Weight loss story: “Now I can hold a plank for 4 minutes 30 seconds”

Weight loss story: “Now I can hold a plank for 4 minutes 30 seconds”

Weight loss is no joke. Believe us when we say that healthy diet and regular workout are not all that you need to lose weight. Patience, hard work and dedication play an equally important part.
And simply for her patience and hard work, the weight loss journey of corporate trainer Mahima Bajpai is inspiring. It took her 1.5 years to lose 25 kilos. Her journey was no less than a roller coaster ride but her consistency and hard work helped her sail through. Here’s her journey from fat to fit.

Name: Mahima Bajpai
Occupation: Corporate Trainer
Age: Late 30s
Height: 5’3 feet
Highest weight recorded: 88 kilos
Weight lost: 25 kilos
Duration it took me to lose weight: 18 months
The turning point: My thyroid levels were continuously increasing, which led to lethargy, bad mood and many more problems.
My breakfast: 3-5 eggs with green veggies
My lunch: Rice, rajma, green veggies/palak paneer and fruits
My dinner: Eggs, curd, rice, paneer, eggs and green veggies
Pre-workout meal: Apple cider vinegar and black coffee
Post-workout meal: I work out in the morning so post my workout I directly eat my breakfast.
I indulge in: Although I don’t cheat very often, it’s only once in 3-4 months that I have cheat foods like paratha, brownie and gulab jamun.
My workout: I only do weight training, which includes deadlift, squats with weights, chest press, skull crusher, barbell curls, bench press, lat pulldown and planks.
When I started, I could hold a plank for only 9 seconds and now I can hold it for 4 minutes 30 seconds.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Palak paneer cooked in less butter and paneer biriyani with loads of green vegetables.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: You don’t need to starve to lose weight but rather eat properly and healthy. Hydration is also of paramount importance as water helps the body in losing weight and helps in the proper functioning of the body.
Weight training helps you build muscles and gives better weight loss results along with no loosening of the skin, which is a big problem after you lose weight.
How do I stay motivated? When people appreciate your hard work and dedication, it is definitely motivating. Fitting into clothes of smaller size also helped me stay dedicated.
Losing weight also helped me normalise my thyroid levels and other parameters. I feel I am now healthy in true sense.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I look back at all my hard work and efforts that helped me reach here. And now with every passing day, I just want to get better and better.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? People judge you by your looks, not by your qualities, which is disheartening.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to look a little more leaner and muscular. I also want to become a fitness expert.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I started drinking 5-7 litres of water, worked out daily, avoided sugar and started eating a lot of veggies.
What was the lowest point for you? When people avoided me because of my looks and weight.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: Everything looks impossible until done. Patience and consistency is the key, not just for weight loss but for everything.
A healthy lifestyle not only makes you look good from outside but also makes you feel good from inside. Our mind is very powerful, it can do everything it wants to and our body is very adaptive, it moulds itself the way you want it to.
If you too have a weight loss story to share, send it to us at toihealth1@gmail.com

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