Travel aspirations 2019

For a blogger, for a storyteller and for a wife of a travel aspirant you got to find new places which in true sense quenches the wanderlust. Let me surprise my husband with the resolutions this year which surprisingly I have made. I have automobile phobia, which makes me sick of travel. This year I resolve to travel more often by public transport rather than the private one. Keeping in mind I have made plans to visit some relatives, some friends through our travel diaries. I also plan to secretly take a bag pack someday in the early morning and start to a place which is not thought of and planned for. This is tricky for the mom of two( A man-cub and a furry bud) but I am thrilled by the idea.

Travel for us (my husband and me) means traveling with our not yet two-year-old offspring and the furry buddy. So planning well is the most important aspect of our travel. We have to plan well before any step into the wanderland. I resolve to take tours with family in the coming year and one trip would be with our close friends. Afterall what is life without your dearest people?

Once a year go someplace you have never been before-Dalai Lama

So without wasting any further time, I would like to share the travel destinations for us this year.

  • Vellore:- The place is at a distance of 140 km from Chennai, India. We plan to visit our relatives here. A visit to Vellore is incomplete without visiting the famous Golden Temple, and Narayani Temple. A 16th-century site Vellore fort is also enticing me to visit. You should know that the fort houses Jalakandeswarar temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. The fort is a site which is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India. Hope to enjoy this tour with the warmth of our kith and kins.
  • Kancheepuram:- If you are in love with the Indian attire SILK SAREES, then Kancheepuram district which is at 75 km from Chennai, India is a place you should visit. Visit Goddess Kamakshi Amman temple and the famous Varadharaj Perumal Temple. We wish to cover the Ekambareshwar temple and also the Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham to seek the blessings of Shri Shankaracharya during our tour here. Lots of shopping is the only plan here.
  • Madurai:- Madurai is on my list for its famous “Meenakshi Ammal Temple”. After Madurai, I plan to visit Sri Velliputtur. Sri Velliputtur houses a beautiful temple which is dedicated to one of the main saints of Lord Vishnu- Saint Andal. If you are an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu then the visit to this temple is indeed a must.
  • Tanjore:– I am eagerly waiting to visit the Brihadeeswara Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural excellence. Tanjore or Thanjavur is famous for beautiful Tanjore paintings. It is a South style of painting. Many times we also see Gold paintings which give Royal and rich look. These paintings are a must have for every art lover.
  • Sri Rameswaram:-This place houses one of the main Shiva Jyotirlingas. This place is of sacred importance to me and so I wish to visit this place. The beachside place which is best suited for spiritual progress. Pamban Bridge, Dhanushkodi Bridge, Rama Setu, Kalam National Memorial, and his burial place are some other main attractions which are on my list this year.

 

You may call this plan a temple run and it is, of course!

My Failed Love Affair – The 5 AM Mommy

My Failed Love Affair – The 5 AM Mommy

My dad always had a serious problem – with our affair and relationship… Me and ice cream just glanced through the cases of the parlour and I assuring him that .The vacation is not far off so that I would plant a kiss on it….
Our interations used to be hot when .. The coolest slice used to be shelved in the fridge at home.. during the vacation when noone used to be at home.. Snehal , My partner in crime, and I Used to secretly conspire to binge till our parents came.. And my bf #icecream always cheated on me.. He made me sick and as always snehal- was fine.. It loved snehal more… And made me feel sad…
My love affair is over.. I have broken up with this childhood fantasy and crush… I used to wait for the exams to get over so that I have great time with this indulgence!…. Licking this heavenly temptation and freezing lips on it… Was one of the favourite fun time…..and the separation always led to fever… May be I loved it from the bottom of my heart… Sickness, fever and it made me worthless for next few days and for week sometimes….. I have decided to break up with this guy called # ice cream as it gave me worst hit .. Ever since my childhood… Gargles and application of balms and the dosage of antibiotics are the serious ..ill-effects I had with this love affair of mine.. Bidding it a bye forever and ever
Though ”cool” baba always knew it was not meant for me..😣😣😣
Last week I bumped onto my ex.. Ice cream.. And of course it made me weak at my heart…I bowed and tried once again thinking that may be I am grown up to handle this relationship.. But alas!! I never grew up and never did this creamy guy… It again rejected me leading to pain and dejection… Tea as a noble friend consoled me and brought me back to the normal with its herbal flavours and medicinal properties… It restored warmth and gave never gave me a cold shoulder…
Somedays later I confided in tea.. Memories and thoughts always brewed on steaming tea.. ginger and cinnamon became my best friends.. And tapari was a huge resort….2 cutting or one full was my everyday affair.. With sugar or without it.. Chaiaaa was safe to indulge in… The cups , the mugs and tea pots added to our love..and it never made me sick above all..and dad was always fine with the ”hot”‘ tea
Tea well behaved on streets … At home.. Someone else’s home and also in villages in travel or also in rail and on aeroplane!
Love my tea and the tea pot…☕☕☕☕

Thanks a lot Srinivas who archived this post from past 3 years..some friends are more than just friends or best friends !

Dr. Feelgood – How are you planning to tweak your Food Habits for 2019     

Dr. Feelgood – How are you planning to tweak your Food Habits for 2019     

As much as every new year rings in the happy and positive bells, one seems to be bogged down by the heavier words like “resolutions”, new goals, and much more especially post the New year’s Lunch. At this time, around 1 o’ clock you realise, that you haven’t exercised as planned! Thanks! To the late night celebration and yes, you have negotiated somehow with your not healthy lunch versus the planned recipes of “No-oil” cooking. After the huge trail of “Happy new year” wishes on WhatsApp, “oops”, now you are flooded with “stickers”, you get super tensed with the status updates of your friends who have had a great run the same morning and adding to the hurt you also witness FB story of the same.

Like every year, I took to a food resolution and also wrote a blog about my resolutions. I followed someone diligently who wrote, “when you declare your goals, you stay committed”! All this and more went through my mind over the lunch on the New Year’s day when I was fiddling with food and overtly didn’t follow my first resolution of “Mindful Eating”.

I washed my hands and then thought “Why to resolve when you can tweak a bit? Easy right? And doable too! No more feeling guilty of not sticking to those No. 1 and No.2. After all, we are all humans”. Yes! I convinced myself on this and I took to this new blog.

So here I go on my new improvisations with my food habits for this year:-

Mindful eating:- In this life of an instant cup of noodles, it is really impossible to eat mindfully. If I do that, I would be a monk! I have decided to eat my meals without my mobile phone.

Intermittent fasting:- To avoid shouting and screaming, on becoming hangry, I have decided to schedule my fast when others and I sleep or are busy with some work. Eg:- 10 pm-12  noon.This sails smooth.

Amping up the Hb, Vit D, and Calcium levels:– Well, a cup of yogurt is great to go against a glassful of milk as I hate the latter. Vit D is worked upon by regular Beach workouts(Yay, nothing is as cool as drifting in the sunlight and sipping on,” ahem ahem”)Just a song I remembered.

Eating Sweets Guiltfree:– Wow! My favorite resolution but can be adhered to once a week only.

Keep Hydrated:- Drinking a glass of water when I feel hungry. Mostly our hunger pangs are thirst signals. The reason we get confused is that both these senses are very close by.

What are your resolutions? And how do you stick to them?

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Yoga with Adriene – The 5 AM Mommy Experience – Day 1 Discern

Yoga with Adriene – The 5 AM Mommy Experience – Day 1 Discern

Being on the Yoga mat is an experience in itself. For me it is a huge responsibility but Yoga with Adriene walked me through effortlessly.

Off late, procrastination has become a part of my lifestyle. Approximately 4 months ago I fell in front of the ground while running and twisted my ankle, that was a kind of downfall to my fitness regime. As much as I should not blame that fall, I will, because that was something I still remember. Then started a series of injuries which has prevented me from being myself. Has it ever happened to you? You want to be yourself but some other power wants you not to be. Funny isn’t it?

So, not being myself is not my favourite game.

Not enjoying it but yes, I am also in the process of learning. Sometimes, being yourself also means posing limitations on the variety of things and emotions that you go through and feel. If you feel bad, and being yourself is not expressing it, then expressing your feelings may teach you something unique. That is my experience of these 4 months. Off course, I blame my depleted endorphin levels for all the emotional mess that I have been through.

And now, not being normal is my new normal 🙂

How did I come to terms to it? ( Well, I had no other option) I had to literally wrap my head around many many things happening at the same time.

For a hard core Taurean like me who loves being grounded for like eons, these small changes were like a huge life changing moments.

I dread for them everyday and they keep coming onto me. It looks like a huge red flag as they shake in front of a bull in bull flight. Do I fight? Yes I do and so far I am successful. In one such fight that I had, I have learnt to tackle it with yoga with Adriene. Those who know me know that I am not quite a Yoga person. Not at all. My patience levels are terribly low and I like some happening workout business ( outwardly), This was different though. I got to know about Adriene from a fitness community on FB. As my usual behaviour goes, I contemplated doing it for couple of weeks. But ultimately Adriene convinced me to take up her 30 day Yoga practice.

In this Ultimate Blogging Challenge I am going to write about how everyday is changing the way I process my thoughts.

Day 1: Discern

Adriene is all about calmness. She is so comfortable with herself that you feel like “Wow”. The first day of Yoga is Discern. She takes you through some simple moves which would help you find out why are you on the yoga mat ( that’s what she says). Being on the Yoga mat is an experience in itself. For me it is a huge responsibility but Adriene walked me through effortlessly.
I should brag here for a bit and tell that my 5 AM routine helps me the Yoga practice with calmer mind. Throughout the day it is simply not possible to walk through it. Though it is too early to say anything or tell anything about the practice that I am doing, creating a good space for your practice helps a lot. Find your own place in the house, terrace, gallery, garden anywhere for Yoga practice. One place dedicated to it makes a lot of difference. If you don’t have that place, then please try and create one.
After years of Jumping, skipping and doing umpteen hardcore exercise reps at 5.00 am in the morning, Yoga comes like a whiff of fresh air. I loved it to the core and I am looking forward for the next day Adriene. 🙂

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Food Resolution 2019 – The 5 AM Mommy

Food Resolution 2019 – The 5 AM Mommy

Hello everyone, here! Happy New Year 2019 to all of you. A fresh year starts and one can see 365 opportunities on 31st of December every year. A New year often ushers in a lot of positivity and  endless possibilities.Bidding goodbye to the last year and welcoming the new year has always been a moment of nostalgia. The year or years which are never going to come back. I get retrospective when the countdown to the new year starts. I suddenly realise the time which is passing by and which can’t be brought back. Time for me is more than a resource. It is a fourth dimension to my living existence. I have always been a time-conscious child and now a careful mother. Whiling away time or doing nothing given a lot of time  hurts me like nothing else. I respect people who spend their time meticulously.

About Planning And Time Management

The 5 AM Mommies believe in the miracle called planning and time management. It is an art as much as it is a science. Thus, new year is of immense importance to us. I am of the firm belief that not only a new year can change your life, but any fresh moment can transform your life and you will be like never before, only if you allow yourself the same.

I am a huge fan of resolutions. Getting new journals, life size planners at the beginning of any new year and planning the day, week and months has been a favourite affair of The 5 AM Mommies and now slowly the children also seen to imbibe it.

You can read our love for this all the time through our blogs. We second the thought that ,”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Planning doesn’t assure success, but if we don’t plan we are left in a bewilderment which only few can relate to.

The 5 AM Mommies are health conscious. We are fitness freaks. We are marathon mommies and wish to handover/pass on  the torch of healthy eating to the coming generations.

This year I have made a few small improvisations when it comes to my food habits. Even if they are small changes they require 200 percent willpower to bring into practice.Please note that I am a vegetarian.

Here we go:-

Mindful eating:–  

Yes, we eat as per plan. But, the most important habit I want to cultivate this year is to sit calm while eating, recite a prayer and then eat every bite consciously. I have a habit of planning my food quantity as well,pre-hand. But sometimes when I need more energy, by eating consciously, I am going to listen to the need of my body and give it the fuel and the amount of fuel which is required at that point of time. It sounds simple but is a big task in itself.

Intermittent fasting:-

This is a growing and upcoming fad diet as you may call. I have followed  it in the month of December and found it very much useful to keep my mind away from food(which is the only comfort for me). So, when my body doesn’t need food, I am not going to load the calories just because I planned or because I am on a high or my mood is real low. Basically, I am not going to be an emotional eater.

Amp up my Hb, Calcium and Vit D levels:-  

As a mother, we often tend to ignore ourselves, grab whatever is available to eat. We mostly operate on low battery levels, thanks to running errands at our home. I have a resolution to have a tab on my daily intake of iron rich sources,( dates, spinach, pomegranate, apples, and beetroot) and also have a rich serving of calcium( ragi, tomatoes and many others).I take an oath to bring in the goodness of nuts and fruits to my plate. Dairy shall be given its due importance and it will find a way to my diet through a bowl of yogurt, curd or paneer.As I hate drinking milk. I am also going to bask in the Sun every 10 minutes  of the day.

Swap Green tea with the regular sugar tea or the masala chai:

Basking in the early morning rays of the Sun while sipping on fresh green tea, charges you for the day like anything. I am slowly getting into this habit and mind it, I have started to cultivate some harder ones from the last year.The purpose is to skip the empty calories the very thing in the morning.

Eating sweets and desserts guilt-free:-  

I have been brought up in a household where sweets (homemade) formed a meal at least twice a week. Celebrations meant sweets from Mom’s Kitchen. If I scored well in any exam, I could see the lovely bowl of Rasgoollas in the fridge the very next day. Growing up, every sweet bite felt criminal. But, indeed, sweets played a big role in making us feel loved, and also served a much needed pat. I have decided to incorporate 2 servings of sweet to my diet plan. And if someone offers me sweet, I will accept wholeheartedly without giving my diet excuses.

Good thoughts, Good relationships and good Times:-

Good food also means good time.Good time with family and friends. Good food also means good thoughts. I am going to nurture quality thoughts while preparing food for the family. Strong relationships bond over great food. Thus, I resolve to put more than 100 % while cooking thus, welcoming new times. Please note that we also run a food catering businessFood is medicine. I am going to stick to these resolutions at least for an year. I wish it becomes a habit by this 21st January, itself. I dare to make a wish! Do you?

This post is written for Ultimate Blogging Challenge 2019

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