Ask me to review any dietician in the city and I’ll tell you if she’s any good. Thats how my fat loss journey has been, now for as long as I can remember.
Let’s rewind back to childhood – I was skinny enough to have my parents worried if I’ll ever put on weight. They tried all sorts of medicines and foods. They even resorted to holy offering to the gods. Little did they know their prayers would be answered. And how!
All of my school life and thereafter, I’ve been a tomboy. A fat kid, actually. And I don’t say this with any hint of embarrassment. I was extremely comfortable with the way I looked. Being chirpy and talkative, I usually was the center of every group, and so to say, extremely loved. I was content.
After 10th grade, I went on to pursue IB at a school in the outskirts of the city. Given the distance, we opted for the weekly boarding facility that the school had to offer. It was more like a 5-star hotel, to be honest. I became extremely complacent about what I ate there, and hence, kept bloating.
I had never come close to the realization that I was going to move out of school, to a world where people judge other people by appearances. Post IB, I went on to pursue my under-graduation at NMIMS University. I was thrown into a plethora of people. And I started becoming conscious. Conscious of the way I looked and conscious of the way other people looked at me.
This is when my relationship with the dieticians began. I have tried so many diets that I can’t even remember! There was one where I’d starve myself for the most part of the day. Then there was the usual one where I’d to stuff myself every 2 hours. Oh, one of them was interesting – just don’t eat anything solid for 4 days of the week. How can I forget – the one where you binge on weekends! And the list goes on…It made me so angry from within that despite trying all the things that I was, I wasn’t losing weight! This was when a friend introduced me to the famous ketogenic diet. I reluctantly gave this a shot and bam! It was working. Slowly, but surely was! I did bounce back and forth in the years to follow, but I’ve become more aware of what I eat.
I have now come to terms with the fact that the journey to being fit is never-ending. It is a constant struggle. However, over these last few years, I’ve realized one thing – being healthy is less about societal norms and more to do with individuality. It makes me happy to see the weighing scale go down, and it makes me happy to eat a healthy meal. It makes me happy to have had a good workout session. All of it just makes me very happy!
My motivation to give birth to Embrace comes from this very place. I know the struggle and I feel all of you out there who are going through it! It’s not about huge changes, but about the little ones. Take a few steps at a time. But just start! And start with all your heart!
Like we at embrace believe – take that step, make that change, embrace.