This post is a part of a Get Fit Stay Fit with Bonhappetee blog chain. I thank Anami for introducing me and pushing me to share my simple and awesome fitness journey. Anami has written an entire book on easy workouts that can be done at home.
Fitness means different to different people. For some, fitness might mean losing weight, able to perform daily tasks and being able to run after the kids, for some it can be running on the treadmill or lifting weights, while for some, it might mean running a full Marathon. For some, a fit body means taking up the Iron Man Challenge, while for others it might mean climbing the Everest. Though fitness has different meaning for everyone, the underlying meaning remains the same – optimal health and overall well-being. Let’s find out what fitness means to me, and learn about my simple and awesome fitness journey.
My daughter had barely turned two when I realised that I had put on weight and I didn’t have energy to run after her. That was a wake-up call for me. My doctor suggested simple walking was not enough, I wanted something more strenuous and disciplined. And that’s when I joined the gym.
Initially, I lost weight. I felt on top of the world. But that was also the time when I learnt the truth – Fitness isn’t just about losing weight, it means a good metabolism rate, disease-free body, excellent sleep and strong mental health.
Now, let’s learn about my simple and awesome fitness journey:
Lifestyle changes that I madePeople ask me how to lose weight. I tell people there is no magic wand or potion to lose weight. A fit body requires commitment, discipline and hard work. #fitnessjourney #howtolose #firsttimemommytips Click To Tweet
Quit processed foods. We don’t get ready-made or packaged foods. I make things at home – from jam, hummus, peanut butter, biscuits/cookies, snacks to now baking bread.
My daughter’s friend complains – Anshuaunty always puts healthy homemade stuff in her daughter’s dabba. Well, I take it as a compliment.
Clean eating. People think restaurant or outside food is awesome. Well, it’s not. Homemade is the best type of food. You can assure of the quality of products at home and control the salt, sugar and oil you add to the food items. Try clean eating and your body will love you for that.A simple and awesome fitness journey starts at home. #firsttimemommytips #fitnessjourney #howtolose Click To Tweet
Portion control. You love pizza, you end up eating 8 slices, then you open the box of ladoos and you gobble 3-4, where will this greed end?The problem with the world is not more oil or sugar, but eating in excess. Moderation is the key. #firsttimemommytips #howtolose #fitnessjourney Click To Tweet
My simple rule is to eat like a toddler. Yes, you should see my rice portion – I eat as much as my daughter with more dal and dahi. If you feel like eating 4 pizza slices, be content with eating 2. It’s not your last day on the Earth, just remember that! 😊
Lighter dinner. My dinner is the lightest meal of the day. We make rajma, chhola, pav bhaji and all foods with cream and fat in the lunch. A light dinner promotes good digestion and ultimately good sleep. #firsttimemommytips #howtolose #fitnessjourney Click To Tweet Initially, I brushed my teeth as soon as I finished my dinner, it controlled my hunger pangs, if any. This practice I follow till date.
Mindful snacking. I eat light meals, so I feel hungry around noon and then again around 5-6 pm. These are important meals for me if I want to ensure light lunch and dinner. For midmorning snacks, I prefer black coffee with boiled egg and nuts and seeds. For my evening snacks, I first have a fruit followed by bhel puri, sev puri and pani puri (half plate), ghar ka ladoo, popcorn, etc.
Eat what you love. More often than not, in a weight loss journey, we end up eating, soups, salads, oats – I just cannot stand these on daily basis. I joined the diet recommendation app called Bon Happetee that says I don’t have to eat it if I don’t like it – it lets you eat everything as per your preference and taste buds. So, you see I eat everything, but in moderation.
My workout routine that has helped me
Here’s a sneak-peak into my workout routine. I will write a detailed post later.
Strength training. In the gym, I do strength training for 3-4 days where I target all my muscle groups. Strong muscles protect your joints, keep up your metabolism and help you in looking good.
Cardio. I brisk walk for 10 mins after my strength training. Many a times, I go for evening walks, however, I ensure I walk at a certain speed for my heart health.
Body weight exercise. I do quite a few body weight exercises too like squats, lunges, push ups, tricep dips, planks, sit ups, leg raises, etc.
Yoga. If you are into strength training, your muscles grow and get stiff. Hence, stretches are very important. I practise Yoga for 2 days in a week; it helps keep my muscles flexible.
My simple and awesome fitness journey – before and after
Well, in 2006 I was 56 kgs. Today, at the end of year 2018, I am at 60 kgs (4 kgs above my pre-wedding weight) and I still fit into all my clothes even ones that are 12-15 years old. It doesn’t mean, I am happy with it, however, I don’t stress over weight. I believe in healthy eating and exercising, body will respond on its own.
What I have achieved so far?
Apart from losing weight, I have become fit –
- I sleep as soon as I hit the pillow and sleep like a baby.
- I don’t fall sick except catching a cold in once in one or two years.
- I take my daughter to classes and run various errands in and for the family.
Here are a few fitness journey tips that I would like to give:
- There is no short cut to lose weight. Don’t fall for slimming powders; just control portion and exercise. #firsttimemommytips #howtolose #fitnessjourney Click To Tweet
- Instead of focusing on how to lose weight, concentrate on building a fit and healthy body.
- Anyone who says losing weight or being fit is easy, they are lying to you. It requires hard work. #firsttimemommytips #howtolose #fitnessjourney Click To Tweet
- Find a partner to join your fitness journey. It keeps you motivated and gives the necessary push when you are faltering. However, remember, no motivation works unless you are self-disciplined.
- There is no excuse to losing your fitness goal. I have hypothyroidism for 13 years, it’s easy to let go, but it’s wiser to stay put.
My uncle who is close to 60 with a kidney transplant and an enlarged heart, practises Shirshasana and cycles every day. Yes, that is the type of fitness I am talking about. I am stressing again and again, losing weight is not the ultimate fitness, having a disease-free body and being able to have a sound sleep in the night is.
Hope my simple and awesome fitness journey inspired you. Do give me a shout out if it did. And do share your fitness journey too. I am always on the lookout for inspiring stories especially related to health and fitness.
I would now like to introduce Anupriya of Mommytincture who calls herself a rebel, runs after two kids and writes insightful posts. Here is another post from her that all mothers would relate to – nutrition for picky eaters. Do check it out.
I am participating in the ‘Get Fit, Stay Fit’ blog party with BonHappetee!