24 Nov 2017

If We Were Having Coffee #FridayReflections

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I'm three books behind on my Goodreads challenge and I'm worried I won't be able to reach my goal before the year ends. I know I'll beat myself up if I don't, but I'm also pep-talking myself into accepting that its okay to not have a perfect number, its okay to not have done EVERYTHING, so that I don't end up reading trash simply as a means to an end. I've read such gems and so many average books in 2017 (unlike 2016 which seems to be a blur of completely forgettable books). 

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you how absolutely flabbergastingly busy December is going to be. And how much I'm going to love it. Just thinking about the Delhi winter has me shivering with anticipation and no amount of complaints about the smog or the teeth-chattering cold is going to take away the happiness bubbling inside me when I think of being frozen to the bone at 2 a.m on a Delhi morning. Go on, call me weird, but I have a polar bear for a mother so I'm not surprised at all. While I'm not looking forward to the awkwardness with the rest of the world there, I find myself looking forward to spending some more time getting to know my in-laws. Of course, there are those croissants from Wenger's and shopping in Sarojini Nagar (with someone from the past who I still have so much affection for) also to look forward to!

If we were having coffee, considering it was Thanksgiving only yesterday, I'd tell you how thankful I am for a lot of things. For everything that the Universe has brought my way. For the people I've been given. It is a lesson I've learnt from my partner, to be thankful for having gotten so lucky in so many ways, to focus on those when the unlucky bits threaten to overwhelm. 

If we were having coffee, I'd order an unsweetened Americano and tell you how much this drink is helping me with IF (I do a 16-hour fast on an average and it has worked beautifully thus far, over everything else I've tried in the past year or so). While I do not believe in (or been successful at) fad diets or cutting out entire food groups, IF has helped me stay in a calorie deficit without having to be miserable about eating only vegetables and fruits (and falling off the wagon on the third day and having to start all over again). I truly believe that IF can be a lifestyle for me and there begins my success in finding out what truly works for me.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you how glad I am I wrote this post for #FridayReflections, mostly because there has not been a single Friday that has gone by in the last six months without me wanting to join in this particular linky party and not being able for some reason or the other. 

If we were having coffee, I'd definitely go on and on about how quickly 2017 has passed us by! Whaaaaaaaaaat? But surprisingly, I'm not using this as an excuse to completely give up on my goals. In fact, I'm trying to see how much more I can stuff into 2017 so that, when the ball drops, I can be at peace with not having wasted another year, and look forward to slaying 2018 without baggage. Wasting time has been weighing hugely on my mind for the last couple of years, can you tell?? 38 days left in the year, so make the rest of the 2017 count, peeps!


  1. If we were having coffee I'd tell you how much I detest winter - then maybe we would compare our two winters, where you live and where I live in the Northeast United States. It would be an interesting comparison.

    1. Oh boy :/ Our winters will probably feel like summer to you then :|

      Thanks for dropping by :)

  2. Glad to have you joining in! :) Delhi in December sounds good...I used to love winters until I experienced Australian winters. I no longer love the cold! IF sounds interesting...not sure I can do it. What's worked for me is calorie controlled diet (1200-1500) because I can eat most things in moderation. Have a great week ahead. And yes, where has 2017 gone? Not that I'm complaining.

    1. Thanks, Sanch :)

      That bad huh? I can't imagine a frozen Oz for some reason. The IF is to help me stay in that calorie range because I'm so used to eating high carb-cal stuff for each meal and my protein intake is severely limited because I'm vegetarian :/

      You too, Sanch, thanks for dropping by!

  3. I love winters. But winters in Illinois, US are a different matter. I'm glad to be back in India, and soak up all the sun. I hope you completed your reading challenge. If not, it's still fine. Plenty of time :-) Hope December was wonderful for you, and the whole 2017 for that matter. I forgot how much I enjoyed reading your blogposts until I read this.

    P.S : I love unsweetened Americano. I also get low-key pissed when the barista tells me that there would be no sugar in it.

    1. Haha I'm looking forward to experiencing some of these infamous winters in the West now... almost like a challenge :D
      I did complete it! Barely squeaked through but I DID IT :D Thanks for asking <3
      Aww thank you so much :*

      Haha, why do they think they have to explain that "unsweetened" is without sugar?!


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