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Motivate yourself. (Post 2)

So, did you push your boundaries? Did you keep up the first day of  the challenge you set yourself? If you have no idea what I am talking about, see my previous post. 
I was very happy that I motivated so many people to take up the challenge.

Today I wished my dad's closest friend, as it is his birthday. He is in his eighties, but is so fit,  so active and extremely articulate and well-read. You can converse with him for hours.

Today is also the birthday of Dr.Suess. I have read almost all his books over and over, countless times to my children, when they were toddlers.  Secretly I too enjoyed reading them. I think there is a lot you can learn from children's books. I don't mean the ones with morals (I dislike those.). I mean the poignant,  well-illustrated  ones which on the face of it seem like a simple story, but  are actually deep, when you think about them. Often they elucidate a philosophical concept.

These are some  of my favourite Dr.Suess quotes:

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

A person's a person, no matter how small.

You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way.

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

  I do believe that age is all in the head. I came across a video of a 80 year old woman, Ernestine Sheperd who is a body-builder! I urge you to watch it. (It's a 2 minute 45 second watch) I  am sharing  it here.

If she can do it at 80, all of us really have no excuses!

A LOT of people ask me what I do for my fitness. I walk an hour and 40 minutes every day! I also do Ashtanga Yoga for about 45 minutes. 

That's me. Pic clicked two days back.
Fitness is something very important to me. The thing about fitness is that it becomes addictive, once you get used to it.

If you don't have any kind of exercise regime, I urge you to start one right away. Start small. Start by walking 20 minutes a day, like Aniket!
Listen to music or listen to an interesting podcast while walking. Or simply observe the neighborhood.

Do it even on the days you don't feel like. After 10 days of doing this daily, you will feel that something is amiss if you don't go for your walk.

I am off now for my walk! (I walk an hour in the morning and 30-40 minutes  at night)

Leave me comments and tell me your exercise routine.
Gnite folks. See you tomorrow!


  1. Ernestine Sheperd... Wow... Guys must watch the video, you get motivated to exercise. Thanks for sharing Mam.

  2. Thanks for the blog post madam! Your writings are always inspirational.

  3. You can be old at 25 and you can be young at 63. It's all in the head.

    Thank you for sharing the video mam. It is really a motivating one.

  4. Extra points if you tell me from which of my books that quote is :)

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  5. Hey Awesome post again Preeti ❤ I think that quote is from the book The One You Cannot Have! Thanks again for the motivational daily dose Ciao

  6. Superb post... Thank you for posting the video..

  7. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." It's really that simple :).

    This post is a nice reminder to oneself to get up and get going. When it comes to fitness, it's never too late. I am a big fan of going on long walks, though I can't fit them into my routine currently. I do go for a jog for half hour every morning after a few suryanamaskaram's at home. I do miss my morning routine on the days I don't get to do it.

    Once in a while, I take a few hours off from work just to go on long uninterrupted walks exploring some new neighborhoods. This is my favorite past time :)

  8. U Inspire me preethi Mam!!! Thankuuu for the words which brings smile on my face..

  9. Nice post Preeti and a wonderful way to start my day. I joined the gym in the month of November and in between I go for a morning walk for 60 minutes. It is nice to inhale the goodness of nature during the wee hours of the morning. We learn a lot by seeing how the world looks when most of us are sleeping! I used to be quite lazy and not serious about exercising. But like you said, once you start, you do not want to stop and once you see the numbers decreasing on the weighing machine, you feel like pushing yourself more. Hope to reach my target weight in a few months. Thanks for another wonderful post. You look fantastic!

  10. Yes,age is just a number. I keep telling myself everyday. Thanks for the motivational quotes. Very timely.

  11. You are right ma'am, age is just number in head.Fitness is not destination, it is the way of life to be fit. It hurts few days in starting like Aniket felt. Something is better than nothing.

  12. I felt this post was exclusively meant for me. Another very inspiring and motivating post from you.
    I have always wanted to be fit, go for a daily walk, do yoga daily, read plenty of books, be spiritual and pious.
    But, I keep procrastinating. Or I am just lazy.
    I just have to do it, whether I like it or not.
    Thanks a LOT Preeti! (*_*)

  13. I have made it a must to practise yoga at least thrice or four times a week for a good 20 minutes, barring my one hour class. I need to push myself and get the mojo rolling:) Walking is such a good exercise.

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    I can be awake late night but cant be up early even if I sleep early. Still tried to get up by 6am and since 8 days, its working awesome to me. Now it has become a routine. Thanks for such a post. #Motivated

  15. Its a quite motivating post. I loved your pic and you are looking so young. I loved your book "Its all in the planets" too. Thank you for starting this blog marathon.


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