It all started with the intention of developing a healthy environment.
At age 35, she lost 10.5 kg in just 6 months.
Damayanti Dutta, who is the mother of a two-year-old boy, quit her job to take care of her son. All moms will relate to this when we say it’s almost impossible to take time for yourself when you have a child running around the house 24/7. This included irregular meal times, no exercise, and consuming lots of unwanted foods. Together with her husband, she wanted to create and maintain a healthy environment for her son. He introduced her to HealthifyMe to help accelerate the process of getting healthy, which Damayanti had already started by setting a personal goal and working towards her.
After a shaky start, Damayanti met her trainers, Priya and Nahida, who touched her almost immediately. With their constant encouragement, ‘it was time to pull up my socks and start my journey to a healthier life’, as Damayanti would say. Also, she says it was nice to be held accountable for something because it kept her motivated to give it her all and stay on high alert just because there was someone to check in on her activities from time to time.
“Nobody likes to be scolded, whatever their age”
What Damayanti liked best about her trainers was the way they told her what not to do. “Nobody likes to be scolded, whatever their age. Priya and Nahida always took a very positive approach when they had to tell me what I was doing wrong or what I shouldn’t do,” says the mother that she was given the pass for indulgences but was asked to keep them restricted. For starters, she also liked the thorough troubleshooters her trainers gave her from time to time, which helped her understand that no mistake is too big and there is always an alternative to everything, for example if you missed your workout, make sure Make sure your body gets some level of exercise by going for a brisk walk.
“I would bake anything from cakes to pizzas”
When a person stays at home, they have access to all kinds of food and it is a health hazard, especially when there is no time to devote to themselves. That’s exactly what happened to Damayanti, due to her erratic eating schedules, she resorted to eating whatever was available, in her spare time, and being a foodie her first choice would be junk food. Thus resulting in your weight gain. Nahida, her diet coach, helped her eat healthily and brought about a change no one would have ever imagined. Her diet was changed to one that had zero fats and carbs, but high fiber and protein. By adopting this diet, Damayanti noticed that she was feeling fresh and full of energy. This motivated her to explore her limits and find a baker in herself. “I would do anything from cakes to pizzas without refined flour and sugar. All I did was replace it with wheat flour, ragu, or dirty and I used brown sugar instead of sugar and voila, guilt-free healthy treats were produced!” says the enthusiastic home baker.
“If you hate salads, Nahida is the one you should talk to”
Being a non-vegetarian, Damayanti was asked to reduce his consumption of red meat to a minimum. Being the explorer that she is, while looking for a healthy lamb curry recipe, she came across one on HealthifyMe and immediately gave good feedback. Her trainers tell us that she was very encouraging and motivating in the group chats. She would also share any new healthy recipes she innovated and encourage them to try them. “If you hate salads, Nahida is the one you should talk to. I say this because I was someone who would run in the opposite direction when seeing a salad. But now salads are the only thing I love to eat. I can practically live with them,” says Damayanti. Nahida insisted on eating as much fruit in its natural form as possible rather than juices, as the former provides a higher fiber content. “She was so dedicated to her diet that she asked me to prepare a plan that would also fit her vacation plans,” says Nahida. It just shows us that Damayanti was on a mission to change her lifestyle to a healthy one while she lost weight.
Fitness coach Priya gave her a bespoke exercise routine that allowed her to get into the habit of exercising daily, keeping in mind that she felt some fatigue and shortness of breath when she started exercising and the fact that she couldn’t go to the gym because of her son. Starting with brisk walks once or twice a day, Priya would give her basic bodyweight exercises in addition to the workout she was already doing. This was followed by cardio, strength training for post-pregnancy, as well as strengthening your core while increasing the intensity of your workouts periodically. She was so picky about not missing her workouts that the first thing she would do while planning her vacation was look for a gym nearby. Priya also tells us that when she talks to Damayanti, she still shares her exercise stories and still records her activities today.
Setting a goal to get back in shape for her son’s birthday, the constant encouragement she received from her coaches helped her get close to her goal, if not achieve it. “It doesn’t bother me, the fact that I could see the changes happen visually, even though they took time, was totally worth the wait and effort,” says Damayanti. She goes on to tell us that her husband was the main motivating factor besides her coaches. He also started eating healthy and exercising, which brought a sense of competition between them, motivating them to stay on track if either of them missed a practice session. Their motto throughout the journey was ‘To set a healthy example, you have to be healthy yourself’.
The moment of truth was revealed when Damayanti went and bought a dress that was an M instead of an XXL that used to be her normal size. And the icing on the cake, according to her, was being able to wear the dress with stiletto heels on her son’s birthday. She also noticed that her skin looked fresher than before and her hair had regained its lost shine. All in all, it was an experience like no other, and she credits all her success to her two trainers Priya and Nahida, who were more like friends.
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