Question and Answer Session - Part I | - Old School Blogger. Not an influencer.

Question and Answer Session - Part I

In last 10 days, since I started writing, everyone has relentlessly asked me about my eating habits and diet plans. I guess, I am not surprised because we immediately think - 'food' when we want to loose weight. (I know, we also think 'food' when we are happy, sad, bored, or have nothing else to think) Although, in my experience its 50% food and 50% exercise which helped me! I am gonna try and answer the questions of my very sweet friend (... let's call her Drama Queen No.2 or a.k.a DQ2) who is currently struggling on her path to fitness!

Alert! However, I am no expert in this area and am only sharing my experiences and knowledge (I have gained from books, interactions, etc.). Everyone should definitely consult their trainers, dietitians, or doctors before quoting me on anything! :o) [Don't say I didn't warn you :P]

This Q&A will be in two parts. Here we go...

DQ2 - We read books, take advice from different ppl, join groups (i.e weight watchers, south beach diets, etc.) and get extremely motivated initially. I very often find myself going slack after a couple of weeks or months. How should one maintain that motivation to reach one's goal?

Personally, there is no one correct answer to this question. To find motivation for yourself you will have to be honest with yourself. I am sure you see yourself in the mirror everyday. That should be a motivation enough! If you do not like what you see and tell yourself to do something about it every-single-day you will stay motivated. Set small goals (weekly) for yourself. When you achieve them you will feel gratified and motivated. I promise you!

You really need to want it badly, else you are not going be to able to stay motivated for long. Write down what you want and put it up on your wall and let it be a reminder to you at all times. Whenever you start slacking think of why you started on this path in the first place. Talk to people who motivate you. May be hire a personal trainer, they will keep tabs on you. Weekly assessment would want you to prove yourself to them. But all of these are just tools to help you, you really need to want it from within (like anything else in life)!

DQ2 - Healthy lifestyle (food, exercise, being active) is extremely important. What should one do if in an unhealthy environment?

Be strong. Stay focused. Have dinner at home and then go so that you are not hungry and tempted to eat everything that comes your way!

If you are just over at someone's place for dinner then eat in small portions (you don't wanna be rude, of course). Make sure there is food on your plate (so that no one pesters you to eat "stuff"). But no-one said you have to eat it all in 5 mins. Make it last for the whole meal. And most importantly talk to people. If you are talking you would be eating as much! Very simple! :o)

However if you are staying over at someone's place then tell them in advance what you eat. No one would mind. Everyone wants to make their guests happy (and if they mind, then they are so stuck-up - Don't visit them :P) Make healthy choices from the options you are given. If it's all unhealthy and drowning in oil then I suggest just drink water and simply pretend to move your spoon in the food and throw it at the first chance you get. But I doubt that would happen!

DQ2 - Sometimes due to stress we tend to indulge without realising it. What should be done to bring back that focus on oneself?

I generally plan my whole week's food in advance. I keep minimal snacks at home. That way I have no choices available to indulge into. It's not at all as hard as it sounds. When you go for grocery next make sure you already know what you are going to make with it so that you do not buy anything else but what you really require!

Divide your 5 meals for the day in advance. Make a mental (or written) note of what you are going to eat and you are more likely to stick to it. One only indulges when they are hungry and they do not know what to eat. I always have chopped lettuce and salad stuff ready because it's easy to toss together and quite filling. (e.g. You can have 100 calorie microwavable pop-corns!)

DQ2 - Everyone's metabolism is different yet one tends to get upset seeing others producing results quicker than them. How should one change his outlook on this?

Why get upset? Get jealous! Hate them! ( I mean, don't tell them that though!) Have that burning desire to do better than them. Tell yourself, oh! they are loosing fast, so they will put it all back on that quickly too! I know, it's mean but it's true. The practical and consistent your weight loss is the longer it's going to stay with you. I am a living example of all the trial and errors of this game!

DQ2 - How can one solve a binging problem?

Partially, I have already answered this above - Plan your meals. If you are full and satisfied you are not going to have any space in your stomach to binge! But let's say, one day you do loose your self-control, then burn it out in the gym the next day, walk a couple of extra miles, don't take the bus/tube that day and walk till the safest distance, drink a lot of water to flush it out, don't use the elevator, basically punish yourself! If you do something wrong, you gotta pay!

Continued on the next post ... Soon!


  1. Jst plain awesome idea.......But I wish ur questions were a little more sarcastic and made us wonder who the "Uff so popular DQ-2" is!!

    Mayb she culd b revealed when ur book gets published.

  2. Thanks Tanuj! These are REAL questions from a Real Person :o) But why don't you send me some sarcastic questions and let's see how i can answer them? :o)

  3. Looks like some got the fashion bug attacked. What's the need for avoiding those extra calories? when you can burn them during exercise or work. I literally eat everything I can lay my hands on from yummy donuts,KFS chiken in oil, to dripping cheese pizza. I attend Cake talks at University to savour those creamy cakes. But all those fats gets drain when you work and think hard. I still remain 64 kgs. I don't want to miss the fun of eating, which you can't do during 30's or 40's.What say Tanvi?

  4. Sathyanarayan - Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your views. We are discussing fitness and health here (in this particular post) for those who are over-weight. While you might be constant on your scale I'm not sure if you are really healthy! And of course one can certainly eat everything you eat, just just not everyday and in huge portions. Lastly, food is supposed to be for nutrition and not for fun (as you put it)!

  5. Great writing Tanvi, I really enjoyed it! Well all these tips will come for me later ....for starters I am going to work on your motivational technique ...I have decided to put up an ugly and fat picture of me and Sumit everywhere around the house, hoping that i will make loosing weight my top priority! Lets see if that works as my depression threshold is really high!!!

  6. Thanks Chiqui! I hope you find the motivation you are looking for! :o) I am glad to be some help!

  7. Wow!!! I am totalllly impressed! U have truly motivated me to start the gym tomorrow! And amazing writing style Tanvi!

  8. Oy dramey, you nailed it yet again, !!! I quite like your DQ2 ;O)!!! I WANT TO BE SKINNY!!!!AND FYI, I secretely am so jealous and hate youuuuu!!!!! hahaha

    Tanuj why are you so keen to know who she is??? I bet she's gorgeous though!!!!
    muah xoxo

  9. I absolutely love it Tans! LOL Can I share, can I share to all the fatter and skinnier ppl than me out there???? They will love it!

  10. I am soooo happy you liked it! I hope I answered your questions! Yes please share it with anyone you like :o) I'll be honoured !!! Hehehe

  11. Thanksss Rahul :o) I am surprised myself that I have the power to do that for ppl! Hehe


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