Shaaz Nasir

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How to lose 20 pounds

In Advice, Attire, Blog, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Fashion, Fat, Film, Food, Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

Why 20?

Since 2006 I have been on the quest for a healthier lifestyle. As mentioned in one of the most popular posts on MTG, https://mindthegapcanada.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/how-i-lost-52-pounds/ , phase one was covered.

Now I stand weighing 200 pounds at 6 foot and 2 inches and ready to enter the final phase of reaching my potential.

200 pounds leaves me at 25.7 on the BMI which is still considered overweight

at 180 pounds allows me to enter a sweet spot of 23.5 which is classified as normal.

Phase 1 was mainly based on cardio through sports and especially a ruthless treadmill regime. The “icing on the cake” was to switch over to jogging 5 km around 3-4 times a week.

Phase 2 will bring things back to the basics as I embraced the treadmill once again but introduce heavy amounts of weight training. Starting as soon as possible, regular sessions will be scheduled among my school work and such. Aiming for 4 times a week at uOttawa or/and Good Life.

Mind the BMI!!!

Some flaws with the BMI, I am sure some healthy football players are classified as overweight as weight and hieght are the only things factored in. Furthermore, some healthy guys are big boned and may be misdiagnosed as overweight in which loosing more would actually be unhealthy.

Since I would be weight training there is a strong chance of me actually gaining weight. But as long as I feel and look superb who cares about some number?

I shall use the 180 as a motivator

Before
Now
Future
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note to readers: please talk to your doctor before trying anything. MTG does not replace your doctor.
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Doubt Me.

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, China, City Council, Culture, Economics, Economics Association, ESA, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Film, Football, Glasses, Globalization, google, GQ Magazine, Greeting, Life, Metrosexual, Orientation, Packing, Tennis, Traveling, Uncategorized, University of Ottawa, World on October 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

Doubt if you must, it’s something I have grown accustom to. If people don’t doubt you it means you’re not pushing the boundaries, not daring to do something that can’t be done. The moment people stop doubting you it’s not because you won them over but rather because you lost yourself.”

– life experiences

From the start people will doubt you and your aspirations. In an attempt to clip your wings all types of methods will be used; no matter what you must resist the barraged of attacks. At the end of high-school after 4 years of planning to become a psychologist I discovered the world of economics. My plan for the next 10 years was scratched in 10 minutes as I frantically scrambled through my research to determine the prerequisites of my new dream.

The Chinese could not have built a greater wall than what stood between me and economics.

The hurdles added up to around 2 years of more schooling. I scurried over to my high school academic advisor to devise a master plan in which my dream would become a reality way sooner. Little did I know, she would doubt me.

“Shaaz, why are you trying? Just give up on this goal of yours. You can’t do this it’s just too much for you. Stop and settle for what you have; you would probably need 3 years of schooling to get the perquisites. There is no way this can be done.”

Some great Academic Advice eh?

So I picked up the pieces of my shattered goal from the floor and made a quick exit. After some consulting with my family and other sources (you can smell my sheer determination at this point, never give up), the solution was found!

Take that Risk

I had a meeting with the department of economics at Carleton which produced a a risky choice. I could take a harder version of  grade 12 calculus at Carleton (some hybrid version which means more in-depth/challenging) and VOILA  I would be majoring in economics at uOttawa. However, the chance to waste money, time, rejecting job offers and failing was high as I had ZERO experience with math at that level.

Of course I took the class.

LONG days LONG nights and NO Summer with LOTS of stress. On average 5-6 hours of studying a day everyday period.

Raw brute force.

Result?

Determination worked as I finished in the top 10% percent of the class with a 79%.  Proved a good amount of people wrong but more importantly proved to myself I could live out my dream, no matter how tall those walls were.

Now I am only 7 months away from my degree in International Economics and Development with a minor in Business Administration. I have 3 years of government work experience. I have the privilege to be the VP Finance of uOttawa’s Tennis League and  the VP Academic uOttawa’s Economic Student Association. Furthermore, I been lucky enough to embark on a 20 day economic delegation to China and Malaysia as a Trade Ambassador.

This message  is not about me or my life but rather about the powers of doubt itself.

Keep pushing the boundaries and doing what’s not possible time and time again.

So for those people please continue to doubt me and MTG.

It only means good things are coming our way…

Shaaz in the Amazing Race Malaysia Video !!!

In Advice, Blog, Business, Culture, Experience, Failure, Film, Friends, Global Vision, Globalization, Greeting, Success, Technology, Uncategorized on October 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Racing in Malaysia

While in Malaysia we were fortunate enough to take part in the Global Vision Amazing Race!

Same concept as the real deal as our team was superb while running around like mad people in Malaysia for hours. We got a chance to see Malaysia thoroughly from using all types of transportation to find monkeys and much more!

Twist Baby Twist

Here was the twist, at the end of race you had a few hours to produce some type of presentation to the judges. The faster you completed the race the more time you get to prepare and make that crucial presentation that laid out all the answers.

Half way through the race our team realized that we could run around and simply take pictures to complete the tasks or take the time and actually talk to the locals and experience the culture. Furthermore , we merged with another group which did slow us down but on the positive side we really did engage in meaningful discussions.

Nonetheless, we finished last place because of shift in focus and merging with more people.

With only around 2 hours for 10 people to collect their answers, brainstorm, and produce a video….time was running out. After taking showers and coming up with a plan we I had 14 minutes left.  In contrast to teams that were half the size with double amount of time to work on the project.

14 minutes

We decided to create a video and I was the one with the skills and the mac book (iMovie). I had to capture the essence of 10 + people while summarizing around 6 hours into 4 minutes in 14 minutes …this was quite the challenge.  It was a solid team effort where the people generated solid ideas and unique marketing concepts. Keeping cool under pressure is a trait we all need to master as it allows you to find a strong foundation to be productive in an environment of utter chaos.  In other words, “just chill”.

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it

Results

While I was making the video, the other team players were perfecting their pitch to the panel of judges. We all came to the conclusion that despite what some clock said…we did not come in last. The point of the amazing race was to better understand and immerse ourselves in the culture as your team, communication, and stress management skills were put to the test.  Not run around simply  taking pictures and pushing people out of the way…yes that would make a great impression on the Malaysians….

Thus we felt confident that although others “raced to the finish line” we took the path less travelled and “learned” to the finish line. With 1 minute remaining the video and pitch was in sync with our team roaring to go.

Everything went according to plan and as a result we went from dead last (10th place) to 3rd as many of those “racers” got numerous questions wrong and missed the point of the whole race.

3rd ….solid team effort with only 14 minutes to prove it.

Enjoy the video (dam youtube downgrades the video quality)

Keep in mind we had three presenters talking about what we did to further add to the video!

Countdown Starts Everyone!

In China, Film, Globalization, Trailer, World on July 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

6 days until Asia !

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid70894097001?bctid=111332947001

Check out this Asiantastic video

yes I said  Asiantastic

Sexy Trailer for China and Malaysia

In Advice, Film, Friends, Global Vision, Greeting, Meeting, Traveling, Youtube on July 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Suspenseful, tantalizing, shaaztastic ….

Click on the title of this post to view the full screen

I will upload a new and improved one shortly!

Tell me what you think in the comment section below !

Mind the Culture: Indian Poem/Song

In Advice, Canada, China, Experience, Film, Friends, Global Vision, Globalization, Greeting, Hindi, Meeting, Packing, Song, World, Youtube on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I stumbled upon a very meaningful song the other day. Now as many of my friends know, I have a good grasp on Hindi and Urdu so I will do my best to bring some sense/context into the translation.

Click the title of the this post to see the entire screen.

Hindi Lyrics:

Aankhon Mein Jis Ke Koi To Khwaaab Hai
Khush Tha Wahin Jo Thoda Betaaab Hai
Zindagi Mein Koi Arzooo Kijiye
Phir Dekhiye ……

Hoton Pe Jis Ke Koi To Geeet Hai
Woh Haare Bhi To Us Ki Hi Jeeet Hai
Dil Mein Jo.. Geet Hai Gun Guna.. Lijiye
Phir Dekhiye……

Yaadon Mein Jis Ke Kisi Ka Naaam Hai
Sapno Ke Jaise Us Ki Har Shaaam Hai
Koi To.. Aaj Se Apna Dil.. Dijiye
Phir Dekhiye…

Khwab Bhun.. Yeh Zara Geet Sun.. Yeh Zara
Phool Chun.. Yeh Zara…
Phir Dekhiye…

Raw English translation

In whose eyes there is some dream
The only happy one is the one who is restless
Hope for something in life
Then see

On whose lips there is a song
Within that defeat lies his victory
Hum the song that is in your heart
Then see

In whose memories their lies someone’s name,
Whose every evening is like a dream
Then see

Weave this dream
Listen to this song
Pick this flower,
Then see

Shaaz’s context translation

Translating the context is very hard for anyone. Hindi is a simple yet complex language; a great example is:

Phir Dekhiye  or “then see”

“Then see” can be translated to”‘we will revisit the situation at another time” or “after acting, you will see the implications”.  I can go on forever but English likes to over complicate things. When I read “Phir Dekhiye”, I understand the meaning (which can be up to 100 words in English).

Now for the overall message of the song,

Stay the course, go out and get what you want, control that desire you have, you will find lessons in your losses, move forward.

Now with this in mind listen to the song again while reading the raw english translation, then see.

Video with Wafik…Math Eco with Jason

In 101 week, Economics, Economics Association, Film, Friends, Frosh, Meeting, Orientation, University of Ottawa, Work on July 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Just finished filming my part for the Economic Student Association for uOttawa. My good man Wafik was brilliant as he really helped me out on what to say and how to relax when in front of a camera. I also ran into Luke (an old and mysterious friend); he comes and goes as he pleases. Kinda like the wind, lame analogy, but it was great seeing him again. Now I am finishing the website with Jason in the background working on some intense Mathematical Economics. Yes it is as tasty as it sounds…. yum.

Long rant over.

By the way, the video was about 101 week!