“He, who considers his success belongs only to him, stands alone” is a strong belief my parents instilled in us as kids. Being humble and acknowledging the part others play in our life is the least form of appreciation one can express. Just like the lead actor in a movie would merely be an insufferable pretty face in the absence of a good story or direction, without our family’s support and guidance we can easily lose track. Teamwork hence, believe it or not, is the first and foremost lesson we learn as kids.
My family has been a part of my transformation journey as much as my worn out running shoes and overused Yoga mat. Mind you, I mean this as a HUGE compliment. They’ve silently watched me sacrifice my favourite sweets and vociferously objected when my paranoia reached detrimental proportions. However, they’ve backed my fitness zeal with an almost undeserved patience. What did this teamwork help me achieve though?
Eating out with healthy changes
We’re a foodie family and love eating out. There was a time when A and I travelled across the city to Tardeo only to enjoy the super buttery Sardar Pav Bhaji. We raided the best buffet places like Barbecue Nation and tasted every single dish with keen interest. The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree as our kids too share our love for good food.
Regrettably, all this changed for good when I decided to make irreversible lifestyle changes 3 years ago. Although I plan to make amends with time, as of now my healthy eating rule is in effect.
- We opt for Tandoori starters only instead of fried ones.
- Avoid refined flour naans and choose wheat flour tandooris.
- No aerated drinks during or after meal.
- Hold back second helpings if going for dessert.
My heart broke when “You’re not fun to eat out with anymore” was slapped on me suddenly one day. However, with time they’ve fallen in line with my choices. It isn’t always fair to them though, I agree.
Becoming my Marathon buddy
I went for regular jogs but it was about a year ago that I felt inspired enough to register for 5km Indian Oil Navy Marathon with A. For the uninitiated, marathons aren’t just about fitness. They’re a great way to test your endurance as well. You can choose the distance of your choice and complete it by running, walking or both.
- Albeit grudgingly, A tagged along in the gym and for walks in preparation.
- I trained him in warming up and cooling down and he did enjoy the different experience.
- While running, he persisted me to carry on and not let him hold me back.
- The joy and security of having him around was indescribable.
Incidentally, as luck would have it we missed the IONM. While I went ahead and completed Pinkathon without him, he joined me for one 5km and 6km marathon each in Navi Mumbai. Every time I get a medal, certificate or feature in the newspaper he is more thrilled than me now. Teamwork at it best, isn’t it?
Showing encouragement in unexpected ways
Few days ago a lady relative of ours was visiting us. I had signed up for a 10km marathon coming Sunday and needed to train for it. Morning was busy and I was pressed to jog in the evening, the time I avoid going outdoors since a mask is uncomfortable. I changed into my running gear and started my indoor run oblivious to her judging and rolling eyes while looking at my attire. What happened after that legit warmed my heart.
- Angel kept my water bottle and napkin ready while A Jr fired up the laptop without waiting for me.
- I was focusing on my breath and speed but I can vouch that I heard A tell her that “improper dressing leads to injury and is not advisable.”
- My kids, my official playlist handlers, fell over each other claiming that they knew my choice of music. I don’t use headphones.
- Someone called while I was running and she coolly admitted that I do work hard on myself.
Killing two birds with one stone, anyone? I felt genuine gratitude to see my family side with me. Not that I needed it, I could take her on too.
There are running, cycling and other fitness groups but teamwork truly begins at home. Being a mom prioritising workout over my kids’ time is a tricky choice sometimes but that’s where discipline kicks in. High time we put the limelight on us for a change. After all, they observe and pick up what we do, not what we say, right?
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