Here is my story
I grew up in a family of yoga teachers and Ayurvedic counselors where health and wellness were a prime focus. My grandmother ignited in me a love for these ancient, holistic sciences and I learned so much about them from her. Ayurveda and yoga were essentially a part of our family lifestyle and so a huge part of my upbringing. I also innately had a love for all things fitness. When I was 7, I started making up workout plans for fictitious clients. I would write out the plan and perform the exercises as if I were demonstrating them to my clients. I told everyone that when I grew up, I wanted to be a body builder (what I meant was personal trainer but I didn’t know the term then). In high school, I played sports and started training in Tae Kwon Do. I developed such a passion for martial arts – the holistic way of exercising and the discipline involved really appealed to me. I continued on and received my black belt at 16. I wish I could say that I kept up my holistic fitness and wellness routines once I went to college.
Sadly, I did not.
I succumbed to college culture and my once holistic lifestyle became a thing of the past. My knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda got locked away and was unused for years. The discipline I developed as a martial artist disappeared. Since this new, unhealthy lifestyle did not have any immediate effects on me as far as my weight and fitness were concerned, however, I continued with my new ways. I was having fun and that was all that mattered. I didn’t stop to think that I was setting myself up for sabotage in the future. Fast forward to pregnancy…I gained about 65 pounds and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was checking my blood glucose 5 times a day and taking 5 shots of insulin a day. I was assured the diabetes would resolve postpartum, but it did not. After having my baby, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was now about 50 pounds overweight on my 5’2 frame and had a chronic illness – both completely uncharted territory for me. I panicked and tried almost every fad diet and exercise trend out there. I became totally body-conscious and would be thrilled when my weight went down (even though I was drinking sugar-laden weight-loss shakes) and would cry from frustration when my weight would go back up again when I resumed eating normally. This up and down pattern became my new normal and I almost became complacent with it.
One day, I hit rock bottom. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s the absolute truth. My weight was climbing. I was at my heaviest. But more than that, my health was in a downward spiral and my energy levels were so low that I was no longer able to keep up with my responsibilities, let alone do it with a smile. I cried and cried and thought long and hard about what was going on with me. I soon realized I was stuck in a self-sabotaging cycle. I would take steps to “improve” but only from one angle – body – thinking that losing weight and hitting a certain number on the scale would magically make everything else fall in place. I then started thinking about why I wanted to lose weight. Sure, I wanted to fit into my old jeans…but when I actually sat down to rationally think about it, I realized my “why” went beyond the physical. It dawned on me that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. So I began to reconnect with my holistic roots and vowed to take small steps, make small changes, in a holistic way – body, mind, and soul -simultaneously. I was now INSPIRED. It took time in the beginning, but I started to see incredible changes that were now sticking. MOTIVATION kept me going. As time went on, I became more and more disciplined and the changes happened on a greater scale, becoming a permanent part of me. Now, here I am today. My body is strong, I am healthy, my mind is disciplined, and my spirit is cheerful. I REALIZED my SELF, my STRENGTH, my POWER. In hindsight, I feel blessed for everything I went through, as it solidified my faith in holistic fitness and lit my INNER FIRE once again. I am passionate about sharing this holistic journey with you and guiding you as you
inspire, motivate, realize, yourself.
– Rima M. Patel, CPT, CGFI, FNS, MBA
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“Find your why and you will find your way.”
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