Back now after 6 weeks of fun, adventure, work? Did enjoy my trip to UK thoroughly. Let me see, I visited Leeds, London, Doncaster, York, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bournemouth during my stay there. I met Round and walked all over London which was beyond awesome and deserves a separate post and photos. I met my uncle and aunt whom I have met about thrice in my whole life and they were pure sweethearts. Then I met my cousin (their son) whom I have met once when I was 5 and he was 3. He was very sweet and very interesting. Also I was favorably impressed by him even before I met him only because he studied in MIT. I know, bragging, but can’t help. Then when I met my UK project mates in Bournemouth, they were so nice to me. My manager and her hubby took me around for a whole day in a camp-a-van (a large van which can be used for camping as it has fridge, stove, bed, lockers - can’t hide how much fun the van seemed to be, I would love one). Out of the 10 days in Bournemouth, I went out for drinks and dinner with folks (not the colleagues from Mumbai) about 5 times or so which is a record for a recluse like me. There was not one weekend when I was home reading and resting. Every Saturday I picked up my backpack and went somewhere except on the Sunday when I met my cousin. I can’t believe how well we got on, we spoke for ages as if we have always known each other. I went to Edinburgh alone and enjoyed immensely. All in all, I was happy as I never expected to be.
And to cap it all, I went at 165 pounds and came back same. Can you believe it? Well, I did walk a lot on weekends and some during weekdays. Had to carry a heavy laptop bag. In Leeds cooked and ate mostly healthy food except for a moderate obsession of Doritos with gaucamole/hummus. In Bournemouth ate a huge breakfast at the hotel and the rest of the day ate quite less. Drank beer and cider all days I went out in Bmth. Somehow it all worked out and I didn’t gain any weight.
And I am back now. Happy to be home. Buying a new apartment in outskirts of Mumbai. Would start the l0an pr0cessing in a few days. Should move to the new house by early next month. Lots to do. Things at work looking good. Have settled down to a not-so-comfortable-yet-in-it-truce. Somehow feel confident and at peace. Boss seems to be favoring me a tiny bit. Got a hike too, as I joined this job at a salary much lower than my peers as I had left my last job without any and did not negotiate when offered this one. I was not particularly bothered about the lower salary too. Somehow this happened on its own as a market correction thing. My boss rooted for me and got this done. This is the part where I should be getting scared that things are going a little too well and bad times must be around the corner. Well, there has been a few downs too which hasn’t been big deals and have bothered me very less. And I feel strangely calm. So I am just being in my peace and we will see how life unfolds.
Back to health now. Got a cold from the climate change. It is raining heavily here. Mumbai looks green. My view will be gone in a few weeks. The new apartment doesn’t have such a view, nor such gorgeous windows. But it does have a biggish (by Mumbai standards) terrace which should do very well. There is a gym in that apartment. Also I got a call from my elusive trainer which is a good omen. I have also joined the Summer Focus group - summer diet buddies.
My plan of action is as below. Hopefully I will be able to stick to most of it.
My current weight is 165 lbs. I would like to be 155 lbs by labor day (7th Sept) which is 8 weeks away. I would love to touch 150 lbs by then but 155 would be very satisfactory.
Things I want to do and track
- Work out 4 times a week
- Drink 2+ liters of water daily
- Sleep for more than 7 hours
- Eat a good breakfast and no carb at night
- De-stress and be happy
- Blog 3 times a week
Hope to be back on track to a slim and healthy and strong and fit me.
Wish you all the very best too. I would be checking your blogs soon and comment and encourage as frequently as possible.
PS: I read Eat, Pray, Love and really liked it.