I was asked often on how I maintain my weight. Sans the big rear, I did seem fit.
“What‘s the secret? Tell us!” a 20 year old colleague pestered.
“Well…”I replied trying to think of how to put the fact in a nut shell without bursting her innocent bubble on the good life. “ I work out ….a lot”
“WOW! So Gym Jam…eh?”
“Excuse me? Gym Jam?!” I was puzzled by the expression.
“Yah! You Gym a lot and then eat jam, I mean like no need for extreme food control …”
“What sort of a work out do you have? Am sure it is perfect! …Yoga? Jogging? Any specific exercise? Cardio?”
“ Eh…jogging…half and hour daily…” if you could consider playing peek a boo with two kids, tons of laundry to sort/wash/iron, the marathon after the school bus every morning and the usual run for everyone’s everything at the last minute as a jogging routine.
“Cool …what else?”
“Flexible exercises…” Considering bending, picking up, stretching and crawling for toys scattered all over the house; 15 times a day, as a flexibility exercise. The usual scenario would be cleaning up from one room to another only to find that the kids had decided to go to a clean room to start all over again. Yipee! More Flexing exercise!
“What about cardio? It’s good for the heart”
“My cardio involves walking, climbing and running” Twice a week, Anjali misses her bus! We have a mad dash, running down and up the stairs for things forgotten and then brisk walking to the nearest taxi stand. Yes, its cardio for sure.
“I hate exercises…”
“Do you do any muscle toning exercises?”
“Twice a week.” Try pushing a well equipped baby pram uphill and trying to not break into a run down hill after loading it with the grocery shopping! I usually look like a tomato at the end of this so called muscle exercise and often find myself standing under a blistering hot shower to stop those toned muscles from rebelling.
“Do you do any diet control? Banana diet, detox, watch your calorie?! ”
“Actually, I eat small portions of everything. This way I don’t feel hungry.” Left over Tiffin, dinner, anything that can’t be thrown at the end of the day coz I have a guilt attack and most of all any sort of snacks that I can get my hands on at 4’O clock with tea (Oily or non oily). Small portions all through the day!
“You are so good in doing diet control and exercises; I can’t ever get myself to a gym! You have two kids and manage to loose weight and look so fit! “
“Well…eh… motherhood means a lifetime of gym jam!” If only she knew that I didn’t choose the subscription, it chose me…for a lifetime!
“True, you have to get back to shape after pregnancy.”
“Yes.” She should never know that the Gym Jam I had was nowhere connected to the getting in shape aspect! It had more to do with Super Mum compulsion, something every mum suffers from. Perfect dress, ironed clothes, food on time, clean house, etc, etc, etc!
“I envy your life style, time to do everything!” she said with a sigh.
“ Yeh!…envy is surely the right word” I said as I went back to work thinking if only I had her time to not do any GYM JAM!!!