Turning point !
We all come to a stage in life when we are so 'Okay' about everything that we have or that we are; we just accept it as a part of ourselves or our identity or some looser call it Luck. I was also at a stage when I accepted myself among some of the overweight people that I knew. I kind of adjusted myself with the tag as 'Moti'(Fatso) or as someone who will look for clothes with only size 'L' or even 'XL' in certain brands. People who know me might say that I wasn't that big, Yes I wasn't so obese but yes for someone who was a Ms popular in high school, it was a BIG thing !
I used to watch Biggest looser and 'read' fitness magazines (Of course while enjoying my big bowl of ice cream!) and would think that from tomorrow onwards (...And tomorrow never comes..!) I will start working hard on losing weight. My partner used to sometimes yell at me as I had the mastery of being able to finish 1ltr family pack of ice cream in just 1 day, I could even finish a big box of Ferrero Rocher in one go.. yes that was me! Well I still love chocolates, ice creams, cookies and all those unhealthy yet tasty items however, I am at a stage in life when I love myself more than them.
I never used to weigh myself because I knew that I was overweight, so I just didn't want to know how much overweight I am. It was confronting and I just didn't want to face that. But there was a time when my partner convinced me to weigh myself and that was the TURNING POINT of my life, that was an eye opener... I always knew that I was somewhere in 60kgs but out of my surprise this time I had crossed 70kgs !!! I was 73.5kilos !!! At the age of 27 (Height 155cm), no kids yet, no other health issues and I was freaking 73.5Kgs..! and I asked myself that this is when I haven't even started a family yet.. where will my weight reach when I will have a baby..80kg+? 90kg+ or I will also reach to a stage in life when I wont be bothered and wont even realise when I will be 100kg+?.. Will I even be able to have a baby with this kind of a lifestyle? And if so, what kind of example I will set in front of my kids? Will I be able to play with them or I will just get tired and sit and watch them playing? That was an eye opener, a turning point in my life when I thought that its high time I have to do something.
First thing was Eating healthy.. I will be honest with you, it was not easy AT ALL, it was the toughest part when I had just started my journey and didn't even know if I will be able to achieve what I want or will I just give up midway like a looser but all I knew at that time was that I MUST eat healthy. Being away from your favourite food item is anyway hard for all of us, that too when you work in a shopping centre which is full of food options around, you see people partying and having all trash of the world throwing in their mouths and you just walk to Coles (A Supermarket) and grab yourself some salad or just a few cucumbers and tomatoes. At times I didn't want to do it but it wasn't a question if I want to or I don't want to it was more like I HAVE TO and I OUGHT TO … I didn't consume any carbs post 6:00PM sometimes the only thing I will eat post 6 was cucumbers or lettuces.
Eating right for a few weeks started showing the results, I lost about 3-4 kilos which was an achievement for me at that stage especially because dropping 3 kilos brought me into < Under 70Kgs category :-)) I was 69.4Kilos so I wasn't that far from reaching 70kgs again. Just a McDonalds and here you go! OR may be Pizzahut or may be a Large subway with a pack of cookies.. oh the options were never less even then! Well I was allowed to eat whatever I want once a week which was Saturday – that day I could have ice creams, drinks, pizzas, pastas, whatever I like but of course, in limits... as I didn't want to ruin my entire week's hard work in just one day and go back to where I started from. After continuing this for a few more weeks I noticed that my weight was reducing but my body was loosing its shape too, my skin was becoming wobbly around the triceps area and I realised that I must start toning up my body otherwise my skin will look like an old person's skin you know - loose and full of wrinkles and stretch marks..!
So the second step was to join the gym and start working out and getting toned. So far, I hadn't said it to any of my friends or relatives. Its not that I don't love them but lets accept the fact, when we start a journey like this we all are a bit afraid of some “WHAT IFS' like “What if I don't loose much weight?” , “What if they make fun of me and take it as a joke?” , “What if they constantly keep on asking me about any progress and of course it takes it own time?” , “What if I just lose hopes and quit in between?”. So many “What if … and if.... and if...” that just would have made me so conscious about this whole matter so I decided not to disclose anything to anyone at this stage.
There is something that motivate us in life. We all have that something in life, its just a matter of being able to find that 'Something'. For me Facebook was my motivation - Yes Facebook ! One might think that how can Facebook motivate someone? Well being extremely active on Facebook I had decided that I will change my profile picture ONLY WHEN I have reached at least half way on my target. And what was my target? Well my dietician said that as per my age and height if I weigh between 49-60kgs that's perfect so my aim was to reach at least 55kgs, from 73 to 55..!!! (18Kilos) So I decided that I won't post any photos on Facebook until I am 62Kgs. And after a few months' hard work finally on 5th January 2014 I changed my profile picture to this photo...
Everyone was so shocked & surprised to see this drastic change in me! I received hundreds of likes and so many comments, people started sending me private messages and calling me up just to know how did I do it? Some wanted to know what workout I do at gym, some wanted to know my diet chart, some wanted to know my entire day's schedule and it was a great feeling! A huge appreciation from everyone around the world that I knew and even some Facebook private messages from strangers (My friends' friends) Who wanted to know how did I do it? Such an overwhelming response motivated me more to go ahead in this journey. Till now I was just by myself in this journey but now I had so many friends, relatives and well-wishers with me. This is of course going to help me even more to reach my goal – my goal of being 55kg or even less.
When you are more than half way of your journey you sometimes face plateau mode and that's the same condition I am facing at this stage :-/ My weight has been steady at one point for almost last 3 weeks and I am thinking what else I can do in order to change my routine and give more challenges to my body so that I can lose more weight and can reach my goal ASAP. :-)
As of now I weigh 60.4Kgs just 400 gms more to lose and I will fall in technically called 'Normal' weight as per my body and age. There is no way I can go back after coming this close to my aim. I know it's really hard to overcome the plateau mode so I am planning for Kick boxing or pilate classes. Planning to do something intense that my body has never done before so that I can burn lots of calories with that. I am not going to leave this journey until I reach my destination. Even after I reach my goal I am going to try and make sure that I maintain it. Its a great feeling to be fit, healthy and energetic. I feel a lot happier and confident now about myself, about my body, everything and I absolutely love it!
This was my workout journey's story, what's yours?
Have you already reach to your goal? Wow ! How was the experience?
Do you still need to start the journey? Go for it ! Its THE time to start. If I can do it, you can do it too! It may seem to be hard at first but trust me, once you start seeing the results on the weighing scale then sky is the limit. This feeling is way better than anything, even a handful of chocolates ! :-D
At this stage, I would like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to all of you for you constant likes, comments, sharing thoughts, ideas, motivational images and quotes or just hitting a 'Like' button with my every workout post/pictures. I strongly believe that I wouldn't have been able to achieve it without the constant support and motivation from all of you. You might not even know but your every like, every comment, every message has helped me every single day to go closer to my goal so, thanks a lot.
Those who don't know me in person yet read my blog, thank you for reading my blog and being a part of my journey. I wish you a very happy and healthy life.
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