Shabnam is a yoga instructor, now a fitness model and an inspiration to many. (The article has been written and edited by me and approved by Shabnam).
Being a single mother, life keeps throwing its own challenges at me. I started practicing yoga to stay calm, deal with life and to ensure that I bring up my daughter well. Soon yoga became a way of life, it made me more patient, kinder, healthier and happier as I shed those layers of self-doubt and gained strength both physically and mentally. As I became better at it, I decided to share this gift and started teaching yoga.
At the same time, I loved working out at the gym and running. I did my Airtel Half Marathon in 2013 in 1:54 mins. However, it wasn’t enough, I was itching for more. Being a single mother had made me very strong headed and I knew I could take on anything. I happened to see a poster for Body Power Expo 2014 which is also one of the biggest fitness conventions in India and I knew I could be a fitness model. I dedicated 8 months to transform my body (I was fit but not competition fit) completely. It meant 3 and half hours of daily workout, not wavering even once from the fixed diet and sleeping on time for fixed number of hours. Nothing could deter me from my goal. My hard work paid off even though I couldn’t make it to the top 3 at the competition.
Success also comes with its own downside. I have heard people comment that I’m too muscular for a woman, however, that doesn’t bother me. I have been able to inspire lot of people to take up fitness as a way of life. I have been able to prove what one can achieve with perseverance and discipline. I simply love my body and I love being referred to as “Lady with the abs”.