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My name is Vishal and I’m 27 years old. Here is my interesting story of how I moved from being obese with 108 kgs, dropping down to 80 kgs and also completing my half marathon in 2016. Several life events had pushed me back to the shell once again since then and now in 2019 something magical happened.

Vishal Jain
2016 before I started training, 108 kg

From being obese to fit!

My running journey started in the year 2016 where I met Coach Kay and started to train under his guidance. My primary objective was to get fitter and deal with my college-days-obesity. During a one year period, I had completed 5 half marathons and had lost weight from 106 to 80. I couldn’t be happier than this. With a new rigour and confidence, I participated in multiple events like the Mongrels Duathlon, Cool Runners and Devils Circuit. But all of a sudden, I became careless and complacent after achieving my weight target.

2017, Jan, at the Chennai Marathon – half marathon finish

Wise man’s words, misunderstood?

“The highest wisdom is to find pleasure in small things”

John Ruskin

I once again started to indulge in my favourite fried foods mindlessly and also resorted to a sedentary lifestyle. Was this my definition of finding real pleasure in small things? The new responsibilities and demands in my business committments kept me away from healthy lifestyle choices. I knew that I was gaining weight all over again and was afraid even to go near the weighing scale. I also started to find many lame and stupid reasons to avoid running.

Coach Kay was persistent and still chasing me. He made few attempts to keep me motivated bring me back to running. But I started failing miserably. Whenever I started exercising I felt like getting cramps, injury or even felt that I had some health issue. I started getting into the black hole of depression and losing hope.

End of 2018, the paunch is back

Fractured hope

I called kay at the beginning of 2019 for a regular review we agreed that I would signup for the OOTYULTRA 30k to have a schedule targeting an event completion as a goal. I instantly registered. I was believing in the newly found hope and was motivated to get back to my training regime. Alas! this was a short-lived dream when I had a terrific fall that left with a clavicle shoulder bone fractured.

The doctor treating adviced me not to run for a period of 6 months and also advised me a 3 months bed rest. I was panicking. I thought I was gaining control over my diet and wellbeing but in reality, by broken shoulders and my recovery schedule kept me away from any form of exercise.

I was counting every day and even every single second looking into a mirror. Where was the fit Vishal in 2016 and how could I let him become a bulky man once again in 2019?

Finding a new purpose with the #triangularunchallenge

I spoke to myself, built some courage and decided that I will not wait for 6 months for this injury to heal. I wanted to give this a shot once again and start all over again. I called Kay in late April and he suggested me to signup for the Triangular Challenge in May. I started to do focus starting from May 1 to May 15, was feeling very happy that I completed all the 15 days of running around 225 km and my weight started to decrease. I was regaining control of my body.

I moved on and registered for the 100 days Challenge where I decided to do a minimum of 5k per day, days were going but I didn’t give up rain or shine just kept going.

Hurray!! My personal best half marathon

Kay suggested to do DRHM 2019 10 k but I insisted to do half marathon he said ok my target a sub 2:15. I completed with a personal best time at 2:09.

I’m going to complete my 100 days challenge shortly. My waistline has reduced and the fat deposits have started to melt. My skin is loose and my trouser size has already reduced from 40 to 36. My T-shirt size has from XXL to L and I’m getting back to shape even better than the year 2016. I’m getting to know my every muscle in my body where I used to get cramps regularly but still feeling happy every day because of realizing the benefits of staying healthier. A simple mantra to stay fit learnt from Kay is to train regularly and live young and happy.

Thank you, Coach Kay, for believing in me. I’m going to promise to myself to stay on top of my health and fitness goals and will not fall back to the state which I don’t want to be in.

Back in shape, July 2019


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