Yes. You read it right. Before I share my tips on how to lose fat & get fit, its vital to share my journey to getting FAT…
I am Pooja, a 33 year old Indian working mother of two. I am a BIG foodie – I dream, read, think, eat food. I also like to work-out (thank god). I was a fit 52 kgs. when I got married, 59 kgs. when I conceived (7 kgs. added over 7 merry years), 69 kgs. just before my 1st baby & 66 kgs. post my 1st baby!!
Shock #1 Baby out but weight not!!!!
I had gained 10 kgs., but only lost 3! The maths just didn’t work here…
Shock #2 Cute baby bump replaced by a deflated bag!
No, I didn’t expect a flat stomach, but no one prepared me for a deflated, de-shaped stomach either…
Shock #3 I fit only in my maternity clothes!
I may as well not have packed any clothes for hospital check out, the only thing that fit me was what I came in…
Shock #4 I continued to fit only in my maternity clothes even 6 months post-delivery!
I finally accepted that, that was my size now & bought a new pair of jeans, shirts, stretchable (oh I would finally get back to shape) skirts, tops, dresses… Well a new wardrobe!
Shock #5 I am back to exercise but not to shape!
I am back to my 30 mts. pre-pregnancy Aerobics/Circuit regimen. Two years & only 2 kgs gone!
Shock #6 I eat what I did before, but I still look 6 months pregnant!
No more daily pregnancy ice-creams & no more pre-baby outings. Back to healthy home cooked food on week-days & indulgence over week-ends/outings, but only 2 kgs gone in 2 years!
Shock #7 Appearances matter!
Not to you, we all get comfortable in our skin, however extended…but well, our extended family doesn’t. The subtleties differ from direct & to your face – ‘what have you done to yourself?!’ to indirect gossip – ‘wonder what’s happened to her?!’ My defense – ‘Am managing a baby, a house, a full time job, exercising, eating right, what more can I do?!’ Overtime everyone accepts, except perhaps those who see you after ages & innocently remark – ‘Are you expecting?!’ My response ‘Oh! I just had a baby (errr… 2.5 years back).’
Shock #8 You can grow fatter, no matter how careful you are!
It’s called pregnancy 🙂 I was 65 kgs & happily pregnant again, only this time wiser. Ate healthy, indulged less; more fruits, less ice-creams; only walnuts/almonds, no raisins; Peaches/plums, no bananas; 1 week of pre-baby outings, not a month. Exercised more – 45 mts. of pre-natal exercises & 30 mts. walk. Result – 10 kgs up & at 75 kgs pre delivery but sure to lose it all this time, it was all after all baby related…
Shock #9 Out of hospital & once again, baby out, weight not!
Only 3 kgs lost, still weighing 72 kgs!
Shock #10 Despair! What was I to do now?!
It was déjà vu, same shocks, same tricks (back to pre-conceiving exercise & food), what if same result – only 2 kgs less in 2 more yrs & that would be a 70 kg me. Oh such despair…
Does the above despair sound familiar? If yes watch this space more.