Aayush Priyank: Fitness Motivation
Motivation is extremely easy to lose, especially when you’re trying to stay fit. And I’d like to share some things that I do to keep my diet on track, and perhaps they’ll help you out too.
The first thing most people do wrong is attempt an overnight transformation. They look at the signs of increasing fat and decide to transform their diet and exercise daily. This thought is likely to do more good than harm.
When you commit to not eating any unhealthy food at all, you leave yourself extremely vulnerable. Let me explain it in a clearer way. Suppose you decide to not eat any unhealthy food. That becomes your goal. When you see food later, you may think to yourself, “Oh, what harm could one bite do? I won’t eat anymore after that.”
This is an extremely slippery slope because once you coax yourself into taking one small bite, you fail your goal. And when you fail your goal, suddenly there’s no reason to avoid food; you’ve already failed. Your morale drops, and down goes the motivation.
The problem is that deciding not to eat unhealthy food at all is an indefinite goal. You don’t get any victories, but you can certainly lose. Be quantitative about your goals. Say you’d maintain a proper diet for a week. That’s something you can achieve.
The second problem is that you like to reward yourself for your dedication. You didn’t eat for a week? To celebrate that, you want to go out and have a large pizza or two all by yourself. This involves contradicting the goal you’re working to achieve. Motivating yourself is extremely necessary, but the reward should be something that enables your goals. For instance, if you’ve been maintaining a good diet all week, you can treat yourself by snacking on a chocolate protein bar or two. That way, you maintain your diet and manage to reward yourself.
An essential thing that you must remember is that your ambitions won’t pull you towards your goal. Your accomplishments, not your expectations, push you towards your destination.
When you start off with a big goal, all smaller steps leading to it seem insignificant. If you decide to jog three miles and get tired halfway through, you’d think that you can’t complete the jog and you’ll quit.
Tell yourself to not achieve the goal, but see how close you can get to the goal. Okay, three miles is too difficult? Whatever, I’ll just see how close I can possibly get to that before I collapse. And the moment you take this perspective, miraculously all those same steps begin to cover a huge distance. Instead of satisfaction at the end of the run, you realise that you’re achieving something with every single step you take.
I don’t know much about success, but I do know about progress. And the key to progress is to be always proud of your achievements, yet not satisfied. To be motivated yet not expectant. To be inspired, yet not contented.
Our guest today is a 16-year-old teenager Aayush Priyank who is
steadily creating ripples in the blogging world.
He loves to read, write and lift weights. A little shy by nature he mostly prefers books to people. His passion for reading and awe at the power of words led him towards writing. If you’re interested in knowing Aayush’s views on exercising
then you should read ‘Why I Lift’. I really enjoyed my chat with Aayush
and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.
RNG: Good morning Aayush, it’s great to be chatting with you here, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself? 🙂
Aayush: Hey, good morning. I’m Aayush, and I’m a teenager. I live in India and study in 11th grade. I’m addicted to writing and do so whenever I can. I love to read, write and lift weights. Not the typical nerd combo. I’m often shy and do tend to prefer books to people. After all, aren’t good books easier to find?
RNG: That’s great… books are after all man’s best friend after the Dog 🙂 Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? 🙂
Aayush: I enjoy deep thinking, and my blog is the means through which I expose my thoughts to the readers out there. I always wanted to communicate my ideas to the world, but the difficulty I encountered while speaking about my ideas was that when people disagreed with my stance, they interrupted more than they listened. I searched for a means to conduct an uninterrupted meaningful exchange of views, and a blog seemed the best way to do so…. It is always something new because I simply cannot restrict myself to one topic. Too dull… If you do enjoy reading new ideas and perspectives, my blog is the one for you.
RNG: Aayush, you are an excellent wordsmith and can write comfortably in both Hindi and English language so when did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
Aayush: My passion for reading and my wonder at the power of words led me towards writing. I could feel how the death of a character that never existed, in reality, could cause me immense distress, and how these mere words had the power to build an entire world. I wished to bring people into a world of my own creation, and that inspired me to write.
RNG: Now reading is one habit I always tell my students to develop 🙂 Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? What is your motivation factor?
Aayush: Since I do not restrict to talking about any single topic, the inspiration is drawn from whatever is happening around me. I tend to write about controversial issues, simply because they’re the most interesting. I also write inspirational posts from time to time. My motivation is merely to express myself to the world and introduce a new perspective to the arguments that exist.
RNG: How long does it normally take you to write a poem/article?
Aayush: I take about half an hour or so. When I write, it’s usually about something I’m emotionally invested in and have strong opinions about. As such, it doesn’t take me a lot of time to pour my thoughts into words.
RNG: Now that’s something I could agree with… without feeling the emotions writing is a little difficult. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Aayush: Well, my posts tend to be spontaneous. There’s no fixed schedule though I try to write at least once a week. I see people’s perspective on what’s happening and if I happen to disagree with them, I use my blog to offer my own perspective.
RNG: I have seen your blog you like to be versatile can you enlighten us on what else do you write?
Aayush: I write posts on a wide variety of often controversial subjects from taxation to LGBT rights to drugs. My aim is to give the reader something new and unique every time I post and expose them to a different way of thinking.
RNG: When did you write your first poem/article and how old were you?
Aayush: I wrote my first poem at 10. It was about the night sky, for I had always enjoyed staring at it. I vividly recall the last line of that poem: ‘I wonder if it has feelings too, and does it cry like me and you?’
RNG: Great! Even I wrote my first poem in 10th and guess when that was… in 1986 when I was giving my boards! 🙂 How many poems/articles have you written till now? Can you share a few links of your favourite articles or a few lines of a poem close to your heart with our readers?
Aayush: It’s difficult for me to recall exactly how many I’ve written. I’ve written about a dozen on my blog, and a tonne outside it. I do have favourites, and what I would consider being my most satisfactory work is definitely ‘The Purpose of Life’
RNG: Ok Aayush enough of writing 🙂 tell us what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Aayush: When I’m not writing, I’m either reading or at the gym. I do also love listening to music, especially Eminem.
RNG: Music acts as a healer for my stressed nerves… 🙂 Can you tell us a little about your most recent work and who inspired you?
Aayush: My most recent work is the manuscript I just completed. It’s a fantasy fiction, in which I attempt to provide a unique view on magic.
RNG: Could you tell us what makes your manuscript different from all the others fantasy novels out there?
Aayush: How is a wizard different from a normal person? How does a wizard use magic? What factors influence the strength of a wizard? When a reader flips through a novel involving wizards, these are often the first questions s/he raises. Most books tend to ignore these questions, taking the existence of magic for granted.
Considering that it is magic that differentiates humans from wizards, I would consider it illogical for the wizarding world to not have conducted studies to understand magic. My book, therefore, attempts to explain the source of magic and what factors affect it. That, however, is far from the only unique thing about it, but I can’t reveal everything right now, can I? :p
RNG: That’s great 🙂 Would you like to publish your book in future sometime?
Aayush: Well, I hope to publish my first book within the year, though of course, it all depends on how long it will take to find a publisher and how long the publisher would take to publish the book.
RNG: I really wish you do publish it some time and don’t forget to send me a link. 🙂 I would definitely love to buy a copy of it 🙂 What is your motto in life, Aayush… which code do you live by?
Aayush: Do what you want to, and if people judge you for it, then good. People only judge things they can’t do themselves. You’re doing something they don’t have the audacity to, and that’s something worth being proud of.
RNG: That’s a great attitude! Love it. Your blog is a new blog and in time you’ll have lots of followers. Was there ever a time when you had, say only one follower? How did you get more?
Aayush: I have about 20 followers and yes I hope to grow successfully like everyone else. However, because I have few followers, I think I can better motivate other bloggers to persist and not be disappointed by the views or likes you get. Do whatever is within your power to get yourself heard, and ensure that what you say is worth hearing. If you send me a link, I’ll take the time to check out your post and give you some feedback.
RNG: According to you what are the top 3 factors that one has to keep in mind while trying to write a successful blog post?
Aayush: For a successful blog, I think that the first factor would be writing regularly. The second would be writing about what’s happening right now, write about what’s trending, though I personally often fail to do this. My posts are often of perennial topics, so I post them as they come. The third factor is your picture. The blog post must have an attractive picture because people do still judge the book by its cover.
RNG: ‘Judging the book by its cover’ holds true in most of the cases. I guess human mind is tuned to be this way 🙂 Even sometimes I am guilty of this sin. Aayush, I wish you all the best for YOUR BLOG to grow further. Any special message or any suggestions you would like to share with your visitors/fans which you think would help them become a better writer?
Aayush: The only message I’d like to tell viewers is to not quit. Work hard, work smart, and nothing is impossible. If your blog isn’t doing as well as you’d hope, you can always email me and talk to me, and I’d love to motivate you. The only thing I like more than reading and writing is helping others out. 🙂
RNG: Let me tell you Aayush it’s not easy helping anyone out. If you can do that then you are a successful human being. It’s been great chatting with you, Aayush. I hope the readers also enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed conducting it. Hope to see you frequent my guest post in future also with you varied writes and all my best wishes for your future in blogging and publishing of your book.