Have you ever seen an impossible dream and procrastinated trying to achieve it since it seemed too ambitious? We’re often slaves to our insecurities and dogged by mistrust and self-doubt. The first and biggest step to boost motivation is feeling that tug from within us. I’ve always been overweight and am leading a healthy and fit life for the last few years. The journey has been thorny but smelling the rose at the end of it is a perk I couldn’t have missed.
Even as my husband tch’ed in disapproval I narcissistically shared few pictures of me on social media on my birthday last week. I had indulgently splurged on a couple of new chic dresses and wanted to look and feel my best. The overwhelming reactions I received moved me to tears and made all those grueling gym sessions seem like a breeze. Such amazing people in life are a blessing! Anyone who says they don’t enjoy such flattery is lying.
The most common question that I kept answering was how I lost all that weight. I shared tips, my personal hacks, and even my workout schedule but how can I feed someone motivation? One might watch encouraging videos, read self-help books or seek inspiration from someone but change begins only when they break out of mental and physical inertia. No one can help them there and nothing can stop them once they do.
With #FitnessWithVarsh I take you on a trip to understand the dos and don’ts that come with the territory and share my personal account. Honestly, fitness was and is my primary concern and weight loss is more than what I had bargained for. I love basking in all the love that flows my way but the struggle to turn up for a workout on a lazy day is only mine to counter. Nevertheless, I can proudly confess that I’ve never sought external stimulus or motivation. I’m there for me and I’m enough.
I’ve never followed any fancy diet and like variations in my workout routine. Sharing some points that have worked well for me. Hope they can cater to you too.
- Align your fitness goals with your lifestyle and make corresponding changes in diet, sleep pattern, me time, and rest. Don’t rush and stress too much. Enjoy the experience.
- Aim high but make short-term realistic goals to get there. You don’t lose 10 kgs or lift heavyweights in a month. You didn’t gain it all in one day, did you? Give it time.
- Insist on consuming a balanced home-cooked meal. If that’s not possible, at least go for healthy options. Avoid junk and packaged foods. Midnight binging and snacking must be controlled.
- Earn your cheat days. Celebrate small milestones but don’t get complacent. Learn to say no to cravings, friends, and family. Seek their support instead.
- Listen to your body. While slight discomfort is acceptable, seek medical advice if there’s persistent pain. You can’t perform your best if you’re demotivated or distracted. Take a break and don’t feel guilty about it.
- Sweating is good but it isn’t everything. Gentle exercises for mobility, balance, flexibility, etc are just as important. Make fitness your motivation and let your inner strength develop.
- Finally, remember that you owe it to yourself. Don’t you want to get impressed by your mirror image?
Have you given up on your goals because you weren’t motivated enough? Did you hope to have someone beside you and cheer you on? Make me your friend and let me know your thoughts. I’ll listen. 🙂
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