We'd asked you, dear readers, to share your fitness stories.
Here Khadija Choonawala, 33, from Pune, tells us how she lost over 50 kg in 14 months.
I was always blessed with everything in life.
Everything came to me on a golden platter with a silver spoon, hence taking my health for granted was just a by-product.
With everything else in life came diabetes and thyroid too. Post marriage and pregnancy, I had reached 109 kg.
I had Type 2 diabetes, and my sugar level was at 380. The doctor had prescribed 125 mg of Thyroxine.
When I got serious about losing weight, I was 104 kg.
I joined a well-known gym and lost a few kilos, but the concepts were not very clear.
That's when I met Jitendra Chouksey of Squats (a fitness transformation company).
I learned the importance of diet and nutrition. I also realised that the only thing that holds you back is your own inhibitions.
'Yeh mujhse nahi hoga (I can't do it).' 'I need motivation.' 'S/he is different...I am not like that.' There are only excuses.
Initially, it was difficult to handle all the advice that came my way -- on how I should lose weight.
But I was self-motivated. I just changed my lifestyle and automatically, my wardrobe kept changing.
Diet and workout
My diet and routine kept changing according to my requirement. But in general, I have learned to count my calories while eating.
I never gave up rice. I followed a high protein diet, but not all the time.
I avoided sugar, bakery products and junk food. If I had to go to a party, I would mostly eat at home and leave so I don't eat anything unhealthy.
I started working out 1 to 1.5 hours a day, six days a week. I would workout on weekends too.
Since I am a homemaker, I couldn't have done this without the help and support of my family.
They helped me balance my routine and madness.
This transformation has taught me that anything is possible if I am focussed.
My advice: Don't struggle. Aim right and follow your goals. No one can force or motivate you, unless you do it yourself.
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