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There is a beautiful quote said by Thomas A Edison about human capability - “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”.

Today, when I look at these pictures, I feel a sense of proud accomplishment (sic) “Boy, it has been a tough journey. But every bit of it was worth it

 

I had a very normal adolescence like any other teenager; the only difference being the stressful academics and my inability to cope with the same." data-share-imageurl="">

There is a beautiful quote said by Thomas A Edison about human capability - “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”.

Today, when I look at these pictures, I feel a sense of proud accomplishment (sic) “Boy, it has been a tough journey. But every bit of it was worth it

 

I had a very normal adolescence like any other teenager; the only difference being the stressful academics and my inability to cope with the same. Though my family was there for me but I needed something more. The result - I ended up becoming a stress eater. Stress eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. I felt powerless over my food cravings. When I am stressed, the urge to eat hits and food was my only respite. I devoured almost all sort of unhealthy food - consciously or unconsciously, especially when stressed or even bored. I was morbidly obese by the age of 21, weighing 105 kgs at the peak and this worried my mother to no extend.

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I came at the receiving end of body shaming with words like ‘motu’ , ‘chota hathi’ etc being hurled at me’ my confidence to meet and interact with people plummeted. I started dodging social gatherings as much as possible in the fear of meeting people and being ridiculed for my physical appearance. All these while, I continued to find solace in un-healthy eating habits.

It was in mid 2014, I sheepishly decided to join a gym in the hope of shedding a few kilos. My mother was so concerned for my health that she also joined the gym along with me to keep me motivated. We both hopped on to the treadmill for hours, while I also resorted to eating really low amount of food – a classic crash diet! Result? - I lost oodles of weight. Within 8 months I has shed nearly 30 kgs and weighed 75 kgs. However what I did not realize was that I am just switching over from an unhealthy obese version of myself to an unhealthy slimmer version. It was perhaps after a year, I realized my folly - I have already impairing my metabolism through crash dieting and has lost a great deal of lean tissue mass due to extensive cardio. Further, my skin became very lose as I lost weight and the body complex issues continued to haunt me.  I felt very weak, physically and emotionally.

After a bit of research, I realized the importance of weight training if I were to build muscles and be strong and healthy. I started lifting weights and reduced the amount of cardio vascular exercises. However, the results and any visible physical changes in my body continued to elude me. I was stuck at 75, still slightly overweight – with lose skin and reduced lean tissue mass.

Along with the career changes that came thereafter, and extensive travel subsequently, I lost focus and once again stopped my stint with gym. I started rationalizing my reasons for not taking care of my health and got back to binge eating.

This is when I happened to stumble upon the facebook group run by ‘GetSetGo Fitness’ (www.facebook.com/groups/getsetgo.fitness) and started following them. I realized the importance of a proper structured nutrition along with an active lifestyle. I also met a lot of people who were facing similar issues, in the group. Daily dose of discussions, snippets and information shared gave me enough knowledge on the importance of a structured, yet sustainable diet and exercise regime. After witnessing a few of their client testimonials and success stories, I decided to take a leap of faith and get formally trained under one of their coaches – Melvin Cherian.

Today, I weigh 64 kgs (My Dream Weight) and my muscle mass has improved considerably. Gym is an addiction to me and I make sure I eat healthy and stay physically active. I manage my 10 hour corporate job, cook for myself, spend 1.5 hours at gym regularly and manage my 2 BHK house on my own.

One of the most surprising byproduct of my fitness journey was the immense sense of confidence it has instilled in me now. I feel healthy both physically and mentally and it today reflects in my professional life too. Today, I can proudly say that my colleagues look up to me, the way I take care of my health.

I am hoping to complete my certification in nutrition and to help and inspire people towards living a healthy and happy life.

I thought of penning down my story because I was motivated seeing similar transformation stories in the GetSetGo Group (www.getsetgo.fitness). The group that harps especially on sustainable fitness as a life style change rather than a crash diet has been instrumental in my fitness journey and keeping me motivated.

I hope my story motivates you too, of things that you are capable of doing - let it be fitness or otherwise! The future looks bright and everyone deserves the best.

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There is a beautiful quote said by Thomas A Edison about human capability - “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”.

Today, when I look at these pictures, I feel a sense of proud accomplishment (sic) “Boy, it has been a tough journey. But every bit of it was worth it

 

I had a very normal adolescence like any other teenager; the only difference being the stressful academics and my inability to cope with the same." data-share-imageurl="">