Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog. This blog started out by the name Priyanka loves food and later I changed the name to “The healthy diary” as I feel this blog is a diary which documents my life and the essential element in it, my husband, my family, my grad school life and my love for food!I am a total foodie, I can eat, think and breathe food!While my passion for food sometimes helps me in serving some great recipes to my family it can also pose a potential problem, more on that later!However by no mean am I restricting the expanse of this blog to food. It is mini diary where I will be sharing, venting or expressing my daily thoughts and asking for your opinions.

My problem:

Let me begin by saying that I am not a very motivated person. I have this flaw and I admit it. I am not into hard labor and exercising . I am still waiting for that moment in life where I can say that “Yes! I love exercising” I get these intermittent urges to exercise and then just forget about it for weeks together.

The story:

Being more of a sedentary person, problems with weight aren’t new to me. I reached my highest weight of 160lbs when I was just in the IX grade. It was really annoying to watch the skinny girls eat whatever they wanted. But that never stopped me from binging what I wanted to. I remember my Mum constantly trying to make me understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. She tried her best, she enrolled me at Karate classes, basket ball class but boy was I stubborn or what! I snapped back at her and over a period of time just made peace with myself that I meant to be FAT.

The support:

However things particularly changed in my final year of high school. I started getting conscious of myself and really took that as a signal that things gotta change. However concerned my parents were about my weight issues, they always supported me and glided me thru any emotional outbursts I had. I am really thankful to you MUM and DAD for that.

My fitness instructor:

Okay now for the biggest teacher in my life. That has to be my little brother. Can you imagine that? He was my first fitness instructor! When I decided to act on my weight, at the same time he was taking a YOGA class. He taught me YOGA which slowly but steadily started showing some effects on my body. My main thought behind that was to get used to the idea of some form of activity in life even if Light. I thought yoga was easy and would not require much effort but when I had to retain the poses and stretch, bend, do inversion only then I realized what I have got myself into.

The change back then:

Anyways when my body started showing some response I thought it was the right time to start with some high activity level exercise. I joined the local fitness center and knocked off 20 lbs in 3 months. That was stellar for me and set the stage for me to start college.

After sweating off those 20 lbs, I knew I’ll never look back at them again. But I still had about 20 lbs to work on. I stand 5’4” tall so a weight of about 122 lbs should be ideal for me. But since I was pretty average at 140 lbs I never really paid attention to losing. I tried but never seriously.

Marital bliss:

After my marriage, I realized that the pounds were slowly beginning to creep back. I knew it was a red signal and now that I am in my 20’s I need to take it more seriously. Since then I have been working really hard, but have been unable to nail it. Again instead of working my butt off I decided to take the easy way out and start with diets. I have tried everything, low carb, low fat, but none worked. Why? One simple reason I cannot stick to it. Another factor that contributes to the lack of consistency that I previously mentioned is my lack of exercise which by the way I am working on.

Current way of life:

With a new eating approach which involves eating whole grain, low fat, low glycemic food with more emphasis on veggies and fruits and coupling it with some form of exercise I am determined to knock off these final 20 lbs and be in the best shape of my life. I want to feel how the skinny jeans look on me.

Fun facts about me:

My name is Priyanka and I am currently live in Knoxville, TN. I am originally from Bombay, India.

I am currently in graduate school and pursuing my PhD in Genome science and technology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

I married my lovely husband Sanjay on May 28, 2006.

I love the color purple, actually I wouldn’t say love I am obsessed with it. You’ll find 90% of my belongings are purple in color. I also love Turquoise, pink and blue.

Well that was a  bit about me! Please feel free to drop a comment or email me and share your views and suggestions. Thanks!

Email: thehealthydiary@gmail.com

  1. Hi i just found your blog and i absolutely love it! 😀 im trying to catch up on all of the posts hehehe..wat a great way to spend all my free time during break lol
    – Lena

  2. I just found your blog and really like your honesty and your story! You go girl…kick those last 20 pounds to the curb! 🙂

  3. Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog!
    Your new way of eating sounds great! I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  4. Aha, so you’re at U of Tenn – got it!! Cool. Whenever I think of Tennessee, I think of Tennessee Williams and a streetcar named Desire. Haha.

    Anyways, I’m glad you decided to start a blog to document your mission–thanks for sharing your journey with us!!

    🙂 Aletheia

    P.S. I love purple too. XD

  5. I’m also obsessed with Purple!! Have you read the book ‘Fit for Life’? It changed the way I think about food and eating, forever…Good luck, dear! xxx

  6. Thanks for stopping by Priyanka. Glad to know about you. I have the same thing in my mind, want to get rid of another 15 pounds and feel the best. Good luck to you.

  7. Love your honesty & am happily looking forward to your next post of your journey.

  8. Hi Priyanka. Your story is inspirational. Eating healthily and exercising is hard – I find it tough too. I’ve managed to work enough exercise into my life that I can occasionally binge but I love chocolate, crisps and cake! I found that by entering events (e.g. running races or duathlons) it motivates me to train – mostly because I don’t want to be the person who comes last (second to last is fine!). Good luck! Reena

  9. So happy for you success [and Ph.D] Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely compliments. I can see that you struggle from the same problem as me – to keep the fat off! Good to have found you. Do keep in touch!

  10. just found your blog, loving it. will try to catch up your old posts.
    i like your balanced approach to good health. keep doing the good work.

  11. Purple is my fave too… and then green! 🙂

  12. I found your blog through “Kiss My Broccoli” and was so excited to see other bloggers from Tennessee. I live in Knoxville too and finally decided to get motivated and start my own fitness/health blog.

    I really enjoyed reading your story and journey. It’s very inspirational! I lacked motivation too but soon realized that I could have already finished working out in that hour I sat on the couch trying to talk myself into it. I just have to do it without thinking about it sometimes.

    I really look forward to your blog posts and can’t wait to try out a few of your recipes- especially the tahini dressing!

  13. I love that your brother was your first trainer! I work out with my brother, sister, and Dad all the time–they give me so much motivation. And they push me when I don’t feel like working out! 😉

    According to your current way of life, it sounds like you are right track to losing those last 20 lbs!

  14. I love that your brother was your first trainer! I work out with my brother, sister, and Dad all the time–they give me so much motivation. And they push me when I don’t feel like working out! 😉

    According to your current way of life, it sounds like you are right track to losing those last 20 lbs!

  15. Hi Priyanka! Glad to hear you’re on the path not to another diet craze but to a lifetime of whole/clean eating and physical activity 🙂 Once we change our perspective and goals towards a lifelong pursuit instead of a quick-fix fad, it’s amazing how quickly things start changing for the better – the way our bodies feel, our mental health, the way our skin glows, the way our jeans fit, etc. And P.S. Don’t feel so bad – we’re all lazy in the body…it’s ferocity with the mind that conquers the body 🙂 Looking forward to reading!

  16. love how u describe urself and i can so relate to u!! it’s like a description of me including the name lol

  17. hey cool blog! i also love purple!!! lol…i love your healthy lifestyle! im trying it too…its hard at times esp when after you eat something you shouldn’t (bad for you stuff). great blog!

  18. Priyanka I loved reading your story and it is very inspiring. Your recipes look yummy. I will have to try them out at some point. Also I love your picture in front of the Merlion. I love Singapore! Were you on holiday?

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