Tummy folds are okay

Tummy folds are okay

August 5, 2016
Prompt: Wishful thinking (Used in a sentence) 
The next time I hear a woman cry about how she puts on around her waist, I’m slapping myself tight. 
Yes. You read right. Myself!.
I was just like my typical ilk… ‘Gosh! all I eat settles only on my waist!’ ‘It’s next-to-impossible to shirk off the cellulite in the middle!’ ‘I’ve put-on you see, can’t get into any of my trousers breathing…”
April 2016, rummaging through my wardrobe I found one of my favourite kurtis. A closed-neck, long-sleeved one, I had kept aside to be worn with red palazzo. But when I finally got my red bottom, my middle looked like a toad. I had put on about 5 kilos during last year, all of which I saw only on my tummy folds.
Determined to flatten it out, I set a deadline. June – 2 months from that morning – I’ll cut my birthday cake in the black-n-red combo.
Wishful thinking mama,” cautioned my girl.
“Nope. This is confidence, darling. This is determination. Have you heard, where there is a will there is a way? I’ll show you.”
I did crunches and planks alternatively every morning. Walked 30 min 5 days a week. Cut down carbs and ate nothing solid post 6.30pm.
Week 1 – Nothing changed.
Week 2 – The scales weighed half-a-kg less and I had an adrenalin rush.
Week 3 – Was my time out. I was parked on the bench.
Week 4 – The scales discovered the lost half-kg .
Week 5 – I limped back to renewed routine.
With less than 25 days to go, I was desperate now. I kicked the weighing scale out of my sight. Concentrating only on the tummy, I gave up on sugar totally. And took to crunches like duck to water. Three times a day, 15 minutes each.
Two days before my birthday, I gingerly got into my black, full-sleeved beauty.
I jumped with joy. I had lost about 3 inches. The big, fat toad had but almost disappeared from my middle. Now, possibly a small tadpole whooshed around.
I rushed myself into the red palazzo. I felt so light. Took a selfie and Whatsapp-ed Sanjeev. Look, look, look…Your gorgeous wifey, I captioned it, too.
I was enjoying the dress rehearsal, planning my birthday celebration, when the phone buzzed.
“So you did manage to lose a few inches, yea,” Sanjeev on line.
“I only need to decide, and it’s done,” I finished with a throaty laugh.
“Are you still in the dress?”
“Yea. I just don’t feel like stepping out of it.”
“Did you try doing the buttons?”
“Oh, All you see is only boobs. Didn’t you notice the fit now, isn’t it slightly better?”
“Try buttoning it up. A little stomach is okay, bust-gaping no.”
I cut the line. Threw the phone.
That evening, the husband asked his side-kick, “Mama’s birthday is here, beta. How about buying her an outfit?”
“Oh, yea, btw, what happened mama? Did you try your amazing, awesome, black-n-red birthday suit?”
“Yes, miss creep. I did. I lost a good 3 inches. But I am not wearing it yet. My dress. My birthday. My decision what to wear. Clear?”

“Why you angry?” And she whispers, “Papu! What? Not fitting?” 

I am with Team #CrimsonRush for the #BarAThon from 1st to 7th August 2016

Nisha Sanjeev


  • Ls
    August 6, 2016

    Oh.. give me some of your will power. I need it to lose so many inches, I have given up.

  • Kala Ravi
    August 6, 2016

    Hahaha…too good! Men I tell you! But you look amazing and hats off to your resolution! I've never even attempted something like this, irrespective of the numerous 'tires' around my middle…sigh! That's to be dealt with another time, another life!

  • tulika singh
    August 6, 2016

    Lol!! How absolutely hard it is to get rid of that tummy fat! The sidekick is too cute.

  • Suzy
    August 6, 2016

    Looks pretty good to me. All the best with your weight loss.

  • Geets
    August 6, 2016

    Hahah!!! That was such a delight to read! And wow.. you did a pretty good job! 3 inches! All the fat in the body settles on my ass and my tummy! Imagine!

    Anyway, it was a pleasure reading your post!


  • Uma C
    August 6, 2016

    Wow..loved your determination. Almost like the Deepika Padukone kelloggs Ad. You look great in the pic!

  • Rajlakshmi
    August 8, 2016

    hahaha this is such a sweet post 😀 oh the struggle is real, I totally get you 😀 btw that dress is beautiful!! Loved it 😀

  • Mukai Henrieta Kumirai
    October 2, 2016


    Love�� your post��

    Know how it feels to desperately want to lose these unwanted inches around the waistline to no avail������

    You are an excellent writer, Nisha��