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Claiming myself back: Bragging rights and more! #MyFriendAlexa

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Flaunting myself in those flowery green jammies, I was glee personified! (Yes, you may judge me if you like.) Until a few months ago I couldn’t pull them over my knees even with grand effort and now, they were loose. If this didn’t earn me some bragging rights, nothing else will. The mere possibility of reviving my old wardrobe and generously adding more outfits to my collection made me dreamy, that very moment. 🙂

After toiling hard for almost ten months, keeping myself upbeat and motivated and eating right, I had finally reached the magic mark. Although it rested smugly while I sweated out, my weighing scale got an excited “Yes buddy, we did it!” approval from me. Spirited, animated and euphoric, I all but danced around the house! 😛 (I know its silly but please do grant me this one.) I couldn’t help bragging it to A and coaxing him to join in. 😀

This remarkable personal achievement didn’t come without a few hiccups though. I’m going to add them to my now rich list of experiences and learn a thing or two for future. Like I mentioned before, I undertook this journey by myself. There were muscle cramps (sometimes severe), difficulty to perform certain positions alone and extreme fatigue, occasionally. It took me a while to realise the importance of warming up and cooling down. Also, that stretching shouldn’t be neglected.

These were comparatively easier to live with and improve on. However, harsh reactions like “You look sick and tired”, “Stop reducing anymore”, “Indian women look good in a curvy body” or “You were better earlier” broke my heart. Honestly, I wanted to believe it was out of jealousy and their inability to achieve what I did. Couldn’t they suggest a long pampering spa visit or wearing some flattering outfit instead? Thanks to some dear friends, I was saved from falling into the ditch of self-doubt and misery.

Our personal goals aren’t for anyone else’s liking. We own them and have complete control over them. I didn’t bunk my workout even while we shifted homes or I couldn’t find a maid for a month after that. If we enjoy the journey, the goal becomes a mere formality, doesn’t it? And yes, bragging isn’t a crime as long as you don’t go overboard. 😉

This was my seventh post in the Claiming myself back series. The encouraging feedback I got for it has convinced me that I’m on the right track, health-wise. Do stay with me as I wind this up in the next one. Thanks a lot for taking your precious time out and being a part of my journey.

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

31 thoughts on “Claiming myself back: Bragging rights and more! #MyFriendAlexa

  1. As i often say, ‘God gave us all a tongue and a brain each. In some, however, he forgot to connect both’ Which is why, a lot of people talk without thinking.
    You know what works for you, Varsha. Continue doing that and enjoy the new you.

  2. It’s so great that you stayed motivated to achieve your personal goal. And when people induce self-doubt staying focused is so important.

  3. It should be your call to loose weight. Loosing weight is not only to look thin but is to be more healthy, active and getting more endurance. I am proud of you. Keep it up.

  4. I too agree that we should keep doing what we think is right as per our situation. No need to pay heed to extra surrounding noise unless it’s coming from a very close well wisher whom you trust

  5. You have all the reasons to be proud of yourself. Your posts are always inspiring with a positive feel. Same with this one too. But the line that made me smile is – “my weighing scale got an excited “Yes buddy, we did it!” Thats a very sweet way of looking at the weighing scale.

  6. Yes agree Varsha, logo ka kaam hai kahna and they will never miss a chance to comment on whatever you accomplish or achieve. your journey is truly inspirational and I admire your hard work and dedication a lot.

  7. This post has oodles of positivity and message that if we want we can!! Yes we are capable of doing anything, if we really want it to happen.

  8. I am in the phase of life I don’t care what people think about me coz I know people will talk about you even if your right or wrong so just forget ke log kyaa kahenge ge… And lead ur life for your dreams

  9. I really liked your closing lines. “our goals are owned by us, and no one else.” That is the way to face life and move ahead with conviction, and to hell with the world. There are bound to be naysayers, whatever you do in life.

  10. Only if I could meet you in person and hug! You have done two wonderful jobs, my dear friend. 1st – gained this sky high confidence about yourself, your body, health, and your limits. 2nd – you chucked the toxicity out from the life, all those who doubted you and your mission, Well, I was also one of those saying – you looking sick, but that was a small phase in your journey. Glad that I was not a pain in your ass then 😉 Love you, babe and I am so proud of you.

  11. Amazing! we all have our tough days and any progress takes a lot of background work. Being proud of yourself is just another way of saying you have a strong sense of self-worth. I felt so proud reading your post. Go girl go ✌.

  12. Varsha the other day we were chatting and I had asked you to guide me also claimn myself back. As in I am thoroughly inspired by your journet, grit and consistency a lot. You have truly inspired me to also achieve this for my own good. You are doing a great job and change for no one but yourself.

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