Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And We Stand Tall

I also have a similar blog on a women forum called Indus Ladies. Its a fabulous site where thousands of women connect.

I had an opportunity to interact and know so many women there who decided to fight weight issues in spite of their health problems. If you visit the site you can check the keep fit section and read extra ordinary stories of women who stand up to defy all odds against weight problem.

I would like to end this year by telling the story of 2 amazing ladies (both of them are Indusladies members). Both of them have gone through medical problems and still they stood up to lose weight.

If they can then why can't you


I started at 88kgs,last december, actually i was 84 for the past 4 years before that and my cardiologist was really going beserk when he could not find any problem with my diet and activities. the problem started when a check up of my bone density (because i was complaining of body pain all the time) showed a figure that indicated risk of osteoporosis..and i covered all the risks..bronchitis, surgical menopause, obesity and heart gyneac wanted me to start on HRT immediately,but wanted a go from my cardiologist. so when i met him he told me HRT had side effects, and since i am a different case, who can put on weight because of corte-steroids and hormonal (i have steroidal abuse..), that i could easily touch a century soon. he told me very clearly that my heart was working fine, and he did not want to put more strain on it, he said let us try our best to reduce weight, before going for hrt.

he asked me to go to a dietician. i went to the one, he recommended..and she was so rude, that i felt like giving her a piece of my mind. she asked me, you know your bmi, you know what is healthy, and what is not, you know what are your restrictions, and yet you are this obese..i just kept quiet and came back..

that was when i said i have to think about what i am doing wrong. a background check. i was very normal healthy weight at 58kgs when i was married. I was on hormonal injections because of histories of threatened abortions and PID. i was 64 after the first delivery. second was 3 years later, with the same problems, and i was given primolut-n injections twice every week till the end..(which i am told today was the reason for my obesity, and bone weakness, and uterus problems..though my the then gynaec refused to accept and blamed me for going ahead inspite of her explaining all the side effects.) by the time my son was removed 40 days ahead, i had severe problems in my uterus..and i was somewhere at 80kgs. and i was stable at that for almost 8 years. and then i started having problems severe ones..excessive bleeding and i was anaemic landing at below 7 sometimes.. and i had a chronic anemic condition that i could not absorb iron in any form..

fastforward to 2009, i fell down in the kitchen in november, and x-ray showed a mild fracture and ligament tears, and the doctors again told me the risk factors that were hanging over my head.. I started slow and steady..walking and just walking. no gym because of my spinal injury and sciatica that i have.

What did i do.. i reduced rice from my diet (we eat ponni raw rice at home), added more vegetables, lots of hot water, less oil. green tea, no sugar in coffee or tea. and what never happened before, my weighing scaled dipped and i was like wow, this is a great feeling..greens something like 10/12 varieties..every week 3/4 times.

jan 2010 i lost 2.5kgs..and by may 2010 i lost 10 kgs..and i was again having some problems, and when we went for a scan, we found i had 5 stones in my kidney.and i was put on more diet restrictions.. but still i have been working with what i can eat. all the veggies that can be eated during weight loss, like tomato, cucumber, ash guard were a no - no for me, as were some of the greens..

but here i am after losing 73..and now my cardiologist wants me to learn to maintain my weight before i lose any. he says i should now learn to lose 1 kg and then learn to maintain and then lose again so that my body and mind will learn to maintain.A big thanks to that man who really is so patient when he explains.

so here i am at 73..with a target of 65 that my cardiologist has put for me. he says if i reach 65 i should be fine..and i am aiming this by dec-2011.

The main factor that played a great role are my kids. we stay alone and dh works abroad. with nobody to assist us during my sick phases, my kids were really depressed and upset because of me. and this year my dd writes her 10th and i thought i should not be on her mind all the time..and this weight loss is more a dedication to my husband and my kids..who put up with a lot of my emotional tantrums, depressions.

After six surgeries, a spinal injury along with sciatica, heart condition i say if i am trying and even succeeding to a certain extent, anybody else can.

It is all about fighting against all odds, in something you believe you can do it. it is more about believing in ourselves, and doing something for self, which we forget during the course of our married life, where our priorities change and SELF goes down the table.


Before marriage I was thin chick and every one used to give me tips to gain weight.. will you believe me I was 44 kgs(underweight). After my marriage I gained weight and was 54 kgs... happy with my loving DH.

It was then I was diagnosed for psoriatic athritis and I could not walk also..there was swelling in my knees and ankles and I used to hold walls while walking in house as well...MY routine was get into Auto at door steps and land in office and again take an auto from office and land at door steps...All house hold chores my husband used to do..He used to give hot water fomentation on my knees and ankles(We should be happy to have such a understanding and supporting husbands) in the evenings and mornings so that I can sleep..such was the pain..

My medicine dosage so doubled and steroids were given to kill the pain(it was so terrible)..

When I used to walk a bit faster(to catch the bus, later on after 6 months) my legs used to tremble like anything...This condition continued, my medication continued and my weight also correspondingly was 1.5 years after my diagonises and I was 72 kgs..

Then I was carrying and again the swelling in knees and ankles continued during my pregnancy period and post delivery my weight was 78 kgs...

I started believing that I have to stay fat life long as I can't even walk for 10 min...Here when we start believing something we don't give a try to it as well..I never dared to go ahead and see if walk for 10 min what will be consequences.. Will I able to do it or not...

When I went to this thread and read the posts over here..My mind said let me give a try...when a person like shiva(her original weight 85 kgs) can do it why can't even I give a try to it.

If I can make it, I will loose weight which will be beneficial for my health..anyways there is no loss in trying...I made my mind and started first changing the diet.. reduced oil, nights had soups....

First 2 days I could walk 15 min...though slowly which earlier I felt I can never do it...
1 week I walked only 15 min and controlled my diet and then slowly increased to 20 min..

Now I am walking for 30 min and increased my speed as well.

Believe me now I have gained the confidence and now my heart says "The Day is not far when i can run as well(though slowly)". It is our mind what needs to be said "U can do it.. and all going to be well".

I do this when I feel I can't walk any longer..I say to myself "It is only 2 rounds left out Preethi and it s not a big task...Come on u can do it" and I end up in walking 1 or 2 more rounds during my morning walk.


Remember, its up to us to give into to our difficulties and be happy the way we are BUT Its also up to us to stand tall against all odds and challenge the life.

If life has the power to throw difficulties at us then its up to us to stand against the life and shout with all our strength "how dare you try to show me down", its up to us to roar and tear the sky, to hit the ground and split it in two. Such is our strength.

In the end the choice is always ours, to stand tall or to fall defeated on the ground.

Original Post can be found on the indusladies website here

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pizza Paratha

Credit of this recipe goes to my friend Sumedha

Sumedha and her daughter both are into low cal eating and both are into weight loss as well. When Sumedha narrated this recipe to me I could already see my husband blessing her. It was mouth watering to hear and mouth watering to eat as well.


Anything that is in your fridge. I used

1. Cabbage finely chopped.

2. Onions finely chopped.

3. 1 handful sweetcorn shells.

4. 1 handful panneer.

5. 1 Capsicum cut into length wise pieces.

6. Grated carrot.

7. Oregano and chili flakes

8. Black pepper according to taste.

9. Salt according to taste.

10. Half cheese slice (optional)

11. Tomato sauce 2 tsp (optional)

12. Salt according to taste

13. Roti dough made from wheat flour, bran and wheat germ. You can use type of dough.


1. Stir fry all the vegetables on high heat in 1 tsp of oil. First add onion and saute for 2 minutes and then add the other veggies. Add in sweet corn and panneer as well. DO NOT ADD SALT.

2. Cook the vegetables till they are done. Make sure that there is no moisture in the veggies.

3. Lastly add salt, oregano and chili flakes. Grate the cheese slice. Use a small grater so that even less cheese can spread easily over the whole vegetable dish. Mix well.

4. Add in sauce and mix well. Keep aside to cool.

5. Now roll out the dough, on half side spread the vegetable mix and the close shut by rolling the other half over.

6. Transfer to a pan and grill. You can use little oil/ghee on both sides of the paratha.

7. Once the paratha is grilled properly from both side, transfer to the plate and slit open.

The taste is awesome and does have a hint of pizza. I just loved it. You don't need any side dish with this.

There is something very convenient about frozen pizzas. When you enter the house late at night and toss a frozen pizza in the microwave and just eat it watching your favorite program BUT there is also something about the calories in the damned frozen pizza, they make you put on weight.

So, when you are in mood to cook healthy, make 2 -3 of these pizza parathas and freeze. They have the same charm as a frozen pizza but will have far less calories.


Sumedha's Words of Wisdom

1. I grated cucumber and squeezed out the juice. I drank the juice but added the fiber to the vegetable mixture.

2. I have also add grated bottle gourd and white radish in this.

3. Instead on stir frying I steamed the veggies.

4. My daughter just loves it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Transformation Begins

2004 When I was comparatively young








December 2010 - A Free Bird

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Roti Pockets

Those of you who have read my blog regularly knows my constant struggle of making my husband eat healthy.

This guy refused point blank to carry a tiffin to his office. He just felt weird eating out of the tiffin and then he hated to manage the boxes after the lunch. No amount of threatening worked, he simply refused to budge.

Most of the days he would skip lunch the result was that he would be extremely hungry in evening and would eat anything in sight. If the hunger hit hard during lunch time he sometimes opted for outside food. Both the scenarios were really bad for his health.

Finally, I decided to keep sandwiches for his lunch. He was happy. Sandwiches meant just to eat and throw the aluminum foil in the bin BUT I was not very happy about the amount of bread he was consuming. The devil spirit in me wanted to give him roti sabji and snatch away the lovely sandwiches that he was enjoying.

It was after lot of thinking that I came up with this concept of pocket roties/parathas. They are like roti rolls in an aluminum foil. All my DH had to do is to bite from the roll and once finished throw the foil in the bin. He just loved the idea and the rolls. He told me its so convenient to type from one hand and eat from the other (can you believe this guy).

One important difference that my DH noticed was that he felt much fuller with the roties than with the sandwiches. The reason why he felt full was because I used to stuff the pockets with loads of vegetable.

They are very easy to make. Just roll the roti, drop few drops of oil or ghee on the flattened dough. Then fold and press half the side, leave the top half open. Then grill on pan with few drops of oil/ghee and your roti pockets are ready. Fill them with cooked vegetable and roll in a foil. They are very easy to eat and can be easily carried in purse.

Unlike the normal roti rolls you can stuff these ones with loads of vegetable. Just slightly press the sabji inside the pocket and accumulate as much as possible.

Fold the roti and press sides of the lower half together, leave the top half open.

Grill on the pan.

While the roties are still slightly hot, you can separate the layers and create the pocket. You can use a spoon or a knife to slightly separate the layers.

Wheat -oats-bran- wheat germ roti pocket

The rolls are easy to carry and its a full meal in the pocket. Its far far better than having outside food.

Have fun with Wrap and Roll.