What I Learned on My Fitness Journey

Jaibala/ September 1, 2016/ Musings/ 74 comments

Most of you know when I began this year I began with a vision that would encapsulate the word “Free”. So I had about ten major life goals listed and getting healthy and fit was one of them. Mind you it was not a specific weight loss goal, but yes once you show your body how much you care for it, it loves you right back and magic like weight loss begins to happen.

Now don’t worry I am not going to write a fitness and diet related post. I don’t think I am equipped enough to do that. Loving to exercise and knowing about it are two different things.  What I want to tell you guys is a few things that no one else will tell you about this journey. After doing this for three months every single day I have realised there are so many things people don’t tell you about getting fit and losing weight. So these are my learning’s


It has become a hard habit to break

Yes, for me exercising is a habit that I just cannot break. It has just become such an important part of my schedule that the day begins to feel incomplete without it.


It is a very emotional process

Even though weight loss is not my goal, exercising in any form everyday tests your patience, will power and endurance. Some days I doubt myself, some days its just fun but it gives me a high that nothing else can and is a part of your life even subconsciously.


I have lost more than just weight

Yeah! Sad part of the process is that you will lose a whole lot more. Getting on a fitness regime I realised, is a great way to find out how much people really like you. The ones that do really support me however they can, even if it is just a kind word. But the ones that don’t well let’s just say there will be bloodbath as envy, jealousy and even contempt come to the fore.


People will be judgemental

I mean it is obvious. Being judgemental pricks is most of India’s favourite pastime. So why should this be any different! Not that I had expected most people to appreciate the effort that goes into leading this lifestyle. Just remember you do not need to give anyone an explanation for anything.


Remember it is not a competition with anyone else

Whatever my fitness goal is, it is mine and not a competition with anyone as to who has the best goals. It is an effort I make everyday to be better at something than the previous day.


The wall of my gym, like any other has these motivational quotes on them. My favourite is this “If it doesn’t challenge you then it doesn’t change you”.  Challenges are important to grow and to change. And Change is a big part of everyone’s life.

So this is post also begins a journey 8 posts long to better the Alexa rank of my blog. Right now the Global rank is at 362740 and the India Rank is 36780. I am hoping to get the Global Rank down to somewhere around 100,000 or better.

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About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. I walk everyday on my treadmill because it makes me happy.Self improvement is a good addiction
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    1. I agree it is a very good addiction.

  2. I believe so much you have written it is almost uncanny. Only people who have pushed me on my fitness journey are people who I know love me unto death 🙂 *power to you*

    1. The only people who will push you to be better are the people who genuinely value you.

  3. That’s a really inspirational post Jaibala :). Just goes to show the fact that improving one’s fitness is a journey in itself which while full of challenges is surely a fulfilling experience as you make it a way of life. There’s a lot of dedication and hardwork which goes behind making it a success.
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    1. Thank You so Much Aseem. We generally look outward for inspiration and motivation, where as it is always within us.

  4. As a person who is constantly battling the bulge, I know how difficult it is to maintain a regime, and to ensure that people around you support you, instead of demotivating and ridiculing you. You are right on every count, and I hope to push myself to starting my exercise routine once more.

    1. Thank You so much Ramya. I wish you all the luck on this journey.

  5. I am so motivated dear Jaibala to shed those extra pounds now 🙂 thankyou for the lovely post 🙂

    1. Glad you found motivation in this post Roma 🙂

  6. Wonderful & motivating post

  7. Very motivating, Jai! Fitness is something you do for yourself. Completely agree, it isn’t a competition. I am not a gym person but do yoga and dance. But like everything else in my life, I need a dedicated routine. Sigh!
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    1. I know about the dance and yoga is great too. It is best to do what you think is right for you Aditi.

  8. Yes! A fitness habit changes you, I have learnt it the hard way too. very impressed with the way you have expressed!

  9. Wow! That’s great determination there, I always try to make a group of friends join my fitness regime. But after reading your article I feel a little self determination could do more than that.Impressed

    1. True it is always better to be self motivated Menaka. Thank You so much 🙂

  10. Great insights Jai! I have been there! It is something that you can’t even think to skip once you get in the habit of doing it regularly. It gives you a huge boost at the start of the day. And other challenges are always there, but they just make you even stronger with the exercises. Have you been following any particular exercises like running or cycling? or are you doing a full workout routine in the gym?
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    1. What I have started with is a full workout routine at the Gym and Swimming and Running whenever I can. I plan to get on a cycle soon, lets see how that works out. I agree this just makes you so much stronger in every sense not just the body.

  11. Very motivating.
    I have just started my own journey to fitness (not just weight loss, but stamina and health) and I can relate to almost everything.
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    1. Thank You Aditi. When an uber cool person like you says this, it means a lot. So glad you could relate to this.

  12. Motivating post I am all geared up !

    1. Great to hear that, all the best for your journey 🙂

  13. Most of the points are right for me.
    Especially the one that workout test our will power amd endurance. There are so many days when I come from the hospital, realising that I have no energy left for the workout, as I am doing workout during evening time, but at that only my will power supports me to get up and start doing my regular exercise regime.
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    1. I think people always think exercise is physical and nothing else. I think exercise is more mental and emotional.

  14. Thanks for this. I really need to get back to my fitness routine after this indulgent Goa trip!

    1. Indulgence is always good, sometimes. I am sure you will get back to your routine. All the best!

  15. Very inspiring post and hats-off to you to follow it regularly for 3 months. I hope I also start exercising soon. I plan every month and dozed off completely. This is my routine. And very gud progress on Alexa rank. All the very best!! Love that quote you shared from your gym wall 🙂

    1. Like i said takes only 21 days to form a habit, you just have to make an effort for 21 days and the rest will follow. All the best for you endeavors. That quote applies to so many things doesn’t it? Thank You Abhinav 🙂

  16. Wow!Very inspiring! I also have to start execrcising

    1. Thank You, glad you found this inspiring 🙂

  17. such a motivating post !!!

    1. Thank you 🙂

  18. Seems like I am the only one, who gets up with all the resolve. Runs a day and then never turns back to do that for months 😀 (I actively plan though and feel so better :D) The lazy me. A good post here 🙂

    1. You know what they say, it takes 21 days to form a habit. You just have to do it for 21 days the rest will take care of itself.

  19. Jai this is really such a heartfelt post on your fitness journey. I feel like jumping in with you….but somehow even the idea seems tiring! Oh shucks dont mind poor ol’ me….I can’t exercise to save my life! Great going you, looking svelte and pepped. Keep it on 🙂

    1. Haha Kala, you are free to join in anytime. Once you start you wont want to stop. 🙂 Thank You so much for the support

  20. Exercising becomes easier when you are not looking for weight loss and I know how much determination and willpower is required. Yeah criticism and being judgemental is our favorite.
    More power to you,Jai. 🙂

    1. Thank You Ramya 🙂

  21. I have discovered and you will too, that after exercise you feel more energetic and more ready to take on the whole day. The endorphins it releases also keeps you happy all day :)..!! Keep going on and I am already seeing the results.
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    1. I like the sound of more energetic. Thank You Prerna 🙂

  22. I’ve tried and failed at this whole fitness thing so many times! It’s good to read about others succeeding on their journey though. And I hope that soon enough I’ll be able to make fitness a more regular part of my life. Don’t let the jealous ones pull you down girl! 🙂
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    1. Like I said do it on your own terms.There are no rules and no must dos, just remember to do what works for you. Thanks you so much 🙂

  23. Wow.. That quote is my favorite. Too. And yes, if ever like today I missed my yoga the entire day was all less energetic, not that awesome like other ones. So, it’s true that it is a habit hard to break. Glad to connect with you ! 😊

    1. Thank You Shalini. I try hard not to miss my routine, but on off days it seems like I just cannot move. Glad to connect with you too.

  24. That is so motivating and honest Jaibala 🙂 you rightly said it is not about weight loss its about mental and physical fitness 🙂

    1. Thank You so much. I Agree Shweta, it is about living life the best way you can.

  25. Beautifully crafted post and loved your dedication for fitness and health.

    This posts motivates me as well to make my fitness pointers as well

    1. I am glad that this post motivates you Sumit. Thank You so much.

  26. My husband i went on this mission of getting fit since last year and its been very beautiful journey and it made us loase not just weight, but many unhealthy habits. Good luck with your goals and the Alexa rank.

    1. Yes, fitness improves your lifestyle and life in general. Thank You so much Rashmi, wishing you all the best too.

  27. I love the attitude in the post and the goals you have set for yourself. I completely identify with the need to exercise because we can 🙂 Good luck for the Alexa rank and I am sure you will get it down in no time!
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    1. Thank You so much Shailaja, you know this means a lot.

  28. I am so glad that you’ve embarked on this journey with the right mindset and the right methodology. Like everything else in life, fitness is a very personal journey and you are your own competition and friend. I am so happy for you. Don’t worry about the naysayers. I have been actively working out for 15 years now and is a habit fire me just like brushing my teeth and eating food. 😃 Good luck for your blog goals as well. You know my best wishes are with you. Go rock it!
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    1. Thank You so much Rachna. You are an Inspiration when it comes to doing fitness right. I learned a lot from you and your fitness posts too. Ignoring the naysayers is a work in progress, but I will not let them come in between me and my fitness goals.

  29. You are setting up major goals for me. I am still trying to get to my pre-pregnancy weight!

    1. Ah! Yes, taking off the pregnancy weight is really hard. Wish you all the best Tina.

  30. Agree with you Jaibala..it is not easy and people make it more difficult by being judgmental ..but we should do what works best for us instead of following others..all the best to u..enjoyed reading it 🙂

    1. Thank You so much Deepa. Yes I agree, we need to decide our welfare and not let anyone come in between us and our well being.

  31. Oh, Jaibala! I started cycling today and look at what I found here- Inspiration and Motivation to go on! Thanks for writing this! Thanks! 🙂

    1. Yay! I am always so happy too hear that people are taking care of themselves. I promise you this will be such a fun and awesome journey.

  32. Exactly fitness is not a competition and that’s exactly where we need to let our ego go. This made a beautiful read. I wish you good luck on your journey and you can always share the things that worked for you 😀 I am all ears 😀
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    1. Raj, I should be the one asking for tips from you and not the other way round. Thank You so much 🙂

  33. Striving for fitness and not being driven by the weighing scales is the best way to approach a healthy lifestyle.
    More power to you for approaching it with an open mind.
    Keep going strong!
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    1. Thank You ME, initially it was hard to keep my mind off the scales, but it has gotten so much better now. I think weight loss is not really a great goal to have in the first place.

  34. It’s such a hard routine to follow (specially for nocturnal souls like me), but kudos to your efforts! This post motivated me in some sense. Let’s see when I start following the same 🙂

    1. I am glad that you think this is some kind of motivation for you. 🙂

  35. Motivation …
    I too believe being fit is a part of me so i co aider exceriaing as a daily routine.

    Your Alexa Rank *_*
    Wow, good luck #MyFriendAlexa
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    1. Great I really wish exercising becomes a part of peoples routines. Wish you all the best too for #MyFriendAlexa and I hope you reach your goals.

  36. *eats a decadent, super rich fondant, red velvet cupcake while reading this post*
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    1. You know I love my desserts, so where is my cake?

  37. I agree. Once the exercise becomes part of the routine, and part of our habit, it is very hard to break. 🙂 And that is good. Hope your goals, said and unsaid, are reached and it brings happiness to you.

    I’m envious of the weight loss, to be honest, but I am still cheering for you to reach wherever you are wishing to reach with the effort! 😀
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    1. haha envious, don’t tell me you are one of those 😉 I am happy that I put myself first every time I walk into that Gym.

  38. For many kick-starting a fitness routine is hard, must appreciate your determination. Wonderful post, I hope to get into this routine someday soon..

    1. You are actually right, it is hard and yet it is so important. I hope you get into a fitness routine soon 🙂

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