5’3” – 50 kgs, 27 years young!
How did you get started?
It began when I was asked to take part in a race for charity, and I realised how out of shape I was. I could barely make it around the block without my lungs hurting and getting massive stitches in my side. All along, I thought I was fit – but I really wasn’t. This freaked me out and I realised immediately that it doesn’t matter what size you are – its how you feel and how much stamina you have that really makes all the difference. That was my starting point.
The whole process has inspired me so much that i’ve penned down everything i’ve learnt in an ebook – Fit Trip – which I hope empowers more people to get fit. If a lazy bum like me can do it, anyone can. Check it out at www.fittrip.in
Where does your motivation come from?
Freedom! My catalyst is to be as fit as possible so I can be totally self-reliant. As an independent woman, its super important to really be able to feel strong from the inside to exude confidence outside. I didn’t want to call on a man to help with my boxes, or re arrange the furniture. I didn’t want to rely on pepper spray to keep me safe when I go for a long walk at 3 am. I want to be able to carry my drunk friend from the bar without falling over, and just pack my bags for an impromptu trek in the himalayas. Its a host of different things – but it all comes down to feeling really free and able to do anything. No holds barred.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
It makes life manageable and easier in every aspect. Aside from being stronger and fitter, i’ve noticed that my mental capacities have increased as well. Working out clears brain fog, helps you achieve more by enjoying the goal-accomplishing cycle (as its a learned trait), and reinforces the idea that if you set your mind or body to a task – as long as you work hard and persist, the outcome is positive. So it changes your core attitude, in subtle, powerful ways. Therefore it really makes you more open, calm and flexible as a person, as a whole really – at work, at home or even behind the wheel.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I absolutely love a mix of pilates, dance aerobics and boxing. I have issues with anxiety – so cardio, repetitive exercises and gym workouts don’t work well for me and I need to do something more holistic. People underestimate the power of creating your own home workout regimen. Do what works for you – listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel good, you’re probably not going to get hooked no matter what the motivation is – so find something else that you think is fun! Thats the trick. Sports are also a great way to burn those calories – so when I have time I play basketball on the weekends with friends or go swimming.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
What is your diet like?
I don’t believe in dieting because its just too hard! I eat everything I want, in moderation. I love food way too much to hold back on one of the best things about life. My only rule is – convert all your whites to browns. Brown rice, brown bread, whole wheat, you get the drift. Make your choices healthier – and smaller. Just cut portions, and be more aware. In ayurveda, they say that when you cup your hands together – thats the amount of food you need to eat at one sitting. Your body has already given you the plate dimension, so just don’t over do it. Eat more often, and it’ll even increase your metabolism. Just stay off the obvious bad stuff – not because you’ll add on pounds, but because it slows you down mentally and affects your long term health. Stay away from non perishable foods, and stick to fresh home made meals. The moment you realise how much your food habits will affect your body in 10 years from now, you’ll automatically be more healthy about what you’re putting in your mouth.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Pizza! I absolutely love all things cheesy, so I make my own pizza at home now, with a pita bread base or with extra veggies and I go light on the cheese. Also, if you eat heavy food earlier in the day, you’ll burn it off and be able to enjoy the good fats (which are very important for you) to synthesise fat burning hormones. Never cut out anything – just find a tastier, healthier twist on it! I handle food cravings in a bunch of ways – I brush my teeth right after a meal so I trick my tastebuds into not wanting a second helping, I drink a big glass of water when I feel peckish (because your body can’t distinguish hunger or thirst, so always hydrate first) and I also keep snacking through the day so I never get to that famished point anymore. I’ve got a bunch of tips and jedi mind hacks that can help you curb cravings in my eBook Fit Trip, so feel free to check that out if you’re interested.
“Mens sana in corpore sano” Latin for “A healthy mind in a healthy body”