We Interviewed This Successful Lawyer To Know How She Fought PCOD And Lost 24 Kilos In A Year
That’s what successful lawyer, Neeha Nagpal AKA Iron Lady, can be called an epitome of. From shedding 24 kilograms to fighting PCOD, rosacea and diabetes, the mission she embarked on a year ago is truly inspirational and enlightening to say the least.
“What the mind believes, the body can achieve.”- This is what successful lawyer, Neeha Nagpal AKA Iron Lady believes in. From shedding 24 kilograms to fighting PCOD, rosacea and diabetes, the mission she embarked on a year ago is truly inspirational and enlightening to say the least.
In a candid discussion with Neeha, I ask her everything anyone who has set a resolution to lose weight this year would want to know. You’re in for a rollercoaster ride.
Question: When were you the unhealthiest in your life? I want to know the difference in your overall health now and then.
I was always a big girl. But my explosion from a chubby, cute kid into an obese young woman happened at the onset of puberty, around 12-13. I struggled in the next few years to lose weight because it had brought about PCOD in my early 20s. Temporarily, it was brought under control with medication.
I lost my father in the following years, started working like a maniac with no sense of anything, and as a result, gained even more weight. For a while, I appeased myself by pretending to be on a diet…but who was I fooling? By June 2013, I had developed extreme PCOD and was pre-diabetic.
Towards the end of 2015, I had put on a lot more weight and weighed 92 kgs. It wasn’t just that I was in fact grossly overweight for my frame, but I also felt lethargic, unhappy and uncomfortable in my own skin all the time. By January 2016, I started getting headaches every day and was popping Panadol pills like candy!
Till May that year, I saw a GP every week. I had constant headaches, a runny stomach and extreme episodes of stomach pain. I got blisters all over, developed neck and shoulder issues, and suffered from extreme rosacea. Everything that could go wrong had already gone wrong.
I was asked to get a thorough blood test done. On 1st June 2016, my blood report almost gave the doctors a proverbial heart attack! I mean, I was mentally going through so much anxiety because of my health that I needed therapy. I was also put on insulin.
The next year, 2017, therefore was a year of transformation. I lost 22 kgs that year and didn’t need insulin. My rosacea was cured and cholesterol and triglyceride levels were down to normal again.
Today I weigh 68 kgs.
Question: What made you decide to set out on a journey to health? Was the big realisation due to a particular incident or cause?
Let’s face it, I was a mess. Imagine being prescribed insulin shots at 32. I realised in time that the panacea to all my problems was losing weight. I promised myself I had to fix myself! Thereon started my journey of transformation. Looking back, I think that the medical issues were a blessing in disguise!
Question: What was your typical day then?
My day then involved eating a whole load of nonsense. I didn’t understand concepts like good calories, bad calories, portion control etc. I loved junk food and would have pizza 2-3 times a week and a milkshake or cola whenever I wanted. Basically, I lacked self-control; lacked the will to say no to myself.
Question: What does your typical day look like now?
Today, after knocking off 23-24 kgs, I feel like I understand food. I know what’s good for me; I know what’s not. Everything that goes into my mouth is well thought out. We are, after all, what we eat. I also take my workouts very seriously now. So today, workouts and proper diet are a big part of my life.
Question: You’re a successful lawyer. How do you manage staying fit with all the stress, travel, and other things?
I follow a code that I’d love to share with everyone. It’s called C-P-P: Commitment, Priority and Planning.
Commitment: Fitness and wellbeing is a commitment to myself.
Priority: I approach each day as it comes; for instance, if work is pressing a particular day, then I roll back on my workout.
But my dietary habits remain unchanged more or less! The only time I indulge myself is during vacations! Last, planning: I plan for the next day an evening before, which includes my meals. I’d like to give a special mention here to my mother for being my support system! She’s my backbone without whom none of this would be possible.
Question: What is your message to a number of women who are juggling an active career and a family and are struggling to find time for their health?
If you’ve got to raise a healthy family (this includes physical and mental health), want to be an ace at work, then you have to be healthy yourself and be happy with yourself. Your own well-being has to be your priority first, only then can you impart good health to your loved ones. Oh…and follow the CPP code if nothing works; it’ll take you a long way. All the best!
If you are as inspired as we are and want to know more about weight loss and gaining back control in your life straight from Neeha, then write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org