Dr. Ipsita Sapra
From an impulsive “I want to lose weight” to a sensible “I want to lose weight to feel better ” my fitness journey has evolved over time. As a University teacher, a single child and a mother to a 12 year old, I have been juggling multiple responsibilities at home and work. This meant de-prioritizing myself. Despite my taxing schedule, I led a sedentary lifestyle. While never into junk food, I never found the time to look up the science of healthy eating. The result was that I felt tired, sluggish and in general, not too great.
The fitness programme opened a new world of possibilities for me. It demanded 30 mins of time everyday set aside for myself. In addition, I had a carefully worked out diet chart taking into account my dietary requirements. Was it as easy as it sounds? The answer is Yes and No. Yes, because it’s fairly straightforward and Ruma provided all the necessary handholding support through regular communication. No, because any kind of discipline has its own set of challenges with occasional slip ups and days when I was too busy or too lazy to work out. What was really helpful was that Ruma provided ways to get around the excesses by sensibly altering the next meal. Also, the very fact that I was not dependent on a Gym made it easier to do the exercises even when I was traveling.
The entire fitness regime has had two major benefits. I feel far more energetic and it has been possible for me to get in shape. It feels great to see how the clothes fit in better. It feels even better to challenge myself and push myself a little more. The programme has touched not just my body but also my mind.