When you are getting a big, good salary and are a senior software developer, but then decide to shift your career by a huge margin, you know some people are bound to talk about you. Shweta Mehta is one such person who is breaking the fitness glass ceiling these recent years. She had a job in the IT sector, lived a good life but she acknowledges that she was very unmotivated in her life then. She wanted to do something different, and voila, today Shweta gets thunderous applauses in the various competitions she competes in.Shweta, a small town girl from Fatehabad in Haryana, worked in an IT company in Bangalore for four to five years before she decided to take a bold turn and get into the fitness sector. It has been just three years since she started perfecting her chiselled body. It is often hard to believe the remarkable change when one looks at an older picture of Shweta, a cute-next-door-girl to the superb change that reflects such confidence on her face. A dumpy cute girl to a queen with sharp poise is what Shweta has fabulously grown into.
The rigorous training and exercise came with not just a lot of hard work but also a lot of risks. When Shweta finally felt she was good to compete but realised she had a lot financial crunches to squeeze out of. With no sponsors aiding her, and the bills for clothing, gym, food, supplements, competition preparation piling up, Shweta decided to take the big risk and spend her savings for her passion. It was in March 2015 when she stood for her first competition as a Figure Athlete. And in a span of a year this vivacious lady has managed to secure a Gold in Jerai Women’s Fitness Model Championship 2016. Today she is proud to say that she has signed four brands in two years which include Adidas, Neulife and Procel.
I have stopped caring what the world or anyone would say. It is now my dreams and future plans. My parents, especially my father was happy and said I looked beautiful, so I don’t care about any societal backlash anymore.”
With such massive successes and her aspirations getting higher, it would all sum up to be an empty vault of happiness if one wouldn’t be able to share the wins and excitement of it with the people closest to you. For Shweta taking the step towards becoming a professional body builder and figure athlete was no small task. Being from a small town creates a bigger pressure to open up to parents. With much courage, Shweta told her mother about her change in career and her willingness to further compete. With societal pressures hanging over her mother’s head, Shweta received a disheartening response; she was asked to remove her Facebook page that displayed her semi-clad clothing photos. Shweta realised her mother was afraid what her father’s response would stand to be. So, Shweta spoke to her father coming open to him completely about her choice and he asked her to send her photos. She says, “I sent my father some of my photos in a bikini and some training photos, and I will never forget his response”. He called me back and told me that I looked beautiful, and to me that was the only opinion that mattered.” Since that poignant moment Shweta says, “I have stopped caring what the world or anyone would say. It is now my dreams and future plans. My parents, especially my father was happy and said I looked beautiful, so I don’t care about any societal backlash anymore.”
I am from a small town. And if I can do it, so can other women. My choice was not easy, it needed a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And today I am very happy and feel complete.”
Though her parents would like her to have a stable job, she only has a part time job for now and spends most of her time strength training under Kaizzad Capadia, one of India’s best fitness personalities and the Founder of K11 Academy of Fitness Sciences. One of her future aspirations is to have her own fitness oriented business. Shweta says, “I don’t perform for the judges. I perform for the audience.” She hopes to aspire other Indian women to have the courage and let go of familial and societal pressures and enter fitness training and figure athleticism.”
Shweta passionately says, “I am from a small town. And if I can do it, so can other women. My choice was not easy, it needed a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And today I am very happy and feel complete.” Shweta Mehta reached for her hopes and dreams and is achieving them one brand at a time, and feels truly fulfilled and complete. How many of us have had that euphoric feeling of completeness? One thing is for sure though, to achieve her aspirations, she had to be bold, brave and make the decision for herself and not for anyone else. After all we all need to be happy in our lives, and all it takes is a leap of faith.