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Am I Blessed? Or Is the Hard Work paying off finally!?!?!

I have had some month of non-stop partying and drinking and pigging-out (It's February after all, my favorite month of the year). My BFF (1st High School Friend) and her hubby Mr. LG (Lazy & Greedy :P) were visiting us for Valentine's Day followed by my Awesome Birthday. And boy! am I tired or am I tired!?!? 

But thank goodness it doesn't really show (No, really! I weighted myself self today at the gym). So this got me thinking if I am becoming one of those blessed women whom I used to call 'skinny-bitches' who ate and lived how-so-ever they wished and never gained a pound? - Answer: I DON'T think so. 

What I DO think, is that my 5 years of hard work and dedication, are finally paying off! My metabolism is all kicked-in and though I am on a holiday I never (read: NEVER) indulge or over eat! The only vice of the vacation is little (or none) work-out and a lot of drinking but so far that has not shown any irreplaceable damage on my figure; and mind you, I travel every month for pleasure (or at least 10 out of 12 months). 

Not to forget, along with my hard work I have a very strong support system of my friends and Superman (My Brother :P). The moment my (any) holiday gets over, the first advice I get the next morning from the Superman is to hit the gym and detox till my next vacation :P (and for some really weird reason I ONLY listen to him in the whole world). He is my long-distance work-out partner. I would also like to applaud him for losing over 20 kgs ( i.e. approximately 45 pounds) in last 5 years. So we are each other's reality check (and brutally honest about it).

There is not really any motivational or health tip in this particular post of mine. Unless someone tries really-really hard to see my silver lining - Hard Work Pays Off! Also my TFF (True Friend Forever, 2nd High School Friend) told me to write this so that the world can know that The Drama Queen is not just about the work but also about a lot of play!

So Party On! people, you live only once. 

(It's my Birthday Month; and that's my excuse :P)

Motivational Tip No.4 by The Drama Queen

I have realized that once a thought has motivated me; it immediately becomes redundant. It cannot motivate me again ( at least not in near future). To generate new thoughts and gain more knowledge and stay motivated (of course!) I read a lot of fitness related magazines and websites and then derive my own logic (which works for my psyche and body) . I always find something that makes me go "Aaaaahhh! I didn't know that"! 

Recently picked up some new perspective on hard-work. Hard-work versus Destiny debate has been beaten to death, so I won't be getting into that but what I found interesting was how everything in life (career, marriage, relationships, etc.) requires a bit of hard-work, a bit of luck, a bit of vision, a bit of perseverance and still there is NO guarantee that one will succeed! And then I realized that it's NOT true for health and fitness. It doesn't require anything else but hard-work (and may be a little bit of determination :P), I personally stand witness to that! I have been slogging my a$$ in the gym for years now and boy! it totally shows results (and is worth it!!!). Health and Fitness is one area where if I one is determined to work (hard) on, then will DEFINITELY see results (i.e. succeed). As long as one is true to him/herself and setting realistic goals (of course) and pushing him/herself to the maximum limit, there is no way that one could fail! 

I am a believer of No Pain-No Gain and this is sweet pain because the gain is guaranteed! No wonder it feels so gratifying after a good work out! There are some things in life that you CAN'T fix and some things which you CAN. So why not focus on those that you CAN and make life happier :o)

Tip No.4 - 
Hard-work gives 100% results (in health and fitness)

1,000 Calorie Miracle!

"I like to Party" is mine and Mr. Fabulous's personal anthem. We like party and travel and eat-out often (more than necessary but who's counting). However, that means no workout and more calorie intake (considering 1 drink = 200 calories approximately). We all have been through the holiday-weight-cycle (I am sure!!!) but if I am going for a holiday every second month I cannot afford holiday-weight every time. It almost takes about 3-4 weeks to loose that in the first place. 

So my creative and very informative brain came up with a solution of 1,000 (to 1,200) calorie diet. Later, I came to know that people had already thought of this and were successfully following it (but at least I reached this awesome idea myself ... with a little help from Mr. Fabulous as well :P). Well, the simple logic in weight-management is calorie-in versus calorie-out. So if within 1,000 calories I can manage to have 4 meals and all the vital nutrients then it should work (and IT DID). 

To my benefit I am an excellent-innovative cook (modesty is not my best trait!). So with my knowledge and internet and my very helpful ex-trainer Kiran, I managed to make an amazing variety of dishes which were within 200 calories each and not to mention absolutely delicious-yet-healthy. To give an example menu, 

Breakfast 
Glass of fat-free milk (80)
Muesli (100)
AM Snack
Half a Protein Bar (90)
Lunch
Any Sandwich without cheese on 45 calorie slice bread (250)
PM Snack
Banana (100)
Dinner 
Salad without dressing (100)
Whole wheat Pasta with a lot of grilled vegetables (250)

Total Calories - 970

Since we have been following this diet (which is about a month), Mr. Fabulous has lost about 2 kgs with moderate level of activity and exercise. He is not a gym-fanatic life myself, instead he enjoys running and outdoor activities (so, who's complaining? :P). Therefore whenever we know that we are going to splurge on food and drinks over the weekend, we try to balance-it-out over the week by being good (and sensible eaters)! This, I believe has proven to be extremely filling yet effective diet so far, specially when it's just a matter of a few kgs/pounds. 

Food for Thought :
It takes 3,500 excess calorie intake to gain about 0.5 kgs. So, 600 extra calories (2-3 drinks) every weekend would mean about 4 kgs over the year (Cool, eh?)!

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