From thin to slim. #Bonhappetee.

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What is, or has been, the number one wish on your health list? Let me guess, does it have to do with losing weight? I know, that must be it, because 9 out of 10 people consider themselves overweight, or “fat” (which is so wrong, let me tell you) and follow everything they can in order to lose a few pounds.

The world is not kind to people, either. The body shaming taunts must have wounded your spirits, and your self-esteem must have suffered badly, isn’t it?

I, too, have faced the barbs and the hurtful questions for the longest time. But, I belonged to the other “category” — I have been thin all my life. Thin as in never being considered slim and trim, but thin. And, people are not kind to people like me, too. I have heard it all–from “don’t you eat?” to “does your hubby thrash you if you eat more?”.

People fail to realise that there is a thing called metabolism – the process that occurs within our body that maintains life; a process that causes food to be used as energy, and decides how fast or slow our calories and fat gets burned.

I have a high metabolism, that means, the food that I eat gets converted into energy at a faster rate and hence doesn’t get converted into fat. So, however much I eat, multiple times in a day, it hardly shows!

Earlier, though, the thinness caused me to appear gaunt and stick-thin. Hubby encouraged me to eat all that I wished to and include all sorts of health tonics and stuff, but to no avail. I remained thin as ever.

Yoga: the best exercise regimen

It was only around three years ago, that I felt I needed to include a proper exercise regimen that would not further burn my calories, but help tone my body and help build some muscles. And, the best way to attain that, I felt, was through Yoga.

Yoga helped me understand my body. The areas that were flexible and also those that weren’t, and the aches and pains when I bent forward or backwards. Regular practice helped increase the flexibility in a body that had not had any kind of exercise for a long time.

We women are under the wrong impression that our household chores make for perfect workout sessions. It is really not so! We do burn calories sweeping floors and running around after the kids all day long, but, the flexibility that every other part of our body lacks can be achieved only by a proper workout.

The various asanas and the Suryanamaskars helped me achieve the kind of flexibility and suppleness I needed. I could feel my body getting toned, my skin getting healthier and me getting trimmer and curvier from being stick thin.

A balanced diet:

We learn right from our school days how important it is to follow a balanced diet in order to stay healthy and happy, but rarely do we actually follow it on a daily basis. Thanks to our busy schedules we treat our health as an afterthought.

I used to begin the day with a king-sized breakfast followed by a good lunch, too, but it was in the late afternoons that my energy levels dipped and I would feel tired soon. I realised the time gap between lunch and dinner was too big and I needed to add some snacks to fuel me through the evenings.

Most of us make do with a cup of tea/coffee and a couple of biscuits. Rarely do we stop to think where we will get the nutrients from that we require to function until dinner time. I mean, seriously, how are you going to benefit from a cup of tea and a few biscuits made from refined flour?

I added sprouts and vegetable juice for this particular hour in my diet plan. Sprouted moong and matki made into a bhel with tomato-onion-chillies and some farsan was the perfect savoury snack that kept me full and supplied the necessary nutrients to last me till dinner time.

Vegetable juice made from beetroot-tomatoes-carrots with some ginger made for the perfect drink to wash down the bhel. Either that, or buttermilk or lassi, that would aid in digestion and also keep my system cool.

Fitness matters:

Whether you are on the heavier side or the lighter side, what really really matters is how you are from within. I feel proud to say that almost all of my blood tests come out perfectly normal, except for Calcium and Vitamin D3, for which I take supplements. I feel energetic and happy knowing that sticking to a particular diet plan that I chalked out for myself as well as an exercise regimen has helped me stay in shipshape.

My body may not appear strong, but it is strong enough from within to fight infections quicker thanks to an efficient and a reliable immune system. I seldom fall sick (Touchwood!) and on the rare occasions when I do, I bounce back pretty soon.

Thanks to my Yoga practice, I don’t experience a lot of aches and pains. And, the bad lower back that does complain once in a while, gets taken care of through some gentle exercising.

Taking care of your diet despite a busy schedule and following a particular exercise plan goes a long way in giving you a healthy body. Accepting yourself as you are and being proud of how well you care for yourself is what matters.

Fitness matters more than size!

Love,

SHILPA…

 

Thanking Anshu Bhojnagarwala for this opportunity to share my fitness journey for Bonhappetee.Β 

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31 Replies to “From thin to slim. #Bonhappetee.”

    1. Thank you, Sonia!:)
      I just hope people stop looking at what they see outside and concentrate on the heart and soul of a person. And, of course, focus on being healthy, and not just thin, or well-built.

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  1. This is such a well written post Shilpa. I have been on heavier side for most of my life and I used to be afraid to eat in the cab while driving back from office to home which took 3 hours. So my thin friend once told me , if you eat they say , see she eats so much and hence so fat. When I eat they say, see how much she eats but never gets fat , bloody lucky.
    It’s all metabolism, so chuck what they say and focus on your health.
    I always remember what she told me when I think about what others say.
    Being healthy and fit is what is important .

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    1. True, Ramya, People will always have opinions–whether you are lean, or heavy. What we need to remember is not to bother making people happy, but to focus on improving our health for our sake. That way irrespective of what people say, we will be happier!

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  2. I get what you are saying…People generally think thin people have it easy but there is an equal amount of thin shaming as there is fat shaming. You have shared a Lot of good pointers and tips for a healthy and fit body Shipa. I guess its time we talk about being fit than about thin or fat.

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  3. As a child I was skinny, so I know what your mean by thin shaming. People would be like, “Dont your parents give you food to eat?” Hehe I have come a long way since then and now need to shed a couple of kilos to come to be called fit. Surya NAmaskar is my got to work out, your post motivates me to get back to my work out regime

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  4. Bang on post, Shilpa!

    All that you said about women thinking that their house chores are enough exercise for them is so true. And I agree, while fat shaming is linked with a feeling of disgust/pity from others, thin-shaming is often associated with humor (which is in real bad taste, BTW!) I can still feel you.

    And adding mid-meal snacks is a great way to staying fit, whether you’re thin or fat.

    What can I say abut Yoga; it’s a total workout package that I’m glad to have discovered for myself too.

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  5. Shilpa, I have never been at the end of thin shaming myself, but I can understand. My daughter gets that a lot from relatives as if we are starving her. So I can understand your frustration. Why the need to point out the obvious – aren’t we smart enough to know the best for ourselves. Hmmm…having said that. I agree with you on Yoga and balanced diet – very important these two.

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  6. It is the metabolism which gets to play the important role at the end of the end. Mine is getting slower and slower with every passing year. I have to work very hard to bring it to work decently and the times I lose focus due to exhaustion and other reasons, it seems like it punishes me for pushing it hard previously by getting to the crawling. I have vowed to make changes to my lifestyle which went berserk in the past few months due to my consistent situation (you know it). Yet it is hard to keep at it when the husband is a foodie and gets home all kinds of sinful stuff to eat.

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  7. I loved this article, Shilpa. So many nuggets of wisdom here. I remember how much I was taunted for being thin when I was a young girl. It was so annoying. Luckily I started early in the path of fitness which has held me in good stead through my life. I also take a lot of care of my diet as well as that of a family. Without a proper exercise regimen, we are sure to face problems in our 30s and 40s.

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  8. I on the other hand have very low metabolism; thanks largely to thyroid. So loosing weight is a painful task fo rme. I too am on yoga and that I feel is the best thing I do for my body and mind.

    I need to regularise my eating habits and add meals at proper intervals.

    Great post Shilpa and good to see you so mindful of your health – mor epower to that πŸ™‚

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  9. Absolutely Shilpa, so true. Body size doesn’t matter and isn’t an indicator for overall fitness. You have rightly pointed out that there is a huge gap between lunch an dinner and we tend to ignore a proper snack at the time in between. Thanks for highlighting that!

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  10. It’s so wonderful to read about your fitness journey and how you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Vit D deficiency is quite common in Indian women. Even I have to take D3 supplements. I always feel that blood reports are like exam report of the body. If anything is missing then one didn’t prepare well. 😊

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  11. Good to know about your fitness journey. I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on fitness and the food we eat. Slim, trim, fat, heavy, over weight – these words should be out of our vocabulary and used only for the right reasons. Let’s say slim milk πŸ™‚
    Fitness is about having a good health and maintaining it.

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  12. Yoga gas helped me a lot too. Flexibility is underrated, I feel. People concentrate on losing weight but aren’t so bothered to perform the simplest of asans flawlessly. You’re doing great, Shilpa. Stay fit and healthy like this always.

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  13. I completely agree with your post. Sadly people relate being thin or heavy to being fit. It is a misconception and sadly people do not understand the concept of metabolism. You are doing right things to stay fit and healthy.

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