My Fitness Journey
It had been 2 months since I returned from Delhi, where I had stayed for a year and prepared for the medical entrance exams.
My aunt and uncle had come to meet me and the first reaction I got from them was that I had put on a lot of weight.
Honestly speaking before that day I never realised that I had actually put on weight.
After they left, I looked at myself in the mirror and realised that whatever they observed was correct, I had put on a lot of weight.
I soon realised that the lifestyle I was following in the hostel for last one year had not done any good to my health, staying up all night studying, preparing for exams, eating whatever junk was available to fill my tummy.
But I was just 18 years old, had no knowledge about weight loss, the only thing that came to my mind was dieting. With little to no knowledge about dieting, I started doing crash dieting and started skipping meals.
It was also the year when I had joined college, following my crash dieting there as well, I remember those days when I would just eat a biscuit for lunch, stay hungry, because that’s what I thought was the way to lose weight.
Finally by second year of college I lost weight, people started noticing me, I got compliments and I started liking it.
But all the weight I had lost I gained back in a few months and by the end of college third year I had again put on a lot of weight.
The only option I thought was available with me to lose weight was crash dieting, I moved to another phase in my life where I started working and seeing this guy who is my partner now, and lost weight again.
But my joy did not last long as the weight I had lost found me again and I put on more than I had lost with crash dieting. But unlike before this time I had gained some insights on weight loss, I started exercising. I started my workout journey with an aerobics and later joined a gym. I would only do cardio exercises like running on a treadmill or attending a zumba class sometimes.
This was the time I got married, moved to a new city and were trying to figure out new job, new house, new lifestyle. That’s when I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I remember the doctor telling me that I need to exercise to keep my thyroid levels under check.
That was the day and I have not looked back.
I was always a morning person, never a fan of Junk food really, but because of the social gatherings I indulged myself into night outs and eating late in the night.
But once I got to know about Hypothyroidism and what it does to a female’s body I had to take major decisions for my health.
I started focusing more on what I ate , what time I ate, what oil I use for my cooking, what kind of workouts I should be doing. I slowly turned into a person who would not wanna go for those late night parties as I realised what it was not doing good on my health.
I remember meeting my doctor after a few months for a follow up, he was surprised to see that I lost weight and looked much healthier than before.
Trust me I have been called boring for not being able to party all night, or going to a friends place and sleeping off at 9 PM when everyone around me would be having fun.
I also realised that people with a body type like me cannot afford to just eat a burger and get away with it. But it became really hard for me to explain that to my friends, my family and my relatives.
Over the years I have realised that people around us can either influence us to do something great or they can be the roadblock in something we want to achieve.
When you plan to start or switch to a healthy lifestyle, cut off all the noise that’s happening around you, figure out what is correct for you, what works for your body, figure out what keeps you motivated everyday.
For me Fitness is like a daily ritual, it is an integral part of my lifestyle and I always find ways to squeeze in those 30 minutes or 1 hour in a day that I want to spend on my health, call me selfish but that’s how I have reached here.