“I’m not trying to look perfect. I JUST WANT TO FEEL BETTER, LOOK GREAT, KNOW I’M HEALTHY , and rock any outfit I choose” – Anonymous
We all go through a phase in our life when we give least importance to our body, binge like there is no tomorrow, become too lazy to do any physical activities and in turn end up putting on unwanted weight. It wasn’t that I was massively fat, but I wasn’t the weight I should have been and this struggle with my weight led to frustration and depression at times.
I have fought with my weight issues; hence understand how important it is to be physically fit and healthy at the same time.
In today’s post I have decided to share my weight loss journey with you. I hope it inspires you to make some desired change or transformation that you always wanted to make.
Fitness, for me had always been an ongoing battle since my high school days. I was chubby and had started gaining weight due to lack of physical activities. I didn’t realize that by the time I graduated from college, I was already weighing 68 kilos, which made me 14 to 15 kilos overweight. I hated the way I looked, dressed up in ill fitting clothes to cover the extra pounds on my body. My mind was in constant denial to convince myself, that my dress must have shrunk after my mom washed it or maybe as you grow old you don’t fit in the old ones 🙂
The most crucial thing I understood in the process of losing weight is that fad diet plans don’t work, they simply don’t work!
After years of this torment of not being able to lose weight and fit in the old jeans of mine, I had enough! I knew I was doing things the wrong way. I took a step back to examine my attitude and these are the few things that I followed:
- There is absolutely nothing wrong in being curvy or plus size, it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin. We should learn to love our bodies. The day we start loving it, is the day we will work on keeping it fit and healthy. Self realization is the best realization.
- I destroyed my old denims and dresses which I thought gave me motivation, thinking they’ll be on my body someday. This kind of thinking wasn’t healthy, in fact it led to stress and self disrespect. This was the best thing I did; I learnt to “Dress the Body I have”.
- Disclaimer: When you know you are overweight and you have those few people around constantly telling you.
- It’s OK to be Overweight.
- Who said your overweight ? you are just healthy.
- You are still growing.
- Eat today start working on your weight from tomorrow.
- Men like it this way.
- How can you say no to yummy food? Ask people who are deprived of it
Trust me I have heard all of it and more. These are the people who either love you too much or have been lying to you point blank. It’s your body after all and there is a huge difference in being fit and being skinny. Getting in shape isn’t just about aesthetics. It makes you feel good, happy and energetic.
- Follow a Diet Plan: Don’t aim for the unrealistic and unattainable diet plans. Consult a good dietitian who will guide you through a well balanced diet plan. Their diet charts will not only help you get fit but also have a healthy body. (I am not going to share my diet plan here for the simple reason, that what worked for me and my body type might not work for you).
- Gym/Walk/Zumba/Aerobics/Yoga: We are lucky to be in this generation, where we have numerous options available to work our way out to a fitter and leaner body. I have never been a fan of sweating it out in the gym, although a good personal trainer can do wonders to your body. Just 45 minutes to an hour a day and five times a week can give you amazing results. It’s always a good idea to opt for an option that you know you would enjoy doing. If you love dancing, Zumba is the ideal option for you; same applies to the other varied options available. Enjoy what you do and results will show.
- From being a lazy and lethargic person, I became super active. Super Active does not mean you exhaust and drain yourself completely, that’s not a good sign either.
- Last few essential pointers that I followed:
- Drink Water – One study shows that drinking water half an hour before meals increased weight loss by 44% over 3 months. Apart from its other benefits like keeping the body hydrated, glowing skin etc.
- Lemon Water – One glass of lemon juice in the morning assists in fighting hunger cravings.
- Green Tea – Green Tea supposedly contains nutrients, by which dietary fats are broken down in the body and prevents absorption of the fat, ensuring you don’t gain much weight. Try and introduce 2 to 3 cups of green tea intake on a daily basis.
- Smaller plates to Eat – Use small plates to eat, strange but you do tend to eat less when you use small plates.
- Most important; eat 5 small meals in a day starting from your breakfast being the heaviest and dinner being lightest meal of the day.
- Sleep – Often neglected but equally essential, sleep for 8 hours every day.
Bottom Line: Do not starve yourself to lose weight, it doesn’t work. I did it for months it didn’t work in fact I gained more weight. Losing weight is a combination of a well planned diet + workout (whichever form you choose) + adhering to the routine with self determination, dedication, focus and hard work.
Fitness Mantra for the Day: If you are thinking this seems to be a lot of hard work in terms of self control diet, workouts and changed eating habits! My response to this is, yes it is but it is freaking worth it.
So this is my story from being flab (68 kilos) to fit (54 kilos now) 😉
One last thing before I sign out lets all learn to respect each other’s physical appearance.
Body Shaming, yes the bitter truth today. Shaming of any kind skinny, fat, short all of this needs to end. Respect for our own body comes when we respect others.
If you have any queries, suggestion or feedback please feel free to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or you may write in comments box below.
Stay Fit Stay Stylish.