I have been at it, it has been 8 months, I am closer to my fitness GOAL. I am now 22 kilos lighter than when I started off in May 2012, losing about 2.75 kilos each month. It feels great. It feels great not only because of the physical aspect that everyone sees and appreciates, which to be honest is a very small component, I am a self conscious person and I basically hate being noticed so the praises and the complements are overwhelming mostly, the really great part is a very personal aspect. The fact that I could be consistent, I never despaired, never doubted that I could change, that is the biggest achievement in all this.
See the way I see… I don’t want to appear holier/better than thou when it comes to choosing right, eating right etc… (I have until recently eaten hedonistically)… but from the mails and messages I have been getting I just want to tell who have similar fitness goals or living with PCOS… that not losing hope and not losing sight of your GOAL is paramount. You set your sights at a point ahead, and make the journey. If just starting off is difficult, take a week at a time, for a month, then you’re already a natural. Trust me when the first 3 kilos each month peel away the rest is a CINCH. You’ll be addicted to your goals.
Just to set you off… here are 3 small STEPS:
You know what’s really crazy by the time your second week’s up, you’ll start tasting the natural sugars present in the fruits and vegetables that you should start including in your diet. The onion in the stir-fry will be sweet, the carrots? don’t even ask!!
And the really cool part – weigh and measure yourself before the sugar detox, and after it (1 month) I guarantee you a difference. You know its no big deal to say no to a piece of cake or pastry, you HAVE to take charge.
2. STOP SIMPLE CARBS, like maida, starchy stuff, instead opt for whole grains/complex carbs. There are so many these days that its almost embarassing not to know or try some!! Try new unique grains and flours, quinoa, red rice, a combination of wholewheat, finger millet (ragi), besan (chickpea flour), jowar (sorghum), bajra (pearl millet), amaranth flour – for roti and bread. These should form the smallest quarter of your plate.
3. STOP ‘DIETING’, eating boiled, insipid food in the name of DIET FOOD. Diet food is all about changing the way you think food, changing your lifestyle to a more wholesome pattern of eating. So you think and you eat! A little bit of planning, a little twist in the taste, a new approach, they can all go a long way towards your weight loss goal.
Here’s a recipe that’s typical of a lunch or filling breakfast. I call it HOUDINI PARATHA, you can call it whatever you want! Its so cool that I am letting you decide a mystery ingredient. Only that the mystery ingredient has to be a nutritious, wholegrain flour… or even a seed (like ragi/finger millet).
What you need
1 cup boiled and mashed cauliflower
Virgin olive oil for cooking
1. Use the first 12 ingredients to make a tight dough. Divide the dough into equal parts and roll out into thick roti.
So a meal would be 1 paratha, a bowl of yoghurt, salad and a bowl of stirfry. Kapish?