Thursday, October 4, 2018

Episode 2: My Journey To Stay Fit with Janaki Nagaraj

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Today I present to you one of the most inspiring people I have met in my journey to stay fit. THIS is the lady that made me want to become fit. I met Janaki Nagaraj as a writer. She is a beautiful lady with two kids - one around nineteen and a beautiful twenty-two-year-old.  Every time I speak to her, her passion for fitness is awe inspiring. Many of us in our TBC Fitness group started taking care of ourselves, just because she bullied us into it. Nah, just kidding. Inspired us. When you see her pictures, you will know why. 

Let's check out how Janaki Nagaraj stared on her journey. Hear her out. 

The credit of introducing me to fitness goes to my friend, Vrunda. Vrunda stayed in the same apartment building as mine, a floor above ours. She had some issues in her life and wanted some time for herself and she suggested we do something to get out of the house. We first started walking in the terrace of our apartment building. But with my kids being young and going to school, with a husband having to leave for work at early hours, it wasn’t possible for us to dedicate time for this. Then she suggested we take up a gym membership. Frankly speaking, I thought gymnasiums was for men who built their bodies. While growing up, except for movie heroines we didn’t have many role models or they weren’t given as much media coverage as men. I grew up reading Stardust, Star & Style, Femina. Except for the actress Rekha who did yoga, none of the other actresses mentioned working out or exercising as their secret for a fit body. It was much later that Jane Fonda was in news for coming out with her Aerobic home exercise videos. But, you had to have a leotard for that! Who could afford a leotard? And then, Women’s Era magazine came out with articles where exercise was given importance for women. I used to try some on and off but lacked motivation.

And once I started to work out, I was hooked. Yet, I couldn’t see the results. I was doing the exercises blindly without knowing what I was doing, why I was doing that particular exercise or how it is helping me. As many other women who think lifting weights will make you muscular and like a man, I believed that too.

And to make the matters worse, I also had a misconception that being a vegetarian, I did not have to give importance to my diet. As long as I was sweating it out, I thought I was fine.

A couple of years of sweating out in the gym where I was making little or no progress, nor the trainers there were encouraging you to push your limits, nor were they capable of explaining to us the benefits of the exercises we were doing, I on the whim decided it was time for me to sign up for the marathon.

Then I changed my gym and a whole new world opened up for me....a world of possibilities of how much I can push myself, the strength we all have, only that it needs channelizing in the correct direction is what I learned. It made me realize that well-qualified trainers do make a lot of difference in our overall growth and achievement. 

Last year, I signed up for a fitness competition, again on a whim and took the plunge. I like being in competition as you get to know where you stand, and there are people who are better than you and their journey will inspire you. I met so many wonderful women during that competition whose stories are so inspiring, the do-not-give-up attitude made me seek some uncharted path.

I have had my share of injuries and setbacks. But giving up is not an option.

Today, after a decade, I am at a very happy place. Still learning, still pushing my limits. I am trying my hand at powerlifting. We can come up with reasons for doing something or for not doing something...but ultimately it is you! You are answerable to the image you see in the mirror every morning. Is that the image you want to see of yourself? 


And meet Janaki Nagaraj now :)

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At October 4, 2018 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Aparna said...

2 of my favorite people on same page... Thank you Rubina for this post... And Janaki you know i always love you...

At October 4, 2018 at 11:48 PM , Blogger Moonbeam said...

Outstanding journey. Not to mention the mental regime that goes hand in hand with this!

At October 5, 2018 at 1:01 AM , Blogger Dola said...

Really inspiring! Great going, Janaki.

At October 5, 2018 at 6:07 PM , Blogger JANU said...

Love you too Aparna.

At October 5, 2018 at 6:08 PM , Blogger JANU said...

Thanks Sumana. It takes a lot of discipline and determination..:)

At October 5, 2018 at 6:08 PM , Blogger JANU said...

Thanks Dola :)

At October 5, 2018 at 8:47 PM , Blogger iluvfiction said...

Wonderful! Janaki, you look so young and energetic!! Thank you Rubina for this post.

At October 5, 2018 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You have come a long way Jaan, conquering many a peaks. Am sure you will continue to conquer more. You are one gritty lady 😊

At October 6, 2018 at 11:36 PM , Blogger Unknown said...



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