Gone are the days where we toiled steadfastly on the treadmill and counted calories consumed per bite of the tasteless salad/chapatti/dry subzi etc. Now is the time of mixed workouts, fast action and some delicious meals that (unfortunately) depend on where/how you work.
When some well-meaning advisors gave me advice, I seldom paid heed to them; I thought they were jealous bones. Maybe they were, but that didnâ€™t mean I am any thinner. I noticed it when I could fit into a favorite pair of jeans. I just couldnâ€™t get the zip up. Panic hit for 3 days and I moved on after that. Last year, when I was diagnosed with PCOS, I realized I had this sleeping demon inside for a good 8 years.232qw
My transition started from a size 24 to size XX (well, I donâ€™t want to say it). I am sure you can guess now that you have seen my picture here . You see the picture below? That was me, circa 1998 and now 14 years later you see as Pic 2. I hate the difference, thatâ€™s putting it mildly â€“ I HATE THE DIFFERENCE!! I somehow seem to have lost out on the subtle warnings *eye roll*
I have a 3 point agenda now:
- Lose weight â€“ easily said but not done
- PCOS out of my system â€“ dependant on the above
- Get married â€“ completely dependent on the 1st point â€“ according to some â€œwell wishersâ€
What is the first thing you do? Join a gym for a year; it sure will take a year to lose all the excess. Heck no! Wrong answer!
Do you research â€“ right, *pat on the back*
What do you research on?
- Itâ€™s not enough to know how much to lose, you should also know you body composition. One of those mall machines must help you. It will tell you the fat-muscle-water composition.
- Based on this, formulate whatâ€™s the exercise mode. Do you want a routine set of exercises or a mix? I strongly believe that a mix offers more exercise and we are more flexible. Right now I combine â€“ walking, zumba, stretches, treadmill, yoga â€“ in a week. Sounds much? It is actually notâ€¦I am talking about 20-30 minutes each and 2 activities in a day. It keeps the monotony out. I hate it when monotony sets in and I stop the activity completely.
- Food â€“ now we are talking arenâ€™t we? But wait, itâ€™s not just about cutting junk, sweets, ice cream or oil from your food â€“ itâ€™s also about trying to understand the protein-iron-carbo mix that your body needs and the amount of calories it needs & how much it expends even while you are sleeping. All you people thinking I have lost it, check this out (http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/)
- Social media at help : I am not on FB, so I am not aware of weight watchers, forum there. But hereâ€™s a list of apps/stuff I do to remain motivated from day 0 to achieving my goals.
- Instagram Â (ID : aonecentlife) â€“ I follow a couple of folks who post their meals/snacks apart from the before-after pictures. The before-after pictures motivate me to see my own b-a and the food posts give me different ideas on how to do it. This also tells you what newer set of exercises are out there and how it helps.
- Myfitnesspal.com Â (ID : aonecentlife) â€“ this is a food update app and allows you to log your meals, track you calories and of course interaction with others. This totally helps. I am a lazy, procrastinator but looking at my calorie feed/diary at the end of day keeps my binge eating in check. And most people are around to motivate you, encourage and share ideas. Doesnâ€™t that sound like fun?
- DO NOT follow food posts : before I embarked on this journey, Iâ€™d subscribed to feeds on cupcakes, ice creams, pastries etc. Every new post would have my mouth watering and by the end of the day Iâ€™d bite into a delicious, sticky bar of chocolate or cookies, cakes and what not to satisfy my craving. Once I started this program, I un-followed them to ensure I keep myself in check and I am not distracted by cravings J btw, this is only my opinion, if you feel you can handle it please go ahead and subscribe by all means
- On the topic of food, clear your desk/drawer at office and your kitchen at home for cheese, wafers, pastry, chocolates (dark chocolate is okay), bhujia, paneer and all the comfort food that you indulge in.
- Do your financials â€“ okay, this may not be connected. But do you know how much you spend on comfort food or how expensive it is? I, for one, bought 2 packs of the Rs 20 Lays everyday and that amounts to Rs 600 apart from the eating out, paani puri (Rs 50/once a week), pizza/pasta (Rs 500-1000 twice a month) or the family get togetherÂ that is loaded with paneer-rice and ice cream, ice creams trips every week (Rs 200 a week). All this for a month is about Rs 2500-3000 and you can buy that sequin top in a size smaller or 2-3 MAC products per Â month 🙂 Â Hanh!! Thatâ€™s clever!!
- Food blogs â€“ totally follow them, the more varied the better for you. Off late, you notice that everyone around is health conscious? I feel everyone has been swept into the fitness wave. I canâ€™t believe the change! Food bloggers realize this and post about healthy food including party appetizers or drink, desserts, one person meal options etc. I love the one person meal, because I am the only one on diet/someone who needs to check her food intake. Not everyone at home. And they have wonderful recipes, I loved the healthy version of the Cocoa truffles with oats here.
- Follow Indian & international Â weight loss blogs â€“ I understand we can order a tortilla/risotto as well as roti-kulcha-kadai paneer subzi, but when I want to satisfy a craving I veer towards paani puri than a pizza/taco. These blogs will tell you how to satisfy that craving. Which is why I think you should follow both sets of blogs â€“ Indian and International â€“ to understand how to arrive at the optimum mix for you J hihihiâ€¦I sound like those MBA-types.
- Follow fashion for plus size â€“ I canâ€™t wait to go back to a â€˜slimmerâ€™ look but sometimes even during my fat-days I would love to dress up, be the cynosure of all eyes and knock the socks off someone. During the initial struggle and transition to this lifestyle change, we are still humans and want to be cuddles, cosseted and complemented. Fashion bloggers in this genre totally make you feel good. And I do this by following some of those tips that they dish out, on a regular basis. Did you know you should never wear horizontal stripes when you are short & plumpy? Sure you did, but how can you still pull it off? Check this blogger, I am sure she has some tips (http://archedeyebrow.com/)
I guess I am done; I plan to log this journey through wise she new baby blog Â blog where Ana and Zee have been talking about PCOS and weight loss issue too. . Hope to see you all there and contribute and help me in this. Thanks 🙂
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