This is a documentary about the first women’s soccer team in Tibet. You will get an insight into their experiences as they work together to enter the international sporting arena as Team Tibet.
She is absolutely amazing! The video says it all. Its just a simple step of wanting to change and that is what she did. Also she learned most of her information about fitness routines, eating healthy off the internet, so you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money to make change your lifestyle.
Elham Asghari swam 20 Km (13 Miles) in the Caspian sea which is located North of Iran. She broke the record and did while fully dressed in Islamic appropriate attire. It was her dream to break this record and she did (go girl!) but she is getting push back from the Iranian authorities.
Regardless of what you are pursuing, the journey can be lonely. You will have friends/family members who will be there for you, every stride, slow or fast, but don’t expect that from everyone. There will be those who will bring you down, the haters, do not let them destroy your dreams. Turn to those who are your cheerleaders, motivators, and yourself (you are your biggest cheerleader). Remember, all the effort (blood, sweat, tears) is worth it and no one else has to understand why your doing it. As I have been told in the past regardless of what passion I am pursing “Don’t seek validation, seek improvement & progress.” The most important thing is you do not need to explain yourself and your actions to others, what and why you are doing it, is only for you, keep moving. There will be hurdles and roadblocks and moments were you just want to give up. I have been there, sometimes its a daily battle for me. I just remind myself to NEVER STOP, NEVER QUIT! When you do succeed people won’t be asking you why but “how you were able to do it and continued to do it?” People say patience is a virtue, true, so is discipline. So continue to be you, keep trekking along even if you fall, get up wipe the dust off and have faith! My journey continues and hopefully yours will also……
So for the last 20 + days I have been fasting and working out. That means from dawn til dusk I do not drink or anything. I get up at 4:00 am to eat breakfast (Suhur) and fuel my body appropriately since I know I will be working out later and will need energy to last me throughout the day. I usually break fast (Iftar) around 8:30ish. Now a lot of people think I am crazy for doing this but I just toned down my workouts and adjust them according to how I feel. Limited cardio and lighter weights. So far fasting and working out have been going well and I am surviving. I was good up until 2 days ago when the last 10 days of Ramadan began and it hit me like a wall. Like when you are running a half marathon/marathon and the last few miles seem endless that is the exhaustion I am feeling. I am still pushing through but I am ready to have a normal eating schedule. Now I am sure many of you are wondering why? Well because 30 days of been sedentary would have driven me crazy. Plus there is not one Ramadan that I was not working out or playing sports. I have been fasting and playing sports since I was teenager, however, with age it gets difficult but still manageable. This time around I wanted to see the physical changes and really understand what happens especially since I haven’t come across hardly any research on fasting and working out. Also is it really bad for you? I don’t think so especially if you know your body and know when to stop. I guess you can say I wanted to test my body to see will I lose my strength or gain it. Since I have been strength training, I definitely have the power to lift heavier weights and do higher reps of body weight exercises. So there is a plus I was able to build muscle even though my protein intake is still limited for the time being. I know there have been articles that while people fast majority gain weight because of the types of food they are consuming. My goal was to continue to eat clean at times it was a struggle since I needed the extra calories to help me through the day. I haven’t gained weight nor really lost but maintained it and at the same gained muscle mass. So ladies (and gents) it can be done of course you should seek approval from your physician and know your limits. I know my body so I was able to do certain things and the other part is my dedication (some call it insanity) of continuing to live a healthy lifestyle and working with the challenges I face.
I briefly touched on this is in my previous entry. People glare at me with confusion when I talk about sports as a tool for cross-cultural communication or diplomacy work. I can list a number of examples, a well-known one is Ping Pong Diplomacy but there are several more. Sports is all around and it is part of our culture, we are participating in it as active or passive participants. Sports can be a great conversation starter and can be used to develop communication and team building skills. Importantly it is a tool that should be and could be easily used and that is what I hope to do.
For the longest time I have struggled to figure out what I wanted out of this website. At first I wanted one thing and than another. I am someone that constantly wants to try new things but get overwhelmed with all the new information. The important thing is I want to be able to share my information and help others understand the important of sports, fitness, healthy living regardless of your background. When one hears “sports, fitness, health!” what are you talking about. Why sports? Well sports is an important tool that can be used to bring people together (regardless of age, gender, race, etc.). There is always some sport (soccer or basketball) or an athlete who is considered a role model. I want to take that aspect of sports and allow women to share their opinions. The thing is anyone can be an athlete you just have to start (I will address the meaning of athlete in another entry). On to fitness that is something that is part of me, like sport it has empowered me to strive to be better and to challenge my body. Trust me I am no superwoman but I am dedicated to making myself a better individual. As for healthy living – that is FOOD! My favorite part. Trust me I have struggled with food for awhile until a year ago when I seriously started to change my eating habits. I didn’t give up anything (I will still chomp down on a burger) I just started to moderate certain foods and substituted other foods into my diet. Did you know every 10 days your taste buds regenerate? So that means if you cut out unhealthy substances (i.e. sugar) for 10 days your desire for sugar will be gone (it works). These areas: sports, health, & fitness I wanted to combine and use it as a motivational tool of not just bringing like minded individuals together but create a global community that will support each other and empower each other, especially women. Lets see where this journey takes me.