Friday, April 5, 2013

Perspirer turns Inspirer !

I think every person is blessed to do something great, it’s upon us find what our goal would be. I love to find inspiration in everyday life. That’s the time when I look around myself, for people who are central in my life to seek inspiration. That’s what keeps me going! It can be rather difficult to search for optimism especially when the chips are down.

I have been feeling extremely lazy for the last few weeks. Blame it on the weather turning it’s course or just me. I have been shying from the gym, blogging or anything social for that matter. All I want is to sleep! With this on my mind, today I am going to write about a dear friend who is my current inspiration.

We go back really long. Childhood buddies, studied together from 2nd grade in the same class. Though I moved to different, school, cities and countries but none of that changed our friendship. Anika or meri wala Mickey as I love to call her has really inspired me this week. She currently lives in Hyderabad, miles away from Dubai and we have not even spoken for good 5-6 months. Even then she has inspired my lethargic soul this week.

Instructor @ Zumba Fitness with Anika 

My bestie used work in the journalism field but now she has chosen to move away that and follow her passion Zumba.  With some rigorous training and driven by her enthusiasm, she is now a certified Zumba fitness instructor. She takes Zumba classes along with some freelance editing work. 

What makes the story really special is that Anika and I have struggled with our weight since childhood days. While the problem for her was a little heavier than mine. I have always seen her wanting to look slimmer in life, forgetting the fact she was prettier than all of us. As life got busy she found no time to take care of herself and she became a bit chubbier for her liking.

Everyone including her parents, siblings, and friends would ask her to lose weight, but none of them understood one thing that it was not as easy as saying. To be frank no one can understand how difficult it is getting started until they are themselves in that situation. Once you get the start, it’s more challenging to keep the momentum going on.

And then came time when all girls want to be in love and get married, the weight and long working hours would become a big issue. That’s when even with a super-hectic schedule she decided to push herself for walks and gym. Her dedication to challenge herself and her working schedule, made her achieve in goal. She got married to a wonderful man, who accepts her just as she is and encourages her to choose the healthier life.

Basking in her found love with her hubby Nikhil, she is dancing her way into a fitter and happier life and inspiring lazy souls like me sitting miles away in a coffee shop. 

Do show some love and visit Anika's facebook page:

For those reading in Hyderabad please do try a free demo class! 


  1. Childhood buddies...isn't that a very special friendship? My best friends today are the ones who live far away from me, we don't speak to each other regularly and yet when we meet it's like we've never been apart, we just come again together, just like that! Cheers to yr friend for motivating herself to achieve the goal, according to me , there is nothing like self-motivation, we may take a step or two when pushed by others, but the final result is only achieved thru our own dedication and motivation. Will take a look at yr friend's site too.

    1. Mehroo - so true even when I meet her and my other besties .. it just feels like yesterday that we met ..

      I am sure she will be very happy to read your comment .. thank you so much for the wonderful words ... always perk me up !!

  2. That's a sweet dedication :) I love Zumba! though I am not able to attend as regularly as I would like to! :) I had been to weekly classes while in the US, and loved the different styles that different instructors used to teach (they had this rotating schedule of instructions at our community center). Kudos to your friend who took the step towards following her dream and passion. God knows, everyone doesn't have the courage to do that! :) And sigh, weight problems! :(


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