Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Running

Growth in one area of life inspires growth in all areas of life.

Growth in one area of life inspires growth in all areas of life.

My pics above are proof of this as I lost nearly 8 Kgs over time through running.

The one on the left is me in late 2018.

Struggling in almost all areas of my life – health, career, relationship or finance.

Trying to bring it all together though with little progress.

Then through a lucky accident, a friend introduced me to running.

Seeing her run every morning inspired me to give it a try too!

The start was painful, to say the least, yet I didn’t give up.

It was a commitment I’d made with myself for my health & fitness. I had to live up to it.

Just kept reminding myself of this whenever I felt like taking a break or giving up completely and continued to show up anyway.

In 3 months time, something amazing started to happen.

People who saw me after a while started complimenting me that I’ve lost a lot.

This further motivated me to stay at it while I’d already started taking this newfound energy & confidence into other areas of my life.

The precious lessons that running taught me started to bleed into all areas of my life & started benefiting them.

Over time, I lost nearly 8 Kgs of excess body weight but more than that I gained:
– Immense self-confidence
– Endurance
– Self-awareness
– Self-love
– A source of strength
– A calmer, more relaxed state of mind
– A fresh perspective to look at things
– Ability to make myself feel good
– Better health overall
– Improved quality of life
– Happiness

…and so much more than maybe I can’t fully express in words.

It all started just by running with purpose.

This is why I believe we should never underestimate the power of little healthy shifts & habits.

Test, experiment & find one single healthy habit to do at least 4-5 days a week.

Even if it’s something as simple as 30 mins brisk walk every day (tbh, it’s great actually).

Get started & stick with it.

Make it your constant to keep coming back to no matter what.

In time, its results will surprise you, beyond the obvious health benefits.

And you’ll feel the shift in your energy & see how things start turning around for you✨

Health & Wellness, Self-care, Self-love

Nature, smell of wet soil, tea and me✨

The kind of days when your balcony becomes your home & a cup of ginger tea, your best friend.

The light water drizzles massage your foot resting one over the other on a small stool as you continue to work on the laptop sitting on your lap.

As the smell of the fresh wet soil mixed with sweet jasmine casts a spell on you, you relax your eyelids & get lost in a beautiful unknown land.

Days like these are like a vacation.

So important every once in a while to calm down, relax, breathe & get a fresh, clean, rain-washed view.

A much-needed shift in the vibe that leaves you with just one feeling & that is, feeling good❀✨

Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Self-care

I missed my periods!

Just in case you’re reading my blog for the first time, my name is Pragya, I’m 32, a freelance health and wellness writer based in Noida, India. And for some weird reason my interest in knowing more about my reproductive health is increasing by the dayπŸ™ˆ For that reason I started to track my periods for the first time in my life! (yeah now at 32, better late than never)πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

So the first month went great and was happy to know that I complete my cycle in 25 days (the first month since my tracking). Marked my calendar for the next expected date that could be anywhere around 27-28th of April.

However, to my surprise this time let alone 25 days, my periods even missed the most commonly expected 28th-day mark. Was a bit worried to say the least since I haven’t been sexually active in the last month, am not on any medications or undergoing any treatments or don’t have any health condition as such that I could root it back to.

Anyhow, I didn’t give it much thought at that time since already a lot was going on that I was dealing with (pandemic being one of them, still dealing with it to be honest). A week went by but nothing. It was when I hit the 10-days-late mark that I started to panic a bit. As in, so many thoughts were popping in my head, such as what if:

😒 It’s early menopause 😰 (not even married yet, and I wish to one day to be honest and make some babies)

😒 I’ve contracted some disease (in my breasts? as I felt a slight pain in my bosom for about a week)

😒 I’m developing some health condition related to hormonal imbalance?

Phew! Basically every negative reason/scenario I could think of. But then shortly after all of these scenarios I also reversed them with something like:

❀ It’s Ok, even if it’s early menopause, I can still have babies, I can adopt them πŸ™‚

❀ I can’t jump to any conclusions like contraction of any disease just because I missed my dates once. Will visit a gynecologist for a checkup after the pandemic situation relieves a bit.

❀ God has blessed me with good health and a healthy body, nothing is going to happen to me, I’m going to live a healthy life.

And just as I was getting at peace in knowing that it’s fine and no need to worry if I miss my periods once in a while or they get extremely delayed, this morning, I got my perrriioooodddss!πŸ’ƒ (+ the pain in my breasts also gone:))

If you’re too experiencing a similar situation as I did, please don’t panic. I get it, it can easily send anyone to think of the worst-case scenarios but trust me it’s not as important that it costs your mental peace.

So stay positive and if the situation persists, visit your gyno for a checkup. In fact, I’m coming to believe now that after the age of 30, every woman should start visiting their gyno quarterly (or at least bi-annually) for a checkup. Ok Stay well, stay safe/ see you!πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Nutrition

Girl, Say Hello to your Hormones!

A couple of days back, my curious mind was doing some digging on a hormones-related topic which led me to find out so much more about their role & why it’s so imp to take care of our hormonal health esp as a woman. I’ll tell you why.

It was almost an eye-opener for me as in understanding how our body processes (including our mood, fertility, behavior, activeness, almost anything you name) is so much interconnected with our:
– Gut-health
– Hormones
– Mindset/ attitude
– Habits
– Environment

Of course, genetics does play a role too in determining our overall health but that’s not something that is in our hand so no pointing thinking/ worrying much about it.

So, back to hormones which essentially are messengers produced by some glands in our body & their main function is to:

1) Regulate proper body functioning eg. how Insulin regulates blood sugar levels

2) Prepare our body for the changing/ evolving body processes that it has to perform eg. how estrogen & progesterone prepares female bodies for pregnancy & childbearing.

Now while I was reading more about it, what was so astonishing was that how on one hand hormones regulate the body’s functioning while on the other hand their imbalance leads to so many medical health conditions like PCOS, PCOD, Diabetes (the most well-known one) etc.

I was blown away!🀯

But, here’s the main point that I wanted to make & why it’s so imp to take care of our hormones esp as women & it’s this:

They help in maintaining our fertility & keeping our bodies ready for pregnancy in our childbearing years. So imp & critical for women who want to birth a healthy child (which included a vast majority of us).

That’s why it’s all the more imp to make ourselves aware of our hormones and for this reason I’m saying hello to my hormones & why you should too!

Bbye for now!πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€