Well, I started my fitness schedule exactly three weeks back and I weighed 99.5 kgs when I decided to do something about my obesity. I was forty-seven and not getting younger and I had been diagnosed with a fatty liver a few years back, although I had no diabetes, blood pressure or heart problem the fatty liver was not due to drinking whisky it was because I had become obese. This fat and obesity had grown over a decade of neglect and self-indulgence. As long as I was travelling I was active but come to Corona the travelling stopped and I started putting on weight just sitting in my room for months on end. My non-vegetarian diet full of chocolates and sweets did not help either.
But now I have discovered the virus of power walking today was the second day I clocked 9.5 km. Now I walk for half an hour in the morning and try and do about two hours of walking in the evening. My target is to walk for 10 km everyday month on month that over 15,000 steps a day.
I will have to lose nine kilos just so that I can be fit enough to do stomach crunches, dips, squats, sit-ups and other aerobic exercises. That will take me two months, just to burn enough weight so that I can move to more robust and difficult exercises. My diet remains as planned lots of hydrates soups and dals along with digestive biscuits and chicken momo’s, I do mane some idli sambhar, boiled egg, toast for breakfast as well. The trick is to eat slowly and enjoy the food bit by bit, recommend you eat your lunch and dinner in two instalments, eat half the lunch and. Thereat the other half after an hour, do the same for your dinner. You will realise that this way you will be eating six meals a day. Don’t increase the quantity of food you eat but increase the time you take to eat it.
Good ten hours of sleep nine hours of nightly sleep and a one-hour afternoon nap is a must to get that aching body to recuperate and gain strength back so that you can continue with your schedule.
I make sure I keep having juice and coconut water throughout the day and manage to get four hours off writing as well through the day. I have added fifteen minutes of Pooja ritual in the day, I have a Laxmi Ganesh statue in my room and I have been lighting Diya’s in front of it to pray since Diwali time. The Diya, dhoop add a great smell and aura to my room.I have to be patient losing weight is a gradual process and will take time effort and consistency like anything else.
I am glad I ahem taken the first few steps of what promises to be a challenging yet rewarding journey.