Everybody deserves to be the best version of themselves. That’s what Clarine and Charissa Karyadi believes, the two amazing sisters who are worlds apart. One is obsessed with all things healthy, the other fascinated by all things related to aesthetic medicine.
We see them as inspirational women who prioritise chasing what their heart longs for. We meet them on a quiet Sunday morning to learn more about both worlds.
Clarine: The health aficionado
When you are discouraged during a training session, how do you keep yourself motivated?
I keep myself motivated by telling myself, “If not me then who?” We all want to reach a certain goal, but when it comes down to it sometimes we like to talk ourselves out of it, just because the work seems challenging. But if you don’t put in the work, then who’s going to do it for you? I also tell myself that I’m not doing this to stay comfortable but I’m training to grow. And that requires doing things, and sometimes struggling at it. But that’s ok. That only means I’m pushing past my comfort zone.
Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
My physical fitness goal changes over time. I mean looking toned doesn’t hurt anyone (laugh) but I think the main thing I’m always chasing is the after feeling of working out. That’s usually when I feel most optimistic & strong. Cause honestly you can have the best body in the world, or be the most fit. If you don’t feel good about yourself.. you’re never gonna be happy. Self love & acceptance is super hard- especially in a world where we, especially women feel so much pressure to look or be perceived in a certain way. But it is possible to love yourself and feel super good. That’s always been my fitness goal. The other things are just bonuses.
Mention three essential exercises you suggest? Why are these in your top three?
I can’t really say essential. I think it differs with what everyone’s goals are. Plus people’s interests are different. At the end of the day, working out is hard (laugh) not gonna lie. So, I always make a point to never make it harder by doing things I don’t enjoy. To make it last/ a lifestyle you have to really like it. I do encourage people to try everything first to find what they are really into. Mine happens to be indoor cycling, cardio boxing and bootcamp.
Where are the best places to work out in Jakarta?
Ridejakarta for indoor cycling, I usually do bootcamp & HIIT (high-intensity interval training) at SoulBox and at home for when I don’t have time, I do Nike Training Club & Cardio boxing. I recently tried Empire fit club and am planning to go there regularly. Their 7 pm advanced class kills me every time but it does make you grow so much!
Where are the best places to eat healthy food?
I’m crazy about acai bowls. My go to are Berrywell, Snctry & Nalu. But for meals, I usually do a healthy food catering for the weekdays. On the weekends, I eat in moderation but I do like Japanese food- and they’re usually pretty healthy if you don’t get the fried ones.
What is your philosophy in training?
My philosophy in training is do everything in moderation. Listen to your body. Know when to push- you can’t cheat the grind, it knows exactly how much work you put in- but also know when to give yourself a break. It’s not all that serious anyways, bottom line is you’re trying to be a healthier, stronger, better version of yourself, mind body & spirit so just make sure that the process is also positive and fun for you. We’re strong. We’re intelligent. We can do anything we put our minds into.
What is your go-to recipe after a long day?
Okay I have one staple dish that I make in college to stay healthy after a long day. I just bake a salmon fillet with salt, pepper, lemon and oven it for 20 mins, mix it with mixed greens then use balsamic vinaigrette dressing. So easy and so healthy. Though now i usually just subscribe to a catering so i really don’t cook much anymore.
Charissa: The future doctor
Why did you choose this career? Why do you plan to specialise in dermatology / plastic surgery?
I kthat I wanted to become a doctor since I was in high school. At that time, all I realised was that I was interested in learning about science, especially about the human’s biology and all things related to aesthetic medicine also fascinated me. After being in med school for several years I kthat this was the right career for me, because other than my interest towards the subject, I sincerely feel content and happy if I am able to help people in any way. I understand that beauty is not skin deep, but I believe that being confident and feeling good about yourself is the first step towards happiness, and it would be amazing to help one to feel that way.
How do you handle workload stress and emergency situations?
I try to have a positive mindset and convince myself that I am able to overcome the situation. It is normal to feel stressed out, because it shows that you truly care about what you are doing. However, dwelling too much on the problem will not solve anything. Instead, I try to take a one or two-hour break, plan a solution for the problem and start working on it. I also try to assure myself that as long as I have tried my best, I shouldn’t worry too much on the outcome. And if I haven’t done something as well as I expected, I should not give up and try again, after all a setback is a part of success. This mindset really calms me in stressful situations.
What are the key challenges of being in this field?
For me, the main challenge in this field is to balance between school and personal life. There are numerous important occasions that I missed because of my prior commitment to med school. One of the most important ones was missing my sister’s graduation. The whole family went to visit her in Boston to attend the event and I was not able to take any time off school. At first I felt like I missed out on a lot of events, but after a while I realised that this is what I have signed up for and I should not complain. I’ve learned that in order to reach your dreams, there are sacrifices that has to be made. Especially while you’re still young, it is really the time to work hard for the future. It may not always be easy, but it will all be worth it in the end.
Describe your most successful moment while doing your job?
This might sound cliché, but there is nothing more satisfying than hearing a simple “Thank you” from a patient or their family. One day, I was assigned to observe a critical patient during my night shift. My job was to examine the patient every hour for 15 hours. At the end of my shift, the patient was still in a critical state & eventually he was transferred to another hospital. However, his children came to me just to say thank you, simply because they felt like I took care of their father during the night. Things like that really makes all the sleepless nights worth it; it makes you feel grateful that you got the chance to help other people when they are in need.
What is the most challenging part of being a doctor?
The most challenging part is when you have to break bad to the patient and their family. Doctors will always try their best in treating their patients, however as human beings, sometimes there are limitations. It is easy to feel guilt and burden when you have tried your best, but yet you cannot do more. In this situation, the challenge is to deliver the bad , yet trying to stay positive and encourage patients to be strong. As said by Dr. Edward Trudeau, doctors must remember “To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.”
What are your career goals?
After I graduate, my nearest goal is to do an internship in an area that is in need of health practitioners. Hopefully I can serve the community during my time during the internship. After that, I would like to continue my studies and specialise in dermatology or plastic surgery – I still have to decide between these two areas of expertise. At the end of the day, whichever expertise I decide, I hope to be one of the best in that field.
Interview and written by Cesya Vanesa Saptari.
This article has been edited for length and clarity.