Even when armed with this knowledge it is quiet an effort. I find several excuses - bad weather, wait till the evening to take the kids along, work to be completed in the morning etc etc. But all of these are just that excuses.
For me the benefits to my mental frame of mind far exceeds any of the other reasons. The first two laps are the hardest and then it is hard to stop. But there is no denying the effort to keep it going. If you have a companion that is the best thing with one encouraging the other. For me walking works best with a companion but swimming is a solo experience. All of my best ideas and solutions to problems come while swimming.
There is no beating around the bush the fact that life as an expat is lonely in many ways. I know of many people who keep their day jobs outside of the home more as an escape from loneliness than any other lofty goals of making it in the corporate world. Not to belittle the fact that working is a must for many of us too for economic reasons. Exercising is to me a cheapest and most effective way to keep the psychiatrist out of your lives.
I certainly empathize with people who absolutely need to exercise for a healthier physical body. There are several people I see every day either walking or running and I admire them wholeheartedly.
What are your techniques to keep up your exercise routing? Do you exercise for physical or mental health?
Before we move on. This is a long weekend in the US for Memorial day where we honor the men and women of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives for their country. Lets spare a moment of thought for them.
If you think I have an obsession with this Tomato and bell pepper combination and making chutneys you are not mistaken. The juiciness of the tomatoes and the length of time the tomato is sauteed all make a difference to the texture and taste of the chutney. If in this version of the chutney the tomato was concentrated by using sun dried tomatoes and sauteing the fresh tomatoes till they lost all the moisture. The version I am presenting today accentuates the fresh taste of tomatoes by sauteing them only to loosen the juices. This can be used a sauce for cooking chicken or any hardy vegetable for a fantastic taste. I used a few red chilies more than actually needed and the taste was fiery. Adjust accordingly.
Bell Peppers are not my go to vegetable in stir fries but I use them extensively because they are readily available throughout the year. Using them in chutneys excites me more than using them in curries.
Spicy tomato and bell pepper chutney
1. 3 bell peppers cored and chopped (I used red, orange and yellow - use green if you do not have the colorful ones)
2. 2 Juicy red tomatoes (roma would not be the tomato of choice here, I used vine ripened tomato)
3. 5 red chilies (makes for a very very spicy chutney, 3 should be sufficient)
4. 1/2 red onion chopped - 1/2 cup
5. 1/2 tbsp channa dal
6. 1 tsp coriander seeds, few cumin seeds, few pepper corns
7. 1/2 inch piece of tamarind
8. salt to taste
9. 1 tsp oil
1. In a saute pan add a drop or two of oil and saute the channa dal till it starts to turn brown, add in the coriander, cumin and pepper corns and saute for a few more minutes. Set aside.
2. In the same pan heat the rest of the oil and saute the onions till they turn brown, add in the tamarind and chopped bell peppers and let them saute till they are cooked completely (about 15-20 minutes)
3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes till they start to wilt. Mix in the salt. Let cool completely.
4. Blend without adding extra water to a smooth puree.
Great with idlis or dosais and even as a sauce for cooking chicken.