This is the story of Kapil Bajaj, a resident of Indore, who was once refused training by a gym trainer. Now you must be thinking that why did this happen? Actually, the reason for this was his dwarfism. Kapil was very short and fat in stature. However, he did not give up. Kapil decides he can’t go to the gym, so what? Staying at home, you have to fit yourself and become a fitness inspiration for others like yourself.
What was it then, he started working hard and made himself fit with fat at home. Kapil lost 29 kgs in a year.
The dwarfism of Kapil Bajaj, a resident of Indore, was with him since his birth. It is such a health problem, in which the height of the person remains small. Dwarfism also brings with it all kinds of physical problems that Kapil was battling. His personal life had come to a standstill and the weight kept on increasing. It was unbearable for him to even sit in the chair for 5 minutes.
Size from XXXL to Small
Kapil The Better India Tells Ko, “I weighed 68 kg. It is fine for a person of normal stature, but for a tall person this weight is too much. It had a huge impact on my physical and mental health.”
26-year-old Kapil had this position in the year 2015 and today he has overcome all odds. In order to lose 29 kg in a year, he had to face a lot of difficulties. But now the size of his shirt has come down from triple X to small.
Kapil shared the inspiring and heartwarming story of his transformation with The Better India.
Increased problems during graduation
Kapil explains, “Apart from dwarfism, he also had arthrogryposis disease since birth. In this disease, the joints of the newborn are hard, crooked and contracted. Due to which the joints of jaws, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, feet, toes, hips and spine are not fully twisted.
He explains, “I don’t have a kneecap in my knee and my hip joint is dislocated. Apart from this, I was also suffering from ‘scoliosis’, a curvature of the spine on one side. I also had lodrosis, in which the spinal cord slips forward. This is due to the pressure on the nerves. Due to this, I felt electric shocks, tingling, prickling and sensitivity down to my feet.”
Kapil had foot surgery in his childhood. He could not walk properly. He said, “I used to find it very difficult to climb the stairs to school or carry a bag. I needed someone’s help all the time.”
When Kapil went into depression
In the year 2010, during class 10th, he fractured his leg. He said, “It takes a month for a normal person to recover from it. But it took me 2 years to recover due to my health and ailments.” He took the help of physiotherapy to recover.
Kapil told that after two years of long and painful treatment, he was able to get out of bed and walk. But due to his sedentary lifestyle, his weight had increased to 68 kg.
While pursuing graduation (commerce), he realized that his health was getting worse. He said, “I could not sit for class. Many a times, due to pain, I had to leave the lecture in the middle. Physiotherapy was also not working anymore. When I was about to complete my graduation in 2015, there was such pain in my legs and joints that I could not sit straight for even five minutes. Kapil went into depression and thoughts of suicide started coming in his mind.
new way of life
Kapil further explains, “At one point I realized that the reason for all this is my height and obesity. I could not do anything for my height, but I made up my mind to lose weight. When I contacted a gym nearby, they refused to train me due to my physical problems. They didn’t want to take any kind of risk.”
Then Kapil decided to try himself. He says, “For this I took the help of social media. From YouTube and Instagram, I gathered information about workouts and diets and read inspirational thoughts. I could not do high intensity workouts or lift heavy weights. So for the sake of weight, I carried water bottles and walked as much as I could during the day.”
He started losing weight in March 2015 and also lost four kilos in a month. He says “But the reduced weight was not visible, I was disappointed. But I kept trying. Gradually the weight decreased from eight to 14 kg and the clothes started getting loose. By March 2016 I had lost 29 kgs.” He says, since then he has never allowed his weight to go above 40 kg.
Mental health is important as well as physical
Along with workouts, Kapil also paid a lot of attention to his eating habits. He consumes 600 to 800 calories a day. “I couldn’t do heavy workouts, so I changed my diet,” he says.
Though he was working on his physical transformation, he also had to strengthen himself mentally. He says, “Looking at myself in the mirror was my biggest inspiration. This was the only way for me to know my decreasing weight. Plus, as the size of my clothes went down, I had more options. Now I could wear different types of clothes. I was moving towards positive changes.”
Apart from physical troubles, there were many other problems that Kapil was battling with. He was giving bank exams for three consecutive years, but success did not come to him. He explains, “I was interested in graphic design. I tried to gain a foothold in this field as well. But when I applied for a job in a company, they offered me a nominal amount of Rs 2500 per month. My parents were understanding my pain, but they also couldn’t help me much.”
Wife Payal also inspired and reduced weight
Kapil decided to take the bank exam again in 2018 and prepared afresh. This time he got success. In 2017 he was appointed as Junior Assistant in Union Bank of India. It was a government job, his parents also always wanted a government job for him.
Kapil tells that these changes in the body have helped him in many ways. He says, “I was harassed in school. Even I was harassed on the street. My obesity and physical appearance were preventing me from stepping out of the house. I did not have the courage to do anything and carry on with my life. But now everything has changed. My body has become more agile and flexible. Now I am able to do physical work for hours. Even after working long hours in the office, I no longer feel tired.
His wife Payal Thawani’s height is also small. She is also a victim of dwarfism. He said that Kapil’s journey inspired both him and his brother to lose weight. She says, “Health problems are common among dwarf people. Kapil’s weight loss journey inspired me a lot. Following his suggestions, I have lost 10 kg and my brother Deepak has lost 14 kg.”
try hard to make me fall done
Kapil and Payal have an Instagram page. He has 60,000 followers, for whom he makes videos. She says, “Earlier I was ashamed to come out on social media. But after losing weight, now the confidence has increased a lot. Many people suffering from dwarfism are our followers. Now we are helping them overcome their fears.”
Kapil has shared the details of his journey on Quora. Apart from this, he has also talked about his life on social media. He says, “I don’t intend to brag or talk big about my journey. My aim is to inspire as many people as possible. If a person is facing so many health related problems, if this achievement can be achieved, then it is not impossible for anyone. All you need is dedication. Many attempts were made to bring me down, but I stood up with confidence.
Original article: Himanshu Nitnaware
Editing: Archana Dubey
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