Hi there, I’m Ashar, father of two boys and a fitness freak. Ever since I lost 121 pounds, I’m tremendously attentive towards my weight, diet, and fitness. I want to share my weight loss journey with you through this blog to drive you for a healthier living. Here’s my story:
You’ve probably read my bio there and wondering, “If that figure is even real?” I know why you’re thinking this way, because, with that amount of weight, someone would look like this:
Now look back at my bio image. You’re correct if you’re thinking, “Well, the bio-picture is filtered.” Yes! It’s brightened enough to post here, though quite frankly, the filter didn’t cut the fat on my cheeks, chins, neck, and body. Otherwise, I’d be the happiest person in this world. I was overweight since I was a child, and I used to weigh 298 pounds (135 kgs) two years back. I’m not even joking!
Watch this video to get to know how to maintain your weight by just staying at home.
I was blessed with love…
I was bulky back in my teenage, though I was an active, lively, and energetic personality. I traveled often, and I loved eating. I got genuine love from my parents, siblings, and cousins, and I had generous friends.
I was ambitious…
Like several youngsters, I was an ambitious guy, and I worked with a major firm in my home country where many dreams to get employed. Though I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I strived to get that dream job as life is all about hardships. I studied my postgraduate course at the same time I was working since I was 16.
My dream marriage…
In the late 20s, I was lucky enough to marry the girl with a heart of gold, Sana. Her family gave me an abundance of love and respect, and with the blessings of Almighty, I became the father of two adorable children. Not to forget that I even traveled to Australia and thoroughly explored it. I was on cloud nine.
On the whole, I had everything that I could ask for (and still have), and sometimes I feel like I’m living in a fantasy world. Though, I always felt bothered and distressed.
I was suffering…
I imagine you’re probably thinking about why I was suffering this entire time. I’ll come to that in a while, but first, I want to ask you: “Can you remind of something that ever triggered you to adopt a good habit?” Well, I can undoubtedly recall the incidents that prompted my weight loss journey, which I’ll tell you later; otherwise, this post will never end.
So, I was stressed out because I was Obese. I lacked confidence because I was chubby. I couldn’t do skydiving because I was overweight.
By this point, you’re thinking of why am I telling you about my journey? Because I want to create value for your health, your life, and your well-being. I want to motivate you for better and even happier you!
I’ve been able to shed 55 kgs of fat along with a full-time job and kids. So why can’t you? In the later posts, I’ll share my experience, tips, and tricks for losing weight, maintaining your body and adapting to a healthy lifestyle. You can check some tips we’ve shared a while ago, to stay healthy Here.
Leave a comment below if you relate to my story and share it as much as you can.
Last week, while we were writing to share with you some interesting activities you can do during self-isolation (read more HERE), something was constantly bothering us from inside and that’s crazy!-our health and well-being.
Do we really need copingstrategies? Should we slightly change the way we do certain things or do we stick with what we always do?
Social distancing and self-isolation rules are imposed for good reasons. But with fewer opportunities for us to maintain our physical fitness and more time lying on our favourite couch, sadly we were kind of getting accustomed to several unhealthy behaviours and ends up increasing our weight.
While swiping our facebook newsfeed, we came across this hilarious picture 😀 Literally these were our thoughts too!
Having lost 55 kgs last year, we’ve been constantly conscious about maintaining our weight loss while following the social distancing rules during COVID-19.
This week, we’ve got so many stuff to tell you on how you can keep losing and maintaining your weight while staying at home.
1. Add herbal tea to your routine
As you’re mostly sedentary these days, high chance is that you feel bloated and full right after a meal. Keep in mind though, it’s never too late to adopt a healthy habit!
We’re quite happy with a hot cup of Green tea after each meal and once in between (although, squeezing a fresh lemon is totally up to you).
Why? Because the experts say that it promotes smooth digestion and eliminates fatigue (as always, there’s a science behind this too).
Another great pick for us is the Ginger tea, which is best known to boost immunity (we quite need it as the winter is back in Australia).
Well, every cloud has a silver lining-we never tried ginger to calm our bloating problem until now. Oh, man! We’re pretty fascinated with the cure of magical properties of ginger.
You can try Twinnings Tea-their wide range of herbal tea and tasty infusions are quite promising and of course, we love their Green tea. Explore the variety of healthy infusions on their website Here.
2. Add healthy foods to your diet
Quite of you agree that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Taking a few steps back from unhealthy food should give some relief to our incredible GP’s and doctors.
During self-isolation, we added more proteins, grains andfruits in our regular diet and you have to believe it! we clearly felt lighter, more energetic and fresher.
And in the long run, healthy foods are known to decrease the likelihood of gaining weight and improve general wellness.
Orange is the top-notch fruit for you to have regularly due to its properties of strengthening the immune system and reducing constipation.
We replaced our everlasting craving of sugary drinks with green tea, thanks to the guidelines of the Healthline website. And oh! the cookies and cakes…with Greek Yogurtand Banana. And by the way, we love using the fresh and high-qualityFarmers Union Greek Yogurtas a snack and side.
3.Restrict Junk food intake
Oh! that mouth-watering smell coming out from a fast-food restaurant, and a pizza shop. We know it’s hard but it’s not impossible to hold out against.
If you eat a burger, pizza or an ice cream once in a blue moon, trust us, no big deal.
But, if you’re prone to regular intake of junk, remember the experts suggest that junk foods are very low in nutrition and high in unhealthy fats.
So, you may be putting yourself at greater risk of fatigue and weight gain.
With reduced physical activity nowadays, limiting the junk food will make you as fit as a fiddle.
Giving up junk food may mean less tiredness for you and fairly reduced heaviness in your gut.
A good way to avoid unhealthy foods is to getting into the habit to cook your food at home. You can try super easy recipes fromtasty.co. With tons of appetising recipes using super simple ingredients, this site won’t disappoint you!
4. Establish a house chore routine
You’re right on the ball if you aren’t planning to keep rolling on the couch all day while self-isolating, because lying on the bed for several hours (apart from the sleep time, of course) can potentially give you tiredness, inactivity, dullness and even more crankiness, experts say.
Bending to sweep and mop the floor, picking up laundry, washing dishes and cooking are sorts of light exercises you should probably try to do everyday and are extremely beneficial to keep your body moving.
Light exercise is also important for those of you working from home, to feel refreshed and more productive.
We feel a million times more active and fresher since we spend more than 80% of our day doing various house chores (of course you do not have to be like us, but no harm in trying).
5. Practice light exercise
No longer going to the fitness centre or commuting by public transport? By now, you may be thinking of the ways by which you could replace those everyday fitness tricks.
Hang in there! Thankfully there are hundreds of light exercises you can do at home.
Experts suggest that working out in the morning is the best form of exercise to boost your energy and mood throughout the day.
You can try to take baby steps at first and make your way up later. We found this really interesting article on the Lifehack website Here, where we learned incredibly easy exercises to include in our morning routine.
So far, we’re working out 10 minutes in the morning and oh goodness, the workouts are great to fuel energy into our body for the day. Even our kids enjoy doing workouts with us!
6. Keep yourself active with Kids
As your kids’ sports training sessions are now on hold due to social distancing rules, you’re probably worried about their health, growth and social development.
Luckily, self-isolation is kinda blessing in disguise for your kids because now they’ve got all your time in this world.
Here’s a great opportunity for you to amuse your kids and at the same time, to keep your body moving.
While staying isolated at home, we learned that our kids feel very happy and cherished whenever we get involved with them in their playtime, yet it’s a healthy sign that we feel satisfied!
Any sort of outdoor activities amuse them and to be honest, it’s an amazing feeling to see them growing. We play cricket, football, do crazy dance, jumping jacks, bowling.
If you like to get more fun ideas for indoor activities, check Here
7. Wear Activity tracking device
An activity tracking device? How can a fitness tracker make you moving? These questions might pop up in your mind but believe us, it’ll be as helpful for you as it was with us during the initial days of our weight loss journey!
A fitness monitor is an easily wearable device to track your activity level throughout a period.
Fitness trackers such as a Fitbit and Apple Watch aren’t only helpful in maintaining your activity levels, but more importantly, they can prompt real motivation to keep yourself active-that’s exactly what it did for us.
Our actual weight loss journey started from the point when we bought Fitbit Flex 2 for the first time. An incredibly amazing device, waterproof, easily wearable wristband, affordable and accurate! Since we lost over 55 kgs, We’re so grateful for this device to be our best friend forever!
Just set your activity targets on the app and monitor your activity daily to achieve your goals.
8.Manage stress and anxiety
We understand that it’s a tough time you’re going through right now-with lots of ongoing pressure, we soon realised that anxiety levels are unhealthy for us, our family and our relationships in the long run.
So, managing your stress is vital-Luckily, you’ve got heaps of relaxation techniques to relieve stress.
Yoga and meditation is known to be the best technique to take away your anxiety.
We found that closing our eyes in a quiet place is incredibly helpful to manage stress-listening to soothing music or reducing the caffeine intake in your diet should also work well.
No more nagging! At least building a house chore routine will throw the crazy negative thoughts away from you, reduce your mental stress and induce productivity.
We found more stress coping strategies for you on the Healthline website Here.
9.Skip a meal
Ever tried leaving your gut empty for few hours? Amazingly, keeping your stomach light is a great way to prevent tiredness, inactivity, weight gain and bloating, experts suggest.
Skipping our lunch brought massive difference to our health-in a positive way. We successfully reduced our weight and maintained body composition.
But we faced few challenges-we used to feel little dizzy and lightheaded at first. By the dinner time, we got so much hungry that we ended up overeating, which is even worst because bloating hits hard!
Soon we learned the way out-eating snacks in between our meals.
Are you working from home? Rolling on the bed and on your laptop and mobile phone-not much physical activity is happening. Result-more frequent daytime naps!
Now it’s an unhealthy habit because the experts say that unless you’re sick (your body needs more sleep time), an 8-hour overnight sleep should be enough to stay healthy and productive throughout the day.
We remember having daytime fatigue-a pretty bad feeling that mostly prompted us to oversleep (because we were either doing nothing or just eating!) And so, we felt more tired, inactive, less productive, less focused and even crankier.
We started engaging ourselves in various activities since, to avoid more groggy and crabby days. Writing this blog is indeed one of them! Thank God we’re right on the spot.
The final word
Self-care is essential for you and when it comes to maintaining the belly fat, no one wants to waste the effort made to shed it. Staying healthy while self-quarantined is no trouble and not tough at all-do little workouts and eat healthy, you’ll never be disappointed! By living a healthy lifestyle, you can always enjoy the real colours of life.
Thank you for reading our blog! We hope this was helpful for you.
We’d love to hear from you of the ways you’re managing to managing the weight loss while self-quarantined. Share in your comments below.