Before you continue reading, you must know that I am 43 years old and I belong to an era where exercise and gym were for the ‘modern’ and ‘model’ type of girls. Yes, I belong to the stone age of fitness.
As teenagers, we ate till our stomach’s fill and studied very hard to get good grades and used our evenings for gossip because it seemed cool.
Through this post, I will be taking you through the journey of a typical Indian girl who activated her weightloss journey at the ripe age of 40.
As a child, I was one of the many atheletic children around. We lived a gadget free life. Classes & tuitions were for the ‘dumb’ kids (unless you were in 10th grade)
My childhood days were filled with happy moments playing with loads of friends and activities. I clearly remember, during my school days, I was a dark, skinny girl whose knees were always black and grazed. ‘Tomboy’, ‘Bhavani’, ‘Gundi’ were names that were given to me when I was growing up. Reason: I was energetic, competitive and athletic.
During my childhood, I played almost every sport they offered in school and in the evenings I would play badminton, lagori, kho-kho, saakhli, langdi, chippis, marbles, pakda-pakdi, hide & seek and so many games.
Life changed when I started going to college, the gym was for models and sports was for less cool kids. We were the cool kids who hung out at the best cafes and the college canteen was our second home. We discussed lipsticks, clothes, boys and studied hard to get good grades.
Fitness was the last thing on our minds. Maybe we just took it for granted.
I surely did.
While I was living it, life seemed to be moving at a snail’s pace but looking back, I feel that I zoomed through college, MBA and marriage within seconds!
I never believed that I could put on weight. I was athletic – wasn’t I? I didn’t need to watch what I ate nor did I need to exercise. Did I?
Arre theekh hai, shaadi ke baad toh wajan badhta hi hai, usmein kya?
Canteen food at college, tapri food at MBA and Marwari food after marriage!! Hmmn…seems like a recipe for a health disaster!
Well, it was – I steadily turned fat & raced towards ill-health!!
The arrival of kids turns life upside down. My first one was born in 2005 and the second after a long gap in 2013! The second kid sapped a lot of my energy especially since I was 35+ when I delivered.
Chronic fatigue, terrible back pain and lack of energy was a daily story.
Every week, I would decide: ‘Agle Monday sey exercise karungi’
Little did I realise that my entire thought process was wrong. Focussing on weight-loss was the biggest mistake.
I didn’t know this until one day a simple statement from my son changed my life.
Find a cause that you can commit to:
- It could be something as simple as wanting to fit into a new dress or being able to walk up 4 floors without panting. Or like me, being able to keep up with a hyperactive bunch of kids
- It could be moderate like aspiring to run a marathon dream run of 3 km or going for a day-long shopping spree or puja without getting tired the next day
- It could be complex like reducing your thyroid/blood sugar or blood pressure levels.
Whatever may be the reason, identify it and just begin!
Keep walking and you will be surprised at what life brings to you.
I used to postpone my fitness journey to ‘next Monday’. I led a very unhealthy lifestyle – no exercise, irregular sleep & meal routine, junk food etc. But when my own 12-year-old son gave up on me, it broke my heart.
I started my fitness journey on Feb 3, 2018 – I will never forget that day because I couldn’t walk more than 450 metres on that day.
Does my story sound familiar to you?
Are you at a total loss with your efforts to lose weight at getting healthy?
I really hope my post and the #BlogchatterA2Z series on my blogzine inspires you.
Do write in your queries, suggestions and comments. Would love to read and respond.
Dear Reader: You must know that I am not a healthcare expert and nor am I posing to be one through this series. I am sharing my personal experiences and journey. I urge you to speak to your healthcare professional before trying anything in this series.