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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 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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Day 14- Biceps

Oops! I forgot to update the blog yesterday. But this was my exercise plan:

Mountain climbers- 30/20

Standing elbows to knees- 30/20

Bicep curls- 15/12/12– 8 pounds

Hammer curls 15/12/10– 8 pounds

Basic crunch- 25/25

Skyreachers- 20/15 (not as easy as they look)

Reverse crunch- 20/20

Situps- 20/20

I am not too sure about Situps and then there are a lot of conflicting articles on fitness websites. What do you guys think? Should situps be done at all?

Day 2 Morning Run

Woohooo!!! I woke up at 5.40 AM <insert *APPLAUSE*>, read for a while while sipping chai and was out of the house at 6.35 AM while chewing on 3 almonds on my way.

Today I clocked 2KM which I think is awesome for just the second day. Let’s wait and see what my shins think. Ironically I kept wishing I was lighter so that I could run better!

The morning run provides such specimen that are totally unavailable on the evening run. For instance, plenty of humans were walking with their arms rotating in a propellor-like motion; as if they were trying to take off from the ground! Anyway I felt relatively smarter than ALL of them since I was only trying to run, not fly.

Coming up next, a review of my new running shoes from Nike. Stay tuned!

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 😀

Day 4, 5

Day 4 went away at super-sonic speed. I had a lot to do and ended up doing even more than I had expected. I practised guitar but missed doing most of the other things. I may have to tweak somethings according to my schedule so as to not end up feeling guilty!

Day 5 has begun late. And it brings forth more and more news of what a grueling month August is going to turn out to be! No complaints though 🙂

 

And it’s my 5th happy day without Twitter. Now I don’t miss it at all!

Next update soon!

Day 3

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So my third day is a little less successful than previous two. I woke up late. But I have a very fine excuse…I slept very late and I was very very tired. But I am not allowing myself to feel guilty about it. I mean, what’s the point of that anyway.

Although, I already cooked and had lunch. And there’s still time to accomplish the rest of the 8 things that I am “supposed” to do.

Apart from that I am in a great mood. I have work even tomorrow and I have to drive all the way across the city and come back; totally looking forward to that…NOT! But it means I get money, which is GREAT! So, Yayyy!

My album is done. That’d be one thing off my bucket-list. Now awaiting its release which should be in the next two weeks or so. Most of my idle time goes into getting my marketing plan in place. How do I get my CD to be heard and bought by people whom I’m not connected to directly. How do I get them to know that my music exists.

If you have stumbled across this and have read upto here, please drop in your suggestions. I’ll be more than grateful!

Day 1

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Success!! Woke up happily without the alarm at 6.30 AM sharp. Happy, refreshed and confident is what I was feeling until it struck me how empty my life would seem for some days without Twitter gobbling up most of my time. But after all Twitter is such a waste of life. Think about it! We keep staring at the timeline to update itself, for hours in a day.

But I also realize that there’s great danger of my resolve dissolving by the 10th day or so. But I shall not visit Twitter; for my sake.

I’ve been also de-cluttering my house since morning, I had breakfast 2 hours before my “usual time” and it looks like I’m going to accomplish a lot more today than other days which just go in a blur.

So here’s my 30-day challenge list:

  1. No Twitter (*gulp* Oh god! Oh god oh god!)
  2. Wake up at 6.30 AM
  3. Exercise
  4. Meditate
  5. Cook one meal
  6. No internet after 10.30 PM
  7. Practise guitar for 1 hour
  8. Write a blog post
  9. Eat Fruit
  10. Read a book

….whew!

30 Days

I admit. I feel no shame in reading or learning from “self-help” books. Although I DO hate the term “self-help”. I’d much rather prefer “self-improvement” or “personal development” or something like that.

I am well aware that there’s a lot of scope for improvement in my life and some tasks look seriously daunting. So I have decided to eat the elephant one bite at a time. Hence, 30 days. I scoured the internet for interesting 30-day challenges. Some were 30-day photo challenges which do not really interest me because I am really looking forward to have achieved something at the end of a 30-day period. So here’s a list of ideas relevant to my life and I’m going to choose one or more to do EVERYDAY for the next 30 days:

  1. No Twitter
  2. Write Poetry
  3. Practise guitar for 1 hour
  4. Read a book
  5. Exercise daily
  6. Meditate daily
  7. Cook at least one meal daily
  8. Write a blog post
  9. Eat fruit
  10. Wake up at 6.30 AM or earlier
  11. No Internet after 10.30 PM
  12. Laugh daily
  13. Visualize daily

These are what I could think of. Please feel free to suggest more! And wish me good luck 🙂