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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.

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17 Comments

  1. Hi Varsh,

    Good post, very well written. Life is all about picking up new challenges. Keep moving forward and conquer them all.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. Keep up with the efforts, Varsh! It’s easy to get into the loop of self-doubt and pity and it’s two times harder to get out of it. Stay motivated and keep inspiring us!

  4. You have inspired me so much ..Thanks a lot for sharing so much positivity 🙂

  5. You go Varsh. If losing weight makes you feel better, good for you. And don’t ever let anyone put down your effort or your willpower.

  6. To achieve anything great, it is really important to have some good motivation. But I’m glad to see your transformation despite the odds and discouraging comments. More power to you lady!

  7. Sonam Jauhri Kumar says:

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

  8. I loved all the post under claiming yourself back series. We need to take up new challenges

  9. you are strong heart keep doing your best. never loose hope and your post motivate me too

  10. Nisha Malik says:

    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.

  11. Of course it’s your life and your hard work. People can just say whatever they want to. Just be immune to everyone who are not encouraging. Keep going!

  12. I agree we should have our own personal goals and irrespective of anything we should achieve it. That’s a beautiful post loved reading it.

  13. Your every post in this series made me feel proud of a woman’s determination towards herself . It must have been difficult with so many curious people ready with their suggestions
    Great work.

  14. I just love your content it’s very inspirational for me because here you talk about yoirsyouand not about some character from a fictional story which a lot of people do 🙌

  15. Thanks for sharing, this is such a nice post..self motivationa
    Is really good

  16. 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

  17. love your post.

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