My First Blog: An Introduction

First Blog Image 1

Wow! I would like to start this off by welcoming the Islandfit Family back to our website. I have been thinking about writing this blog post for what now feels like ages. After a long hiatus, it feels good to be back. As you may or may not know from the first couple videos posted on our socials, the team is now comprised of just me, Sahil. Sandev, Keshell and Nadia have all moved on from the project as life sometimes takes us in directions which we don’t expect. I would like to take this opportunity to continue to wish them all the best in everything that they are pursuing. Some plans are being put in place to increase the size of the team again and as this unfolds, I will keep you updated here on the website as well as on our social pages.

Since this is the first time we have a blog, I guess the first question that comes to mind is “what is the blog about?” To answer your question quite simply is that it’s a way to follow the journey of Islandfit as we, the Islandfit Fam, explore various aspects of health and fitness. I will attempt to keep these themed as we move forward and, based on feedback, we can adjust from there.

I’ve thought a lot about what this first blog post should be about. I came to the realisation that none of you really know who I am and what my background is or any of my interests. Mainly, I figured it would be useful to let you know what it has been like for me throughout my life, how I’ve overcome some of the challenges I’ve faced so far, and what I’m still dealing with right now. Also, it would give you an insight into why Sandev and I decided to start Islanfit in 2017.

I guess as they say, “the best place to start is at the beginning.” I’m a 28 year old electrical engineer who loves sports, pizza, TV and movies, and games. Throughout high school I played cricket at various levels since this was always my passion, and football every lunch time (from form 1 straight to form 6). I never continued my cricket because the focus from my parents was always placed on academics. Hence, I set aside my cricket and even the everyday football ‘sweat’ to focus on my studies in university. After I completed my degree, I went on to do my master’s in Ireland, where I was lucky enough to take part in some amateur cricket over there. This reignited my passion for cricket once more, and I wanted to start playing again.

My history in sport, has always been marred by a lot of injuries. While playing football in high school I suffered 7 sprained ankles – 5 on the right ankle and 2 on the left. These were never serious and always healed within a few weeks. However, during a ‘last sweat for the semester’, in what was supposed to be my final year in University (UWI) I suffered a grade 3 ACL tear, which required surgery. This injury, I think, has had the most impact on my life than anything else that has happened to me. It affected me emotionally and mentally and forced me to have serious look at my physical fitness and health.

Being the person I was back then, I decided to postpone the surgery to complete my degree. However, I didn’t anticipate the impact of the depression that would follow given my inability to walk without the use of crutches, the dependency on others to get things done for me etc. I didn’t end up passing my courses that final semester. Given that throughout my schooling I was always a high achiever, this was difficult to process compounded with my physical situation. It was a very difficult time in my life, and to this day I remain grateful to the family and friends that helped me through it. The surgery was successful, and physiotherapy eventually brought me back to around 90%. The rest was up to me.

This was when I realised that I had gained 20lbs over a couple months and I was determined to lose the weight and so I decided to start going to the gym. I was always inconsistent about the gym during my time in UWI but I was determined to make it stick this time. I started a diet and I went to the gym 3 times a week. It lasted all of 6 weeks. I lost 10lbs, I was happy with my progress and fell off the bandwagon again. But at this point I was busy with my second attempt at my courses in UWI so who can blame me right? My knee was feeling okay and I had lost a lot of weight.

It was around this time that Sandev approached me to start Islandfit, given his background in the gym and mine in sports and technology, we decided to push forward with the idea. We decided that we wanted to highlight people within this space that had worked hard to achieve their goals in the gym. We hoped that these stories would help inspire people to try to achieve their goals after they see what is possible. We pushed forward with that idea and then moved on to highlighting some healthy food places, gyms, and some events based around fitness. We wanted Islandfit to be the hub for all information when it comes to fitness in Trinidad and Tobago. We both found it difficult in our fitness journeys to find reliable information on gyms, health food places, supplement stores, etc. in Trinidad. We believed that if we could help make information more readily available to the population, it would increase the number of people who would finally decide to take that fitness journey and stick to it.

My goals so far have mostly been surrounding cricket and trying to increase my level of fitness. I have progressed to exercising once every 2 days (I managed that last month). To get to that goal has been one hell of a story on its own, and maybe we will explore that later. I have used exercise as a springboard to help, not just physically, but with mental and emotional health as well. I’ve always found sport to be my mental relaxation for the week. I’m able to unwind, relax and enjoy myself. I think that physical and mental health go hand in hand as a vital part of someone being healthy and happy. I know it is not something that we have covered before on Islandfit, but it is something we will begin to explore.

Apologies for the long blog post but I hope this gives you an idea of what my background has been like. To sum it all up, I am just an average Joe trying to figure things out in the fitness world. I will be taking you along for the journey in this blog as I research and discover things that may be useful. Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, you can learn a thing or two and I can learn a thing or two from you in the comments. That way we can form a fitness community that can work together for the greater good. That’s it for now, I hope to see you here again for blog number 2!

My First Blog: An Introduction

First Blog Image 1

Wow! I would like to start this off by welcoming the Islandfit Family back to our website. I have been thinking about writing this blog post for what now feels like ages. After a long hiatus, it feels good to be back. As you may or may not know from the first couple videos posted on our socials, the team is now comprised of just me, Sahil. Sandev, Keshell and Nadia have all moved on from the project as life sometimes takes us in directions which we don’t expect. I would like to take this opportunity to continue to wish them all the best in everything that they are pursuing. Some plans are being put in place to increase the size of the team again and as this unfolds, I will keep you updated here on the website as well as on our social pages.

Since this is the first time we have a blog, I guess the first question that comes to mind is “what is the blog about?” To answer your question quite simply is that it’s a way to follow the journey of Islandfit as we, the Islandfit Fam, explore various aspects of health and fitness. I will attempt to keep these themed as we move forward and, based on feedback, we can adjust from there.

I’ve thought a lot about what this first blog post should be about. I came to the realisation that none of you really know who I am and what my background is or any of my interests. Mainly, I figured it would be useful to let you know what it has been like for me throughout my life, how I’ve overcome some of the challenges I’ve faced so far, and what I’m still dealing with right now. Also, it would give you an insight into why Sandev and I decided to start Islanfit in 2017.

I guess as they say, “the best place to start is at the beginning.” I’m a 28 year old electrical engineer who loves sports, pizza, TV and movies, and games. Throughout high school I played cricket at various levels since this was always my passion, and football every lunch time (from form 1 straight to form 6). I never continued my cricket because the focus from my parents was always placed on academics. Hence, I set aside my cricket and even the everyday football ‘sweat’ to focus on my studies in university. After I completed my degree, I went on to do my master’s in Ireland, where I was lucky enough to take part in some amateur cricket over there. This reignited my passion for cricket once more, and I wanted to start playing again.

My history in sport, has always been marred by a lot of injuries. While playing football in high school I suffered 7 sprained ankles – 5 on the right ankle and 2 on the left. These were never serious and always healed within a few weeks. However, during a ‘last sweat for the semester’, in what was supposed to be my final year in University (UWI) I suffered a grade 3 ACL tear, which required surgery. This injury, I think, has had the most impact on my life than anything else that has happened to me. It affected me emotionally and mentally and forced me to have serious look at my physical fitness and health.

Being the person I was back then, I decided to postpone the surgery to complete my degree. However, I didn’t anticipate the impact of the depression that would follow given my inability to walk without the use of crutches, the dependency on others to get things done for me etc. I didn’t end up passing my courses that final semester. Given that throughout my schooling I was always a high achiever, this was difficult to process compounded with my physical situation. It was a very difficult time in my life, and to this day I remain grateful to the family and friends that helped me through it. The surgery was successful, and physiotherapy eventually brought me back to around 90%. The rest was up to me.

This was when I realised that I had gained 20lbs over a couple months and I was determined to lose the weight and so I decided to start going to the gym. I was always inconsistent about the gym during my time in UWI but I was determined to make it stick this time. I started a diet and I went to the gym 3 times a week. It lasted all of 6 weeks. I lost 10lbs, I was happy with my progress and fell off the bandwagon again. But at this point I was busy with my second attempt at my courses in UWI so who can blame me right? My knee was feeling okay and I had lost a lot of weight.

It was around this time that Sandev approached me to start Islandfit, given his background in the gym and mine in sports and technology, we decided to push forward with the idea. We decided that we wanted to highlight people within this space that had worked hard to achieve their goals in the gym. We hoped that these stories would help inspire people to try to achieve their goals after they see what is possible. We pushed forward with that idea and then moved on to highlighting some healthy food places, gyms, and some events based around fitness. We wanted Islandfit to be the hub for all information when it comes to fitness in Trinidad and Tobago. We both found it difficult in our fitness journeys to find reliable information on gyms, health food places, supplement stores, etc. in Trinidad. We believed that if we could help make information more readily available to the population, it would increase the number of people who would finally decide to take that fitness journey and stick to it.

My goals so far have mostly been surrounding cricket and trying to increase my level of fitness. I have progressed to exercising once every 2 days (I managed that last month). To get to that goal has been one hell of a story on its own, and maybe we will explore that later. I have used exercise as a springboard to help, not just physically, but with mental and emotional health as well. I’ve always found sport to be my mental relaxation for the week. I’m able to unwind, relax and enjoy myself. I think that physical and mental health go hand in hand as a vital part of someone being healthy and happy. I know it is not something that we have covered before on Islandfit, but it is something we will begin to explore. Apologies for the long blog post but I hope this gives you an idea of what my background has been like. To sum it all up, I am just an average Joe trying to figure things out in the fitness world. I will be taking you along for the journey in this blog as I research and discover things that may be useful. Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, you can learn a thing or two and I can learn a thing or two from you in the comments. That way we can form a fitness community that can work together for the greater good. That’s it for now, I hope to see you here again for blog number 2!

My First Blog: An Introduction

First Blog Image 1

Wow! I would like to start this off by welcoming the Islandfit Family back to our website. I have been thinking about writing this blog post for what now feels like ages. After a long hiatus, it feels good to be back. As you may or may not know from the first couple videos posted on our socials, the team is now comprised of just me, Sahil. Sandev, Keshell and Nadia have all moved on from the project as life sometimes takes us in directions which we don’t expect. I would like to take this opportunity to continue to wish them all the best in everything that they are pursuing. Some plans are being put in place to increase the size of the team again and as this unfolds, I will keep you updated here on the website as well as on our social pages.

Since this is the first time we have a blog, I guess the first question that comes to mind is “what is the blog about?” To answer your question quite simply is that it’s a way to follow the journey of Islandfit as we, the Islandfit Fam, explore various aspects of health and fitness. I will attempt to keep these themed as we move forward and, based on feedback, we can adjust from there.

I’ve thought a lot about what this first blog post should be about. I came to the realisation that none of you really know who I am and what my background is or any of my interests. Mainly, I figured it would be useful to let you know what it has been like for me throughout my life, how I’ve overcome some of the challenges I’ve faced so far, and what I’m still dealing with right now. Also, it would give you an insight into why Sandev and I decided to start Islanfit in 2017.

I guess as they say, “the best place to start is at the beginning.” I’m a 28 year old electrical engineer who loves sports, pizza, TV and movies, and games. Throughout high school I played cricket at various levels since this was always my passion, and football every lunch time (from form 1 straight to form 6). I never continued my cricket because the focus from my parents was always placed on academics. Hence, I set aside my cricket and even the everyday football ‘sweat’ to focus on my studies in university. After I completed my degree, I went on to do my master’s in Ireland, where I was lucky enough to take part in some amateur cricket over there. This reignited my passion for cricket once more, and I wanted to start playing again.

My history in sport, has always been marred by a lot of injuries. While playing football in high school I suffered 7 sprained ankles – 5 on the right ankle and 2 on the left. These were never serious and always healed within a few weeks. However, during a ‘last sweat for the semester’, in what was supposed to be my final year in University (UWI) I suffered a grade 3 ACL tear, which required surgery. This injury, I think, has had the most impact on my life than anything else that has happened to me. It affected me emotionally and mentally and forced me to have serious look at my physical fitness and health.

Being the person I was back then, I decided to postpone the surgery to complete my degree. However, I didn’t anticipate the impact of the depression that would follow given my inability to walk without the use of crutches, the dependency on others to get things done for me etc. I didn’t end up passing my courses that final semester. Given that throughout my schooling I was always a high achiever, this was difficult to process compounded with my physical situation. It was a very difficult time in my life, and to this day I remain grateful to the family and friends that helped me through it. The surgery was successful, and physiotherapy eventually brought me back to around 90%. The rest was up to me.

This was when I realised that I had gained 20lbs over a couple months and I was determined to lose the weight and so I decided to start going to the gym. I was always inconsistent about the gym during my time in UWI but I was determined to make it stick this time. I started a diet and I went to the gym 3 times a week. It lasted all of 6 weeks. I lost 10lbs, I was happy with my progress and fell off the bandwagon again. But at this point I was busy with my second attempt at my courses in UWI so who can blame me right? My knee was feeling okay and I had lost a lot of weight.

It was around this time that Sandev approached me to start Islandfit, given his background in the gym and mine in sports and technology, we decided to push forward with the idea. We decided that we wanted to highlight people within this space that had worked hard to achieve their goals in the gym. We hoped that these stories would help inspire people to try to achieve their goals after they see what is possible. We pushed forward with that idea and then moved on to highlighting some healthy food places, gyms, and some events based around fitness. We wanted Islandfit to be the hub for all information when it comes to fitness in Trinidad and Tobago. We both found it difficult in our fitness journeys to find reliable information on gyms, health food places, supplement stores, etc. in Trinidad. We believed that if we could help make information more readily available to the population, it would increase the number of people who would finally decide to take that fitness journey and stick to it.

My goals so far have mostly been surrounding cricket and trying to increase my level of fitness. I have progressed to exercising once every 2 days (I managed that last month). To get to that goal has been one hell of a story on its own, and maybe we will explore that later. I have used exercise as a springboard to help, not just physically, but with mental and emotional health as well. I’ve always found sport to be my mental relaxation for the week. I’m able to unwind, relax and enjoy myself. I think that physical and mental health go hand in hand as a vital part of someone being healthy and happy. I know it is not something that we have covered before on Islandfit, but it is something we will begin to explore.

Apologies for the long blog post but I hope this gives you an idea of what my background has been like. To sum it all up, I am just an average Joe trying to figure things out in the fitness world. I will be taking you along for the journey in this blog as I research and discover things that may be useful. Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, you can learn a thing or two and I can learn a thing or two from you in the comments. That way we can form a fitness community that can work together for the greater good. That’s it for now, I hope to see you here again for blog number 2!