A prolonged bedridden condition doesn't only impact your health, mind and soul but people associated with you also get affected. Ara suffered from sciatica nerve pain and apart from her discomfort, it impacted her family too. While it took her 12 weeks to recover but then, there was no looking back. She worked out, ate clean and managed to lose 42 kilos, that too in just a short span of 11 months. Here's her story from fat to fit. Name:
Ara Sharma Occupation:
Compliance manager Age:
32 Highest weight recorded:
122 Kilos Weight lost:
42 Kilos Duration it took me to lose weight:
11 months The turning point:
When I got bedridden due to pain in the sciatica nerve. The pain was so acute that I was in hospital and it took me 12 weeks to recover, that is, to be able to walk, sit or stand. My breakfast:
Only a cup of coffee and a spoon of organic peanut butter. My lunch:
I do meal prep, hence my lunch, dinner and snacks vary every week. I try to incorporate fats/proteins in my diet. Avocado, chicken, eggs, fish, spinach, lauki, cauliflower, paneer and cheese comprise my staple diet. My dinner:
Dinner is eggs with baked veggies or stir fry veggies every day. Only on weekends I try and experiment with more food options due to my working hours. I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days):
I'm not much of a sweet person but if ever I want to indulge, I go for hot dark chocolate. Plus, if I ever go out during weekends with my family, I eat in moderation. My workout:
I work out 4-5 times a week. I wanted to be accountable, hence I got a personal trainer who I train twice a week with.
Twice in a week, I do a spin/cycling class and once a week, I practice bikram (hot) yoga. Low-calorie recipes I swear by:
Egg and cheese. Eggs are so versatile and quick. I mix all the spices and some raw veggies. Top it with feta cheese and simple, quick and healthy dinner is ready. Fitness secrets I unveiled:
Intermittent fasting 16:8. This is the best thing you can do for your body, soul and mind. How do I stay motivated?
It is very important to have a support system and I'm blessed to have an amazing family. My husband, brother and mother always motivate and empower me. How do you ensure you don't lose focus?
From my personal experience and what I have gone through, I know how important it is to invest in your body and treat it well. Hence for me, it is a part of my lifestyle. I have taught myself that I need to take time for myself and invest in my health and fitness or else the hospital bed is around the corner, for me at least. What's the most difficult part of being overweight?
Being socially active and not being able to fit into designer clothes. What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
I don't see myself in any sort of shape as shapes and numbers on the scale don't define me. All I want and work towards is to be fitter every day. What are the lifestyle changes you made?
The most important change I made in my life was to self-educate myself about food. Anything we eat will have a significant effect on our body. I have learnt that "food is science" and now I love reading about nutrition values and food labels. I practice low carb diet and Keto. I juggle between these two to ensure my body is not getting used to one thing. What was the lowest point for you?
Being in hospital and feeling vulnerable. This not only impacted me but my family as well had to suffer because of me. Lessons learnt from weight loss:
While losing weight is definitely a life-changing experience, it doesn't guarantee ultimate happiness and satisfaction. The most important thing is to never compare yourself to anybody as nobody is like you. We all think that by losing 5 kilos or 10 kilos, we will get happy and productive. But it's incorrect. You need to self-educate. If you set a goal to look exactly like someone else, it will likely result in disappointment and you will lose focus.
One thing no one talks about is satisfaction. Yes, by losing weight you don't guarantee yourself to be 100 per cent happy as in some cases you will have lose skin or hard to achieve a body definition. So, the mental aspects of your unwanted weight are equally important in this journey. Be happy that you are fit and getting better every day. Have a role model in mind but don't compare your body with them. Be content and happy in what you can achieve. If you have a weight loss story that can inspire others, mail us at [email protected]