"If you don't like starting all over again, don't quit in the first place." -Niharika Banerjee
How do you stay motivated?
Each day before going to the gym, I look into the mirror and imagine how I used to look when I was fat. I feel proud to have entered the category of slim people and now I wish to be completely fit. That keeps me going.
We know consistency is key, what tips would you give to anyone struggling to stay consistent?
The only way to stay consistent is remembering that once you quit your fitness regime, you’ll be back to square one and coming to the slim phase then will result in yet another struggle. If you don’t like starting all over again, don’t quit in the first place.
Do you listen to music while training? If so, what’s currently on your playlist?
Work hard play hard, wake me up, and live for the night are the top 3 tracks. I play them while running especially.
What do you think about when you have to dig deep and push out that last rep?
I read Muhammad Ali’s quote somewhere where he said that he never counted all his reps. He only counted those which hurt him because only those made the difference. Apart from this thought, while doing the last rep, I just imagine how I would look with a toned body and trust me, it looks great! And so I manage the last rep.
What types of cardio have worked best for you?
When I began my weight loss regimen, I mostly walked but it did not make a huge difference. My fat dropped drastically when I started jogging and running. So my routine consists a combination of walking then jogging and then running as fast as I can. I also incorporate cycling in my routine.
What does your diet consist of?
I haven’t taken up any diet plan as such. I am just eating clean. I avoid eating at any restaurants as the food may be stale and also use a lot of oil. I eat fresh food at home. I have reduced the intake of rice and any sweets. Chapattis, pulses, home cooked vegetables in very less oil, boiled chicken and cottage cheese and a large amount of nuts, fruits and salads are very important.
What is your training routine like?
I go to the gym for 1 hour every day as this is the most amount of time I can spend. After my warm up, I jog and run for 20 minutes. After that, I either do abs, legs or arms and back on particular days of the week according to my regime.
Have you had any obstacles or setbacks while trying to achieve your goal?
Yes I have a major obstacle. I have a medical condition that during every season change, my lungs are filled with cough and cold and I can’t even breathe properly, forget working out. But I immediately consult the doctor and start with very low intensity cardio like walking and when my lungs are clear, I’m back to my routine.
How did you measure your progress?
Instead of seeing how much weight I’ve lost, I focused more on the inches loss. My old clothes are so loose now!
How do you deal with the cravings for junk foods and other unhealthy snacks?
Remember that an hour of work out is equal to a second of saying no to a burger. However, if at times I had a huge craving, I also took a friend with me who has a high metabolism and doesn’t put on weight even after stuffing 10 burgers. So if I took a bite from the burger, my craving would go and my friend would eat the rest. Also I used to carry less money with me apart from what was very necessary so I never had additional money to spend on junk food.
What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
Running, abs and screw me but I love doing legs (although not the days following the leg day. 😛 )
Who are your favorite athletes, bodybuilders or fitness models?
I’m not very familiar with the fitness world. But I’m my own favorite in this matter. I was one person who loved to eat and hated to work out. But I’m proud of my achievement as of now. So yes, I’m my own hero.
What top 3 tips would you give to anyone wanting to get in shape?
- Eat clean
- Work out as hard as you can.
- Never ever give up. There would come a point when your weight might remain constant and you’ll feel very low and you’d want to quit. My weight was stuck at 68 kilograms for two and a half months!! But that didn’t stop me. In fact, I worked harder and then lost 6 kilograms more in no time! Good things in life don’t come easy. But it’s definitely worth the effort!