Priyanka’s Weight Loss Story
I hated weighing myself. Hated Hated Hated it. Stepping on a scale meant dealing with my worst fears so I avoided it for as long as I could remember. All this time I would cover up my fat layers with loose and boring clothes.
I have always had a love-hate relation with my weight. Most parts of my childhood were spent in ignorance. I loved my burgers and sundaes and relished them whenever I could (which was every 2 days). I was a foodie and ate everything I could at a buffet just to cater to my taste buds. I knew I was overweight but I never did anything about it.
It was during the last year of school when my elder sister got engaged. When I saw my pictures, I was shocked. Instead of looking 17 years I actually looked like I was in mid-30s.
This is when I decided to join an aerobics class. My 12th had just begun and I could manage a one-hour session. I wanted to look better for the wedding. The class was fun. I never weighed myself there or thought about weight loss but just gave in my best. Since my body was not used to any form of activity it reacted well and I lost a lot. I don’t know how much but it was quite a bit and everyone was surprised to see me at the wedding which was just 1 month after the engagement.
I managed my studies and aerobics till the end of the year but then I fell sick. I had to quit the classes and suddenly there was a lot of exam pressure and I could not join it. The weight came back soon after and seemed to bring back its friends also who started to settle themselves on every part of my body. But I was helpless, after all, 12th class needs sacrifices.
Then came college where other girls wore skinny jeans and fashionable clothes while I stuck to my suit, ill-fitted jeans and loose shirts. These clothes did nothing to make me look glamorous. I would envy the slim girls who got all the attention but would then simply convince myself by saying that I am different and I don’t want to look like them. True, I didn’t want to imitate anyone but another fact that I avoided facing was that I didn’t want to look like myself also.
College life is comparatively easier than school and you have more time. This time I decided to join a gym. I worked out for 2 hours daily but it never showed. It was during this time that I got the courage to step on the weighing scale. I was shocked! It read 80 Kgs. I was so depressed by this that I decided to skip dinner and suddenly I started losing weight. I continued this for more than a year and then one day I noticed that my weight was stuck at 70 kgs.
In fact I was slowly gaining also as my body had got used to the low calorie count. On top of that I was facing severe acidity problem. This is what happens when you skip meals. Your body reacts badly and you get gall stones or develop acidity problem.
I contacted a nutritionist soon after this who explained how eating healthy is important. She suggested that instead of skipping dinner I should have early dinner and have 5-6 small meals during the day. I followed her suggestions and her diet religiously and soon my body reacted positively. I was working out and eating right and within a few months I was down to 60 kgs.
It was never an easy journey but it was my determination and hard work that paid off. The journey has been slow but rewarding. I lost 20 kgs in about 2-3 years. My wardrobe is no longer restricted to suits and has all kinds of clothes. I feel confident and happy in anything I wear. It is a great feeling and I am in love with the new me. All I can say from my experience is that it is hard journey but stick to it and you’ll surely win.