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Updated: March 13, 2013 15:56 IST

An irreversible journey

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Truth or dare?
Truth or dare?

Twenty eight to Thirty four…

Open my cupboard and find a wide range of sizes: from extra small to extra large. Back in college I was this girl who used to think I would stay size 28 forever; little did I know that sitting in a four-wheeled chair for eight hours would lead to life-altering changes! Soon the time came when I started getting out of shape; the last thing I ever thought would happen to me.

I never knew it was so difficult to reduce weight and the criticism from everyone around me was frustrating. So I decided that I would do something to reduce weight and get back to my size 28.

I tried to go to the gym but that turned out to be a big joke. All I gained was four more kilos and a pair of new sports shoes My reason for avoiding gym was: “I do not like my instructor and I am more a yoga person!” Then I decided that I would get up every morning and do yoga. But I would feel lazy on the fifth day and stop. By the end of my work out phase, I had a wardrobe full of clothes of different sizes, sports shoes, a yoga mat and a few thousands missing from my bank balance.

The worst moments are when every person I meet asks “Why have you put on so much weight?” It’s like I formulated a five-year-plan on how to put on weight and implemented it on myself!

I hope my shelves don’t wind up with some XXL sizes joining my collection. For all the readers who hoped that this was a stereotyped happy ending where the girl goes through a lot of pain but loses weight and becomes gorgeous in few months; here is the twist. I am in a world of reality where drinking red, blue, green or yellow tea doesn’t help!

Vaishnavi Balasubramanian, Publishing Specialist

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