Height - 5"4
Weight Lost - 48 pounds [22 kgs]
At this weight - 2.5 years
Weekly Workout Schedule:
Yoga - 60-90 minutes/2 days a week
Pilates - 60 minutes/1 day a week
Strength Training - 30 minutes/2-3 days a week
Cardio - 20 minutes/2-3 days a week
Start swimming again
Continue Yoga & Pilates
Reduce fat percentage to 18%
Improve muscle tone
I have been meaning to write on fitness for a really long time. I thought I will recap for all the new readers on what they have missed so far. Also, give an insight to how this blog actually started.
I am a fitness enthusiast who used to be 20kgs over weight up until 5 years ago. And then what happened? Nothing drastic really! I was working in London, U.K. and in order to kill time and save money I started walking to and from work! A travel pass for a week would probably cost me somewhere around £80.00 which means I could save about £320.00 a month and that’s a lot of money! [I am a shopaholic! I would save on food in order to shop, if I had to!] Well, that’s how my fat-to-fit journey started - walking to and from work daily, total of 80 minutes. Within a month or two I noticed all my clothes had become at least 2 sizes bigger for me. That’s when I got motivated and have never looked back ever since. Soon after I joined a gym and started working out 5-6 times a week [plus the walking]. I was lucky enough to be able to save on gym membership as I disguised and went on my aunt's membership [Yeah! Yeah! I am a criminal]. In my defense she never went to the gym and at least someone was putting the money to use! Over the period of 3 years I had lost a little over 20 kgs and moved on to the next mission –> fit-to-fitter journey but more on that another time.
So even today I make sure that I workout minimum 3-4 times a week, no-matter-what/where. If I am swamped with work, I wake up an hour early or cut short my lunch and go workout, if I am on holiday I try and walk as much possible and watch what I eat, if I am ill I try and eat healthy and not find an excuse to binge! I do not give myself any excuse to fall-off-the-fitness-bandwagon. Fitness is a lifestyle change and not a passing fad for me.
I want to emphasize on the fact that to be fit and lose weight the first step, according to me, is to not pressurize yourself or obsess about your weight. Simply, focus on fitness and healthy lifestyle and weight-loss will become a by-product eventually. I am not an expert and neither do I hold any professional accreditations, I only speak from my experience. Every time I have obsessed over my weight it has never given me any results. My body goes under a stationary mode aka becomes stubborn and never gives into my neurotics!
People who have known me since my fat-days, needless to say, always ask me how did I do it? And how do I keep it off? For example, at my recent visit back home [Delhi] this girl who works at the local salon near my house asked me these same questions. Most of the time I politely smile and answer that I workout without indulging in another ‘fitness’ conversation. But sometimes I can’t help myself and feel compelled to pass-on the wisdom. I told her to be as active as possible. Always be on her feet and move around, at work! Also, told her to try and eat half the calories she was eating right now, i.e. reduce the portion size. Her response, “ That’s it? I thought you would give me a lecture on gym-ing and not eating fats and carbs, like everyone else!” Well, clearly she had asked this question from many others before me and hadn’t followed their advice. “This seems do-able”, she said. Anyone who wants to start losing weight should start with small, but realistic goals. When you see results, you will be automatically motivated to make further more healthier choices and changes. However, if from the word go you set yourself up for an impossible task e.g. lose 5 kgs in a week, then you will give up soon after you started because it is not all that easy. You sure took time in piling all those calories on your body, so at least give it equal, if not double the time to shed it off?
The idea is to believe that there are no short cuts. My personal mantra is ‘if it doesn’t feel like work, it is probably not going to work’. My parting thoughts to anyone looking to lose weight or simply be fit would be
- · Do not obsess over the weight
- · Set small & realistic goals
- · Think of fitness as a lifestyle change
Full of Energy
Still Smiling through the pain
Alright now need a little more concerntration
Phew! Dead now!
Another Kill Day
We push through it
Check those guns out! ;)
All workout gear is from Champion and/or Adidas! Shoes from Reebok [Easytone].