The Story of How I Lost Weight and Found Myself
A Normal Life
Not all health coaches and fitness trainers have a history of clean eating and regular workouts. Some of them are shaped by conflict—years of eating junk food, a sedentary lifestyle, life-altering accident—something which eventually weighs them down to a breaking point.
I am one of them.
Like most people, I had led a routine life. I graduated from college, started working, got married and had a child. I gained a lot of weight too, which is natural after pregnancy, right?
But what was not normal was the problems that came along with it.
The Turning Point
Little did I know that the added bodyweight would lead to grave consequences. What started out as a bit of discomfort or slight inconvenience gradually escalated to drastic health problems which made me a prisoner of my own body and mind. Things got so out of hand that I found it difficult to even leave my house to visit the movie theatre or go grocery shopping.
The issues were twofold. On one hand, my mind was knocking me down from all directions. Being an overweight, working Indian mom is more difficult than it seems. I had to brave the comments of every neighbour and relative I came across along with the newfound responsibilities of a baby (the latter is a breeze compared to the former). I stopped looking at mirrors. The lack of confidence and self-consciousness made me feel like I was not enough—incomplete, insecure, inadequate. Everything felt wrong. I stopped attending social events. I alienated myself from everyone. It felt like the whole world was against me.
On the other hand, my body was weighing me down with physical complications. First came PCOS with its Pandora’s box of troubles like bloating, hair loss, unwanted body hair and acne breakouts. Then came the battle with my back. The constant back pain and muscle pulls kept intensifying—I had to be hospitalized thrice because my back gave up on me. It was on my third and final hospital visit that I made a decision:
This could not go on.
I needed to fight this.
I had to lose weight.
The Journey from XL to XS
I was adamant that I would do it the right way. I had a baby to take care of, and I needed to be healthy for us both. Chasing fad diets and starving myself were not viable options. I knew that I needed a plan that suited my body and my routine.
I didn’t have time to go to the gym—so I started working out on my own. Instead of skipping meals, I stuck to the healthier versions of everything I liked, in moderation. It was hard at first, but I was not ready to give up. With time, it became easier, and once I got used to it, I started enjoying it.
It became a habit.
It became my lifestyle.
It became as essential as breathing.
It was the little things at first. My clothes started feeling airy; putting on a pair of jeans felt like less of a struggle. I could take a walk or climb up the stairs without panting. There was this energy within me that kept pushing me forward. I started feeling happy again. Trivial as it may sound, these little things made all the difference in the world.
Gradually, the subtle changes gave way to obvious results. I dropped four sizes. My skin started glowing. I felt healthier, fitter, happier. I severed ties with everything that was pulling me back, both mentally and physically.
The NWS Mission
As I retraced my weight loss journey and everything I had gone through, it dawned on me that I am not alone in this fight. There are thousands of women out there who are battling the same demons I once did. I decided to extend the helping hand I had needed the most during the lowest point in my life.
That’s how Nourish With Sim came into being.
It was never a business idea, to begin with. It was just me sharing my struggles and solutions in the hope that it might help at least one woman who wanted to take control of her body and her life but did not know how.
I have always noticed how women forget to take care of themselves because they are too busy taking care of everyone else. Let me stop you right there. There is nothing good waiting for you at the end of that road. Your body is your first home; make sure it is clean and has a strong foundation. Don’t make yourself feel unwelcome.
I know the struggles of being a working mom. Juggling a baby, profession and family could take a toll on your mental and physical health. I also know that fitness goals cannot be met overnight—sticking to a diet and workout routine can be challenging when you are buried in responsibilities.
This is why I designed these fitness plans to fit right into your life. This is for you; whether you are busy with work, busy at home or just busy with life. Regardless of whether you have stepped inside a gym, tried a diet out or not. It was with a combination of clean eating and the right exercise that I started seeing results. So will you. Through my Reboot and Nourish programmes, I will show you how to eat and work out sustainably.
Here are 5 fitness tips you can start on as a trial run:
- Move More: Walk as much as you can. Try to get through at least 10k steps a day. You can start with small goals—first 2k, then 5k, and slowly work your way up.
- Eat Cleaner: Make sure that you eat at least 2 cups of vegetables and 2 seasonal fruits every day.
- Hydrate: Water is your best friend during the weight loss journey. Try to drink 3 litres of water daily.
- Disconnect: It is time to screen your screen time. Start limiting the time you spend on social media so as to stay away from negativity. Keep your phone away from you at least for 30 minutes a day after waking up and before going to bed.
- Practice Self-care: Be kind to yourself. Meditate, do yoga, catch up on your reading, take a nap—spend at least 15 minutes a day to clear your mind and reconnect with yourself. Also make sure that you get 6 hours of sleep regularly.
These tips along with the flexible meal plans and workout routines in my programmes will help change your life forever. And the best part? All of it is natural and manageable.