Sunday, January 30, 2011

Unproductive but fun!!

I bought some new toys. I hope I play with them enough to make it worth!

Check out my new toy:









But wait....Oh no.... I have started slacking off! I can't do this.... I can't afford to do this. I did not work out AT ALL today!

My day started very late.... I woke up at 9:45 am. I don't remember when was the last time I slept past 8:00 am and 9:45 am is a treat. Both VP and I needed the rest.

After breakfast, we headed off to get some groceries. It was a wrong choice. All the stores were packed, parking lots were packed. People on the road were very frustrated and driving rough.
Each store we went to, we ended up spending more than 30 minutes. It was a time consuming trip, but so worth it! VP and I spent an afternoon by ourselves after aaaaaaaaaaaages!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Unbelievable

I am glad I have stuck to my workout plan so far. I am definitely seeing an improvement in my stamina. I was able to jog 1.302 miles today..... this is unbelievable!!! I am so happy! Even after 25 jumping jacks I am not running out of breath. My thigh muscles do get tired, but I am not tempted to give up. I want to continue.
I have not been able to hit the gym since Tuesday, but I try to squeeze some work out in my day with Wii Fit Plus. I had my reservations, but I am liking it now. I wouldn't say it is the best, but something is better than nothing. Out of all the activities, I like strength training, aerobics and yoga the best. I am going to start Wii Fitness Coach tomorrow and see which one is better.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 3

Still sore..... Ouch!!

In the AM while the tea was brewing, I did 20 jumping jacks and 25 side kicks... I don't know what is it called, but I am going to call it that from now on. You kick in the air and try to touch your foot with the opposite hand.

Well, I thought I will be able to squeeze in more work out, but wasn't able to. After work, I had to go to the airport to drop off a visitor. Her flight was at 7:11 pm so we had to leave home by 4:00pm. The drive to the airport was not that bad, but the trip back home was slooooowwwww. The traffic was bumper to bumper half the way. I shouldn't complain..... this gave me a chance to catch up on the phone with NG... o I miss her sooooo much! She has moved to Seattle from the midwest. I want her back. Though we stayed 4 hours away from each other we only met twice. But I felt secure knowing that she is just 4 hours away... in other words a phone call away :))))

Back to my training..... after I got home, we got ready and went to school for the open house. It was nice to see the classrooms, the gym, the art room, the music room (fourth time with IP being in 3rd grade) SP was super excited to show off his classroom. I was amused seeing his animated expressions. IP did a cute job also. They were both very happy and this open house was special because it was the first time that we all went together as a family. Now that we have help at the store VP was able to make it.

By the time we got home, it was bedtime for the kids. Tucked them in and kissed them good night.
My Parents were waiting for us for a delicious dinner of Indian chaat..... khasta kachori, Pani puri, sev puri. It was delicious.... the advantage of having Mom at home!!! If I were by myself I am sure dinner would have been something quick and instant :(

Dinner and clean up got done by 9:30 pm and I was too tired (read lazy) to work out.

So, all in all not a productive day at all as far as training is concerned!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 2

I am sore as can be... I can't walk, squat or even use the washroom! But I am not going to give up!

Even with my sore thighs I managed to squeeze in:
50 partial squats,
~945 steps on Wii Fit plus
and a little bit of yoga.

I know I can, I know I can, I know I can......

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 1 of Training

Week of 01/24/11 - 01/29/11

140 lbs :((

Today's workout:
1.66 miles on the treadmill at 3.4 mph.
50 partial squats
80 jumping jacks
10 walking lunges
10 something ..... I don't know what is it called.... the trainer in the cardio boot camp made us get on all four like the mountain pose of yoga and walk.

VP is confident that he has lost the registration fee and has no hopes that I will workout. As of now even I cannot say it confidently that I will prove him wrong! I am just taking each day as it comes. The boot camp was brutal. I quit at break time because the mountain pose walk made me nauseous. I walked across the hallway to the gym and sat on the lateral press to relax. I felt very weak and dizzy. I sat on the floor of the gym, but it didn't help. I lied down on the floor which was very dirty and rough. I was thinking "Darn it.. I'll have to go home and shampoo." I thought I will pass out and tried to call VP. But then I realized that I had key card so he won't be able to enter the gym. That would give him a panic attack.

I called the three ladies that were working out for help. They sat next to me and gave me water. They were God sent. I was praying to God to make me better soon.... I felt very helpless. The ladies sat with me for sometime till I felt better. God bless them!!

I know I am going to be sore tomorrow.... we'll see if I am motivated or discouraged!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

In It To End It

Okay I think I am on a roll here! I have taken charge and I guess in one of those hyper moments I did the unimaginable.

I registered for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago on 06/04/11 and 06/05/11.

I wanted to start training for a marathon but I have zero faith in myself when it comes to running so I didn't even look into it. I heard about the Walk on the radio yesterday. Then when I went for IP's Ice Hockey lessons, my friend, SN, asked if I wanted to sign up for it. Today at work, LS tells me she saw a flier in the mail for the walk and asked me if I wanted to sign up for it. Now, during the 12+ years in the US, why did this have to happen only now? Why wasn't I approached before? I guess this must be a sign that the time is right.

I clearly told the host at the introductory meeting that neither do I know any breast cancer patients/survivors nor am I one. Touch wood!! So I don't have a personal motivation or passion for the walk. I am just doing it so that I have a goal to reach and I have a training plan in place. The benefit is that they assign you a walk coordinator who works with you throughout. If I want to back off I can do so as late as 2 weeks before the walk. So the most I will loose is the registration fee.

Now comes the problem! I have to raise $1,800.00. How in the World can I do that? I don't even have the courage to ask people who owe me money..... how will I ask for charity? God please help me.

I will give it a shot... I am not going to back off. I remember the story of The Engine that could. I should chant i think i can, i think i can, i think i can.... I will be able to do it!

I will do it for myself and all the ladies fighting breast cancer and/or domestic violence!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Where am I on the priority list?

Nowhere is the answer!!!

Work, cook, clean, take care of kids, take them to activities, make sure they eat healthy nutritious meals, ensure that they know their multiplication and addition facts, their homework is done, piano practice is done, make sure VP has bhakhri for breakfast and much more..... in an attempt to accomplish all of this and much more in a day I am lost not even pushed to the back burner! I don't think I even have a chance to grab a bite leave aside a healthy one! On my calendars from 2006 - 2010, there is not a single appointment for myself.... not even for a manicure or facial! Thanks VP for putting up with my face and nails!

So this year... 2011, I have decided to make it my year! I have noticed that I am gaining weight day in and day out. Two hours into the day and I don't have any energy or stamina. I run out of breath when I brisk walk from the parking lot to my office which is a short less than a minute walk. I have never experienced this before. I am not doing anything different, in fact my work load at home has increased, I am spending more time on my feet than before, but the rate at which I am putting on the pounds is not even funny anymore! I didn't gain this fast even during my pregnancies.

I guess I need to stop whining and take control now! Not doing anything different is the point here. I know 35 is young, but it's not 25 (dang it!) So I have decided I AM GOING TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF! Enough procrastination!!!!!!!!!

I have finally scheduled a long time overdue doc's appointment for a physical check up. I haven't had one in approximately 5 years. Shame on me! Just keeping my fingers crossed that all my reports are normal so that I don't have to listen to any doc lectures or don't have to see the astonished face or rolling eyes of the nurse.

I have always wanted to start the 30 min shred program, but again PROCRASTINATOR #1 that I am.... never really started it. Can't say confidently when, but soon I will start it.

I hate exercising!!!!!! One more reason and the REAL reason why I haven't started the shred program yet. But I have to start somewhere. I was going to start with Wii fit plus, made a promise to IP about 2 weeks ago that we will when he gets back from school, but didn't keep it. The amount of promises that I am breaking with that little kid I think he is not going to trust me anymore.

On NG's recommendation, I have even purchased My Fitness Coach for the Wii since summer of 2010. How many times have I used it? I have to shamefully say once! :(( So I think until I start the Shred I should start Wii Fit Plus / My Fitness Coach. Then I won't crib about the weather or find a lame excuse for not exercising.

Don't know my exercise plan yet, but will put one in place ASAP.

I have started drinking 2 glasses of warm water soon after I brush in the morning. The only drawback is I have to use the washroom every 20 minutes. I will make a conscious effort to drink 8 glasses everyday.

I hope I am able to stick to all this and add to it instead of ..... :(

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's wish!!

Received this in the mail from two of my best well wishers--

Is Naye Varsh ke avasar par aapko mile Krishna Ki Ukti, Hanuman Ki Shakti, Meerabai Ki Bhakti

RamchandraJI Ka Gyan, Karan Ka Daan

Einstein Ki Buddhi, Nobel Prize Ki Siddhi

GandhiJI Ki Ahimsa, Bharat Ki Parampara, Devi Ki Maryada

Nizaam Ki Sampada Michael Jordan Ki Salary, Abdul Kalam Ki Vocabulary

Bhagat Singh Ka Desh-prem, Laila-Majnu Ka Amar-prem,

Apple Ke Share, Rupiyo Ke Dher

Tata Ke Senses, Ambani Ke Licenses

Birla Ka Bangla, Daler Ka Bhangra

Amitabh Ki Style, Madhuri Ki Smile

Shahrukh Ki Personality, Aishwarya Ki Popularity

Worldtour Ka Ticket, Tendulkar Ka Wicket

Administrator Ke Passwords, Jokes Ke Forwards

Mercedez Ki Car, Diamond Ka Haar aur Dher Sara Pyar

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 is here!

Believe it or not, but 2011 is here!! It feels like 2010 just flew by as quick as a blink. 2010 in our household was a huge roller coaster ride. It was fun, adventurous, rough, exciting, emotional.... a well balanced good and bad! I was definitely looking forward to 2011.

2010 was definitely good for my blog. I was a teeny weeny bit more active than 2009.

Here's wishing all my visitors a very safe, healthy, prosperous, happy and above all a green 2011!

Remember to always Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!