I have lost and gained weight many times in the last 15 years. I have tried abstaining from food. I have tried customized diets based upon my blood group. I have tried quick fixes like passive weight loss techniques of VLCC and Bodycare. I have read most of Rujuta Diwekar’s books. And, I did walking though never regularly and religiously. If you have lived in Delhi, you know how uncomfortable it can be to go out and indulge in any kind of physical activity because it will either be too hot and sweaty or too cold and shivering. I am well aware that fitness freaks do exist in such weather conditions but I wasn’t one of them.
There are no prizes for guessing that none of the above worked out.
Abstaining from food or eating very less meant my digestive system became weak.
I realised the futility of customized diets based upon blood group by the end of the first month itself when I took a friend to my promising dietician and she was prescribed the same diet chart as mine irrespective of the fact that her blood group was O+ and mine was B-. I mean there should have been atleast a few differences considering her positivity over my negativity.
Quick fixes, you know how they work. They are quick in both ways – doing and undoing. To VLCC’s credit, it raised my parents’ confidence in me because putting out a fat girl in the arranged marriage market is sacrilegious.
The other thing which boosted their confidence was Bausch & Lomb. Figure out why? Chashmish ladki! Completely out of context, I know.
Rujuta Diwekar’s books. Now when did reading lead to weight loss? Only reading, for that matter.
And, walking. I have already shed light about the conspiring Delhi’s weather.
In December 2016, after 5 and a half years of neglecting my health after Dhruv’s birth, I decided to make a new year resolution of losing my weight and I did not wait for January to arrive. I consulted a dietician who emphasized not on quick fixes but lifestyle changes.
I won’t bore you with the details of what, when and how I ate or drank (water of course) as there is a lot of such information available all over the net and I do not enjoy writing the ‘TIPS’ posts and articles unless it is about reading to children.
I would like to mention a personal achievement, a major lifestyle change. From having never exercised in life (except for the occasional walks) to training with an instructor 4 – 5 days a week over the last 4 months is a big feat for me.
There were days I slogged, didn’t want to go to the gym or had trouble with my weak knees. I canceled once in a while but made sure I did not miss two weekdays in a row because of the above reasons. On days I felt uninspired, I went to the gym for the reason that the trainer’s fee was quite high and the value for money had to be derived. I managed to stay put and now I enjoy it. It is arduous but not as much as it was earlier.
The dialogue in my mind has also gone through a change, thanks to Dhruv. One day, he said, “What is it about weight? Adults want to lose it and children are required to gain it.” He is right going by the conversations happening around weight among the adults. This is when I decided the conservation between me and him will be about staying fit.
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