When I was 20, I had this whole notion of writing dairy. It was not a food dairy, it was a romantic dairy. I did write to the dairy for a whole year. Now this dairy somehow always stayed with me and I never had the heart to tear it and I had never read it until few days back.
Almost all the pages of the dairy were filled with my desire to be 36-24-36, sorrow of being laughed at, sorrow of my friends being petite and beautiful, promise that from next day I will go on a liquid diet, remorse and sadness of being extremely hungry in middle of the diet and leaving it.
I am 31 now, and I want to reach out and hug that 20 year old young girl hidden in my dairy. I want to tell her that she is just as beautiful as anyone else around and there is no need for her to go on a liquid diet.
Now I have never been an active young person. My activity was watching TV and strolling on my terrace (if you count that as exercise). I was not in sports and never enrolled in activity classes.
Now one page in the dairy was my gold mine, it gave me a sneak peak of my diet back then and here it is.
22 Oct 1999
Breakfast - 2 dosas and tea
Lunch - 2 roties, brinjal bharta, rice khichadi.
Evening - 2 roties and brinjal bharta.
Dinner - 2 roties and egg curry.
Can you see that, I had 6 roties and 2 dosas in a day. Those were my non exercising days. Now I train hard, the least being 45 minutes of cardio and I still don't eat that much.
Now a typical entry of early 2009, before my weight loss started. No exercise involved here too. I am a software engineer and was working. So sitting at my desk the whole day was the only exercise I did.
7 January 2009
Breakfast - Veg sandwich + tea.
Lunch - Rice and daal.
Evening - Biscuits
Dinner - 3 Muli Paratha + 1 orange + 1 plate macaroni with cheese.
wow, eating habits really don't change much until and unless you decide to change them for good .
Now my present day diet.
I am a late riser, so my breakfast and lunch are combined.
9 January 2010
Breakfast- 2 breads + hummus + 1 cup tea
4:30 - 5 dried apricots.
Elliptical trainer for 45 minutes on load 8 and 10.
6:00 pm -Just after training - 1 slice tofu + 1 cheese slice http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif+ coffee.
7:30 pm - 1 orange + 1/2 small papita
9:00 pm dinner - l bowl of soup + 2-3 small spoons rice + sabji + vegetable sambhar. I add little rice for my satisfaction, remember 2-3 tsp of rice is less and that too I am talking about starch less rice here.
If you ask me to eat the amount of food I used to eat I will simply burst. I eat frequently and I eat till I feel full but still I don't eat as much as I used to.
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