Lose weight in a balanced manner

When I was growing up, in my early teens, I remember thinking that my friend’s mom was absolutely beautiful – not as beautiful as my mom, but beautiful nonetheless.

One day I found she was looking especially thin. She had worn a sleeveless top, and her upper arms looked horrifying; skinny, with flesh hanging, and there was all this wrinkled wierd skin where her upper arms connected with her back. Her face suddenly had lost its softness and looked hard, bony, and horseish.

Ugh! “What’s going on, why is your mother looking so… thin?” I asked my friend.

“She’s on a crash diet. Her brother is getting married in a few days and she wants to look beautiful at the wedding.”

Someone should tell her she’s looking a lot worse, I thought. What could she be thinking? I went home and looked at my own mom. Soft face, soft upper arms, mom wasn’t into working out, yet so, so beautiful.

Then a classmate’s elder sister died due to complications associated with anorexia. Anorexia, what’s that? Her sister was inordinately thin, yet she was crash dieting trying to lose weight and it all went horribly wrong. Oh my God, she was sickeningly thin, and she wanted to get thinner?

Because of these two encounters in my life, I knew that no matter how fat I get later on in life, I was never going to be one of those who’d starve to lose weight. 

On the other hand, I had a friend who was extremely overweight but loved food. So, she took up a sport, and realised that she would need to get some serious exercise if she ever wanted to lose weight. Because of her positive influence, I too took up a sport, and went the exercise route. Today, 15-20 years down the road, I am super-fit, with toned arms, toned abs, slim, and never have I dieted a day in my life. I had two children, and losing weight seemed like a real uphill task after my second child. But lose it I did. 

When you work so hard to lose weight and be fit, leading a more healthy lifestlye too comes naturally. After all, you don’t want all that hard work to go to waste. So you make lifestyle changes that will help you get fitter. A smaller helping of desert, fewer glasses of wine, cutting back or cutting out the smoking…. “Heck after all those reps I feel so damn good, I’m going to stick to getting super healthy, thanks.” I’ve stopped the senseless fried foods, junk foods, no colas for me, and its been years since I last had a wafer. I don’t want it! I’ll eat a pizza once in a while, but I’m not stocking my kitchen with any junk food.

There are healthy ways to lose weight, and there are unleathy ways to lose weight. Why would anyone opt for the unhealthy way? If you do that, you’re lazy, lazy, lazy. Say it, and admit it to yourself. Maybe that will get your ass to the gym. If we want to do something we’ll find a way. If we don’t we’ll find excuses. So no more excuses.

Oh, and you CAN, CAN most definitely be too thin. Curves look lovely, soft, femine. Work out obesssively, and you’ll have veins bulging out of your arms. Find a good balance.

Keeping my fingers crossed

I just bought a bottle of Estee Lauder’ s Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronised Complex. Although the name says Night Repair, this product is meant to be used in the morning and at night. My husband bought it for me from Dubai Duty Free for 50 USD. Pretty pricey for such a small bottle, but as you need to use very, very little at a time, it should last at least 8 months – or so I believe from information posted on other blogs. Am going to find out soon enough!

The product comes with a little spatula – a little gimmick I’m guessing, but also, when there’s less product left, you don’t want it all to be wiped and absorbed by the fingers. And with eye creams worth their weight in gold, every little bit counts! So I’m supposed to get a little cream on the spatula, and dab three little drops of the cream under each eye. Then with my ring finger, I need to gently dab the cream on the skin. (When applying undereye cream, dabbing with the ring finger is the standard method of application. Never rub or pull this delicate area.) I’ve just started using it this morning, and the cream felt wonderful. I’m hoping for just as wonderful results. I’m going to post the results after a month of use.

Going organic with skincare

I’m never going to trade my facial skin-care routine for a non-chemical alternative unless I find a natural product that works for me. But I’m all for going natural with the rest of my body!
Tho’ I’m sticking with my regular cleanser, toner, moisturiser and make-up for the face, I’ve switched to L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream and body lotion. Body lotion covers a large part of the body, so instead of absorbing all those chemicals, it makes sense to switch to a natural alternative. I’m also using Korres lip butter, which I absolutely love. Not only is it chemical free, but I’ve yet to find a better lip balm. Soap is another item which can be natural. I’m using L’Occitane soap, but there are a number of other brands worth considering, like Lush, Forrest Essentials, Kama. Remember that many supermarket brands that claim to be natural, just have a few natural ingredients thrown in together with harsh chemicals. You want to read ingredients when buying soap from the supermarket, and if it has postassium, skip it. On the other hand, higher end brands may be all natural, or may be largely natural with a few chemical ingredients. Either way, they’re definitely a better option because the quality of ingredients is much better.
While I’d never trade my Kerastase conditioner for anything, I’ve tried Aveda shampoo and conditioner, and using it really improved the quality of my hair. Aveda is all natural, so I’m planning to switch to an Aveda shampoo after I finish with my current one.

While it’s not practical to go all natural, I do feel like making an effort with certain items that cover large areas of our body, like body lotion and soap.