Weight Issue – No Issue!

Few days back, i happen to bump into my childhood friend Augusta. We were neighbors once. Long back my parents shifted to this new locality and i had sort of lost touch with this friend. I remembered her as a smart , slim and carefree  girl which she was not any longer. Had she not called me by my name, i would have just passed by her as another stranger. After initial greetings, i asked her to do the catching up over a cup of coffee. Just around the corner we found one small coffee shop and after settling down on the chairs, first thing i asked her was, how and why had she put on so much weight?! Normally i would have restrained myself of asking such personal question, but somehow we can take liberty with the childhood friends…yeah?!

She was pretty amused by my query…” well what do you think could be the reason” asked she.

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I said ” maybe you were taken ill…some hormonal problem..what else??”

” Actually Clarissa, i eat a lot and please don’t ask me why…i just love eating. Whenever, i feel agitated or uneasy over something i rush to the kitchen and eat and that gives me a sense of peace.”

Well! i had read so much about this kind of syndrome and i knew that this was a kind of problem number of people suffered from. I wanted to help my friend and asked her to meet me again next week at the same place. Most of the times people do not accept their flaws and wrong lifestyles until someone points them out for them. I told my friend that what she was suffering from was a kind of disease and i plan to help her.  I managed to take out some time to visit a nutritionist and also went to few libraries and collected some write ups on eating disorders and how to get out of them.

During our next meeting we lounged comfortably on pouffe seats in one corner of the coffee shop and there i told her how she can get rid of her habit by following certain diet and exercise plans which included little meditation as well. Augusta was very cooperative throughout and appeared quite serious to take the challenge. I gave her all the collected literature and the diet chart and we made a pact of meeting once a month for one year and see how she is progressing in loosing the extra pounds. She was very happy by my concern over her health and i sort of had a feeling that she will definitely make a serious effort to get back to her original self.

I strongly believe that we become what we want to become. Loosing weight is not a big deal what matters is  strong determination and will!

My Latest Adventures – Srinagar – Part 3

The morning next day was bright and shine, contrary to our expectations as the weather reports earlier had suggested it to be cloudy conditions in Srinagar. Our schedule for the was supposed to cover the local tourist spots of the city which were- Pari Mahal, the Mughal Gardens and the very famous Dal lake. We left the hotel early morning for our very first destination which was “Chashme Shahi”. To our escort was a local taxi which was a Travera. The taxi driver was a local Kashmiri which was quite evident from the unique accent he had while talking. He suggested us to first visit Pari Mahal which was a few kilometers ahead of the Chashme Shahi gardens.

Pari Mahal has was something less of a palace (mahal) and more of a step garden. This terraced garden was situated above a hillock from where the complete view of the Dal lake could be seen. The Mahal had six terraces each having  beautiful and well maintained gardens. After enjoying the beautiful view of half of the valley from Pari Mahal we came down from the hill to visit the Chashme Shahi , which is known for a natural water spring coming out of it.  The naturally effluent water was really cold. The tourists stood in queues to get a photo clicked with the natural source of water.

Next up were the Mughal Gardens, first one was the Nishat Garden situated right in front of the Dal lake.  An interesting fact about the garden was its architecture. It had 12 terraces which represented the 12 Zodiac Signs. There were channels of water running throughout the stretch of the garden.  It was adorned by various trees like that of Chinar, Chestnut, Wlanut etc. The Garden was an assortment of garden, lake and mountains which gave it the look of Paradise. 

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Our next destination was the Shalimar Bagh.  The most pleasant sight in this garden was the beautiful Kashmiri school kids which came on an outing with their teachers to the garden. There was a huge fallen Chinar tree around which the school kids were playing games. The cascade of the Chinar trees were planted across the entire length of the garden, one of which was marked 400 years Under one of these gushy shady Chinars we relaxed on a rug which we were carrying, very handy to sit wherever one feels like.

The adventure shall continue in the next post …
Till then admire this cute Kashmiri girl who specially posed for the camera.

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My Latest Adventures – Srinagar – Part2

I found Chandigarh an exceptionally beautiful and well planned place. Now we were looking forward to our next destination and that was Srinagar. We got a bit confused as to how we should undertake the journey, by road or by air. We finally decided that it will be best for us to take a direct flight from Chandigarh to Srinagar.

After a wonderful sleep we got up fresh in the morning and were all ready to leave our friend’s house right on time. We had a fantastic start of our journey – the front wheel of the car got flat! Yes, the moment we all settled inside the car and were saying our goodbyes to the family, the driver discovered a flat tyre. We got delayed by half an hour to reach the airport, but managed to check in on time.

Our flight for Srinagar was via New Delhi. It took us nearly three and half hours to reach Srinagar. The skyline was clear and I could see the big Himalayan ranges. The moment our plane crossed the massive Pir Panjal range I had the very first glimpse of the valley. Needless to say it was breathtakingly beautiful!

Most of the people travelling were tourists and there was lot of excitement in the air. A young and handsome Kashmiri boy was waiting for us in the airport arrival lounge. Within minutes all our luggage was packed in the boot of the car and we were whisked from the airport to the hotel. We had planned to stay in a hotel near the Dal Lake (the famous lake of Srinagar). Two nights we had booked for a boathouse stay.

The hotel was exactly, how it looked in the brochure. It was exceedingly peaceful with spacious rooms and huge gardens. The beds were very comfortable with clean soft Egyptian cotton fitted sheetsFirst view of Srinagar. After freshening up, we were served tea and coffee in the room itself.

So finally we were here. Those who don’t know anything about this place, I would like to give a quick summery. Srinagar is situated in the Kashmir Valley and attracts large number of travelers from all over. This magnificent city lies on the banks of the Jhelum River which is a tributary of the Indus River. The city is well-known for its stunning gardens, lakes and houseboats.

We had plans to visit nearby places like Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Phelgam as well. In my next write up we shall catch up with our visit to the mugal gardens and the famous dal lake.

Till then Cheers!

My Latest Adventures – Srinagar- Part1

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When our flight touched the soil of India, I was much delighted simply for two reasons. First i was back after a long gap and secondly this time we were planning to visit a place claimed most beautiful by many of my acquaintances. Long before staring our journey, I had purchased a book on Kashmir which had a brief history about the place and a detailed list of all the tourist sites.

We could have easily taken a connecting flight from Delhi to Srinagar, but one of the girls, Venus, in our group was from Chandigarh. She was an Indian and wanted us to visit her city first. Her parents lived there and I too was keen to see that place as I had heard that it was the first planned city of India designed by a French architect Le Corbusier.

Chandigarh surely is a beautiful city. I was fascinated by the greenery of the city, something lacking in most cities of India. The lay out of the city is very impressive. The city is divided into various sectors with a market place for each sector, interestingly, they do not have sector 13 there as the famous architect considered it an unlucky number.

We had a warm welcome by my friend’s parents. Nice and warm couple. The table in the dining room was laden with so many delicious snacks. Even though I restrain myself from not eating too much lest it upsets my stomach, I still had a fair amount of fill in my plate. Cup of tea never felt so good. We were asked to take rest for some time before going for a brief sightseeing in the evening. The moment my head touched on the pillows, I drifted to a peaceful sleep, never realized that I was so tired.

After two hours of sleep, Samantha woke me up. She looked quiet fresh and was looking really pretty in the Indian dress she was wearing. Venus asked me, if I too wanted to try the Punjabi dress but I declined….well maybe I was not too confident about carrying it gracefully.

We went to see the Rock Garden first. It was amazing. How could a man make such a beautiful place out of waste and broken items?! It is a big garden…all rocky with artificial streams….nice place to hang out on holidays. In its last section there were huge swings. Some cultural program was also going on. We did not stay there for long as we were to go and see the famous lake of Chandigarh. The Sukhna Lake is quiet near to the Rock garden, but the place was very crowded. People from all age group could be seen there. Some were taking a walk on the path next to the lake, some were just chilling with friends, and some were busy boating in the lake. We also descended few stony steps that leads to the water and sat there for a while. From there we went to see the Rose garden. One could see various kinds of Roses there. One little kid came to me and requested for a photograph with him. It was fun. From there we went to see the city center. A big shopping complex – with all kinds of things. I purchased a belt from a small shop in a corner. We loitered around the whole complex and later on went into the Indian Coffee House for relaxing and refreshing.

Next day we were to take our flight from Chandigarh to Srinagar. Some people who had already been to Srinagar suggested us to go via road from Jammu to Srinagar. As it takes nearly 8 – 9 hours on road, we decided to fly to Srinagar.

The story continues…..Cheers!

My Latest Adventures

Hi there! I have been away from this blog for a long time…..but now i am back once again. Oh! how i have missed not sharing the interesting moments of my life with you all.

Recently, i had the pleasure of going on a wonderful vacation to a place popularly called as ” The Heaven On Earth”. Well it is Kashmir in India. I and my friends had this wonderful opportunity to stay there for a fortnight. We had an amazing experience. From the weather to food to local customs and traditions we loved it all. Though there were some security issues…not that we faced any…but we were definitely advised to remain on the alert.

I have traveled through so many parts of India, that sometimes i feel like a native myself. India is undoubtedly an amazing country. One get to see so much variation…each state has its own flavor.

In the coming days i shall share with you my visit to Kashmir and i am sure you will love it as much as i did.

Stay tuned….i will be back. Cheers!

Is Working Out In Extreme Weather Harmful?

Extreme weather can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. Most of us have a good reason to say ‘NO’ to exercise in extreme weather conditions and unless not motivated enough the desire to pack up the exercise kit is immense. But fortunately even in extreme weather conditions with little extra precautions we can carry out with regular fitness regime. So we don’t have to let these conditions spell the end of our exercise.

While exercising in hot weather people are generally susceptible to dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn. It is very important that we should not ignore the warning signals given by our body and generally most forms of heat illness can be avoided by following the basic precautionary guidelines.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep the body hydrated. Sweat leeches salt and minerals from the body therefore to keep up the sodium and electrolyte levels salty food or sports drink should be consumed.
  • It is advised to acclimatize well with the weather if you have come from some colder region. The best hours to do exercise are either sunset or sunrise.
  • Appropriate lightweight, light coloured and loose fitting clothes should be worn and it would be much better if the clothes are made of such fabric which soaks sweat and gives you a cool feeling. Cotton, nylon and linen are no doubt extremely light, water resistant and skin friendly.
  • Sunburn decreases your ability to cool yourself and cause fluid loss. Use sunblock with SPF 15 or higher. Wear hat that provides shade and allows ventilation.
  • Also sensible eating is advised. One must avoid hot foods, alcohol and heavy food that increase your core temperature.
  •  In order to maintain cooler ambience while exercising indoors, Cotton curtains with blackout lining should be draped in the windows so that direct sunlight and heat could be avoided.

Similarly in extreme cold conditions there is no reason for you to creep into your down and feather duvets but with little extra care you can exercise to your heart’s content. But in case you have certain health conditions like asthma or heart problem then the doctor must be consulted prior to workouts. The following tips should be followed

  • This must be kept in mind that you are not dressed too warmly rather you should dress in layers. While exercising lots of heat is generated and as a result we sweat a lot. Then the temptation to remove the clothes is immense. And the moment the sweat cools off with fewer clothes we might get the chill. Therefore a sensible choice of layered clothing is a must. The innermost layer should be of synthetic material which sucks the sweat away from the body.
  • While doing floor exercise thick cotton rugs should be used; they will surely keep you away from the chill and instead of sitting on bare flooring, floor cushions should be used,  as they will give you good extra padding.
  • While venturing outside for outdoor exercise activity hands, feet and ears should be properly protected. Mittens lined with wool or fleece, thermal socks as an addition over the normal regular socks, hat or a headband, woollen scarf and pair of good shoes must be a part of our exercise apparel. One must avoid venturing outside in a bad weather when it rains or snows.

As they say prevention is always better than a cure. With smart thinking and little precaution we can make the most of any kind of weather. Stay fit, stay cool and happy exercising!!