Before weight: 39kg.
Current weight: 54kg.
How did you get started?
We always come across stories about “big girls get fit”, they’re very inspiring however, my story is different; I’m the skinny, depressed, lonely girl who gets fit and gains her confidence.
Throughout my childhood, I was extremely insecure with the way I looked but, somehow I managed coming to terms with it; I was okay looking bad, I just stopped caring. Then came high school, it was the worst. I was bullied for the way I looked, my self-esteem dropped. Mean, constant name-calling shattered my confidence; what people spoke of me affected me horribly, I isolated myself from people, hardly had any friends and ended up slipping into depression. Once high school was over, I left India to pursue my degree in Toronto. Toronto was a new city, a new country, hell, a new continent; I always felt out of place and it made my depression worse. I consulted many shrinks, took medication, tried everything possible but, nothing ever helped. Once college started, I couldn’t manage making friends, mainly because of a massive age gap (I joined college when I was 17, and everyone in my class was 23+). I regretted my decision of moving to Toronto. My life changed once my classes started, especially this one class called “Fitness and Lifestyle Management”; the professor would take up to the gym to build our physical strength (it was required for my course), it was the first time I had ever been to the gym, I fell in love. Gym changed my life. I felt good there. I stopped feeling lonely. I felt strong; mentally and physically, both. The very same day, I ended up getting myself a gym membership close to where I lived. I’d go every single day, it didn’t matter how cold it was or how it was, whether it snowed or rained, I went everyday. I felt amazing, I felt confident. I realized that it didn’t matter that I was all alone, I had myself. The person I am today is probably the complete opposite of who I was. I’m no longer depressed. I no longer doubt myself. I know what I am capable of. I still get negative thoughts every now and then, but now I just replace them when positive thoughts. One thing I’ve learned throughout this journey is that the only person that stopped me from being happy was myself.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from within myself. I listen to my body; it tells me what it wants.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Bending in weird ways is always a plus point. (;
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I really don’t have a specific routine. I always change my workout regime every week to keep things interesting.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Deadlifts: There are my favourites. I love how it engages multiple muscles.
Planks: What would life be without these? I don’t think there’s a workout better for core strength than the plank.
Surya namaskar: I don’t think I need to explain why I’d love this one.
What is your diet like?
I don’t have a specific diet, I eat whatever I want.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
PIZZA. I love pizza. I’d die without pizzas. I don’t handle my food cravings. 😛
What’s something not many people know about you?
People think that I’m a stuck up, arrogant bitch when they first see me. They think I’m a bad influence simply because I have red hair, but that’s really not true. I’m actually very nice and I love to help out people whenever they come to me for any type of advice. I’m only mean and rude when I have to be.
“Out of the ashes, rises a phoenix”