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What Is DOMS?

What Is DOMS?

Ooh. Aaah. Ouch!
If this sounds like you the day after a workout, read on to learn about DOMS and how to manage it.

Music On The Move With The UltraProlink Pro-Fit+

Music On The Move With The UltraProlink Pro-Fit+

Tangled earphones ruining your workout? The UltraProlink Pro-Fit+ Wireless Earphones can solve that! I tried them, and here’s my review.

Bungee Workout Review : Bellyrina Tries BungFly!

Bungee Workout Review : Bellyrina Tries BungFly!

I never thought I’d ever I’d ever find myself tied to a bungee cord. I have a paralysing fear of heights, so bungee jumping is nowhere on my bucket list. But when Aastha Gulati of Dhurii invited me to try a session of BungFly, their all-new bungee workout, I was intrigued!

Dhurii is only the 6th place in the world to offer the bungee workout, and the very first in India! The workshop happened at Ben’s Body Studio in Indiranagar. I arrived to find the instructors tying long elastic cords to the beams in the roof, and immediately questioned my decision — I’m chicken like that.

The instructors (Supriya and Amrudesh) then helped me get into my harness, which is quite an interesting workout in itself! There’s a lot of straps and buckles and thingamabobs that need to be adjusted and fastened, before you’re ready to get started with the bungee workout. The thigh straps are also fitted with cushioning, to prevent the straps from cutting and chafing.

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Blog | The Bellyrina Diaries

My harness was then tied to one of the bungee cords suspended from the rafters. The fastening is adjusted based on each student’s height, so as to ensure optimal resistance. I had to climb onto a ladder at one point so that my fastening could be adjusted! And no, I’m not particularly tall, in case you were wondering. It’s just easier to take the participant to the bungee than the other way around.

We were then led through a quick series of moves to familiarise ourselves with our bungees, and warm up the cords (and our muscles!).

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The above move was actually harder than it looks. While it’s essentially just ‘sitting’ down, it does take some getting used to. The combination of the bungee’s resistance and the feeling of floating really messes with your sense of balance in the beginning. This, of course, is the very essence of the bungee workout — it makes you activate your core and improve your balance.

Once we managed to get used to our harnesses and bungees — which admittedly, takes a lot of shifting and adjusting — we got started on the actual workout. Supriya led us through a series of squats, push-ups, lunges and yoga moves, all while suspended from our bungees.

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

Can you tell I’m dying?

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

Oh, and look what more she made us do!

That’s right. Pushups… with a clap… on a bungee.

Oh, but that’s not all! We also lunged…

… ran…

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

… and twisted!

BungFly Bungee Workout | Fitness Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

 Oh, and to wrap it all up, Supriya taught us to “fly”!

And then I crawled out, pink in the face and drenched in sweat.

So what’s my verdict? DO IT!

I workout a fair deal (as you know), and this workout was genuinely challenging for me. It’s a great mix of cardio, resistance, and strength, and your core will be on fire!

Things you need to remember:

  • Keep your water bottle close. The instructors can’t keep unfastening you every time you need a drink, so make sure your water bottle is within bungee radius.
  • The workout is barefoot, so don’t bother with the sneakers.
  • Make sure you adjust the thigh padding on the harness so that your inner thighs are protected. Else the straps can really cut and/or bruise you. For good measure, you could also wear bottom wear of slightly thicker fabric. I wore regular workout leggings, and I did get bruised a bit.
  • Ladies, tie your hair up. A braid or bun is advised, else your hair can get tangled up in your bungee cord, and that will hurt like all hell!
  • Trust. Your bungee, your instructor, and your body. Trust them, and you’re going to be fine!

If you’d like to sign up for Dhurii’s next BungFly workshop, you can call them at 98457 05241, email them at info@dhurii.com, or find them on Facebook.

Until the next new workout, my lovelies! <3


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My Keto Diet Updates : Week 4

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 4

A whole month of the low carb diet, and goodness, so many changes! Let’s talk about what I’ve been eating, and how I’ve been progressing.

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 3

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 3

3 weeks. The halfway mark on my self-imposed low carb challenge. Here’s how the keto diet has been treating me so far!

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 2

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 2

It’s now been 2 weeks since I started the Lean Machine diet with Grow Fit, which is a low-carb-high-fat diet, more popularly known as the keto diet. You’ve seen my very enthusiastic updates from the first week, but what about continuing past those first seven days? Well, take a look!

Day 08

I started with my day with the Peanut Butter Power Smoothie. If you like the flavour of peanuts and peanut butter, you’re going to love this one! If you don’t, however, this might be a struggle. The flavour is rich and creamy, almost dessert-like.

Day 08 Breakfast | Keto Diet Updates | The Bellyrina Diaries

The rest of the day was a tad jinxed. Between a mix-up at their kitchen, and my own plans, I ended up making lunch and dinner for myself. Before you imagine that it was anything remotely fancy, allow me to tell you it was just cheese omelettes, with a sprinkle of spinach. I didn’t photograph them because well, they didn’t look too great. But they’re an easy, delicious option for anyone on a keto diet who’s making their own meals.

Day 09

The day started off with an almond-flavoured Power Smoothie. The flavour was delicate, and the smoothie was very filling.

Lunch was Cheese Grilled Chicken Steak, which was as delicious as it sounds. Yes, literally a slab of chicken, covered in cheese. There were also some pan-fried veggies with it, to add fibre and flavour. One of their best meals.

Day 09 | Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was BBQ Chicken Skewers, which I had received once during the first week as well. These are very much like Chicken Skewers you would order in most restaurants, at least flavour-wise.

Day 10

A week and half down! Now we’re getting serious!

My day started with a butterscotch flavoured Power Smoothie, which reminded me of good ol’ Aarey milk (Bombay people, you feel me?) So besides protein, I started my day with a touch of nostalgia.

Lunch was Mexican Chicken Pizza, and you already know how I rave about their pizzas! It’s hard to argue with a mozzarella cheese crust, topped with chicken, and more cheese!

Day 10 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner felt almost like it was home cooked, considering it was roti and anda bhurjee (spicy Indian scrambled eggs). The difference being that these were Ultra Low Carb rotis. The bhurjee tasted great, very much like what most of us are used to having at home. The rotis glistened with ghee, which really adds such a brilliant flavour.

Both lunch and dinner had coffee cake for dessert. Yay!

Day 10 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Day 11

This was the day I had to fly to Delhi for the launch of Google’s Pixel2. As a result, I had to rely on airport lounges, airline offerings, and hotel room service for my food. Thankfully, that didn’t go too badly.

Day 11 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Breakfast was cheesy scrambled eggs and black coffee, courtesy the lounge at the Bangalore Airport. I’m a huge fan of egg stations anyway, and the chef here was kind enough to make mine in butter. Pair that with black coffee, and I had myself a filling, keto breakfast. To be honest though, it took serious willpower not to grab a bread roll from the buffet. I have a massive weakness for those!

I couldn’t have much of a “lunch” because I was on the flight at the time. My in-flight meal on Vistara was a chicken wrap, so I just scraped all the chicken out and ate that. The meal included kheer for dessert, which I just looked at longingly, but didn’t eat.

Day 11 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Sigh.

Day 11 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Thankfully though, Vistara Airlines serves Starbucks! (Hooray, Tata Group!) A cup of that, with a drop of Stevia (which I carried with me), and I was a lot happier and a lot less hungry.

Day 11 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Once I got to the Hotel Andaz in Delhi, I had missed the lunch service. But hooray for room service! I ordered myself a cheese omelette with a side of smoked salmon, and made myself some black coffee using my in-room espresso machine (so fanceh!). Oh, and I ate the omelette before I remembered to take a picture, hence the lonely plate of salmon.

The real struggle was later that night at the launch party. The event was gorgeous, and I’m told the food was delicious too. However, only the Snapper Sashimi was keto-friendly, so that’s all I munched on through the evening. And I sipped on a vodka-soda with lime. That’s about it.

Day 12

After a supremely fun night at the launch of the Pixel2, and a luxuriously restful sleep (I frikkin’ LOVE hotel rooms!), I headed to breakfast. Here I gorged on cheese & sausage omelettes, with plenty of crispy bacon. To make my morning even better, the hotel staff went out of their way to make me coffee with coconut milk, which I enjoyed two large mugs of. By the way, if you haven’t yet, you really should try coconut milk coffee. It’s delicious! Super creamy and nutty.

I didn’t however, take any pictures of my breakfast, because I was having far too much fun with the others at the table.

Lunch was… you guessed it… an omelette! Yes, hotels can be tricky places to find keto-friendly food. But to be very honest here, I didn’t really explore much beyond the omelettes since, as a beginner, I still wasn’t entirely sure what was or wasn’t keto-friendly. I was sure of eggs, so stuck to that.

So lunch was a spinach & cheese omelette, with a side of smoked salmon, and black coffee.

Day 12 Keto Diet Updates | The Bellyrina Diaries

From there, it was onto my flight back to Bangalore, and plenty of black coffee again. Luckily when I got home, my Grow Fit dinner was waiting for me!

Or perhaps “lucky” wasn’t quite the word.

Day 12 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

The Lean Machine Schezwan Chicken Wrap wasn’t great. The filling lacked flavour, and was very dry. This was the first meal from Grow Fit that I actually gave up on after a few bites, which was a tad frustrating after a long day of travel and flights. I ended up going out and eating a few pieces of chicken satay, which weren’t great either. Basically, not a good day for food, and I went to bed genuinely hungry.

Day 13

Thankfully the next day started better. After a good night’s sleep, I started my day with a coffee Power Smoothie, which is by far my favourite from their range.

Lunch was Hariyali Chicken Skewers, which were similar to the BBQ Chicken Skewers, except for a more desi flavour. The marinade had mint and coriander, from what I could taste. Tasty, though not particularly exciting.

Day 13 Keto Diet Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was the Ultra Low Carb Chicken & Cheese Paratha, which is really delicious. I love how they aren’t stingy with the cheese! A quick zap in the microwave, and the cheese is all gooey and melty, and that just takes the flavour to a whole new level.

Day 14

The final day of week 2 started with a Thandai Power Smoothie. Light and refreshing, and very very desi.

Lunch was Ultra Low Carb rotis with Pudina Chicken curry. The chicken was delicious, and the rotis were yummy as usual. And man, all that ghee!

Day 14 Keto Diet Updates | The Bellyrina Diaries

But they certainly saved the best for last. Take a look at that gorgeous Chicken & Cheese Lasagna that I was served for dinner on Day 14! Remember how I mentioned they didn’t scrimp on the cheese? This scrumptious lasagna was made with cauliflower instead of pasta, and slathered in what felt like half a pound of cheese. Definitely one of my Top 3 favourite meals from Grow Fit so far.

And that wraps up Week 2 of my keto diet! Happy to report that my skin is beyond glowing (got a tonne of compliments at the Google event), I’m down 2 kilos from my start weight, and I’m sleeping better. I’ve also become considerably less dependent on coffee, which I’m astounded by! As someone who couldn’t start my day until I had had a huge mug of coffee, it feels surreal to start the day already energetic, and genuinely not needing coffee.

While I’m nowhere near offering any sort of definitive opinion on the diet yet, I must admit, keto has been treating me well so far!


Stay tuned to my daily keto food updates on my Instagram stories. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook, too! If you liked this post, do leave me a comment saying so. I love to hear from you all! 🙂 


My Diary

My Fitness Journey (So Far!) – Part 1

My Fitness Journey (So Far!) – Part 1

“How on earth did you put on so much weight? Aren’t you a dancer?”

“I thought dancers were supposed to be fit.”

“And they say belly dancing makes you lose weight lol.”

These are just a few of the many hurtful (some intentionally so, others not so much) comments that were directed at me over the past couple of years. As someone who has always struggled with weight issues and body image, I can tell you that they were all equally painful, intentional or not.

To give you a little background, I gained a tremendous amount of weight — 15 kilos — over the past couple of years, owing to health issues (which I am in the process of having remedied). Losing the weight has been an uphill battle, to say the least. Weight gain that’s associated with illness is also generally a lot more stubborn than the sort gained from overeating — hormones and stuff get involved, and it’s really tricky to battle those! And that, in itself, destroys the will to even try to get fitter. After all, if it takes 3 months of intense exercise and diet control to lose a glorious 400 grams, why bother, right?

Via Giphy

And that’s what I did for a very long time. Not bother. But thankfully, I have a family (specifically, a husband) that won’t let me simply feel sorry for myself, and instead pushed me to get back on track. And thus began my fitness journey.

I started cutting out all the junk food that I would hug close as I watched TV on the couch, and replaced it (not entirely, but for the most part) with fruit, nuts, and other considerably healthier options. I would head out for a walk every evening, getting a solid dose of fresh air and activity for about an hour. I would Google various home workouts and hop about each day, trying exercises I didn’t know existed.

My fitness journey needed me to make healthier snack choices
My fitness journey required that I make healthier snack choices

J (the husband) was often greeted by a sweaty, out-of-breath mess when he got home each evening. And while he wouldn’t hug me until I had showered (I really don’t blame him, I wouldn’t have hugged me either!), he was always cheering me on, telling me how proud he was that I was doing something to fix my fitness.

The problem, however, was keeping myself motivated. It’s a Herculean task to have to push yourself to workout, and yes, you’re bound to fail every now and again. I needed a buddy — someone who would make sure I stuck to my workouts, and didn’t fall off the wagon too easily.

And so, like I usually do, I took to Twitter (read more about how that happened in this post) to find me some workout buddies to join me on my fitness journey. And so, #TwitterGetsFitter was born!

The premise is simple — we keep each other motivated, and accountable. We were on this fitness journey together, and we were going to do everything we could to make sure nobody hopped off the bus!

And you know what? It works!

Not only has #TwitterGetsFitter changed my life, and the lives of 70+ other enthu cutlets, it has grown into a tribe. The WhatsApp group and email lists are forever buzzing with activity! People share their workout updates, talk about what they’re eating, and even share ideas for ‘reward meals’. And most importantly, we shared insecurities. We were all united in our quest for fitness, some of us by body image issues — and it didn’t matter. Here was a place with no judgment, no negativity, no bullying.

TwitterGetsFitter celebrates each other as we continue on our fitness journey
The group is always buzzing with energy, and cheering each other on

The movement saw far more traction and interest than I had ever imagined. What’s more, they didn’t want it to stop! While the initial plan was for everyone to get fit in time for New Year’s Eve, about 90% of the group requested that the program continue into 2017. And so it has! And I’m thrilled to report that enthusiasm levels haven’t waned. 🙂

Watch this space, as my fitness journey — and the fitness journey of over 80 other amazing people — continues! You can also catch everyday updates on my Twitter and Instagram.


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