Dubai, Meet Your Most Active Member – Giselle!
From the 15th of October, she will be leading you through a 6 Week Fitness Challenge By GuavaPass. Read more about Giselle and the Challenge below!
For me, what started off as a quest to shed a few post-pregnancy pounds have evolved into so much more. After having my son, I found myself in a place where pretty much most new mothers find themselves – Overwhelmed, Overworked and Overweight. So, I went the normal route and signed up for a gym membership and picked up every fad diet along the way, all the while focusing on how I was going to fit back into “That Dress”. As you can imagine, my mission was a massive fail! And why wouldn’t it have been, I had pegged my whole self-worth to some numbers on a scale and tape.
One night while I was knee deep in a heady mix of cookies, chips and KFC, after yet another failed attempt at the beach body diet (or was it the cabbage soup diet?) feeling sorry for myself, I came across one of those Pinterest-y quotes that said;
“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you, Worry that they are always watching you.”
And that’s when the light bulb went off in my head, it wasn’t a wonder that I couldn’t stick to a workout schedule or a healthy diet, my motivations were all wrong!
And all while that I was chasing a size “your soooo skinny” armed with cucumber sticks, I was developing a pattern where, what I was showcasing to my son was a mum who was constantly on the lookout for shortcuts and quick fixes, who would not follow through on commitments (6:00am workout here I come …. NOT!)
They say that the quickest point from A to B is a straight line. The only problem with straight lines – They are so darn boring! Yes, we all agree that consistency is key, but the same workouts at the same time, at the same gym, that was just not for me.
Queue GUAVAPASS…… it gave me access to so many different activities that it felt less like exercise and more like and adventure. Most importantly, it got me moving
There were always a lot of things I wanted to try, like CrossFit or Pole Dancing, but didn’t because I felt that I needed to get in shape first. In hindsight, this seems so silly, like saying “I need to be flexible in order to do yoga” instead of vice-versa. GuavaPass gave me endless opportunities at the click of a button to step outside of my comfort zone. When I first started GuavaPass, I challenged myself to try 30 different classes at 30 different studios every day for 30 days and 900 classes later, I have not looked back.
Jump first and learn to fly on your way down
It’s the leap itself that’s the hardest part.
We all want our children to be brave, but, how can I ask my little boy to be brave without first showing him what it looked like. I wanted my son to know that bravery isn’t only about heroic acts in unusual situations, I could be as simple as the risk of trying something new.
Less than a year into my journey with GuavaPass, I felt confident enough (A little too confident if you ask me) to declare that I wanted to climb a mountain. At the time, I had never even climbed a hill, was still recovering from some pregnancy-related complications and was battling a knee injury. In the days leading up to my climb, I stuck with my GuavaPass routine not adopting any other training outside of this. And come D-day, I packed my bags, left my year old baby and husband back home and headed out to Tanzania, solo, and in the process became one of the youngest Indian mothers to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I am the “Anti-Social Butterfly”. A sense of community was the last thing I hoped to achieve while charting my course to wellness. So you can imagine my surprise at having total strangers cheer you on as you finish a workout. But the allure and power of community within GuavaPass and its fitness partners is incredible. It is a special environment filled with incredible people who think its ok to do what you want and will try and help you achieve your goals.
I even bring my son to classes in hopes that seeing people who value personal fitness modeling healthy habits will have a positive impact on him.
What do I hope to achieve from this challenge? My goals now are far removed from the ones when I first started this journey. They are now more specific. They have less to do with trying to squeeze myself into a dress and more to do with becoming stronger, faster and healthier version of myself.
Over the course of the next six weeks, I want to push myself as much as possible and truly test my mental and physical capabilities. Who knows, maybe a double bodyweight squat is just around the corner!
But most importantly at the end of the six weeks, I want to rest in knowing that through my fitness journey, as a parent, I have modeled the value of hard work and fortitude together with positive and healthy behaviors for my son. I want him to know that there is joy in accomplishment, but MUCH MORE value and character building in the journey to get there.
My 6-week challenge is dedicated to my son because
“ITS ABOUT WHO IS WATCHING”