Eating healthy is a major part of staying healthy which in turn is a major part of living healthy. Gen Y in the Indian urban zone, including me, is leading a life which is far from healthy. I have made a conscious decision to start living a healthy life. That of course meant a lot of changes to my current lifestyle, including exercising and having a proper diet. I know from past experience and looking at my friends that this is not an easy task. It requires a lot of dedication, effort and the will to follow a decision.

I have started exercising and I’ll leave the details of it to another day. Today, I have decided to implement a healthy diet plan. My fitness instructor has given a detailed daily diet to follow a few days ago and I have decided to follow it despite my hectic schedule and inability to shop regulary and voluntarily. So today I went shopping for a week’s worth of fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses and other healthy snacks. It was a particularly tiring day for me and even after entering the shopping mart, every fiber in my body was instinctively shouting to get out right then, never to return.

I went to Crossword to calm myself down, browsed through some books and then went back into the fearsome activity of grocery shopping. I made a list of all the items I would need in advance and made a few last minute changes to the list to make it more realistic and followable. I got all the items on my list and they shall be my diet for the next week. I will post about the success or otherwise of this task a week later. This is going to be a very tough week for me and starting tomorrow, I plan to stick to the diet plan as if my life depended on it. My hope is that it would stick around forever.

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Yes, the idea was from the movie Yes Man. I watched the movie last weekend and it had a powerful effect on me. A lot of us can relate to what Jim Carrey was going through in the intial part of the movie. Sad, alone, disinterested and monotonous, he had little to look forward to and expect from his life. All that changed with a single word yes. Although I did not expect or even hope my life to take the twists and turns that his life did, I do wanted to see what happens when I say yes to everything for a day. Just a day.

That’s what I did today. I decided to say yes to everything that came my way. It started by saying yes to my flatmate, which very inconveniently made me take a rick to work. I had a hard time getting a rick, so I said yes to paying extra and got a rick after waiting for 45 min in the hot sun.

Occasionally, I donate a rupee or two to beggars, usually at a certain signal near my place, though I don’t sometimes. But today I have decided to donate 10 rupees to any beggar who asks me. So when I reached that particular signal, a little kid was begging at the rickshaw next to me and by the time he gave up there, the signal turned green and my rickshaw moved ahead. You had to be there to believe the timing of the events. Anyway, I could not give any money the one day I decide to be extra generous.

At work, I said yes to a blood donation camp this Friday and to a trekking event this Sunday. I have never donated blood and have never went on a big trek. Honestly I am quite nervous about both of them, especially after I read that the trekking fees includes some sort of insurance charges. But I am looking forward to them as they are the outcomes of the yes day. I have also said (a cheerful) yes to a colleague whom I’d rather say no to, on an ordinary day.

The day turned out to be a lot peaceful than I thought it would be. Would I have donated blood and went on a trek if not for the yes day? I don’t know. I’d certainly like to try this again sometime in the future.

I have been working on a project that is very dear to me for a long time now. The disheartening thing is that it hasn’t quite seen the light of the day. So on Day#1 of ec2do, I have decided to finish a small but crucial and final part of the project. So that’s what I did. Finished it!

I have also discussed the future of the project with the other stakeholders and it looks pretty clear and concrete now. I am glad that I have finally finished a functional aspect of the project and that I have gained insight into the future of the project. Though things did not go the way I wanted them to, I understand the reason for things going the way they are. I wish this project and everything associated with it all the best!