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I managed to catch my breath and apologize. “ I…….I…..I am sorry…I don’t know what that is..Is it some kind of test? “ I was scared that it had something to do with needles.
“We do a body composition test to find out the things such as mass, fat mass, percentage of body water and waist to hip ratio in one’s body. ” Arjun answered
“And you don’t need ……a….my….i mean….my blood sample fot it..Right????” I stammered.
“ What?” Arjun looked at my frightened face. “No!!” he chuckled
I sighed with relief.
He laughed “ No Blood. No Urine. No clinical stuff..Relax!! It just involves taking physical measurements..It’s like the way you measure your weight….” He clarified
“Oh..I see! No..I never taken this test before…..”
“Let’s take it then and get you started? we can utilize the brief time I have with me before my next session….” Arjun said and waited for my first response.
“Sure…” I smiled . I still wasn’t comfortable but I guessed there was no way out of it.
He began to walk. I had to follow him.
On our way we passed the men’s and ladies’ rooms. And right next to it was tiny secluded room, which appeared more like an office space.
ON the way to god knows where, he asked me when I had had my last meal and if I was yet to do my warm-up
“I ate breakfast about an hour and half back..I yet to do my warm up…”
“Great….” Arjun said pushing the wooden door of tiny room on his left
“But why would you ask”
“An already warmed up body or meal taken too recently will lead to incorrect results…” he explained opening the door and holding it for me, without looking at me..I was impressed
As soon as I stepped inside the room, the door shut behind me.
And suddenly , I felt disconnected from the rest of the gym, the crowd outside. To be in that little closed room with Arjun had instantly made me conscious. I was in the close proximity of a man I barely knew.
“Okay..” I said..My nervousness clearly visible in my tone, he must have noticed it but he didn’t bring it up…I was grateful for that.
“ That’s the body composition machine , Madam..” Arjun said pointing towards the technical looking machine. There was a panel and platform over which I was expected to stand. It had left and right footmarks labeled over it. Two metallic arm emerged from underneath this panel ( Guys this kinda machine we can see with Harbal life volunteers..many of us seen that….I guess…)
I looked around. There was a table to my left..two chairs placed on either side of it. Some papers and files were lying on it. Arjun went and sat on one the chairs. Then he got busy looking for something. My eyes fell what he had pulled out from the door. It was measurement tape. Shit!! He did talk about measurements!! And the waist to hip ratio stuff!! Ohhh God!!!
Did he mention bust??shit…shit!! He is going to measure my body!! In this small room with no one else present!!!
“ Excuse me! Isn’t there a female instructor in this gym?” I blurted. I was too nervous.
Arjun gave me puzzled look.
“Aaa….Yes!! there are two!!” he said after taking a moment
“Okay…..” I said, but I was unable to convey my thoughts clearly. I hoped I dropped a hint at least.
“You want to meet them for anything specific?” Arjun asked
“Ah…Perhaps……..I think….I can…..Take……their…..help….you ….know…for…the…measurements…” I hesitantly said looking at the measurement tape on the table.
Arjun shifted his eyes from my face to the tape that he had just pulled out of the drawer
“ you want measurements?” he asked looking back at me.
I could make out what he meant when he asked that
“You pulled out the tape…” I pointed out
“Ah!!” he laughed and said “ I was pulling out things from the drawer in order to find a pen…”
I laughed nervously. This was embarrassing.
Radhika, run out of the room!! Right away!!!
“Ohh.Yeah..” I said and made a poker face to hide my embarrassment at my stupidity.
“But outside you did mention na, didn’t you?” I tried to sound intelligent
“Yes..your height and weight..” he answered but then he stopped “ are you all right , madam?”
“Yes!YES!YES!! “ again I repeated. Quite consistent with my stupidity.
Arjun asked me to remove my shoes and socks and make me stand by me leaning on the wall.
“and you height is,….Five ft..six…no Five….inches….”
He asked and then pointing at the body composition machine.
“ Can you plz step up on this machine, Mam?”
I carefully placed my feet on the footmarks on the platform. The display panel immediately revealed my weight..i did not get the option to subtract it by 2 point something kg ( or round it off to 3). Arjun punched my recently measured height..And not enough of having series of my embarrassing moment..curser blinked at the age field…
“Your age Madam?” arjun bluntly asked without having hesitation in his voice.
For some unknown reason I decided to punch it by myself. My body language demonstrated the oh-allow-me-to –take-the-pain-and-finish-these-little-task.. perfectly..not only I tried to hide my age what I was punching in as if it was my ATM PIN at the same time I pretended as I didn’t intend to hide it at all….I tried to act smart looking at the display panel. In that panic hit me as what I forget to keep in my mind that display screen revealed all that I had punched in…
Radhika..Stop embarrassing yourself…Please not more stupidity…You fulfilled the stupidity quota for the day.
So one more thing got added to my list of stupidity things done for that day. Arjun had witnesses it, and yet again like a gentleman, he didn’t react and saved me from the embracement. He allowed me to be in my stupid space. Or at least I chose to think so.
Was there a possibility of the trainer declining to train his client because she was too dumb? Dis this ever happen in here?
“All right, Mam, we are done. Let’s go out and discuss this report….” Arjun said his eyes on the paper shit.
Once out of that tiny room, we took the chairs surrounding the juice bay. Arjun explained to me the details from my report.
Some of it made sense to me and the rest I knew I would understand with time. But arjun continued explaining me everything.
In the end he said “ lets set your goals now..hmmmmm?”
“Sure…” I replied
“So what’s your goal?”
It was sophisticated gym with English-speaking trainers who knew about the technicalities like BMI. So I chose the words that sounded intellectual.
“Fitness….” I said “ Fitness is my goal….” At the back of my mind I was happy that I had been able to speak in straightforward way.
“And what’s your definition of fitness?”
Can I leave Now….
“To…be…fit….? I finished and shrugged. I kinda avoided eye contact with Arjun.
Such a simple word but hard to explain.
Somebody please call me on my phone and drag me away from this discussion!
“wow…that help’s” A smile broke out on Arjun’s lips while he nodded his head
This time, I could not hold myself back at his reaction. And for the first time, I let go of my embracement and laughed at myself. And then I laughed at all that I was up to that day.
The best part was Arjun joined me too. And when that happened, I said “ I can add more to it:
“then do it” Arjun offered
I felt so relived so I talked more “to look fit. And to feel it….” And resumed laughing.
Arjun showed me the thumps up..with both hands!!
“That’s me…What’s your definition of fitness, Mr Trainer?”
“Well, it’s certainly not as profound as yours, Mam…I therefore fear it may not sound as interesting of yours as yours appeared to me…
When we settled down I said “Yes!! My stupidity doesn’t have competition!!”
We laughed some more at that.
“No..but seriously..what’s your definition of fitness .” I insisted
Arjun recovered his demeanor and answered my question “ its ability to carry out daily tasks and routine physical activities without undue fatigue….”
I realized how deep and correct definition he said. My would be trainer didn’t only possess a great body but also had a great mind. Quite impressive!!
“That was scientific definition..in simple words being fit should mean not getting breathless soon…” He added
I liked his approach having scientific reason..
Arjun began to explain the components in exercise.
I listened, but a part of me was also looking at him- the way his eyes crinkled, the way his expressions changed, his body language, soft but firm, and then his voice…
Shut up Radhika!! Pay attension!!!!
That afternoon, on the chairs surrounding the juice counter, Arjun and I discussed and set my goals. I explained to him what I was looking for. My wedding was about 10 months away. I wanted to lose weight and look gorgeous by then. I also told him that I was fast heading towards XXL in my cloths and I hated it. I wanted to reduce and go back to the weight of my college days.
Arjun happily gave a name to my goal.. Size M. he called it. “ in ten months” he wrote underneath it on the back of BMI report…
After discussing my short term goals to achieve my long term goal, we planned my diet.
“I will see you tomorrow then..” he said and stretched his hand.
I extended my hand for handshake. The next BMI was planned a month from now. I’m sure I will be in a better position.
As I walked out and said bye to Arjun, he looked up from my papers and smiled that SMILE…OHHH GOD!!!
Next Chapter : The first touch
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