Scott Safadi, like many other 30 somethings who are starting a family, managed to put on a few extra pounds with all that extra time at home on the couch. Chasing kids is tiring, but it wont keep you in shape. Having never tried to diet before, Scott Safadi, decided to try one of those super low carb regiments in combination with 3-4 days per week of intense exercise. First, on to the diet:
For two months, Scott Safadi ate no more than 5 grams of carbohydrates per meal, not to exceed 30 grams in any given day. Besides that rule, he was allowed to eat pretty much anything else. Regardless of his efforts to eat lots of protein, the first two weeks felt like utter starvation, no matter how much food he ate. It was like his body only knew how to register carbs as an appetite reliever. After those two weeks, it was smooth sailing, more or less.
So, after the first 2 months, Scott Safadi lost about 20 pounds and found himself at his ideal weight. This particular diet tries to help you avoid the yoyo diet outcome. So, for the next two months, he had to eat at least 20 grams of carbs with each meal and no more than 30, for a total of 100-120 grams or less per day. After those 2 months were over, he lost even a few extra pounds. After those 2 months were over, he transitioned into the long term diet of simply keeping the carbs to a minimum (under 150 grams per day). Months into this, Scott Safadi is finding his weight to be holding steady and his appetite comfortable.
Throughout this process, Scott Safadi has done exercise classes at his local gym. These classes, for the most part, are part of the Les Mills, grit series. They are high intensity interval training classes. They are exhausting, but short, sweet, and efficient. In addition, they help build a good deal of muscle, which helps you maintain your fitness level as well.
Scott Safadi is very happy with the way things turned out, especially after having feared entering into his first "diet." Now, it just feels like normal living.
Scott Safadi is the President of CBPM (Cal Bay Property Management). Since 2005, Scott Safadi has been involved in property management and has made Silicon Valley apartment communities the primary focus of his business management expertise. Scott holds a CCRM (California Certified Resident Manager) designation.
According to Scott Safadi, there are many benefits of having a roommate. One of the most common reasons people choose to share their apartment or home with a roommate is to save money. In addition to financial benefits, roommates can become close friends, notes Scott Safadi.
With that said, Scott Safadi points out a significant disadvantage of having a roommate. Scott Safadi tells us to consider the scenario of moving in with an acquaintance with the understanding that both parties will split the rent equally each month, and then further imagine that one resident stops paying rent. In California and many other states, Scott Safadi reports if the roommate who has stopped paying rent does not willingly move out, the resident who is now paying the full rent amount does not have a right to make them leave simply because he or she has stopped paying their share.
Scott Safadi serves as president of Cal Bay Property Management, based in Palo Alto, California. Scott Safadi has extensive experience in the Bay Area, giving him a great knowledge of the apartment market there.
Q: What was your life like before you got into property management?
Scott Safadi: Well, I was doing construction contracting, property management, project management and real estate financial analysis for years. I really feel that those experiences served as a good springboard into what I’m doing now.
According to Scott Safadi, the ability to separate business and leisure can be a challenging task for most working professionals. Since professionals now own smartphones for convenient access to email and other business communication, it becomes difficult to mark out sufficient time for family, friends and creative pursuits. As an active businessman who regularly works 50-60 hours each week, Scott Safadi prefers to leave the weekends open for personal activities. Still, he maintained an unhealthy habit of occasionally checking email on the weekends for curiosity's sake. The inevitable pull of the red circle icon was too much for him to ignore.
But instead of making him less overwhelmed on Monday mornings with a barrage of urgent emails, the constant whir of communication further prevented Scott Safadi from enjoying his hobbies and interests. The problem was compounded even further when he received unpleasant messages or more complex requests from clients, both of which boosted his stress level.
Q: What is the program Ratio Utility Billing Systems?
Scott Safadi: The Ratio Utility Billing Systems, also known as RUBS, is an increasingly popular program where tenants receive separate bills for their shares of water, gas, sewer and garbage. Each tenant of a property holds a pro-rated share of these expenses, which is determined by a unit's size and the number of occupants who live in a particular unit. Tenants are not held responsible for energy consumption in the common areas (for example, laundry facilities) or usage for overall maintenance (such as building irrigation).
Q: What are the current trends in terms of RUBS implementation?
Scott Safadi: In the last couple years, the number of properties that employ this program has risen dramatically as landlords have determined a need to avoid massive rent increases. Until recently, RUBS was primarily installed in communities of over 100 units. However, smaller communities have begun to implement RUBS as well to alleviate the burden on landlords and encourage tenants to minimize energy consumption. Given the current trends in property management, it is expected that this will become the rule as opposed to the exception within the next decade.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice for graduates?
Scott Safadi: College is often a last chance for people to let loose and have fun before entering into the workforce, which is full of obligations and responsibilities. Although this time might seem challenging at the moment, students should know that the stresses of homework and final exams pale in comparison to the heavy-duty pressures in most professions. Shifting schedules might open up an opportunity to enjoy a major vacation in the final months of college. By entering summer school or completing additional courses during the semester, students are able to take an extended period of time without work or study and unwind.
Q: What experiences informed this perspective?
Scott Safadi: After transitioning into the real world, individuals are under an immense amount of financial and emotional pressure to succeed in both their personal and professional lives. After finishing high school, a professional opportunity arose to pursue a summer internship in a San Jose hospital. The experience – watching doctors or nurses placed in life-or-death situations - was a real wake-up call to set aside time for leisurely activities so as not to be overwhelmed by career responsibilities.