The mirror showed it all. There was no way I could hide it. I wished someone sucked my eyes out of their sockets or, more kindly, sucked the bulging layers of fat out of my body. Cribbing about it anymore was old news and useless though. Wallowing in self-pity seemed comforting yet motivated by an inner force I chose to go for some serious self-transformation this time round.
Result: I lost 11 kgs in 6 months, all by myself. I crossed my reasonably set goal and am still going on!
This post isn’t about which protein shakes to take or the right way to do squats. I’m not certified to offer any such advice. The biggest fitness challenge is loss of motivation due to unmet or under-realised goals. I’m hoping that sharing my story and experience here will help you gain a positive perspective.
Commit to yourself first
Mesmerised by fancy sounding words like body sculpting, power yoga, weight training, etc. I joined a gym soon after Angel was born to make my repulsively shapeless bag of a body look visibly bearable. Amidst endless self-deprecating guffaws with similar babes-in-making, I felt happy and accepted. Health-wise though, sadly, I didn’t progress much.
While the playful banter during workouts made it all fun, it hindered me from realising my full potential. I lacked motivation and hardly lost weight. My focus and commitment were fierce only when I set my own goals and worked towards them myself. I realised, don’t let others decide things for you. Take charge of your own life.
Cheat only when YOU want to
People bombard me with “Its raining, won’t you have a pakoda?”, “One pastry is sure not fattening?” or “How can you starve like this?” and similar such concerned (read sarcastic) questions almost everyday. After seeing my straight-faced and determined NO multiple times many have given up, some persist. Should I indulge for their sake? Ofcourse not.
Your hard work is more important than someone else’s wish to see you eating. If your refusal offends them, make them understand. Don’t mind it. Go ahead and cheat if you like but only when you want to. Like picking your own battles, it is wise to pick your own calories too. 🙂
Take professional/online guidance
Dieting is crucial, tricky and a misunderstood concept. Most of us relate it with eating nothing or very little. That’s not correct. Dieting means eating right. It means avoiding empty calories and choosing the ones that are beneficial for us. Take help of a nutritionist or search online for health apps and healthy recipes.
Also, exercise has no alternative. Set aside thirty minutes everyday and pick up any physical activity. Join a gym if possible. If not, there are many apps you can workout with. Choose anything that works for you and stick to it.
Reached your goal, now what?
Maintaining weight is more difficult than losing it, as you probably know. After being deprived of that awesome-smelling sugar-and-oil-laced yummy food for months it is natural to crave for it. Giving up on it or eating it and burning out those calories is a choice you need to make.
Remember, a healthy life calls for some major lifestyle changes. They may not be easy but that’s where discipline comes in. Replace unhealthy ingredients with wholesome ones, use natural sweeteners instead of sugar and try to consume only good fat. That doesn’t sound so hard, does it? 🙂
Promises are like lines; whether they’re drawn in water or on stone makes them an excuse or a purpose. It took me ten years to come close to my ideal weight but I got here now, and so can you. Start today!
Thanking Sayeri for introducing me on her blog, I’d like to introduce the next #BloggerBabes team member, Nehal. She is an IT engineer by profession, good at heart and mom of a 5 yrs old cutie pie. Knowing, inventing and advising home remedies and easy ones to all is her way to love people around her.