“That is also a huge part of my mission at Meri Sanskriti, it’s to help people to love themselves and embrace their uniqueness. Because when we stop judging and start loving that is when we are able to truly be the best version of ourselves, and shed everything that is not us INCLUDING excess weight”
My journey of fitness started with me first accepting where I was and that it was okay to be at the weight that I was. Whatever choices I had made to get there was okay, and also I had to understand where my headspace was- that I was not happy. And I think a lot of it had to do with my journey of discovering joy and happiness and being in all rounded happy and joyful person.
My biggest lesson was that I had to stop judging myself and start loving myself.
I think this happens to many people at a young age where we start to compare ourselves to others and judge ourselves from what we do and get judgment from others as well.Which is I think a lesson that many of us have to learn is to stop judging and start loving ourselves for who we are.
I also realized I had to do things that brought me joy, once I started doing activities for exercise that I really loved that made me happy I saw huge difference in my Headspace as well as my physical appearance. For me weight loss was always a struggle I’ve always had to fight it growing up, and 99% of it I believe is from our headspace-what we think about ourselves.
In attempts to lose weight, I would work out and do things that I may not necessarily like, but I tried to like and force myself to do. And my relationship with food was at a point where I would over eat and not control what I was eating, because I love food and I figured if food makes me happy I should keep eating and not care.
Soon I started realizing that I had to start being my authentic self-and this happened last year when I started this blog. I wanted to start getting back into things that I used to do as a child, because I realize as a child we do things that bring us joy kids don’t do things that they don’t like.
Now I have always danced pretty much all of my life the only point in time where I didn’t dance was right after high school for two years in college, I can tell you I don’t think I was very happy in life at the time. I love the arts, all aspects of the arts and creativity and decided to embrace those passions of mine.
Last year I started painting again around spring and then in the fall I began my Indian classical training again. I had trained for many years as a teenager and then stopped right before college but that is something that truly brings me joy.
Once I started that I realized that I had to get in better shape to be able to be a better dancer and really strengthen my core and my body. That’s when I started to look for activities that I could do to strengthen myself and start to explore how to be a better dancer. That’s when I came across Yoga and Pilates, I started both of those, and I realized how much joy I got with these two classes. Soon after I added one day of Bollywood Cardio , as well as running into my routine -and now I look forward to working out! I realize I wasn’t someone who could just do one thing all the time and I have to do things that bring me joy.
Also have to give a shoutout to my parents, with my Dad being a “Yogi” and my Mom a classical Dancer-for watching them practice their passions growing up inspired me. Who knew one day I would discover the same passions within myself 💕
Soon after I learned about a diet lifestyle and I changed that. But the most important thing that I did was to really take away a lot of limiting beliefs that I had about myself, who I was, who I want to be, and understanding who I am. Loving myself and accepting who I am at my core. I know that growing up I definitely had a lot of identity crisis of who am I so I think understanding who I really was and connecting to my authentic self and doing things that I love doing brought me back to my true self.
Now I am halfway there on my fitness goal, but mentally I am in a much better place than I was this time last year. I think that something that everyone needs to embrace in their journey of life is embracing your uniqueness.
That is also a huge part of my mission at Meri Sanskriti, it’s to help people to love themselves and embrace their uniqueness. Because when we stop judging and start loving that is when we are able to truly be the best version of ourselves, and shed everything that is not us INCLUDING excess weight!”
Weight loss starts with you accepting & loving yourself, and finding joy in happiness in what you do because you want to love & take care of yourself. I hope this helps anyone on their fitness journey!
“The Indian Girl”
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