Seeing as the morning walks are off

..and we are encrusted with a layer of smog every morning any way, and would need a sword to cut through it in order to proceed a few feet, and the weather is getting positively pleasant, and the skin is no longer oozing oil to the quantum that actually mandates a couple of derricks taking up permanent residence on the pitted surface, and the need to ingest fattening foods grows on the hour, given the nice blotted out sun, and the gentle chill wind that blows in, I just know that the kilos are going to take up permanent residence on them hips, and get their squatter certificates and ration cards made too, to circumvent eviction.

Therefore drastic measures are called for. This means skipping one entire meal. I decided to skip dinner yesterday. It was no great sacrifice because I had already downed a plate full of panipuris and could barely lift myself from the dining table where I had taken myself and the assorted katoris of pani, methi chutney, boondi, alu, boiled peas and the like that goes into the stuffing. Nothing was fried. That was the good part. I could eat so healthy every single day. I got veggies in too. Boiled peas are not veggies??? Cross your heart????

Okay. Therefore, maybe boiled potatoes and peas were not exactly dieters food. But every single article I read on models who got into bikini shape before their swimsuit calendar shoots said, yes, they exercised manically, but I didnt read that, and they cut out all carbs. And basically lived on protein shakes for months. I can also swear my last surviving strands of hair that had I been in their place, I would have been tearing out them surviving strands and running barefoot to the nearest fast food joint and downing cheesecrust double layered pizza with extra toppings, the way the wild children from jungles do when confronted with food they dont have to hunt and kill to eat do.

Maybe there is something to be said for denying oneself of carbs. Given that I am a pukka rice person, I need to get my system to accept the lack of carbs as a valid food option. Read. A platefull of KFC strips is a valid food option. And I dont need a plateful of chicken biryani. You mean I need to have some veggies? Is a burger with that lettuce a better option? No, it has bread, therefore carbs???

Its very confusing. I long for the state of being pregnant when I was actually looked on indulgently when I gobbled down food like an endless pit, rather than having people raise eyebrows and take plates of food away from under my face,  wagging fingers like one does to children ODing on icecream. Or the man telling me gently at an eat all you can buffet, that while he knows it is an eat all you can buffet, it would be nice if I left something for the other diners.

The only time in my life people voluntarily asked me what I would like to eat and cooked the delicacies, and then sent them across. Now I get lists of what not to eat and how to control my diet.

The only time I ever looked at the weighing scale needle moving up without a modicum of guilt and actually agonised if it didnt month on month. And now when the scale is going uphill with absolutely no sharm lihaaz, I bite my nails and refuse to climb on in a public situation.

The new regimen therefore is thus. Cut down all servings by half. Go with the child to the garden in the evening and run a bit. Climb up home whenever I can and have not worn stilletoes. And yes, will try and cut out those carbs.

That is the scariest part of it all. I am the one who cannot live without my buttered bread slices dipped in tea. or my plateful of rice and curry. But I need to build a steely resolve and be firm about this. After all how long can I siddle in at the maindoor sideways?


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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11 Responses to Seeing as the morning walks are off

  1. aneela z says:

    All this while I would read about moms who had ten plus kids and would wonder WTF were they thinking? I guess some of them were carb denied like you and must be thinking to themselves “chalo its worth it for that extra serving of fries and parathas and no ‘ raising of eyebrows and taking plates of food away from under my face'” ….hmmm carb denial does funny things to the brain, BEWARE KIRAN!!


  2. goofy mumma says:

    Great post as usual. Cutting carbs, is such a hard thing to do, I just love them. I wish KFC was indeed a good substitute, I can live off that forever. All the best with your resolve,hope it works!


  3. Meira says:

    My roomie stuffs her face every time I turn to look at her, and she still gets her clothes from the Kids’ Section! Cruel cruel world! 😦


  4. Suki says:

    I disagree! Would die on an all-protein diet, I’m a total carb girl. And protein aggravates the uric acid thing. So don’t go overboard on anything – moderation is the key, even in moderation!
    And keep guzzling the gallons. Warm water with honey and lemon in the morning keeps the system nicely detoxed, slim, and tastes quite nice. I wish it provided the RDA of Vitamin C though 😦


  5. Chanda says:

    Hilarious! Love reading your blog:)

    Hubby lost 70 pounds and here is the secret – MODERATION. 5/6 small healthy meals with 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. Give yourself one day of the week to eat as you wish!

    Ofcourse that being said,yours truly is STILL trying to lose 10 pounds with no postive results!! So another ingredient to the above secret is DISCIPLINE.

    Sob sob :(((


  6. Kiran says:

    I know what you mean :(( Today is Day One of Cabbage soup diet and I am already crabby and dreaming of all things greasy and fried and carby…….if I dont lose any weight at the end of it, I might just go overboard stuffing my face from the deprivation of all things yummy for a week…


  7. sraikh says:

    I need to get back in gear. before I start gaining all the weight I lost. I had a good start today, oatmeal instead of toast. 🙂


  8. CD says:

    Your writing is funny and very reminiscent of Wodehouse!


  9. Shilpa says:

    You are so funny.
    Do not deprive yourself of foods that you like. Just eat in moderation, which I know, is easier said than done. But looking at your, I would say with eating in moderation and working out 5-6 times a week will help you lose whatever little weight you have got to lost(although I think you look good). That is how I keep myself in the “healthy” weight range. But there is the tummy to lose!!


  10. NainaAshley says:

    First of all, you are not fat. Now that I have met you in person I can say that you look great! But of course most of us always wish we were a couple of sizes smaller. Like you , I am a ‘rice’ person…can’t do without carbs , also I don’t like meat so the ‘all protien’ diet will not work for me. I have been able to cut down portions(especially rice) and that has helped a bit. So I’d say stick to the ‘reduced portions’ idea and substitute snack with fruits.


  11. Abha says:


    you ofcos know i will say Bah if you call yourself fat!

    that apart i dont even understand what are carbs and proteins etc. most websites will talk about firangi stuff! why cant they teme what my roti and chawal is?! 😀

    am sure with moderation you will do veen better!



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