Things that make me happy

Happiness is
1. Getting my hands on a book I have been meaning to read

2. Sleeping on a bed made with freshly laundered sheets

3. A cold beer on a warm evening

4. Eating a red velvet cupcake

5. Receiving surprise gifts

6. Snuggling in bed with my significant other

7. South Indian breakfast and filter coffee

8. Listening to music like this

9. A plate of Biryani and potato chips on a Sunday afternoon

10. Sweet smelling bath and beauty products

11. A successful shopping trip

12. Having someone else cook for me and better yet doing the dishes after

13. A gossip session with my best friends

14. Being inspired

15. Marathon watching a fun tv show

16. Lying on the beach in Goa

17. Having enough money in my bank account

18. A post- workout high

19. Being lucky enough to experience the things that make me happy

20. Having a healthy and content family (knock wood!)

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Updates

Hello, hello. It has been a while. Recently I had a bit of a health scare, they found a cyst on my spleen and surgery was a possibility. But, thankfully they did a bunch of tests and due to the small size of the cyst that came to naught and for the time being they are just going to monitor it. Thank god! 

I am very proud of myself because for the past ten days I have worked out every single day. This is my new addiction, Fitness Blender. You can choose workouts based on length of time, levels and which part of the body you want to work on. You have the option of Cardio, Pilates, HIIT and strength training among others. I enjoy trying out workouts and mixing it up, that way I don’t get bored. On other days I do yoga or go for a walk, I even did a couple of days of level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. It takes quite a bit of pushing  myself to do my workouts but I see results, not weight- loss wise, but I do feel stronger and can workout longer.

My new guilty pleasure is watching the Bravo channel reality shows. The Real Housewives of Miami, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The  Real Housewives of Miami and The Rachel Zoe Project. Oh god, I just can’t help myself. They are so over the top, decadent, idiotic and mental and it is just too much fun to watch. I especially enjoy the fashion and plethora of designer shoes and bags.

However, to balance out the ridiculous tv shows I watch, I have been reading a lot of interesting and well-written books. Especially, a bunch of memoirs. Will save that for a later post.

I have learnt that often I have an opinion on things without having enough information on the subject. I have an opinion, just to have an opinion. And, I can be stubborn and condescending while putting my thoughts across. I need to stop doing that, because I could end up hurting people. As they say, acceptance is the first step towards recovery. So, I am going to be careful about that from now on. 

I am glad the weekend is here. Haven’t seen much of C lately, he has been terribly busy with work, sometimes coming home as late as 11 pm. So, tonight he should hopefully be back at the reasonable hour of 8 pm (fingers crossed) and we are going to eat some Chinese food and relax. Have a great weekend!

 

Contorting and twisting

I am back to doing yoga. Rather than Suryanamaskar, I am trying Tara Stiles Yoga videos which are pretty hard. I have found muscles I didn’t know I had and been bent into positions I didn’t think were humanly possible, and this is just the beginners level.

I can feel my balance improving with each session, and the poses easier to do. I don’t know how much weight I will actually lose doing this, but I am definitely getting more flexible and hopefully, in time, stronger and fitter. My legs were shaking by the end of my first session and I was dripping sweat, in my book that equals a pretty good workout.

Combining all the five beginners sessions, my yoga workout is about 40 minutes long. I have trouble with the half- moon pose and sway so much I am afraid I will land on my face and break my nose. But, I manage somehow, and bend my knees wherever possible in order to keep my balance. The core workout really works the abs and I have to push myself to get through it. The other asanas are manageable and easy to follow, though I would suggest watching the video once before starting, so that you can follow better and don’t have to keep craning your neck to see what she is doing next. The session is not too slow and so you don’t get bored mid-way through an asana (this has happened to me when I went for yoga classes) and you keep moving. Definitely, a fun way to do yoga.

I am excited to see how much more flexible I will become, and hopefully will crack that half-moon pose.