YOU LOSE, YOU WIN
Find out how Jayanthi Gunaratnam uses working out as a way to de-stress.
“as a workaholic, I never had a proper work-life balance,” says Jayanthi gunaratnam. the long hours at her desk combined with being overweight eventually led to a slipped disc. During her recovery, she realised she needed to do something drastic. “I was very depressed at the time. I feared not being able to be active, travel or do the things that I love, and that made me realise that I needed to lose weight and stay fit,” she reflects. “I decided that I should invest in a personal trainer rather than pay for medical bills.”
Jayanthi joined a gym four years ago but ended up skipping most days because she got caught up with work. but to boost her motivation this time, she signed up for a personal trainer at celebrity Fitness to ensure she attended classes. she also wanted someone to coach her in the correct techniques so as not to aggravate her injury.
“working out with my trainer, shahzual Ishak, has been good for me as he is my sounding board for my fitness goals,” she says. “I now have more balance in my day-today life and no longer work 16-hour days.”
the 45-year-old says that a few obstacles still get in her way these days. “sometimes, working out isn’t a priority and my weight plateaus, which is frustrating,” she admits. “at work, I always remind myself of my goals and I make it a point to squeeze in at least one hour of gym work every day.
“as for breaking through weight-loss plateaus, my trainer’s encouragement and motivation and our constant discussions on ways to change up exercise routines and the other tweaks that I need to make in my life helped a lot.”
Jayanthi now hits the gym six times a week. she keeps things interesting by doing a mixed routine that includes weights, abs workout, functional training, hiit classes, and even muay thai.
she’s stopped skipping meals too. “In the past, I didn’t have regular meals. now I have five small meals a day. I eat more protein and vegetables too, as opposed to carbs, which I try not to take at night if possible. I consume less sugar and sweetened drinks. I also get more shut-eye.”
Despite her strong determination to reach her fitness goals, Jayanthi doesn’t deny the importance of having a good support system because “there will be times when you want to give up because what you’re doing seems too difficult.” she continues: “It’s good that I have a personal trainer and a sister who remind me of my fitness goals and encourage me to meet them.”
two months into her gym membership at celebrity Fitness, and Jayanthi feels like a much better version of herself. “I feel great, so much fitter and lighter! my body is more toned. I have better stamina and can move around easily. I’ve also managed to strengthen my back to prevent my slipped disc injury from recurring. but the biggest confidence booster is the fact that I’ve dropped from size XXL/XL to m!” she says proudly.
For Jayanthi, getting fit isn’t just about losing weight; it’s a holistic journey. “It’s exercise for my mind, body and soul,” she affirms. “I de-stress when I work out. It’s refreshing after a long day at work.”
what’s the best lesson that she’s learned from her journey so far? “It’s mind over matter. If you set your mind to it, it can be done. being too busy is just an excuse; it’s a matter of priorities. It will be tough in the beginning and there will be days when you don’t want to continue, but don’t give up as you’ll see results soon enough,” she advises. “It’s not all about exercise as well; there needs to be a balance in meals, sleep patterns and stress levels. start with an end goal in mind. no matter how hard it is, even taking one step towards a fitness regime is better than none.”
The Change The Lifestyle The Reward
70kgWeight Before: 65kgWeight After: 5kgTotal Loss:
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