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How I Lost It and still losing!

Everyone knows that motherhood brings joy in life of a woman, but another truth is that it brings sorrows too. Now you must be wondering, what am I talking about. If you are Mom, am sure you must have guessed it. Yes! I am talking about the most worried topic “Weight”. Every woman who has entered into motherhood, post delivery has one big agenda on her chart and that is “Weight loss”.

Some mothers manage to loose it easily while some take months or even years to loose those extra kilos. I am a mother who falls under the second category. My little brat is now three years old and am still struggling to shed my kilos of weight. No am not saying that I have not succeeded in doing so, I am on a right path and the feeling of getting back in your old clothes can be felt, can’t be explained.

I had lost some of my pregnancy weight when my brat was one year old but in vain. I gained double the weight of what I have lost because I am foodie and can’t resist seeing lip-smacking food. Every day I used to vow with myself “I am going to start my exercises and diet from tomorrow”, which never came. I have not understood, how weird I looked till one day my friend pointed towards my bulging tummy and I felt really shy about it.

Then and there I decided to be serious and took my first step towards losing weight. I started going on morning walks but irrespective of walking continuously for an hour for three months my weight has not gone down by 100 gms. I was disheartened on seeing no results on scale, irrespective of my hard efforts (according to me getting up at 5 am and brisk walking is an effort 🙂). Fortunately, I did not loose hope as I read many articles, books and researched on internet which busted many myths which I had in my mind about losing weight.

Here I am listing those myths which acts as a mental block and deter one from losing weight:

  • Weight can’t be lost without hard core exercise: Exercise is necessary to get rid of toxins and rejuvenate our body so we remain fit to function all day long. Whenever one does any activity the rate of pumping blood increases which helps in improving our stamina and metabolic rate of body.  It is like oiling your vehicle to help it remain in good shape. Surely it helps in weight loss but is not the sole factor on which one can loose weight. I myself did brisk walking for an hour for three months but have not lost 100 gms 😦 (reason I relied solely on it 😉 ) Hence, the thought that exercising for hours will help to loose weight is a myth.
  • One needs to go on strict diet to shed kilos: What comes in mind on the word “DIET”. Am sure everyone visualises boiled veggies, bland soups, fruits and food made with almost no taste. Definitely you will loose eating such food but can you survive till horizon being on it itself? Just tell me how long can you eat it? I myself can’t and hence never lost till I busted out that it’s a myth. You can loose and that too by eating what you love, the only key being (a) control your portion size and (b) Stop eating till full after dusk.
  • Avoid eating food rich in carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are a source of energy to our body. It fuels our body with essential nutrients to keep us going. So eliminating carbs from diet is going to leave you dull and lethargic. One needs to eat all good carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals in appropriate portions to allow our body to function properly. I started eating carbs first thing in the morning to boost my energy levels after a night long fast and reduced its intake as dawn turned to dusk. It meant, I ate all carbs rich food like potatoes, upma, poha, sabudana khichdi and still lost weight.
  • STOP eating sweets: It is true that eating sweets on a daily basis is not good for helath and weight. But completely eliminating from your diet is no good either (especially if you have a sweet tooth ;)). Since sweets are mostly made with refined sugar and loads of ghee, it is said to avoid it to loose weight effectively. But this never means that you need to stop eating it completely. I am not a person who has sweet tooth but then also there are some sweets on which I just can’t resist myself such as gulabjamun and jalebi. I try to eat it before noon so my taste buds are happy and my weight is also in check (Tummy khus aur mummy khus 😉)
  • Being on liquid diet makes you loose weight: I read it somewhere that being more on liquids help to loose weight. Surely it does, but the irony is as soon as you start eating you will gain double the weight lost (principal returned with interest 😉 ). One should drink around 2-3 litre of water in a day to let body flush out the impurities but being on liquid diet is like keeping body out of nourishment.

I started my weight loss regimen a year back and have lost fifteen kilos till date. I know that I have lost it really slow but the loss is stagnant. One thing I can bet, if you are eating healthy with portion size in check and exercising daily for 30 minutes in a day, no one can stop you from achieving your ideal weight. I would like to thank my friend (Vandana Das)  who always inspired me to join workout regimen which actually helped me a lot.

My mantra of losing weight is:

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Please Note: I was thinking since long to write about my weight loss journey but was tempted to write one today when I saw 30 Day Fitness challenge started by World of Moms. It is an amazing information site for all mothers/would be mothers. 

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Is it good to impart Free Advice?

The literal meaning of Advice is “guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent action“.  Every being, be it a baby, adult or an old person, everyone needs guidance to move ahead in life. Life is not a bed of roses, it is mix of joys and sorrows which keep the spirit of your existence alive. When in joy, you don’t need any support or advice while you dread one badly when in pain. Isn’t it?

Now the question arises,whom do we seek advice from? Obviously from our near and dear ones. They may be our relatives, friends, neighbors, anyone with whom we love to share our thoughts and seek right path to cross over. At times, these advice are sought for, while sometimes they are given to you for free. Everybody loves to get things which are “FREE“.  But is the case same when it comes to advise somebody for future actions? Do people love what we say to them? Are they actually going to follow your perspective and act upon it? We never think these aspects, before reacting and a free advice flow out of our mouth. Is it a correct way to impart advice? Should we actually give free advice?

I too have never thought on these aspects of “Free Advice” till one day when one of my good friend, has warned me ” Not to give free advice to anyone, until and unless asked for“. We had an argument on this, and I gave up pondering over the fact that ” Things which people get FREE, actually don’t hold importance“. This#SachchiAdvice has really impacted me from within.

It’s rightly said:

Free advice

Am sure you too will agree with me on this. What say?#

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Blogger Recognition Award!!

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Yay!! Am super happy of being nominated for this award. I would thank Little Calico’s Journal for nominating me and making me feel wonderful being part of this blogosphere. This award has motivated me, energised me and will keep me more committed to myself to write more.

Here are the rules for nomination:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

My journey to start a blog was just an attempt done to overcome my fear “I cannot write“. But the appreciation and love which I received from my friends out here made me believe that anyone can write. I have learnt one thing that if you ever feel of doing something, attempt it first before failing, don’t sit back and think that you will never succeed doing it :).

I undertook a Blogging 101 course where I wrote a post on “Who am I and Why am here“. This course has helped me know about the blogging world and how I can enjoy being part of it.

I would like to tell people who are new to blogging:

  • Be yourself while writing post.
  • Explore and connect with people of your interest/passions.
  • Share and appreciate efforts of other bloggers.
  • Participate in Daily post prompt (an initiative of WP) which keeps your mind tingling and ideas flowing.
  • Opt for Blogging U. course as I feel its a must do for every blogger who is new to this blogging world.

Would love to pass this award to these 15 bloggers:

  1. But I Smile Anyway
  2. Because I am
  3. Astonishing India
  4. Balanced Traveller
  5. Hobby In a Box
  6. Shafali’s Caricatures, Portraits, And Cartoons
  7. A Funny Thing Happened When I Was Learning Myself
  8. The Home Maker
  9. The Pinterested Parent
  10. Anulekhaghosh
  11. Enjoyingyourkids
  12. The Power Of Quantum Thinking
  13. Enjoyingyourkids
  14. Amitabha Gupta
  15. This Perfect Mess

Am thoroughly loving being part of this virtual world,learning and sharing my experiences and thoughts with people out here. Apart from bloggers mentioned above, I would thank other fellow bloggers of mine too for keeping me inspired,motivated and going.