Weight loss: “I was tired of editing my pictures before posting them on social media!”

When you are trying to lose weight, there are a lot of trials and errors that happen before you hit the jackpot. Although it is an empowering journey–especially when you are dealing with the taunts of society–it is not an easy one. From resisting to indulge in your favourite foods to changing your lifestyle completely, losing weight is not a cake walk. Read Priyanka’s inspirational weight loss quest to get motivated.

Priyanka Agarwal

Occupation: Former national billiards and snooker player

Age: 27 years

Highest weight recorded: 70 kgs

Weight lost:
15 kgs

Duration it took me to lose weight:
5 months

The turning point:
I was really tired of editing all my photographs before posting them on social media. I felt disgusted with the whole idea of not being true to myself and decided that it was high time I did something about my weight.

My breakfast:
I keep switching between my breakfast options. Some of my absolute favourites are upma, poha, dosa, paratha, brown bread, and peanut butter sandwiches.

My lunch: I have 2 chapatis, lots of green vegetables with some papad. Another option is wholewheat pizza with lots of cheese.

My dinner: I love gorging on Hummus and Falafel. Some of my other dinner options are soya tikki, a bowl of rajma and 1 chapati and paneer kebabs.

I indulge in: I love eating anything and everything that my heart desires on my cheat days. From wraps, golgappe, chole bhature to cheesy paav bhaaji, I love eating everything.

My workout:
I brisk walk for around 6 kilometres daily and do 30 minutes of weight training.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: My go-to recipes are oats poha, roasted fox nuts, soya tikkis, boiled egg salad and hummus sandwiches.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have realised that core strength exercises can do wonders to your body. You just have to be consistent with your workout regime to witness miraculous results.

How do I stay motivated?
I make it a point to set weekly targets for myself and ensure that I fulfil them.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
I have devised a very unique technique to make sure that I stay on the fitness track. I weigh myself every other day and if I find that I have gained weight, I grind myself harder the same day.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Being overweight was torturous in ways more than one. I have seen how society disregards you when you don’t fit into their supposed ‘ideal’ weight. I had started looking five years older than my age and could not fit into the clothes of my choice. However, nothing beats the fact that someone even asked me if I was pregnant. That moment was really heartbreaking.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I will be happy if I am able to maintain the shape I am in right now.

What are the lifestyle changes you made?
There are quite a few changes. I have started waking up early in the morning. I make it a point to have an early dinner and I have stopped taking naps in the afternoon.

What was the lowest point for you? I had started panting and huffing after jogging for a mere 3 minutes. Now, I am proud to say that I can jog for 15 minutes without stopping.

Lessons learnt from weight loss: It is the best change that I have brought in my life. Now, I have been getting a lot of acceptance, respect, acknowledgement and notability in the society. Even though it is just my physical appearance that has changed, the whole perspective of people has changed towards me. I have learnt that in the society that we live in, physical appearance is the power and confidence is its sword.

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