One fine day, I was sitting at home with a luscious, gooey piece of chocolate truffle cake and was looking at my old pictures. That very moment I felt a sharp pang of guilt. I could only adore that beautiful, slender and thin waistline and I wished to get it back. Pregnancy and childbirth is indeed a wonderful experience but, weight gain is an inevitable part of it. By then my cake was already in my tummy happily adding on an extra layer of fat.
I know I am not the only lady who has this unending complaint. If I move around taking a poll I am sure that India’s elections will not gather as many votes as I will get for this statement of mine. Zero figure and being thin has been over exaggerated by our good old Bollywood which plays a major role in our lives. I wonder how actresses look so atrociously beautiful one day post their delivery. Let alone posing and flashing the best smiles ever. On the flip side, I was in a totally different condition. I could barely walk on the second day of my delivery, my long tresses were in their worst state and I had these sharp, blinding pains in my tummy and hands (thanks to the innumerable IV bottles). I was a walking talking zombie. That kept people at a safe distance from me and thankfully no one asked me to pose for pictures.
So, after a few months (when I was in a sane state of mind) I thought of starting some form of exercise to lose that stubborn layer of fat on my body. That too failed miserably due to sleeping and eating patterns and managing the home and baby etc. There, I went back into my shell of excuses and procrastination. Did I forget to tell you about my self-esteem and confidence levels? These words did not even exist in my dictionary back then. But, yes the cakes and the junk and maggi were still my best friends.
Finally, when I had to go out for a party and my baby was old enough to be taken out I realized the pile of mess I had created for myself. I had a cupboard full of clothes. Trendy, stylish and pretty ones I must say but, I couldn’t get into one of them. I secretly hoped and wished and prayed while trying each outfit that at least one of them would fit me or worse yet my body would just miraculously shrink. That is what happens when nothing works. You tend to call god. But, what can he do? He tried to warn me through my conscience when I was greedily gulping down that last pani puri but, I chose to ignore him. So, let us give him a break this time.
The icing on the cake was once again those pesky acquaintances who never missed a chance to comment on my weight and my fitness by saying things like “you looked so delicate on your wedding day” “fat doesn’t suit you” etc. I chose to completely ignore them and this works like magic.
After a lot of trial and errors and more errors, I have embarked upon my much coveted weight loss journey. I still have a huge pile of obstacles but, I am holding on with a strong will power and i am slowly getting back to the confident me. The results are showing up and it is keeping me right on track. A few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle and some exercises is all you need.
New mommies, we all have been through the same emotions at some point of time. At the end of the day its only you who can turn the tables. I know it is difficult but, please take that step and do not coil yourself in a room of darkness else you will end up there for a very long time.
And remember, the next time someone comments about your body just smile at them and thank them genuinely.
Do share your experiences with us.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I give easy tips on how to lose weight with a baby 🙂