STEPtember- 10000 Steps A day

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We all have heard about magic 10000 steps a day to keep the body and heart healthy. But how many of us have actually tried to do it every day? I personally have aimed for 10000 steps daily for as may days I can but not for an entire month at a  stretch. 

So when my coach Arpita Boyd of Mind & Body Personal Training, announced the 10000 steps challenge in our group, I participated with all the determination. I am not a stickler to any program. I am one of those many who do everything 80% and then blow up in the most crucial 20% last leg.  To make it easier to understand, I do strict diet on weekdays and when the scale is about to move to left I blow it up all on weekend. 

In my nutrition program “Transform” by Arpita Boyd , we have to do 10000 steps every day and it didn’t feel like a big deal doing this challenge.  I knew this was going to be tough for me as I get tired easily and apart from the 10000 steps we also had to do our daily workout as planned for us. There was no way we could skip our workout for getting the steps. 

The challenge was designed in different way.  The step count was increasing every week :

Sept 1st to 7th – 10000 Steps 

Sept 8th to 14th – 11000 Steps

Sept 15 to Sept 21. 12000 Steps 

Sept 22 to 30.  13000 Steps 

For me the last week seemed challenging with 13000 steps. Nevertheless I decided to give my best shot to complete the challenge.

The week 1 was easy breezy as it was normal 10000 steps and It was quite doable

Week 2 however had its own challenges. Ganesh festival was in this week and it gets really busy with preparations. Guests, cooking and celebration.  For the first time in my life ever, I woke up early on that day and I finished my workout to ensure I will get those steps. By evening I was around 8000 and supremely tired but I still walked around the house till I got 11000 steps .That whole week was tough. By the end of that week I was pretty exhausted but still very much determined to be in the race. 

Week 3 was better than week 2 but it was getting harder for sure as I didn’t have rest day.  My body needs at least one day of complete rest and I didn’t get any for two weeks and exhaustion was setting in. But I decided to do it and kept going . In week 3 Leslie sanson helped me a lot. She has these bubbly 10-15 minute Youtube videos which you can do in between.  I also found a video which promised 10000 steps in an hour but I had no patience for it. There was a day in this week where my feet badly ached. I was sure I was going to give up but thankfully I made it. 

Week 4 – The homestretch is often the toughest and it had two extra days to make things tougher.  For 13000 steps, apart from my workout I did an extra walking workout to get these steps.  But I had become smarter and planned my activities accordingly. For instance it was easier to get steps on cardio days than on strength workout days. So on strength days I planned my errands and grocery shopping that made me walking necessary and didn’t feel like exercise. This was hard week for sure but I made it! Yay!  I actually walked 3,35,000 steps in September! 

When I reflect on this challenge I learnt many things about the challenge and myself. 

First to give the credit to my coach Arpita Boyd, she designed the challenge in a very interesting manner and gamified it with a buddy assigned to each participant and declared an additional prize for  the winning duo.  She would cheer us up every morning and we were supposed to post the screenshot with the number of steps and the date on that message. It was fun to check who was posting it first and motivating their partner.  Being responsible to someone’s success makes it easier for you to try harder. So having a partner cheering me up and community jointly doing this challenge was really fun. 

Secondly, it gave a huge boost to my morale. I have never won any competition in my life or completed any challenge so it made me really feel good about myself especially getting up early on busy days to get these steps. Now I am ready to participate in these fitness challenges more. 

Third, I can move much more than I thought I could and now it has become a habit. While on this challenge, I was constantly thinking about the ways of how to increase my step count and now it has become a habit.  So now I walk while talking on the phone, brushing my teeth, watching some TV show, walk after every meal and even while lunch or dinner being cooked and while tea is brewing and even when i am using Microwave oven for a minute!   In fact while writing this blog, I have stood up twice and took a small walk around the table. No kidding! 

In terms of results, I checked my weekly weight log and see I have reduced 1.2 kgs over a month so I am very happy about it. 

After the challenge finished , I took a day off and rested as I really needed that but now I am back on track. I am doing 10000 steps again and they feel so easy and good! 

Throwback Thursday – Learning To Drive

Participating in the writing prompt jointly given by FromTheCave walls and LSS Attitude of Gratitude. 

This weeks prompt is writing your memory of “Learning to Drive” To know more about the prompt visit the link 

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Being a Mumbai girl I was more used to travelling by public transport. So I never knew cycling, riding or driving. 

I moved to Delhi after my marriage and its was a vastly different city than Mumbai. It had a pathetic public transport. Also anyone who moves from Mumbai to Delhi is sceptical about travelling in public transport.  In general Mumbaikars find Delhi unsafe and it is.  So a car was a necessity and we bought a car within three months of our moving. 

I enrolled in a driving school and my driving instructor’s name was Sujan Sharma.  A middle aged local man and he was sweet and strict at the same time. I called him Sharmaji!

The car in which I was being trained  had two sets of gear box so in case I was not able to control the car then the Sharmaji would to avoid accidents. 

I still remember that feeling of being in a driver’s seat. It makes you feel so empowered! Driving opens up so many possibilities. You can be on your own. Its like being a bird. Your movements are not restricted. 

In the beginning I was definitely scared but enjoyed my sessions.  Gurgaon, where I was staying was not as densely populated place as it is now. So it was easier to practice. 

During one of my session, sharmaji was on leave and I had another instructor and he decided to take me to a crowded area . Since he was new and didn’t know much about my practice, he gave me few instructions which I didn’t understand and ended up bumping a car ahead of me. It wasn’t a huge thing. The car wasn’t even dented but  so many people gathered around.  The new guy said don’t worry and he got out of the car and just left. I was dumbstruck and didn’t know what to do. I was scared. The other car owner started shouting at me and I tried to pacify me. He realised I wasn’t a local and calmed down and he said its ok! Don’t worry! you can go! 

My great instructor reappeared with another guy and seeing the situation in control just said to me , you handled it well!  How magnanimous of him! 

That incident kind of put me off driving but I finished my lessons anyways. 

Talking about to learning to drive I certainly learnt!  But did I drive? Not really!  The car was mostly with my hubby and since it was the first car he ever bought and since I bumped a car while taking lessons, he was not very keen of giving me the wheels.  So I have driven on and off in the past but now I have completely stopped due to health issues and in the interest of public safety! 

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge: Cacophony

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Bela’s Evenings

Every evening Bela sat in her large patio overlooking a green hill and surrounded by greenery. A beautiful view for sure!

Bela enjoyed this hour with her coffee while winding up her day. Highlight of the coffee hour was surely the large gathering of crows that would start making a noise as if they are in a round table and trying to come at a resolution. Hearing them the parrots, the peacocks and sparrows would join them. Bela didn’t exactly mind the cacophony but would be all ears and wished she could get them to chirp in symphony!

#SOCS July 17 : One Word I Hate : Nationalist

I am participating in Linda Hill’s writing prompt called Stream of consciousness Saturday and the prompt this week is “the word I hate”. To know more about the prompt click on the link https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/24840312/posts/3449818559

Frankly I didn’t have a word that I hated but this prompt made me think about it and one word that instantly came to my mind was “fuck” but again I realised I really don’t hate this word but at the same time I am not for using it also. cAfter thinking for some more time the word that came to my mind was “nationalist”

They have become a nuisance in India. I am pretty sure everywhere in the world it is pretty much the same. The right wingers normally calls themselves nationalist and start fighting at the drop of the hat claiming they love their nation the most. Now what is the measure to quantify the love for nation? Generally and foolishly the political party you chose to vote for. It makes a person who doesn’t vote for that party a traitor. How mature is that?

I also love my nation and fulfilling all my duties as a law abiding citizen. I have chosen to stay in this country despite having opportunities to live abroad. I love my culture and teach my daughter all lovely things about India. I have many nationalist friends around me and believe me I am more real in my love for nation then many of them put together.

So “Nationalists” get real about your idea of love for your nation and find another title that proclaims your political ideologies. Don’t confuse your political ideologies with love for nation.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE MOMENTS?

We all are watching a lot of television and movies thanks to pandemic.  All of us have a preference to a particular genre and my favourite genre is crime, suspense , romance  and comedy.  During lockdown, I got a chance to watch a whole lot of new movies and TV series and watched again some of my old favourites. I am sharing my top favourite movie and TV scenes and why they are my favourite.  I would also like to know which are your favourite scenes too! Do share in the comment box!

  1. Game of Thrones – Cersie’s Revenge on High Sparrow 

I tried watching GOT many times but couldn’t pass beyond two episode but finally pandemic made me watch it and boy how I fell in love with it!  It is one of the most shocking, brutal and engaging TV experience ever.  No wonder one of my favourite scene is from GOT. Cersie is the blackest character in GOT played beautifully by Lena Heidy.  

High Sparrow troubles Cersie and humiliates her in worst possible manner. High Sparrow definitely underestimated Cersie.  The way she kills him and the way the whole revenge is built up in the episode is marvellous. The music, the quietness and the final bang. When you see it for the first time and then later every time it is equally impactful. The best moment is when Cersie raises her wine glass and take a sip watching the destruction with that faint victory smile.  Awesome!  No hell hath fury like a woman scorned! 

2) Pretty woman : Vivian goes shopping 

Who doesn’t  love Vivian from Pretty woman?  Juila Roberts plays Vivian with so much innocence that everyone loves her despite her being a prostitute. 

Vivian is shown the door from a posh Beverly Hills boutique thinking she wont be able to afford it from her appearance. Then Edward, Mr. Money bags played by handsome Richard Gere,  helps her with a makeover and a shopping spree.  After her makeover Vivian confidently walks back  in the same boutique where she was shown the door and lets the sales woman know “Mistake! A big mistake” 

It is such a relatable movie moment as each of us have had that feeling at some point of time, that we wont be welcome in a shop even if we can afford it. 

3) 3 Idiots Chatur’s speech

Do I need to explain it? Its just so funny and hilarious!  Its laugh a riot scene 

4. As good as it gets 

This is one of my favourite movies. Jack Nicholson plays a writer  in it and no wonder this movie boasts of many a great dialogues skilfully delivered by Nicholsan. All men should watch this movie as it is a masterclass on how to compliment women.   There is not one but two beautiful scenes in this movie which are my favourites. Watch the movie or till then watch these two standout scenes.

The greatest woman alive 

5. English Vinglish  – Entrepreneur 

Sridevi plays a housewife who has been taken for granted by her family. She enrols herself for English Speaking class while on her visit to US. During the class in her broken English she shares that she makes snacks and sell them and then the tutor tell her “ oh you are an entrepreneur!”  It is just not a new word for her but a whole new identity.  For the first time she realises she is more than a wife and mother is on cloud 9. Sridevi has nailed  that scene. 

For many women it is such a relatable scene and makes a great cinematic moment as far as women self worth is concerned. 

Hope you enjoyed !