Ringing in 2013 with a Fitness Program On Wise She

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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 didn’t mean I am any thinner. I noticed it when I could fit into a favorite pair of jeans. I just couldn’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 don’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, that’s putting it mildly – I HATE THE DIFFERENCE!! I somehow seem to have lost out on the subtle warnings *eye roll*

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I have a 3 point agenda now:

  1. Lose weight – easily said but not done
  2. PCOS out of my system – dependant on the above
  3. Get married – completely dependent on the 1st point – according to some “well wishers”

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 – right, *pat on the back*

What do you research on?

  • It’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 what’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 – walking, zumba, stretches, treadmill, yoga – in a week. Sounds much? It is actually not…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 – now we are talking aren’t we? But wait, it’s not just about cutting junk, sweets, ice cream or oil from your food – it’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 here’s a list of apps/stuff I do to remain motivated from day 0 to achieving my goals.
  • Instagram  (ID : aonecentlife) – 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  (ID : aonecentlife) – 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. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
  • DO NOT follow food posts : before I embarked on this journey, I’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 I’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 – 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 together  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  month 🙂  Hanh!! That’s clever!!
  • Food blogs – 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 can’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  weight loss blogs – 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 – Indian and International – to understand how to arrive at the optimum mix for you J hihihi…I sound like those MBA-types.
  • Follow fashion for plus size – I can’t wait to go back to a ‘slimmer’ 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  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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77 COMMENTS

  1. Losing weight is so so tough…especially after the baby. Its so good that you have made up your mind and are embarking on the journey…best of luck on your weight loss journey 🙂

  2. Vaish is not married Parul…and u know i recently read that losing weight post pregnancy is difficult is just a myth ..its said by one of the famous dietician ..and i think it is somewhere true..as we go thru a lot after the delivery we hardly give time to ourself and keep eating all the rubbish.

  3. You can also do some excercise that can be done at home.In YouTube you can find some zumba dance kindof excercise also ,which will be absolute fun. I used to do jumping jacks,squats and burpees or a little walking along with it. It will make the change soon.Am working and i used to walk atleast two station from my house to office by walking.Its really makes a change .trust me.:):)

  4. All the best dear:)..
    Going thru the same phase with hypothyroid….So all d best to me 2..
    Thanks alot Ana & Zee for your support & motivated articles..It helps alot..GOD Bless!!

  5. Oh my! That’s one hek of a difference vish… Keep goin babes…it’s a tuff journey but I know ul get there successfully! Muaah!

  6. Good luck Vaishnavi. u r taking a really different approach for weight loss, it seems really very good. I have to gain little weight as i am underweight. I want achieve my goal this year

  7. I love ur attitude Vaish! :yes: It’s not easy holding ur head high when u feel low inside and here u are inspiring everyone around u. All the very best in your journey and I hope u succeed sooner than u expected :hug-makeup:

      • Nafisa….for the longest time I didnt want to face reality…now I certainly dont mind…its not shameful or pitiful…I hate both but I’d love to do something about it 🙂

        Ana….you are very kind…I always look at before (plump) and after (thin….but not many people talk about how they got fat…I think thats important…because prevention is better than cure 🙂

  8. hi Zara ,first i need start eating properly( to meet my calorie needs for weight gain) and taking care of nutrition and all that also want to do little excercise, u see Exercise is must for both weight gain and weight loss, to me it gives good appetite.

    @Anamica, sure we can swap, but i tell you gaining weight is not also easy 😐

  9. superb post :yes: good going girl 🙂 even I believe a following a strict workout regime is more of a mental thing and it’s better to indulge in many other physical activities which are entertaining as well as good to your weight :tap-dance:

  10. Good start vaishu… myself have both hypothyroid and pcod… I just joined a gym and running in treadmill 😛
    Are you taking metformin for insulin resistance?? I lost 7 kgs with metformin, thyronorm and starving 😛
    I never thought that there would be so many girls suffering with pcod… 🙁
    Anyways all the best for your plan… keep going 🙂

  11. All the best Vaishu! I am with you too 🙂 It is my new year resolution to become fit with a lot of endurance. When I was in college, I had lost 15 kgs in 2 months 🙂

    I was the only localite in our college so during vacation when all my classmates went on vacation, I decided to see how much weight can I lose if I give it my best.

    I used to walk for 3 hours (from 5am to 8am), swim for 2 hours, an hour of badminton and 2 hours of aerobics everyday and it was all soooo much fun (thank God I had the endurance for it and still have). My mom used to shout at me “Are you planning to kill yourself?”.

    When college re opened, my classmates were shocked and thought I was seriously ill during vacation so lose weight rapidly. he he.

    Once college started I got busy again and stopped the workouts. But here our university provides free workouts, gym, zumba, pilates, power yoga and what not all free of cost!

    I have started with daily jogs for an hour and cycling 🙂

    I am gonna start swimming from the coming week alongwith gym! Made 2 of my friends join me too 🙂 Looking forward to fun times!!! 🙂

  12. Sorry to hear that you are allergic to meds.. but i think you can test for insulin resistance… If u have that problem..then consult a doc and try to take metformin XR 500 mg atleast once in a day.. It really helps dear….Give a try… I was 71 kgs for last 2 years… i tried dieting, walking blah blah blah..but nothing worked… After 2 years did a test for insulin resistance and started taking metformin xr 500mg once in a day…and i started reducing weight.. i lost nearly 7 to 8 kilos in 11 months… You gain weight not because of eating only.. that is due to hormonal problems.. if u have problem with insulin hormone..then metformin will really help… I started going for gym from last 2 weeks.. my cycles are not regular without taking pills… iam trying to make my cycles regular… hope everything will be fine 🙂

  13. @Vaishu
    Sorry to hear that you are allergic to meds.. but i think you can test for insulin resistance… If u have that problem..then consult a doc and try to take metformin XR 500 mg atleast once in a day.. It really helps dear….Give a try… I was 71 kgs for last 2 years… i tried dieting, walking blah blah blah..but nothing worked… After 2 years did a test for insulin resistance and started taking metformin xr 500mg once in a day…and i started reducing weight.. i lost nearly 7 to 8 kilos in 11 months… You gain weight not because of eating only.. that is due to hormonal problems.. if u have problem with insulin hormone..then metformin will really help… I started going for gym from last 2 weeks.. my cycles are not regular without taking pills… iam trying to make my cycles regular… hope everything will be fine 🙂

  14. Looks like this post is tailor-made for me:) I gained 10kgs in 6 months and found that the very same PCOS devil had attacked me and I am asked to reduce weight.. It hurts to go into the plus size :(( :weep: :struggle:

  15. hi vaishu,im too suffering from same problem.i am fighting wid pcod since 5 years and gained a lot of weight.and now im leading a stressfull life.im also not married yet.

    • H nivi.. Hav u started on any meds? Nd how u hav an exercise regime..it really helps if u do..I have both thyroid n pcos n it’s double the pain t lose weight…just stick to ur regime n things will work out 🙂

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