WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY – From 94 kilos to 71 kilos and counting. Here’s how –

My weight loss journey began in 2017. February 2017, I weighed 94 kilos. Now, in April 2018, I weigh 71 kilos.

Before I shed light on anything, I have just one thing to say – Focus on living a healthier life and let weight loss be a by-product. Weight loss will happen as a result of your persistent efforts.

BACKGROUND STORY

I started gymming in February 2017. Because I was overweight? No. The problem began a few years before that when I started having irregular periods, and sometimes I would even bleed for months and became anemic because of the blood loss! Horrified? Well, there’s more to it. I started gaining weight as a result of that hormonal imbalance.

People being people, started bullying me. Just the way they had bullied my sister all her life for being the ‘fatter sibling’ (she reached 133kg then lost 58kg, by the way!)

What those bullies did not understand was that I was not in a state to work out and lose weight. Some days I could barely get out of bed – most of my time was spent in the washroom, and you can bloody well guess why. Forget the bullies – Did they think they care more about MY well-being than I do? Weird. Either way, all of these gynecological problems were an indication of a vicious cycle I was caught in.

In order to get my periods under control –> I needed to lose weight –> In order to lose weight I needed to workout –> In order to achieve that, I needed to get my period under control!

See how we came a full circle? Moving on –

GETTING THINGS UNDER CONTROL

Medication helped and brought things under control. But before I was mentally prepared to start working out or even think of weight loss – I did something else.

I started controlling my diet a little better. I cut down on sugar, reduced my intake of maida (all purpose flour), and fried foods. I’ll elaborate on the diet transitioning in another article later.

6 months before joining gym I had cut down on sugar completely. Being a huge fan of chai and coffee – I started taking them without sugar! No artificial sweeteners whatsoever. Although, later I did start including sweeteners in my diet. But yes, I did enjoy the taste of beverages without sweetening them – and maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea!

JOINING GYM

I joined the same one my sister goes to, and trust me – having a gym partner is highly beneficial. They can push you to get out of bed and hit the gym on mornings you want to sleep a little extra or on evenings you want to stay home and chill. Well, it’s NOT happening on their watch. Not to mention, the mere act of joining gym was out of the need to live in a fitter, healthier body, than to chase any form of weight loss.

My diet or whatever framework of a diet I was working on – underwent more transitions, because there’s a difference between a healthy diet and a healthy diet paired with a workout routine. Your body will demand more of certain nutrients in order to keep functioning properly. Regardless of the kind of exercise you do – you body WILL need more because of all that effort you are exerting and the strains your body is undergoing.

Your body will require more protein, less carbs, and an appropriate amount of fats. These three major components that humans need are called macronutrients or simply – macros. You may have heard of such terms from fitness bloggers and the like.

Once I got into the workout routine, my appetite increased significantly. Whereas, earlier I struggled a lot with loss of appetite.

AVOID MISMANAGING YOUR DIET WHEN ON A WORKOUT ROUTINE

It is true when you hear people say, “Man, going to gym makes me more hungry! I’m hungry all the time!”

Well, that is partially true. It DOES increase your appetite but – stop right there! How you deal with that hunger determines the later part of the statement. If you take the right foods, you won’t feel hungry half as often.

However, if you consume carbs every time you get hungry – guess what? You will keep getting hungry! And that is simply because our body digests carbs a lot quicker than protein or fats. This is why you will notice, people on ketogenic diets keep making those snacks that are high in protein and/or  healthy fats.

So, what came to my rescue was peanut butter. I can never NOT advocate the sheer beauty that is homemade peanut butter. What peanut butter did for me is that – even adding a teaspoon of it to my pancake batter kept me full for the next 3-4 hours. Or when I would add it to my apple cinnamon smoothie post-workout, and I wouldn’t feel hungry even once till it was time for lunch. (We workout in the mornings.)

CONFIDENCE IS INTERTWINED WITH CONTROL

When you start establishing control over different aspects of your life – you are paving the way to cultivate confidence. Regardless of how big or small you perceive a specific aspect of your life to be – when you have control over it, you know exactly how to alter it as and when required to optimize the desired results. Be it your diet, your workout regime, or your overall fitness concerns.

When I restricted or completely reduced my intake of the Four Foods of Horror (sugar, maida (refined flour), fried foods, and white rice), it gave me enough control and confidence to start eating healthy. I would not endorse it as an overnight process. It took time and I transitioned into it by making small, persistent changes in both – my diet and lifestyle. And yes, much like control and confidence – diet and lifestyle are also intertwined. How you approach one can positively or adversely affect the other.

 

PERSISTENCE BEARS RESULTS

Being on a diet for a week or working out for a few days is not going to bear any visible results. When you do either, your body undergoes changes on a chemical level. So you need to understand the importance of giving your body some time before it manifests any changes. Be patient.

 

So when you go about setting up a fitness regime for yourself, I hope you will keep a few things in mind about control, persistence, and patience. In the end all that matters is the effort you kept putting into your body, or any aspect of your life. I’ll be back with more health and fitness based articles. From next time they’ll be shorter and information based.

 

Thank you for reading. I hope there was at least one thing you could take from this article. You can comment your feedback below or leave some on my social media – On my Instagram or on my Facebook.

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12 Comments

  • Shilpa Parida April 26, 2018 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Loved the piece and your transformation! You and Guddi are quietly inspiring a lot of people around you. I am taking a lot of things from this article. And yes… proud of you Mona :*

    • Pratty April 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for your love and support, di! <3

  • Deepa Pasricha April 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm Reply

    You rock girl.!!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Pratty April 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Thanks a lot for reading!

  • Anil Amrit April 26, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply

    I am proud of you. You are like my daughter. I find your challenging life and your acceptance of the same as a brave daughter really admirable. Kudos to you beta.

    • Pratty April 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, uncle! I’m humbled by your words. Thanks for reading!

  • Shyama April 27, 2018 at 2:48 am Reply

    Don’t shorten any article…n trust me this article was fabulous and very much inspiring…I somehow was giving up coz my weight scale is not at all going down but now I wont rather i’ll take care of my diet…thanks for such a wonderful article.❤️❤️

    • Pratty April 27, 2018 at 2:56 pm Reply

      Thank you so very much! I hope the scale goes down and your overall health goes up. Thanks for reading! <3

  • Rama Kanta Nayak April 28, 2018 at 10:32 am Reply

    I am Rama Kanta Nayak, one of ur Father’s friend at Maitri Vihar,Bhubaneswar.I had seen you both the sisters during SANA’s Marriage .I went through ur article ,which depicts your both mental n physical perceiverence n determination to achieve your goals.Keep it up.God bless you both the sisters.

    • Pratty April 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, uncle! It’s support of this kind that has continuously pushed us forward and still is a motivating factor. Thanks for reading!

  • Sathiskumar Shanmugam May 8, 2018 at 6:45 am Reply

    Dear Pratty,
    I feel very much motivated when I read this. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am stopping the intake of those four not to eat items from today. But its true, more importantly we need to mentally set with confidence and patience for this weight loss journey. Thanks again yaar.

    • Pratty May 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm Reply

      Sathis! Thank you SO much! Thanks for reading and I’m glad if it could help you form a positive opinion about something. Wishing you luck!

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