Category Archives: happiness

What Am I Grateful For?

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In our fast paced life, which we fill up with ambitions, expectations and list needs and wants, it is quite rare to stop and look around at what we have already accomplished, how far we have come, and how awesome our life truly is. It is quite easy to get caught in details, and let little failures bring us down. Little do we know that it is just as simple to look at the big picture, and be grateful for what we already have.

Here is my gratitude list I would like to share with my readers-

Today, I am grateful for…

  • My health that helps me achieve my day’s tasks and because of which I am able to be the person I am.
  • My body which is my vehicle for success, and helps me stay fit and healthy.
  • My healthy mind, which helps me push through toughest of days with ease.

AND last by definitely not the least-

  • My family, who helps me be a betterย ME each and everyday, and without whose love and support I would not have the appreciation for my life that I have today!

What are you grateful for?

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Lessons Parenting Can Teach You About Fitness

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First off, a very happy new year to all my readers. You guys were nothing but awesome last year. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and feedback. So thank you for all the positivity each of you have sent my way. I am all set to rock 2014, and cant wait to see what it has in-store for me.

I had been thinking of an inspirational topic to write about at the start of this year, and as I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the kids and all that I have learned from parenting them all this time. And right then this topic struck me.
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Overcoming the “But” – 5 Simple Steps

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I find atleast one person, almost everyday, discuss their challenges around weight loss, strict diet, regular workouts and their busy life, with me. And almost every sentence of theirs’ ends with a “but”.
“I want to lose weight, but…”
“I want to have ripped abs, but…”
“I want to give up on sugar, but…”
“I want to workout regularly, but…”

And sadly, the list goes on.

And I have an awesome advice for you. Muster up some confidence and emove the “but”, and replace “want” with “will. So you sound like this –
“I will lose weight”
“I will get ripped abs”
“I will give up on sugar”
“I will workout regularly”.

Did you see how simple that was? Implementing it is just that simple.

Here are 5 ways very simple beginner steps for implementing it –

Step 1: Face the “Naked” Truth – Most people who are wallowing in the comfort of their being, and continue to complain, it is time to face the truth. Look at yourself in the mirror, and look for rooms for improvement. There are plenty of articles out there telling you about how you need to accept yourself the way you are. Sure, but that does not mean that you cannot improve! Close your eyes and create a mental picture of a better version of you. Now hold that image. Take a look at yourself again. If you do not match that picture, that means there’s work to be done! And if you do, you are an Alien! Hunger for better is what keeps you advancing!

Step 2: Define your Goal – Now write down what your goal is. Can be weight loss, can be muscle strength, can be ab definition, what have you. Write it down in bold letters on a piece of paper. Go on the internet (Google, Youtube) and look for 5 to 6 exercises (in the range of do-able to not at all do-able).

Step 3: Just Do It! – There was a reason why Nike chose that as their slogan ๐Ÿ™‚ Now take those exercises and commit to them for the next 30 days. Do them EVERYDAY, without fail. You can make them interesting – create variety, throw in some cardio, or whatever helps you break a sweat and not get bored. And do them wherever – basement, living room, bathroom, hotel room, wherever you can find space. (You do not need a lot of space to get in the best shape of your life – you need determination!)

Step 4: Track, Track, Track – If you want to know if your hardwork is bearing fruits, make it a point to take notes of your progress. You can either take progress pictures, check and write down your weights every few days, or check to see how proficient are you getting at your workouts (compare the # of push-ups on day 1 to day 15). Do not forget about writing in your food journal!

Step 5: Patience – Rome was not built in a day my friends! So be patient. If you are doing all of the above, that means that you are better than what you were yesterday. Simply taking that step towards changing your life is an achievement in itself. So do not forget to give yourself credit from time to time.

Now get going! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our GRAND Grand Canyon Wedding!

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Our Grand Canyon Wedding

Almost every girl I know has a perfect wedding in mind. Either it was inspired by a cheesy romantic Hollywood movie, or by someone on Facebook. But every girl has a wedding in mind, where everything is perfect – right from the people, to the ceremony, to her dress, to her hair, and right uptil the point she says I DO and beyond ๐Ÿ™‚ Well needless to say, I got mine! And there are probably not enough words in the dictionary to explain how magical and beautiful it was. And what made it all absolutely wonderful for me was that I was marrying my best friend and the guy of my dreams! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Look Your Best In 6 Steps!

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Much thanks to the weather God, who finally decided to show up. Better late than never I guess! With the extra spring in your step, and energy, what are you doing with it? How are you making this summer special? Ofcourse you are spending a lot of time outside with your family, or doing yard work, or engaging in some kind of outdoor activity or sport. But, all the women out there, what are you doing for yourself? Here are a few things I have been focusing more this summer:
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Being Gatsby

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend. This years mother’s day for me was one of the best, because of a few reasons.
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Stop Being A Maniac!

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Importance of Rest Days:-

Whether you are a runner, a swimmer, a figure skater or simply crazy about losing pounds, reassess your workout regimen and see if you might be overdoing it. Today’s materialistic society has eliminated the idea of having a natural human body. The thoughts of the “six pack abs” and “size 00” have taken over the world. Which in reality is a wrong target to aim at. And people are working and pushing their body harder than what is needed. The aim should be to lead a healthy and hollistic life through exercising, good diet and a winning attitude. And that can only happen if your body is in the best condition to do so.

Have you had one of those days when you wake one morning and you have to “peel” yourself off the bed because your muscles are so sore? I know I have. That’s your body telling you that you need to get some rest. Rest days are super important because it is then when the body adapts to the stress from the new exercises and the effect from your workout takes place. Your workouts cause muscle tissue breakdown and during the recovery period is when your body repairs the damaged tissues as well as replenish the energy lost during the exercising.

So here are few things you could do to take a break:
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