Losing It: In Beautiful Goa (Part Three)

So, in all my frustration, I packed my bags for Goa and upon reaching there, my frustration about the whole weight loss thing just went poof. I mean, there is something in the air of Goa; no, really. It makes you forget all your worries and you’re just happy. So well, yeah, here I was in Goa, the lovely, lovely Goa.

Like I said in my earlier post, weight loss was not part of my Goa plan. Obviously! You got to Goa for peace and some fun. And that’s what I planned on getting. Oh, I had my itinerary and all that in place. Ha! So, how did the weight loss happen? I’ll tell you.

Travel (within Goa): Now, Goa has a lot of travel options, don’t worry. I chose to travel by the local buses. If you’re wondering, they’re safe! However, what probably led to the weight loss (and I am assuming) is the whole process of changing buses to get around, you know, like from one place to another. So, walking or running (hehe) to get into the bus gave me the much needed physical activity. But, weight loss because of that, maybe.

Activity: Now, by activity, I mean the physical exertion that I may have gone through, not those water sports or any other activity. Come on, I’m trying to lose weight here. So, yeah. Two incidents come to my mind that left me drained. One was the visit to Chapora Fort. Oh the climb to get up there is seriously crazy (but totally worth it). So, huffing and puffing, I climbed up there and what a view; wow, just wow! By the way, did I mention that the Bollywood film Dil Chaata Hai was shot here. Right!

The second incident was the long walk to Britto’s at Baga Beach. In case you’re wondering why I’d walk there and if I was out of my mind, it was that smart alec bus conductor, who told me that the bus would go to Baga when its last stop was Calangute. But, I forgive him. I totally do because that walk to Britto’s, even though exhausting, may have led to me losing some more of my baggage. 😉

And how can I forget the nice, long walks on the various beaches I went to. All these helped, I think.

Food: A total diet change is what I experienced in the five days that I was at Goa. Food here is very different from, at least, what I eat in the Maximum City, where I live. I practically lived on rice preparations, fish (either shallow fried or steamed in a gravy), and veggies (any) through those days. Calling the food tasty, I believe, would be an understatement. These simple food preparations were divine and healthy, if I may add.

Weather: An important factor I considered was the hot and humid Goa weather in the month of April. Yes, I was sun-burned and deeply tanned. However, I think, summer is on of the best times for weight loss and possibly the Goa weather played in my weight loss, too.

And guess what, when I weighed myself upon returning home, ya ha, I was lighter. I did suspect that because my pants were, you know, lose all of a sudden but when you see a smaller number there on that scale, now, that’s some reinforcement. I was now at 76.5 kg. And, as for Goa, it always had a special place in my heart and it’ll continue to remain there forever.

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Losing It: The Gym Saga (Part Two)

And so, like all weight loss enthusiasts, with the dawn of 2016, I joined a gym. I swear I was all geared; determined to show the world that I could do it – lose it. Yeah!

They began by weighing me (goodness, stuck at 80 kg!) and measuring me and chalking out my exercise regime. Monday, abs; Tuesday, upper body; Wednesday, lower body; and it went on. And, let me tell you, I did all that I was asked to do RELIGIOUSLY. But that number still stuck. 80! It was getting to me now. This was a psychological battle for me, remember, and I was on the path to being depressed. They said it would happen but when. I needed to see a drop in that figure!!! I didn’t care (at that point) that I was gaining muscle and all those nice things. My fight was with that digit on the weighing scale (which now, I realize, doesn’t matter – will get to this a bit later).

I worked out and worked out but no, my weight remained where it was. It was frustrating and this continued for some months. Then finally, after four months of turmoil, I managed to lose one kg; you read that, one kilogram. Mind you, I maintained caution when it came to my diet, the usual no sugar, no oil, nothing white. Then what was wrong, I wondered!

In all this frustration, I booked my tickets to Goa. “Chuck everything!” But then, I didn’t know that this trip would turn out to be a life-changer where my weight-loss was concerned. More on this wonderful trip in my next post.

P.S. I personally detest going to the gym and doing those weight training exercises but they make sense really. I do them.

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Losing It: A Psychological Play (Part One)

So I thought I’d use my blog to share my weight loss story. And to begin with, let me tell you, please love yourself, your body, concentrate on being the best version of you. Do not, I repeat, do not let anybody tell you otherwise.

With that, let me jump to why I chose to lose weight; it’s simple – I was on the borderline of being obese, which, of course, is an invitation to a host of other ailments. Ummm so, I didn’t really want to be sick and all, you know, physically. What was worse, however, was the psychological effect that my weight had on me. Coming from a society that chides you and labels you for being overweight, this weight started affecting me; it got me depressed. I had to do something about it and believe me, I tried everything (will write about this in further posts) with no results.

Mind you, I was excelling in life (be it studies or anything else) but this was a downer. It was a battle I fought and lost so many times that I’d given up all hopes. And all it did was increase my weight. That number kept going up! When it touched 81.4 kg (I’m 5’3″ tall and that wasn’t good for me), I was full-on depressed . . . I sobbed, I despised what I saw in the mirror. Disdain. Disappointment. Desparation. I felt it all. It sucked. I couldn’t play this psychological game.

But I hung on and all it took was a trip to one of the most gorgeous places in India – Goa – to get in the mood (wait, get motivated) to play this game. I’d decided not to quit . . . I’d play and I’d win this battle with the mind.

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Marriage Material, Am I? – Part Two

OK so, the marriage thing is getting out of hand!!! Almost everybody is working overtime looking for a groom for me. Well, except me but I get the updates . . . No boy yet! And this got me wondering about the other reason (apart from me being too old at 30!) I may probably not be considered marriage material. And that is my education . . . Dang!!!

Before I continue to blabber, let me tell you that I have four degrees already and I am on my fifth and that fifth is Ph.D. Now, what’s the problem here, you may ask? Frankly, I don’t see any! Big deal! However, this made me recall an incident, right after I’d received my B.Ed. degree, where an auntie said the following words to my mother, “Don’t educate her anymore, she won’t get a husband!” Excuse me but huh???

It is unfortunate that our society still thinks the way it does. What has the number of degrees got to do with marriage anyway? I thought marriage was all about love, acceptance, and commitment. Oh wait! Wait just a minute there. Is this about the boy being insecure and all that crap?? Ah! I should’ve known . . .

This is sad. Really, why do we do this to our girls and boys? Why is it that such things even matter when it comes to marriage? I’ll confess that this did bother me. I did wonder if I’d get a man who’d not be bothered about my achievements. But then, I was back to being myself and now, I don’t give a damn!

Oops, still marriage material, am I?

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The Amazing Perry Mason

“The rain dripped from the tip of his hat. He waited for her to come out of the apartment. The lights were still blazing bright in there and he watched her shadow move around, an unmistakable gun in her hand. He had to get to her. She was the key to save his client, who had nothing going for him at the moment.”

Perry Mason – the svelte attorney – continues to enthrall readers. Created by the great, Erle Stanley Gardner, the enticing charm of Perry Mason keeps you turning those pages. The way he dives into his cases, from coaxing his clients to be truthful to collecting evidence to cross-examining, Perry Mason will not let you to keep that book down.

A sly mind, a mischievous smile, and his suave personality make him an unforgettable character ever created. Perry Mason is the star of several of Erle Stanley Gardner books. Once you’ve read a book, you’d want to read more. There is no stopping. That’s how much Perry Mason (and Erle Stanley Gardner) captivates (I’ve read at least 50 books!).

To end, here’s what Hamilton Burger (the antagonist in the Perry Mason books) has to say about the attorney (in The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat, 1935), “You’re a better detective than you are a lawyer. When you turn your mind to the solution of a crime, you ferret out the truth.”

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A few Perry Mason books from my collection.

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The Insider

Let me just say it. I followed cricket only because I had a massive crush on Rahul Dravid. 😉 And then when he got married, as usual, my world was shattered and I never thought I’d watch cricket again!!!!!

Well, cutting out the crap, the game didn’t really fascinate me anymore. Really, I had better things to do. But then, I met a crazy cricket lover, who happens to be my very good friend. And, I know he’ll be beaming with pride after he reads this line, but yeah he re-introduced me to this game. And yes, gifted me this book. 🙂

So, me reading a book on cricket is a big deal, alright . . . And, I truly enjoyed it. Here are my thoughts about the book . . .

“The Insider by Aakash Chopra is a clean, well-written book. I have renewed respect for the game of cricket and the ladies and gentlemen who play this game. I’m still a little weak with the technicalities but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work. The use of examples by the author makes things pretty clear (coming from the teaching fraternity, I really appreciated this). The snippets and the pictures (with a little tidbits from the pages itself) are also appreciated; a quick info sort of a thing. All in all, a very good read; a must read for cricket fans, those who really admire the game and it’s various facets.”

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It was an absolute delight to read this one.

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Heaven on Earth

Oh! Fudge . . .

Yes!!! That’s the name of one of the coolest and cutest dessert places in Mumbai.

Now, fudge, as a dessert, in Mumbai is pretty unique. Usually, we Mumbaikars get our fudge fix from places such as Lonavala, where fudge is actually an in-thing! But now that Oh! Fudge is here, well, my fudge cravings have been taken care off!

Oh! Fudge let’s you indulge not only in fudge by itself (and they have a variety to choose from) but gives you the chance to delight your heart with fudge in the form of sundaes, sandwiches, and shakes. Also, if you’d like to gift fudge (somebody gift me that, please) to a friend or a special someone, Oh! Fudge provides you with alternatives such as gifting the fudge in a cup or jar.

So, the two times that I have been here, I went for shakes. Before I tell you what they consisted of, can I just say that they were sinful and yuuuuuuuuuum!

OK! Back to reality. Here are my shakes:

  • Classic chocolate walnut fudge with digestive biscuits as the topping.

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  • Dark chocolate fudge with hazelnut topped with gems and marshmallows.

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Oh! Fudge is a delight, really! You’re happy and you want to celebrate, go have some nice fudge here! You’re sad and you want to just stop thinking, dive into the awesome fudge here. Or else, just go for no reason because, like Oh! Fudge puts it, “It may not be the fudge you need but the fudge you deserve.”

Truly, this is heaven on earth! You’ll keep going here again and again and again . . .

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