When I was younger, I was teased for being fat. My mom would get on my case and call me a couch potato for watching television all day, everyday. Of course, I couldn’t just watch, I had to have snacks with me. And I loved eating a lot of junk food–chips, ice creams, soda, fast food, you name it!
Being a fat kid in school was tough. I remember one science class during freshman year when our teacher weighed each of us for a science experiment. I was so ashamed of how big I was, I told my teacher, I wanted my weight to be kept confidential from the class. Turns out that I weight a whopping 185 lbs and I was only 13!
Being fat also got me rejected a couple of times. There was this girl that I had feelings for back in high school and I wrote her letters everyday and bought her gifts. But she told me she didn’t like me because I was too fat.
In 2012, I got tired of being called a “pig,” “fat,” or “heavy” that I started to exercise. Dancing was my favorite form of exercise then because moving to music made it fun. I also started going to the gym. I would run on the treadmill or bike on a stationary bike. Changing my eating habits was part of the routine as well. I gave up soda and junk food and ate more fish and vegetables. I tried to avoid eating meat and rice as much as possible. After some time, I lost 30 lbs or over 14 kilograms.
I’m 18 now and I weigh 155 pounds. Though it took me some time before I got the weight I wanted, I focused on making sure exercise and proper diet was part of my lifestyle instead of merely doing it for a short period of time. I also started young so that I can carry this lifestyle with me as a get older. After all, YOLO, so it’s important to take care of ourselves even at such a young age because the decisions we make now, will be a great factor of what we become int the future.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS:
1. Start now – There is no perfect time to start but now. We would sometimes tell ourselves to start later or tomorrow but this attitude is not a good one because this just causes us to be a step away from our dream selves. Why do something tomorrow when you can do it now?
2. Be optimistic – If we can do it, so can you! Don’t let other people tell you what you can or can’t do. You know yourself more than anyone. If others think you can’t, then defy them by proving them wrong. You can do it!
3. Be in control – From the food you eat, to the things you do, you’re the one who’s in control. Consume the right amount of food and the right kinds of food. Be in control of your body when you exercise as well!
4. Think about yourself – You would benefit the change that you will experience. Don’t do this for anyone but do this for yourself. If there’s a need for you to lose weight for your health and self-esteem, then do it.
5. Eat healthy – This may sound hard but it’s not. There are a lot of healthy recipes that you can do at home. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good. One of the guides I follow is The Fat Kid Inside. He can help you make healthy food to cook and make without sacrificing it’s great taste. 🙂
6. Walk the extra mile – Legs and feet are made to be walked. If you’re going places that are near, then you can just walk it. It’s eco-friendly and healthy at the same time both for you and the environment.
7. Join fun runs – Running is a great exercise. And if the name isn’t a giveaway, it’s also fun too. Also, these runs are usually for a cause so you get to help at the same time.
8. Vary your exercise – There are lots of different exercises that you can choose from. Don’t do the same exercise for too long as it will be ineffective for your body.
9. Be inspired – Find inspiration from the people around you or even from you yourself. Inspiration can lead us, drive us and motivate us.
10. Have fun – Losing weight would be easier if you do it with your heart. Don’t force yourself, but rather, inspire yourself to change for the better.
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