My Story: "At 45, I'm A Trainer, DJ, Mountaineer, Photographer And Most Importantly, The Happiest Version Of Myself"

Kiran Dembla's health conditions made her join gym. After being stuck in her daily routine for 10 years, she found something that would make her happy.

India   |   29 Aug 2020 11:26 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-31T08:52:48+05:30
Writer : Humans Of Bombay | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
My Story: At 45, Im A Trainer, DJ, Mountaineer, Photographer And Most Importantly, The Happiest Version Of Myself

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Kiran Dembla's health conditions made her join gym. After being stuck in her daily routine for 10 years, she found something that would make her happy. She opened up a gym and started working to expand it into a bigger space.

"After marriage, my life was confined to the 4 walls of my house. Every day, I'd wake up, clean and cook for the family. 10 monotonous years went by and every day, I felt like I wasn't doing anything I loved. So I decided to take music classes for kids at home. But I barely left the house.

My health deteriorated; I was so inactive that I put on 25 kgs. That's when I joined a gym– I felt happy after so long! I started going every day at 5 AM, so I could get back in time to get the kids ready for school. Over the next 7 months, I lost 24 kgs. After that, I told my husband I wanted to open my own gym. So we rented a flat and converted it into a mini-gym. I sold my jewellery and we took a loan too.

Within the first 4 months, everyone in our neighbourhood had heard about us. When we realised we needed to expand, we invested in a bigger space. And my body felt better everyday– I became obsessed with the idea of having a six-pack. I made that my new goal– I worked hard and within 8 months, I had a 6 pack and muscles! I had a new-found confidence– once, a 2-wheeler dashed my car. I was in a saree and at first I didn't say anything, but then he started abusing me.

But when I got out of my car, he saw my body and was mum. I slapped him and told him to never abuse women. Even media agencies started contacting me for photoshoots. Then the Indian Body Building Federation gave me entry into the bodybuilding world championship– I couldn't believe it! I started my training. But 15 days before the championship, my father-in-law passed. So while we were at their house, I was in complete disguise. I wore a salwar to cover my body.

There was no time to work out and following a diet became difficult. Non-veg wasn't allowed inside her house. So one morning, I went all over trying to find someone who'd help me boil eggs. My nephew even snuck me out and helped me go to the gym. We stayed for a week, after which I told my mom-in-law that I had to go back home to look after the kids.

I didn't want to tell her about the competition because I knew she'd be uncomfortable. I managed to reach Budapest, where the competition was, and won 6th place! After I even started mountaineering– my husband thought it was risky, but I just told him, 'Risk toh lena hi padhta hai life mein!'

Soon, I followed my passion for music and took up DJing and then took a photography course. It was simple– I just did everything I loved. So what if I started a little later than usual? At 45, I'm a trainer, a DJ, a mountaineer and a photographer, but most importantly, the happiest version of myself, and that's really the best advice I can give you– just do whatever the hell makes you happy!"

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"After marriage, my life was confined to the 4 walls of my home. I'd wake up & cook for the family. 10 years went by & every day, I felt like I wasn't doing anything I loved. So I decided to take music classes for kids at home. But I barely left the house. My health worsened; I was inactive & put on 25 kgs. So I joined a gym & started going daily at 5 AM–I'd be home in time to get the kids ready for school. In 7 months, I lost 24 kgs. After that, I told my husband I wanted to open my own gym. So we rented a flat & made it into a mini-gym. I sold my jewellery & we took a loan. In 4 months, our entire colony knew about us. As my body felt better everyday, I became obsessed with getting a 6-pack. I made that my goal–I worked hard & in 8 months, I had a 6-pack! I felt more confident–once, a scooter dashed my car. I was in a saree & at first I didn't say anything. But when he abused me, I got out of my car. He saw my body & was mum. I slapped him & told him to never abuse women. Even agencies began contacting me for shoots. Then the Indian Body Building Federation gave me entry into the bodybuilding world championship–I couldn't believe it & started training. But 15 days before the championship, my dad-in-law died. So while we were at their house, I wore a salwar to cover my body. There was no time to work out & non-veg wasn't allowed in her house. So I went around trying to find someone to boil eggs for me. My nephew even snuck me out & helped me go to the gym. We stayed for a week & then I told my mom-in-law that I had to go home to look after the kids– I didn't want to make her uncomfortable by telling her the truth. I reached Budapest for the competition & won 6th place! After I even started mountaineering–my husband thought it was risky, but I told him, 'Risk lena hi padhta hai life mein!' Soon, I followed my passion for music & took up DJing & then did a photography course. It was simple–I did everything I loved. So what if I started a little later? At 45, I'm a trainer, a DJ, a mountaineer & a photographer, but most importantly, the happiest version of myself, & that's really the best advice I can give–just do whatever the hell makes you happy!"

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