Have you ever been afraid to step on a weighing scale? Is it frightening to know your weight and found out that you’ve gained another pound or two because of extra rice, unli samgyupsal, unli chicken wings, and other mouth-watering food that you see on social media that add up your interest in eating? Not to mention, food delivery apps make those dishes a lot more accessible than before.
Gaining weight is very convenient, sad to say. Just eat and drink anything mindlessly for several days, weeks, or months and voila! Needless to say, as you continue this kind of unhealthy lifestyle, the riskier it becomes for your health.
That said, being fat is not a curse, but a choice. We chose what food to eat. We chose those drinks. We chose to be who we are. We chose the consequences – from getting exhausted in long walks to not being able to wear the clothes we wish we were in.
Nowadays, most people’s way to wellness is drinking different supplements and beverages for weight loss. There’s this alluring promise that you can lose weight without a single sweat. It’s like wishing from a genie in a bottle!
A study commissioned by the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (AROFIIN) released in 2017 revealed that the Philippines has the second lowest obesity and overweight prevalence among ASEAN countries at 5.1% and 23.6%, respectively. But that’s no reason to celebrate, given that the number of obese and overweight Filipinos is estimated at 18 million. The report further states that Filipinos spend US$500 million to $1 billion, making the Philippines the fourth-highest spender for obesity-related woes.
I admit to being plus-sized. But then, I ask myself if at times if I have to stay this way forever. People around me have time and again told me to cut on my diet because I keep on growing bigger. Yes, I tried several times, but failed. Going to the gym also crossed my mind. I eventually did, but it took some time before I finally did it.
My cousin who is a nurse once said, “Hindi ka magpapayat hangga’t hindi mo tinatanggap sa sarili mo na obese ka na.” Well, reality bites. It’s been years but it struck me today, all the words he said was true and hurtful, but I take it now as a motivation to take care of myself properly.
Obesity is indeed a big problem and losing weight is a struggle. But then again, there are ways to hurdle the obstacles towards achieving fitness. Being healthy is a choice. If you are determined and committed to become fit, anything can be possible.
One time, my boyfriend encouraged me to take on some physical activities because he noticed that I easily get tired when we do long walks.
To begin my path towards wellness, I signed up membership at the Pound for Pound Fitness Gym in Parañaque. Based on reviews, I discovered a lot of testimonials that this gym helped many lose weight and become healthy, making them regain their confidence.
Upon enrolling, my boyfriend told me that he will enroll also to support my intentions in losing weight. Because of that, my will to become healthy grew.
And so, came my first day. It felt like a nightmare at first. The muscles in my body that were at ease for a long time felt a burning sensation as I did the beginners workout routine. I got dizzy and almost vomited. I wanted to give up at that moment, but our coach said, “Yung pagod, nasa isip mo lang yan, pero kaya ng katawan mo ‘yan.” It’s all in the mind, as they say.
The next thing I know, my whole body was sore the following morning. My legs were twitching in pain as I walked up and down the stairs. The pain lasted for a week and it’s a reminder of my hard work!
Yes, the road to being fit is bumpy because a lot of temptations will hinder you in achieving your goals. It’s easy to surrender, but having a positive attitude is important because it will always remind you why you started treading this path.
A positive attitude also certainly helps in my effort to cut carbohydrates, sweets, flour (white bread), fatty and processed food from my diet. But sometimes, I let myself savor something that I crave for (cheat day ahead!) because the more I deprive myself, the more I want to eat it.
There is no shortcut towards fitness. Proper diet and exercise, plus a lot of dedication discipline, and hard work is still the way to go. But you can manage things. Have a plan for your diet and exercise and take it step by step because small changes are also a good sign of progress and seeing the result is worth the wait.
It’s been a month now since I started my journey to become healthy. The changes are unrecognizable but I’m proud to say that I lost 8 pounds in a month, I’m still far from achieving my goal but small changes are still considered as progress and I am determined to continue what I started.
No matter what your age, it’s never too late to become fit. Trust yourself, it’s your goal to have a healthy body you are fighting for.