I was never an obese person. I always enjoyed working out and going out for runs. Physical activities have always been integral part of my routine. Well two and a half years back I got pregnant. And I weighed 64 kg back then. I had no medical conditions and was totally fit. So during my pregnancy days I was doing simple exercises, mostly squats and lunges, was going for long walks and was eating moderately healthy home cooked food. I took my maternity leave when was eight months pregnant as was planning to go to my parents’ place for the delivery. I was walking 6 kms daily, mopping floor in evening for more mobility and simpler yoga ( mostly followed Lara Dutta’s pre natal yoa routine). But I started gaining more weight in my last months and it was fine as wasn’t diabetic. Eventually my baby had no early plans to come out and he was born kind of a month after my due date prescribed. It was emergency c section. I was weighing 78 kgs back then. And after delivery my weight was 74 kg around.
Now the next one and a half month was tragic because of baby’s health reasons which is quite personal story so not mentioning. But because of that despite going through c section I had to travel a lot. I mean by road and flight etc, I had to stay in hospital for a month and took care of my baby. So all my friends and family were mostly like she’d be haunted by these surgical pains throughout her life as neither she got proper nutritional diet which she could’ve got at home nor enough bed rest, so recovery would be an issue for long term. Then friends and relatives and aunties had informed me with their personal knowledgeable experiences that after c section
- your body would change. You’ll gain more weight and you won’t lose enough ever.
- you’ll never be back to your original size or shape ever.
- you’ll get permanent back ache and other body pains
- these pains will remain with you anytime you’ll feel weak or age.
- few exercises you won’t be able to perform again.
So I knew life won’t be same again somehow. And these women mostly from US or Europe who post their post natal bodies on social media, it’s mostly a sham or they never gained weight as such.
Well after coming back from the hospital I had to completely be kind of devote to my kid as it was a very crucial time for him. I had to breastfeed so it was important for me to gain all nutrients. I couldn’t risk to lose my milk production in any case. Doctors told me this was the most important medicine you could provide him. So I didn’t keep any maid, and ate all laddoos and good food to keep myself full and healthy. Withing two months I was 80 kg. I had to feed my baby in every one hour for whole day… And I was doing yoga for 20 mins if I found time, very simpler ones, specially pelvic exercises.
Well now when baby was four months old and I was really fat. I had no full size mirror in my room, so used to stand on stool in bathroom and looked at myself and felt nothing could be more repulsive than it. But you know I wasn’t a sad person or depressed about it because I had my priority clear that was my baby. And secondly I knew once I”ll get some time and baby would start taking external food then I’ll think about my diet and all because I always enjoyed working out and it wasn’t an issue to me that ohh god I hate exercising. So I started more doing balancing yoga and few more asanas. I was on my toes all the time as remind you there was no maid.
Now baby is six months old and I’ve the same weight but now we could introduce food to him. Still had to breastfeed him majorly so no diet control. But now I started going out on brisk walk more often. And I was using 3 kg weights for my simple exercises. Till now I wasn’t jumping or running a lot. My pelvic muscles weren’t that tight also and I felt it’ll remain so forever. The point was I wasn’t taking much stress about my figure and weight because of health conditions of my kid.
So in next three months I’ve become more active, active in terms of doing complex workouts with my light weights 😛 and 12 mins runs with abs workout. Otherwise I was taking care of the baby so definitely was active all the time. And till now I was taking my laddoo diet 😛 Now the laddoos were over. And i lost 2 kg I guess but in my head I started feeling like I’m not that fat. But I was. And when I used to see myself in pics or mirror I was like uhh it’s because of some angle or light. And yeah my lovely husband always told me how sexy I was so you know was never an issue. I wasn’t losing weight but was more toned. But people around me now weren’t that sympathetic and were telling me I’ve ruined my body, I’ve never looked that uglier or you know to sum up how bad my body conditions were. Again it didn’t trouble me, because you know priorities. More of thing is I’m a confident person. I’ve never been the one who needed validations from other people. Like If I know I’m looking pretty then I know I’m pretty and the world could see it, so it’s fine if people won’t tell me that. Or If I’m not looking good then I know I’m looking bad and I’m fine about it. I don’t live in confusion.
Well Diwali approaches and I’ve fat but still looking presentable. Now for the again three months I’m at home, not joined back office, feeding my kid, doing simple exercises and adding complexities to it. I was eating out too quite often, like every alternate day. And I was eating till late too as was feeding my baby late in night quite very often. So I knew I’ve developed seriously wrong food habits with time. Then my baby is one year old and now I knew finally I could start. Exercises like jumping squats, burpees, star squats, running lunges were impossible for me.
Now I went to my parents home in Feb end around, there I started getting more time as my parents and sister was there to take care of him. Well it’s an isolated places so for a month I had no place to order and didn’t eat any junk food. I took out 20 mins in morning and 45 mins around in evening for exercises. I used to watch these fitness blender, hasfit and other youtube workout videos and just followed them. Now I wasn’t using any weights while doing these exercises. In a month I was 72 kg from 76 kg around. Well at least I could fit into a jeans by then. I was happy because I made progress, and not in terms of fitting into jeans or losing weight but also I could do all my body weight workouts. And in a month I again got back into controlled and healthy food habits. Well from Feb on wards I had also started with one day water fast on Friday also. It also controlled my food impulses a lot. fast to me is kind of mediation to my body.
April I came back nd I had to do all jhadoo,pocha,cooking and cleaning by myself as had no mid back then. It was kind of morning workout schedule for me. And I got 5 kg and 7.5 kg dumbbell for me. I had started doing those youtube workouts with weights almost 5 days a week and yoga in between. In a month by May end I was 70 kg. I was eating out in between but now I was checking my portions a lot.
My husband has been doing intermittant fasting from past 4 years now. I knew it’s a blessing..this whole discipline. So I also thought to gave it a try, and made my eating window 12:30 am to 8:30 pm. Surprisingly it went natural to me.I had faced no struggle from day one. The one thing which helped me a lot out of it besides the calorie check and insulin control and other 100 benefits was it controlled my habit of snacking every time and taking one cookie while working, it made me more conscious and alert. Now It’s October and in five months around I’ve lost 10 kg with intermittant fasting, my home workouts (got 10 kg dumbbell too), one day water fast, running few times a month and most importantly portion control.
I joined back office in July. I do HIIT two times a week. one day is leg day, one day is upper body day and one full body day. I workout in evenings 7 pm to 7:30 pm and do half an hour yoga in morning 7 am to 7:30 am. In my yoga routine I always include surya namaskar 10 times and then asanas as per my need or mood followed by 10 mins meditation. I always workout with weights as it adds more challenge and have been helpful to me in building strength. I want to go to the gym to add more challenge and seriousness to the schedule but baby is still very young and I already spend my day in office so wish to spend the rest with him as much as I could. He loves doing high knees, squats, yoga asanas and plank with me 😛 I’ll join gym if I could with time but quite satisfied with my journey and progress. I cook every meal by myself so I eat healthy mostly. But on Sundays I do eat outside (one meal) or in between also I don’t take much stress of food but check my calorie intake and portions consciously. I do ended up in binge eating in between for me it’s cornflakes namkeen and pizza. But now I stay away from namkeen completely and take just one pizza slice to comfort myself. I don’t take sugar at all. Neither a fan of chocolates or ice cream too as such. I love to workout and get very angry at my husband if I don’t get time some days. But I try doing it even if i find 10 mins. The journey has been good so far. The all the ailments prescribed by friends,relatives and aunties ain’t a trouble to me, as I’ve no back pains or body aches at all. My stomach is fine but have lose skin blob in my lower belly and working out on it specially through yoga. I’ve gained tiny stretch marks on my tummy but such stuffs don’t bother me as such. Well my medical reports and fitness was fine even when I was fat but that doesn’t mean it’d have remained fine if I had kept that for long. My goal was to never attained some figure but to again do all the workouts and back to my fitness routine with no issues. Now I’m 60 kg around and measure 36-28-37 from 42-40-44 inches before. I can’t give fitness advise as such but I’ve learnt a lot about my own body and it’s energy. And I’m glad I learnt about it in right direction. I’m glad I had wonderful husband who motivated me and never made me feel conscious throughout. Your body is your true treasure and taking care of it does make lot of difference. Do take care