The inspiring weight loss journey of Shajan Samuel
A lot of people are unhappy with their weight or health status. But there are a very few who actually do something about it.
This is the inspiring story of one such person who took things in his hands and achieved his desirable health and fitness. The story of Mr.Shajan Samuel in his own words.
I have been running for last 5 years, taken part in innumerable marathons across multiple cities in India. The first time I started running in 2012, I could run only for 500 metres and then pant, pause for my breath and stop after a while. Now I can run 21 km non-stop. I was running 20 km’s a week until July 2017. My running didn’t have any impact on my weight, no correlation whatsoever. In short, it didn’t translate into results. I didn’t look like a marathoner. Many asked me politely, you run so much, why is that you are not reducing weight?
I travel 20 days a month, stay in swanky hotels, the easiest thing for me do is to dial 9 straight to the kitchen and order what I felt like & I did that on numerous occasions. Travelling to Kolkata meant I gorged on Bengali sweets, Arslan Biryani, chicken chops…… the list is endless; in short no holding back. When I felt thirsty I gulped mango frooti, fresh and juicy down my throat. Eating for me was a balancing act to compensate for the running.
Come August 2017, I decided to circumnavigate my temptations for sweet carvings. Anything processed & packaged was out. I stopped even eating biscuits. Completely took sugar out of the equation. Substituted that with jaggery in my milk. No aerated drinks none whatsoever. Never a fan of pizza or burgers so that helped. I am a teetotaller so that’s status quo. I sleep around 10 pm and wake up at 4 am, this has been an old habit, and habits don’t die easily.
A sound sleep & a positive mind is critical.
But the key is the diet. Eat little, Eat less, Eat right & Eat early. This has to be supplemented with some sort of physical activity 30 minutes a day – 3 days a week.
In my case, I am training for ultra-marathon so the incentive to run 50 km a week is lucrative. I am still not done, but happy with the improvement. Many of my friends say, “you were cute then”, so you see transformation is never idiot proof 🙂
Though the results have been fast, the seed was sown 5 years back. Nothing will happen in a jiffy, have patience & respect your body.
Wake up at 4 am – roll in the bed till 4.15 am
Prayers /stretches till 4.30 am.
Then start running for 10 km
Reach office by 8 am , in case I am travelling , head to the airport around 7 am
Early morning – Two egg whites , or Cereals .
Two -Three Green Tea’s through the day
2-3 litres of water .
No Sugar , No sweets no matter what , even don’t take a slice of the birthday cake as well or prasad .
Lunch on time but little , can be anything but certainly not Maggie or noodles .
Replaced chicken with fish on some week ends
Evening last meal either a whole papaya or a soup – 6 pm max
9 pm on the bed
9.-9.30 I dream .
10 pm sound sleep, even ghosts cant wake me up.
Forget the outwardly looks, because that doesn’t count. When you are fit , you are agile , nimble footed & your mind becomes sharp . Your energy rubs on to your friend’s colleagues , family and your visits to your doctor becomes less.
You become a poster boy for fitness .
You have to stay long to get lucky and to stay long you have to stay healthy .
Mughal emperor Jahangir said, “The best time to plant a tree was then and the next best time is now.” So start now .
*This is the personal journey of Mr Shajan Samuel. The purpose is to share and inspire. Slimnhappy is not endorsing anything except a healthy lifestyle.