Milestones, Ram Leela, Wishes

Super Seven

The feisty little kid of our house is turning a year older tomorrow. He is growing by leaps and bounds and yet in our eyes, he remains the pint sized love that has us wrapped around his little finger. He likes the attention, the pampering, being the little one, the pet of our household.  He is a child of leisure, one that enjoys being in his own company. He is self taught, one that likes to chart his own course. He perseveres, working very hard at whatever catches his fancy – be it a 90-page word search book or making 3D fuse beads from you tube videos! They say that children don’t come with instruction manual. This one does. One can read him like a book. He is consistent, predictable and articulate. He is sensitive but knows the art of standing up for himself. He is a very courageous and strong child, overcoming his inhibitions and doing what it takes to get the job done. An origami artist. A book worm. An on-demand crier. A Lego maniac. A cucumber lover.  A problem solver. A doting brother. The apple of our eyes.

Happiest of birthdays to dearest Ram. It has been a joy, privilege and an honor to see you shaping up to be this fine individual. Thank you for coming into our lives and filling it with so much happiness. Wishing you the bestest that life has to offer, now and always!  XOXO. 

Akhil

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Fitness Diary – Day 11 and Day 12

Day 11

I was half asleep yesterday before I realized that I had forgotten the journal entry for the day. It was too late to turnaround and make amends.

Eats – so so. Dark chocolate is my vice. Thank God for this workshop because yesterday would have been one of those days I would have indulged in gluttony but good sense prevailed and the damage was minimized. 

Workout – 17 mins jogging. Meditation – 9 mins. Hydration – so so.  

Gratitude – thankful that I did not go overboard with the eating, thankful that I was able to take the day off to catch up on some household projects, thankful that I had a partially productive day.

Focus in the workshop was exercise – aerobics, anaerobics and flexibility. It is recommended that aerobics be done for not more than 3 days per week. High Intensity Interval Training, a form of anaerobic exercise is the most efficient way to lose excess fat. Personally, I tend to focus only on aerobic exercise. I have weights at home, time to dust them out. I also want to spend one day recovering by doing  yoga, perhaps surya namskar.

Day 12

Today was spent reflecting on random things. I was getting a little frustrated about a certain paperwork that was taking longer than I had hoped for. But I am proud of myself for not letting the frustration get the better of me, I kept chugging along.

Eats – so so. Besan chila for breakfast, ragi dosai for lunch, tacos and veggie rice bowl for dinner. So so because of the raisin toast and the extra dark chocolates that I had.

Workout – 17 mins of running. Meditation – 9 mins. Hydration – bad, did not even attempt. Sleep – so so.

Gratitude – 1. Thankful that I kept reframing and refocusing today and channeled my frustration to productive work. 2. Thankful that although the odds were not in my favor, I managed to pay my monthly visit to the parlor. 3. Thankful for the healing power of space and time – sickness, disappointments, frustrations, squabbles – we have a tendency to hasten the healing in an attempt to make ourselves better sooner than later. But healing takes space and time. Space to experience the unpleasantness and the time to put the suffering in perspective.  

Today’s focus was on eating seasonal and local foods. Eat what’s in season, and eat what’s local. This makes a lot of sense to me.  Here’s a useful link – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=28

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Fitness Diary – Day 10

What an intensive week this week has been! So much to do in so little time.  I know I have been writing half baked posts for the past two days. I am so brain fried and tired that I am barely able to keep my eyes open. I am hanging in there in this workshop by my fingernails.

Eats – good. I will skip the menu as it’s mostly the same as yesterday and the day before. I like to standardize breakfast and lunch from Mon. to Wed.  so I don’t have to spend time planning these meals.  Thurs.-Sat,  I change things around to avoid feeling stuck with the same meals.

Workout and meditation – none today. The time allocated to workout and meditation is being spent with the first child helping him with Tamil.

Hydration and sleep –  so so.

Gratitude.

  • Today, we are celebrating Krishna Jeyanthi in our house. Celebrating Krishna is akin to celebrating the veshamakara kannans of our house. Truly, enna thavam seidhanai for the blessing to parent the lovable feisty little boys.  
  • Thankful to my dad for introducing the Krishna devotional songs.
  • Thankful that we managed to squeeze in some prayer time today for the festival. 
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Fitness Diary – Day 09

Eats – good for most part of the day. Oats with berries for breakfast, quinoa salad for lunch, banana and nuts for snack, raagi dosai for dinner.

Workout – none. Meditation – none. Sleep – ok.

Gratitude:

  1. Intuition – nearly missed signing up for a kids’ activity. Out of nowhere, followed up on it and turns out the event was today. Thankful for the little voice in my head that kept nudging me to follow up.
  2. Thankful to my contractor and his crew who is very considerate of the fact that we are living here while the construction is happening.
  3. Friends show – much needed lightness after a day of running around. Thankful for Netflix!
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Fitness Diary – Day 08

Eats – good. Breakfast – Oats with berries, lunch – quinoa salad, snack – sweet potato and green tea,  dinner – kichdi with squash, mango and dark chocolate. 

Workout – 15 mins jogging

Meditation – 9 mins. Did not do any nostril breathing.

Sleep – bad – 6 hours of fragmented sleep

Gratitude

  1. M.S. Subbulakshmi Hanuman Chalisa
  2. Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate from TJs
  3. Break from making dinner tonight. Had food at neighbor’s house.
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Fitness Diary – Day 7

Eats – bad.  I had a planned lapse (meaning the lapse was not due to temptation or craving but it was something I had budgeted for) so I don’t feel bad about it. What I do feel bad about is the four pieces of dark chocolate I had. Dark chocolate is allowed in the workshop but only one piece. I definitely need to work on my portions, will specifically focus on it this week. Otherwise the regular meals were ok. Raagi dosai with sambar for breakfast, pongal sambar for lunch, dinner sambar rice. Aarachu vitta sambar is a rare treat in our house, so when I make it I don’t miss an opportunity to devour it.  

Workout – 17 mins of jogging with the first born. It was so hard to pull myself out of the house. I had to keep reminding myself that the future me would regret if I let the workout slip by. And I am so glad I pushed myself. It was an absolute treat to get out early in the morning with the fresh cool air caressing my face. Hari thought so too!

Meditation – 9 mins. I did not do any nostril breathing. 

Hydration – so so. I think I nearly made it but did not pay particular attention to it.

Sleep – bad, slept only for six hours. I see the repeat of the story tomorrow. I don’t like that but unfortunately that’s the reality now. 

A day filled with gratitude.

  • Just when I woke up this morning, Ram who was sleeping right next to me, kissed and put his arms around me with such warmth that it melted my heart and rendered it into a pot of mush.  Ironically, what the love bug told me next left me feeling like the most apathatic and horrible mom in the whole wide world – “I am so excited amma. I wonder how much money the Tooth Fairy has left for me. I am tempted to look under my pillow.”  Oh no, how could I? Last night a certain someone had signaled to certain someone else to take care of it and that someone else conveniently forgot it the very next moment it was told to her. Aiyoo.!! After chiding myself and catastrophizing the whole situation in my head,  I woke up my knight in shining armour, who was snoring blissfully, and muttered to the clueless soul in broken hindi “mein dhanth keliyo jho rakna hai, woh bhool gayee”  (as you may have guessed, the child does not know hindi but it did not matter because he was mentally lost in counting his treasury… if I get $1, I will have $32 pocket money, if I get $5, I will have…) The knight in shining armour woke up laughing heartily, went out of the room under the guise of having to use the restroom.. Long story short, five minutes later, the child’s eye lit up as he pulled out a crumpled $5 note. I heaved a sigh of relief and made the best cup of tea to my knight in shining armour who saved the day for this forgetful mommy. Thank you, thank you and thank you.
  • Hari slept undisturbed the whole night last night. The child has had fragmented sleep for the past several weeks due to allergies. We think the trigger is construction related dust. Poor child, poor child, wakes up two to three times with a congested nose, and terrible sneezes. So every night he catches good sleep, I offer my gratitude from the bottom of my heart. 
  • Sunday school started today. Yesterday, I was overwhelmed with how thinly I have stretched myself and was convinced that I should think twice before committing next year. It’s too much preparation and too much time commitment. But this morning when I went to school, my heart was full with gratitude. This the place where I get my ix of India every week. Where I get to sing Vande Mataram and Hum Honge Khamiyaap loudly and proudly. Where as much as my kids want to make fun of the accent, in a strange sense feel like they belong. It was such a treat to see kids from last year come up to me and catch up. I am assisting Hari’s class in the first hour, I had taught some kids in this class five years back, my very first batch and there was a certain ease and friendliness in the air. I was also thrilled to see my new kids this year, can’t wait to see where they will take me on this journey this year.
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Eats – so so. Breakfast – besan veggie chila, lunch – two course South Indian meal, snack – a slice of grain based bread and nuts packet, dinner – chow chow kootu and grainless granola. Portions not good.

Hydration – so so. Meditation – 19 mins. Workout – 45 mins of walking+jogging. Nostril breathing – none. Last night sleep – good. I missed our Sat. take out, my weekly break from cooking. I missed drinking milk today. No specific focus in workshop. Just a reminder to focus on all things.

Things that I am thankful for…

  • I am thankful that I live a life of my choosing. There are very few things that I do out of obligation or sense of duty. Most things I do because I want to do or like to do. 
  • I am thankful that Ram is on the mend. Good to see the little bird chirping around the house.
  • Today had an opportunity to visit a new temple to watch a a flute and mridangam performance by Hari’s friends. It made me happy and gave me a chance to rest and just be; much needed downtime for my preoccupied mind.  
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