What’s in a posture?

Apparently a lot, and I’m not even talking about the science part of it here.

We keep saying that stereotyping is a wrong thing and people need to have an open mind and all. Well, I’ve sorely bore the brunt of not being typecast as a girl, for almost the whole time I was in engineering college. 😦

One Sunday my father felt like going for a small outing. The weather was awesome and there wasn’t a better place than a small hill-station not very far from our place to enjoy it. We took our camera along and went berserk clicking pictures of clouds and mountains and what not (and some of ours too).

In one particular picture I was standing on a huge stone with my hands on my waist and giving a rather furious look to my brother who kept teasing me throughout for silly things. I’d never imagined that this one picture would change my name and my college life forever! It didn’t turn out that bad, but alas, I made the asinine mistake of sharing it with my friends who branded and rechristened me with the tag ‘Shivaji Maharaj’ from then on and that has stuck with me till now. I still wonder if I did pose like him. 😦 😦

If you’re someone like me who’s over-blessed where weight is concerned and under-blessed where rate of metabolism is concerned, you’ll probably understand my plight here. The skinny ones can read on, but mind you, don’t you dare smile even a bit!

Months after A Jr was born I managed to shed all my post-partum weight and was rather pleased with the results. Blame it on a very insisting MIL who’d stop at nothing to overfill me (You’re still nursing and the baby needs milk or It’s ok to get fat, look at me!) or a string of weddings and family functions that just wouldn’t take a break, I gained a rather significant part of it back. I started working on it again and was glad the efforts were showing, although painfully slowly.

Now, I was at this wedding and we were standing in a large group cheering along while the bride and groom were getting their pictures clicked. I was standing near the stage and had taken support against its wall (which probably made my abdomen protrude a bit) when some Aunty I remotely recognize walked up to me especially only to ask, “ Are you pregnant?” Rather taken aback, I enquired if I looked like I was. She could’ve replied in affirmative and let go, but she insisted on giving me a 15 mins lecture on how I must work-out, while everyone else was amused and enjoyed. Can married girls not gain weight unless they’re pregnant?? *Grrrrrrrrrrr*

So much for not bothering to stand or pose correctly! Am still a little ignorant about my posture at times but I try to keep reminding myself to keep check. Who knows tomorrow I might get some wisecrack from A Jr, and if it does, boy it will hurt! 😦 😛

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13 thoughts on “What’s in a posture?

  1. Reading this made me realise that everything is there in the posture and that I should remember to suck in my breath and wear clothes that will make me look trim and fit… 😀

    But on a serious note, it is important to remain slim because of health reasons. All kinds of disorders and diseases take possession of our bodies with obesity, Isn’t that enough of an incentive to stay slim and trim? But I would hate to be lectured by some random aunty about remaining slim. 😛

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    1. You are fit for your age Aunty and I really commend that. Really! 🙂 You don’t need to suck in your breath, leave that for people like me. 😦
      I’m too of the opinion that at any age weight control is very important for our well being and general good health. The sad thing is that in our community women are very very irresponsible when it comes to their health and most of them tend to retain their post-partum weight for their entire life. I’m very determined not to be one of them and advocate the incentives of a balanced mind and body. 🙂
      By the way, I met Vinni at the Indiblogger meet and inquired about you. He was rather surprised that a LOT of people present there knew you were flying to London. (Tsk tsk…I told him that he might’ve got your writing genes but you retained the best ones) 😉 😉

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  2. this reminded me of my hockey coach.. he had such weird ways of making sure we walked straight and this or that ..
    ah well I have given up thinking of reducing my waist line which seems to keep growing ..

    I guess being a male gives one advantage no one can ask me if i am pregnant Phewwwwwwwwww 🙂

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    1. Looking at me no one would believe that I’ve been on diet most part of my life. Honestly. My problem is, I let go once, and it shows! 😦
      My mother too keeps telling me that I don’t stand straight and have to be a little careful about it. Guess its high time I listen to her or else people will keep asking me the inevitable. 😛
      No one would ask if you’re pregnant, true, but wouldn’t your tummy be compared to a pregnant lady? Kitne mahine hue and all? Tell tell… 😉 😉

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  3. Posture issues, so totally true,… what with fairness creams out of the market, it was weight loss for some time and still continues until the market found another way to lure the naive customer with age removal creams….

    But posture is important in the sense, remember in school we used to sit in class with chairs with straight backs so that we don’t stoop. Many and I mean many many are going through disorders because of wrong postures whlle sitting, standing or walking that they realize it a little late… as for the gait.. well, you know how to get rid of it… 🙂

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    1. I know, in school we used to be bashed up by our teachers for not sitting straight! Yes, scientifically, a good posture is very important and one needs to be careful since the effects too are quite disastrous.
      As for the weight part, my dear, I started off with 40 SNs and I haven’t missed a day since I started. Its a little tiring but I’m loving it and already feel the positivity. You inspired me. Thanks! 🙂

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  4. Can I smile a bit? Just a bit? 🙂 Honestly I think, the very fact that you are thinking so much about it is good enough. Perhaps some inner subconscious within you will now lose the family-function-weight (they can be such a nuisance sometimes!) and the posture-induced-weight. 😛
    I am sometimes told I have become a little ‘bent’ – then some argue and say that’s only because I am quite tall. I just nod at everyone. Strange, I tell you, some people can be!
    Anyhow, it is always good to have an erect posture. Helps ease those back pains, if nothing else.

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    1. You can’t imagine how careless I am about my posture. Even when I was unmarried by mother scolded me that I stood like a pregnant lady (the posture where one tends to put his hands just above his bums that makes the tummy come out)! 😦 😦
      I am very conscious of my weight, since I know just how hard it is to get rid of it. There’s these things called genetic makeup and body tendency that mess with my resolve mostly.
      With tall people the problem of this ‘bent’ is common I guess. People point that out, no matter what, thinking its their business.
      Hope sometime soon I’ll put up a happy post on how much I actually did manage to lose. 😉

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    1. Oh yes. The stress on correct posture is for reasons much more than health benefits. It is something that needs to be addressed keeping in mind the fact that even strangers tend to decipher facets of your personality through it.
      Whenever I get a picture, the first thing people tell me is, ‘You look fatter in them than you really are. Can it be because you weren’t standing upright?’ Need to take a clue. Right away. 🙂

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