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Claiming myself back: The Invincible Plan #MyFriendAlexa

Have you woken up one morning feeling triumphant about something that you haven’t even embarked upon yet? If wishes were horses mine had raced and won every derby in the world the day after I decided to ‘claim myself back’. All charged up with inspiring success stories and my newly acquired motivation kick I set out to devise a plan. There were many blogs, videos, articles and what say you to help me out. How difficult it could be?

As it turned out, extremely! Once a conscientious student, I’m now sadly a lousy follower of instructions. While I commended the sentiment and effort behind everything I read and saw, I didn’t feel any pull inside me to get myself moving. Exercising is important, health is wealth, don’t be a glutton (ok, not this one!) etc weren’t alien concepts to me. Also, from experience, consulting a dietician or joining a gym seemed like mere patchworks in the bigger scheme of things.

My baffled mind decided to have a top-level conference with my heart and tummy to devise a battle plan and ordered me to go for a long walk. After much deliberation my heart agreed not to fall prey to temptation. Surprisingly, the tummy welcomed the prospect of digesting non-greasy food for a while. My tongue tried interrupting them but was left high and dry by their ganging up. The appetising aroma emanating from a mithai shop on the way was, well, ignored. *a teardrop rolls down my cheek* 🙁

I came back home slightly embarrassed by my huffing and puffing. My leg and other muscles were warned with dire consequences if they didn’t keep up henceforth. Sigh! After washing my face in the basin I gave myself a long hard look in the mirror. Would I look beautiful if and when I lose weight? Am I not beautiful now? Sure, the jaw line would look good without the chubby cheeks, clothes would fit better and I would get wonderful compliments. Was that why I was doing this?

Can you see the difference?

A big no! My kids are growing up and I want to play sports, go on fun outings and relive my youth with them. I wouldn’t be able to do any of that if I felt lethargic all the time, right? Not just that, a healthy lifestyle would ensure me stepping into my 40s without spoilt knees and memories that didn’t revolve around hospitals. Looking at women around me this seemed like a perfect dream!

Working out a plan isn’t my thing and I realised this with the last-minute viva preparations and writing complete semester files overnight back in college. Try to eat healthy but have few cheat days and workout well but don’t kill yourself for it were my only two rules. I still like my daal chawal with a spoonful of ghee and don’t hold back from homemade treats like dry fruit laddus or alu parathas. We eat out a lot too. Fortunately, it all worked out well for me. 🙂

A boost in self-confidence and feeling more beautiful than ever is a price I’m willing to pay for it. That’s a fair deal, yes? 😉  😉

This post has been written as a part of the #MyFriendAlexa activity by Blogchatter.

82 thoughts on “Claiming myself back: The Invincible Plan #MyFriendAlexa

  1. I like your spirit Varsha. Kudos to you, and you are right when u say you want to remain fit coz thats what u want for urself- no comparison. motivating n realistic post.

  2. You’re write. We should remain healthy and fit for our own selves. I have now reached a stage when my children have gotte up and I have time and opportunity to do things that I could not do earlier. Keeping fit is all the more important in order to enjoy life

    1. Keeping fit isn’t an option. I hope you use your free time effectively and invest it in pursuing hobbies, taking up some physical activity and getting some much-needed me-time. Thanks for stopping by, Vandana.

  3. Those two rules you stated are the only two rules anybody trying to lose weight needs to remember. Eating in moderation, working out to stay healthy and not ‘become thin’ should be the agenda.
    And, Varsha…you ARE pretty! 🙂

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your story. Got inspired to exercise again but I know the interest will fade tomorrow with a new day st office. You claimed yourself beautifully

  5. lovely post dear, and I know so many facts about your journey already. truly inspiring. #surbhireads #Myfriendalexa

  6. Hi Varsh,

    Great post! God has blessed us with so many things, good health being one of them. We should appreciate God’s gift to us. We should look after our body and make sure it is healthy. Healthy body makes healthy mind.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Have a great day. 🙂

  7. Hey Varsha, I think just like you. We want to be healthy and active for ourselves first and not for husband or the world. Eating everything in moderation does give good results.

  8. Lucky that tongue lost the battle 😉
    I am one of those who decide but dont follow through the exercise regime. Got some motivation to start again. 🙂

  9. Agree you Varsh when you say that we should have our own way to reclaim ourselves, rather than seeking help from the dietitians and gym experts. Finally what can work for you is best known to us.
    Loved your narration about the tummy and the heart ganging up and the tongue failing to break their bond! Very interesting story telling Varsh.

    1. Haha, my tummy and tongue fight a lot. No kidding. My mind finds it amusing and hence this tale. 😉
      Thanks, Anagha. You’re the original story-teller!

  10. Hey Varsha , Whatever you wish and whatever you do to fulfil that wish is always Good Karma and you will earn best fruits for it. Your confidence is commendable. #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

  11. what a power packed come back this was with loving yourself. We need to realize why we are doing so and so thing. The goal should be self connecting, not influenced by any third person. When we can connect our aims to our will and wish, things seem easy to achieve. Feeling mor positive after reading your post. #MyFriendAlexa #vibhuandme

    1. That’s a lovely thought, Shipra. Things are achievable only when our wish and will don’t waver at the slightest chance of disppointment. I’ glad you liked the post.
      Thanks for reading.

  12. Very inspiring indeed and you are full of spirit. Go ahead and hold hand of yourself is what one need in today’s era. Health is always on priority of my list too.

  13. A healthy lifestyle is very important to keep a functional body even when the children grow up. Losing the body and health and getting dependent on others was never a good idea. What an inspiring post dear!

  14. Weight loss seems like a major worry in our lives. I find it ironic. Our mothers raised us making us eat well and healthy. Even we want our kids to be healthy but somehow fail to manage our own weight.

  15. I think the moment we start doing something out of our own belief rather than others judgements the end results are much more effective and consistent. Congratulations on your fitness jouney.

  16. Hey Kindred Soul!!! Where have you been for so long. :)))
    As I read your post, every line, each word struck a chord. I was saying to myself “This is me. That is how I think. That’s how my organs are at war with each other”.
    And will you believe that right now I am also in the phase of claiming myself back. I don’t know how much I will succeed but as you rightly said- Let’s do this for our self once.
    Loved your post!!!
    #readbypreetispanorama for #MyFriendAlexa

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