“You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But, it isn’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” _ Sylvester Stallone (Rocky).
This monologue from the movie ‘Rocky’, has jolted the conscience of so many people, and inspired them to rise in life. It stated a simple message that life is going to throw at you so many unexpected events, even unpleasant things that you are not prepared for, your job is to keep moving and take it all on your chin. It is all about the journey you take. It is that one common thing, we often hear people say. Especially from the people who have accomplished certain things in life.
Today, we are going to talk about a lady who has actually lived this philosophy to its very core. People, we present to you Dr. Ghazala Ashraf, whose journey from being 105 kilos to 65 kilos has been no less than an epic. It has been an amalgamation of consistency, willpower, and determination.
The 44 years old professor from Amity University Chhattisgarh, says that she sometimes does not even recognize herself. People around her are in awe and they often wonder whether she is lying about her age because she is so fit.
How it all started:
There was a stage when she felt that her knees could not hold the weight of her body. She felt exhausted most of the time. Her gynecologist asked her not to risk her second pregnancy. On top of it, high BP was induced due to the previous pregnancy. C section and Hernia surgery, she had to deal with all of it. One fine day, she decided to take charge of her own health. Yes, it started with one resolute decision. A decision to be fit, no matter what.
She started with running and cutting down on junk food, but the loss in her weight was a bit slow. She found a ray of hope when one of her students introduced her to the SQUATS group on Facebook. There, she found the ‘get shredded’ document and a lot of help from the mentors regarding the diet plans and the workout. Kudos to one of the mentors, Mukund Dawra, who always replied to her queries and motivated her all the time. He actually made her see that few hours in a week can be devoted to herself no matter how busy her work schedule is. It was a responsibility that she had to avail at any cost.
Consistency and sustainability:
She got into the habit of measuring food and tracking calories. Making the right food choices at parties became one of her habits which helped her a lot.
She says, “My husband and my son contributed a lot by telling people not to force me to overeat on social gatherings. They used to tell people that I was on diet, hence, she will be particular about the food choices.”
She lost around 18-20 kg in a span of 3 months by being consistent with the diet and her workout regime. Also, she was selected for FTP, a free training program run by INFS, where she was assigned to Nachiketh Shetty, one of the mentors on SQUATS platform. He helped her with the sustainability of the diet and worked with her on her strength. Within a few weeks, she got stronger and shed a total of 5kg.
From ‘ek samosa se kuchh nahi hota’ to ‘No, that’s not for me’!. From 6 cups of tea in a day to black coffee with no sugar, she has made the big transition to the other side of the fitness spectrum.She often says that shedding weight is easy as compared to maintaining it. There will be days where you will not be 100% precise with your diet. There will be days where you do not see changes in your body. There will be days where you won’t feel like hitting the gym. But, you have to overcome these hurdles. You have to bounce back every time. There is no such thing as failure. Everything is an experience. You learn from your experience.
Ghazala’s story is for all the people out there who are looking forward to making a positive change in their lives. Her story states the simple fact, that you have to start someday. Starting is often a difficult part but continuing it also takes a good amount of patience and persistence. You have to take it one day at a time.
Start with your plan for the day, keep at it till the time you finish it. Finishing is equally important because that’s how you register the memory of having accomplished something. Repeat the process every day. That’s how you cultivate will. That’s how you win.
Ghazala has not stopped there. She is currently doing an INFS course to be more aware of nutrition and exercises. She aspires to become a mentor and help more people like her.
We, at FITMAG, wish her all the best for her journey.