Last 2 weeks..

For the past 2 weeks, I got sick, got better, then got worse and then got better. It’s been a roller coaster of sickness in our house. During this time, I didn’t want to sit and write the blog. I just wasn’t in the mood. During days like this, all I want to do is sit and marinate in the couch🙂 .

It’s been nearly 4 months since my asthma was worse and I forgot how it felt and when I started coughing at night and couldn’t sleep for 3 nights, I got emotional and angry. During these time, I get obsessed about watching a TV show and this time that show was “How I met your Mother”. It’s been 6 days and I am on the Season 8 and I can’t seem to stop it.

I don’t want to go out of the house and I just hate feeling like this. I sometimes force myself to go out until I had to go out. I had so many plans for the blog but for some reason, I have lost that drive to write the articles.

I tried my hands on many things, Zentangles, coloring, drawing, etc. but I lose interest very quickly. I did start changing my diet and I was really good till I got sick. I seriously wanted to eat only unhealthy foods. I tried to control it but with the sickness, I get emotional. So there went my plan to lose weight. I still do some exercise at least 2 times a week but that’s just a blip in calories I eat😦 .

I still drink the green smoothies and the almond milk smoothies which I love and I had put on the weight I lost during those 3 weeks of good diet. Sometimes I just crave Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I have always known that it will be really difficult for me to control my eating habits because ultimately I cave. I have known for a long time that I am an emotional eater and that is the worst for people who want to lose weight.

So there readers, something about me you now know. If you haven’t see all those food pictures in my Instagram, then you won’t understand🙂 . I am still not yet over my sickness because it usually get bad the day after my volunteer work in the pet shelter. Hopefully once I am over the sickness, I should hopefully stick to my healthy eating.

Day 10 – Christchurch

December 7, 2015

The morning was so bright because the sun was rising from our side of the bedroom and that woke us up by 6.30 am. I wish I could have slept more and my feet was so sore. I wanted to have a foot massage😀 .

We decided to go around Christchurch today. It was a walking distance from our motel to the Tram station. We got the Christchurch Pass which had the Tram, Garden Tours, Punting on the Avon and Gondola ride. It was one of the best decisions because we got to see all the things which is touristy.

First we took the tram tour and got down at the Tram stop No.12 and then went to Punting. It was a beautiful, soothing ride on the boat with the ducks. It was so calm and quiet on the ride and I just loved that you sit in the boat and just watch people on both side of the river. There were so many ducks swimming in the river.

Then we took the Garden tour which was boring except for the Rose Garden. Then we took the shuttle to see Gondola. It took us about 25 minute ride to the edge of the mountain. It is a ride up the top of the mountain to see the entire Christchurch view.

I was dreading the ride up because of my Acrophobia and it wasn’t bad because half of the way is just the mountain and I could see them but when it started going on too high that I couldn’t see the ground that’s when I started panicking. I just closed my eyes and the worst thing is sometime the Gondola just shakes and I was convinced that it was going to drop and we were all going to die. But the view from the top is out of the world. I just wanted to sit there and just watch the view.

By the time we came back to the city, all the places started closing and we were so tired that we returned to the motel. On the way, we had a quick stop at New World and got some groceries. BIL made us some Vegetable rice and by the end of the day, my feet were killing me. I really needed a foot massage at the end of the day :D .

Changes in my lifestyle

I haven’t been feeling good since I returned from my trip to Chennai. I think it is because of all the junks I ate there. And I haven’t been able to get back to feeling light for months. And then I decided that I need to start eating healthy and I have made changed to my eating habits.

I invested in Vitamix 5300 which I got from Costco. I know that it is expensive but I didn’t realize how fantastic it is until I used it. One of my friend have used this for the past 2 years and she makes almond milk everyday and she raves about this. So I started researching about what blender to get.

I wanted to try it first in the blender I have at home. I have a Preeti mixie which I got from Chennai about 3 years ago. This is a fantastic for Indian food. It makes fantastic powders and paste for cooking. I tried making almond milk in this for the first time and it took me 15 minutes to get it all blended and it still wasn’t smooth. Then I thought about the Green Smoothie recipe I had and it will never be good with my old blender.

I felt guilty buying Vitamix but then told myself that if I am not using it or if I didn’t like it, I could always return it. I had 2 recipes which I wanted to try, Almond milk and Green Smoothie. I had the cheater’s recipe for almond milk. Instead of using raw almond, I used the raw almond paste which you get in the food shops, the one you collect from the machine and I love how easy it is to make.

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I still wasn’t sure about the Vitamix but the first time I made smoothie, I realized why people love it. I mean seriously, It was so powerful that I didn’t feel any fiber in my smoothie. It was like a smooth juice. I was then obsessed about Vitamix.

The first day I made the Green smoothie, I loved that it didn’t taste bad. I got the recipe from  Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. I have never liked eating apples but with this juice, I don’t even feel the fiber in it. Slowly I started adding ingredients and finally I have found a green smoothie recipe which I love. I drink this every morning and it keeps me going till lunch time.

The second is the almond milk smoothie. I tried a lot and finally got a recipe which I love. I drink them for dinner and I also add protein powder in it. I realized that just drinking the almond milk doesn’t fill me up and I didn’t have a great relationship with protein powder before but I got this Organic Protein powder from Costco and it agrees with me.

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I have followed this routine from the 1st of April and I found that I am feeling very light instead of full and bloated. I found that I really feel better if I have a light dinner. I did cheat 3-4 times but I didn’t feel good. My food routine is

Morning - Green Smoothie

Lunch - Heavy; Carbs

Snack - Tea or nuts or biscuits

Dinner - Almond milk smoothie

It’s been almost a month of drinking Green Smoothie and I realized that I feel light and my skin looks better too. I have never had so much fruits and veggies for the last decade and I love my routine.

I have also found that I am not  much of a runner or walker but I do like doing yoga and I am fine with that. I try to do 2-3 times of yoga/week for about 30 minutes. I think if I continue this routine, I could see some real changes in 6 months or so but the problem is continuing this routine. I really love making smoothies in my Vitamix. I think it is one of the best investment if you really love drinking smoothies.

Let me give you my version of the smoothies I make so that you can all try it as well.

Green Glowing Smoothie
  • 2 handful of Power Green Blends (Costco, blend of baby kale, chard and spinach)
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1/2 Romaine lettuce head
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 cups water

 

Almond Milk Smoothie
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Almond paste
  • 1 Banana
  • 1.5 cups Frozen Fruit (berries, cherries, mango)
  • 2 spoons of Organic Protein Plant based powder

Day 9 – Christchurch

December 6, 2015

This was the day we had to catch the flight to Christchurch and we started from the house around 11 am and drove to Auckland. We reached at the airport around 3 pm. It was a long drive and all I wanted to do was just lie down in the bed and just read.

It was a very short flight to Christchurch and we took our rental car and decided to have dinner at a south Indian restaurant called Southern Spice. I was really craving for some good south Indian food and the food was quite good. It is run by Malayali chef and the place was small and it took time for us to get out food but the food was really good.

By the time we reached the motel, it was 9.30 pm . The motel was pretty neat except for the one bathroom we had to share. The whole street was full of motels and they all looked pretty good from outside. FYI, one bathroom for 5 people is hard🙂 especially in the morning.

It was a long day for us and by this time, I was just sick of the road trip. All I was craving for was a quiet day and a book.

Day 8 – Lake Taupo

December 5, 2015

Today we had place to visit Lake Taupo which was about 2 hours drive and we only started by 11 am. We were starting late in the morning because we slept little bit late, had a shower and had some breakfast.

Our first stop was Waimangu Volcanic Valley which was on the way. On our way, we also saw fight location for the movie Lord of the Rings. It was very scenic. The whole New Zealand is so green and lush. When we reached there, we realized that it was about 3 km walk but the view were amazing. We didn’t realize how beautiful the views would be until we walked about 10 minutes.

The views are very calming and we just sat and watched the view for sometime. The view of echo crater was beautiful and the cathedral rocks looked fantastic with steam coming out of them.

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

We then walked to Inferno crater which was one of the stunning sights. The water was so blue and it looked like turquoise color. We could still see the steam coming off them. By this time, we were tired of the walk and decide to go back to the office by bus. I loved the fact that they have bus if you don’t want to walk all the way. We still finished only half of the views but we were tired and we still had a long day ahead.

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Inferno Crater

Our next stop was Huka falls and thank god, we didn’t have to walk a lot. The water was flowing fast and it was turquoise color as well. On the way back, we decided to stop at Craters of the moon. It had lots of different sizes of craters and we could see steam coming out on all of them. It took us about 45 minutes to complete the loop.

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Huka Falls
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Craters of the moon

We also decided to take a peek at Okare falls on our way back and was there just for 10 minutes and then we decided to return home because we were all so tired.

Pet Peeve #3

Note : I just returned from a trip.

Dear Lady in Seat No. 24 H,

You were the person who sat in front of me in the Dubai to Seattle flight and the reason I noticed you is because you wished to sit in the window seat but unfortunately the one who reserved it wanted to as well. After you graciously moved in to your allocated seat, you let then know that you usually travel in a “Business class” because it is so spacious and the reason you are in the economy class is because it was all booked. As soon I heard it, I heard “Ting”  in the mind, I knew she was going to annoy me.

And as we all got settled and waited for our plane to move, I heard you have a conversation with your neighbor on where they were from? etc, etc. And without them asking, you informed them that you fly to Dubai often because you were born there but you stay in Denver. You apparently visit your brother often in Dubai because he lives in a villa in the Palm Island. You visit him every two months and you always fly “Business class” .

And as soon as the plane was in the air, I saw a hostess coming towards you since you called for her. I heard you asking for some drink and the hostess answered that they don’t serve that here. But apparently you always have that drink as soon as you board the plane because (you know it) you always travels in “Business class” .

After about 2 hours, you apparently was not comfortable sitting in an economy class seats because it was small for you and of course, you complained that this is the reason why you always fly “Business class” . Let’s not forget that it has nothing to do with you being overweight. But kudos to the man sitting adjacent to you who was tall and very muscly (Is that a word?) and he traveled without complaining in the economy seat.

And after I got up from a much-needed sleep, it was time for duty-free shopping. They were selling some stuffs for 30% off and of course you were checking it out. You then called a hostess to ask some questions about that and you were interested in some perfumes. You also asked if there were on sale as well but were informed that it was not. But you replied that whenever you travel in “Business class”, you always get them on sale.

You then made a new friend because the couple was from Dubai too. But you actually talked to a guy who was sitting next to them who also happened to be a Dubai-an and somehow convinced him to sit in front of me so that you can sit with the couple. Again you called the hostess since you had some questions about some stuffs you were interested in. And after talking to them for 5-6 times, you still didn’t buy anything and hostess apologized repeatedly that they don’t have any offer on the things she was interested in. Do the Business class has separate sale going on? I had no idea.

Anyway, By the time we reached Seattle, I was annoyed and was rolling my eyes everything I heard you. And when we got up to get off the plane, I heard you grumbling that you had to stand and wait for a long time to get down because you were not in the “Business class”.

Listen lady, NOBODY cares. You should have waited another day to see if they have “Business class” seats available. And for your information, nobody is sympathizing with you because you are “suffering” in the economy class. If you don’t want to suffer, then you should have spent more money to get a “First Class” seat, I am sure they had at least one seat available.

I really had to tell this annoying incident to your readers. I was so irritated by her. First of all, nobody needs to know that you always travel in “Business Class” and second of all, I don’t think you need to justify why you travelled in Economy class.

Day 7 – Waitomo Glow Caves

December 4, 2015

Today we decided to see Waitomo Glow Caves which was about 3 hours drive from the place we stayed. We didn’t even research about it and when we reached there we found that they have 3 caves in their tour. And it started at 1.30 pm.

Each tour was an hour and the last cave was about 2 hour tour. We decided to go for the first two and in-laws decided on all 3. The Glow worm cave was beautiful. We had to go inside the cave and then once you go inside they don’t have any lights because it disturbs the glow-worm. So you walk down stairs without light and we were told not to make noise as well. At the end of stairs, we went in a boat. There is a lake under the cave.

We were in a boat and they took us on a ride for about 30 minutes and all we could see up the cave was glow worms lighting up like a tiny green lights. There were millions of glow worm in the roof of the cave. And with that light from the worms, we could see clearly. It looks like when you go camping and after dark, you can still see around you with the moon light. It was beautiful, one of the things you definitely need to visit.

Next is the Aranui cave which had lots of stalactite. The formation is so beautiful and most of them were millions years old. That was an hour tour as well. After this we decided to spend our time relaxing in the nearest town which was 10 km  away called Otorohanga.

We walked around the town and I went inside a shop called Paper Plus. I bought some cutout embellishment for my planner girls. We then went into a pharmacy and then had a snack in a bakery. We went back at 6 pm to pick up the in-laws from their tour of the third cave.

By the time we reached home, it was 9.30 pm. BIL made dhal and rice for dinner and then we went to bed. I was so tired of road trip by that time.