Meet Tridiv Mistry from TESCO, as he talks about his interests and aspirations in life.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I like to think of myself as a learner and I keep dabbling with as many things as I can. I like a good debate, it helps me question my world view. I have lost 60 kgs of weight in the last 4 years by eating right and working out at home without trainers or gyms. I think these 5 words can summarise me pretty well – Humble, Competitive, Learner, Critical & Optimist.

2. What in your opinion is the healthiest habit you possess?

I believe the best habit I have picked up is maintaining a food and exercise Journal using MyFitnessPal. It helped me become more aware of what and how much I eat. It has helped me un-learn a lot of bad food habits from the past and continues to help me make healthier choices.

3. What are your interests/hobbies beyond work and how do you find time to pursue them?

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I like cooking, reading, spending time with friends and family, singing, listening to music and working out (ok…I don’t enjoy working out as much as the rest). I strongly believe that “We will make time for not what we want or what we ought to do but for what we truly love and enjoy”. So it’s really just about finding out what you enjoy and why. This is how I go about it:

-I write an intention (why am I doing it) behind it. For example, I enjoy cooking since it helps me eat healthier as I control what goes in. It also helps me spend time and connect with my wife. It helps me make a great meal for friends and family when they come over.

-I combine activities whenever possible. For example, listening to music or singing along while doing any other activity.

-I try to do away with low value activities and potential distractions in my life. I stopped using my Tata Sky services last year, although I still have an account, I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, I order everything online except clothes.

4. You mentioned you like reading. What is the most powerful quote you have ever stumbled upon? And from which book?

I wish I could just quote one, these are my top 3:

First, “Make your faith larger than your fears and your dreams bigger than your doubts”. I Read this one on twitter, tweeted by Robin Sharma, I presume it is to his credit.

Second one is not something I read but a video I had watched a few years back where the speaker mentioned something to this effect “There is a difference between being a person who has 15 years of experience vs. being one that has lived one year 15 times”.

Third, “It is so easy to magnify our problems and lose sight of the many blessings we all have to be so very grateful for. Who will cry when you die?” by Robin Sharma.

5. What is your muse for your sketches?

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The “Learn to Sketch” videos that I have seen online seem to recommend drawing everyday objects as much as possible, so I try putting pretty much anything I see, on the paper but they don’t turn out that great yet. So for now, I search the internet for sketches and replicate them while I am still learning.

But I would like to get to a point where I can draw landscapes, in this age of phone photography, slowing down and taking the time to draw a landscape seems like an awesome way to appreciate and absorb what I see around me.

6. How important is work-life balance according to you?

It’s an interesting topic, I like to see work as a part of life than as a separate entity. Without sounding too philosophical, life for me is having as many experiences as we can, work is just as important. It’s a part of the experiences you go through. If it isn’t a corporate job then it will be something else like farming or pottery. Cooking, for example is work for some and a hobby for others.

I think balance is essential in anything that we do in general. Mind, body, diet, workout, life etc. An unbalanced state in any of these cases is likely to have repercussions in every sphere of our life.

So, in short “Yes”, balance is extremely important, but I would say it’s important in everything within and around us.

7. Tell us a little about your health goals, and what keeps you motivated to work towards them?

– Learning Parkour is definitely up there in my list, one of the main reasons that I started the fitness journey in the first place.

– Losing a little more of my weight by the end of this year so that I can do parkour.

– Being more mindful and meditating more often.

The motivation bit comes from what I mentioned about staying balanced. I couldn’t pinpoint a single thing that works as motivation. I think it’s a mix of being better than what I am today, looking and feeling the best I can be, a bit of vanity, a bit of fear about going back to where I started, the intentions I write for each of my goal which act as reminder of why I do what I do, which in turn helps me stick to it and someday, it will make a great story for my kids.

8. How is helping you handle all your health goals? We’d love to hear a few nice words from you about ?:) has been an interesting experience. To be honest, I have had a bit of an on and off relationship with it but I have to say that the reminders from the app definitely act as a trigger to start a new habit. I also like the tracking part which tells me the number of days that I haven’t done something. For example, I was updating the app this morning and realised that I haven’t meditated for 5 days now. This feature helps create awareness of what is the reality vs. what I think.

I like the frequent challenges as well, especially when I win something, like this time around .

9. If we asked you to motivate one person to be healthier/fitter, what exactly would you tell him/her?

I think “realising” the need for changing themselves is far more important than “’understanding” the need for it. At a risk of sounding cynical, in my experience, no amount of motivation helps unless the person is ready to make the change. But I would probably ask them to do the following which works for me:

-Once you know what you want to do, start making really small changes (except when it’s smoking, in which case I would strongly suggest quitting cold turkey). For example, if you want to start walking, aim to do it daily for the least amount of time that you can, without disrupting your daily schedule.

-If you are really committed, read up or watch videos about it online etc. I have noticed that I tend to stick to a habit more when I keep doing some level of research on it, as it helps me understand it better and also ensures top of the mind recall.

-Know your intentions, why are you doing it (make these reasons as compelling as you can and be true to yourself about it). For some, fitness is vanity and for some, it is about being a better version of yourself.

-Pick up and start again, if you miss a day, don’t let that slip pull you back to dormancy. Avoid having more than a day’s gap in anything that you are doing unless it is for muscle recovery or you are unwell.

What do you think?