NOTE: This write-up is not for those who are looking for some miracle to loose weight or who want it to be fast. It’s a journey of sheer hard-work, self-analysation, some behavioral management & about training one’s mind & above all changing life style forever.
I remember when in 2009, I joined the gym, the trainer told me that it’s 70% of my diet that would help me to loose weight & gymming or any other form of exercise would only play 30% role. I didn’t pay attention as I just didn’t want to compromise on my diet. Anyhow, during that one year I lost 5 kgs, without following any diet. It was still a younger age of early thirties. When I stopped gymming, within a few months my weight was back.
Now I started Yoga, here also the teacher told me the same thing, which I ignored again. This time I didn’t loose weight, though because of Yoga I started feeling lighter, good & healthy.
My body gave me much of flexibility but I misused it everytime, for a long time. As I was growing in age, my eating habits became even worst. And what I did to deceive it further, I started doing one hour long brisk walk along with Yoga. The result was my body started to get toned but because I had no control over my tongue, my weight kept increasing.
To be honest, all this while my conscience kept telling me that I am doing wrong, I must take care of my weight and to my wonder now, I kept ignoring that too.
In those years I started to write, became a blogger, got two of my books published. I used to consider myself a spiritual. Then one fine day I contemplated, spirituality means to be closer to one’s soul, to listen to what it says, and what I am doing is opposite. Being into spirituality I must be able to control my spoiled eating habits.
I stared hard myself in the mirror, I was so anguished that I wrote a ten page diary entry on self-criticism.
Then in the beginning of 2015, when I was about to get my life-coach certification, we were given an assessment to have an experience of few hours of coaching. All the colleagues were free to coach each other. Then I got to know that there is someone in our group, who has done a lot of research in dietetics. She was Sarita Goswami, we had our first session & from the on the journey started.
From our very first session Sarita, without criticising, made me realise, what was wrong in my diet. I felt so good that now I have someone on whom I can rely upon, to whom I am answerable, who would never judge me & would take me to the right path.
I realised that being a life coach, I must do something that could proved to be a learning for me as well & later on I could share my experiences with all. That thought gave me enough reason to get motivated.
The result after one year
I’ve lost 8 kgs. out of which 7 kgs. were lost in the first five months, then there was a plateau of seven months, which I had to bear patiently. Besides weight loss, I am satisfied with myself that now I am honest with my body. I am healthier, happier & more confident.
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‘During the plateau I could feel that though the weight is not going down but something positive is under process.’
Having mild hypothyroidism, I am satisfied because I know at this age I am rowing the boat into an opposite direction, which is tougher, the results would be slower but still I am trying.
What I learnt
- We require much lesser food than we eat.
- Slow eating is mindful eating.
- We must show gratitude while having meals, from the farmer, who sowed the seeds, the vegetable vendor, to the person who has cooked for you and to the universe.
- If I did over eating, no worries; I can always balance it afterwards.
- Added fruits, salads, dry fruits, ghee & butter in my diet.
- I must tolerate hunger but shouldn’t famish myself.
- Its healthy to drink lots of water throughout the day.
- No matter how I love a particular dish, I have to respect it & eat it in moderate amounts because this is not the last time I am having it.
- I obeserved thin people around me, (esp. my son) they know exactly when their stomachs become full.
- I learnt to deal with emotional eating, as I am not supposed to torture my body for the outer circumstances of my life.
- I wrote more than 100 quotes on my weight loss experiences, which now I’ve started to share on my FB page. Do read them.
What I still have to learn
I want to learn how to keep fasts on fruits & salad. I want to control myself even more as even now I often let go of myself in front of cravings & favourite dishes. I want to enjoy more the emptiness of the stomach.
Helps: Along with my hard-work & Sarita’s guidance, a book named ‘The Beck Diet Solution’ helped me tremendously.
End Note: That’s all friends, I know I’ve achieved 50% of what I planned but I am sure, in another year I’ll be able to loose further.
Look around you, you’ll see how few people are spoiling their bodies, by eating junk & at inapproriate times, without even paying attention how that food is negatively affecting them. It’s high time that we must wake up towards a healthier future, before it’s too late.
If I can be of any help to you under this context, feel free to contact me. You can visit Sarita’s website here: Innerfitness
Love, peace, happiness & good health