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At the onset, I apologize for my extended absence from blogging daily. Good news is that my 30-day challenge was successfully completed. Now working out is a habit and I can safely say that I can’t live without it 🙂

There were a couple of unexpected hurdles along the way to the 30 days. For one, I was hit by a massive common cold attack that took some time to recover. But what I did during the time when I couldn’t get my body to exercise was, I ate healthy. And very very consciously.

I can already see changes in my body and I am very inspired because of that! Also, I took swimming classes. I have only attended 2 till now. But considering that I am awfully scared of swimming pools, this was a giant step for me. So hoping to continue that without making excuses!

Now I understand why they say that working out can change your life! There are so many hidden lessons in this whole process of working out towards fitness. Since the changes in the body happen so incrementally, you know for sure that one week of exercise is not going to get you to your desired goal. Hence patience becomes necessary. Eating the elephant piece by piece comes next. So planning follows. Sore muscles are evidence of changes taking place inside the body even if you can’t see it on the surface as yet. Faith in the goal, no matter how impossible, comes automatically. Also, personally I noticed that I wouldn’t push my body enough when I worked out earlier. But now I am driven more because I know I am making lifestyle changes, painstakingly planning my meals, avoiding falling to temptation to eat pizza etc. And I eat more consciously because I know that I am really giving each work out my 100%. So this diet and exercise motivation is now feeding off each other, which is great!

What I mean is, that exercise has now made it clear to me that with every goal in life, it has to be done in a similar way: one piece at a time, with faith, patience and confidence that it’s going to happen even if I can’t see “how” just as yet. I think, if I HAD to choose a religion, it would be Fitness 😀 Because it’s makes you an awesome person!

Now I am really feeling lost without a 30-day challenge. Any ideas on what it should be?

 

Day-19

So I have signed up for swimming lessons and at the exact time I have got a cold. That’s pretty guilt-inducing for me considering that my mother stubbornly believes that I never finish anything.
But I am still exercising anyway. If the cold is not too bothersome or accompanied by fever then it might actually be a good idea to work out. I have noticed that the cold’s effects somehow lessen.
Anyway the great part is that I inadvertently did TWO workouts. One was in the morning and right now when I got my new set of dumbells home from the car. Boy were they heavy!!

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Ta-dah!! Yes the plates can be removed. Red, yellow and blue weigh 1.5, 1 and 0.8 kg respectively. The bar itself weighs 1kg. So in all 7.6 kg.
Looking forward to working out tomorrow like never before! 😉

Day 18, Day 17

So I totally forgot to make a blog entry yesterday. But that’s because I was buying a new set of dumbells 🙂 Also, my exercise plan is ready. This is what I am following.

Yesterday was a little challenging for me even mentally. As I was getting dressed to step out, I noticed that my belly had become bigger than what it was even before I started working out! I was a little scared, demotivated, negative about how I couldn’t fit well into what I was wearing. The entire evening I was very conscious of my body. But then the reason for the sudden bloating hit me as I was driving back! It was RICE! This was probably the second time only in the past fortnight that I ate rice for lunch and I don’t think I am going to eat rice again till I achieve my exercise goal. I read online about rice and stomach bloating. Apparently, rice “swells” in the stomach after absorbing liquids inside. Another theory was that sometimes the bacteria in the large intestine that help with digestion of rice start producing gas because of which this sudden bloating occurs. Whatever it was, I was feeling bloated like crazy! And it’s not a nice feeling. After all the workouts and planning the diets, it doesn’t feel good when the tummy protrudes even more than what it was at the beginning!

Anyhow, thankfully the bloating mystery is solved 🙂 Also I have bought a Kilo of whey protein powder so that there’s a commitment to finishing it.

I am going to put up a lot of pictures today. So stay tuned!

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I have signed up for swimming lessons. Ready to go from Wednesday!
Today I went for a walk in the sun. It’s really hot and humid here in Bombay and running would have done more damage than good, I thought.
Although my diet went for a little waywardness today. I could manage to eat only 4 meals. But as always, I won’t punish myself for it.
Tomorrow shoulders.

Day 12- Got moving

Only I know how I fought heavy inertia and went for a run! Of course post running I felt fabulous. It’s the getting up and going part that’s the challenge! Came back, cooked. I feel great!
Will post more tomorrow. Off to bed. Tomorrow weight training day.

Day-10 Pose Method

After last evening’s run I notice that there’s no muscle soreness and Shins are happier than ever before! What did I do differently? Well, I tried to imitate the Pose Method of running. A disclaimer is that I haven’t trained formally but I watched and read a lot about landing on the mid-foot and legs falling right under the torso in small strides. I must say that it not only helped me with muscle soreness but also with running more. I would recommend that you Google stuff on Pose Method. One such video is here I have finished my workout for the day; the dreaded lunges! I don’t know if I demolished the workout or not but it surely demolished me! 🙂

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Catch you soon! Have a fantastic day ahead!

Day 8- Momentum

I am now totally converted to the belief that exercise makes one happy. I got firsthand experience just now. I was feeling quite lazy to exercise and my mind kept telling me that I was too tired and that I had ‘earned’ my sitting-on-ass time. 🙂 But there was then this picture that kept coming to mind

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And I was off my behind immediately! This working out is nothing less than character building! So moral of the story is ‘Yayyyy’!! 🙂 I hope you guys are also going at your goals and dreams, full throttle! It’s only worth doing ‘full throttle’. Anything less than that just doesn’t stay fun anymore… Keep at it guys! A few weeks more for a new, fitter YOU.

30 day challenge no. 2

I was looking for some ideas to start my next 30-day challenge after the resounding success of my first one which was to stay off Twitter. I read a list of ideas but none of them were inspiring enough. So I have decided to walk for 30 mins daily for the next 30 days. I have no excuses to not do it. I have bought myself excellent running shoes. And that’s it. Walking anyway doesn’t need any other equipment other than an iron will!

So, there. I’ve declared it. Come hell or high water, I shall walk! \m/

What’s up

Well pretty much everything is looking up! And just when I think that things couldn’t get any better, they DO!

Even though my resolve of writing a blog-post daily lost steam somewhere after the 4th day, I have managed to achieve a LOT else! A personal victory has been being off Twitter for 30 days straight. It’s especially important to me because I was heavily addicted to Twitter to the point of being worried about myself.

Then in this 30-day challenge I released my debut album to a very good reception! I got promoted with my album cover on one of the biggest international apparel and footwear brands’ official page too! I hadn’t planned for all this in detail. But I guess this is my biggest lesson: I made space in my life for the things that are important to me and the Universe paid back with such rich dividends.

What I am currently experiencing is INVINCIBILITY and a feeling of being un-hurtable. It’s a pretty awesome feeling also because it’s sustained over many days 🙂

Of course there are many personal challenges in front of my eyes right now but I know that one very important thing is off my bucket-list, which is my music album. You can get a sneak preview over here 😀

Debut music album released!!

My debut album released on the 1st of September 2012! I am so excited that it’s almost dizzying! But this has been finally accomplished and it has done me a world of good already.

It’s available in stores and for a home delivery anywhere in India, please call these toll free numbers 1800 258 8888/ 1800 425 6967 and ORDER FOR YOUR COPY TODAY!