31-year-old Sunaina did not think her TB problem would prove to be so costly until it brought along additional weight problems and made her a victim of stress and chronic health fluctuations. However, she was determined to turn her life around no matter what it took. In under six months, she lost all of that excess weight and became completely healthy. To know how she did it, read her story here:
Occupation: Civil Engineer cum Urban Planner
Height: 5 feet 2 inches
Highest weight recorded:94 kilos
Weight lost: 31 kilos
Duration it took me to lose weight:9 months
The turning point:In 2017, I was diagnosed with drug-resistant spine Tuberculosis and underwent extensive treatment for 20 months. It brought around severe side effects like depression and drug-induced hypothyroidism which resulted in excessive weight gain. I reached a point where I weighed 94 kilos. Since I was focussed on getting better, I never got conscious about my weight.
However, this rapid weight gain brought along additional problems. I started having palpitations even when I would be resting. My feet started to swell up. Walking up a flight of stairs would make me breathless. This was the point I realised my health was in troubled waters. I went for some tests and my cardiologist got worried and immediately ordered me to work out. It was only by the end of 2018 that I could work out properly.
My breakfast: I usually have 3 boiled eggs along with some veggies or paneer.
My lunch:Oats with veggies and chicken (curry or grilled)
My dinner:For dinner, I have a serving of something like vegetable curry, chicken or fish with two chapatis and a bowl of curd.
Pre-workout meal: A cup of black coffee
Post-workout meal:Boiled eggs and a banana
My workout:Once I got the go-ahead from my doctors, I started going to the gym and working out under supervision from my trainer. I do cardio exercises along with regular strength and weight training regularly.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by:Stir-fried chicken with aubergine tastes yummy!
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I firmly believe that weight loss is 70% diet and 30% workout. It is very important to pay equal attention to both the diet and exercise regime to lose weight in an ideal manner.
How do I stay motivated? There is no bigger motivation than looking back at your old pictures and realizing how far you have come along. Once you start seeing the changes, there is nothing that can hold you back.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? One of the ways I stay focussed towards my goal is by charting out my schedule at the beginning of the week and plan my workout accordingly. I make sure I find time to workout at least 4 days a week, no matter how busy my schedule looks.
For those trying to lose weight, I would suggest maintaining a diary of workouts keeping a tab of all the exercises you are following. For example, if you are into weight training, then keep a tab of the weights you pick up and slowly try to increase your limits. This will help you stay focused.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? When I was overweight, there was a big restriction on the things you could do. Doing normal physical chores proved difficult. I could hardly walk at a fast pace, let alone run!
I also started experiencing health issues like blood pressure shoot up, breathlessness, rising blood sugar levels. All of these forced me to change my lifestyle and stay on the right side of the scale.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?Ten years into the future, I imagine myself having a good physique and look very toned and defined.
What are the lifestyle changes you made?I have started preparing my own meals every day. I eat clean and follow a quantified diet. I make sure to hit the gym 6 days a week.
What was the lowest point for you? Being diagnosed with TB and having to undergo a two-year-long treatment plan was very arduous. More than that, I only realized that I was suffering from weight issues only after my medications stopped. Going through this was so disheartening for me.
Lessons learned from weight loss: Weight loss is more than just the number you see on the scale. As I started losing weight, I automatically felt more active, my heart rate paced normally and B.P. was also in check. It has made me realize that keeping your weight under control is essential for your well-being.