Finally I have decided to write about my journey of fat loss. People have been asking me and often and I find it difficult to explain, I don’t have things to say what they want to hear about the fat loss. In this post, I will be taking you through my journey. It’s not necessary that this is the only way of doing it or it’s the right way. This is just my way, and I am sure there are various ways out there, you just need to figure yours.
Fitness, gym, good food has always been a part of my life as my mother owns a health club. I have grown up knowing the benefits of treating your body right. I have been working out since a very young age, but I was always this tall-heavy girl. I wasn't depressed or sad about it at all. I never missed onto anything because I was not of a particular shape or leaner /slimmer. I got the attention, I always stood out, had my own style and had a great set of people around me, no medical issues either and I was fit. So I never had any desire as such to lose weight for an external factor.
There are plenty of reasons behind our body types
-Our mind-spirit-body balance
Many a times in spite of us being very particular about our eating habits and workout regimes and also medically fit we tend to remain over-weight, have we tried knowing what could be the reason? Here are some more reasons for our over-weight issues
-Not being able to let go of past
-Fear or trust issues
-Not making the required change when needed
In such cases, if we don’t release the blocks and break the patterns, the issues stay in our body in form of fat, for some people they get medical problems like high BP, heart problems etc, for some it reflects on their personal or professional life and for some it reflects on the skin or body fat or extreme weight loss too.
In around 2010 I got in touch with my spiritual side, I started working on myself, meditation, affirmations, crystals, releasing blocks, manifestations, balance, awareness etc. Mandalas have been a beautiful partner in this journey with me. While I was getting deeper into my being, I was as usual working out too. I had absolutely no goal or any fat/weight loss agenda. I was completely detached from the result of my workout. I did not put any conditions on my fitness regime. I just did my workouts and ate right. And as I started becoming more aware and as things started coming into balance, I started losing my fat too. Because of the awareness, I came in touch with my body, what it is, what is it saying, what suits it. Our bodies are very wise, if you are able to listen to what it says, more than half of our life issues would get sorted. Since then I have been spiritually inclined and now my work too is related to spiritual and healing aspects of life.
As I mentioned, I have been working out since a kid, but since the last 3-4 years, I have been very consistent. I do cardio, weights, functional training and yoga. I have had phases, it started with 6-8 months of rigorous yoga, then I shifted to weights and yoga, later it was functional training and currently it is weights and cardio. I keep changing my workout regime every couple of months. The only thing I would suggest is that never do only cardio, always team up your cardio with functional training or weights. I listen to what my body wants and then I use my mind to chalk out the program and my heart to fully get into it with unconditional love, no goals, no targets, just fitness. As much as an expert you are about workouts, a trainer will always help. They help you go that extra mile. Keep trying new things, give your body a treat, your body too needs a change.
It is extremely important to eat right. NEVER put your body into a starvation mode, it will only take you downhill. No skipping of meals or avoiding carbs, no crash diets. Each body type is different, and to know your body type take help of an expert. I eat 6-7 meals a day and I am trying to reach 8. I eat rotis, rice also [not necessary brown, most of the times its white rice] I don’t take any health drinks or bars. My protein source is 4-5 egg whites every day, milk, dal, chicken, paneer, soya, curds etc. I don’t eat junk food, bakery items, nor sweets. [just once in awhile] I haven’t had sugar at all since 4-5 years. I don’t deprive myself from anything. Today my body has learned to eat what is good for it, so I don’t feel that I am missing anything. To achieve this, it takes time, but you can do it. Nourish your body, eat lovingly, enjoy your meals.
- Get inspired by others, but don’t compare. Find your own way, don’t blindly copy anything. Make friends with your body. I actually talk to my cells while working out.
- You did not gain weight over-night, you will not lose it over-night. Trust your body, give it atleast 6 months to acknowledge the fact that things are changing, patterns are breaking and now it has to get fitter.
- To start with, I would suggest, join a gym or any group class, it gives you a feeling, that you are not alone on this journey and people are supporting you. This helps you boost your confidence and trust levels. Eventually, when you get on track, then your support system builds internally.
- Always give your body one day rest from the workouts.
- While working out, wear good fitting clothes, it helps you feel good about yourself.
- Right shoes is VERY important.
- Always remember If you are fit, you can work towards rest of the things you want in life. What is the point if you have achieved it all, but are unfit to live your desired life.
- Most importantly, only if you will accept your present self, you will be able to walk towards a better you. So don’t whine or criticize yourself, just be grateful of what you are and strive for what you want to be.
- Prioritize fitness always, take out time for your body. Start with 15 mins and soon you will be able to reach an hour.
This post is about my personal experience. I wish all of you out there a fit and a happy life! Cheers!
P.S - I would like to thank my parents [for owning the gym!]
Bimlaji – who has been my trainer for a very long time [ I train with other trainers too but always get back with her!]
Prerna – For helping me with my spiritual journey
My friends – for complimenting me every now -n-then!
Tara – my maid, who helps me with my diet!