I’m writing this article on special request by few of my good friends. This has been pending for long, about 6 months to be very precise. Sincere apologies for the delay.
Standing 5 feet and 5 inches tall, I was always skinny during my college days. Did I just say skinny and not healthy ? Yes, because at 102 lbs, I was just skinny and not healthy by any standards. I never had enough strength , had backaches and would be tired so easily. That was no way close to being fit and strong.
|July, 2009, 125 lbs|
|2009, 125 lbs|
|December 2012, 170 lbs|
Eat Clean : My focus was on eating a well balanced, nutritious meal three times a day ( Yes, you heard me right , thrice a day ! ) without skipping any meal. Eating clean is a lifestyle change and so you do it for rest of your life. Don’t be trapped by diet pills/ some diets which claim to work in a week or two. They might help you in short term weight loss. And chances are you will gain all that weight back as soon as you stop taking those pills or following that diet. If you want a long term solution for weight loss and also if you want to be lean and healthy for rest of your life, adapt yourself to a healthier lifestyle instead.
Get moving : I was committed to incorporate 20 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week. You must be wondering how can you lose weight with so little exercise !! My point then was not to be working out like a dog. My only target at that particular time was to get started with a workout routine. So, please don’t be over ambitious and tell yourself to exercise seven days a week. It will never work. Don’t be harsh to your self. Start slowly. Take baby steps. Make your goal more achievable and easy for your own self. Remember ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ !!!
Food Journal : To get myself started, I maintained an online food and exercise journal. Noom coach is an excellent app which helped me track my calories and exercises. I used it almost daily for about two months. My plan was to have an idea about the number of calories I’m consuming. The good thing about this app is that it has a database of most of the Indian dishes I eat daily. I have always been a healthy eater but since I had to lose more than 50 lbs , I thought it would be nice to get a rough idea about my calorie intake. Because when you are losing that much weight, calories do matter ! Once I knew I was not exceeding my calorie budget ( 2000 calories daily ), I stopped logging my food. If possible, try an online food journal ( Noom Coach, Myfitness pal etc. ) or maintain a food dairy. It works.
- Rewarding yourself along the way. For me it was a Burberry bag after losing 30 lbs. I thought I really deserved that. Set new goals and give yourself nonfood rewards when you reach them, such as a bottle of nail polish or a good book. I didn’t mention clothes as a reward because chances are if you are losing weight you will need new set of clothing. It can be a need based reward!
Happy and Positive Thoughts : I try to surround myself with positivity. I don’t know how to be sad for long or keep complaining about stuff. I always keep my thought process clean. This may not have a direct relation to weight loss but definitely keeps me in good spirits. Purity of thought counts and optimism helps.
|June 21, 2013, 140 lbs|
Find exercise you not only love but also enjoy.
Slowbut a steady workout routine.
Plan your meals ahead to avoid bad eating habits. If possible cook your own meals.
Read more about HIIT and strength training on web. I missed doing those because I didn’t know much about these two. But experts believe they trigger the weight loss in a good way if done properly.
- Make the switch from:
Striking a balance….
There are no short cuts, no miracles, no pills which can help you shed those extra pounds and keep them off in the long run. Only a holistic lifestyle can help you stay fit and healthy in the long run.
Adhere to a simple plan. Eat whatever you want to as long as it is healthy and you stay around your calorie budget ( use online apps for this ).
Try new routines at gym – cross trainer, cycling and Zumba.
Eat clean and slip in daily exercises to regain your strength.
Now that I have lost all the baby weight, I would like to maintain it. I don’t want to lose weight but would like to stay healthy and strong keeping my weight in that healthy range. I’m not doing much cardio but try to walk a few times /week. I am also doing strength training twice a week with yoga and pilates as my most preferred ways to exercise. I rarely exercise more than 4 times a week.
A note of gratitude
My weight loss journey would have been incomplete without my husband and my sister who constantly motivated me to stay on track. These two gave me just the right push to achieve my health goals. I’m truly blessed to have them in my life. And I’m indebted to my parents who have inculcated good eating habits right from my childhood.
As of today, 28th December 2015, I haven’t weighed myself in last few months but I know I’m in my healthy weight range. My clothes tell me that I’m doing good and needn’t step on the scale. I will be doing a new blog on my diet very very soon as requested by many of my readers.
Any questions, leave me a comment and I shall get back to you !
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