I was somewhere between 85-90kg. I couldn’t keep a job. I was experiencing chronic depression and anxiety daily, and most of all I felt helpless, hopeless and disempowered. To top it all off, one gloomy evening while walking home, just meters away from my doorstep, I got mugged by a couple of young men. This incident left me in tears and anger. I was frustrated and angry that I couldn’t protect myself, that I felt weak and powerless. This was the last straw for me. I had been battered, bruised, depressed, anxious and had absolutely no direction in life or career and this one incident sent me over the edge.

I wanted strength and power, both mentally and physically. I wanted out of the victim state of being. So, I prayed for an answer. I looked in different places for a solution. One day, exactly six years ago, changed the course of my life.  I was browsing through YouTube and instantly got captivated by a video of a couple training at the super famous Metroflex gym in the US. I was in awe by their strength, confidence, grace and posture. I became obsessed, I wanted what they had.

 

Then, I made that uncomfortable decision and got myself a gym membership in a local gym close to home. Being an introvert, I couldn’t sleep the night before due to absolutely discomfort and anxiety. Either way, I forced myself to show up. The journey was 6 years long but here I am today. Looking back at my old self, I can’t even relate to that girl. While I did lose weight and became an athlete who competes internationally, I also became the woman I wanted to become. Still in that evolution, becoming better, stronger, refined and armed with confidence and conviction.

Gaia Kogithuwakku age 18 vs 32

Training my body saved my life. It taught me self-love. It taught me to prioritize myself. My relationship with myself improved and so did the relationships I had with the people around me. The discipline I learnt seeped into all areas of my life. It gave me mental and emotional stability. I acquired the tools to face depression and anxiety. It helped me express my internalized trauma. It empowered me and gave me an understanding of my self-worth. Today, I am a powerhouse that can take a fall and still push through with grace.

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From my experience, I can confidently say that training and nourishing your body with the right food will help you enhance your performance at your workplace, while improving your interpersonal relationships. But of course, the list does go on. Identify myself as an alchemist because an alchemist can turn lead into gold – in other words, negatives into positives. This is exactly what training equipped me with. If the Gaia from 6 years ago, a scared and powerless young girl could do it, you can do it too.

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