Are you a busy employee? Are you a working mom? Are you lazy to hit the gym? Or, do you not care because you haven’t touched the fourth decade yet ?
I dread to say I am all of it .. busy working mom..lazy to gym..and SCARED of aging issues.
Last year in December, I had to grip to a physiotherapy appointment. Oh yes!! My knees were hurting and mind you I am still in my 30s. The physio guy told me that my right knee was inflamed, my muscles were taut, my balance and posture was poor and so on …. thank God🙏🙏 he didnt say that I may need one of those transplant surgeries in the next decade or so.
Anyways.. those 20 minutes hit my heart straight. I fear dependency of any form and more so physical. So 2019 top resolution was.. push out the adjectives..busy, lazy, working,scared and find a way out.
Google as usual stood as unrivalled research tool and I discovered the following facts :
🖌 average height and bodied personality like me with BMI 25-26 need to weigh around 52 kgs.
🖌to lose 500gms or 1/2 a pound a week I need to shut down on 500cals a day.
🖌 cardio plus stretching is the best mix.
🖌veggies are better than fruits and celery is better than anything a vegetarian eats.
🖌my one sugar little milk tea calls for 40 cals.
🖌my tropical granola with nuts and dried fruits was my heaviest meal of the day..
Oh yeah .. that was a lot of R and D for one evening and 3 episodes of House of Cards.
So now where was the action plan while I had the agenda and the data on board. I needed to score something my not so little Baby A will enjoy too without screaming or getting bored of.
Also, I should be able to carry it out realistically while managing a 9 to 5 job, a maidless home and two dependent for food boys (the second one is in late 30s😉)
While it was all in my head.. I remebered in my free bird days I did learn a bit of Hatha Yoga and we had this dead crosss trainer peeping out of the hall window and they both needed refuelling.
Aim was to burn 400 cals a day excercising and reduce 100 cals intake.
So here was my bit by bit plan in place:
😊 Set realistic goals.
😊Download calorie apps to count what you eat.Most of them cost nothing. I used My plate calorie tracker.
😊 Split your 40 mins.. I did 20 min yoga, mainly warm up and surya namaskar to the count of 15 so far in the morning and 20 mins cross training running at 6 mph and resistance 2 after Baby A was in bed. You see,I am only a small being.
😊 Lots of water.. stay hydrated and skip the craving.
😊A carrot or celery stick is better substitiute for some namkeen or bite of fruit cake. Chuck away the naughty bits.
😊 Introduce yourself to plank excercises and take up a 30 day challenge.. I have recently started it.. My goal is a bikini body🤪.
😊 One tea less of my three. One chapati less of my three. I eat all the things I like but in lesser portions now. Result- my body, soul and mind are set to the new theory.
😊Involve your lil munchkin and tell them that mommy is excercising and let me tell you they get it totally and may find it interesting to give you company.
😊 At the end do not give up even if you can spare 10 min a day .JUST DO IT.
I have been taking these baby steps only since the beginning of new year and I feel and look so much better. Fitting comfortably into size 10 UK is rewarding in itself. When the change is visible, your loved ones appreciate it and that is a motivating factor. My stamina is much improved which has inturn lit up my routine life.
I am hoping to keep up with my big goal on my mind with my tiny tricks this year and further up. Hope you are having some ideas too… please do not forget to share your experience in the comment box!!
Disclaimer:This blog post is primarily motivational. This is my personal research and regime and may not suit everyone of us. One may need to consider varied factors like age,metabolic rate, medical condition , any medication etc before cracking on with this one.