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Week 6 Day 1: and here they are

35 healthy days, and Shibani and Abhilash, the mascots of HT City’s Get Healthy, Delhi Campaign have already got results to share with you! Despite their dilemmas, a little cheating in diets, both have stuck to their guns, and there’s no looking back for them now.

lifestyle Updated: Sep 22, 2013 16:52 IST

35 healthy days, and Shibani and Abhilash, the mascots of HT City’s Get Healthy, Delhi Campaign have already got results to share with you! Despite their dilemmas, a little cheating in diets, and the challenge of taking time out to exercise from their busy schedules, both have stuck to their guns, and there’s no looking back for them now

Shibani has blasted 3 kg of fat, despite a frenzied work life, late night play rehearsals, and her PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome, that slows down weight loss. The lady has been out wardrobe shopping, picking up outfits you wouldn’t have dared suggest her earlier. And my my, all that Shibani can see in her Facebook inbox is ‘can we make fraandsip’ requests!

Five weeks down, three kilos less — feels nice to fit into dresses that made me look like a tree trunk earlier. My progress could have been faster, had my lady hormone not been so hostile. Any progress is good progress though, and I’ll keep trying before I succeed. And albeit two months too soon, I take this opportunity to thank a few people without whom appreciating myself, and laughing at myself would have been a distant reality. My editor Sonal Kalra for being the beacon of encouragement, my fellow ‘deskies’ for putting up with my strange priorities, and my brother for all the fat jokes (on me). Saving some more for the last. Wish me luck, fellow fitness freaks.

Abhilash has put on 1.5 kg and is wholeheartedly focusing on building his body. He is already acting a bully, roaming around in office with his sleeves rolled up. People are keeping a safe distance from him. Dolon sholon ke saath, the packs too are finally showing up, and he is making sure no one passes by without noticing his progress.

On behalf of my emerging dole and 3 and a half packs, I thank my gym instructor Samrat, for helping me stay put. And a big thank you to a certain someone called Arnold Schwarzenegger for designing the Arnold Press that questions my self esteem in the gym, pushing me further. When people ask me the secret behind my healthy lunches, I smile and say, “Mere paas maa hai...” Thank you Maa, for getting up at 5 am and packing food for your kamzor laadla. And can any thank you speech ever be complete without thanking the big boss? Thank you Sharat for making weight gain an essential KRA.


Breakfast: 1-2 green moong dal cheela made in olive oil with mint chutney and a cup of tea without sugar
Mid morning: 1 pear, 5 to 6 almonds
Lunch: 2 gobhi stuffed oat bran rotis ( 30% oat bran + 70% wheat flour) with 1 bowl raita made with tomato and cucumber
Evening: A glass of lemon water, roasted murmura with cucumber, tomato, and onion
Dinner: 1 bowl veg dalia which includes 1 tsp yellow moong dal along with vegetables like ghiya and beans
Post dinner: 1 bowl diced papaya

Recipe of green moong dal cheela
Soak 1/2 cup dal in water for two hours. Remove chhilka from dal and churn it in the mixie. Add 1/2 tsp jeera, 1 chopped green chilli, 5cm chopped ginger, 3 sprigs of coriander,1/2 tsp chilly powder and 1/2 tsp salt and churn until you get a consistent batter. Heat a non-stick pan with little oil. Pour batter. Cook it over the pan at low flame. When done, savour it with chutney.

Breakfast: 1 sandwich with 100gm paneer, tomato slices , multigrain bread and green tea without sugar
Mid morning: 1/2 bowl pomegranate
Lunch: 1 bowl of mushroom and tomato pasta, bowl of spinach soup
Evening: black tea or black coffee
Dinner: Bowl of boiled chicken salad with spring onion and tomatoes
Post dinner: Green tea without sugar

Recipe of mushroom and tomato pasta
Cook pasta in water until soft. Drain when done. In a large sauce pan, heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil and saute 1/2 cup chopped button mushrooms and 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Add 1 chopped tomato, 1 tsp oregano seasoning and simmer for 2 minutes. Add cooked pasta and stir. Add salt and pepper. Serve hot.


* Begin the day with a glass of hot water with a few drops of lemon juice
* Avoid sugar or sugary fruits, including grapes, mango, banana, cheeku etc n Say no to pickles, papad and oily condiments n No curd at night
* Meal timings: Breakfast: 9-10am; Mid morning: 11.30am-12pm; Lunch: 1.30-2pm; Evening: 4.30-5pm; Dinner: 7.30-8pm; After dinner: 9.30pm
By Shikha Sharma, diet and wellness expert


Knee to the Elbow
Cardio-vascular workout helps you maintain a healthy heart, increase lung capacity and burn calories. It also helps in shaping the body. Over the next few days we will go through different routines which you can do at your home that will help improve stamina.

1: Stand tall with one arm up and the elbow bent and the opposite leg stretched out with the heel off the ground. Inhale.
2: As you exhale, lift the leg as high up as your flexibility allows you and bring the opposite knee and opposite elbow together. Go back into the starting position and repeat the same on the other side. Keep on alternating between the two sides following intervals of 30 seconds of movement and 15 seconds of rest. You can also play with speed trying to execute the exercise as fast as you can while keeping the rest of the body engaged.
— By Vesna Jacob,
fitness expert and healer


Also called the setu bandha asana, it means bridge formation, because it resembles a bridge. You can do this along with poses shown earlier. Do some warm up before this.

Lie on your back with knees bent and toes on the ground. Slowly raise your hips upwards to make an inverted U. You might need expert guidance to avoid injuries. Don’t strain the neck. Stay for 30 seconds and come down slowly with the support of your palms. Repeat once more.

By Juhi Garg, yoga expert