After completing my MBA, I returned home to Trivandrum on March 1, 2019. Over the course of my MBA, I had gained almost 10 kilos. It’s not like I hadn’t realized that I was putting on a lot of weight. I just didn’t have the time to deal with it when I was studying at IIFT. Or at least, that’s what I kept telling myself. All those late night booze parties and cheese Maggis had definitely taken a toll on my body.
By the end of 2018, I had started hating myself for how much weight I had gained. Every time I looked in the mirror, I would get pissed at myself. I hated posing for photos. I dreaded wearing formals at college because I was afraid my tummy and man boobs would show.
My plan was to start working on losing weight as soon as I got home after my MBA. I began by cutting down on snacking and junk food. I ate healthy meals and tried to limit my carb intake. Lunch was mostly a cup of rice that I would measure out for myself. Dinner was two chapatis or fish/chicken salad. If I felt hungry between meals, I would have fruits.
To keep myself motivated, I started following a subreddits related to fitness like r/fitness and r/bodyweightfitness. Reading about other people’s weight loss journeys and seeing their before/after photos gave me a lot of confidence. I kept telling myself, ‘If so many other people could do it, so can you.’
I joined Gold’s Gym and went there regularly (almost everyday) for 3 months (from April to June 2019). At the gym, I would do some light cardio to start off my sessions followed by 45 minutes of weight training. I’d mostly do upper body-lower splits. In addition to this, I would go jogging at the Museum grounds in Trivandrum as often as I could. By June, I managed to shed around 8 kilos.
In July, I moved to Mumbai. It took me some time to get settled into a routine here. I joined a gym (Thera, Lower Parel) that also offered cardio kickboxing and yoga sessions. I’d do kickboxing twice a week, yoga once a week and do weights on the remaining days. The kickboxing sessions were a lot of fun and I could see for myself how I was getting stronger. I’d also supplement my gym sessions with regular jogging sessions at Worli Seaface.
It’s been more than a year since I started off on my weight loss and fitness journey. I have lost 13 kilos and gained a ton of confidence. More than the weight loss itself, the fact that I am now stronger, healthier and capable of doing things that I couldn’t do a year makes me incredibly happy. The joy that comes out of being able to wear clothes that you wore back in your second or third year of engineering is indescribable!
Since the lock-down kicked in, I haven’t really been working out much but even then, I’m glad that I haven’t gained back any of the weight that I’ve lost.