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Life Is All About Balance #AtoZChallenge

Life is all about balance Vidya Sury 1

I almost skipped writing today’s post, because of a long to-do list, added to which I secretly wanted to sulk a teeny little bit. Then I decided, why not free-write and ramble away? Writing is always therapeutic, and it would also keep me on track with the good ol’ AtoZ.

Here’s why I wanted to sulk: I finally had my routine health tests done the day before yesterday and was nervous about the results, which came in yesterday. I have good cause to be nervous because I was pretty sure the reports would not make my doc smile.

Wait! Before you jump at conclusions, I admit that I deserve what I got. If the results aren’t great, it is mainly because I haven’t been doing everything I ought to have been doing.

Sure, I’ve been watching my diet. But then, without exercise and enough sleep, medications and diet alone cannot manage to keep my reports looking good. I am guilty of sleeping really late and being up early, thanks to the recent stress of data loss—and this has done nobody any good. My blood sugar levels have been having a field day at the swings. And I know that true balance is when diet, exercise, and enough sleep come together. Sigh!

The sooner I get back to that balance, the better. I need to seriously reschedule my days. I must stop catching up on work during weekends. I must bring back that one compulsory hour of walking and meditation, as I used to.  I really must become a 9 to 5-er, and occasionally play hooky to live out my fantasy of binge reading all day.

I guiltily admit that I did enrol in a gym last year and it was fun for as long as I had a buddy. But when said buddy went back to college, I found it easy to skip days. Finally, I decided to close my membership when it expired and pledged to walk on my terrace as I used to, before the gym days. That so did not happen.  I often found amazing excuses to do it tomorrow.  I do walk most days, but I become miserable on days I don’t and actually could have.  Errgh.

Now, thanks to these reports that serve as a wakeup call, I find  myself pledging to return to my earlier exercise routine and strike that balance pronto! Luckily I have not gained weight, or I’d be howling like nobody’s business!

When I was first diagnosed with Type2 Diabetes (making faces at it!) I made radical changes and stuck to them. I went off rice and wheat, and planned my diet around sprouts, salads, veggies, fruits, and nuts. Not only did I bring my blood sugar right back to the target levels, but also had some welcome, if unexpected weight loss.

So, I decided to take stock of my life. Some solid self-talk was in order.

I know that exercise is critical to health for type 2 diabetics, or anyone for that matter. Yoga-inspired stretches and weightless workouts are great for us multitaskers. You can exercise for energy, right at your desk and get (and stay) fit without going to the gym or hiking at a nearby park. I do all that, just not regularly the past three months. Now, I’ll be regular.

There’s walking of course.

On days it is too warm to get outside, I have found exercising indoors is practical and efficient, particularly for stretching and other warm up stuff. But, to be fair, I love Mother Nature. When She provides fab weather, I prefer to spend as much time outside as possible. There is the added advantage of getting my vitamin D quota, which our bodies naturally produce in sunlight.

I will work in time to relax, and be less stressed about work, what with summer vacation around the corner. I see lots of indoor games in my immediate future with the kids around me. And they are nothing like the ones I am used to.

During my childhood, indoor games were mostly board games like chess, carrom, bagatelle, monopoly, and of course, playing cards and the ever-present jigsaw puzzle and crossword puzzles. Lots of reading too. Oh, there was indoor badminton and table tennis, along with volleyball in the basement.

But today, the gaming device landscape has revolutionized indoor entertainment, ranging from specially designed, kid-friendly tablets to common mobile phones. Practically every kid I know has some sort of device she manages quite dexterously. Sometimes I wonder: are these ubiquitous devices ruining social interaction (along with our retinas)? Perhaps. But it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to parental control.

I had never been a fan of gaming, until my little friends introduced me to it, and literally forced me to play with them. Of course, gaming, like just about everything else, is perfectly healthy in moderation. One of the boys I know loves sports games which lets him play on his favorite teams. If I had a choice, I’d go for the puzzle games, which are intellectually stimulating and can provide meaningful mental benefits.

Just this afternoon, my neighbor’s pre-teen came rushing over to introduce me to Poki her latest craze and I settled down to an hour of excited chatter. This is a site for gamers to gather and enjoy countless adventures in every category.

Apparently .io is the newest trend in the online gaming world and Brutal.io is one of the latest games, giving players the chance to compete in a neon world. Who knew?

She explained that Brutal.io revolves around harnessing energy and using physics to score points and grow. Yes, when she said “physics” she looked at me, as if hoping that would entice me.  Okay, so there are games for both children and adults, providing different challenges to each age group. I did drive my young friend crazy as she tried to explain it to me—I guess I am just too lazy to focus on these things and am quite happy to allow my “opponent” to win. I mean, I just don’t have the enthusiasm of a twelve-year-old with this.

Even though most of my nieces and nephews enjoy video games to pass the time when it is too cold to go outside, or if it’s raining, they’ve never succeeded in roping me in. Thanks to the internet today, there’s a nearly endless supply with more games coming out every day and Brutal.io is just one of many.

After she left, I laced up my shoes to go walking—may as well turn over a new leaf right away, eh? As I ran up the stairs to the terrace wearing my new bright pink lace-edged capris, anticipating a gorgeous sunset, and heard the sound of parrots, I smiled and thought—it is always about balance.

Yep, life is all about balance. And all is well in vidzworld!

Your takeaway from this post?

“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live”

Cute pic of the bear striking a balanced pose is from Shutterstock.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Shalini
    April 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Health first, dear Mam. Please take care. But then, I understand. The last week was exhausting for me as well. I slept by 3 or 4 in the morning (thanks to P, we were re-watching Game of Thrones for the nth time), got up at 9ish, then went about with cooking, clicking pics and blogging for the next day, reading took a back seat as I just couldn’t read more than5-6 blogs a day and the weather is not helping much either. Phew! I don;t remember when I hit the gym last. Gosh, what am I doing with my life! 🙁 🙁
    But yes, please take care, Mam.

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    shubhangi srikanth
    April 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t get video games…maybe I am too old to get the knack of it, though my kiddos keep trying to teach me a trick or two. The summer heat has made me too cranky to exercise so I’m hardly doing anything for the past week or so. (ya, I’m so happy when I have something to blame my laziness on!)

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    Modern Gypsy
    April 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I am so guilty of letting exercise fall to the wayside. There are always tons of other things I’d rather be doing. But I do need to get it into a schedule of some sort. This post was a wake up of sorts for me too. Take care of your health, Vidya, I hope your next set of reports comes out aces!

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    Shantala
    April 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I agree. Life is indeed all about balance. But at times, we take our own sweet time figuring out the perfect way to balance it all. And just when it appears to be all smooth sailing, there is usually something that comes up which makes it go all wonky. And there we go all over again, in pursuit of the precious, yet elusive balance.

    I am glad that you have new-found determination. Roll with it, and I am sure you will be able to make it a part of your routine again. Though I must say that exercising alone is kinda hard. When I don’t have a companion, I listen to audio-books. You could find something like that that works for you.

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    Birgit
    April 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Trying to balance life is a life long struggle. I think we also tend to look at what we don’t do instead of what we actually do. When I was reading this, I could relate to the exercise bit and the feeling a bit bad in not doing it. I was also thinking about how many people smile to you. You take beautiful pictures of ladies whom you see daily on the side of the road or at the market and you are genuine to them so they are in kind. You have met the Dalai Lama…..I mean….wow!!! You inspire people every day around you and on your blog. You exercise your mind and your spirit and are there when someone needs you. I am not forgetting what a terrific mom you are which shows by how much your son loves you. Overall, your life is enriched and balanced and I think that is honourable

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    Wendy
    April 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    You are more than forgiven. Life gets in the way of ‘should’s all the time. That’s part of the whole deal.
    You are a champion at positive self-talk, and I bet even while you were yearning for a sulk, you were chatting to yourself about how there is no need to beat yourself up. I wish you were MY gym buddy. I don’t have the courage to walk into a gym on my own. And we weren’t able to bring our dog, so no reason for long long walks any more. And to be honest, AtoZ is keeping me more sedentary than usual.
    But it will all balance out over time.

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    Shilpa Garg
    April 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Oh yes,in all aspects of our lives balance is key. It’s like riding a bicycle. We have to continuously focus on the road ahead and look out for potholes too and in managing all this what’s most important is to persevere. Glad that you are back to your walking routine. Take care and stay healthy, Vidya! ♥

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    Sreesha
    April 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Oh Vidya, my love! It’s ok to sulk sometimes, seriously.
    It’s annoyingly easy to come up with excuses to not exercise. I know this from experience (what with my own hba1c going off the charts (according to my doc) and me telling myself every day to do some kind of exercise)! God I wish (again) that we were neighbors – strolls, gyms, everything is so much better with a buddy.

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    Lucy Robertson
    April 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Truly said. Life is a game of balance. We face both happy times and bad times but we have to keep balance and get going

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    Menaka Bharathi
    April 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    congratulations on controlling that monster – Diabetes! Vidhya. I have been seeing people making really a great fuss about having diabetes and how they cant do this or do that. To the point of not travelling. I for one feel that if you have a strong mind and will, no illness can beat you. Some 5 years ago I had walked some 15 kms- he he trekking in the western ghats. it was fun, but then I got serious knee pain. I still have the after effect. But I never miss my badminton or morning walk. I even do the rebound exercise when I need to watch morning news and cant get out of my room.
    Launching SIM Organics This April
    *Menaka Bharathi *
    *SimpleIndianMom*

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    Mayuri Nidigallu
    April 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    We all slip up sometimes, but getting back on track after slipping is what counts. Glad you are doing that . Wishing you better health soon and lots of time to binge-read:)))
    I love that Ballerina Bear in your picture:)))

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    Rekha
    April 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I am religiously following your Instagram snapshots on #lifehacksfordiabetes because Mom has been diabetic for over three decades now. They are absolutely helpful. But just that Mom doesn’t have much control over her diet and that makes me fume. Take care, Vidya. <3
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      Vidya Sury
      April 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Dearest Rekha, First–so much appreciation for you, actually coming over to visit (referring to your FB post). Hugs! Thank you for being my friend on Instagram. I adore your photos too! I am posting diabetes friendly super-easy recipes on my food blog (yep: Cooking With Mi — figured I’d start a food blog since I am posting food pictures all the time.

      It is not easy being diabetic, Rekha. Sometimes it can get really depressing. It is not hard to tweak our usual food though! That’s what I am doing. Hugs! Love you!
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    Sid
    April 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Life is totally about balance. And *Tsk tsk* for letting your health go for a toss 🙁
    On another note – you and gaming? Now, this I must see – never had you pegged for a virtual gaming kind of person. But then again, you surprise me every day.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      I know. I’ve tsk tsk-ed the heck out of myself, Sidly! I have now turned over a new leaf. Sleeping by max 11. Dropped 2 clients. And yes, even I surprise myself frequently. Thank you for coming by!
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