Being a hardcore foodie, fitness was never on my mind in the first place, as all I wanted to do was just please my taste buds.
Back in 2014, post my MBA, I joined a gym as a fluke to avoid boredom after work. I followed my girlfriend (now my wife) who thought it would be a good idea to a join a gym.
We signed up with a personal trainer as well. Honestly, I had no intentions to achieve a stunning physique. I was there just to accompany my wife.
It was not the first time that I was paying for a gym membership, as I had done this earlier as well and, of course, never went. Surprisingly, this time I managed to go to the gym for 1.5 years (all thanks to my wife) but with little and unsatisfactory progress.
During this period, when I use to look around in the gym at people with a good physique, I gradually developed an aspiration for having a fit body myself.
Gradually, I realized that my gym trainer was not adding any value to my progress and by that time, I was desperate for some good results.
A lot of gym trainers are solely focussed on increasing their client base with absolutely no intention of doing any good for them. One fine day, I decided to go my own way and was the day, I believe, my actual fitness journey started. I made my own strict and disciplined regime and tried to stick to it.
Slowly and gradually, the results started showing and it became a domino effect for me. In the pursuit of achieving more and take fitness seriously, I developed an interest in this field. I became focused and disciplined and started learning about fitness (nutrition/exercise) on my own.
One of the biggest challenges for me was to have a discipline in life for both my workout and my diet.
Being a foodie, it was very difficult to restrict myself to clean diets especially with long and stressful working hours at my job.
I used to start with any diet but give up mid-way to sweet cravings (I have a very sweet tooth!) in a few days. Also, with lots of misleading information prevalent in this industry, everyone around (including internet) has their own so-called mantras of weight loss and muscle gain, which made it even more complicated for me to decide what to do/follow and what not.
During the course of my fitness journey, I followed a lot of diets and workout regimes. I used to take a lot of guidance from different trainers and so-called fitness experts at the gym.
I was told to take certain protein powders https://www.mensxp.com/health/supplements/44439-3-pro-tips-to-select-the-best-whey-protein-powder-and-not-get-cheated.html , supplements and fat burners; or else I would not be able to shed any weight. A lot of crash diets were recommended to me by the trainers and I was so obsessed to shed those extra kilos, that I followed everything but could not get the desired results.
Since the time I became serious about my health, I started following many programs from the internet and curated my own diets as well. I used to follow those diets for a few weeks and then give up mid-way. Also, the programs which I used to follow were not really sustainable.
I also took help of fat burners and other supplements (No steroid) in anticipation of fast-tracking the progress but of no use.
Then I got to know about Pratik Thakkar of GetSetGo Fitness, whose client was at my gym, and I was impressed by his progress. When I got in contact with Pratik, I gradually understood how simple and self-sustaining a fitness journey can be, despite conflicting prevalent notions.
The past one year has been a revelation for me. I learnt a lot about nutrition, lifestyle changes, keeping flexibility in my diets yet enjoy what I like. I still need to learn a lot and have a long way to go.