Being overweight not only dents your self-confidence but also brings along a host of medical conditions. When 24-year old Rutuja realised that she was gaining weight rapidly, she decided to do something about it. Instead of taking the regular gym route, she decided to work out at home and the results are here for all to see. Read on her incredibly motivating weight loss journey.
Name: Rutuja Kulkarni
Age: 24 years
Height: 5 feet 3 inch
Highest weight recorded:73 kgs
Weight lost: 15 kgs
Current weight: 58 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 1 year
The turning point: While I always had a realisation that I was piling on kilos slowly, it was the way I had started looking in pictures that startled me. I joined a gym to lose weight but I did not like the exhausting workout. So, I started searching for exercises that I might enjoy on youtube and I found the Zumba videos. Now, I have started doing Zumba daily with high intensity.
My breakfast:I begin my day with a glass of lukewarm water with a dash of lemon. Then, I eat soaked almonds with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. At around nine in the morning, I eat one chapati with a bowl of vegetables.
My lunch: My lunch consists of two chapatis and a bowl of vegetables.
Pre-workout meal: My pre-workout meal is 1 banana or puffed rice.
Post-workout meal: I only drink water after working out.
My dinner: A bowl of rice with dal and vegetables with raita or papad.
I indulge in: I absolutely love eating chicken biryani and Chinese cuisine.
My workout: My workout consists of 45 minutes of Zumba (HIIT), skipping and 30 minutes of resistance training workout. I work out at my home only and have not joined any gym.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I am a big fan of carrot and beetroot.
Fitness secrets I unveiled:I have realised that you need to have self-control on your quest to lose weight.
How do I stay motivated? I really loved exercising and looked forward to my workout session every day. Moreover, the compliments I received from friends and family as I started losing weight helped me stay motivated.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I thoroughly enjoyed the process of weight loss, which in itself was enough to keep me focused. Additionally, watching a lot of workout videos and transformation pictures kept me really motivated.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?In addition to facing physical conditions like lethargy and acidity, I also felt really underconfident and was clouded with self-doubt all the time.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I now aspire to have a toned body with beautiful curves.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I completely shunned sweets and junk food. I also made it a point to stay hydrated and sleep on time.
What was the lowest point for you? I had become really lethargic and did not want to move even an inch from my couch. However, the final straw was the way I had started looking in photographs. That is when it struck me that I needed to do something to lose weight.
Lessons learnt from weight loss:I have learnt persistence, consistency and patience from my journey. I have also started to love myself more after my transformation.