15 September 2012

Day One into Day Two

Weight:     Oh forget about it.  Whatever eaten on the week-ends are free.... and I'm bloated.  Yeah, I said it, deal with it.

Activities:   Today was about other people.  I know, I know.. I'm diverting - but, really it was and I LOVED IT..

  • Got up early, well in time to meet a wonderful Sister who will be driving the Ramadan Hijab Drive items to Mexico.  However, did not make it to class and opted to get a coffee which I spilled in my bag and on the car. 

  • Took my oldest son to Trader Joe's to do some healthy food shopping.  He did.  I picked up Molassess cookies, various flavored goat cheese and crackers.  YUMMY  Then, my son in turn, took Me out to lunch in which I had the BEST fries (chips) of my life at Wing Stop.

  • Came home, did my Volunteer Housekeeping job
  •  Dressed for a Nikkah (Muslim Wedding)  Masha Allah

One of my lovely little Sisters from my Community got married today :) Big Huge Smile. Getting sentimental now - so, have a good 10 - 20 years on my little group of Halaqa sisters.. but, they took in this old stray and embraced my craziness.  I feel like they are not just my Sisters in Islam, but my little Sisters.  Being an older, experienced woman I feel like I need to protect them from the evils in this world.  So, when one of them gets engaged - I say, "Is this young man worthy of our little sister?"  And, the conclusion is always Yes.. but, I still have to ask.

However, all of the events took place off of the 405 freeway today and today is Carmaggedon II 
"the closure of the nation's busiest freeway" (per NBC News).  Which meant I had only a period of time to get back into the Valley before 11 pm.

Here is my Story:
As I was nervously watching my time, I noticed everyone starting to leave. Around 10 pm I saw the room starting to thin out very quickly.  Oh no, I have around 35 miles to drive before the closure times traffic.
So, me and my little Prius wound our way through Torrance up to the dreaded 405 freeway.  As we were driving as fast as we could to beat the dreaded closure the time was ticking.  I was starting to get nervous as the traffic slowed before the 10 freeway.  This was my OUT.. I could take the 10 and avoid getting stuck.  But, we pressed on.  We were getting closer and closer and the time was running out.  In the last 5 miles stretch, I placed the car in Power Drive and we kicked assphalt all the way up the hill.  And as we were cruising underneath the Grand Dame Mullhuland Drive Bridge - the reason for Carmaggedon II.  I looked up at the underbelly of it and said, "You Son of a Bridge, You Don't Own Me - Ha" and pumped my fist in the air.  Then swerved a little into the lane next to me...  # of Times I Swore at Drivers Today:   1

Good Nite..

14 September 2012

Day One - Night

Weight:       Between 180 & 185 (I know right? It's because I'm tall)

Food:         A slice of pizza & water while driving to class

Exercise:   20 min early for first Khundalini Yoga class (i hope someone gets here soon I have to use
                   the bathroom)

# of Times I Swore at Drivers:     !!

Nicotine Intake:                            !  (refer to above)

Update on Yoga: still waiting. I guess no need to drive fast and get a ticket. (that was a lie) but I did drive over 35 mph. Come on... it's a Prius... that's going fast!

Update on Yoga:  am home now, eating a big bowl of Chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Why?  Because apparently the Yoga schedule changes daily.  # of Times I Swore at Drivers:     !
 Nicotine Intake:    !

Note to Self:  look for new Khudalini Yoga class that isn't 8.4 miles away and doesn't change their schedule as many times as I change my underwear....

New Goal:  go to sleep early tonight so can get up for Fajr prayer and start Arabic Class at 830 am..

Wish me luck and do lots of Duas

Good Nite

Introduction to Teresa

Hi my name is Teresa, Sr Teresa, Aisha, Sr Aisha, Mom, Honey, Pumpkin, Woman, Stubborn Scandinavian Girl.  But, you can call me Pam!   I am at a minimum 40 years old, but look and act about 20 ;) I am Married, have 2 boys, 2 cats and a Hello Kitty toothbrush.  I am a pretty religious person; meaning that my religion, Islam, is not just a one day a week practice for me, it is a 24 hour, 7 day a week practice for me.  Do I struggle?  You betch ya.. I'm not perfect (ssshhhhh don't tell my kid's because I tell them that I am), I struggle on a daily basis with being a good person (I'm a little bit of a smartass) and I try hard to keep Allah (which is God in Arabic) in my thoughts all of the time.  But, I'm only human.

But Why?
you are probably asking yourself right about..............now! are you doing this?  Just chill, I'm about to go into that.  Well, I have found that in order to succeed in a task or a plan, you need to hold yourself accountable to it.  What better way to do that then to post it publicly and have you remind me?  Am I right?

The Plan
to bore you to tears, make you laugh and cry, make you feel sooo much better about your own life and to hopefully get feedback, encouragement, criticism (cause I take that so well) and advice back from you.

My Issues
  • Imaan (my faith)
  • Mood Swings (hormones)
  • Weight (haa haa)
  • Marriage and Kids
  • New Business Venture

So, if you will, please sign-up to be a Supporter; share/pass my blog on (you know, like a joint.. oh come on, we were all young once) or just Read and Laugh.. it would be greatly appreciated.

Jazakallahu Khair - Thank You

and... it begins!!

13 September 2012

Under Construction

The Chronicles of Teresa has been kind of a downer the last few years.

But then I suppose this is just how life is, it can't be drama-free, political-free, rainbows and unicorns all if the time. That is just not realistic.

However, we can try... Right? The glass is half full and what not.

So with all of the gobblygook written above here is what's going on:
- I'm making some big changes in my life right now
- My body is making some big changes that are not in my control (Aka menopause)
- I'm taking a step to get off of nicotine for good (Aka the dreaded gum)
- I have already began my Imaan challenge
- I quit my gym, that I hadn't attended in 2 years, and am on a new venture. Just wait... Mwaaahaaahaaa

So get ready for the Chronicles of my New Healthy Non-Moody Embracing my Menopause Life