When Fitness meets Food: Protima Tiwary
“I am primarily a food blogger, and fitness only happened by chance. I have always been an active child and it was my father who got me to be an outdoorsy person. He used to take me for a 5km
run when I was 11, and my folks got me trained for competitive swimming. People would ask me – you eat so much, how are you so thin ? After a certain point I think I just got annoyed of people thinking it’s easy, I thought of sharing my routines with them. Social media profiles of course have turned out to be quite motivational for people, and I’m not complaining. It feels good to know that you can inspire people to take fitness seriously.”
Are we taking our fitness seriously?
“No we are not. There is so much work and stress that we have forgotten to take out time for ourseleves. Wake up – work- get back -sleep is what is happening to most of the youth today. Weekends are meant for drinking and sleeping. It’s a sorry state of affairs. What good are you doing by abusing your body so much ? At a young age you don’t realise it, but once you cross 35 it hits you bad. I don’t know what can be done to motivate people. Fitness genuinely doesn’t interest them. It’s sad. They don’t have the time for a 1km jog everyday. What more can you do? You can only hope to inspire. Fear(of disease) used to be a motivator , but that too is being taken too casually now.”
Can I be a blogger too? Tell me how!
“Blog because you are passionate about writing, not because it’s glamorous. Because at the end of the day it is the content that stands out. Hard work is needed, you need to dedicate 6-7 hours on each blog post. Nothing comes easily. make sure you are dedicated enough to go ahead with this. Mental preparation is an important first step”
The gender bias in the work space.
Gender bias – yes. Its easier to get noticed being a girl, but its a bitch to get people to take you seriously.
The “never-give-up” work mantra
Work mantra – concentrate on your content, your ideas, your world. There will be a million other distractions to put you off track and you need mental strength to sustain. Mixing money with passion is a tricky thing, you need a lot of will power to stay true to yourself. I focus on work, new content and ideas excite me, and that’s how I’d like to keep it. Stay true to yourself, make time for yourself, and never ever let work take away the best from you. Make time for personal life, be organised, work life balance is important.
When you aren’t blogging you are….