#TheCurvyGirl Podcast

Episode 7 : Diets, Workouts & Intuition

#TheCurvyGirl Podcast - Episode 7 _ Diets, Workouts & Intuition

Hey Guys,

Diets & Workouts; the two scary words. These days it feels like EVERYONE is constantly stuck in the cycle of dieting and working out, then completely binging on the foods the craved for while on the diet and then getting onto another diet.

Sticking to a diet just seems so tough. If you are also stuck in this vicious cycle, then this weeks podcast is for you.

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TRANSCRIPT :

Hey guys in this weeks podcast I’ll be talking about diets, the craziness and why most of us fail sticking to one.

Are you one those people who spend boatloads of money on diets, gym membership but find it tough to follow through? Do you find yourself stuck in the cycle on of the latest diet in town and the best workout for burning said amount of calories? I know how you feel because I’ve been there.

All these diets give you a guarantee that if you follow word to word you will lose your target weight. You jump right in and half way through just feel like giving up.

Listen up, we’re wired differently, what works for your sister isn’t going to work for you. What works for you, might not work for your friend. Our body reacts in different ways and we need to learn to listen to what our body requires.

So a few months back I went on the Keto diet, something I did after I saw the results on my sister. She completely transformed and looked like a whole new person. My first month went very well, and I was powering through. Yes, I lot about 5kgs the and I was over the moon. However, I began to notice my body wasn’t too happy with how things were going.

I would crave for a small bowl of rice, to be able to function. Initially I thought maybe I felt like this because I’ve always preferred rice over roti. But slowly it began to take a toll on my mental health. I was finding it difficult to focus and power through the day.

After having a talk with my parents, I decided maybe keto wasn’t the best way for me. I felt really bad and I felt like a failure.

While talking to my best friend the other, I realized that as a child I would eat everything my mom would cook. And I never had any issues with my weight. Then how is it, that now as an adult my weight is such a big problem?

As a child we usually eat at home. Mom’s home cooked meals. Home cooked meals sure are the healthiest, be It the so-called “rice that’s filled with carbs which is bad for us” or dal with a dollop of ghee.

Eating out was a rare occasion. We limited our intake of processed food. However, boarding school and college threw this practice out the door.

With different body types, our struggles are different too. Thyroid, PCOS/PCOD, and various other hormonal imbalances make it difficult to lose weight. Steroids, antibiotics and surgeries also cause your body to go into a complete whack – thus making it difficult to lose weight. So please, before you get angry on yourself for not losing weight easily, take all of this into account.

Another very important thing is choosing the right dietician/nutritionist. It is so vital that you have a good dietician, nutritionist in this journey. Make sure they have your best interest in mind; not you being just another number in their list of clients. They are one of your most important team player. Imagine having a nutritionist who doesn’t really hear you out, your concerns, problems and then continuous to blame you when things don’t seem right? How discouraging is that.

Being someone whose tried various diets and I never truly enjoyed it. I always felt like I was depriving my body. And it’s never good to come from a place of deprivation. Deprivation pushes your body to retaliate (well that’s exactly how I felt).

It wasn’t until I came across Rujuta Diwekar, did things fall into place. Initially, when I came across her I felt she was just some other film star’s dietician. Her things will never be accessible. I was wrong about that. I’ve started reading her books and things are finally falling into place. I finally have a perspective on so many questions in my mind. All those things I would do as a child, is exactly what she recommends.

Your environment, the place your born, the family you are born into, your genes; besides our hormones have such a huge impact on your weight loss journey.

What does this mean?

As someone hailing from south India rice is something I can’t live without. One meal of mine has to be rice. As a kid I would eat rice for lunch and not once did I put on weight.

What’s my story?

At the age of 13, a doctor had given me steroids for an injury of mine, which totally messed with my hormones causing me to gain weight. I however, began to blame rice for this. Reading articles about how bad rice is, only reinforced that quitting rice is the best thing. This wasn’t helping me. I continued to put on weight and internally my body was screaming and crying for rice. As soon as I started having rice for one meal my weight in control, even though losing weight was difficult.

Portion control; Please remember that my portion size and your portion size can be completely different. Again, here too listen to your body. Your body knows just how much it needs. When I go out with my family, I’m told so many times that we’re just not going to take you into account. You anyways eat so little. But that’s the thing. My body can only take in small portions at a time. Eating more than my portion size causes severe acidity. So respect your body. Listen to it.

Even if you have to have smaller portions every few hours; do it. You know what’s best for you.

From all the diets and going to the gym & yoga if there is one thing I’ve learned is: Listen to your body. It speaks to you. Going against it only causes more frustration. Just because someone you know is following one of the “hottest” diets, doesn’t mean you need to follow that too. Find out everything about the diet, see if it matches your lifestyle and then sign up for the diet.

I personally prefer following what Rujuta Diwekar has to say, because it fits perfectly for my lifestyle & the food she suggests is what I’ve had as a kid.

The same thing goes with working out too. Find a workout that fits you. For someone it could be yoga, for someone else dancing. Your workouts shouldn’t be another task. Enjoy it. I love getting on the treadmill and doing a speed run for 3minutes, the energy it gives me. Besides that, doing a few workouts at the gym & yoga are my go to thing. What do you enjoy doing ? Go do it!

Basically, be it diets or workouts, enjoy them – listen to your body. Our 9-5jobs & the traffic anyways get the best of us, let this not be another one of those things.

Have you been on a diet? Has something really worked for you? What is your favorite work out. Let me know, leave them in the comment section below.

Love your body, don’t deprive it – after all you have only one of it.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s podcast. I’ll catch you guys next week. Bye.

 

#TheCurvyGirl Podcast

Episode 5: Am I Good Enough ?

#TheCurvyGirl Podcast - Episode 5 - Am I Good Enough_

 

Hello everyone, 

Have you ever felt like you aren’t good enough ? You feel the constant need to show the world who you really are, however all you feel is like a failure – Then this week’s podcast is for.

We’re all intelligent in our own way. Howard Gardner is a well known psychologist who is best known for his theory of  Multiple forms of intelligence. Sir Ken Robinson is an advisor in education and talks about how to make education more interesting and inclusive for everyone.

Their work give an in-depth take on why so many people feel like failure – no one is dumb,  we’re all  intelligent in our own way. Sadly, not everyone is educated and taught to understand their form of intelligence & to use this to the best of their abilities to achiever success in life.

If you’re interested in learning more about multiple intelligence & the change that is required in the education system, then scroll down after listening to the podcast and watch the two videos that are attached.

You’re intelligent in your own way. Just because you don’t fall into the standard definition of success & intelligence, doesn’t mean you aren’t. No two people are the same.

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Transcript

Hey guys and welcome back. Its Episode 5 and this week we talk about the pressure to have an identity of our own, the role of the education system, parents, society and the importance of having strong- genuine friendships. Yes it’s a heavy topic.

So lets head on over.

Hi guys the CBSE board exam results are out and we’ve heard students getting 499/500 , wow I am amazed and happy for them.

However, today’s topic isn’t about how to score that much. Rather the reason behind why students across the world are under constant pressure. While I believe that some amount of stressing is good for us, it shapes us, I also believe the pressure that the society puts on students these days is crazy and unrealistic.

Children are expected to score a certain grade, to be considered intelligent, I disagree. Your marks don’t define the kind of person you are. This alone cannot be a barometer on the basis of which we judge someone’s intelligence. In fact according to years of research there are multiple forms of intelligence. To name them:

  • Verbal Linguistic
  • Logical Mathematical
  • Visual Spatial
  • Musical Rhythmic
  • Body Kinesthetic
  • Naturalist
  • Intrapersonal
  • Interpersonal
  • Existential

Look at the photo for a brief understanding of each one it.

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Image via: St.Catherine Family Faith Foundation

Each one of us is a combination of the above. In some of us the logical mathematical is high, while in others musical rhythmic. Once we understand what are strongest intelligence is, we can use it to achieve so much more in life.

But, are we taught this in school? If not, why aren’t we?

If society wants to see successful humans, then maybe we need to take a step back and review our methods of teaching. And again marks aren’t everything.

We stress so much on kids having a plan by the time they are in Grade 12. We drill it into their heads that they need to know exactly what to do and in many cases decide what’s best for them, without asking them what they want to do.

Don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree – sadly that is exactly what happens. Since we think we know what’s best for them, we fail to let them discover their own talents.

And this has many psychological repercussions. One mistake and we deem ourselves a failure; we think we won’t amount to anything. And social media definitely feeds into this – Adding fuel to fire. It feeds into the fact that everyone except me has their life together and are successful. I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. No one has their life together; most of us don’t feel our talents are valuable enough.

I sure have felt that.

I have worked in the corporate world for 3 years and I never felt like my work was amounting to anything, I felt like a failure and felt I wasn’t qualified enough to do what I was doing. Though, it was much after I left did I realize that in fact I was qualified to do the work and I am intelligent – just that my form of intelligence doesn’t match that of some my colleague.

Now you might ask Lakshmi, so what is your combination of intelligence? Starting from strongest to weakest – Mine is:

  • Body Kinesthetic
  • Musical Rhythmic
  • Visual Spatial
  • Intrapersonal/Interpersonal – I give them equal importance
  • Verbal Linguistic
  • Existential
  • Naturalist
  • Logical Mathematical

Since my mathematical capabilities aren’t the best I try to use the first three forms of intelligence to grasp and understand the material.

So please don’t consider yourself a failure and give up so soon. Some of the most successful people in this world took time to get where they are and they used their strengths to support their weakness.

Let’s do a little activity:

Take out a piece of paper and draw a line in between. On one side write down your strengths and on the other your weaknesses. Done? now read them once again and ask yourself how can my strengths support my weaknesses?

Write it down and keep going back to it every time you feel like you aren’t good enough or when you feel success isn’t your cup of tea.

Success is everyone’s cup of tea.

One of the main reasons I started this podcast was because more than anyone else I needed to hear these words I write. We’re our greatest teachers and trust me the answers are usually there within us. We just need to learn to get out of our own way – be still and listen.

Another very important part to success is having your family, friends, and people who wish only good for you, in your circle. I have days where I am scared and if I can actually achieve the goals I’ve set for myself. I feel like a failure and afraid I won’t be able to handle everything.

The first thing to do is, cut us some slack. You are a human being; you’re bound to feel like what you are doing isn’t amounting to anything and that’s ok.

This podcast for example, when I sit to plan and write this podcast, I usually have that fear that this week won’t be good enough, but I still power through. And the feedback I get from all of you is what keeps me going.

Secondly, make peace with your weaknesses. I’m not the best at juggling multiple things – I had to make peace with this fact. Make peace with the fact that you aren’t like everyone else. There are certain things others will be able to do which you won’t and vice versa. Respect that- make peace with it and see how you can use it to the best of your abilities.

When you feel down don’t sulk and stay there. Pick up the phone and talk or message a friend. Friends are awesome – they pick you up when you need it the most and are there sometimes there to smack some sense into you. When we’re in the eye of the storm, it makes it difficult for us to see and sort things out. By sharing it with someone, they can shed light or give you a different perspective to the entire situation.

Like I said in an earlier podcast having a power circle is so important. They lift you up when you need it the most; they help power you through some not so great days. I am so lucky to have a wonderful power circle. In fact another reason this podcast came into existence because of one of my power circle darlings. Her honest conversation with me was one of the triggers to start The Curvy Girl Podcast.

Please don’t consider yourself a failure just because you weren’t able to achieve something the first, second or tenth time around. Keep trying. Your failures teach you- every thing you learn, in the long run amounts to something. Your failure and lessons are the foundations to your success.

Besides success isn’t just when you earn and live in a big lavish house, it’s also the number of lives you impact in a good way. And I believe if you can help just one person, you have created a chain that will impact many other lives, so Kudos to you.

Your success should be on your own terms – what makes you happy – you define success. Not something the world designs for you.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s podcast and realize how amazing you are. In next week’s podcast, I talk about setting your vision, working with your strengths & weaknesses.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below.

And I’ll catch you guys next week.

Bye.

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