Parvathy, a final year graduate student of the Kollam SN College, took the most important decision of her life when her friends and cousins began to make fun of her. But it was her deteriorating health which prompted Parvathy to do something about her body weight. She took up the challenge to reduce her body weight significantly, by December last year.
“I had a thin body when I was a kid. But I became over weight as a teenager due to hormone problems. My friends used to mock me about my weight. It didn’t stop at college either. They were good at mocking without making me feel bad. My face too looked aged as I was overweight. So, sometimes they called me Paru ‘ammachi’ (grandmother). Besides, I suffered from hormone imbalances, pimple break outs, skin problems and irregular periods due to the condition called PCOD. I realized that reducing my body weight was the only remedy for all these. That is how I decided to shed weight by working so hard,” says Parvathy. However, the youngster had no idea how to plan her weight loss regime. It was her friends who warned that her health may get further affected if she decides to give up food. She didn’t have the financial capacity to work out at a gym either. As Parvathy stays at the college hostel, she didn’t have any other choice but to eat the food provided at the mess.
Parvathy noticed Habib’s weight loss challenge online when she had no clue how to plan her own weight loss challenge. She became a member of his Facebook group in August last year. “I weighed 68 kilos at that time. My aim was to reduce at least 15 kilos. Reading the instructions in the group, I was confused initially. But my friends who mocked me earlier came for my help. The diet which I couldn’t follow at the hostel were cooked at their homes and packed for me. I was overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and support. I worked out at the hostel itself. I completely avoided eating rice. I had rice just once or twice in a month, only when I felt like eating it. I bought green gram and gave to my friends who brought it cooked from their homes. Oats was my main food. In the beginning I had oats by soaking it in hot water. Later I bought a kettle. I ate oats along with a thoran (stir fry) in the morning. Boiled green grams, stir fry and fish were my lunch. I ate oats as evening snack as well. For dinner, I had carrots, onions and cucumber salad and fish. Fish was served for two meals at the hostel. That is why I was able to eat fish for lunch and dinner,” explains Parvathy.
Parvathy says that noticeable changes were happening in her body just two weeks after she began working out and following strict diet. She was worried whether her face would look tired due to the weight loss. However, she became thrilled when she realized that only unwanted fat was getting reduced. Parvathy says, “I felt extreme happiness when my periods became regular. From extra large, my dress size gradually dropped to large and then to medium. My body became fit as it got rid of the unwanted fat. I, who found it difficult to climb even a single flight of steps can, now, easily climb up to 8 floors. I was able to shed 10 kg in just 6 months and I need to reduce 5 more kilos. I am working hard for that.”
Parvathy smiles when her cousins compliment that she is the fittest among all of them. In fact, none of them could believe her incredible change. From Paru ‘ammachi’, she has now become their favorite Paru ‘kutty’ (little one). It was her father who motivated her the most when she decided to reduce weight. Though her mother was worried about her over weight, she asked Parvathy to stop working out when her body and face started to get thinner. “For me, my health is what matters the most. Along with my over weight, my health problems too had vanished. Like everyone else, I too am very happy about it,” concludes Parvathy.