Varun Narayanan started packing on pounds during the holidays a couple of years ago. And when the scale hit 230 pounds, that was the last straw for the 5-foot-11-inch man.

“That wasn’t my size,” Narayanan said. “That’s not what I wanted to be.”

In the last year, the 26-year-old from Omaha started working out and revamped his diet. He’s dropped down to 195 pounds and has found a workout partner in his fiancee, Harshini Mohan.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I used to work out in high school, and I kind of quit. I picked it up again this last year.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: I work out six days a week. I do two days of cardio and four days of weights. I want to lose another 10 pounds, so I’m planning on adding an extra 15- to 20-minute workout in the morning.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: My goal, in particular, is fat loss and to gain endurance. I do endurance treks and have trekked two active volcanoes. A trek is over rugged terrain; there is no path. That volcano trek took three days in the Philippines. I couldn’t have ever done that when I was 230 pounds.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: To trek the active volcano. It was 10 miles one way and different kinds of terrain, like small streams. It got to 120 degrees, so I had to start at 2 a.m.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: Food control. The gym is fine. When you go to the gym, you’re going to work out. Food is hard. I’m a vegetarian, so finding the right sources of protein is a challenge.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: It helps if you have a workout partner. I work out with my fiancee, Harshini Mohan. She’s lost 34 pounds. We come together. If I’m feeling like I don’t want to go to the gym, she says she’s going anyway. Then it’s like, “Oh, fine. I’ll come, too.”

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: I always want the weights to be stacked in a particular order.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: I travel quite a bit. I’ve been to about 32 states in the U.S. and a bunch of different countries.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: Probably my Chuck Taylors. They’re really good to lift in. The sole is rubber, and you don’t slip.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Consistency. If you can’t do it consistently, it never works.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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