• Saniya

Summer Body Ready #ThePlan

Updated: Apr 13, 2018


Hello Loves, please accept apologies for the crazy delay in writing to you. I was travelling, attending Pakistani weddings (they are elaborate with week long functions and a lot of fooddd) and catching up with family and friends.

Pakistani Weddings

However, now that weddings are out of the way, I am going to try my best to be Summer Ready. Living in Dubai means a lot of beaching around during summer and unfortunately I can't go to the Beach with my comfy-food-loving-body :D

Tacos for Life

Haha, but seriously guys it's Summer '18 Time !

Beach Fun
Beach Parties
Enough Beach Motivation already?

So what's #ThePlan?

1- Exercise

2- Eat Right

3- Right Routine


Exercise:

Exercise is key. It helps me not only stay in shape, but also helps to keep my mind sharp and active. Some obvious benefits include the following:

  1. Keeps your body weight in check

  2. Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

  3. Speeds up the Metabolism

  4. Strengthens the Bones and Muscles

  5. Improves Mental Health and Mood

Human beings are lazy by nature. Something I learnt in my “Science of Human Nature” and “Behavioural Economics” courses at University of Toronto. I cannot fully disagree with it. I too have the tendency to be lazy after work, so I have given up on the idea of working out in the evening, and instead I am going to try to work out each morning. I am most active when I get up so why not put that energy to good use?!


You should see what works best for you with your routine. In me previous life, evening boot-camps made the most sense with a demanding work life in Toronto. In Dubai, I was doing a pretty good job working out in the evenings. However, I feel the urge to try working out in the mornings now – for two reasons: 1) change is good 2) I sometimes get lazy after work, so don’t work out as rigorously as I would like to.

Food:

Waterrrrr:

  • Lots and lots of it – need to stay hydrated in summer

  • At least 1.5 glasses in the morning before having any food

  • Luke warm water please – helps with metabolism

  • Drink at least a glass before every meal

Brekkie:

  • I am making some small changes to my breakfast. Less of my favourite honey and almond cereal and more of oats in my cereal+oats+nuts bowl. It’s an amazing recipe (I will write about it in future!)

  • I plan to switch to eggs and veggies on some days

Lunch:

  • No Rice Diet for 30 days – I feel these challenges help me jumpstart the process. I usually eat healthy, but such challenges help me with the discipline that I sometimes lack, while starting out after a cheat week (due to weddings/family commitments/work commitments or travel)

  • My favourites include: Grilled Chicken and Baked Fish with veggies, hummus, olives cucumbers, carrots etc

  • Pairings: Salads with Quinoa, lentils or sprouts

  • Fruit Pairings: Apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, anything really that’s in season and is naturally available where you live

Teas:

  • I am a sucker for non-caffiene teas – current fav is Twinning’s Lemon & Garlic

  • I have it in the morning and post lunch

Dinner:

  • Smallest meal size and at least three hours before bed time

  • Again, I am going to try to stay away from Rice for 30 days (wish me luck please!)

  • Favourites include: Grilled Chicken or Fish with veggies on the side

  • Avocado can do the magic – tastes like heaven and fills you up!!!!

Routine:

This is the toughest for us. Bilal and I usually like to watch tv shows late at night from 10 PM to midnight. I mean c’mon Black Mirror and Game of Thrones is just too exciting!!

However, we have now realized that in order to be the early birdies and work out in the morning, we need to hit the bed latest by 11 PM.

Correct Routine to be followed is below:

  • Wake Up: 7 AM

  • Work Out in the Building Gym: 7:10 – 8:00 AM

  • Shower + Change + Brekkie: 8:00 – 8:45 AM

  • Work: 9:00 to 12:00 AM

  • Lunch + Post Lunch Walk: 12:00 to 01:00 PM

  • Work: 01:00 to 06:00 PM

  • Walk: 06:00 to 07:00 PM

  • Dinner: 07:00 to 07:30 PM

  • Free Time (TV, Walk, Blogging, Reading etc): 07:30 to 11:00 PM

  • Sleep: 11:00 to 07:00 PM

  • << Repeat >>

Today is April 11th and I am going to challenge myself to follow #ThePlan for 30 days straight till May 10th. There are four weekends in between these dates, that means you should be receiving four weekly updates on #ThePlan.


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