Hello blogosphere! Meet my main squeeze - Gus Gus. He’s just helping me roll out my muscles post at-home workout.
So we all know I’m goal oriented and appreciate a good physical challenge - running marathons, bodybuilding competitions, etc. But I think it’s time to find a lifestyle where I can maintain the physical level I’ve reached. Post competition resulted in a more muscular, happier and more confident Niven. Now it’s time to maintain that without the insane cycle of “bulking” vs. “prep” and all that it entails. While I love the results and hard fast schedule and training, I can’t do it forever.
So I’m going to take the plunge and pubically announce my new goal. I’m taking on the primal lifestyle. Thanks to family and friends who range from paleo to vegetarian to gluten free, I’ve been able to observe what things I think I could adopt successfully and what things would make me miserable. I also learned a lot about myself when I was prepping for the competition last season. The following list are things I need, want or aren’t willing to give up. They are also things I learned that I can or can’t handle.
Niven’s 10 Must Have’s
1. I like fat and crunch.
2. I really like eggs
3. Prepping big meals is REALLY helpful to sustainable healthy eating for me.
4. I LOVE sweet potatoes in any form
5. I can’t eat tomatoes or potatoes due to allergies
6. I learned that processed carbs and I aren’t friends (via competition prep)
7. I need and want coffee in my life.
8. I need and want chooclate/desserts in my life.
9. I enjoy exercising and need to do it to avoid getting sick/having flare ups
10. I don’t want to feel limited or that I’ve giving things up.
11. (Because I’m an Indian Over Achiever) I want to be able to go out and not be the person with the “super picky food restrictions”.
As a result of this list and thanks to google, I came across the ever so popular concept of “going primal” and started reading Primal Blueprint and checking out their resources
I’ll keep you posted on how well it’s going. For the most part, I’ve gotten rid of non-primal approved foods, but I have experienced mental confusion of full fat half and half vs. fat free. Or butter vs. PAM. It’s pretty much a mind-f^&k.
Valentine’s Day Recap. #Paleo Chinese Fakeout w/ @josha487 and #houseofcards. He knows me well.
Happy Valentine’s Day World <3
(I know I’ve been MIA - update post and new adventures to come soon.)
Merry Christmas Everyone! I’ve been wearing my reindeer pants, watching #HomeAlone & #IllBeHomeForChristmas, baking Christmas cookies and prepping dessert for Christmas Dinner. Doesn’t matter when or where, as long as we’re all together. #SinghFamily Christmas will commence tonight!
Who’s ready to head to Cuba!? #SouthernMostPoint #FloridaKeys #singhfamilyvacation #kturns30 #cuba #bahamas #KeyWest
This blog has been a space for the last year or two where I’ve shared thoughts, dreams, goals, interests and random thoughts. At first, I was irritated I couldn’t really stay tuned to one subject. I was focused on different interests when I was in grad school versus those of past few months. And again, I’m off onto other things. I tried to tether myself to one theme multiple times. Heck I even changed the name, the layout and color schemes to want to stay tied to it.
But then I realized having varied interests is not a bad thing. Repeat: NOT a bad thing. It took a while, but I came to this conclusion when I had a chat over coffee with my mom about the following statement: What do you like about yourself? This conversation was prompted by one I had with my brother on a recent trip to India. When he asked, I said “I have no idea. What do you like about yourself?” And he had a solid list of reasons why he’s pretty awesome. I wanted to be like that. Like him. So I took a turn for introspection and liked what I saw.
I like that I have interesting things to say. I like that I can connect with a multitude of people on a variety of topics. I like that I am a classically trained south Indian dancer and a bodybuilder. I like that I write and enjoy conversations on philosophy as much as I love laying on the couch all day marathon watching TV. I LIKE that about myself.
I also like that I’ve had hundreds of different experiences, many of which are completely outside my comfort zone. I like that I’ve traveled around the world, and will continue to do so. I like that I feel just as confident being alone in a foreign city as I do in my home town surrounded by people I love. I like that I read - a variety of genres and subjects at that.
I like that I am a giving person. I like taking care of people and making them feel good and comfortable. I like that I am so close with my friends and family. And while I may hate it in the moment, I like that I fall in love hard and fast and give my entire self. I like that I’ve learned from every person I’ve met. I like that I can be vulnerable sometimes, and in-you-face confident other times.
I like those things about myself, and more. Sometimes I forget that I’m a good person and pretty awesome. This is not a post about bragging or egoism, but a simple post about self-love, introspection and remembering that you have to like and love yourself.
What do you like about yourself?
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On a personal note - FOR REALS.
I am officially in the single digit number of days until competition. My first post on here when competition prep officially started was 99 days and now I’m down to 9. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?
It’s been a lot of ups and downs, but the one I’m facing at this very moment (as I scour Facebook and see posts of thanksgiving treats, ice cream and cookies) is self-sabotage and not letting myself ruin the hard work I’ve put in. It’s been mind over matter regarding EVERYTHING. And of course, now is the time I chose to add and am learning to deal with other challenges on top of this. But it’s a learning experience right?
So here is what I’ve done to help keep myself on track…
1. My wall papers on my phone, comp and anywhere else are motivational images of hot women.
2. Anytime I want to eat something I shouldn’t, I talk to my best friends who keep me from putting spoons of ice cream in my mouth, or remind me of my countdown.
3. I tally the number of days left EVERY DAY to remind myself to stay on it.
4. I spend my time with those that are supportive.
5. I take notice, write down or verbally express what I’m liking about this process - today, I’m loving how my shoulders look. Tomorrow it might be my butt. Or hips. Or back. It doesn’t matter - just something I’m proud or thankful for.
What do you do to keep yourself in check?