With regards to ‘weight loss’ and overall ‘fitness’ my journey has been going on over the last 2 years. But it has been intermittent. The main culprit was my inability to achieve a ‘fair’ division of time between work, family and self. I have found this, for the major part, the main reason for the regular breaks I have had on this journey.
However, at the beginning of 2011, I made a conscious decision to allocate time to ‘self’ and within that to fitness. The driving factor was my doctor telling me that I needed to watch my bad cholesterol and that, while I wasn’t overweight, I should lose some weight. When @b50 came up with the concept of using the ‘weight loss’ to donate an X amount of Rs to a chosen charity, the charity got my attention. Weight loss got me hooked. I was game. Hook, line and sinker. I knew that my weight loss target would really raise an amount that would really make a difference. Which is why I decided in turn to sponsor a few folks on twitter – in order to achieve a higher Rs value.
Are you wondering why sitting in the US, I got involved in something that is going in India? I’ve been on Twitter just a few years. But it has provided me a ‘connection’ to India. The people. Their lives. More importantly, via mainly the Mumbai bigwigs, I have had the opportunity to have a direct impact in various projects and have been few of the first ones to jump in and ‘raise my hand’. The Wall Project – where I supported via tweet and spread the word to creating a ‘video’ of all those wonderful murals. Then came @anaggh‘s ‘deep’ project. I was able to and had the pleasure of donating a decent amount to the chosen charity. Such ‘direct impact’ opportunities I cherish and thank twitter for.
Back in Feb 2011, my weight was 178lbs. My goal is to try and get to 170lbs or just under. Not a big ask looking at the numbers. However, to date it has been hard. That said, weight as such is not my main concern. It is the ‘spare tyre’ around the waist that always bothers me! In general, without making a song and dance about it, my goal(s): Weight down to 169/170lbs; Loss of the ‘spare tyre’; and overall muscle growth (no no, not like Salman Khan)
Right now, I’m really back to square one with regards to my weight, sadly.
I was doing wonderfully well going into summer. I was down to 171lbs and feeling extremely proud and good about myself. Then my parents came over and stayed with us. With them came all the home-cooked (mum’s cooking) food, the shrikhand, the gulab jamuns etc. It was just a spiral. The spare time was lost. The controlled diet went quickly out of the window with two full ‘rich’ indian meals daily. Within no time I shot up to 180lbs. I had just given up. That old ‘culprit’ – division of time – came in the way again. The day they left, I was back on the ‘weight loss’ wagon. But it has been hard. Change of habit. Change of lifestyle. Great difficulty. But am truly back on the road again.
Workout: When I had dropped down to 170lbs, I had divided up my week days – Mon~Fri between weight training and cardio — Weight training for the purpose of developing and growing muscle, while losing calories -& thereby the fat; Cardio to allow muscle recovery and help additionally in burning calories. Mon, Wed and Fri were weight training days; Tue and Thu were cardio – brisk walk/cycling or on a Gym treadmill. Sat/Sun were rest days, but i tried to put in some brisk walking – just to keep the momentum going.
At the same time, I had a very controlled diet. Protein rich foods, greens, and lots of water. This was the biggest change in my lifestyle. Everything I ate had to have some sort of value to my ‘fitness’ goals.
Diet: (In general)
2/3 egg white omelette with grilled chicken (when available) but egg whites – the barest minimum
8oz Protein Shake with 2%milk – killed the snack gap
Green leafy salads with chicken and cheese
Protein Shake – helps recovery and muscle repair and growth
Indian dinner (desi-gujju)- but have kept away from wheat and rice – to avoid the starch/carbs contributing to the fat
As much as I could starting with atl east 8-10 glasses. No sodas. No artificial juices. When eating out the weekends, eat healthy and have Iced teas as treats – instead of water! 🙂
My sponsor is @b50 and in turn i sponsor: @rupalimk @apnavi @gupta-aastha @rhebbar @timepass and @iyamalhotra (which we collectively called #MooSha – Movers & Shakers — hopefully this will help me achieve a good Rs value as my contribution to the charity.
Does BigLoser help? Absolutely. BigLoser has been a wonderful idea and carried through to fruition. I often mind it difficult to stay motivated (which is why I ‘easily’ fall off the ‘fitness’ path. BigLoser essentially crowd-sources the encouragement. I tweeted to another great tweetpal @chet6 – Social networks and the group of like minded folks is like ‘Encouragement sans Frontiers‘ (Take off from Doctors sans Frontiers). Further, BigLoser facilitates creating of benchmarks, targets, and more importantly, a level of accountability. When you’re ‘on your own’ it’s just so easy to ‘readjust’ the targets/goals/efforts to suit the lethargy and fatigue that creeps in quite frequently.
It is for this reason, that I like using Runkeeper app (record my activity, follow and share with a ‘street team’ of a few folks from twitter) and also blabber away on twitter. Both Runkeeper and Twitter are a good source of encouragement and support.
(Talking about @chet6 – I am now following his #30dayChallenge where in he has decided to ‘come what may’ put in a walk every single day. I in turn took up the challenge of ‘fitness activity – making up of weight training and atleast a 3.5mile walk – daily for 30 days consecutive. Due to work timings this week, I have had to miss my workouts, so the walks worked as a replacement. Completed Day 5 today making is a total of 22.81miles walked / each involving a .66mile climb of 493ft – and back down again, of course!)
Besides this, BigLoser and the team regularly provide tips and suggestions. Eating the right foods is just as important as working out and all the fitness regimes. The weekly podcasts have been wonderful and I find myself looking forward to Mondays. I listen to them on my way to work in the car on Monday mornings. Like a booster for the rest of the week.
My personal biggest challenge has been staying motivated and being able to allocate time to ‘my’ fitness schedule. The time I allocate often gets considered as ‘not important’ in relation to time needed by family and/or work. But again, I have realised that I need to really needed to be rigid with time of my self (fitness) and this has happened. And guess what? The world didn’t stop with me! It kept on moving on.
Thank you again, for the recognition. But more importantly, thank your for the encouragement and support via Twitter.
Congratulations to our #blotw @aar4/Rakesh!