Category Archives: Inspiration

Metabolic Cooking – Eat Your Way to Fat Loss

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I was browsing around the web for workout exercises and inspirations, when I stumbled upon the following link-

http://workoutscheduleking.com/beachbody-programs-waste-money/

Although I do not agree with their advertising tactics by running down an internationally acclaimed workout program, I do agree with their point that a fit body is attained by three things – right diet, right workout and lots of discipline. The term “metabolic cooking” was a foreign concept for me until I started researching about it, and realized that it is simply eating foods that are going to push your body to burn more calories even while eating, or otherwise.

Dave Ruel and Lorine Losier, the creators of Metabolic Cooking, claim that their recipes basically “torch the fat in record time”, and help you lose weight after while eating great tasting food. They claim that they use ingredients that are high in metabolic thermo-charge, that help in loosening up and getting rid of fat from within.

Watch this video to know more-

In this video, it is very clearly pointed out the type of food items to incorporate and the ones that should be totally discarded. None of these tricks are new, but they are a great reminder for cleaning up our kitchen and revamp it with healthy foods.

Their facebook page also provided a number of recipes and ideas, which might give you a good idea as to how one should cook and what the ingredients they emphasize on.

Hope this helps in your weight loss journey and gives you some insight and motivation into picking the right foods for your system.

Stay healthy, stay happy!
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Guest Post by Henry Croft: 5 Top Tips To Keeping Motivated In The Gym

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Henry Croft
Henry Croft is a UK based fitness blogger who reached out to me last week and was kind enough to write a guest blog post for me. I was quite excited about the idea of him writing a post for my readers as I know how greatly we all could benefit from it. When he asked me what is it that my readers would love to know more about, or will be interested in, the first topic that came to mind was “Motivation”.

Please welcome, Henry Croft!
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The Squat 30/30 Challenge with Kiran Punjabi

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Who has heard about the 30/30 challenge? Well atleast I hadn’t until one day I found my good college friend Kiran, whose also an avid fitness and health enthusiast, post articles and pictures on Facebook about it. At first my reaction was- “that’s gotta hurt!”. But as I found out more about it, I realized the massive health benefits that came with it. Curious, I emailed Kiran to fill me in on some of experiences with the “squat 30/30 challenge”. Here’s her feedback-
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Top 5 No-Workout Excuses

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It is quite understandable that workout can be a challenge some days and for some people. But we all know one big truth about ourselves- mind over matter! Our mind quite easily can take control of our body and discourage us.

Here are some common excuses I get to hear from people-

I do not have a gym membership
Like I have mentioned in some of my past posts, one does not need a gym membership to get a workout in. It can quite easily be done at home. All you need is just enough space so when you lie down on your mat to get some ab crunches in, you aren’t knocking stuff down. And I am quite sure that one cane find that space, even if you live in a tiny studio apartment.

And quite frankly, I think working out at home is the easiest and the biggest time saver, compared to driving up to the gym for a half hour in sub-zero climate. The time it took you to get to the gym, you could’ve completed a workout by then.

I am not a morning person
As effective it is to workout in the morning, it is ok if you cannot wake up early to workout. That should not be a reason to not workout. Make sure that once you are back from work, you do not give yourself a break and get going right away. The idea is to get a workout in no matter how you do it – take a lunch break and workout, or workout after work. Whatever you do, make it count. Put in your all and ensure you are satisfied at the end of the session.

It is that time of the month (for women only)
Many women have recommended me not to workout during my periods. And for some that would make sense given the severity of the situation. But that should not be an excuse! I have worked out in my most horrible times, and it has only lead to feeling good and causing the cycle to be shorter. So for me, working out at that time totally works. I push myself in the beginning, and by the end, I am left feeling much better. So it might work for you too. Give it a try!

I will workout tomorrow (procrastination king/queen)
In my opinion, procrastination is the mother of most failures. The lack of drive to get something done right away. That applies to almost everything in life. And mostly to workouts for a number of people. Working out can be seen as “work” for most people. Which can happen when you aren’t enjoying your workout. In order to feel the “want” to workout, its important to pick what you like doing.

For example, it could be running for some, yoga for others, etc. So picking an exercise routine or activity that you would want to do on a daily basis and that breaks a good sweat, is key to sticking to your plans. What works for your friend, will not necessarily work for you. So find what is it that YOU enjoy doing.

I have injuries, so I shouldn’t take a chance by working out
Depending on the severity of the injury, and where in the healing process it is, sometimes, rest is the answer. If it has been 6 months since the injury healed, and if that is still being used as an excuse, it is probably time to re-evaluate yourself. Like I mentioned before, our body can do more than our mind usually lets it. So pushing one’s self sometimes is the only way of knowing your body’s limits.

These are just my observations and my opinion on what I feel are the issues that prevent individuals from leading a fit life. I have one advice for my readers- if you find yourself in any one of the above categories, please do not take it to heart, but evaluate your current life and make the change that needs to happen. You got one life, live it the fittest and healthiest way possible!

Happy Monday!

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Are You Applying The Slight Edge Principle?

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I have been obsessing about this book by Jeff Olson, lately. I had heard about it from many motivational speakers and even fitness trainers (Shaun T of BeachBody), that how influential the book was in changing their lives. And I now know why! I am just a few pages into the book, and boy, I cannot stop reading it! This is a MUST read for everyone who is willing to make a difference in their daily lives – that is pretty much all of you!

The slight edge principle is based on the compounding effect of those little things you do on a consistent basis. I would like to connect it back to physical fitness – working out everyday! On a day to day basis it will seem like a mundane job, especially in the beginning, when you do not have an instant feedback. But its that act of working out EVERYDAY that will in 6 months time start to show results, and instantly get you attention from your friends, family, colleagues – “How did you do it????”, and then you’ll smugly tell them, “I was doing it all along, everyday, when no one was looking or noticing!” 🙂

The same principle can be applied to every aspect of your life. It is the simple act of doing a task everyday, consistently, that has a “compounding” effect on our lives, just like our old compound interest formula – today you might have a meager $2 in your account, but if you waited patiently for it to mature, the interest will add up and in a few years, guess what, you might have $5000 in it, or more!

It is such a simple and well known concept, yet most of us do not have the patience or consistency to follow it. I am trying to make an attempt! Waking up at 6 AM had become a challenge for me for the last few months, and it has made a come back on my priority list! I have successfully been waking up at 6 AM everyday for the last week so far! Yay for more time in the day! And the other one is reading a motivational book/article everyday before going to bed!

What is your daily slight edge act?

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 🙂 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! 🙂

Do You Have “Grit”?

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I make it a point to listen/watch an inspirational/motivational audio/video every morning, while getting ready or while driving to work. Doing that small act everyday gives me the fuel I need to take on the day and make it the most productive and happy day for myself. So this past Monday morning, while having breakfast I stumbled upon a TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth. In a nutshell, her talk was about understanding what truly makes a child successful at school. Is it IQ? Is it extraordinary memorization skills? Based on her years of research, her findings show that the one single trait that separates the kids that do well in school versus the ones that do not is GRIT – extreme passion for a goal and having the tenacity to stick with it until it is achieved and beyond. For example – a marathon runner.

The Key to Success? Grit

The beauty of that talk is that each and everyone of us can relate to it. We all know that when we really want to achieve a goal, when we set our mind on it and decide to not let anything deter us, the results are usually in our favor. I challenge each of you to pick a goal for yourself today and decide to stick with it. If it is about getting in the best shape of your life, or taking your health to the next level, or creating better relationships in your life, try to display world class GRIT and determination to make those goals a reality.

Often times we find ourselves surrounded by the HOWs and the BUTs and the IFs. Don’t let these stumbling blocks question your goals and dampen your spirit. We still have half of 2013 left – which means that theres still time to pick up those new years resolutions you made 6 months back, and achieve them! I invite you to do the following few things to help you achieve your goals –

  • Create an intentions list (one that is achievable – maybe 6 months)
  • Create a vision board of all the things you want in your life and pin this 6 months intentions list on it.
  • Look at this intentions list everyday and remind yourself of your goals. This will help you stick to it.
  • If you slip, push yourself to get back.

Try this for 40 days and it will become a habit. Then share with me your experiences! If you need any help, please leave me a message!
Have a fantastic day!