Time to get on the weightloss wagon

I periodically keep popping up making mewling noises about how I really need to lose weight and about how my clothes are all bursting at the seams, and I really appreciate the restraint shown by you, dear reader, in not yelling at me to get the hell to a store and buy me some new clothes.

This time though, I am serious. As serious enough as I can be having switched from two paratha breakfasts to oatmeal breakfasts. Oatmeal!!! A couple of months ago this would have been tantamount to telling me to cut down my shoe wardrobe to three pairs. You know. But now that I am on three pairs of shoes in my shoe wardrobe (if you don’t count the gladiators, the flip flops, the sneakers, the ballys, the pairs I dont wear because they are just so uncomfortable), it seems only fair that the diet should echo my new simplistic lifestyle.

Ergo the oatmeal for brekkers. Topped with a little sprinkling of sugar. What? Ever had bland oatmeal, does it not taste like the stuff you hack up when you cough?

To make my life better, I chug down a mug of hotwater with lemon and honey the first thing in the morning, and visualise it floating down my stomach and my intestines, acting as a powerful hydrant clearing up all the glug clinging onto the walls of them intestines, having earnest conversations with the cilia, resistant to being evicted. I wonder if there is something I could glug down which could take a trip to my thighs and flush out them cellulite deposits now protruding at right angles and causing me to get stuck in revolving doors.

I have also cut down my diet. I have a single helping instead of two. (What? Buffets at favourite restaurants are exempt, and what were you doing looking at my plate and counting how many times I went for refills, anyway?) The deep fried stuff is still made in the house but poured down into the child’s throat given he needs some flesh on his bones, I might sneak a bite, but no more. Its like an alcoholic given charge of a wine shop in such situations. Tremendous self restraint required. Sometimes I am tempted to convince him he doesnt need all that is on his plate and get him to beg me to finish it, so I can do so promptly and be guiltfree at that.

I try and have my last meal at 8 pm the latest, and that includes one phulka, some sabji and dal. And yes, I’m walking again. An hour and a half a day. I dont weigh myself, I go by my reflection in the mirror and the buttons on my jeans, if I am looking barfworthy when I bathe and if the buttons on them jeans refuse to come together even after sucking in of stomach and much wriggling on ground to get the damn thing on in the first place, it is time to get on a diet. And, given that I have a narrow mirror, when my hips get shaved off the sides, is another clear and definite indication that it is time to hit the jogging track.

I’m giving myself a couple of months to whittle the waistline down. I’ve done it before, and I will do it again. It’s not drastic weightloss that I need, just a little bit shaved off from the sides in order for me not to look like a paperweight, (remember them from our childhood, round glass globes with specks floating in them). After a couple of months if the love handles still stare sullenly at me when I inspect myself, I will up the ante and get down to serious diet control. That means I might even give up the sugar on my oatmeal. I will not be a good person to meet in the mornings then. Ingesting a bowlful of phlegm does not a good mood make.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight 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) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boyโ€™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. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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11 Responses to Time to get on the weightloss wagon

  1. Anaggh Desai says:

    good show. Keep it going. Encouraging.

    Thanks Anaggh!


  2. Ruchira says:

    Ah well .. I’ve just climbed on this wagon myself! I stick to eating healthy every 2-3 hrs and going for walks. But you can make me do anything but not get me to eat Oatmeal for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hmm. Eating healthy every two to three hours that I need to do….


  3. Poornima says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Hate oatmeal too – Instead I save an oil less phulka and a half from previous day – crush it, sprinkle with sugar/sweetner and add some non fat milk. Much better. Works wonders. Try someday.

    It does, will try tomorrow…


  4. sj says:

    I need to get on the wagon too. Re sugar with oats, cld you try a sugar substitute instead. Also I add nuts & a wee bit of raisins to the oats makes it taste a little better (if you like nuts that is). Nuts are supposed to be healthy fats & keep you saturated longer.

    An hour and a half of walking kudos.

    Did that today, switched to Sugar free. Thanks…


  5. Sonia says:

    Oh Ho I love oatmeal!! Put sone walnuts, raisins and brown sugar and salt in it – ekdum yummy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck with your diet dear

    Thanks so much for the tip!


  6. Meera says:

    Had a hearty laugh reading this. Well, I myself am on an oatmeal breakfast in the mornings. But I add 2 Equal tablets instead of sugar. And, then I try to curb my hunger pangs till 12, by which time I am famished and about to faint ๐Ÿ˜‰ The more you think about food, the more hungry you get. And yes, I also get very angry when I am hungry.

    And one and a half hours of walking.. God!! You don’t need the oatmeal diet, Kiran.

    Sistaaaah. I switched to Sugarfree today, am feeling holier about adding it to my oatmeal. And yes, I do need that one and a half hours, my behind needs its own zipcode.


  7. blinkandmiss says:

    Try chopped fruits mixed with a bowl of oats. Yes fruits have sugar, but a lot of nutrition too, unlike plain sugar. And lots of ppl already mentioned nuts.


  8. Shell says:

    I have oatmeal upma style.


  9. sscribbles says:

    i have oatmeal with milk, nuts and no sugar. Just started it after reading your post.


  10. Knorr Soups says:

    Youโ€™re right, Kiran! What all we do to get some of that weight off! With the several kinds of obesity related lifestyle diseases hovering around and waiting to grab us and pull us down at any time, it is great that some of us have finally decided to start, or at least tried to start off on a healthier foot this year. Oatmeal is great for all kinds of body parts, and will do its best to slim us down. Also check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/ for some expert tips on healthy eating habits.


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