May be it's my age or wisdom or both (although I doubt it :P) but over the past year I have come to believe that 'health and fitness' are way more important that just weight-loss. I remember 5 years back when I had started on this path everyone (especially back home in India) thought that it must because it's 'my age' to get married! [Can you believe it?] It made me reeeeally mad at that time that people were making these assumptions about me (which were NOT true at all).
[Just to give my non-Indian readers a heads up: back home girls generally start loosing weight around early 20's as it's supposed to be an ideal age to get married and chubby girls would have a hard time finding suitors. Shock alert! It's actually the girls' parents who make them sign up for weight-loss programs (not gyms) which include massages and some electric-silly-treatments! They also go on some crazy-ass-diets (which I'll save for another post)!]
Anyhooooo, I continued to stay fit and healthy even after I found an eligible suitor [Enter - Mr. Fabulous]. Contrary to most women who gain weight after marriage I have gained muscle ;o) So the point I am trying to make here is that I have realized that it's more important to be hale-n-hearty than to be a 'certain' weight on the scale. We need to have hobbies, eat green & colorful food, get away from our laptops/computers and spend some time resting our eyes! [Oh! God I sound like my Mom but at least I have learnt my lesson!].
Wondering what my parameters are to judge, if I'm healthy? Here we go -
- Never having to use the phrase - "Oh! I'm tired and I will do this later."
- Waking-up with a burst of energy in the morning
- Having no kind of pain/aches/ailments in my body
- Maintaining a high metabolic rate with no digestive problems
These are just to judge if I am healthy. Don't even get me started with my standards of fitness!