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My Fat-to-Fit Journey

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Over the past 5 years I have been often asked how I lost all "my" (like it was something I was holding on to) weight, which is then followed by 'how I manage to stay in shape' even after "marriage".  Today seems to be the day when I am exceptionally motivated to share my story like they say and hence the reminiscing ...

For couple of years I lived and worked in London. With zero social life and the depressing weather, to my surprise I had shed the first 4-5 kgs by sheer laziness to cook. My routine composed of going to bed early and waking up and heading to work straight. However once it dawned upon me that God was finally helping me, I too decided to contribute my share. I joined a gym for the n'th time.  In a twisted way my sad-lonely life was a blessing in disguise as to kill time and delay getting home I decided to walk to and from work (Total of 6-7 kms in a day). Before I knew I fell in love with walking!

So here I was walking all over London to run errands, go to work, shopping, everything!!! But I still had these weekends where I had more time to kill ... so I joined Pilates (Love It)! Within 6 months of making all these life-altering decisions I had now lost about 10kgs without any real dieting! And this was, now I realize, actually the easy part!  

Homesickness took me back to Delhi, for good! I didn't waste any time and joined a gym the VERY next day I landed. But it was proving really difficult to lose the last couple of inches I was desperate of get rid of. I should also mention at this point I was addicted to working-out and couldn't live without breaking-into-a-sweat every single day! And this time I went all out. Did various activities throughout the week including Salsa, Spinning, Yoga, Step Classes, etc. I lost inches but NO weight! But I didn't give up. I made further more changes to adapt my lifestyle to being healthy with lots of fruits, vegetables, yogurt and less sugar & carbs (I am a Vegetarian). One year in India, still no weight-loss but got a LOT leaner and fitter body. But even now I was obsessing with weight. I wanted to see it on the scale which was not happening. So I attempted my luck with Personal Training. This too only helped me get leaner but no significant weight loss. 

After one year and six months of living in Delhi I managed to stay on the same weight and loose a few inches.  Then I moved to U.S. after marriage and workout took a back seat for the next six months. Come New Year and I felt disgusted, depressed and lethargic about my whole health condition so I decided to get back to my gym (I did join the gym as soon I landed in U.S. but just didn't manage to enter it) !!! Oh-well, here I stepped on the weighing scale after 6 months of no workout and I have LOST another 5kgs! MAGIC??? - No! Well, I was doing a A LOT of house work which helped in the absence of "real" exercise - cleaning, dishes, laundry, and also a lot of walking (No Driving License, you see !!!) 

I was back with a BANG! I joined the gym, hired a personal trainer, again started eating 5 healthy meals in a day and I had lost another few kgs and a HUGE fat percentage! Before I realized the whole year passed-by and I didn't gain a single inch or ounce (since 5 years!) Now I just merely continue to do the same and eat smartly! Also have gone back to "my Pilates" (Like I OWN it :P)! It's amazing but more about that later. 

5 Health Lessons I learnt in 5 Years

- Never Give Up and Try Harder 
- Eat small portions of everything
- Workout at least 4/5 times a week
- Make health one of your priorities like Career!
- Stay Active on your feet! Move as much as possible

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  1. Hey Tanvi! Thanks for sharing. Very well written. Now you must share your complete personal diet plan with us.. What does your 4/5 meals consist of in exact proportions?

  2. im soo proud of u mannn .. i neva knew u r soooo fitt !! u actuallyy earnedd ittt im doin d same walking frm nw on !! pluss tel me bou pilates seems alien to me lol :P

  3. Hey di, excellent Preface. Enjoyed every bit of it. By the time year sure u r gona have to change the title complete 360. Best thing abt ur post is the easiness to read n keep reading.

    Being the one who puts the book down for years after reading the first page..i can guarantee u..urs is gona b one blog i check before i check facebook.

    Might i suggest sharing more abt the years before London and years after.

    Looking fwd to ur next post.

    Lots of luv,

    Ur fitter n sexiest bro,

  4. Hi beta!CONGRATES!
    Its not possible to express how proud i feel when i read the way u express.Keep it up.
    Though v keep sharing all this wen v talk but still i throughly njoyed reading it.Infact now m planning to join the gym!!!
    Papa is highly impressed.He wants you to continue writting your views with society on various subjects.

  5. Nandini - Thanks. Appreciate your feedback.
    Will soon talk about food in my coming blogs!

    Soms - You are a darling. You will also soon hear from me more about Pilates.

    TJ - You are the best! Thanks a Bizillian times.

    Mom - Thank you for the encouragement. Tell Dad I will write about social issues too (when I am inspired through them) :o)

  6. Love your blog and your description of your journey. But I do remember you lost few kilos in Delhi too. Check your file.
    Your descriptions are always very interesting to read. Write more often.

  7. Hey T,

    Loved your writing style. It was simple and very effective.

    May be in one of your next posts you can tell people about your 1000 calorie diet idea!

    Keep the posts coming. I agree with Tanuj that it's a refreshing change from Facebook. Love you ..see you in few hours ..hehehe!


  8. Kiran - Thank you for the feedback! I will write often since I know people like yourself are reading :o)

  9. Baba - Thanks for your support and encouragement and pushing me to write!! You are like my very own story board where I run by my ideas first ... Thanks for listening! Always :o)

  10. hey Tanvi,

    Nice to read ur blog. Pretty interesting fact file that i see here :) well it all shows on u now :) ....

  11. Hi Tanvi, all I can say is 'wow'. I read all your posts and they are fantastic! Very well written and so easy to keep on reading on and on... I agree with Tanuj, Its as addictive as Facebook! Look forward to reading the next one... Alisha xxx

  12. Alisha! I am glad you enjoyed reading. Continue your feedback. It's very 'motivating' :)

  13. Tanvi,
    I am Maha impressed with your hard work. Lots of people lose weight. Only five percent of the people manage to keep off their lost weight after 2 years. The rest of the poeple gain the weight back. You have mastered the latter.

  14. Hey Tanvi,

    You hv a very lucid style of's almost lk one is chatting with you!!! nice wrk ...keep it up!!!

    wht i tk away fm ur write up is to gv priority to Health tooo ....cause most of us tend to tk it fr granted...!!!!


  15. Meetu D - Yes, it did take a lot of will-power and persistence in the starting but now i think I have reached my "happy weight" which is not proving too hard to maintain!

  16. Thanks S-B! That is exactly the message I am trying to give thru this post! :o)

  17. hey...nice read... :)
    its nice to know that without dieting also one can manage to get the perfect figure... :D n tat is wat is inspiring me right now...

  18. infinite_thoughts - Thanks! That's what I intend to tell. Don't diet but change your outlook towards your lifestyle. I am glad I cld inspire to perspire!

  19. Very cool Tanvi! I miss you here in Austin. I hope you had a great holiday.

  20. Thanks Christina! I miss you too.
    You will always remain my favorite!
    Do call me when you get here.
    It would be great to see you :o)

  21. Hi Tanvi..happened to stuble upon your blog accidently..and I guess its for the right reason....I've been wating to shed 5kgs since past 6 newly found baking addiction has taken a toll on my weight..:(...I needed a right motivation..and thanks to your this moment..I feel all geared up to loose weight by exercising..keep up with your great blog..


  22. It's strange that I had the same experience when I moved to London! Well, at first. When I went there I weighed 54 kgs, which I was quite happy with. But all of my walking and my laziness to cook meals made me drop drastically to 50 kgs (which was absolutely horrible. I looked like a skeleton and it was a terribly unattractive look!) After a couple of years of living there, though, I had more university work to do which resulted in long hours in front of the computer, sitting on the couch, which is when I accumulated all the extra weight! I sometimes become obsessed with checking my weight on the scale but right now I am avoiding scales and trying to go by how I look and feel :)


  23. this is ur 1st post tanvi!!!very well written and i m presently on this wt loss inspired i must say...

  24. You've come a looooong way, baby! Congrats on three rocking years! Love,
    Meetu D

  25. I love you so much more now :)

    Why? Because I am living that lazy life and I need a kick in the butt. I am a workout/walk freak but running hasn't been happening. I tried pilates and loved it! One hell of a calming exercise....I want to go back to kick boxing :| Like right now...

    And many many more blog anniversaries your way...wishing you lot more success....

  26. hey Tanvi,

    came across your blog few weeks back...

    i used to consider myself fitness freak but u broke my so called myth..
    i adore your blog, especially fitness section,
    you inspire me,motivate me,
    you are my ultimate fitness GURU!!!!

    thank you Tanvi...



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