Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bangalore Pinkathon 2015 - memory to cherish

My first marathon for the year was the Pinkathon Bangalore 2015 on the 22nd of Feb. I had almost decided not to run it, but thank god I did. It was the most liberating experience to run  with 11,000 women from different age groups and strata.

The month of February has been the toughest for me. First it was my mother who had the flu then my hubby dearest, followed by my princess and last me. A month of tending to the sick and then having the viral flu taking away all the reserved store of energy from my body, left me with zero exercise or workout.  I looked like a train wreck and work took away what little was left of me. So on the morning of the run while I looked at my sleep deprived self in the mirror I wondered whether I should just go back to bed.  The clocking reminding me that it was 4 am wasn’t helping, and then somewhere I mustered the strength in the deepest corner and got dressed. Tied my shoe laces and drove off to the venue. All the way I promised myself that it was that I had to walk the 10km I would do so.

I don’t know what it was, was it fate or just pure bad luck while I walked from the parking lot to the venue I swung my arm and off flew my wedding band. I was like damn this. I searched and couldn’t find it, but a fellow runner who saw me search for it in the dark helped me find. God bless her.  After that eventful beginning I managed to reach the venue and join a crowd of 11000women runners.

The icing on the cake was to meet the ever so handsome Milind Suman and hear him talk about the Pinkathon and how he conceptualized the idea to help build breast cancer awareness. Once all the sponsor speeches were done we had an amazing warm session of Zumba.  Woman of all ages danced to some of the most amazing Latino music.

The run itself was a lot better than I thought it would and I managed to finish it in and 1 hour and 24 minutes. Not the best timing but better than my expectation. The best part of the run was when I saw women who had their husbands/ partners or just male friends running with them to motivate them and acted as their pacers. They weren’t embarrassed about the fact that they were running amongst so many women and were not part of the event.

This marathon made me realize how much more one can achieve if you have a partner who believes in you wants motivate you. While I would have loved to have hubby dearest as my pacer, he does his bit by believing in me and the fact that I should run more marathons.

 That’s all that I had to let you’ll know about the Pinkathon and my experience. If you want to be part of the marathon you could do that here.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Not Drinking Enough Water - Are you Stupid?

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?

The title of the blog is no pun intended. A study revealed that even a little dehydration can decrease your mental acuity by as much as 30%.
That explains a lot of the stupid decisions that I have been making. Seriously,I am not joking. I have been told a zillion  times by health practioners, trainers, parents friends and tons of people to drink water and keep mysel hydrated. all to deaf ears, that also can be blamed to dehydration cause I have to be stupid not to take up such a simple advice.
Back to the research I came up on it by chance while reading a book where the author decided to develop the habit of drinking water when he read about this. So I had to do some research of my own....the google god of course comes to rescue as usual.
Here is what I found from the tons of results
"The Brain is 85% water. Optimal brain function depends on water and lots of it. Water is what keeps the brain signals going. When the quality of water is compromised the signals are short circuited. Even if a person is 1% dehydrated, there is a 5% decrease in cognitive function. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy, short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing. Studies show that prolonged dehydration of the brain causes cells to begin to shrink." Water &brain  by Dr. Corinne Allen
 Also all this while I wondered if coffee , tea milk , juices made up for the water need and keeps the body hydrated. To my alarm they dont hydrate the brain because to send signal out the brain needs water and not anything else. To top it according to Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses more than 80 ounces of water every day through sweating, breathing, and eliminating wastes.
 These readings made me wonder if my brain cells have already started to shrink, because quite frankly I dont drink enough water. There are days that I only drink one glass, which is scary considering what I just read. I dont like the taste of water but to hell with taste before I'd rather drink water than endup being brain dead.

While there are tons of reseach on how much water a body needs, it certainly depends on your size weight , where you live and your activity level. A quick way to check is the color of your urine, if its clear then you are hydrated on the other hand if its darker and more aromatic your urine, the more dehydrated you are. If you want a more exact amount of water intake then there is a hydration calculator that I found on the net , use that

Can one have too much water, well its quite possible and it is unhealthy and can cause Hyponatremia. But Hyponatremia means "insufficient salt in the blood."  and is usualy caused when  a person drinks too much water in a short period of time, the kidneys cannot flush it out fast enough and the blood becomes waterlogged. Which in my case is impossible cause I dont drink at all.  So the moral of the story never chug water all at once, sip it through the day  not all at once.

The only silver lining in the cloud with all this research is that I am never dying of hyponatremia cause I dont drink water at all forget excessive. All this reading has made me super scared about my mental state. I am taking control of it from now. As a first step I have put up signs to drink water wherever I can put them, including my phone.

 If this will not help I have asked collegues at work and friends to remind me to drink. I have also set reminders on my phone every two hours to sip water.
All these meausres hopefully will help me get into the habit of drinking water and definately making smarter decisions (not sure about this one ) :D 

Do you have some ideas on deleoving the habit of drinking water? let me know

PS: Wishing you all  a Happy New Year  my you all have a splendid year ahead

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Thank you 2014

Season Greetings all my lovely readers J

I know it’s been a long period of silence before this post and I am sure someone out there must have missed it. Let me be honest, I was lazy to go on writing. But I am back again to write the last post for the year.
A year has gone by and what a year it has been so a warm hug to you 2014. There were times of frustration, smiles, laughter, tears and a truck load of excitement. This year has been the most fulfilling year for my fitness goals. I discovered running this year and may I say I have fallen in love with it. A proof of this undying love is taking part in a bunch of marathons. It started with the Puma Urban Stampede (5K run), then came The Bull run(16Km trail run up Nandi hills)   and then it was followed by the 10K Kaveri trail Marathon . This year also saw me run my first ever half marathon (21Km)  at the very first Bangalore Marathon  and I ended the year with another 21Km at the Bangalore Midnight Marathon. Each of these made me realize that if I really put my mind to it nothing is impossible. It’s all a mind game and no distance is invincible.  While I list my wins my head has resolved to win the half marathon next year and prepare myself for the first full marathon 42Km. This has become addictive and what an addiction to have.


This year also saw me enter the gym and workout with a personal trainer. It made me enjoy my sessions in the gym and got me over the perception that gyms are a bad place. Pictures speak a thousand words so here is me at the beginning of the year and now.

With all the wins the year also bought some failures and some great lessons with it. And as this year ends I am renewing the pledge to being a yummy mummy. This include  all parts of my life be it health ,career, relationships ,finances or community. To help me do this I am reading one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time ”How to get from where you are to where you want to be” by Jack Canfield. The book has some fantastic examples and real life stories. More about the book when i am done reading.
So this year there are gonna be some long drawn resolutions.Have you started on your new year resolutions?  Let me know  
Till the have a splendid holiday sesason and God bless

Friday, 27 June 2014

113 days countdown and update

Work is suddenly back to being crazy again. And I feel so tired by the end of day and to add to it's the muscle soreness. So I really don't have the energy too write much and  the update is short … today I did some cardio on the elliptical and burned a cool 421 calories in just 30 minutes. Yay!!!!!. There some interesting locker room conversation that I wanted to share so that I will do tomorrow when I am well rested.
Have a great weekend ahead and god bless

Thursday, 26 June 2014

114 days countdown and workout update

Today was the designated cardio day but work happened and didn't get to the gym in the morning........ Ok wait up before you nod your head again and say there goes her commitment.......I made it to the gym in the evening and better still skipped the cardio and got Nash to train lower body  and abs. Most of the moves were plyometrics so that compensated for the cardio as well.
So we did jumping lunges, then squat jumps, mountain climbers, pushups with knee to elbow move (don't know what that's called)  , machine assisted shoulder press, and kettle bell lateral raises(8kg) all of which were 3sets  each
Then we did some abs, which was in and outs,v twists and leg climbers also 3 sets of each. That was today's session, and then we stretched. I have to say the stretches that Nash makes me do our really good  and he actually made me realize that I am tighter on the right leg. He said that may be I use that leg when standing on heels to compensate. That's good observation
I have my long run coming up on Sunday so looking forward to it. That's all for today
Have a good night and god bless

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

115 days to the marathon and workout update

115 days to the Bangalore half marathon, and I plan to share my workout each day till D-day. Today was workout session with Nash. My legs were pretty beat from Mondays days session with Nash and the cardio yesterday. And when I mean beat, I was walking around like a zombie all day.
So I told Nash about it and he said well then plan was to work arms , back and of course core. So I am happy that he knew I would be sore even before I told him .... That's good.
So we worked arms and back, that were pretty unique n, nothing like I have done before. Its amazing how much fun workouts are if the trainee u have the same wavelength of communication. So I am kind of liking working out the gym no... Actual look forward to it.
I know its to early to pass a judgment but Nash is great trainer, unlike some of the Boohoo s at golds gym who call themselves trainer.
The other interesting part is that he has done the P90x and is a huge fan of GSP (George St. Piers of Rushfit) so he knows where I am coming from a workout perspective.
OK that's a little to much talk about Nash. Moving on the workout worked the biceps from various angles then the back and triceps. The sets were decreasing in number with increased weights. For the abs I did leg raises, to fifer scissors, to crunches to leg climbs and finally plank holds for 2mins. The whole circuit repeated thrice.
That was a total of 1 hour of workout. I know my arms are gonna be crazy sore tomorrow.
Food front, I am not eating enough so really need to up the calories (good food ofcourse) . how do I know that, I am back to tracking it on Myfitnesspal.
That's all that I have for today....... Have a good night and god bless

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Another year of blogging or may be not

So another year has gone by and this marks the second year of this blog.  I haven't done much of blogging this year because of my work schedule and partly due to laziness. But I am trying to make some more positive changes as I complete being 35(that's half way through considering an average life span of 70) and what better way than the blog. In my last blog I promised to be more regular, but failed. I ain't making excuses but the time I get home all I want do is hit the bed. So tired after work and driving through horrendous Bangalore traffic. I know people live busier schedule and still find time to do stuff, including blogging.
OK enough of the rant...... Time to share some good news and new goals for the year......(I know its been 6 months of 2014) though for me the health goals have always been from July to June (birth month u see). So on with it I plan to run in Marathons this year and I have already signed up for it. There is the 5k Puma Urban Stampede, then there is the 10k  in September for the Kaveri trail marathon and the last is the big one in October which is the half marathon. I know a lot of you'll may think that I have gone mad and maybe you are right I have turned a little insane....... But I have wanted to do this for  a long time(part of the bucket list).
If I do the half marathon I plan to do the full next year and may be in some years I will become one of those crazy runners I love to read about. So that's the plan, and there is a well thought strategy to get this goal. one I have started running outside and realized that there is nothing to match the high I get from doing long runs...5Ks for now....the number are steadily increasing.....with a 7k coming up this weekend. The other bit is that I have got a personal trainer . This  is  recent development and the workouts are killer. I can feel some muscles that I never thought existed..
This will make sure that I have the strength(physical and mental)to complete the marathon. A lot in long distance running  is also the mind over body game. So Monday , Wednesdays and Friday are my resistance  and weight training days with Nash(my trainer)and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for running out. Tuesdays and Thursdays I also add in half an hour of cardio at the gym...the arc trainer mostly.......Saturdays are devoted to long runs........its is heavenly to feel the morning breeze  on the face when I run( crazy feeling when I am sweating bucket loads)....Another change that I plan to do is to add a whey protein shake to my diet at least till I have these crazy workout routines.
Is that's that for now ..wish me luck while I set out on this journey
Have a good night and god bless