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Fitness Diary – Day 4

Oh boy, leading a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done. I tell you, it’s  a full time job! No wonder, I keep falling off the wagon so very often. Nonetheless, it is a goal worth striving for. Baby steps, consistent efforts, incremental results. I tell myself, one day I will get there.  Even if I don’t, it’s worth trying and failing.

Today’s focus in the workshop is avoiding screen time for an hour prior to bedtime. This is very hard for me because that’s the time I spend catching up on pending work stuff, personal emails, writing blog posts, and watching T.V.  I don’t think I can do it on a daily basis. On the flip side, I see value in that idea. I am in front of the laptop for the most part of the day.  I keep wishing that I read more and spent more time with the kids, which is currently non-existent. May be this is an opportunity to see those wishes come to life – may be I can avoid screen time for half an hour before bedtime for 3 to 4 days during the week?  

Eats – not too happy, my portions were not good. Breakfast – chia seeds with fruits and nuts, lunch – good old quinoa salad, snack – poha with a mug of rasam, dinner – vegetable adai.

Exercise – 20 mins jogging. Meditation – 9 mins. Mind still wandering but came back to the present more often too. The sounds around me anchor me in the NOW than the breath. Hydration – again, didn’t count but I have a feeling I met the quota.

Things I am grateful for.

  • My cleaner. As I have written here before, I am fond of her. I am thankful that she cleans my house every fortnight. She does a better job than I would in half the time I would take. One big reason I am able to do volunteering activities is because I get to outsource the cleaning.  I also get the satisfaction of having made a small difference to someone’s monthly earnings.
  • Thank God for dosais and adais. For some the repetition may be boring, but for me it’s a life savior. Eating healthy, tasty, fresh, home cooked, gluten free, wholesome meal that can be made without too much planning as long as you have the batter ready. And how many variations one can make with them! Thankful for South Indian cuisine that makes gluten free diet possible for me.
  • My thanks to Da for taking care of dinner and giving Ram his bath tonight. I had to take care of pending work mails during dinner time to be able to  honor the one hour no screen time stipulation. All I had to do was ask him..!

Hope you are all well in your neck of the woods.

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Fitness Diary – Day 3

With all the banging, drilling and thumping in the house due to construction activities, the day seemed busier than it actually was. It was a noisy day, literally and figuratively.

Eats – went ok. Same oats and berries for breakfast and quinoa salad for lunch. Had roasted poha-nuts-raisin for snack. I missed my evening tea but hanging in there. Dinner was dosai with avocado filling, and beans and sambar on the side. The workshop calls for gluten free menu, so no wheat based products. Dessert was mango and dried figs.

Exercise – 20  mins of jogging. Meditation – 9 mins. Hydration – didn’t keep count but I think I hit the 8 cups mark.

Today’s focus in the workshop was sleep. How well do you sleep? Is getting to bed a challenge for you? You all know that I need my 8 hours of beauty sleep. If I don’t get it, I end up in a vicious cycle of crankiness, high caffeine intake, general lack of discipline, and sleep debt. I don’t get the 8 hours of sleep on most days because either my commitments are demanding or the day has been so intensive that I need to unwind with some Netflix binging. While I cannot always control the former, I can manage the latter. I think I should practice hitting the sack before 10:00 every night.

Things that I offer gratitude for today.

  • I had three work calls today and I made the bad decision to work from home. Thankfully, the construction related noise was not as loud when I had to speak during the call.
  • My thanks to the wonderful wonderful world of podcasts. How would I manage all the dishwashing and the cleaning without the entertainment? In particular, I am thankful to Gretchen and Liz for their weekly Happier podcast, their podcast truly makes me happy. It’s like bantering with your girlfriends. It’s light but not fluffy.
  • Last but not the least, I am thankful for the Nutriage workshop. I have made some incremental lifestyle changes as result of this workshop over the years. And in the short-term, it gives me the focus and discipline I need to get back on track when I go astray.
Posted in Detox, Food, Gratitude, Health and fitness, Introspection, Wishes

Fitness Diary – Day 2

After faltering, falling flat on my face, rising up only to fall flat faster and harder in August, I have taken up the two-week nutrition workshop. God bless the nutritionist for coming up with these seasonal workshops! As part of the workshop, we are are suppose to maintain a daily journal, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t, and express gratitude for three things every day.  I jotted yesterday’s thoughts on google plus. But switching to my blog starting today. 

Today’s focus in the workshop was hydration. For my weight, I am suppose to drink 8 cups of water. I don’t think I had 8 cups but definitely drank more than what I normally would. My eats were ok – oats with fruits for breakfast, quinoa salad for lunch, banana for snack, and adai with sambar (poor combination, I know! But truth be told my adai is more like dosai than adai ) for dinner. The banana snack did not cut it out, I need to have something more substantial. I had sugar and caffeine withdrawals late evening. A couple of dry figs made a difference. Meditated for 9 mins – the mind was all over the place but it was peaceful just to sit in one place. I jogged for 20 mins today.

Three things I am grateful for today.

  • I had a productive day at work. Thankful that I could maneuver around a crisis situation at work and could knock of some critical To Dos.
  • Today, my childhood friend’s son turned 15 years old. I can’t believe 15 years have gone by just like that. I feel fortunate that I have been part of this child’s growing up and I am mighty proud of the fine lad that he is blossoming into…!
  • The 87 degrees outside – loved that I could could go out wearing my old salwar without having to worry about a pullover or sneakers.
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Jan. reflection

I am doing ok with my word of the year – Mindfulness, thanks to the Nutriage workshop that I am signed up for. We are in the third and final week of the workshop. Strike 1 was gluten and processed food. Strike 2 was dairy and caffeine. Strike 3 is sugar and grain. So this week I am on a gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, caffeine-free, added sugar-free meal plan. The goal is to detox and reduce inflammation. For the most part, I am chugging along. Today, I missed black mission figs that I tend to treat myself to after lunch and dinner and craved for some dairy. The temptation passed. Also, this time around, I have been focusing on portion control. This is something that I have struggled with for a long time. One thing that is helping is eating mindfully. When I am eating, I am not doing anything else. Secondly, I have come to realize that the Law of Diminishing Utility truly applies to eating. The first bite is always tastier than the second, the second tastier than the third and the third tastier than the fourth. So overeating has lost its charm.

As part of the workshop, we are required to do some physical activity and meditation. I have not been as steadfast with physical activity but have been enjoying some meditation led by Tara Brach. Do give her a try if you get a chance.

That’s it for now. Take care!

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This I believe…

When the mind is running hither and thither,
When it’s telling the same story again and again,
When it’s tempting me to check Whatsapp and FaceBook every other minute,
When it’s pushing me for all the tasty treats,
When it acts with a sense of entitlement,

It’s about time I focus on the NOW. This moment. This breath. This task

Posted in Detox, Experiments, Food

Go green!

The Eat Clean workshop is done. One of the things that I would like to continue is to have green smoothie for lunch once a week. Easier said than done for a reluctant green smoothie consumer like yours truly. For starters, the notion of drinking something green repels me. Secondly, not a big fan of eating raw spinach or kale. Why bother then? I love how the 16 oz of lunch makes me feel – full but light, sated and not craving. Even better, the next meal is so much more tastier because of the clean palate this one leaves you with. Not to forget all the nourishment that your body gets in the process!

If you ask me, it’s worth getting used to. Want to give it a shot? Here’s a recipe I followed last week that I quite liked – baby spinach (one can never get enough iron), celery stick (like the clean aftertaste), avocado slices (good fat for that feeling of fullness), berries (what with all those antioxidants), green apple (added mainly for volume) salt (flavor), aamchur powder (for that zing), ginger and turmeric (anti inflammatory). Blend them all together with water.

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Detoxing

This week we are detoxing in the Eat Clean workshop. This means we are going caffeine free, dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, and refined carb free this week. Of course, absolutely no processed food. It’s only for five days, so that thought is helping give me give my 100% to the program.

Workout for the day included 2 miles of walk/jog and some strength training. Today’s menu was:  

Breakfast – one big pesarat dosai with peanuts chutney

Morning snack – one tablespoon of chia seeds with 12 oz of water

Lunch – 16 oz of green smoothie – spinach, kale, mango, cucumber, berries blended with ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper, machur and water. Also, threw in a few almonds.

Snack – brown chickpeas with onion and tomato, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water, decaf green tea

Dinner – hearty brown rice, moong dhal kichidi

What were my learnings? Chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are the only source of omega for vegetarians. Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle drink that does wonders to your digestive system. Vegetables can be fermented and are excellent sources of probiotic. This quote had me nodding away – “What does not challenge you will not change you”

How did I feel – green smoothie kept me full only for a couple of hours. Glad I had a bigger snack. Did not crave for any particular food but have been having mild headache since tea time, which is fully expected.