I had joined twitter long time back but never really got going on tweets, I was reintroduced to it by @priyankac19, and I started tweeting in somewhere mid May. I remember making a stupid comment on twitter, with respect to weight loss, and that’s when @bglsr caught hold of me and corrected me, initially I was of the opinion that “big loser” was some other reality show which was trying to promote itself through twitter.
I went on to their website, and read most if not all, of the articles posted on the site, As such I never joined big loser, so far haven’t got a sponsor either, but I told myself if someone is willing to pay for your weight loss, then there has to be something noble about the whole concept, few people have been instrumental in me getting a little involved with big loser, @anaghh, @b50, @chhavi, @sashg, they all have helped in the way they could. Special mention for @anaghh whose blog I visited and read all the articles in a day (fat to fit section).
There on I read and commented on @bglsr every tweet, and tried getting more involved, it was a great learning, and they continue doing the good work
But this article isn’t about how good they are, everyone out there knows it’s a great concept backed by some great people, so I wouldn’t like to add many praises to it,
One day there was a tweet from @bglsr “it”s normal to lose weight soon after starting a regular fitness routine, then plateau for a bit” to which I had replied “its the plateau where most of the people quit bcoz of boredom, thats where u need to push yourself that extra tiny bit” and @bglsr retweeted, which made me believe there was some sense in my message,
Since my school days I have always been fat (or little extra healthy in my mom’s words, but all moms think that way about their FAT child), I don’t remember joining a gym anywhere, until some 6 years back when I had joined a gym in my locality; in the last 6 years I have joined 5 gyms, the last gym being the only one where I renewed my membership,
My weight fluctuation has been the like the Indian equity markets, “A rise, followed by small fall, then rise over and above, the previous high, then some correction and again the rise,” I have moved from 80 to 75, then 75 to 85, then 85 to 80 back to 85 then 85 to 97 that was the high I ever reached, the day I saw that figure on the weighing scale, I knew I had to do something.
Over these 6 years of irregular gyming, I have learnt a few things from all my mistakes; the most important thing I have learnt is about that phase in weight loss which is called “plateau” and I would like to say something about this phase, with an example
All of us from MumbaI have travelled in the local train at point of our career. I had travelled from AndherI to Churchgate 6 days a week for 3 years, some of you must have travelled less someone a lot more, so here are the few things which you learn from travelling
1) Punctuality, all of us had a set time to take the train to our office, we all did everything possible to catch that train, yes sometimes we missed it, but 8 out 10 times we made sure we took that train, why? There would be another local 5 mins later, right? But if we took that train everything that was to follow would fall in place, the bus from churchgate to office, or less crowded taxi stand
Put this in practice for your gym and diet, and you will see the result, eat what you are suppose to eat at what time you are suppose to eat, gym when you are suppose to gym, and you will see everything will fall in to place
2) Friends, All of us made some friends in the train we travelled, we never knew all those people earlier, initially they were just faces which we saw often because of same time of travel, then we get used to that face, the day he/she doesn’t travel you would realise, and the next day or after a few days as the case might be you would ask “what happened didn’t see you yesterday or few days?”, this person wasn’t known to you, but you still cared to know.
For gym, this is what will happen: you would be a beginner and see new faces, you will see them more often, and then you would know them better, so its always good to have someone as your GYM BUDDY, someone who will ask you “why didn’t you come for so many days, so make friends in the gym, there is no point being a loner there
3) Good friends and not so good friends, when we travel in train, and have made friends, we will meet people who would be entertaining and who would be helpful in many ways, and they would make you feel the journey is shorter, and you would meet people who would keep blabbering, you would talk to them and feel you enjoying the conversation, but actually the conversation is not taking you anywhere, they would explains schemes overnight – rich, you wouldn’t want to invest in them right and the train journey would still take same time
These good friends are your supplements, proper diet after consultation, and these not so good friends are tablets such as fat burners, fad diets like Atkins, only meal replacements diet. The most hilarious one I ever heard was “jaundice diet” (where you eat only food allowed for jaundice patients), so make these good friends stay with you and politely say “thanks, but no thanks “ to the not-so-good friends
4) Target and nothing else. As I said earlier I travelled for 3 years from AndherI to Churchgate and most of you would have travelled from point A to point B, when you left your place you always knew you have to get to point B, many a times, when you catch the train, by the time you settle in the next station has arrived, and it seems just few mins, the next few stations, also seem to come fast, in between you start counting how many more stations to go, and why does it have to take so long, but you never get down of the train and say, its taking forever and I am going back home, do you? If you got on at AndherI and have to reach Churchgate you would go to Churchgate and not get off at Dadar as half the train is getting empty, or at Marine Lines, thinking I have almost reached, do you?
Have a set target weight you want to lose and just eye that target, you would lose some kgs, by just starting the gym after long gap, you would lose a few more sooner, after that it becomes tedious, all pain, but not much gain, that where you need the extra patience, and remember your target weight, you need to remember the destination. What I did is I bought an expensive pair of jeans have hung it in wardrobe, and try to get into it every 3 months, the day I manage to do that I would be a happy person
So to summarise the things that I learnt from my mistakes
1) Be regular at the gym, try to make it 6 days a week, but nothing less than 5
2) Have a gym buddy or get a friend who is also keen on losing weight to join your gym
3) Stick with the tried and tested formula and don’t fall for fad products
4) Have the target in your mind, write it on your palm, write it on your wallpaper of your laptop, get it tattooed if need be, do everything it takes to remind you.
Two Hindi songs which I always listen to and are motivating for anything “ rookh jaana nahI tu kahI haar ke, rahoon main milenge…” and other one is from Lakshya movie “ lakshya toh har haal main paana hai”
I have lost 12 kgs in last one year, have come down from 97 to 85. My target for this year is to get down from 85 to 75, and I WILL REACH THERE
@AC_31 wins himself:
1. A gift hamper of soya milk from Staeta
2. A gift hamper of healthy snacking biscuits from Britannia NutriChoice
3. A six-month subscription to The Ideal Home and Garden magazine
4. A lovely umbrella from The Bombay Store