By Pallavi Sharma
It was one of those lazy tuesday evenings in the summer of 2006 when I had come back home after a long day at work and had the desire to do nothing but flop down on my comfortable couch and wallow in the lethargy that had taken over my body in the last two years due to lack of physical activity. At the time, I had successfully completed the sophomore year of college and was proud at having achieved straight A’s but not so happy at having putting on 27 lbs of additional and unnecessary fat on my body. I would find myself having lack of energy all through the day and have no motivation to do anything fun with my friends. I used to feel separated from the people who cared for me, had turned into a short-tempered and an irritable individual and most of all my passion for being the best student also seemed to be wearing off due to lack of interest and motivation for anything positive.
It was that evening when I was reflecting on what I had become when I heard a knock on my door. It was my closest friend and he had stopped by for a little chit chat. And that was the moment which changed my life forever, when he saw me laying in my soup of slug and languidity. He made me realize that day that how negatively my attitude, my body language and different aspects of my life had changed due to paying no attention to my body and health. It had replaced all the positive and good feelings in me with negativity. I had significantly deteriorated as a person and if I wanted to achieve my goals in life, I will have to make some time for physical activity everyday. I was shaken from within and it did not take me a second to get charged and hit our school gym. And little did I know that a small half hour visit to the gym will soon become the driving force in my life.
I worked very hard every single day. Whether it would be super hot, super cold, 20 below negative or 15 inches of snow outside, I never stopped working out. I realised I was addicted to it and would not feel complete without an hour of sweating it out. In matter of three mths, I lost 22 lbs! I had tears in my eyes as I stepped off from the weighing machine and felt victorious! My journey of weight loss, not only changed me from without, but it also metamorphosed me from within to become a driven and goal oriented person who had the capability of achieving anything in life. Who had the strength to go way down and see rock bottom and then have the courage to come out of it. It was a massive learning experience for me and I would like to convey a message to my readers that anything is possible if you set your heart in it!