Balika Vadhu actor Avika Gor’s emotional posts on 13 kg weight loss journey go viral, says she broke down after seeing herself
Balika Vadhu actor Avika Gor, who starred as Anandi on the popular show and went on to work on Sasural Simar Ka later, has revealed that she lost 13 kgs as she shared gorgeous pictures of herself in a sari. In an Instagram post, the 23-year-old actor talked about how she was filled with insecurities about her body and even broke down when she looked at herself in the mirror one day.
Avika said that her weight gain was not due to health conditions like thyroid or polycystic ovary syndrome but because of eating ‘anything and everything’ without working out at all. She added that she did not give her body the ‘respect’ that it deserves.
“I still remember one night last year, when I looked at myself in the mirror & I broke down. I didn’t like what I saw. Big arms, legs, a well earned belly. I had let go too much. If it were due to an illness(Thyroid,PCOD, etc), it would be okay because that would be out of my control. But, it happened because I ate anything & everything, and I didn’t workout at all. Our bodies deserve to be treated well, but I didn’t respect it. As a result, I disliked the way I looked so much that I couldn’t even completely enjoy dancing (which I love) without thinking ‘how I must look right now’. I got so busy judging myself & feeling bad that I didn’t leave any scope for outsiders to make me feel bad,” she wrote.
Avika said that her insecurities made her irritable and she ‘would often snap at (her) loved ones’. “Well, one fine day I decided that it was enough, and that I must evolve. Nothing changed overnight. I just started to focus on the right things... things that I should be proud of(like dancing). I kept trying to eat better & working out, and I had various setbacks. But, it was important that I didn’t stop. And my people were constantly there to guide me,” she wrote.
“Long story short, I looked at myself in the mirror this morning & I didn’t feel the need to look away. I smiled at myself, and told myself that I’m beautiful. And you, the person reading this, you are beautiful as well. We all have a lot to offer & we must actively work on that, rather than feeling sad about what we can’t do. But, we MUST do what’s in our control. Today, I am comfortable in my own skin. Today, I’m peaceful. And I hope you are too? Share your stories of self-love in the comments. Let’s make self-love cool!,” she added.
In another post, she added that her bad decisions went beyond food. “We make the choices & then the choices make us who we are. Like right now, you chose to read this caption, & this choice makes you AWESOME! Although, I must tell you that I didn’t make the best possible choices for a long time & it impacted my life significantly. Where do I start? Vadapav? Oh I love Vadapav! Give me 2 mins, I’ll be back. OK wait. No. ‘No, Avika! Bad choice!’ I mean good choice for taste, but bad for health. Why couldn’t Vadapav be healthy for us?”
The Balika Vadhu went on to say about how she decided to change her life, “Anyway, between a smile & a frown, I used to subconsciously choose the frown all the time. My face only came to normal when things were great, & I rarely smiled! Between a healthy(which can also be tasty) meal & junk food, you can guess what I always chose. I didn’t eat for food, I ate for my mood, and that choice ain’t gooood. (Did you try to rhyme it?) I thought, I anyways don’t look great, what do I have to lose with a few extra french fries. Well, I know what I gained! (Kgs).”
She said that keeping a positive outlook has changed her life. “Between half glass full and half glass empty, I chose to see the emptiness almost everytime. I would marinate in negative emotions for days at times, & not once count my blessings. But it had to change because these choices were making me hollow!!! And it was really hard. ( Not letting go of Vadapavs, letting go of the negative emotions. ) It took constant reminders, forced reflection & a strong support system for me to gradually move out of the wrong choices. I still make the wrong choices, but it’s less frequent & when I do, I quickly try to improve it. After all, it’s a short life, the least we can do is try to get better. What choices did you make today? What would you like to change about them?”
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