“Take care of your body . It’s the only place you have to live”

    Jim Rohn

    Yes that’s my goal for 2018.

    I did my first hike yesterday (07Jan2018, Sunday) with a group of health enthusiasts in Mission Peak Fremont. I huffed and puffed on every uphill stretch. I was the youngest in the group but felt like the oldest one and I was the last one to reach the top. ☹️☹️☹️ My main goal for this year to build endurance and feel fit and flexible. I lost about 13 or so pounds in the last 6 months so I had the impression that I am the fittest person ever . But NO! My body is still struggling to climb uphill and I could literally feel that my pounding heart will fall through the mouth. So more hikes and more core strengthening classes to attend. I am not in the best shape but I want to prove to myself I can do something that seems impossible and want to show myself no matter where my fitness levels are I can do it too. I made it till the top of mission peak, a 6 mile round trip with 2,000 ft elevation gain in my own pace (3.5 hours in total). Last time I hiked mission peak was before my daughter was born in Oct, 2013.

    It was one of the most beautiful hike ever. Once I reached the top, the clouds looked like a large puffs of cotton and we felt like we can jump on it. It really looked like one huge cotton soft mattress. Thanks Deepa, Shoba and Jyothi for inspiring me.

    The other thing which I wanted to take care for the new year is to eat a nourishing breakfast. We have all heard from multiple sources that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but we don’t give it the importance it needs.

    Currently, I follow the suggestion shared by Rujuta Diwekar’s  for her “The fitness project 2018” – an open participation public health project. Please see her facebook page for accurate information.

    Poached Eggs


    As per her suggestion, I have been drinking warm water as the first thing in the morning followed by a banana (1/2 large banana). After 15 minutes, I drink unsweetened chai. I started drinking chai without any sweetener from Sep,2017 after Prerna of Indian Simmer’s advice during our girls trip to Napa. Now in every sip,I have learned to relish the intricate flavors within chai. Ofcourse without missing the sweetness from sugar.

    Poached Eggs


    For breakfast, I have been poaching eggs in a microwave. Yes! IN THE MICROWAVE. My mornings are the craziest. Amidst all the cooking, packing and chai making, I get exactly 5 minutes to make a breakfast for myself. Earlier I would drink a huge mug of chai and head to work to munch on nuts and fruits. But now my breakfast in one multigrain toast, layered with avocado, onions & 1 minute microwave cooked eggs and topped with salt, pepper and drops of sriracha. Yum! The best food EVER!

    Poached Eggs



    • 1 egg
    • 1 mug
    • Water to fill the mug

    Cooking Directions

    1. Fill the mug till 3/4 full with water
    2. Break the egg into the mug.
    3. Microwave for 60 seconds
    4. I like it runny but my husband wants the yolk to be more firm so I microwave for 20 seconds more.
    5. Adjust the seconds as per how you like your eggs. Enjoy it with toast, onions, avocado and seasoning.

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