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Count Your Blessings

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I would like to believe that I am an eternal optimist. It might be a hereditary disorder though, from my Dad (:P). However, most people think (or at least I think, that they think) that I am plain lucky or born with a silver spoon. I can see why they would think so! It could be because I like to keep the brighter side UP! I don't believe in whining or cribbing (mostly :P). I believe in keeping my act together and getting up every-time I hit rock bottom. And, trust me I always hit a NEW [lower] level of rock bottom :o). 

So far, I have no regrets and I have been able to find positive in every situation. I would say I have 300 good days in a year so I am allowed to sulk for the rest of the 65 days (if I really wanted to)! I never compare my life with anyone else. Therefore, the grass is always greener on my side, as there is - NO other side. I try to live in present and make most out of any situation I am in. We have only one life so might as well live-it-up! ... and god-forbid if life decides to give me lemons - I shall make lemonade! :o) So here's to counting-my-blessings... Cheers!  

  • I have no hair-volume what-so-ever but at least they are naturally straight and shiny [like a iffing sunshine :o)]
  • And I have an oily skin, so hopefully I won't have wrinkles for a long time. 
  • Also, I am a home-maker (don't ask why!) for past two years which have given me time to explore my calling as a writer and a self-taught-cook. [Not to forget I have managed to carve a decent body out of lump of lard]. 
  • I have moved 4 countries in last 10 years; it's a good thing that I make friends easily and have them all over the globe!

And so on and so forth... you got the point! Last but not the least when people, who are academically more established, smarter, richer, or even skinner than me tell me that they envy me I really have no other option but to go out there and live my life Queen-size because I only count my blessings and leave the rest to, if you may, destiny!  :o) 

SUPER-Mom, Indeed!

You know that amazing feeling of disobeying your parents and secretly doing what they forbid you to do? Well, that feeling is diminishing at an extremely fast pace (like my youth) and lately instead of disobeying my parents, I find myself saying, "I wish I had listened to them as a child and I would have been so much better!"

My Superrrrr-Mom is visiting me and everyone who has met her (or seen her) thinks she is, either my elder sister or my friend. And I LOVE receiving that compliment for her! Since we have spent six-awesome-weeks together (traveling, shopping, walking and seldom eating!), I have very closely observed her habits and tried to discover the secret to her youth and young-at-heart-spirit! [If anyone is thinking "surgery or botox", trust me, she couldn't be bothered]. She is not at all a gym-o-holic like me, she doesn't even count calories, neither does she follow any food/fitness routine. Her secret simply lies in a healthy lifestyle. Can you believe she prefers (likes CRAVES) to have an apple as a mid-day snack instead of a delicious-&-soft-like-a-rose-petal-chocolate-chip-marble-loaf-cake!?!?!?!?!

The fundamental difference I found between her and me (or anyone who wants to stay young and healthy forever) is that she doesn't choose to eat healthy but instead she is one of the rare few whose cravings are naturally healthy! She can survive, happily, on fruits and vegetables. (Oh God! how I envy her! I got the oily skin in the gene pool, why couldn't I get the healthy-gene?!?!)

Her second secret is her eating speed! She rarely (like once in a millennium) takes second servings and by the time most people are on their third serving, she is just-about-finishing her first. She doesn't follow any portion-control or curb her appetite. She just follows her stomach and hunger. [Why God? Why? ... Why couldn't I be more like her, naturally?]

I don't mean to paint a picture of a skinny-mom. She is an average-built-normal-healthy-person who looks 20 years younger than her age and is very active and social (touchwood). I wish I am all of these things 20 - 25 years down the lane ...

I am listing some of the things which I do NOW but didn't do them when my Mom pestered me to, in childhood (because I was a rebel-without-a-cause):

Go to the gym. But how could I? It was so boring!!! and besides there was always something very interesting coming on television or some super-important phone call which I just had to make *wink*
Eat Fruits. Yikesss! Fruits? Why? They were 'weirdly' sweet and didn't even have chocolate. What a waste of my calories (Like, as if I was counting :P)!
Sleep on time, like before mid-night. Now why would anyone do that? I was young and I didn't-need-no-sleep! No really!

Have they found a 'reliable' time-machine, yet?!?!? I would like to make some amends ... hmmm or may be not .... *wink*wink*

Welcome to my Orbit

Fall Floral Maxi Skirt

I have been really out-and-about-traveling these past couple of weeks while scared to death about my health (read: weight) and fitness (read: muscle) goals. However, to my benefit, lately I have noticed that even after weeks of slacking (i.e. 3 times a week workout for 30 minutes only) I do not put on 'as-much-weight' as I used to; say 2-3 years back *touchwood*. Here, I would be immodest (openly!!!) and just simply thank myself for the whole mental transformation which I have achieved over the last couple of years. Like Madam V ( you know who you are) said that I have an Eye of the Tiger! I never lose focus from what I want. It's the only tool I have 24/7 which helps me keep myself on track, always.

I have already shared my motivational drama with the audience. Now allow me to add more spice to it! Giving you an insight of how my brain works so, People - "Hear Up!"

  • Firstly, I have extremely HIGH expectations from myself. So I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT allow myself to slip even an inch from my goal. [Trust me, I am my worst critic]
  • Oh! and then ... I LURVVEEE all the compliments and attention *wink* that come my way due to my fitness mania and reasonably-decent-physique *wink*wink*
  • I also find it very flattering when my friends-colleagues-family ask me for health/fitness/weight loss related advice and in a way look up to me and at me for motivation

All said and done I have created an orbit around myself of positivity, motivation and dedication with (most importantly!) knowledge and hard-facts! I read health-related articles from trustworthy sources, constantly try to improve my eating habits and stay-on-my-feet (read: hyper-active :P)
I might have tumbled upon fitness [on my way to achieve greaterrrr things in my super-ambitious-life] but now I strive to stay here harder because I have made a strenuous effort to understand my body! I never wanted to get here really badly, but now that I AM here, I definitely want to stay - FOREVER!
My body is my temple. Jai Ho! :o)
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