Breaking the Cycle – Better Together

Hello, my lovelies!

Some of you may well remember my posts from way back in 2017 on physical and mental wellness (for a refresher, click here). I was in the best of shapes – fit in body and in mind.

Well, that was then and this is now. The past year I’ve really let myself go. It has been quite a slump, in more ways than one. And like some of my spirit animals (think sloths and, well, Po) I eat when I’m upset. Trust me, stress eating + comfort eating = deadliest duo. The more I was depressed, the more I ate. The more I ate, the more depressed I became at the declining state of affairs. And the vicious cycle continued.

Recently though, I lost my cousin to a heart attack. He was 18 years elder to me, but still young. He had always been in the prime of health, a martial arts and fitness enthusiast and could almost rival a monk in holistic, mindful eating. Yet, he’s gone. Leaving a wife he literally grew up with and a 3 year old toddler behind. When I was done crying, I decided to wake up. I cannot put my parents through the pain, grief and loss being suffered by my Uncle and Aunt right now. I need to look after myself.

Following up on the wake-up call, I’ve been walking-jogging for the past two days. But like they say, it takes a village. So this is me, reaching out to this beautiful community to help my along my journey to wellness and health. My lack of stamina and endurance is appalling, but what I don’t want to be found lacking in is motivation. So I’ll be posting an update everyday. Be my watchers? Pull me up for slacking off? Commend me for pushing the limits? Two minutes of your time a day might move this gal two further miles!

Also, if any of you are having trouble or need support in reaching your goals (most of us must already be off the new year’s resolution high), I am here. Let’s get fit together. Let’s get better together. Let’s grow well (-er…I know that’s not a word) together! It can be done. Believe me, I speak from experience. I’ve done it once before and I’ll be darned if I don’t do it again.

Drop me a line if you’re interested. Remember, a little love is all it takes. As a starter, I’m posting screenshots of my efforts for the past two days. I’d love to hear about yours.

Thank you for reading!

As always,

Love,

Varnika

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13 thoughts on “Breaking the Cycle – Better Together

  1. Thank you so much! I apologise for being AWOL but I hadn’t grieved till then and the realisation hit me pretty hard. So i took time off to remember, cherish and grieve for an elder brother. I’ll hopefully get back on schedule from today. Thank you for checking up on me. I can’t possibly appreciate that enough. Let the cheering games begin from tomorrow then, love?

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  2. Hey Varnika! I think you’ve got a great idea, and it really does help to bring others into the process … to help hold oneself accountable. So I’ll join in, gladly! And since it’s been a couple of days since you published this, may I go ahead and ask, ‘How are you doing so far? Are you keeping on track pretty well?’ Blessings in abundance to you, my friend!

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  3. Very sorry to hear about the demise of your cousin, Varnika.

    Getting up early after a 6 to 7-hour sleep and sticking to a fixed wake-up time, taking a 30-min walk thereafter, and avoiding oily food in breakfast – that’s all you need to do to kick off the day’s work with a breezy mind and without feeling lazy. For a long time I used to stay up late (till 3:30, 4:00 AM) reading and writing academic stuff, and then not sleeping enough to catch class at 9:10 AM. I got a lot of work done, but my health deteriorated: I was always irritable and never felt good about just going about from day to day. Then I changed my schedule: now I sleep at 11:00 PM and get up at 5:00 AM (after a few days now I don’t even need an alarm); now I get the same amount of work done as before, and I never feel tired and irritable till 11:00 PM when I go off to sleep. I’m not saying this is exactly what others should do; but then the habit of staying up late causes a lot of problems in the long run, and oily food in breakfast immediately renders you tired and lazy.

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    1. I cannot run either. Just small sprints in between the walk. But I’m trying to.
      If you do want to do something, let’s begin with what’s doable? Let’s start with a mile for a couple of days and once that feels comfortable, we can gradually keep increasing it? That’s how I did it the last time. Thank you so much for commenting and feel free to check in here regularly form motivation. I’m always here and willing to support! 😬

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      1. I ran three or four steps and my knees are too damaged. If I can’t walk I should ride my stationary bike. See I already forgot to today. Well I saw my chiropractor so that’s my excuse. Tomorrow! I’m in the central time zone in the USA. You?

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        1. Any exercise is good exercise. So sorry for bailing on everyone here. I was probably too quick in thinking I’d recovered but I realised later that I hadn’t grieved the loss of a brother (I’m from India where we have large, joint families and cousins grow up together exactly like siblings). So i took time off and did that. Hopefully, I’ll get back on the wagon today. I’ll be able to give you daily reminders then 🙂

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