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Day 13 - It's all in the Family


It is the weekend again, but I am not scared anymore that we will fall-off our fitness bandwagon. We are quite in the zone now. I hope these are steps towards lifestyle change and not just a passing phase. Although, instead of Sunday, we assigned "Saturday" to be our resting day this week. And on Monday I shall hop on the weighing-scale and share the verdict with you all *super.nervous*. I am hoping to feel like this model flying in the air with her super-toned body.

Family Anecdote

The only person in my family who has equal (if not more) interest in fitness as me, is my Uncle (Tauji whom I call with love and respect). He is my father's elder brother. He is in his mid-50's but doesn't look a day older than 40. His secret is Yoga and super healthy eating habits. As my Grandmother tells me, he had, since childhood been conscious of his health and fitness, even when there was no awareness or information available. He is a Yogi (Yoga-expert). He can do all those fancy poses and aasans (postures) with total ease.

Now, living independently for almost 10 years, I am quite used to doing everything on my own, whether it's picking up heavy luggage, or furniture, etc. basically activities which are mostly considered a 'man's job'. As it happens, this summer, one day he had come over to meet me. I was holding the center table, to move it and make space for everyone to sit in my Grandmother's room (that's where we all sit as she is paralyzed and can't move). Later, when it was time to eat, we needed the table back in the center. So my Uncle got up to pick the table and put it back. That's when he realized that the table was actually heavy! You see, since he saw me picking it up with total ease, he sub-consciously thought that it would be really light. It was about 50-60 pounds in weight. He was mighty impressed with my strength. I am a super-woman in his eyes now. Though, he still gets a little sheepish on remembering the incident, this narration has been on his request and persuasion.

Movies & Philosophy

In every Human Resources class (in High School and Undergrad) I have taken, there was a lecture on Leadership without a doubt. Topic of debate - Are leaders Born or Made? I have always believed leaders a born. You can train one to lead but that does not make them a leader. Leaders are natural and command attention without asking. They inherently have the power to take charge and take action; people simply follow! Just yesterday when I was watching Gladiator (the movie), it struck me again that Maximus (Russell Crowe) was a natural leader. Even when he had become a slave and had to fight the Barbarians in Rome, he took charge without anyone asking him to do so (of course!) and asked all the other Gladiators to fight as ONE! and they followed his orders without any questions. Because he was a natural leader and hence commanded obedience. I can go on and on but I will be debating with myself so I shall stop ... I just wanted to make a point! :o)

Week 2 | Day 13 | 29th August 2009