Weight loss story: “At 28, I weighed more than my mother and this is how I lost weight”
01/8 Here’s her inspiring story of losing 26 kilos in 1.5 years:
28-year-old Vonita found it terribly hard to lose weight, no matter what she did before. Mean comments, negativity became a part of her life and drove her to a point when she didn’t think she was beautiful enough. While she was determined to prove naysayers wrong, she realized the truest way to lose weight in a healthy and happy manner is to do so in a holistic manner, without strict rules. With her mother’s support, she followed a good diet, worked out religiously, and now, she feels low whenever she doesn’t exercise.
Occupation: Business Analyst
Age: 28 years
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Highest weight recorded: 80 kilos
Weight lost: 26 kilos, I currently weigh 54 kilos
The duration took me to lose weight: 1 year and 6 months
02/8 The turning point
I was always a skinny girl. It took me a long time to realize that I have actually put on weight. I used to walk for 30-40 min every day even when I was overweight. But nothing was working because my eating habits and lifestyle were not proper. I even tried a few things like ayurvedic diet pills, consulting a dietician, having lemon water every now and then, etc but nothing was going well. There was definitely a lack of determination in the journey I had in mind. When I weighed heavier than my mom, even she became worried.
The turning point I would say when I was criticized by a group of acquaintances who blasted comments at me saying I couldn’t even lose weight “if I had lemon water daily”, tell me that weight loss need lots of determination which I didn’t have, I felt like my inner pride and willpower were being questioned. It was difficult for me to accept that my willpower is low, that too from people who hardly know me and judge me on the basis of my weight. All these made me so conscious that I started realizing that gaining weight doesn’t only affect my body shape but also my way of thinking and accepting everything without complaints. From that point forward, I stopped overthinking about such and such questions, realized the true value and benefits of losing weight, and just concentrated on fine-tuning my health. Slowly, I got to my goals and managed to lose weight in a proper manner.
03/8 Diet that was followed
My breakfast: I start my day with a glass of lukewarm water after one hour a bowl of oats with fruits, dry fruits, and honey.
My lunch: Two Rotis with daal and mixed vegetables and salad / Two Rotis with chicken breast and salad. Sometimes adding curd too.
My dinner: One big bowl of salad which includes a mix of veggies (green vegetables, boiled or raw), chicken, paneer, eggs, green moong, chana, chowlia, rajma, etc. I change the mix according to my preference and taste of the day.
Pre-workout meal: One cup Green Tea/ Energy drink(homemade)
Post-workout meal: Post-workout mosambi juice and coconut water. After an hour, protein shake.
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Cheat diet comes monthly twice or thrice for me…and I eat whatever I like on those days, yeah but quantifying it well. I am not overeating at any time.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by Well I make my own salads, they are not just a healthy low-calorie meal idea, but I genuinely feel it’s the yummiest of all!
04/8 How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
Maintaining my daily routine religiously. Focus on your goal. The only way not to lose focus is to know how much you are in love with your goal. How badly you want something. Maintaining my own dashboards, my progress sheets of my own.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? I was on the verge of negativity and had developed a sense of hating myself. Losing self-confidence, believing you are not beautiful enough. “Good for nothing” feeling. Inferiority complex within yourself. These are the most ridiculous feelings I ever had in my life while being overweight.
05/8 Workout followed
2 hours of my dedicated gym hours (mix of cardio, HRX, CrossFit, weight training, flexibility, and all). That has become a part of my daily routine without that I feel low now.
06/8 Fitness secrets unveiled
Consistency in what you are doing, your willpower, and a positive attitude will take you miles ahead and fulfill all goals.
How do I stay motivated? My mantra is “What you think, you become” so what I want in my life, I should do everything to achieve that. And it goes for every step of my life, my career, or my health. And of course my mom’s constant support.
07/8 What shape do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Of course, I want to be as fit as ever. My goal is to reach 50 KG in a year and maintain it for a long. Losing weight is not that difficult, but the challenge comes when it comes to maintaining it. And that’s my goal to maintain what I achieve.
08/8 What lifestyle changes did you make?
The biggest change has been in my eating habits- I now maintain a proper gap between meals, try to be active most times, and get proper sleep as well.
Lessons learned from weight loss: It is said rightly that “with more powers comes great responsibility” so when we achieve something great the challenge comes to maintain it. A positive attitude towards your goal makes everything possible. Nothing is impossible. Will power and determination is the key to everything.
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