Turning 30

Not just yet but in exactly 6 months from today, I will turn 30. And honestly speaking, I am pretty much freaked out about it. Infact on 1st Jan 2011, the only thing that came to my mind was, this year I am gonna turn 30.

I was always very proud of my twenties. So many milestones were achieved in these last 10 years. And hence, it was quite expected that I was gonna have a tough time forgoing that part of my life. And in exactly 6 months, I will have to do just that.

When I think of turning 30, suddenly, I feel old. And mature. And responsible. 20s is a time of rashness and brashness. And all the immaturity in the world. You can get away with anything. Health is on your side. Maybe some wealth. Life is shining with everything lined up in front of you. Somehow I don’t have the same amount of enthusiasm about the 30s. Its like, all the things that were supposed to happen, have happened in the 20s. 30s is just gonna be an extension of what has already happened. Gosh, what’s gonna happen to me when I turn 40!

So that, in many ways, sums up how depressive I am gonna be on 29th Sep 2011. And on all the days leading up to it.

But I refuse to let the last 6 months of my 20s go in cribbing, complaining and crying. No sir. I am going to make the most of what’s lined up. I had a set of resolutions when I turned 25. Most of them have been accomplished, except ofcourse about becoming a millionaire. But lets revisit that point again in 6 months! ;)

For now, I am vowing to change things. Change myself. There is a lot I want to do. Like buy a new car. We are moving into a new house so that’s done. Spend more time with my family. With 2 hours of drive time down the trash, I may have that one too. Big question mark on my health. That’s the REAL bummer. I have to, absolutely have to, lose atleast 10 kg. Have to visit Italy. Meet Roger Federer. Try different cuisines. Spend as much time as possible with Ibrahim. On his parenting and upbringing. He starts with school next April. I want to get closer to God. And my faith.

I want a revamp. And I want to do it in the next 6 months. Nothing overnight. Nothing temporary. Slow and steady. One thing at a time. And I will start with health. That’s my number 1 priority.

Oh, I forgot to add 1 more point that I wanna do before I turn 30. See India lift the cricket WC. Playing Pakistan tomorrow in the semis. I don’t mind losing the WC but I.JUST.CANNOT.SEE.INDIA.LOOSE.TO.PAKISTAN. In a WC on Indian soil. No way. Bleed blue. Bleed red. Bleed whatever you want to bleed but trash the Pakis.

Go India.

Diet and health

It is close to a month since I’ve started this balanced diet and now its time to share the results (to brag and feel good about myself).

I’ve lost close to 7 kg and that is not the best part. Got a bit more to go before reaching my ideal weight and BMI. Frankly speaking, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with weight loss. Every year, I used to go on crash diets (Atkins) and lose the extra flab. Then spend the next few months gaining it all back until its time to lose it all again. Been doing this for nearly 2 and a half years.

I knew it was extremely harmful for my health. But I was looking at short-term gains. Finally, this time last month, I decided to put my foot down. No more crash diets. No more unhealthy lifestyle. No more couch potato business. No more all-sugar days. I don’t want to die before I turn 40. Atleast not due to health issues. I visited a dietitian. Came up with a balanced diet plan. And the results are extraordinary. Not because 7 kgs is a lot. I think its decent for a month. But because how a balanced diet has transformed me. And not just physically but, and more importantly, mentally.

My mental agility has gone up many folds. I feel my mind thinking faster, sharper and far more attentive. I am able to think clearly. My memory has gotten better. I don’t feel mentally tired when I get home after work. I feel relaxed while driving. Niggles in my lower back gone. Migraines gone. Overall, I feel mentally fitter. The benefits of this diet are far more significant on my mind than on my body. I know 7 kg is not less but it is just a number as compared to how I have benefited mentally. Overall, the health of my brain has dramatically improved.

And guess what? The diet plan is not rocket science. Just managing eating habits. Right things at the right time. Counting calories. Reducing the bad carbs and fats. Adequate protein and vitamin intake. Enough salads and fruits. Healthy snacks in between meals. That’s all.

All in all, if anyone of you is looking at loosing weight or maintain a healthier lifestyle, I’ll be glad to share the basic framework of this plan.

As quoted by a very wise man, “To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”