You need to change your life a 180 degree when you are trying to shed those stubborn kilos. This process not only requires an incredible amount of will power but a constant source of motivation as well. When 33-year-old Pallavi faced a similar dilemma, she did not bow down. Her weight loss story is an inspiration for anyone who is stuck with their quest to lose weight.
Name: Pallavi S
Occupation: Academic Coordinator
Highest weight recorded:124 kgs
Weight lost:57 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 1 year
The turning point: The change in my attitude came from the fact that I was bullied and made fun of when I attended a function. Of course, it was not an isolated incident which is why I decided to take it up as a challenge and started my journey towards a healthier me. My gym trainers and mentors have been my constant source of motivation during this really hard journey. My transformation has not been easy, but it has surely been worth it all!
My breakfast:For my first meal of the day I just have 250 milliliters of milk or coffee.
My lunch: 250-500 grams of potatoes, 1 cup of Greek yoghurt and some cashews, almonds and peanuts.
My dinner: A portion of ragi or rice.
Post workout meal:Protein shake.
I indulge in: I do not believe in the concept of cheat meals. Hence, I do not include any cheat meals or cheat days in my diet.
My workout:My workout completely consists of weight training. My schedule is as follows: I warm up before I start my workout.
Monday – 1-hour chest workout and jumping jacks, burpees, stepper, push-ups, planks
Tuesday – 1 hour of triceps workout and push-ups, planks
Wednesday – 2 hours of back workout
Thursday – 1 hour of biceps, squats and its variations
Friday – 1 hour of shoulder workouts, jumping jacks variations and planks
Saturday – Leg day
Low-calorie recipes I swear by:Whenever I feel like snacking, I have a sip of water. Water is my go-to low-cal recipe!
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have realised that starving does not help in losing weight. In fact, you can shed those stubborn kilos by eating all your favourite food items but you need to count the calories. Always remember that fitness is a complete lifestyle change. Hence, there is no ultimate destination as the journey keeps going on.
How do I stay motivated? The mirror remains my biggest motivation as it tells me how far I have come and what all I have achieved. I also keep looking back at all my old photographs and it gives me a tremendous boost of inspiration.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? Being able to fit into the clothes that I always desired and the compliments that my friends and family showered on me, kept me right on the fitness track.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?None of the dresses fit me. I was constantly battling low confidence and several health issues. I was not even confident enough to face society with confidence. At times, it was incredibly difficult to even walk for 5 minutes at a stretch. Today, I can run for a minimum of 30 minutes and stand and talk confidently with my head held high!
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?I want to become a healthier and fitter version of myself. I am aiming to have a completely toned body as well.
What are the lifestyle changes you made?
I was very strict with all the lifestyle changes I made. For starters, I completely avoided all the functions, parties and even birthdays. This helped me in cutting down my junk food and processed food intake drastically.
Secondly, I made sure to stick to my diet. Also, I never missed any of my workout sessions, come what may.
What was the lowest point for you?
The worst part of being overweight was definitely not being able to fit into the dresses of my choice. I also felt like I was being denied of the basic right of being loved.
Lessons learnt from weight loss:
More often than not, we all have a tendency to take our health for granted. We keep prioritising everything else over our health until all hell breaks loose one day. Which is why taking care of our body and mind needs to be a lifestyle change. Our body is capable of anything and it’s just the mind we need to train.