Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Key For Me Is To Have A Goal As A Family To Get Healthy.

What Drives You??

November 23, 2016

Its pretty much public knowledge that after 2 failed attempts, I have finally received the freedom to drive in the form of my driving license!

What most people don’t know is that I moved to the UAE in April of 2008, and since that day I’ve been making my way around either via public transport or thanks to family and friends who are license holders and a lot of the times, on foot. And I truly enjoy a good, long walk. With the license now, it is going to be my endeavor to keep that going. And to get things started, I decided to take the children on a tour of the Dubai Public Transport. Needless to say, they loved it! What is awesome is that with the weather looking good taking the bus/ tram/ metro at least once a week is a great way to get a little bit of activity in our busy day. That it helps reduce congestion on the roads is an added advantage that many will bless us for!

Here are some moments from our recent tram trip!



Tired faces, blurry selfies, and a family that slept well after a day of walking, talking, swiping nol cards and looking outside windows!


Eat Healthy, Live Healthy!

November 9, 2016

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Dubai, or anywhere in the UAE, for that matter, what’s stopping you from doing as pleases the heart?!

So, this last weekend, wonder of wonders, we found ourselves on a farm in Abu Dhabi!


Good to be able to see those bright colors!fullsizerender-3

And just so much green all around!fullsizerender-4 fullsizerender-5 fullsizerender-6 It was such a delight to actually hand pick fruits and veggies, show the children where all that good nutrition really comes from and above all, the knowledge that we were purchasing home-grown, organic food! Super tasty too!

My motto is real simple – eat healthy and stay healthy! And now you know, its totally possible now!

Walk A Mile In My Shoes!

November 2, 2016

There’s something about walking. It completely refreshes me. It gives me time for some reflection, time to gather my thoughts and time to unwind. And the bonus – the views! I couldn’t get over how green some parts of Dubai are!


There are works of art waiting to be discovered everywhere.



And bridges that have walkways that let you enjoy the view better on foot than with your foot on the pedal.


And then sometimes, out of nowhere, Dubai’s best kept secret pops out right in front of you! Stairs. A million of them. Waiting to be conquered. Safe to say, I didn’t leave the battleground.


Walking is my thing. Its my way. I do it often. And its literally what keeps me going 😉


Healthy You, Healthy Kids!

October 26, 2016

Life in Dubai is great. I love it to bits. Even so, there are some paradoxes I can’t get over. Every time I see someone ‘driving’ to the gym, I ask myself why they won’t just walk there – walking is exercise too. Then there’ll be those who use fitness trackers to count the ‘number of steps’ they take in a day.  Those trackers have me wondering why we need to know the exact number of steps we’ve walked. On a day when you’ve walked a lot, you’ll know. I walk a lot, trust me, I know.

Then again, I know the answers to these questions. Driving to the gym. Well, what else do you do when you’re rushed for time? Or when the temp outside is unbearable? Fitness trackers work too. Some people are more driven to achieve a goal when its a contest. Or a game. Whichever way you look at it. It works.

Here’s what else works too. Enjoying yourself. Having a good time. And when it comes to me – I have the best time of all when I’m outdoors with my little ones in the play area. They really know how to stay fit – without actively trying to do so. And I love spending time with them. Outdoors is my favourite. They keep me active and alert. And all the laughs we share are a bonus!

If you’re like me, you love the outdoors, would jump at the idea of trekking up a mountain, but are grounded till the children get a little older, then this is just the thing for you. Step out with them as often as you can, play with them. And above all else, put that phone away! 🙂

Enjoy getting healthier and more active. Let children show you the way.



And hey, while I’m sharing gyaan on getting healthier, what’s a good gyaan session without a good inspirational quote?! Here’s one I spotted recently.


In the end, I wish you all the best 🙂 From one parent to another, don’t let life get you down. Get up. Shake it off. Move on.

Tough Choices

August 7, 2016

This weekend, it was time for a family outing. It was a much needed break in near by Al Ain. Talk about stress-relief! We truly enjoyed the laughs, the singing, the dancing, playing games, swimming with the children, a weekend to cherish! But these incredible moments are often marred when its time to grab breakfast. Primarily because we tend to over-serve, over-eat and then pass out! I was faced with one such tough temptation too!









And I could eat all 3 plates! At a single sitting! But here’s what I chose to do instead, I chose to go with the first 2 plating styles and a dug into a little bit of the 3rd one too! Because, if its going to be on my mind all day, I may as well eat a little bit and get it out of the way! Also, I never waste any of my metabolism on aerated drinks, or even tea or coffee. That helps with being able to stay healthier! Life is full of tough choices. Make the right one now, and you’ll have a happier and healthier today, and tomorrow!