Weight Loss

7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly


Finding fitness is mostly based on healthy eating habits and regular workouts. The pressure of our busy but sedentary life doesn’t allow us to work out regularly. For almost a decade I have struggled with my weight issues. I tried every modern and ancient remedy that I could get my hands on but always ended up disappointed, hurt, weak and vulnerable enough to fall prey to another scam with a new shiny marketing hype.

7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly

7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly

I discuss with many like me about weight loss remedies and from my own experience I can safely say there is no alternative to regular exercise. The body doesn’t care if you are a celebrity, a noble price winner, a housewife or some dictator ruling a country if you want to be fit you have to work out regularly. No matter how rich you are you cannot hire someone to do your pushups.

Why most of us cannot commit to regular exercising? Why most of us prefer a wild goose chase for finding fitness? I think because it is just too hard to keep the commitment; isn’t it? That’s what I felt few KGs and months ago. I don’t feel that way anymore and I want to help you get to this amazing feeling where you commit to working out regularly and never ever cheat on it.

I have mentioned below the 7 Motivators that help me keep my regular exercise commitment and I am sure they can work for you. Simply keep a positive attitude and soon this phase will be like a war story where you will proudly tell your friends how you bravely fought fat and emerged as a fit winner.

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” Jess C. Scott

1. Class/ Program: Join a workout class or program that you can handle. If you have never exercised in your life before go for a beginner’s level class or at least be honest to the instructor that you are new and would need some warming up sections. Throw out the target sheets and for your own sake don’t try to predict where you will be after 6 months or a year; instead listen to your body and go slowly and naturally. If you are regular with the workouts and eat sensibly you will reach your goals. Don’t fuss a lot over it.

2. Motivating Trainer/ Teacher: Getting a good motivating teacher who is dedicated to helping people is like winning a lottery. In this day and age where everyone is after making a quick buck it’s hard to find genuine help. I met countless so called trainers that looked at me as a big fat golden eggs laying goose on which they can bank upon for years to come. My luck changed when I met my current teacher. My teacher is not some big shot celebrity fitness trainer but a lesser know yoga instructor who operates from her home. She knows what she teaches, gives personal attention, motivates, guides and create a personal bond with all her clients. For the first time in my life I am comfortable to do regular exercise, in fact I look forward to my hourly class. A good teacher helps you understand the problem, suggests cures and motivates you to do what you considered impossible.

3. Companionship: When you make the commitment to work out regularly you will face an inner enemy. The lazy voice that will sometimes give you reasons mostly illogical to bunk your exercise session. A workout buddy can be helpful in such time. This buddy can be a family member, your friend or neighbor or just someone you met in your club, class, gym or pool. Make sure the companion you choose has a similar goal like you to get fit and is serious about it. So when you feel you are losing the battle against your inner devil you can call your companion. This buddy will not let you miss your workout and you can return the favor my doing the same when he/she needs you.

4. Get a Dog: I am one of those persons who can give you millions of reasons to get a dog so here goes one more. If you cannot find a class or gym or instructor that can really help you get fit. I suggest you get a dog and take this energy filled fur ball for long walks in the mornings or if your busy schedule permits twice or thrice a day. Walk, hike, run, jog with your dog and the dog will match your pace. Play fetch or any other game and melt all the fat in your body and all the stress in your mind. Get your dog habitual to these long morning walks and you will never be able to sleep late as a cute, wet nose, energy filled fur ball with dog food breath will be your alarm clock that you will not be able to put on snooze.

5. Family: Family members know how to push our buttons especially parents and spouse. Involve these people in your workout scheduling. Tell them that you are having trouble to work out on a regular basis and would need their loving support and guidance. They truly want to help you and will go out of their way to show you their support. Make sure you remain grateful for all the love and care you get from them and don’t be shy to show it once in a while.

6. Vision Boards or Mind Movies: Collect motivational pictures that show your dream body and some pictures that show you exercising or just the exercising equipments or gym or pool and create a highly motivating vision board. Make sure all the pictures that you add to the board or movie have a positive and inspiring effect on you. If you get depressed by looking at some pictures don’t use them. The vision board or movie should be kept in a place where you can see many times in a day especially first thing in the morning.

7. An Upcoming Event: You mostly have an event to look forward to something like a vacation, The New Year Party, a friends of relatives Birthday or wedding or any party, a reunion, a date anything where you want to look your best. This can be a big motivation to work out daily.

This list does not end here you can come up with your tricks to make you work out at least 5 days a week and I would love to know them so please share your ideas and help me and all the readers in this daily struggle of losing weight.

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How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks


Our subconscious mind takes care of our habits. It is challenging to change a habit or follow a new one, as our subconscious mind is rigid and stubborn. However, can we trick our subconscious mind to make some changes for good? Can we trick it until it adapts to the new habits that help us lose weight? I believe we can and the following points will help you get started with this new weight loss idea. If you come up with some more ideas feel free to write them in the comment so that everyone can benefit.

How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks

How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks

“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” — Ernest Hemingway

1. Rise Early:

If you are not a morning person it will take you some time to adopt this change but once you get use to starting your day early you will completely love the serenity of the morning time. You will be more productive and would be able to accomplish more than just weigh loss.

Start exercising within 30 mins after you wake up. Why? Because our mind is smart enough to find excuses and avoid working out later in the whole day. I have started keeping my workout clothes and shoes near my bed so I stumble upon them first thing in the morning. Before my mind tells me to sleep for 5 more mins I get dressed for my workout.

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda

2. Have a Hearty Healthy Breakfast:

Make this your biggest meal of the day. Eat healthy breakfast but avoid sugary cereals. A vegetable juice can be a very good addition to your breakfast and please don’t trust the package juices as they are mostly fake and filled with sugar.

If you love sweets don’t have them after dinner have a small portion with your breakfast giving yourself enough time to burn the calories but don’t make this a habit. If you get tempted say to yourself. This will stay for few minutes on my lips but forever on my hips. Trust me this line works.

3. Eat Slow:

Eat like a baby. I understand you may not have time to eat slowly in the morning but you can try this trick for your lunch and dinner. Eat in small plates, eat extremely small bits, and chew a lot. This will make you full very soon. You will be surprised how much less food is required to feel full. As you chew your food properly it will help with the digestion. A happy stomach will reward you in many ways. Losing weight will just be one of them.

“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” — Charles Dickens

4. Cutoff Time:

Have your dinner early. Keep a gap of 2 to 3 hours between your dinner and bed time as this helps with the digestions. This habit will also take some getting used to so here is an excellent trick that I recently found out. Brush your teeth immediately after dinner and send a signal to your mind to cutoff any thoughts about food for that day. The fresh minty taste of the toothpaste will also help to control your sweet tooth cravings.

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley

5. Keep Moving:

If you have a sitting job try walking for a couple of mins every 1 hour. Walk to the water cooler, to the washroom, printer, a colleague anything just get up every hour or 90 mins and walk for a minute or two. Everything adds up a min of walk or a piece of candy. Your weight loss success depends on what you choose.

A very effective way to shed some pounds is to go for a walk after dinner. What it is raining outside? You say or you have to watch your favorite TV show after dinner. Then I suggest walking inside the house or march in one place as long as the show runs 30 mins or an hour. Be gentle with your knees and ankles as you walk, run or job.

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” — Tom Peters

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Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy (Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies)


Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy for Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies

Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy for Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies

Trying to lose weight can be mentally frustrating and physically exhausting. We have to give up many things we love to eat and try to make peace with fruits or vegetables that we used to always avoid.

Many dieters including me are tend to go overbroad with starving self before a special occasion or just to reach the weight loss goal sooner. We fall flat on our face for a few times and then we learn that starving is not the solution. We need an energy booster now and then. If you are eating less for a long time or are pregnant or breast feeding your new baby then you need the goodness of Ragi.

Dieting is not eating less but eating the right food in proper portion. Even occasionally indulging into something that is considered bad or sinful is allowed as long as you get back on track with eating healthy.

That’s the word I like to use instead of dieting – “Eating Healthy: The right thing in the right amount”. We need to look for food that will keep us healthy, active, in a good shape and will fill us up with energy. Yes such food does exist and no you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. I call these special types of food as Superfood.

When I spent a month in the naturopathy centre near Pune I found such a Superfood that I simple love. It is loaded with goodies like calcium, iron, much required fibres and vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3. It is a godsend for people who are trying to make their bones healthy as it helps bone development and prevents osteoporosis.

Benefits of Ragi/ Nachani:

1. For Bones: Calcium: Rich source of calcium. More than any other grain hence a daily consumption can make our bones stronger.

2. For Digestion: This little grain is loaded with fibre that helps us lose weight as it aids our digestion. A small amount of Ragi can prevent bloating.

3. For Cholestrol: Ragi helps to decrease bad cholesterol. It also controls fat in liver.

4. For Diabetes: Ragi controls sugar levels and helps prevent diabetes.

5. For Pregnancy: Ragi provides the calcium and iron requirement of would be mothers and their baby.

6. For Breastfeeding: To have a good flow of milk and provides the new mom with the much needed nourishment.

7. For Blood Pressure: As Ragi controls bad cholesterol it prevents blockages of arteries and also prevents high blood pressure and stroke.

8. For Anaemia: Ragi is a rich source of iron which helps cure Anaemia.

9. For Weight Loss: Ragi is full of fibre and energy which keeps us full for a longer time and cure constipation and bloating. Ragi is a healthier alternative to wheat. I highly recommend adding small amount of Ragi flour in your wheat flour that you use for your daily roties and bread. I personally prefer the Ragi flour Roti made of only Ragi flour and not mixing it with anything but only water to enough to knead it into soft dough.

The recipe below is a special recipe for those special days when you feel weak and need a big boost of energy. It’s far better, healthier and tastier than any commercial energy bar or drink. I advise to go light on these if you are trying to lose weight as they are enriched with Ghee, Jaggery and Peanuts.

Ragi or nachani energy balls for instant energy:

Ingredients:
1 heaped cup Ragi or Nachani flour
1/4 cup Til or Sesame Seeds (white)
1/4 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup Jaggery grated
1 teaspoon Cardamom / Elaichi Powder
2 – 3 tablespoons Ghee or Clarified Butter

Method:
1. Dry roast Til or Sesame Seeds on a low flame till you get aroma.
2. Dry roast Groundnuts or Peanuts. Cool and remove skin. Finely grind both together.
3. Then add Jaggery and Cardamom / Elaichi Powder to the blended mixer and grind again.
4. In a frying pan dry roast Ragi flour. Add 1 or 2 tsps of ghee while roasting. There will be a pleasant aroma. Remove from heat when the colour gets slightly darker.
5. In a bowl mix all the ingredients
6. Take small portions of this mixture and roll them into balls. If the mixture is dry then add little ghee for making balls

Variation:
a. If you are having trouble making balls of the above mixture you can flatten it out in a plate or a baking tray. Press it and cut it into cubes.
b. If you are allergic to peanuts you can add any other nut of your choice.
c. If you are not sure about the jaggery taste then instead of using only jiggery you can use a mixure of jaggery and powdered sugar. I would always recommend dark organic jaggery over sugar as it is the healthier option.

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Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

Rice has always been an important part of meal for me. Indian food has a treasure of delicious rice preparations and they are very addictive. We Indians love our rice. Different parts of the nation like rice in their own special way. In south it is enjoyed with Sambhar, in north there is Rajma or Dal Makhani, in east Macher Jhol (Bengali Fish Curry) and in west has its Gujrati Kaadi or Rajasthani Dal Khichadi or Maharastrian Varan. These are just few gems of the treasure. There are hundreds of recipes if not more that celebrate rice in India and I love them all.

Do you get the picture how important rice is for me? Few months back I was advised by my yoga instructor to give up rice to get into my desired weight. She knew it was my weakness and knew I wouldn’t follow portion so she advised me to stop eating it completely. Rice was the main reason I was not reaching my desired weight and giving it up was the right thing to do but was it easy? On no it was not. I struggled so bad to fight the cravings.

Even if I could avoid rice for few days I would easily cheat on my if I came across any delicious rice preparation. My will power was very week and the guilt of not staying on the diet would make me depressed. Luckily I found a solution to this problem. I started experimenting with Dalia also known as Lapsi Rava or Broken wheat. It is far healthier than rice even brown rice and has fewer calories.

Within only few days I noticed a lot of improvement in my . My energy levels were higher. I felt full for longer time which stopped irregular intakes of snacks. My digestion was better which made me feel lighter. I don’t have to deal with unnecessary calories and guilt anymore. Dalia is cooked exactly like rice and it tastes like rice with dals and curries. Dalia is an easy option for a slimmer and healthier you.

Benefits of Dalia/Cracked or Broken Wheat:

1. Great source of fiber and a healthy dalia meal can complete your daily fiber requirement

2. It is a complex carbohydrate and a rich source of magnesium

3. High in protein but low in calories

4. It is a great source of energy and has low glycemic index

5. It improves digestion and promotes faster elimination of waste and toxins from body

6. It stabilizes glucose as it releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream

7. Rich source of Vitamin B1 and B2

Dalia is cooked just like rice and can be used instead of rice in all rice preparations. Be it with dal, curry or any gravy. Dalia can be used instead of rice in Khichadi, Pulav and even Biryani. Check out the next post for some Dalia recipes I enjoy and why I never miss rice anymore.

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Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win


This post is special because I am sharing my big secret about finally getting a grip on my weight problem. I have been struggling with an overweight body for more than a decade now. I got fed up of experimenting with weight loss solutions, diets, exercises whatever you name it I have done it.

Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win

Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win

Nothing was working for me. Everything I did; made me more and more fat. Doctors were prescribing rabbit food in the name of diet and even after eating like a bird I was not getting any thinner. Things started looking up when I stopped trying so hard. In other words I gave up trying too hard.

The world is getting obsessed with law of attraction and manifesting with thoughts ideology. This post is not to argue if that stuff works or not. I think it depends on your faith if you believe it works it will work for you and vice versa either ways you are right.

I know for sure that our mind controls our body and what we feed our mind helps us shape our body more than what we feed our stomach. Don’t believe me then ask yourself, why you are not getting results even after eating almost nothing in the name of dieting? Even after eating like a bird why the weighing scale does not budge?

Many of us have a difficult time when we try to lose weight. How we look and feel about ourselves gives clear instructions to our body how it should shape up this is why a positive body image is highly important. Your Body Image is the blueprint or commands your mind gives your body so let us try to keep it as positive as possible.

1. Grateful: Thank your body for everything it does for you all the time. Never say anything hateful about your body as your words and thoughts build up the blueprint of your body. The image you talk about or think about will become your reality so be grateful for all the things you can do because of your body.

2. Stop Negative Voices: Anything that makes you feel fat is filling your head with a negative body image. Do your best to silent all voices that remind you of not having a perfect figure. If a near one tells you that you need to lose weight thank that person for being concerned for you and while you are at it thank your body for everything it does for you. If you have an internal voice that reminds you of your excess fat all the time.

Preparing your mind for the change in your health is the biggest challenge and once we see a nice beautiful body image in our mind we can start making plans to make it a reality. Every success in life including achieving a fit body is a game of mind and the only way we can win this game is to see ourselves as winners.

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Cucumber an Amazing Vegetable for Weight Loss and Much More

“He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.” — Thomas Fuller

Benefits of Cucumber

Benefits of Cucumber

I believe in getting fit without starving and so I am always looking for healthy guilt free food that can be comforting without adding to our waistline. In this post I am sharing my latest lazy person’s diet food recipe that is not only healthy but simply delicious. I am sure you would enjoy this recipe as much as you enjoyed the famous Green Gram Soup. If this gives you any idea do share it with us.

If you would like to share some inventive healthy and delicious recipes on this blog please drop me at mail@thevibrantwriter.com and I will publish your recipes as a guest post. As I said earlier I am always looking for healthy options to keep my stomach full with nourishing guilt free good food.

Nowadays Cucumber is dominating my kitchen. When I studied its benefits I picked up a lot of cucumber. After eating it raw or in salads; I wanted to try something different with it. After some trial and error I am happy with one simple recipe which I have given at the end of this post. Before that let me give you some reasons to incorporate cucumber in your daily diet.

Benefits of Cucumber:

1. Helps in Weight Loss: This is what attracted me to this amazing humble vegetable. It is miraculously effective if you are trying to lose weight. Having a cucumber before each meal can help you get full with lesser calories than usual. Low calorie and high water content the perfect food to snack on whenever you feel hungry. Slice it thin or run it through a blender and have a refreshing green smoothie.

2. Promotes Digestion: If you include cucumber in your diet daily you can forever get rid of digestion problems. Cucumber is loaded with dietary fiber which effectively releases toxins from our digestive system. If you suffer from constipation have a cucumber day any of the week. Eat as many cucumbers as you can for your meal s the whole day it may sound difficult but it will cure the constipation better than any pill. One suggestion try to have your cucumber day before a rest day as on the next day of your cucumber day you will spend a lot of time in the washroom.

3. Reduces Bad Cholesterol: Cucumber has a compound called sterol which helps in reducing bad cholesterol level.

4. Relieves Joint Pain: Cucumber is a rich source of silica, vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium which promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues and reduces arthritis pain.

5. Prevents Gout: Cucumber lowers the uric acid levels preventing from painful gout.

6. Controls Diabetes: Cucumber juice regulates the production of insulin hormone which controls diabetes.

7. Rehydrates Body: Cucumber is mostly water loaded with vitamins that hydrate body and flush out toxins. It is highly recommended for everyone who is trying to reduce calorie intake.

8. Controls Blood Pressure: Cucumber is a rich source of potassium, magnesium and fiber which helps control blood pressure.

9. Makes Skin and Hair Beautiful: Cucumber slices are most commonly used to solve puffy eyes problems. Cucumber masks can rejuvenate skin and give it a refreshing glow. The silicon and sulfur in cucumber promotes hair growth. Drinking cucumber smoothie or juice daily can make skin and hair beautiful from inside.

10. Fights Cancer: Researchers have found compounds in cucumber that can reduce risk of cancer.

My Personal Creamy Cucumber Soup Recipe:

This is how I am having Cucumber with my meal everyday:

I make a rich creamy thick soup of fresh green cucumber. I find this hot thick soup quite comforting compared to cold salads.

The recipe is simple:
. Cut 2 cucumbers (with skin) into small cubes,
. In a deep pan or a small pressure cooker take very little oil,
. Once the oil is hot add a tsp of fennel seeds/ jerra,
. Sauté 1 onion chopped finely,
. Optional you can sprinkle little dried fenugreek leaves/ kasturi methi
. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
. ½ tsp coriander powder,
. ½ tsp red chilli powder,
. Salt as per taste,
. Water just enough to make thick soup, boil or pressure cook till the cucumber is easily mashable,
. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Or you can use Italian spices like parsley and oregano for a different version.
For extra flavor crush in a cube of vegetable stock.

Go ahead try this healthy wholesome soup and let me know if you liked it. I keep my soup spicy but please make it as per your taste preference.

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