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Festive Fitness

Festive Fitness

The holiday season can bring a lot of stress, especially if you’re working to get fit. After all, you’re surrounded by rich food, you’re going to parties, meeting family… how on earth do you not undo a year’s worth of hard work in one week?

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+

I’m someone who needs a certain kind of music when I workout. Call me fussy, but when gyms mix up different kinds of music with drastically different rhythms on a playlist, it affects my routine. The alternative though, was carrying my phone or MP3 player with me, and then having to deal with tangled wires and the buds forever popping out of my ears during cardio. So well, I would grin and bear it. So when UltraProlink got in touch and asked me to review their Pro Fit+ Wireless Earphones, I was super hopeful — perhaps a solution was in sight!

Let’s start with the packaging. Clean, simple, and minimalist — I loved how there was no fuss to it. The packaging bore images of the product and the model name (the UM0067 Pro-Fit+), along with a crisp list of its features.

UltraProLink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

Onward to the unboxing. Again, this was simple and no-fuss. The box contained the UltraProlink earphones, spare gels for the buds, and a simple instruction manual.

UltraProLink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The earphones themselves are super lightweight and compact. At under 20gm, they certainly won’t be adding any unnecessary bulk to your gym bag!

UltraProLink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The buds of the earphones are in-ear, and fit quite snugly. It also has an over-the-ear fitting to hold them in place during activity. The over-the-ear portion is smooth, and doesn’t cut or pinch. Both sides are connected by a slim, flat wire, which also houses the bluetooth receiver and the control buttons.

UltraProLink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The little + and – buttons you see control the volume, as well as allow you to change songs right from the headset. Super convenient when you’re working out and don’t want to keep reaching for your phone or MP3 player. A quick press of each button adjusts the volume, while a long press changes the track. The centre button controls the power with a long press, and the bluetooth connectivity with a quick one. The other side of this portion bears the UltraProlink branding.

Pairing the UltraProlink Pro-Fit+ earphones with your cellphone is super easy, and took me no more than 30 seconds to get done. Post that, it was pretty smooth sailing.

UltraProLink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The sound quality is excellent. The in-ear styling of the buds manages to cancel out most surrounding noise, so that your music is clearer. When using it at the gym, it beautifully blocked out the gym’s music (which is moderately loud), and I could hear just my own playlist. It isn’t complete noise cancellation, but I would still advise caution if you’re planning to use this while running or biking outdoors. Keep your music on a lower volume setting in such situations, so that you can still hear vehicles and other surrounding noises.

The over-the-ear styling is pretty solid, and holds the earphones in place during workouts. I even wear them when running, and they don’t budge. That’s a welcome change from my regular earphones which always popped out during a jog, or even simple aerobics.

The earphones work within a bluetooth range of about 10 metres, post which the music starts to crackle. 10 metres is a pretty decent range, in my opinion, and it hasn’t posed a problem to me so far.

UltraProlink Wireless Earphones | Review | The Bellyrina Diaries

The best part of these earphones? They’re sweat proof! That’s right, these guys thought of everything! So no matter how ugly-sweaty your workouts get, your earphones aren’t going to quit.

The UltraProlink wireless earphones are charged via micro-USB (cable not included). I used my HTC phone charger, and it worked fine. A full charge lasted me about 4 days of working out, which is between 6 and 7 hours. When the battery level is low, a robotic female voice comes on and warns you that the earphones need charging. The same voice also announces when the earphones are on or off, and when bluetooth pairing is successful.

My verdict? Definitely worth buying, if you’re someone who likes music when you’re working out. You can also use it for calls, but I didn’t test that out because it wasn’t relevant to me. I presume the sound quality, etc would be the same even on calls. It’s affordable, comfortable, and very compact.

You buy the UltraProlink Pro-Fit+ on Amazon. Simply click on the images below (they redirect to the product pages) to shop for it in either blue (which I have),

or a nice grey.

If you do try them, come back and leave me a comment to let me know whether you liked them as much as I did! πŸ™‚

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Bungee Workout Review : Bellyrina Tries BungFly!

Bungee Workout Review : Bellyrina Tries BungFly!

Aastha Gulati of Dhurii invited me to try BungFly, their all-new bungee workout. The first of its kind in India, it had me intrigued. Here’s my review!

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!

Day 15

I kick-started the day with a low carb Peanut Butter smoothie. I already mentioned that the Coffee Power Smoothie is my favourite, and the Peanut Butter one is a close second.

Lunch was an utterly divine Spinach & Cheese-stuffed Chicken in Mushroom Ragu. This one made it to my Top 3 Grow Fit meals! So goddamn delicious, I genuinely scraped the container clean (which I haven’t done with any of the other meals so far). Can’t wait for the next time this one’s on the menu!

Day 15 Low Carb Challenge Update | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was an Ultra Low Carb Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla. Delicious as it was, it was a tad dry, so I glazed it with some butter. After that, it was perfect!

Day 16

This day fell on the 1st of November, which is Kannada Rajyotsava, so the Grow Fit kitchens were closed. So once again, I had to figure both homemade and eating-out options to stay on my low carb diet.

Thankfully, my breakfast smoothie was delivered with the previous night’s dinner, so I was sorted to start my day. This one was almond-flavoured, and managed to fill me up… for a while.

I don’t know whether it was the fact that J was home too (and I had to watch him eat breakfast), but I got hungry halfway through the morning, which I usually don’t. So I ended up boiling a couple of eggs and eating those withΒ Himalayan Pink SaltΒ and some red chilli powder.

Boiled Eggs | Low Carb Breakfast | The Bellyrina Diaries

Lunch was a cheese omelette (I know, I know, AGAIN!), and a couple of chicken kebabs. I really need to figure out more easy keto recipes I can make at home.

Day 16 Keto Diet Update | Low Carb Life | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was out with friends, at 612 East. Luckily I had browsed the menu beforehand on Zomato, so ordering was a lot easier once I got there. I ordered the Oak Wood Smoked Spicy Sambal Fish, which was delicious! I’ve been a huge fan of sambal ever since my trip to Bali, and loved how it flavoured the fish. I swapped out the lemon-parsley potatoes for grilled veggies, so my meal got even healthier!

Day 17

Since there were no food deliveries the previous day, I didn’t have a smoothie to start my day with. Instead, breakfast was black coffee and cheesy scrambled eggs. This felt more filling than my usual smoothie mornings, so I wasn’t hungry for a while.

Lunch was Chicken Satay with a peanut dip. If you remember, this was also my very first meal from Grow Fit, so awww, nostalgia.

Day 17 Keto Low Carb Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

I realise I haven’t been talking much about the snacks I receive each day, so I thought I’d mention those today. This day, I got ghee-roasted almonds, which are really tasty! They were dusted with some peri-peri spice, which made them all the better to much in the late afternoon, with a cup of coffee.

Dinner was an Ultra Low Carb Tandoori Chicken Wrap. Besides the chicken, the wrap was also full of fried onions, bell peppers, and cabbage. It tasted alright. Wasn’t one of their best, but wasn’t bad either.

Day 18

Day 18 started off with a Guava smoothie, which was a very interesting flavour! Fresh and fruity, but still creamy.

Lunch was Chicken Uttapam (!) with an MCT-enhanced tomato chutney. And I must say, this was incredibly delicious! It was a nice change from the rotis, and the flavour was just right.

Day 18 Keto Low Carb Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was Ultra Low Carb rotis with Methi (fenugreek) Chicken. The rotis were super-soft and glazed with ghee, which made them really yummy. The chicken curry was great. Flavour-wise, not very different from one you would order at a restaurant, but I tasted more ghee in this one. (Or could have been butter, I can’t say for certain.)

Day 19

This was a pretty busy Saturday, and a long one (so many things to do, so many places to be!)

Thankfully the Orange-flavoured Power Smoothie gave me a solid start. I was a little skeptical of how well orange would work as a flavour in a smoothie, but it wasn’t bad at all.

Lunch was, unfortunately, a rushed affair. I had to scarf down my Ultra Low Carb Kheema & Cheese Paratha before I ran out to get on with my day.

Day 19 Keto Low Carb Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

That evening also included a quick Bangalore tweetup. And lucky for me, Third Wave Coffee Roasters offers a keto-friendly almond milk latte!

Day 19 Keto Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

The dinner menu got me excited. An Ultra Low Carb (ULC) Chicken Burger?! Was Grow Fit actually feeding me not just pizza and lasagna on a keto diet, but burgers, too?! I waited eagerly for that dinner delivery.

Sadly, I was disappointed. Their signature ULC flour did not work too well as a burger bun, and the texture was just not very pleasant. I ended up ditching the buns, and eating only the patty and cheese.

I later ended up attending a friend’s house party, where I dutifully sat sipping only on my electrolyte Power Drink, and nibbling on some paneer.

Day 20

Waking up super late on a lazy Sunday, I started my day with the Coffee Power Smoothie (yay!).

Lunch was Chicken Tikka Pizza, which as you remember, is out of this world! This time too, it did not disappoint.

Day 20 Keto Low Carb Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was a very interesting Tom Kha Kai, a coconut-milk soup with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and a whole lot more. It was my first time ever trying this dish, and it was delicious! I’m a big fan of the flavour of coconut milk, so this worked very well for me. It was filling without being heavy, which is great for dinner. I’m going to hunt down the recipe for this one!

Day 21

The end of week 3! The halfway mark! Aaaahhh!

I started the day with a Thandai Power Smoothie, which you might remember from my previous update. Very refreshing!

Lunch was a vision of chicken goodness. The Greek Yoghurt-marinated Grilled Chicken Steak was gorgeous, both to look at and to eat. The flavours were very Indian, and the pan-fried salad made a great accompaniment.

Day 21 Keto Low Carb Diet | The Bellyrina Diaries

Dinner was Cauli-fried rice with chicken. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a letdown, too. The rice was very bland, and I doused it in tabasco sauce before I could eat it. Even then, I struggled to finish the meal. More spice and flavours would have made a huge difference!

They also added a new little something. All dinners are now accompanied by a probiotic curd, to help ease any digestive discomfort one may have from following a keto diet. I personally haven’t suffered any such discomfort, but hey, probiotics are good, so Imma eat it anyway!

Keto Low Carb Diet Probiotic | The Bellyrina Diaries

And there you have it. Three weeks down, and still going strong! I’m going to find myself some more keto recipes I can make at home, though. Can’t eat cheese omelettes all the time! (Do you have any recipes you could share? If yes, leave me a comment below. I’d be very grateful!)

As for how I’m feeling, I’m feeling great! My energy levels are fantastic, I’m sleeping very soundly each night, and I find myself able to focus better on tasks at hand. Oh, and I recently got a physical assessment done, and I’m down over a kilogram in body fat, and up more than a kilo in muscle mass. Total kilo weight loss of 3.5 kilos! Pretty great for 3 weeks, eh?

Remember, if you’d like to try out any of Grow Fit’s meal programs or packaged goodies, you can use my coupon code TGF15 to get a 15% discount. πŸ™‚

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