My Beginning Of a Never-Ending Journey

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My Beginning Of a Never-Ending Journey

I remember myself as a mother of a 4 year old toddler, walking into the Fitness Studio in 2011 to get rid of the stubborn sheaths of fats wrapped around me. Indeed child-birth and parenting had taken a toll on my health with a body weight of 72 kgs as against the ideal Body weight of (54 kg). It was now or never. As I was being counseled in the studio, I saw a board that read –“Become a Fitness Trainer”. It was on a course towards becoming a fitness trainer.  I had often heard my husband using the phrase-“Instructor Grade Performance” for an action carried out perfectly and it was no surprise that he enquired about it.  We both gave the board an immediate look and then looked at each other with raised eyebrows. Being an absolute fresher with my current fitness level, I was sure that there would be entry criteria that would deny my admission to the course. But to my surprise there was no pre-qualifications and so I was in for it.

It was a three months programme that included practical and theory sessions.  While  the theory sessions were a cake walk, the practical sessions would be a complete disaster. During the initial classes everything was a challenge. I was both lost even in the simple aerobic steps and acutely deficient in stamina. However as somebody has aptly said :-

Change is difficult in the Beginning,

 Messy in the Middle and

 Glorious in the End,”

 

I focused on my strong points and kept working on my weaker ones. Slowly there was a definitive improvement in each practical session. The collateral benefit was an improvement in my health as I rapidly shed those faithful layers of fats that till recently never seemed to go. I would excel in each theory session. Difficult and messy in the middle though, I gloriously completed the Reebok Fitness Certification and also lost a few kilograms in the process.

This certainly gave me a decent platform to begin with. Starting with group fitness classes for the neighborhood, I did not target financial gains in the beginning. Rather from a fitness point of view, there were remarkable improvements in me. The aerobic sessions with my clients, not only helped them lose weight, they did the same for me too.

For a year or so, things were smooth but there was an important thing that I was ignoring.  That was a scientific diet. Partying, Junk food, late night binging were all a part of my lifestyle, as I knew that, a little extra effort in the next day’s cardio would be enough. This fallacy was exposed when a minor mishap, left me with a twisted ankle and knee injury. This implied a break from aerobics and all form of exercises that would have impact on the knee and ankle. It was major setback for me, but later turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  I had to think beyond the traditional fitness manuals and textbooks and devise my own sets of exercises. The challenge was to transform the recuperation period from sedentary rest to an active-rest, with a target not to put on a single kilogram and also focusing on toning and strengthening.

Although the pain improved, there was a Vitamin D deficiency that caused an extremely slow  recovery. With the weak ankle,  I devised and practiced a set of free hand exercises that were a complete rehabilitation package for me. They gradually strengthened my joints, toned my muscles. I also started avoiding outside food and resorted to a healthier diet that included green veggies, fruits, salads with green tea. I would go very light on dinner every alternate day. These small changes- one by one implied a very gradual progression. My pace was slow albeit rock solid.

In the first two years of my fitness career, I humbly learnt the need to adapt to the pace of nature and her secret of patience and persistence. The journey that started with an obese body passed through a series of intrinsic transformations and continues. Ever since then and to-date, I take up new challenges, set and achieve fitness goals, try diverse fitness regimes etc and yet firmly believe that,                 “ Sometimes rock-bottom is best place to rebuild.”

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14 Comments

Deepti Dwivedi

October 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

Shweta too gud yaar… proud of u :*

Prateek Verma

October 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm

You’re an Inspiration to so many people. Keep the good work on and hope many more people will follow your path.
All the best. Cheers 🙂

Sushma pardesi

October 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Shweta u r a pure soul,Gud person Nd a great instructor.A true inspiration for us.Thanks for everything Nd we r proud of u.

Sangeeta Nair

October 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

O m g !! Can’t imagine only that u also could be 72 kgs Shweta ?!! Honestly going through ur story I feel so motivated .. I m glad n proud that u r my instructor, guide n mentor ……..U r an inspiration ??. Love n best wishes always…

Sreemanti

October 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Wonderful! Keep inspiring:)

Shalabh

October 19, 2016 at 2:30 am

Truly inspirational ! Admire your persistence and perseverance.

Rama Sharma

October 19, 2016 at 2:57 am

Inspirational story Shweta….wish u all the best for ur blog… waiting for more

Yugam

October 19, 2016 at 5:38 am

Truly inspirational blog and may God bless you with all the happiness as you really is a good human being

sunita bhandari

October 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

Very motivating…. keep the good work on??

Simran Thareja

October 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Dear Shweta
“U r my friend cum trainer cum guide,
V meet less but u r alwz on my side;
Ur Journey had inspired me a lot,
For this I know how much u fought;
Handling body n mind is tough,
I m sure the route is vei rough;
But u were dedicated n persistent,
C its paying off now the time u spent;
Money cannot buy good health,
I believe its our only wealth.”……….
………..ur journey is setting examples for mamy to stay strong n b bold. Ur utmost faith in urself n the positive attitude will take u far in life. I wish u a long n healthy life n pray to Almighty to keep showering His blessimgs on u alwzzzzz…..loads of love n luck

    shweta Raizada

    October 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks my dear. .. that’s so lovely of you to take out time to write so much for me…
    It really means a lot❤

Bindiya kharb

October 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

Thankx for sharing this transformation story. What an inspiration. Thankx for being there darling and all the very best in your future journey. Keep rocking

shweta raizada

October 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Thanku alll for your valuable comments…
Love u all…
Keep Motivating…
Stay Motivated !

Pramila

October 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Very motivating blog shweta.
First time I met you in 2012 , you were very cute golu polu girl. This is total transformation.
proud of you my girl. Keep inspiring.

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