An year in search of endorphins

This was quite an eventful year. Want a recap? Here you go…


Many of us visit crazy town at some point, and so have I. Getting out of it happens with time and it was no different with me. As the year went by it got even more crazier and by the time it was March shit hits the fan. I spilled over everything, and I was everywhere and nowhere. It looked dire as I couldn’t find my smile. April is when I decided to do something about it. While I had been active before in some form, mostly hiking or some kind of light workouts, I wanted to get into something that would completely exhaust me. I started with cross fit and the idea was simple; the harder I work, the more endorphins I get. And endorphins == happiness. Around this time was when I got introduced to climbing. It was engaging physically and mentally. I got completely hooked.

Beginning of May was when I started noticing changes. I went from not being able to do a pull up, to actually be able to do one. While this might be extremely common, the feeling I got when I was finally able to pull myself up was insane. It was amazing. And I wanted more of it.

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after ‘Monster Mash’

Slowly I started doing more things. After climbing, it was yoga. I tried meditation, but my head was still too chaotic. But for some unknown reason I found yoga to be more relaxing and calming. So I kept at it. And then it was basket ball and dancing. And before you realize it was August. I’d say that’s when I hit my peak. I was able to do a single hand pull up (chin up?).


And then work happened. I stopped everything and as I tried to get back a few weeks later, a climbing injury pushed me to biking. While it was fun, it was short lived due to an accident. While I was trying to figure out what I could do with an injured wrist, a friend introduced me to lifting. I figured as long as I focused on right form, the wrist shouldn’t matter. One of my resolutions as I started the year was to be able to bench press my body weight. Least did I realize that I am too heavy. Nevertheless this was an opportunity to gain some progress, so I was in. I focused on only three things – squats, bench press and deadlifts. Once you get the hang of it, lifting is super fun. So much so that I would’ve forgotten about climbing and yoga if I didn’t completely suck at it. Unfortunately I had to stop this after a few weeks as my wrist started hurting again and the doctor asked me to not strain it for sometime. While I could handle my body weight with squats, the other two core movements are still a distant dream. So more to look forward to.


After this I tried running for like 2 days. I have never really been a runner, so ‘i’t went nowhere 😀 and the last couple of months has mostly been about eating. As I look back on this year it was pretty evident that whatever I did was to keep myself busy. From climbing, to yoga, basket ball, dancing, improv, lifting or biking in all of these things while I did care about progress, the goal was to exhaust myself physically and mentally by the end of the day. And doing these things helped me, to not ponder the past; to just be in the moment; because I wanted some endorphins and mainly because I wanted to come home and pass out. And over the these holidays I realized something important. I think I am okay not being exhausted anymore. Sitting at home, chilling and not doing anything. That stuff is not so bad.

A few more hours before the year ends and I want to say it out loud before that…Thank you :)! To family and friends and a few nice strangers. If you are reading this, you know who you are. For being there; for all the smiles and moments and for your strength. Thank you :). And here’s hoping to a new year with lots of happy stories. Cheers!

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A year in review : 2013

2013 has been one interesting year. A lot has happened this year. Movies, friends, family, work, fun, misunderstandings, and life changing decisions. Thinking back to an year before when I wrote this blog, and not talking about my weight, I can see how much I have changed. I guess that is what happens when you tread new paths and start learning from where you have been and what you have done. Cheers to that!

Now that I have got the melancholic filled introduction out of the way let me get to the good stuff.

Top 10 movies – English
( in no particular order)

Badass looking Jaegers from Pacific Rim

1) The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug
2) About Time
3) We’re the Millers
4) Pacific Rim
5) The Wolf of Wall street
6) Star Trek: Into the Darkness
7) The Croods
8) Gravity
9) Thor: The Dark World
10) Side Effects

Top 5 TV-Shows
(again, in no particular order)

Hiesenberg

1) Breaking Bad
2) House of Cards
3) The Newsroom
4) The Big Bang Theory
5) Game of Thrones

Top 4 movies – Telugu

Swami Ra Ra

1) Swami Ra Ra
2) Prema Katha Chitram
3) Mirchi
4) Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde

Top 8 movies – Hindi

The Flying Sikh

1) Special 26
2) Mere Dad ki Maruti
3) Go Goa Gone (the first half of this movie is a laugh riot)
4) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
5) Ghanchakkar
6) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
7) Kai Po Che
8) Shudh Desi Romance

Books

Amish Tripati’s sucker punch to his readers

I read only 2 books this year. I know that sucks, and I plan to read way more this year. I am aiming for 12 atleast. Nevertheless, the first book I read was ‘Oath of the Vayuputras’ and the second one was ‘Rajni’s Punchatantra’. Both the books sucked big time, former more than the latter.

Soundtracks

Ed Sheeran singing ‘I See Fire’

1) I See Fire – Ed Sheeran – The Hobbit :  Desolation of Smaug
2) Krishnudi Varasulantha – Swami Ra Ra (Telugu)
3) Idedo Bagunde Mari – Mirchi (Telugu)
4) Gulaabi – Shudh Desi Romance (Hindi)
5) Manja – Kai Po Che (Hindi)
6) Ambersariya – Fukrey (Hindi)
7) Sawaar Loon – Lootera (Hindi)
8) Aaradugula Bullet 😀 – Atharintiki Daredi (Telugu)
9) Ninnu Choodagane Chitti Gunde – Atharintiki Daredi (Telugu)
10) Nee Jathaga – Yevadu (Telugu)
11) Zinda – Bhaag Milka Bhaag (Hindi)

Moments

from Sachin to Sunny 🙂 #digigraph

There have been a lot of aha, WTF, holy shit moments this year. From our state dividing, to legends retiring, to outstanding ipo’s, to loosing noted celebrities, to kick-ass team up announcements in movies, and to a million other things, this has been one eventful year. Many a time it puts up a smile on our faces, and many a time a tear in our eyes, and then like always we move on.

Before I sign off, I’d like to request you to raise your imaginary champagne glasses for a toast

“to creating tons of good memories,
to health and happiness,
here’s wishing you a prosperous new year,
let the party go on… cheers!”