x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Weighty decision in the last 9 days for Dubai's 'Your Weight in Gold' contestant

"Eid was tough. I did my best to avoid sweets, cakes and all fried foods. But it was the big breakfasts that proved to be a struggle."

DUBAI // There are only nine days to go for the thousands of us registered in Dubai Municipality’s Your Weight in Gold campaign.

Frankly, things have not been going as well as I’d hoped.

Eid was tough. I did my best to avoid sweets, cakes and all fried foods. But it was the big breakfasts that proved to be a struggle.

A proper Emirati breakfast is decadent. The options are all tempting and fattening. Using Eid as an excuse, I told myself I could have a break from the diet.

But I’ve decided to think of Eid as a setback to my goal, not the end of it. So I’m eating correctly again.

I’ve even taken to  green coffee. It apparently burns fat and makes you more energetic.

Sure, it’s not the tastiest thing out there. In fact, it’s horrible, but so far it has left me with more energy.

On Monday, at one of the municipality’s exercise meet-ups, I met a fellow dieter whose example I would like to follow. Ahmed

Selim, 20, has done what I have dreamt of doing: reaching his target weight.

The Egyptian, who once weighed 156 kilograms, lost 65kg in 11 months.

“You have to want it as bad as you want to breathe,” Ahmed said. “Nothing can stop you if you want it that bad.”

So the question is: how badly do I want it?

* Mohammed N Al Khan