The other day while watching a TV show, a celebrity was asked the usual question, what is one thing that she regrets the most. And as usual she said, she doesn’t regret anything, she lived a full life and is proud of the mistakes she made and blah.. blah.. Well, this might be true for a few of us, who do not regret anything in life. But not me. I regret a lot of things that I did in my past. And if given a chance, I would certainly like to go back in time and correct them, or at least tell my younger self, to choose wisely.
Anyhow, today I am sharing the biggest regret of my life. I regret not finding ‘fitness’ sooner. I never exercised in my teens. Never played any sport in school. I rode a bike though, but that was my mode of travel (from home to school, school to friend’s house.. you the idea?), not from an ‘exercise’ point of view. (And thanks to that, my legs are good kids). I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self the importance of fitness. Oh, how I wish, I wish!
Not until I turned 25 is when I started working out, and day by day the passion kept growing. The more I read, researched, the more I learnt. And there is still so, so, so much to learn! Just because I was not ‘physically’ active in my younger years, my body does not respond to exercise as quick as I expect it to. I work twice as hard compared to other people, to achieve the same kind of results (and to keep my metabolism high!). This is unfortunate, I know. But I am still very, very grateful that I finally found my calling. As they say, better late than never.
A lot of people in my circle keep telling me how I should ‘enjoy’ my life, since I don’t party, drink alcohol or eat out (too much), or socialize till late on weekends or blah.. blah..!! Well, let me say this to them – I AM ENJOYING LIFE. My means of enjoyment might not be same as you, but I love my life. I love lifting weights, I love eating healthy, I love cooking for myself, all this gives me so much happiness and contentment that it’s difficult to describe in words.
Anyways, rant over. If you are here just for the pictures.. keep scrolling!
T-Shirt: H&M | Skirt: Asos | Shoes: Audrey Brooke
I love these crisp Fall mornings we are having here lately, which is also the best time to go for a run! The incredible feeling when my lungs get filled with fresh, fall, crisp morning air – Oh! My whole day gets better. Fall, oh Fall, why can’t you stay forever..
The other day I was talking to my husband and I told him (actually put my foot down), that when we build our dream home, it should have a gym of my own, and no it can’t be in the garage or in the basement. I want a proper ventilated gym! Yes. Generally I like to workout in the open (because I do a lot of HIIT stuff), and hit the gym only when I have to lift weights. I even installed a door way pull up bar at home a month back. Not only that, I keep free weights and a yoga mat handy in my Car trunk (so that I can workout anywhere, if I want to)! Fitness is an obsession, a way of life now. I don’t think I can ever go back to being the same girl I used to be in school (who used to sit at the corner and watch while others used to play in the field). This journey has been great! Umm.. I am still not where I ‘want’ to be! But, what is the point in being satisfied with where you are, we all should set high (achievable) goals for ourselves. And I have a long way to go, my friends. But the plus side is I feel I am getting younger every day (no kidding)! 🙂
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Here, jazzing up a plain black maxi with a denim waist jacket, wedges and big earrings!
Dress: Old Navy | Jacket: Papaya | Wallet: Aldo | Sandals: DSW | Earrings: Mexico | Watch: Fossil
Let’s come to the point, and directly head to the list –
- Relax/Stretch Do breathing exercises. Let your breath come to normal pace. And stretch as long as you want. This will help ease the muscle pain (which happens the next day). I personally love it though 😉
- Drink loads of water. Pretty self explanatory.. duh!!
- Wash your face: The skincare advocate in me will never go to sleep. The usual perception is to let the sweat dry, but in reality you don’t have to do that! You can absolutely wash your face immediately after your work out is done (and you should), specially when you follow Point 1, the sweat will be almost dried out. So please, don’t let that sweat, dirt and grim set in to your pores. Wash it off.
- Have your post workout snack. Within 20 minutes of your workout, eat your post workout shake/snack/fruit etc. Your body needs that extra source of energy that time, plus it will yield you good results as your metabolism will boost as well.
- Pat yourself on the back. OK you can totally skip this one (or not) 😉 But I get so proud of myself after my workout, walk back home looking straight up! I feel like I am not cheating on my body and we both are in a honest, true relationship!!
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Do yo have more to add to the list?
P.S. Please ignore the clutter in the picture. Usually I am more organized than this 😛
Gym Wear: Gap
We all have that one part of our body which responds quicker and better to exercise. For me, it has to be my legs. God knows, I work more on my upper body, arms, abs and what not! But my legs look ‘toned’ all around the year (may be cause I used to ride bicycle back in my school days). I used to bike to school, to my friends places, to markets.. everywhere! That laid a very good foundation for my legs (only if I knew back then, I would have boxed, axed, hammered or done something to make my upper body look as dapper)! 😛
But it’s work in progress (it will always be). You know when you have 2 or 3 kids, and one of them is the sweetest and the kindest child, others not so much.. ya know what I mean?!!
On the outfit front, these high waist black shorts are flaunting my super toned legs quite nicely. And the causal blouse was easy to wear in the D.C. heat. And those neon sports shoes are my gym shoes.
Blouse: Loft | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Nike