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Non Scale Victory

Say hello to my new friend Mr. Vein. It is now permanently here on my arm from last few weeks and I guess its here to stay. Till last year when I use to weigh 145 kgs anytime I had to get any blood tests done, doctors used to always find it so difficult to find my vein and now after 1.5 years of hard work this guy is popping out of my arm without any flexing. Now that is what I call a Non Scale Victory. 

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Pop a Gum

Food cravings can often drive you crazy resulting in some serious cheat food sessions.  Often when you are dieting, you would experience that you stick to your diet plan whole day very strictly, but when the evening comes, craving would start to creep in, turning you into a binge monster.   If you could just subside those cravings for few minutes more often than not, you will be able to end your day well within your calorie budget.  It all comes down to those few minutes of crazy food cravings which can either make or break a great diet plan.  So what to do when the craving demon comes hunting for you.  You can exorcise the demon with a very simple weapon, oh no not the steak to heart or a wooden cross, but a trusty old sugar-free gum.  Yes Sugar Free Gum works like a charm against those evil food cravings.  Whenever I get cravings for any kind of unhealthy food, I just pop a Sugar Free Chewing Gum and it kills the craving.  This is a simple trick which I found by accident. I was never a fan of chewing gum, but since I discovered this trick I always keep a stick of gum handy to deal with any kind of emergency.  Just make sure the Gum you use is sugar-free and each stick is less than 5 calories. This neat trick can prove to be a trump card in your weight loss journey and let’s face it; you will look much cooler with a gum in mouth instead of those sinful brownies.

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Small Beginnings…

Small Beginnings

Everyone knows the toughest part of trying to lose weight is to keep up the discipline over the long period of time, but often ignored is the part of starting up.  In the movies when a guy wants to shape up, they cut into a groovy montage with an inspirational song and shots of the guy working out, eating good, waking up, working out again, thus condensing a 6 – 8 month long fitness  journey into  2 minutes, but alas in real life that is not the case.  For a person planning to lose weight has to understand that you cannot start big (pun intended).   Be prepared for lots of false starts and slip ups in the beginning. Often many of us fat people are quite shy to start doing exercise publically, so most of the research is done online.  As you prepare to start with your fitness regime, you will see loads of fitness videos on YouTube, showing some sure fire 7-8 exercises with a promise to lose weight in next few weeks.  But often the fitness gurus making these videos fail to understand that for an obese person it would be impossible to perform these exercises.  It will take at least a couple of weeks of conditioning for you to even doing the moderate workouts.  At 145 Kg weight, the only workout I could do was walking. Thus if you are really over weight or not used to working out at all, it’s important to understand the significance of starting small and gradually working up the fitness ladder.  To start with for first week your focus just has to be on maintaining a good and healthy diet.  Start counting calories, eat clean food and just try to resist all the temptations of cheating on your diet.  Even if you end up cheating in a meal for first few days, just dust it off and start your diet again from next meal onward.  Once you get your diet in control, then you can start working out.  You don’t need to do a High Intensity workout or killer lifting session from day 1; just starting with a 30 mins walk will be enough.  When I started out, for first 2 weeks I hardly did any workout, my focus was just on my food intake. From 2nd week onwards I started my daily walks, I could just walk 1 km for first few days, but gradually got my stamina and was able to do up to 5 km in next couple of weeks. The key was never to give up and understand your own limitations.  Even with such simple and small beginnings, you will be able to see amazing result.

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Inception – The Dream is Real

Lately often when I wake up in the morning I can hear a distant sound of foghorn blowing in rhythmic style like in the movie inception but soon I realize it isn’t a dream anymore.  The Dream is real.  Being fat all my life, I had always had a dream that how awesome it would be if I could just loose little bit of weight, but now after losing 41 kg I still sometimes forgot that I am not as Big (remember its polite word for fat) as I used to be and things have changed.  So how did I do that, how did I make this weight loss a reality?  Well a detailed answer involves a diet plan and workout plan but a one line answer is MIND OVER MATTER – THE INCEPTION.

No matter which diet you plan to follow, no matter what workout routine you plan to do, if you are not motivated enough to change your lifestyle it will never work.  It all starts and ends with the mind.  Often motivation is temporary, we feel inspired when we are in our comfort zone, but as soon as we start pushing our body, motivation starts to diminish. Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight any time in their life must have experienced this feeling. From last 10 years, every few months I used to feel motivated to lose weight for my wife and even started and followed many different kind of programs for few days or weeks, but once I got back in day-to-day routine, the motivation used to fade away resulting in one long yo-yo diet.  Everybody feels after the birth of my son the motivation was so strong that I finally followed through on my diet plan.  But that’s just partially true.  In fact after my son’s birth for 4 months even though I tried my best to lose weight I just kept on putting on more kilos each passing day.  That’s when my wife did an inception on me.  That was her one final attempt to make the dream real.  How the inception will work is a very personal matter for everyone and it will depend on how the idea can be planted in your head.  For me it was done by my wife and it just finally happened. Yes my biggest strength and my secret ingredient in this incredible transformation was my wife who never gave up on me. Basically the inception of the idea is that your mind feels that what diet plan and fitness plan your body has to follow is the only reality which can exist anymore, everything else is just a dream. This will make you adopt a life style change.  Ask any fitness expert in the world and he or she will always advice you to make a lifestyle change, eat healthy, workout and control your cravings.  So this advice instead of being an advice, if can be planted as a reality in your mind, than the hard and rigorous weight loss journey can be much more fun and easy and it will be just matter of time till you wake up one day and realize that the dream is real.

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Mission Slimpossible

Ethan Hunt after defeating all the villains in the world has been successful in achieving world peace and IMF has been tasked with boring stuff of surveillance and maintaining peacekeeping task force.  These years of desk job and no running sideways on world’s tallest tower has made Ethan Hunt put on pounds of weight and before he could realize, he was overweight and lethargic. That’s when IMF got alarmed to see one of its best agent not fit for the job when the need would arise. Thus Mr. Hunt gets a phone call one day from Mission Commander.

Mission Commander: “Good morning, Mr. Hunt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves you to lose weight and get back to being fit as soon as possible. As always, should you stop mid-way in your fitness regime and fail to achieve your target this agency will disavow all knowledge of your actions. And Mr. Hunt, I assure you that you might end up look like Tom Cruise if you are successful in your mission. Mr. Hunt, this isn’t mission difficult, it’s mission impossible. “Difficult” should be a walk in the park for you. . This message will self-destruct in five seconds.”

Cue the MI theme song in your head (make sure it’s the Limp bizkit Version) and you are all fired up to start your Fitness Mission.  This might sound very silly to many people but this is how I motivate myself to lose weight.  Well not the exact same scene but anything fun or crazy from pop culture to keep me disciplined and on track.  When you are taking up a herculean task of losing 60 to 70 Kgs of your total body weight, you have to accept that it’s going to be very long, painful, boring and sometimes depressing process.  The only way to keep yourself from not giving up and keep doing what you are doing is to make it fun and interesting in your head.  It has to be some kind of mission or adventure for you, which will make you want to do it every day again and again.  Instead of dreading your morning runs or workout sessions, make it more like a Mont
age from Rocky in your head and you will love it.  Who doesn’t feel inspired listening to that training montage and just get up and start working out. This is the simplest trick to keep yourself disciplined. This has worked so good for me at least, keeping that mind busy in some adventure makes you feel less hungry and more motivated to burn those calories day in and day out.  Motivation and Inspiration are the first steps to losing weight, which I will talk in my next post.gollum But no matter how much motivated you are,in a long and boring weight loss journey often during the sinful ideal time like late night TV watching sessions we end up like a greedy Gollum just raiding the fridge for our precioussss  Carbs and Fats and forgetting all about our fitness regime and motivations.  I am sure almost every person who is trying to lose weight and become fit has at least once felt like Gollum after binging.  It’s a normal human behavior. But if your mind is on a mission, it would stop itself from becoming Gollum and keep you on track.

So before you find your motivation, way before you start your fitness regime, the first thing you need to do is make it a mission, an adventure and a passion you are going to embark upon and if you do that, I can assure you, your franchise will be a box office hit.

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The Prologue

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Oh wait, sorry wrong story.  Let’s try again. Some time ago in this galaxy itself I was a Big Person (That’s polite way to say Fat).  I won’t sugar coat anything on this blog, I don’t want to make it a sob story of how I used to be fat and all that drama attached to it. It sure sucks to be fat and I know it way too well.  I have been a fat person as far as I can remember. Always the fattest person in the class, as every year passed by I kept on putting on more and more weight till I reached my tipping point. At my largest I was 145 Kgs, which was just 5 months ago and today I have managed to get a bit into shape and come down to 101 Kgs.  It is still a long way to go before I can achieve my target but still having lost 40 kgs till now is what I consider a win.

before and after

This story is just getting started and I need to reach my target weight of 70 Kgs, which might take some time, but while on this journey I would love to share thoughts, anecdotes, recipes and tips which I followed to reach where I am today and the new ones which I might follow to reach my target.  Actually many people have asked me lately as to what’s my secret of losing weight or what diet or routine I am following.  This blog is to answer all those questions and in process if possible to help anyone who might be benefited from my experience.  Well let me tell you my secret, there is no diet plan or a particular routine which works for a weight loss program.  Any diet or routine you will try by following someone will always fail.  Your weight loss program has to be something which you have to learn and develop yourself and keep it evolving almost on daily basis. You need to constantly read research and learn a lot about eating, working out and almost anything remotely related to fitness.  The key is only you know the strengths and limitation of your own body and how far can you push it. Thus at the onset I would like to make it clear, I am not going to sell any kind of diet plan or work out plan (Actually I might if someone pays me an obscene amount of money) to any of my reader, or promise some miraculous 30 days weight loss program to lose 100 pounds. For that you have millions of other blogs and websites, just google it. What I share or experience might not even be applicable to many and something which I don’t think works on me might work on someone else.  So let’s do this…

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