I was woken up by my boss’ mail at 5:30 AM this Tuesday. It was the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes. I think I know what you are thinking. That’s not healthy. Yes, it isn’t! Lately, I have gotten into the habit of checking my phone obsessively every other minute for updates. It is like either I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or checking my emails for any “pending” work. I am sure you guys relate to this and some may say it is how the digital invasion has shaped our lives.
We are living our lives on timelines and building our personalities for profiles.
I don’t mind it, frankly, I think we have to use this to our advantage. So coming back to that mail, well it was your usual ‘Let’s-get-this-rolling’ kinda mail and like an over-enthusiastic employee, I jumped on the opportunity to show myself as a professional. You only get as many chances to do so. might as well grab them. I completed the task and replied to the mail thread for same. By that time it was 8:45 and I started getting ready for the office. But somewhere int he back of my mind, I felt guilty for not doing Yoga.
So, just a brief backstory here, I have always been encouraged by my father to stay fit. I was an athlete back in school, trying my hand in multiple sports like Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball and yes Running. In my teens, I was obsessed with losing the puppy fat. It was rigorous cardio and Yoga. Did I mention I also learned Bharatnatyam for close to 7 years! I was fit, still am, Amen! But startups are not an easy place to survive. You have to slog and remain dynamic. There are only 24 hours in a day and I am learning the ropes of time management. How to get the most in the window of 24 hours in a day?
I left my fitness routine and yes, gobbled down fair amounts of junk food. The usual suspects, momos, pizzas, samosas, etc, etc, you know it. I did gain a bit weight and that weight is not worrisome. What irked me as I am not gaining any strength neither feeling ‘fit from the inside,’ you know that feeling?
It was sheer laziness and indiscipline on my part. I said to myself, “It isn’t like you are getting any younger woman. Get your act together and take care of yourself.”
After that self-assessment, I promised myself to work towards a healthier me. It sure took me a month to get back on track, but slowly it was happening.
I could have skipped the Yoga simply because I was getting terribly late (not like I am ever on time. No judgments, please) I spread out my mat, did 8 sets of Surya Namaskar, 50 squats, and a couple of other asanas, which took me a good hour and a half.
I reached office at 12:30 PM that day. Was I regretting it? Initially yes, but later on I reasoned to myself if I can take out time for my work, why not for my body?
That one decision made me confident. I wasn’t apologetic about it and one should never apologize for putting “I before You.” ALWAYS.