I thought of sharing my fitness story with you all today. Like how I became so aware of my body and fitness. I was never on the skinny side though was slim in my school and college days (I was staying in Kanpur then, with my family and relishing mom-cooked food). Then my life took a turning point, I completed my studies and I decided to move out of Kanpur and shift to New Delhi in order to pursue my career in the aviation industry. I worked for Kingfisher Airlines for few months (which happened to be a tiring 12 hours job, by the way), and also faced the sad side-effects of staying away from home à Weight Gain. Yes, I gained weight, very rapidly, all because of the junk and outside food I was relying upon. And the bad part, I did not even realize it. Everything in my life was happening so fast that I did not get time to sit and think of what am I eating and what is its impact on my body.
I did not use to cook back then, hence eating out all 3 meals was part of my daily routine. After a year and half, I started realizing the negative changes in my body. I had love handles, a waist with a round tyre, sagging arms and fat thighs. All the charm was gone. My previous clothes did not fit me now. Nothing was looking good. I thought to myself “How can I neglect myself so much! I look so different now. This was not my motive when I came to a different city and decided to live all by myself.”
Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it. Then I took a decision to stop abusing my body and do something (good) for myself, but did not know where to start from. That was the time when Kareena Kapoor’s (an Indian actress) size zero was in the news all over. Though I was not at all influenced by that kind of a figure, but that particular news hi-jacked everything from News channels to newspapers to fashion magazines and what not.
Then one fine day on TV, I watched Rujuta Diwekar (Kareena’s nutritionist) being interviewed. And only after listening to her, was I convinced to buy her book ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight’.
I immediately ordered that book online and got it delivered on a Saturday (which luckily happened to be my weekly off day). I read that book in flat 2 hours (or may be less). And it would not be a lie to say that the book changed my way of thinking forever. It was that kind of a moment for me – when you badly need help and God sends someone to help you right in the middle of the ocean! I was inspired to the highest level on earth! The very next day I got myself a gym subscription, stopped feeding my mouth with all the junk, processed and unhealthy food. Eventually started cooking healthy and nutritious food at home. In the words of Rujuta (the author), started eating the right thing, in the right quantity and at the right time!
This book is truly an eye-opener. The author connects with the reader so well that one gets addicted to the book. It becomes difficult to keep it down. I then started seeing changes in my body (over a period of 3-5 months), which were the combined results of good diet and work-out sessions. I lost all my extra weight and started to look good and healthy again.
I seriously, whole heatedly thank the super generous lady “Rujuta Diwekar” for writing such an amazing book and sharing her knowledge with the masses.
It’s been close to 4 years since then and my journey towards a fitter body continues. I treat my body as my temple. I love love love working out. I love my gym and my food. I actually wait for those 40 min daily when I get re-charged from within. Though there are days when my energy levels go down and I don’t feel like working out or eating right, then I head back to the book (which, by the way, I have read for at least 100 times by now), and get all my inspiration back in gear.
“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.”
“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” – So friends, let’s get going!!
Cheers to fitness!