May 2009 | - Indian Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

Skinny or Healthy?

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!

Book Review - Don't Lose Your mind, lose your weight by Rujuta Diwekar

Tanvi Home Session 2016 (14 of 60)

My BFF (we all should remember her from one of my February posts, Click here) recommended that I read this book Don't lose your mind, lose your weight because she thought it sounded a lot like me! And I have to say Rujuta (the author) saved me a lot of time by writing this book (:P). Jokes aside, I loved the book!

Mostly, I read health/fitness related books to increase my knowledge and stay motivated. They help me reinforce my beliefs and stay on track. Besides, reading different point of views and experiences gives one a complete picture, really! So I ordered the book through Amazon as it's an Indian Publication and read it cover-to-cover in less that 2 days.

The book (like most health-oriented books) focuses on about all aspects of a human body (from waking-up-to-going-back-to-sleep), nutrition, eating-right, awareness, etc. However, what makes it different from all the others books I have read is it's ability to connect with the reader. It's written in very simple & basic english and explains what you should do (or not) with practical reasoning. A lot of times while reading the book I went, " Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh! Now, that makes sense".

Steps she recommends to stay healthy:

  • Wake up close to sunrise - [I do. Yay! for me.]
  • Eat within 10 minutes of waking up - [I started eating from TODAY, because her reasoning convinced me.]
  • Within an hour of Meal 1, eat a nice, home cooked breakfast - [I am working on it.]
  • Eat every 2 hours after meal 2 - [I do. Double Yay! for me.]
  • Eat your dinner within 2 hours of sunset - [I do. That's a hat-trick, Yay!]
  • Sleep at a fixed time - [I do. Is there a prize, or something?!?!, besides good health?]
What I liked the most about the book was the message that it passes on. Focus on healthy living (eating) and weight-loss shall consequently follow...!

Her book has motivated me to -
  • Pay more attention to my breakfast
  • Plan 8 meals to eat in a day (of course small portions)
  • Say NO to chocolate ice creams (I was having them WAYYY too many times)
  • Take up Yoga again!
It is a very good and motivating read for anyone looking for right direction, especially Indians!
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