Let’s just take a break from the whole traveling thing for a day and talk about some ‘weighty’ issues. What brings about this post is the reactions to a picture I posted onto Facebook and Instagram yesterday.
It’s been barely 24 hours, and I have not just been bombarded with likes and comments and congratulations-es, MULTIPLE people have pinged me and asked me for the ‘secret’.
Now, before I reveal that valuable piece of information. Let us take a short walk down memory lane…
This is me in Class 8. I don’t know if I did not know it then or what, but a 12 year old should not look like that. As you can probably understand, I was the fattest kid in class.I was obviously not into sports or anything, and kids can be cruel. Very good for an angsty pre-teen’s self esteem.
I finished school and went into college. Till my 2nd and 3rd year of college, I hadn’t changed much.
Somewhere along the way, in my 4th and 5th years of college (architecture. Seriously neverending course) I started working out. I started with 2min jogs a day (I was using the C25K program), did a 5K, completed Beachbody’s Insanity and Asylum workouts, finished two half marathons and got into pretty okay shape.
The half marathons were BIG for me because even in my final year at school I couldn’t jog 100m without having to stop and walk.
I graduated from college in 2011, and I was not overweight at that point. But then, after my 2nd half marathon, I was SO fatigued with running everyday, I totally, TOTALLY let myself go. And by early 2013, I was a big treat to the eyes 😛 Like, big, literally 😛
But then again within a month or two, I got back to my usual schedule, and slowly and steadily got down to a comfortable weight, and that is where I remained till the end of 2012.
I was just THREE kgs from my goal weight.
In January of 2013, I went to Milan to study further. Milan and I took a long time to start getting along, but by the time the summer vacations rolled around, I had got my eating under control and was running 10K every morning, and was doing fine health (and weight) wise.
During the summer, which is what this blog is mostly about so far, I sampled everything from every country I visited, but since I walk a LOT, i didn’t put on too much weight. After the summer though, I went back for my thesis. I do NOT do well under pressure. Add to that the fact that I had just discovered Mozzarella di Bufala a few weeks before, and I needed to get enough of it into my system till I hated it and myself (still hasn’t happened, by the way)!!
I came out of Domus 13 kgs heavier than when I had gone in.
My cousin’s wedding was in less than two weeks after I came back. I could barely squeeze into my clothes… Exhibit A: The left side of the first picture
In January, I did make a New Year’s Resolution to get rid of the 13 kgs quickly, but, needless to say, with birthdays, weddings and ‘life’… I didn’t. I was exercising off and on, but I was going through a difficult time in my life (I will talk about it on the blog once it’s sufficiently far behind me), and couldn’t curb the emotional eating. But since I didn’t have access to any more cheese and gelato, I did lose 3-4 kgs in those months.
In the middle of May, I finally decided to suck it up and DO IT!! So here comes my ‘secret’.
I began on 17th May, and, again, because of ‘life’, I cannot prepare special, super healthy meals for myself, with perfect macros or whatever. Food wise, the only changes I’ve made are that I eat a little less than I used to. I still eat what my family eats, but I cook my own (brown) rice. I’ve stopped eating junk food– chocolates and peanuts (and peanut butter) are usually my undoing. The first few weeks, I had uncontrollable binges every few days, but I’ve been good for over a month now. I’m still a foodie, and always will be. But I’m slowly learning to manage my portions.
I run. I run a lot. I run 8-10 kms every night. Running is easy for me (it’s not always been this way), and I love it. Sometimes I throw in some HIIT. Sometimes I jump rope, sometimes I swim. But I exercise almost everyday. I walk as much as I can.
I lift heavy weights. I can squat my own weight. I do bodyweight exercises. I can give you 50 proper form push-ups right now without breaking into a sweat. I can hold a normal plank for 2 mins and an elbow plank for 1.5mins.
When I was younger, I’d tried a LOT of those diets and ‘lifestyle changes’… From Dr Mike Moreno’s 17 Day Diet (it’s the best of all the ones I’ve tried), to Pierre Dukan’s Dukan Diet (my friend was almost hospitalized trying to do this one!!) to a Keto way of eating (there are so many conflicting opinions, I freaked out. It was going pretty good though). Fad diet wise, I lasted on the so-called GM diet all of 1.5 days and finally cried all day while shoveling food into my face at the end of Day 2.
But none of them worked as well as whatever it is I’m doing now.
The moral of the story is that there is no secret. I’m very happy with how I’m doing, and I hope in a few more weeks (or months) I’ll be where I’ve wanted to be all my life.
Now that we’ve got that behind us… We’ll get back to travel talk next time 🙂 And hopefully, in between I’ll keep posting some more transformation pictures! Until next time… 😀