So here’s the deal. I am one of those people that anonymously ask forums on “how to lose under belly fat”. I also ardently watch videos that talk about meal prep and workouts while having dinner. Most times, I take notes. At other times, I continue eating.

I’m not the most physically fit person really. I have my rolls on the side and other “grab-ables” and I have grown to become quite accepting of it. I’ve been forever dreaming of those washboard abs. But honey let me tell you, with rice-loving South Asian diets, it’s difficult to cook ourselves out of it. I mean, my BMI is pretty okay. I’m in a happy middle and free from being both obese and skinny. There are times that I do drool on those post-partum Instagram accounts, despite it not being relatable but don’t we all do that?

I’ve also had my fair share of injuries. From an ankle incident caused by simply climbing down steps to the knee injury that came from nowhere. The latter of which my mother was also being treated for, simultaneously. Or the wrist issue that keeps coming back every three years, thanks to writer-ly industrial injuries. Yes, the same wrist issue that keeps me from doing that bakasana, which I’ve tried but have never even gotten close to mastering during my six-ish-year ad-hoc yoga practice.

Moderation is key

I’m sure everyone has spoken about it but it really is! It’s one of the things that has worked wonders for me during the past so many years. Be it moderation in food, exercise, alcohol, relationship, trust me, this model fits into all of your life’s elements.

It’s the same moderation that allows me to work out 3x a week, even after having unbalanced meals. Do health and fitness professionals approve my regime? Absolutely not! I’m not on a crazy journey to be my fittest self. Well, deep down it would be nice, but ain’t body got no time for that. No way can I afford to eat out most of my budget and savings by going for organic-natural produce. Similarly, the same budget will not allow me the flexibility to spend for a personal trainer. Yes I know, personal wellness is key and you need to take care of yourself. But it’s not as though I’m neglecting myself, am I? As long as I have bit of the good and bad in life and I know where to draw the line, be it in the third double cheeseburger I’m about to have in two days to the three-hour workout I intend to do, to the next bottle of alcohol I’m about to order, everything is swell!

Don’t beat yourself up about it really. I mean we all have different bodies and our metabolism works differently. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can’t do on your own. After having worked from home for a few years now, I’ve realized that so as long as you put your mind and determination to anything, you can do it. You don’t need fancy shoes or fancy gym wear even. A good-fitting support(ish) bra and some regular clothes work just fine!

There’s a long way more to go in my journey and no way am I going to hold myself back. While I go make some nice milk tea, with sugar and prep for a YouTube workout session, tell me what’s on your mind in the comments below!

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