as if they hail from an era not like the one we live in today. They register items and prices in their heads, yet walking out the stores empty handed, again … as if nothing was good enough for them.  That’s how civilized they are … all year-round.

Another day or two go by… Those same people start to lose some sleep. You can see the dark circles under their eyes, but they will deny any accusation of sleep deprivation. That’s a normal behavior. Another one would be their inquisitive nature that pops out of nowhere. They try to suck out every bit of detail you might have, about anything that you may have shown interest in over the past couple of weeks.

The song gets louder and louder, the nights get longer and longer. A cup of coffee is no longer helping. They start resorting to double espresso shots as the time starts closing in on them.

It is almost midnight. Those same people that hailed from the 1900’s era have begun their fast transformation yet backward evolution, an era that many of us were made familiar with, by simply watching movies like ”The Planet of the Apes”.

At midnight precisely, right outside the doors of several stores, you see people in masses running into the stores they were previously visiting in a very civilized manner. This time however the smiles have disappeared, the only eye contact is that established with an item on a shelf or could be in someone else’s cart. No need to get into details: “it’s the purchase of the fittest”.

Life will only return back to normal after checkout has been completed.

The bad news… it is almost the end of civilization. The good news… it is black Friday. Happy shopping!

Raghid Khalil