Summer, anxiety over completing thesis and graduating, traveling and devouring the foods with no second thoughts this year did a lot to my weight. I finally decided to join the gym after a gap of around 5 months, last week. I have never been this heavy and I certainly do not enjoy having to squeeze into my clothes and sporting a growing belly. So, something serious had to be done about it.
From last week, I am following a diet plan and sweating at the gym 3 days a week. I have also taken up walking to and back from work (about 35 minutes one way). Walking to and from work has been such a pleasant decision, not only it helps in keeping me fit, but I also get to escape the slow, jam-packed public transportation at office hours. The first day at gym after such a long break was terrible. I couldn’t even run on the treadmill for 10 minutes straight. I however think that more than physical stamina itself, it’s the brain that leads us into undermining our true physical strengths. The other day was better as I did complete the 10 continuous minutes, while ignoring my brain’s cries to stop.
I am three days away from Saturday, which I have allocated as a cheat day and I cannot wait. Almost four days of eating only fruits, vegetables and baked and boiled stuff is really taking its toll though. All I can think about is food, all sorts of food. Especially unhealthy and highly caloric with zero nutritional value ones. But I’ve given up so many times already and I don’t want to this time. I want to see what results hard work, dedication and consistency can produce. The reason I am blogging about this is that it makes things more formal and public and will help (I hope) to stick to my plan of losing 6 kgs within 2-3 months.
Currently, my diet plan consists of food items like this:
- Lot of green tea.
- Zero artificial sugar.
- Lean meat, like chicken and other good sources of proteins like tofu, eggs, soya, fish, legumes etc. All baked, boiled or cooked with no more than 1 table spoon of olive oil.
- Fruits: apples, oranges and kiwifruit, mostly.
- Salad (without dressing) for lunch.
- Snacks such as raw carrots and cucumbers.
- Oatmeal, brown/black rice or baked potatoes for dinner.
I am still looking for delicious, low-calories, healthy meal ideas on the internet. So far, except for the craving of unhealthy food, I feel good about myself. I just need to remember to be consistent. There’s one day a week that I can satisfy my cravings and not make my body suffer.
I am also about to join Polish language course. I went to the lessons for observing yesterday and I have decided to join the group that’s doing A2 level and do the last bits of A2 course. They are soon going to promote to B1. I don’t need Polish language for work, but my manager thinks that fluency in Polish could contribute to my personal growth as I can take part in external training, meetings and workshops. I am very positive about the idea and would like to see how far I can go. I’ve only studied basics of Polish formally for 3 months. Everything else that I know has been from hearing, speaking and hearing . The teacher at the course sounds lovely, and I am already pretty good at understanding and speaking everyday Polish. What I do need to heavily work on is the grammar and vocabulary. It is a difficult language with a lot of crazy sounds and grammar and very different from my mother tongue, but anything can be done with practice, consistency and dedication. I want to be able to read Polish newspapers and pretty much understand the content.