Of W and W!!
I hate it.
At the same time, I am very concerned about it.
Seeing the growing proportions gives me momentary panic attacks.
In a flash of a second, I make plans to take some remedial action. And the very next moment, I find some very important and very urgent diversions.
So, days have passed into months and the reverse is happening. The wide is becoming wider and weak is becoming weaker!
I am talking about the ever widening waistline and the weakening will power to do something about the former.
I have all the good intentions to reduce the bulge and exercise but somehow these good intentions get pushed behind other commitments and mundane things.
One fine day, I get highly motivated and dig out my track suit from the closet and take 2 rounds of the jogging track in our apartment complex and there’s never a second day which sees the repeat action.
Some days I convince myself that I am very tired. While some days, I reason with myself that I had walked up and down the 17 stair-set of office thrice!!!
Some times I have important household chores to do and while some days I am plain lazy.
Also, I have seen that you put off something for one day and ten days will pass by!
Another day in another month, inspired by Smita, I take out our treadmill from the store room and clean it. The day, saw me admiring my hard work of rolling the machine to a distance of 5 meters. Next day, I sync my iPod and download new songs on it. And somehow I motivate myself to stand on the treadmill. When I listened to the songs on iPod, I realised that the sweet romantic numbers which I had chosen could not keep pace with the rhythm of the brisk walking on treadmill. So, since then, my search for fast paced songs is on and till then the treadmill is on a pause mode…
The only form of exercise that I love is swimming and I am very passionate about it. Missing even a single day of swimming is a big No-No for me. But unfortunately the swimming season is for a limited time period and for the rest of the time, one needs to focus on walking, jogging etc.
Going to a gym or walking in the park doesn’t appeal to me much and neither does dieting. So making use of the treadmill at home is the bestest viable option I have. And even availing the benefits of a treadmill in the comfort of my home eludes me.
I guess, I suffer from Exercise Procrastination. Somebody said this and it mirrors my sentiments, “whenever I get the energy to exercise, I sit down until it passes!”
Well, enough is enough and I’m going to stop procrastinating about my fitness regime… once I get around to it.
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November 17, 2012 12:55 pm|
Your problem has a simple solution and I say that from experience.
Morning walk of about half hour a day for 25 days a month will produce amazing results.
Have two glasses of water first thing in the morning before going for a walk.
Try and cut down on fried food…don’t give up,cut down.
Remember,eating and sleeping are just habits.If you wake up at 6 in the morning for a week,your body click will start ticking accordingly.
Koshish To Karo
November 18, 2012 4:06 am|
Thanks a lot Mr. Chowla for the wonderful tips. Will definitely start working on my walk! Yes, it’s just about taking the first step….
Poorie koshish karungi! 🙂
November 19, 2012 8:30 am|
Thanks Sir for the meticulous and easy regime 🙂
November 17, 2012 1:44 pm|
A very apt post Shilpa. Mirroring my thoughts… procrastination. I also have a treadmill that is biting the dust and needs to be greased. good reminder. Hope to get back on it soon. Will tell u about my progress 🙂
November 18, 2012 4:09 am|
Hope this inspires and motivates you to start the exercise regime!! All the very best and yes, let’s share our progress… am sure that will help too! 🙂
November 17, 2012 1:46 pm|
Err I put on weight sitting at home for 3 months doing next to nothing, and I can’t even exercise much now. All I can do is Pranayama and keep praying that I lose all the extra pounds 😛
November 18, 2012 4:21 am|
LOL @ “keep praying” 😀
They say Women, Weight Gain and Exercise form the eternal triangle and one has to be kicked out and that is weight gain… sigh, only, if it was a bit easier! 😛
November 17, 2012 2:24 pm|
The fascinating aspect of your self is, like most of us you could found time to down load songs on to the ipod, clean the tread mill etc etc. But not time to spend 30 minutes working out.
We blame daily chores, pressing matters etc, but why not the work out too be a daily chore?
Sorry if I sound sermonizing. I do because it is easier to sermonize than put it in my life!!!!!
November 18, 2012 4:24 am|
Yeah, that is the weird part, I am very prompt and active in doing everything else, but the exercise part! You are absolutely right, making walking as part of the daily routine is the only solution to all this procrastination, lethargy etc etc! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂
November 17, 2012 2:26 pm|
I walk for 30-45 minutes every day. Well, mostly. There is a strong motivation for doing it – In each direction there are some shops offering super-tasty things to eat (frozen sandwich, mini-pizza, vada-pav, momo, milkshakes with ice-cream, fresh juice, etc.). My aim is to reach those shops but I insist on walking over there. Works like a charm! 🙂 Warning: This technique has potential to increase one’s weight instead of decreasing it 😛
November 18, 2012 4:51 am|
Oh My! That’s a very tempting proposition! This technique will surely increase what one wants to reduce though!! 😀
November 19, 2012 8:31 am|
Rajest, whatte inspiration. Salute you.
November 17, 2012 3:46 pm|
I suggest that you keep a dog as pet. All your problems about not having will to walk will be over. Hope you find time to meet on your next visit to Delhi and we can find some more ways.
November 18, 2012 4:58 am|
Aaah! I dont like dogs either!! 😛
November 17, 2012 4:17 pm|
And why I do see so many get back to fitness posts after Diwali? 😉 I agree that a fitness regimen sometimes is difficult to maintain. I am happy that I am so hooked to my brisk walking that I hardly ever miss it. We are known as the walking couple in our community. If hubby and I are not seen for a couple of days, people start getting worried ;-)! Wish you luck.
November 18, 2012 5:00 am|
That’s because so much of goodies hogging has happened during this festive season! 😀
Brisk walking is the bestest thing to do, and that’s so wonderful that you are hooked to it! Thanks, am inspired! 🙂
November 20, 2012 5:53 am|
Having a partner is good and doing it outdoors is rejuvenating too. But do what works for you. I have maintained my body weight even after 2 kids and weigh 54 kgs. Initially, it takes some time to get used to the routine, but once you are hooked, trust me you will find time. Loads of luck to you :).
November 20, 2012 6:01 am|
Seeing me walking on the treadmill (in the evenings), KG pushed me to do it in the morning today and he started from today too. Hope we inspire/motivate each other and make this as a habit! 54 Kgs is super awesome!! I am impressed! Thanks a lot, Rachna! 🙂
November 17, 2012 5:56 pm|
I’m right now on the same page as your thoughts in this post are 🙁 🙁
November 18, 2012 5:01 am|
Aah! Et tu, N!! 😀
November 18, 2012 4:15 am|
Usually after festivals such thoughts are normal… 🙂
I am in the same boat like you. 😉
November 18, 2012 5:02 am|
Oh my! I have company! 😀
November 18, 2012 5:00 am|
Err all of u are on the same boat! I dono if theres one big winiing formulae… maybe each of us hv o work out something tht we enjoy
November 18, 2012 5:03 am|
Walking is simple, effective and never goes out of fashion in any season! I love swimming! But will have to fall in love with walking too! Sigh! 😐
November 18, 2012 8:04 am|
Now I feel I wrote this for you 😉
Maybe this inspires you
November 19, 2012 6:27 am|
Oh My God! This is such a wonderful post, Karan! Walking pleasure in every season and for so many reasons! I am inspired, truly! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
November 19, 2012 6:03 pm|
November 18, 2012 8:03 am|
That is the story of my life, Shilpa! I so need to get up and do something about it! I guess, I should start with using the apartment gym.. If only I weren’t so lazy! Husband is going to be here for a holiday, and we are planning a beach trip – that at least should motivate me 🙂
November 19, 2012 6:28 am|
Aah! You too. Smitha!! Well, you must hit the gym immediately! And you have such a wonderful reason too!! All the very best! 🙂
November 18, 2012 8:14 am|
wow shilpa! do you read my mind? i told my yoga turor that i will be taking a break for 15 days only the 15 days has turned into 2 months. i told them afte r navaratri vacation. when my friends called me after navratri, i told them diwali vacation. hopefully tomorrow monday i have to pay the fee in advance, else i think i will never visit the studio. i am feeling very lethargic, if not for the calls from my friend i doubt if i will go even.
November 19, 2012 6:32 am|
I know the feeling, as I said earlier when you put off something for one day and ten days will pass by!! It is so easy to procrastinate!
Hope you went to your Yoga class today, Asha! 😀
November 18, 2012 8:57 am|
LOL to your pausing running on the treadmill because of your zealous search for the right songs!! I find that the best way to get ahead of that mundane exercise is if I keep it in front of the TV…then I can walk/jog for the duration of one serial without much effort! 😉
November 19, 2012 6:33 am|
Sadly, our treadmill can’t be moved to the TV room. So, music is the only option! Sigh! 😛
November 18, 2012 9:07 am|
Well watching some fav TV show when you are on the treadmill may help…. 🙂 And walking , may be if you can find a good exercise regime partner, it would be more interesting?
November 19, 2012 6:37 am|
TV is out of question, coz our TV room has a low seating arrangement with carpeted flooring and mattresses and cushions all over. So, the treadmill can’t be moved to that room! 🙁
Finding a walking partner is a good option! Let me check that! 🙂
November 18, 2012 12:37 pm|
i had a good laugh at the ‘ my search for fast paced songs is on; till then the treadmill walk is on a pause mode’. gee , sounds closer home. WE shall overcome one day 😛
November 19, 2012 6:38 am|
Yes, we shall overcome one day, No, from TODAY!! Fingers crossed! 😀
November 18, 2012 1:02 pm|
Story of my husband.
Though I would love to read something abt how to widen the waistline.
November 19, 2012 6:39 am|
OH MY GOD!! Somebody talking about widening the waistline!! Pls take some fat from me!! I’ll be happy to part with it!! 😀
November 18, 2012 2:25 pm|
Shilpa, I am just the opposite, I simply love working out, in fact it is not only my job but also an obsession. For years I have been in the habit of eating everything brown(that is healthy), and I work out for 1 hour with my students, and work out another 30 mins.doing some fantastic exercises the one can find in the Youtube, and then go for a workout in the gym for about 1 and half hours. I just love the machine workout and the cardio machines in the gym.
This has been my routine for years. But the battle of the bulge is on, because for the last 2 years the weight that I have put on is not budging, blame it on age, for it is all fine till you are in your 40s, but once you reach the 50 mark, all the weight goes and settles in the waist area, and try as many tricks to hoodwink the body, it will not budge so easily. I never used to believe, that age was a hurdle in losing weight, till I myself came to that stage.
So please do not find excuses to postpone exercising, for you are doing it for your own good. When you are young you can easily lose whatever weight you have put, with some dedication and will power, but once you let this stage pass then, believe it is would be very difficult to lose weight.
Take me for example, I keep changing the exercises, I eat healthy still after a particular age I am stuck. Though I have a lot of stamina, I am healthy, still, I am not able to get back my figure.
I keep telling all my students to be regular, and stick to the program and indulge once in a while.
Of course some people are genetically thin, for them age is not a problem.
Wish you all the best in your weight loss goals.
November 19, 2012 6:42 am|
Thanks a lot, Rama for some wonderful insights. Will definitely follow some exercise regime! Are you a fitness trainer??
November 19, 2012 8:49 am|
Yes Shilpa, I am a fitness instructor, and have been in this line for the last 17 years. Do at least some 20 to 30 mins. of workout from the Youtube, go to Fitness blender, it is a very good site and has lots of variety, and the exercises are easy enough to follow by yourself, and you would be doing along with them, it is really very simple and also effective. Also do some neck exercises, you can go the site ” Muscles don’t end in the neck”, it is a fantastic site for facial exercises, for when we lose weight we also tend to sag in our face and neck and it always good to exercise them also. After the initial getting used to the exercises you can do the shorter version of the same set, which is also demonstrated there.
Just for fun go to these sites and have a feel of what they have to offer, you will like them.
November 19, 2012 11:05 am|
Wow! that’s so cool, Rama! Thanks a ton for these tips. Truly appreciate it! 🙂
November 18, 2012 3:26 pm|
Story on my life especially with the advent of winters in time of the festival season.I can’t blame my laziness alone for the damage has been done by the sweets I ate on Diwali and then the tons of frieds too 🙁
But I am determined to get back to my regular exercise regimen soon (don’t want to commit a day for I too am loving being lazy).
Wonderful post Shilpa.
November 19, 2012 6:43 am|
LOL @ loving being lazy!! 😀
Hope we get back in shape soon! 😀
November 18, 2012 5:19 pm|
🙂 I am sure you are not the only one who procrastinates when it comes to exercising. I have never had the need of hitting the gym and thank god for that. I would rather remain fat than working out. But I am super thin, so. 😛
November 19, 2012 6:44 am|
Aah! Lucky lucky you!! 🙂
November 19, 2012 2:32 am|
Procrastination.. What a nice word (lol)! There might be several out in this world who procrastinates arduous things.. But there are some who procrastinates even good simple things like me… Procrastination is out of laziness if I am not wrong… This post reflected a lot of me though I haven’t made an effort to reduce my weight! And right now I gotta study for my tomorrow’s semester exam but came here thinking I could learn later… PROCRASTINATION 😀
November 19, 2012 6:46 am|
Gosh! Pls don’t procrastinate studying for exams!! 😀
All the best for your semester exams, Harikrishna! 🙂
November 19, 2012 6:47 am|
😀 Thank you!
November 19, 2012 6:48 am|
You have an exam today, right?? Or given already!
November 19, 2012 12:59 pm|
😀 Lol.. no no.. I have it tomorrow… Studying sincerely (:P) and that is why so late reply inspite of being at home and sitting in front of system….
November 19, 2012 3:40 pm|
That’s great!! All the very best for your exam! 🙂
November 20, 2012 3:08 am|
Thanks again 🙂
November 19, 2012 3:15 am|
Shilpa, you just wrote the post for me 😉 ha ha….but I am glad to have company 😉 😉
Anyway, I’ll tell you all about it, once I start my morning walks 🙂
November 19, 2012 6:47 am|
So many of us in the same boat, Uma! Gives me some consolation! 😀
But we must be committed to walk and exercise!! Look forward to your exercising stories! 🙂
November 19, 2012 7:35 am|
Happens. Even hitting the gym can become boring. Like for me…its better to indulge in some form of physical activities always. All the best 🙂
November 19, 2012 10:55 am|
Yeah! That happens too, but have seen so many people who are so very passionate about going to a gym. It is a part of their daily routine! Wish I was so committed about it too!
November 19, 2012 8:35 am|
The story of my life albeit with a few differences but nevertheless almost the same. I blame the morning power-cuts which makes it difficult for us to rise pleasantly and the power comes very late. If we sweat it out, the sweat does not dry easily and makes it difficult when we get ready for work. Well, I can go on making excuses.
I wish you the best in the pursuit of you losing your weight.
November 19, 2012 10:58 am|
LOL @ “If we sweat it out, the sweat does not dry easily and makes it difficult when we get ready for work”…Very creative excuses!
Thanks a lot and hope you sweat it out too! 😀
November 19, 2012 10:47 am|
you understand me very well SG, Oh man .. it is so colddddddddd outside these days at 6am in morning , I jsut cant go out .. and hence my stomach is growingggggggggggggggggg 🙂
although I personally feel running or jogging is the best exercise .. All the best with it , I usually hate walking but i make it a point that if I have to go anywhere I WALK , or climb stairs instead of lifts or escalators etc ..
November 19, 2012 11:03 am|
And not to mention the yummy goodies of the winters… Gajar ka Halwa, Revris and Gajjaks, Saag with Ghee and Makki Roti with Ghee/Butter again…
But these excuses apart, it’s really the time to start focusing on walks/jogging/exercises…
That’s a wonderful thing to do, Bikram… not taking the lifts and walking everywhere is the bestest form of exercise!
November 19, 2012 11:14 am|
I also wanted to reduce the weight or atleast maintain, but it seems like a herculean task to get motivated. Try Zumba or Aerobics class, make some new friends so that you don’t have any excuse to miss them.
November 19, 2012 11:54 am|
Agree, a friend is needed to push and ensure that not a single day is missed without exercising! Thks A for the suggestions! 🙂
November 19, 2012 11:36 am|
Shilpa the fitness regime is difficult to break once the body is accustomed! But great to know you are a devoted swimmer:)
November 19, 2012 11:56 am|
Yes, you are absolutely right, Mr Bhatia. It was the same for swimming. I looked so keenly to my swimming time. Guess, will have to develop the same passion for Walking too! 🙂
November 20, 2012 1:01 am|
I love my daily 30 minutes on treadmill. Would love to learn swimming someday.
November 20, 2012 6:03 am|
30 minutes on treadmill is simply superb! Hopefully, I will increase my walking period too! 🙂
Oh, swimming is awesome! It is so rejuvenating!! Simply love it! Learn it in the next season! Go for it, Kavita! 🙂
November 20, 2012 4:12 am|
Swimming IS so much fun apart prom being one of the best fitness practices.
And who doesn’t suffer from exercise procrastination! 🙂
November 20, 2012 6:05 am|
Definitely, swimming is the bestest for me. I enjoy it and it affects my body real quick too! Yeah, that’s true, but EP has to be given up! 🙂
November 20, 2012 5:40 am|
I once paid Rs 4500 to join a gym for 3 months. I went for a day. 🙁
November 20, 2012 6:05 am|
OH! That’s a criminal waste! 🙁
November 20, 2012 6:00 am|
ditto…for the procrastination and the W&W’s!!
I talked to a dieticain and asked her if I should buy a treadmill, because all my plans of going for a walk, gymming and exercising are going awry, it would be easier to walk at home…she asked me, “do u have a shortage of space to hang your clothes? because trust me after the first few ‘josh’ filled days, that is what you will be using it for!!”
ah! true I thought, so I met my gynae…and she said, after two pregnancies, a lady’s waistline automatically inflates, no amount of workout will bring it down..just eat the right food and don’t worry too much about it! do you want you become a model..?”
And thereby i rested my grey cells and with it the thought of tackling my W’s!!!!!!
November 20, 2012 6:10 am|
Yes, that’s true. The josh of the treadmill goes after a while. But then it keeps getting revived too at irregular intervals. Thankfully, have never used it to hang clothes but am guilty of dumping it in the storeroom! 😛
LOL @ do you want you become a model? 😀
November 20, 2012 6:56 am|
Happens to me all the time too 🙁
November 20, 2012 7:15 am|
Aah! Sad! 🙁
November 20, 2012 7:09 am|
Looks like my life story 🙂 I have yet to open up my treadmill and cross trainer…am thinking about it 🙂
November 20, 2012 7:16 am|
Yet to open!! OMG!! 😛
November 20, 2012 6:45 pm|
Shilpa, I will stand in front of you for being lazy and giving excuses. I am big procrastinator of things. Especially exercising. Everyone tells me, oh you are so lean..you don’t have to work out. I know it’s not about leanness and about staying fit…somehow, I just can’t put my muscles together. Summers, I used to walk. Now that winter is setting in, I have all the reasons in the world to stay lazy. I should also check the sites that Rama has mentioned. And above all, I have a huge obsession of staying lean..:( good luck, waiting for the post on when your workout is successful.
November 21, 2012 10:28 am|
Wow!! Lucky you! for you are lean!! So, I guess, your laziness is justified in winters, at least!! 😀
Yeah, things are looking up, the treadmill is being put to some use!! Will share the progress too, hope that happens!! 😀
November 26, 2012 12:27 pm|
ditto on the W and W dear…it is a never ending quest to go back to the old self ( used to be skinny during my college days!)
thanks for your wonderful comments, glad to follow you and loved reading your posts..
November 26, 2012 2:46 pm|
Welcome here Lavina! Same here, was so skinny earlier!! Hope we get a bit nearer to our former selves! 😀
November 27, 2012 1:49 am|
Ah the mind, it simply convinces you so easily to be lazy 😛 I too have been doing yoga daily for nearly a year now…It started off as a 1hr class and now its down to 30min session, but I hope to be regular.There are times when I have skipped my routine and trust me it is difficult to bring yourself to exercise daily though you know it is for your own good…
All the best, think of the wonderful wardrobe you could gift yourself and I think that should motivate you 🙂
December 5, 2012 6:18 am|
Agree completely with you, Reshma! Giving up is so easy! It’s the perseverance that is difficult!
Hmmm… new wardrobe and also some old things which you dont fit into now… that’s a nice motivator! Thanks for inspiring 🙂
December 5, 2012 5:28 am|
hahha..never though that you would be a procrastinator. Thankfully I can stick to an exercise regime. It is only my sweet tooth that negates all the hard work I do and I still end up with a Wide w 😛
December 5, 2012 6:20 am|
I am procrastinator for walking as an exercise!! For rest of the things, I am very quick and very efficient too! It is just this walking part that does not come into my fold easily! 🙁
Aah, the sweet tooth is extra sweet here too! 😛