Today (31st Jan, 2020), I weigh 77.2 kg. I weighed 84.5 kg at the start of the month (1st Jan, 2020).
One of my new year resolutions was to lose weight as last year I had slacked off and ballooned from 74 kg to 84 kg plus.
Lack of exercise, unplanned eating and beer were a major contributor to my weight. I felt bloated and was not able to fit into my smart clothes. Then a close friend said why are you becoming like a round pumpkin. This was the final nail in my rounded beer belly and we had to do something to puncture the balloon.
So, I made a promise to myself to make drastic changes and get it back on track.
Here is what I did to go from Round to Square:
- Totally gave up Alcohol, especially beer. I love beer and it was hard at first but had to be patient and divert my mind to other activities. For the first time in my life, I went out with my friends to a Pub and drank lemonade. I found out that lemonade costs more than beer but as they say good (healthy) things are not cheap. Life is a comic tragedy when a beer bottle costs INR 150 and lemonade comes at INR 190
- Made drastic changes to my diet and gave up binge eating. One banana in the morning, handful of almonds and walnuts, 2 – 3 cups of tea a day, 10 glasses of water and 3 chapattis or 2 rice bowls with curry in dinner is my diet . I don’t eat out and have stopped all oily food intake.
- Began exercising, though it is still not a fixed daily routine but I try to do it atleast 4 – 5 times in a week. This may involve going for a 30 min jog or 1.5 hrs of cycling. I have also started weight training (4 times a week) with full body workouts.
It was a fun challenge to take up and I intend to go down to 75kg in the next 2 – 3 weeks and then maintain it there. Now I am able to fit into my old clothes again, though all the wardrobe that I bought for my 80 plus frame needs alteration. I feel light and energetic and my mind is more active.
We should all try this drastic weightless activity sometime. The result and outcome of this challenge is not dependent on any third parties and it helps us to get back into the Game of Life.
Side-Note: Maybe should I try a new career as a Weight loss coach