The good things in August #GratitudeCircle

The good things in August #GratitudeCircle

It’s been almost a month since I blogged here. It seems much much longer though, as if it’s been ages since I spoke to friends. I haven’t been in a speak-out-my-heart kind of space this last month. And since that’s the only way I can write at obsessivemom, no writing got done.

However, the once a month gratitude post needs to be written and so here I am. No matter that this one is for August and we’re already in the second half of September. No matter.

The two things that saw me through this month were exercise and books.

The biggest win was on the fitness front.

I finally managed to find a rhythm for my exercise routine. I planned to stick to a forty-five minute walk but the rain gods played spoil sport. That ended up being a blessing in disguise because I discovered Leslie Sanson’s walk videos on YouTube.


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I took a while to get used to them. But so desperate was I and so frustrated with the rains that I started off from the better-than-nothing place. Now I’ve explored and tried out several of them and they’ve become a regular part of my fitness schedule. I do still try to step out for a walk but the days I cannot, I follow the videos.

These are 15 minute videos of varying intensity that take you through a one mile walk. I usually take up three of them in a row which adds up to 4.8 kms and that’s good enough for me. I love that I can exercise any time of the day and also that I can do so in my pyjamas.

It's good to have a list of indoor videos as a handy alternative to outdoor walking. #fitnesscapsule. Click To Tweet

If you’re starting off on an exercise routine I highly recommend them. If you’ve been exercising for a while you might find them too easy and you might want to explore the more intense ones.

The second win of the month was reading.

I read. A lot. While writing has been at an all time low, reading has been an all-time high.

Early last month I went to a books by weight sale. Each time I go to one I feel like a child let lose in a candy store. I picked up over a dozen books at a throwaway price. And have, since then been on a reading roll. I have found that books are a great way to distract oneself, to keep oneself happily engaged. Also, reading has helped me cut down on social media time-pass and sleep better. I’ve been blogging fairly regularly on my book blog as well as at Goodreads, so it’s not been too bad.

September is half done. The children’s exams are up in another ten days and I’m caught in my usual struggles. It’s going to be an eventful month, whatever is left of it.

Yet again grateful for Vidya’s Gratitude Circle that reminds me of all the good things in my life.

9 Replies to “The good things in August #GratitudeCircle”

  1. It’s been a long time since I got the time to catch up on my blog reading, and when I do finally make the time, I almost always start here.

    I read a whole bunch of your posts at one go, but my mobile was acting up, so I couldn’t comment on them earlier in the day (when I read them). Anyway here I am now.

    I am glad you have found your fitness groove. I have heard so much about those walking videos, but was never sure if they helped. I am going to look them up now, as with cooler weather coming my way, I will have to look for indoor options.

    Oh and loads of reading time is always a win in my book! 😀

  2. Ah I am so so happy with that fitness update. We all need to find what works for us and I am so glad that you love these videos. I have been undergoing physiotherapy and have been doing some heavy duty strength training of the lower body which makes me very happy. Have also started with baby steps in brisk walking which is about 17 minutes in a day till yesterday. I like my physio and she is slowly taking me back to complete knee health.

    Books I am still struggling to read. Any spare time and I watch Netflix or Hotstar. Damn! I really need to work there.

    My kids also have their exams from 1st October so yes the study time tables have been made especially for the younger boy. Let’s see how that goes.

    1. I do hope you get back to your usual routine soon. I’ve said this already but I’ll say it again – your twitter updates about your walks and strength training are always inspiring.
      Good luck with the kiddos. Those are testing times for all of us.

  3. Yay Tulika..And thats what gets me energised too. though I dont really follow any video(not as yet), but do stick to a walkking schedule. It surely declutters my mind and physically to I feel in great shape. Reading ofcourse is the best way to get off Social media, and according to me, thats the way it should be. I have stated carrying a book with me all around, sometimes even if I am going to the market. Never know when you could catch a line or two :))

    1. Walking outdoors is way better than any home video anyway. However this works well for me because it leaves me with no excuses – whether it is about not having enough time or not wanting to change clothes or even what time of day it is. To that extent it has proved very useful.
      As for books – I knew you’d identify with that :-).

  4. I was just thinking about this blog and lo and behold, see what popped up in my inbox. I am SO thrilled for you both on the reading and fitness fronts. I have been walking too and am seriously considering the Leslie videos for the heavy rain days. So far have managed to stick to the outdoor walk for the last fortnight.

    As for the books, am extremely happy on that front as well. You’re so right that it takes us away to a world we know and can lose ourselves in, as against social media. Ah, exams in 10 days? Ours start this week and am strangely calm. I wonder why.

    1. Thank you Shailaja for always being around. You’re right about the walks – outdoor is much better if one can make it while the sun is still not hot. Happy to hear about your progress. I’m trying to exercise just 6 days a week. With the children being home a lot though, it might get tough during the exams.

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