How To Get Dieting Inspiration From Dangal
The inspiration for this post came from a particular scene of the movie Dangal.
The movie is about two daughters – Geeta and Babeeta – trying to fulfill their father’s life-long dream of winning a Gold Medal for India at the International Arena of Wrestling.
The elder daughter Geeta, after years of dedicated practice and hard work, becomes an ace national player bagging gold medals at Sub-Junior, Junior, and National Championships.
She makes her way into the Indian Wrestling Team with 3 gold medals under her belt. And as per the rules, she gets invited to train at the prestigious National Sports Academy (NSA) for her international championships.
After years of regimental training under her father, she moves to the NSA. Here, her focus from the game and from her goals starts to weaken. Now, going out for movies and shopping excursions look more appealing to her.
At this point in the movie, there is a particular scene which I’m sure every person who has ever been on a diet will relate to.
The scene goes like this –
In a mall, Geeta’s friend is eating golgappas at a stall. The friend offers one golgappa to Geeta, to which she refuses.
Her friend convinces her with a dialogue, “Ek khane se medal nahi har jayegi.” You won’t lose the medal by eating one golgappa.
The very next scene shows the younger daughter, Babeeta, refusing the golgappa offered to her.
So, what is that golgappa representing in these two scenes?
Certainly not the few extra calories Geeta will gain by eating that one golgappa. Here, the golgappa represents the will of the two daughters.
Babeeta, by refusing to eat, shows that her will and focus towards fulfilling her father’s dream is intact. And Geeta, by accepting that golgappa shows the weakness that has engulfed her. It represents the crumbling of her commitment towards becoming an international champion.
So how does this scene relate to us?
The above dialogue is a variation of a statement which you will constantly hear when trying to follow a good diet.
I will be surprised if you are on a diet and you haven’t heard statements like
Aray ek piece khane se kuch nahi hota hai.
Thoda tho chalta hai.
Aaj ke din tho diet-diet mat kar.
Thoda taste tho karlo.
Like Geeta’s loser friend who was dragging Geeta to her level, many times you will also encounter such people around you.
Changes are not easy to make. That’s why starting a diet feels tough in the beginning. And to top it off, there will be people who won’t care about your dieting. They will always try to divert you from your commitment towards improving your body and health.
People who say, “Ek se kuch nahi hota” are losers in my dictionary who are stopping you from achieving your goals.
They don’t know/understand the effort you are putting in, to follow the diet. How much self-control and self-restriction it takes to change your old eating habits.
Just like that one golgappa, it’s not about how that one piece will affect your body. It’s about what it does to the mindset and commitment you have towards your goal. That one piece will be a big blow to this resolution.
Ek se kuch nahi hota – One piece doesn’t matter
How many times have you taken a bite just for taste and ended up finishing the whole plate?
Remember, everything starts with that one thing.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In which direction do you want to take that step – towards getting better results or towards ruining the results you have achieved so far?
Never underestimate the power of one thing or one piece
A single cobra bite can kill a person.
One slap on the face can ruin a relationship.
A single second can be the difference between winning a gold medal or settling for a silver medal.
If you have seen the movie – remember, Geeta won the Commonwealth Gold Medal in the last second of the match.
Now, let’s look at a scenario
You are following a proper diet for the last 20 days.
You start your morning with a clean breakfast. You prepare your lunch for your office. In the office, you skip drinking the sugar loaded tea or coffee while your colleagues are carelessly sipping cups after cups.
During the lunch break, you eat your home-cooked meal instead of ordering something from the cafeteria.
Diet-wise your day is going great. You are pleased with yourself for sticking to your diet plan for 20 days now and you have no plans of ruining it. You feel in charge because you are able to keep your commitment to not eating any Kachra (junk).
By the evening, you get to know that one of your colleagues has a birthday and a cake and samosas have been ordered for the celebration.
You get a sinking feeling because they are surely going to force you to eat a piece of cake and a samosa.
So what are you going to do in this situation?
You will have two choices
Choice 1 – You give in to the social pressure and eat a piece of cake to appease your colleagues.
Do you know what that piece of cake will taste like? It will taste like defeat.
And you will eat it with the regret that you couldn’t refuse them strongly enough. And with that one piece will go away your days of determination and discipline. You will come back to your seat feeling defeated and cursing yourself for eating it.
Choice 2 – You agree to celebrate but you strictly refuse to eat anything. They will force you with lame arguments like, “C’ mon, it’s my birthday”, “Thoda tho chalta hai.” But you hold your ground and make it very clear that your no means NO.
What will happen? They may feel or say that you are being rude. The hell with it! They don’t want to consider the effort and commitment you are putting for yourself. And they don’t care if you ruin 20 days of clean eating with a piece of junk. Why should you give a damn about their feelings?
Cheat but on your terms
I am not saying that you are never allowed to break your diet for a day or indulge in occasional binge eating.
Do it. But it should be planned and you have to earn it.
Say, you made a commitment to follow a diet plan properly for two weeks and at the end of that second week, you plan to eat out with your friends or family.
If you were able to stick to your commitment of the two weeks, by all means, you can go ahead and enjoy the food. And you won’t be feeling guilty because you planned it.
So, next time when someone offers you something you didn’t plan to eat and you hear this line “Ek se kuch nahi hota hai” or anything similar; just say NO.
Yes, plain NO. Don’t give any explanation or try to justify your NO.
Just say NO – loud and clear.