Post Diwali comes the guilt.

And it socks you a good right hook right when you’re not looking. Or rather when you catch an accidental glimpse of your silhouette and count your dates on your fingers and know, that no, this isnt an early pregnancy, nor premenstrual bloat which has me turning in despair to the kurtis tucked away in a dark corner of the wardrobe. That is a true blue, dyed in the wool pot belly. Of the original variety. The kind one could balance a glass on while one ate some more.

How did this horrible situation arise? The fault is completely and unequivocally mine. The laziness arose during the monsoon when one was locked indoors thanks to the pouring rain and had nothing to entertain oneself but eating fattening comfort foods and watching endless reruns of mindless comedies. All the diligent evening walks went for a right toss. The child stayed in and played with his action figures. I lifted a finger perhaps to change a channel. That was the extent of my physical exertion.

And then the monsoon decided it was here for a long long while. The body gets complacent in its laziness and its gluttony. I felt my hips spread to occupy two cushions of the sofa and picked up yet another cheese spread sandwich. In short, I let go. And yes. Now I have enough weight on me to make a a slimming clinic get their monthly sales target achieved with single client.

And then I forgot Diwali. And gorging of sweets I had no business even letting miles within my perimeter. Gorging in overt and covert ways. Finding excuses to wander into the kitchen to pop into one’s mouth like they were going to grow legs and run away. Hearing little voices calling me from the refrigerator in seductive tones, “Come, eat me now.” Arrgh. You dirty mind. The sweet boxes are what I refer to.

Stood on the scales the other day and collapsed with a thud onto the floor. Let me just say, I weighed almost as much when I checked in before being wheeled off to the operation theatre to be delivered. Ergo, exercise damage control starts immediately. Portion control. Exercise. Even a walk for half an hour everyday. Lots of water. Since we donot have a decent ladies cloakroom in the immediate vicinity of the office, I am going to be spending much of my day crossing and uncrossing my legs uncomfortably. Any other quick tips for quick weight loss? No yoga, no gymming. I can walk for hours everyday if required, but donot have the wherewithal to do either yoga or the discipline to haul myself into a gym every single day or even thrice a week. Am seriously contemplating cutting out the rice, but know that it will make me start pulling my hair out by the handfuls and maybe eating them in despair.

Tips please, all ye weight loss experts out there. Save the world from yet another eyesore.


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 Post Diwali comes the guilt.

  1. varsha says:

    Are u seriously asking for for some tips or kidding us!…You look beautiful…
    Anyways, lukewarm water with lime juice helps..atleast did wonders for me…


  2. GND says:

    I feel your pain!! I was walking religiously last month, 4-6 miles a day (no kidding)! And the Diwali weekend did a lotta damage!!

    Anyways, my cousin’s trainer suggested trying cutting simple carbs after 3, and stretching the work-out time to an hour… haven’t started trying it…

    Cutting simple carbs after 3???? Okay, worth a shot!


  3. sraikh says:

    I am right beside you. Taking up the other 2 cushions. and gorging on halloween candy.

    I know what needs to be done but but I dont have the time to do it. Nor the will power. nor the energy..sigh

    Start your ski pole walking again na? You were fabulous as you lost your weight with such determination.


  4. M says:

    Sigh…tell me about it….my body also decided, that now that the 40s are here, that the fat will take longer to dislodge! So where portion control alone worked fine a couple of years ago, it does nothing for me now 😦

    Come sit in my corner.


  5. AnonForThis says:

    Most of it is bound to be water weight. So chugging water will definitely melt some of those pounds.

    Contrary to what people think, rice is actually a very good carb, much better than rotis(wheat). How about trying brown rice? I would recommend food journaling – write down everything you eat everyday and make sure you stick to 1300-1600 calories each day.

    And may I ask why the aversion to the gym? 30 mins at the gym beats 45 mins of walking. And once you get used to it, is the easiest way to lose weight. If it’s the hassle of getting to the gym etc, I understand that nothing can be done. Make someone responsible for getting you to the gym everyday for a month. Once you stick it out for a month, it will become a habit.
    Good luck!

    Food journaling? Let me try that. Ive joined at least five gyms, over many years and given up because I cannot drag myself there on a regular basis, given child and office and all that. Plus I really hate gymming. Walking I can do anywhere anytime whenever the urge seizes me. And I read an interesting article the other day about how walking is really the best workout for overall weight loss. Let me dig up the link for you.


  6. Gigi says:

    Atkins or some modification like Zone diet? You love meat, fish and fowl so should be a breeze.

    You think? Let me go google these diets up.


  7. aargee says:

    One of my friends didn’t take rice for 2 whole months and also stopped having sugar and we all were shocked to see her reduce quite fast…. It might sound quite tough though.
    when she really wanted to have sugar in her coffee or tea, had jaggery instead. This is what she said for her weight loss, though I don’t know the exact truth 🙂

    Walking an hour a day has a lot of effect than 30 min a day. Walking has always helped me. The moment I put on, I start walking and I reduce fast.
    Also “Elliptic” in gym works wonders!


  8. sscribbles says:

    My two cents:

    Start your day with water and fruit. Don’t eat carbs and salt post 6pm. Drink hot water after every meal. These are things passed on to me by well-intended people though I have tried none.


  9. sukanya says:

    i am a rice lover too…and its very hard to avoid it. but what has worked for me is obviously checking the portions but some other things i have done that prevented me from craving for rice and lose some are: eating brown rice instead of the regular rice, and opting for wheat chappatis.
    try it and see if this works for you. it has for me. i haven’t lost a ton but definately a few pounds here and there, which is a good starting point.


  10. R says:

    Been reading your blog and Karmic kids, for ever now; had to delurk to pass on some of my ‘gained knowledge’ on weight loss.
    I am 26. Stress, lack of exercise and a desk job did super damage to my weight.
    Here are 3 quick tips that my dietician recommended, that worked for me:
    1. Sugar – I was advised to gradually cut this out. Couldn’t manage a ‘no sugar’ deal, so I moved to a sugar substitute; Relish is a good non- aspartame brand and works for me.
    2. Honey- warm Lemon water, first thing in the morning, religiously- I gulp down about 400ml of honey-mixed-in-warm-lemon-water. I don’t think it directly leads to weight loss,(as some people claim), but it surely flushes out your system better than plain water does.
    3. Dinner by 7.30 – self- explanatory. Seems very simple, but it helps the most.
    All the best with the dieting 🙂


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