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Now In My Late 50s, Fitness Will Be My Priority In 2023: Wish Me Luck!

Now it’s going to be a low-oil, low-fat, gluten-free diet. The dietitian’s chart had scrapped chips, chocolates, aerated beverages, yellow cheese, cookies, paratha/poori, processed meats, and desserts from my menu.

‘New year resolutions are meant to be broken’ is the old joke that does the rounds in January each year. I am convinced that resolute and determined individuals can surely achieve their goals.

My resolution for this year is: Weight control and fitness…

I’ve realized that I’m not so young any more. The swinging 60’s are looming large. My constitution is mainly robust, but with the passing of years maladies have crept in.

My knees are osteoarthritis-ridden. I also suffer from hypothyroidism. Real pathetic situation since Hypothyroidism triggers hunger pangs (read weight gain) which becomes a disaster for the lower limbs. Excruciating pain makes walking a nightmare at times.

Four years ago I had notched 92.4kgs! I consulted a nutritionist/dietician who chalked out a diet and exercise regimen. I complied, but the results were slow. At this juncture (2021) a severe reaction from my first dose of covishield was a heavy blow to my health. But the silver lining in the cloud was that I lost weight! During convalescence and by end 2021, I was down to 40 kgs, which was too much loss, I know, but now the pain had vanished from my legs; walking became easier.

Looking at eating healthier and exercise going ahead

My height being 171.5 cm (5ft 7 inches), the ideal weight would be 68-70kgs. Already 65 kgs again, I must intensify my efforts further. Now it’s going to be a low-oil, low-fat, gluten-free diet. The dietitian’s chart had scrapped chips, chocolates, aerated beverages, yellow cheese, cookies, paratha/poori, processed meats, and desserts from my menu.

My current staple is brown rice, atta rotis and dalia (Bulgar wheat). As of now I shall switch over to besan rotis and /or chillas (both 100% gluten free). Snacks shall be replaced by stuff like fruits, nuts, Chia and Flax seeds. I also wish to experiment with kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour) and singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour). Richly laden with vitamins, minerals and, micronutrients each item mentioned above quashes hunger pangs,- which fulfills my target. All along, oats has been a faithful companion. Its high-fibre content affords a sense of ‘fullness’ thus making me turn away from mayonnaise-laced burgers, sandwiches and such like. Oats shall remain on my platter as before.

Finally,I am determined to shake off my sloth and workout regularly (read seriously) for minimum of 30 minutes, within the comfort zone of my home. Surely this will eliminate the need to hit the gym!

Wish me luck!

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