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Add these songs to your playlist now

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 31, 2016

Nothing lifts one up the way music does. And even though now I prefer to run mostly (even the long runs) without music, but there are days the only way to get done with a run is by listening to some good music. And a lot of times it is for the love of music I end up running a little bit extra. These are some of my top songs (will keep some for the next post) which keep me going apart from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Udaan of course.

  1. Some thing about this beat wants me to put this song on repeat. Listen to more of Sofi Tukker’s tracks, they are a lot of fun.

     

  2. This one makes me run faster. Don’t ask me why! I like the whole I-don’t-give-a-shit attitude and angst or may be it reminds me of my break ups and wish I was this badass.

    3) Love this peppy song. Something very positive and happy about it and love the tempo.

    4) Don’t go by the shallowness of the lyrics, this song can make you stop running and dance in the middle of the road instead.

    5) I had used this song as a background score for the women’s day video. Even though a tad bit slow, it’s perfect for slow runs.

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Nutrition – Fact V/s fiction

Fitness, Fitness related, Guest Blog - Anupriya kapur - March 30, 2016

Hi! I was asked by Anupriya to do a guest article for her on a topic I feel strongly about so I picked nutrition. Every other person is an “expert” these days on everything – their source of information being good old online search engines. What most people ignore is the fact that there is as much “misinformation” out there as fact. Just because something is trending and on top of the search results doesn’t mean it’s correct.

I have friends telling me I wasted my time and money studying nutrition for over a year and taking exams on it when I could’ve gone online and learnt everything there is to learn – “who’s going to want to see your certifications anyway?” And then there are clients – most who come to you really respect you and your education – but there will always be that odd person who thinks they know much more than you – which makes me wonder why they came to me in the first place….Listening to people and their opinions makes me shudder at times….which brings me back to our topic for today – Nutrition Fact v/s fiction.

I thought it would be fun to bust some myths about nutrition:

  1. Fact – If you eat less than you burn – you lose weight and vice versa.
  2. Fiction – You should only eat when you’re hungry/ starving. Fact – Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day – every 2-3 hours is good for you.
  3. Fiction – Carbs are bad for you… Fact – carbs are your best friend.
  4. Fiction – all fats are bad for you – Fact – good fats are (duh) – good & important for you!!
  5. Fact – Chewing your food well, eating slowly are good habits – you eat less and feel full faster.
  6. Fiction – even if you sleep late, you should have your last meal by 7.30pm. Fact you need to eat something at least 1-2 hours before you sleep.
  7. Fiction – Snacking is bad. Fact snacking on unsalted nuts and fruit instead of junk is ok.
  8. Fiction – Anything that says diet/ low fat/ low carb is ok. Fact – such items usually are very high in trans fats and often even sodium which is very bad for you. It’s the quality of the carbs, proteins and fats that matter the most.
  9. Keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day – if you’re feeling hungry, first have some water – we often misinterpret thirst as hunger.
  10. Last but not least – NEVER deny yourself anything completely.

I usually give my clients the 80-20 rule – eat healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time you can indulge in something you like. If you follow a well balanced diet,  your cravings automatically disappear. I myself workout only 3-4 times a week – never more than 30-35 minutes (unless I’m cycling). I still allow myself some chocolate every single day that’s my indulgence – CAN’T live without it!

Every day is a new day – you can start afresh if you mess up. Just try your best to stay on track as much as possible J

12900151_10153550050293435_1226808304_nPreeti is a masters in Psychology. She spent a decade of her life in a corporate job. But her love for outdoors and as an avid sportsperson, swimmer, kickboxer and certified scuba diver meant she could not confine herself to a desk. She decided to pursue her passion of helping people get and stay fit by exploring new facets of traditional exercises. Functional training, Kettlebell training, pre & post partum exercise and special populations are her specializations. She is also a Nutritionist as she believes exercise and proper eating go hand in hand to ensure one stays fit the proper way.

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Easy Chocolate Chip (chunk) Cookies

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 21, 2016

Kabir (my son) loves these Chocolate Chip Cookies a bit more than the brownies that I bake. And I baked them today to give him a little sweet surprise as today is his last day of 3rd grade. Perks of working from home I guess. This one is chewy and quite rich. Since, I have run out of chocolate chips, I will be using chunks of chocolate instead.

Butter – 113gm

Granulated White Sugar – 75 gmIMG_20160321_141427-01

Light/Dark Brown Sugar – 80gm (don’t use Mawana as that’s just colored white sugar)

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

Flour – 150 gms

Chocolate Chips – 135gm (I used Morde Dark Compund, any chocolate would do)

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

  1. Preheat oven at 190 Degrees C for about 8-10 mins. Line the baking tray with butter paper.
  2. With the hand mixer, beat the butter (straight from the fridge) in a bowl until soft and creamy.
  3. Beat the sugars with the butter till mixed well.
  4. Beat the egg as well as vanilla essence into the mixture and scrape the sides of the bowl as and when required.
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients together and add it to the above mixture till it incorporates.IMG_20160321_142507-01
  6. Add the chocolate chunks in the end.
  7. If the mixture is too soft (generally it is ), then refrigerate this mixture for half an hour or so.
  8. Use an icecream scoop or spoon to drop the mixture on to the baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 10-14 minutes. The sides should be golden brown but the center will still be little soft.
  10.  Let them cool down completely before picking up.

Note – Baking time will also depend on the size of the cookies you are making. This batter will make about 15-18 big cookies as shown in the pic above.

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Chocolate Ganache

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 18, 2016

I love Chocolate Ganache. The only problem being that I finish half of it licking. Ganache is also easy to spread on the cake or cupcakes. So when I’m in a mood to be a good mother, I let my son spread it and play with the toppings/sprinklers.

227 grams chocolate

180ml Amul fresh cream

  1. Chop the chocolate in small pieces.
  2. Heat the cream in the microwave in short bursts of 20 seconds each, 5-6 times
  3.  Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate. Let the chocolate melt for about 2-3 mins.
  4. Mix well to avoid any lumps.

Note – I use Morde Dark Compound. I find Milk Compound too sweet. However, you can use any chocolate of your choice, Lindt may be 😉

For piping consistency ganache –

300 grams Chocolate

275ml Amul fresh cream.

Do tell me how it turned out.

 

 

 

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Basic Chocolate Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 18, 2016

This cake recipe is as simple as it gets. I wanted to bake a Kitkat cake for my son on his 5th birthday and that’s why I hunted the internet for the easiest Chocolate Cake and Ganache recipe. I did a couple of trials and found this one the easiest.

I like my chocolate cake with Ganache topping (click here for the recipe). You can just pour the ganache over the cake once it cools down. This recipe can be used to make Chocolate Cupcakes as well. I once did a baking class for kids and they loved spreading the ganache on their cupcakes and decorating them with sprinklers. On my later posts, I will also share how to assemble the Kitkat cake (it looks very professional).

Flour – 125 gmIMG_20160314_160153

Cocoa Powder (Hershey’s or Cadbury’s) – 30 gm

Sugar- 2oo gm

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Egg – 1

Warm water – 120ml

Milk – 120ml

Oil – 60ml

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

  1. Pre heat oven for 8-10 minutes @ 180 degrees C.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients well.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients.
  4. Gently mix the dry and wet ingredients with the spatula.
  5. Pour the mixture in a 8″inch round/square greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.

 

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

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How I met Jonty Rhodes

For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 14, 2016

Last evening I was invited to a small get together to celebrate the success of The Outdoor Journal (all things outdoor, adventure and active lifestyle since it’s launch in 2012). I was apprehensive as I didn’t know anyone except the founder of the magazine, and that too I had met him only once. Or may be apprehensive is not the right word, I was intimidated. I was expecting to meet snowboarders, mountaineers, extreme skiers and the maximum I have done in the name of adventure is attempt a 50km run on an active volcano (Mt Pinatubo) in Philippines and called it quits at 35km! (And no I don’t consider my Bhati 50km and full marathons adventurous enough).

In any case, I decided to face my fears and go. I’m so glad that I did. 15 minutes into the conversation with new people, someone asked if I wanted to meet Jonty Rhodes and I thought he was pulling a fast one on me. I couldn’t believe my luck. I walked up to him, introduced myself as a blogger and had a 15-20 minute conversation. The gentleman that he is, he naturally steered the conversation towards running the moment he heard momontherun! He is working closely with South African Tourism and mentioned how there is an impressive increase in the number of Indians participating in Comrades (89km), even though personally he would like to see more people participate in the Two Oceans Marathon (56km) – a distance more fathomable and a very scenic route. He was curious about why SCMM is bigger than any other marathon in the country as Mumbai doesn’t seem very conducive to running and why very few women opt for full marathons in India. He also mentioned that he can’t and doesn’t want to go beyond 5km which I was very surprised about given his fitness levels. We discussed about a few more things but what struck me was how humble he is and how easy it was to talk to him. I had felt similar after meeting the ultra marathon running legend Scott Jurek. What makes them so humble about their talent, hard work and achievements? Is it the sport which does this to them? Or is it that you need to be grounded to channel your talent the right way? Oh, and not to mention, he is still as hot as he is charming and he is a surfer too.

I met a few very interesting women too and hoping to write about them at the soonest.

 

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Darna Mana Hai

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 11, 2016

CONTEST ALERT (Open for a week)

We all fear something. However, most fears are unfounded and irrational and runners’ fears even more so. I thought of some things and I know there are a lot more, so please free to add them in the comment. The strangest, weirdest and most honest fears stand to win adidas goodies 🙂

1) The GPS watch losing signal specially on a day when you know you are running strong and possibly gunning for a PB.

2) Forgetting to apply vaseline on the race day – It’s a valid fear for all men out there. I mean no one wants to be seen with bleeding nipples. Honestly, I get a secret kick out of seeing men suffer because women always fear getting their periods on the race day!

3) Forgetting how to run – I know it sounds strange. How can anyone forget how to run? But when injury forces you to rest for months, this fear creeps in and I’m like did I ever run that much? What if I can’t anymore? How does one run so much?

4) Uphills on the race day or training, it’s the same. They suck. I fear them usually on a race day and detest them on all other training days. I know of a very few runners who actually enjoy them.Fears

5) Waking up late on race day – The fear is so genuine that most of us don’t end up sleeping only.

6) Will we ever move on – Most of the times, I think we don’t even know realise but this fear of not making progressing distance or speed wise, is lurking somewhere deep down.

7) Forgetting to carry the bib – I’m not the kinds who pins her bib to her tee the night before so you know I’m freaking out most of the time next morning.images (2)

8) Fear of being over taken by the runner you know who has been slower than you are, in the past. Come on let’s accept it, it’s true.

9) There are times I fear what if I’m not able to run at all because I’m too old or for any other reason. What’s going to keep me sane then? What am I going to do?

10) FOMO – Fear of missing out. Two good events on the same day in the same city? Damn this social media is making life tougher.

 

Contest Winning Entry – Congrats  Neetul Mohanty 🙂

Her entry –

My sole goal while hitting the last 5 kms of a marathon is to look like a bad-ass heroine of an action thriller where my perfect sprint with “chariots of fire” playing in mind is going to save the world from destruction but that dream is near to impossible. Real picture unfolds a saga of helplessness and agony. I cant feel my hands anymore and my feet is puffed and my face has a silent plead of “help me, I am dying” look and I believe my stomach and lungs are shutting down. I just want to find the finish line before the vultures find me. My dream stride call it perfect sprint is reduced to a wobbly walk on wreckage of two legs and wait what do I see ahead, my biggest fear.My family with cameras flashing on me and loud cheers and claps of “Yo girl, Go Champion”! Freak man, the self proclaimed champion of the family has been caught not just walking but almost stumbling like I am drunk and to tell the story forever are pictures of a ghastly crazy looking woman with sweat patches at the most inappropriate places.Complete freak show.

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Everyday Heroes – Inspirational Women Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 9, 2016

Honestly, Women’s Day has no relevance for me as I feel everyday is everyone’s day irrespective of the gender. However, it definitely gave me an excuse and the push (lazy as I am) to pay an ode to ‘everyday’ women who are an inspiration to many. I have listed their profile in text below in case you want to look them up on social media and follow.

Manisha Khungar – A swimming coach for the last 20 years. Triathlons are new to India and she has coached some of the first triathletes from our country to achieve their dreams.

Christine Pemberton – She is a blogger and I love her very quirky sense of humor. She started running at the age of 60 and has already done two full marathons and several half marathons. And yes she is usually a podium finisher in her age category in most marathons.

Avani Vora – She is a mother of twins and a Pilates instructor. She has inspired many women to make fitness their way of life.

Bhumika Patel – Apart from her regular 9-5 job, she’s out there helping women achieve their running goals be it through Pinkathon or otherwise.

Zareen Siddique – She is a mother of two (15 & 5) and can give a run for her money to any 25 year old. Apart from being a runner she specialises in Post Natal fitness training.

Ratna Verma – She is a teacher, she is an excellent baker, she’s fitter than she even looks and did I tell you that she is a mom to two teenagers as well.

Kavitha Kanaparthi – I have admired her since the day I met her for her courage to stand up for what she believes is right. She is the only woman race director in India. What’s the big deal? She has created some of the toughest and truest international standard ultra marathons in the remotest places in India.

Nirupama Singh – Forget about the fact that she is a mother to two young adult boys, she has a kickass PB of 1:39 for a half marathon and 3:48 for a full. She is also a zumba instructor fitness coach.

 

 

 

 

 

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Carrot Walnut Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 7, 2016

Carrot walnut cake tastes awesome by itself but it tastes divine with the cream cheese frosting. The cake is nutty, has a spicy touch to it because of the cinnamon powder and is wonderfully moist.

I’m sharing the Cream Cheese Frosting recipe here. You don’t have to worry about the smooth edges and piping the frosting as the cake looks rustic when you just spread the frosting casually. That’s my excuse to not put in the hardwork 😉 I have used a spatula to spread the frosting (the one in the picture).

Flour – 130gms

Grated carrots – 170 gms (after grating)

Eggs – 2IMG_20160307_154939

Sugar – 150 gms

Oil – 120ml

Walnuts – 50gms

Raisins (optional) – 25 gms
Cinnamon Powder – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Baking soad – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Place walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 180 degrees C or until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and coarsely chop.

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder.
  2. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs (I use the Phillips beater) for 2 minutes, add sugar and beat for another 2-3 minutes or till mixture is light.
  3. Add the oil slowly in a steady stream while beating the mixture and add vanilla essence as well.
  4. Lightly fold the dry ingredients to this mixture.IMG_20160307_155626
  5. Add the walnuts and raisins.
  6. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  7.  Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 35 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan or a loaf pan.IMG_20160307_155711

Note – I always add the raisins as it makes the cake more moist.

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I had got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 7, 2016

I like my cakes without any frosting/icing with the exception of Cream Cheese Frosting which goes really well with Carrot Walnut Cake and Red Velvet Cake (the pic above).  Most bakeries (even the really good ones) use fresh cream and add the cream cheese essence to it, probably because it’s more economical to do so. But it will never even come close to how the real cream cheese frosting tastes.

This recipe will be enough for an 8” inch cake.

Cream Cheese – 150 gms (I use Britannia)

White Butter (room temp) – 30-40 gm

Icing Sugar – to taste

Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp

Lemon Juice – 1/2 tsp (optional)

  1. Beat the cream cheese and white butter together until soft and smooth (about 2 mins)
  2. Add the icing sugar slowly while blending.
  3. Add the vanilla essence and lemon juice.

Note – Add a tsp of milk if the icing is too thick. Add more sugar if the icing is thin. If the icing is too thin for spreading, refrigerate the frosting for half an hour before spreading.

The cake should be refrigerated immediately after frosting.

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