Nivendra Uduman | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 15 – with Nivendra Uduman, and we talk about psychology, depression, and compassion.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Nivendra Uduman. See his interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
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How Easy Good Habits Feel for Me Right Now

So this week I didn’t want to continue the thread of motivation like I’ve been doing on Mondays. I’m being a little more loose and personal this week. I don’t care about SEO and readability and other jazz of blog maintenance.

By far, the most pressing goal I’ve had in my mind for the last 6 months has been to lose weight. I gained 14 kg over the course of my year of depression, going from 68 to 82. In November, I restarted taking care of my body but I wasn’t making much progress.

Over the next few months, I gained a lot of muscle, but I hadn’t lost a shred of weight. I still haven’t.

However, I have learned so much about nutrition and exercise in the last few months – dispelling fitness myths that we peddle without thought on a daily basis. And now, after a slow month and a half of dried motivation and a possible return of depression, I’m suddenly finding it easy to stick to better eating and working out.

I don’t know what changed, but I’m eating more protein, less fat, and I’m finally back in the gym. Yesterday, when I checked my weight, it was 78.8 – some progress. Again, these things fluctuate easily (water weight) but it was the first time in over a year that I saw the number seventy-eight on the scale, and that refilled my well of motivation.

In general, motivation and willpower are very overrated assets. They run out. I’ve learned that health is a lifestyle, not a diet or a workout program, and hopefully, over the next 9 months, I will have ingrained good fitness and nutrition habits in my life.

I feel like I’m writing this for myself, not for you, the reader, and that’s okay. Everybody should allow themselves that. I haven’t written for myself in a long time – the problem being that I’ve become so one-track-minded that I find it hard to write fiction or stories that I like. But I feel positive.

I feel positive.

This blog will now resume its scheduled programming. 🙂 I’ve been very diligent about conducting Talkback interviews, and tomorrow’s is a great one. It’ll be out at 9 AM IST.

I normally end my blog posts with “Thank you for reading.”, because I really mean it, but today, I’m telling myself – thank you for writing.

Apratim Chattaraj | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 14 – with Apratim Chattaraj, and we talk about music, the internet and learning.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.

This week’s interview was with an old friend – I spoke to Mr. Apratim Chattaraj. See his interview below. Continue reading “Apratim Chattaraj | #TalkbackTuesday”

How to Do Simple Priming to Keep Yourself Motivated

Your brain is wired to constantly make connections.. Use this to your advantage with the priming effect – controlling the associations you make.

This past weekend, my roommate Jester was out of town. While leaving on Friday, he innocuously said, “Make good decisions.” Aware of how up and down my mood and performance has been over the last few months, he probably meant it as simple motivation.

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Nisha Ravi | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 13 – with Nisha Ravi, and we talk about being a writer, travel, the Goodwill Tribe, and rescued dogs.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.

This week’s interview is with Ms. Nisha Ravi. See her interview below. Continue reading “Nisha Ravi | #TalkbackTuesday”

You Can Only Do A Certain Number of Things Everyday

#MicroblogMondays We often demand too much of ourselves, and that’s not fair because we can only do a certain number of things everyday before we burnout.

Aren’t stock photos great?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about using Sundays to plan your week. The problem with planning though, is that we are unable to align our expectations with our delivery, and that leads to frustration. Continue reading “You Can Only Do A Certain Number of Things Everyday”

Piyush Daga | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 12 – with Piyush Daga, and we talk about the German language, higher education and being smart.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.

This week’s interview was with an old friend from school – I spoke to Mr. Piyush Daga, who was very forthcoming with his views. See his interview below. Continue reading “Piyush Daga | #TalkbackTuesday”

Earn your Weekends for a Sustainable Life

Create a work plan of achievable goals for the week just enough to earn your weekends. It’s a sustainable way to be productive without burning out.

A couple of weeks ago, I described how every Monday is a New Year. In that post, I described getting more out of your week by planning it on Sunday evening. Specifically, I tried planning and preparing my meals on Sunday to take the stress out of good nutrition.

What if you extended that to your feeling of contribution and self-worth? Continue reading “Earn your Weekends for a Sustainable Life”

Kelcie Smith | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 11 – with Kelcie Smith, and we talk about American Sign Language and sensitivity.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.

This week’s interview came by way of recommendation. I spoke to Ms Kelcie Smith. See her interview below. Continue reading “Kelcie Smith | #TalkbackTuesday”

Anxiety – My Attempt to Understand and Accept It

I describe a panic attack, and understanding why I get anxiety episodes and how we can work around them.

I had my fifth ever panic attack yesterday.

I’ve noticed a trend within these anxiety episodes – all five of them had a baseline of negativity that was racing through my head during the event. During each attack, these were the singular thoughts that underlined everything going on: Continue reading “Anxiety – My Attempt to Understand and Accept It”