I’ve always been the fat kid. I remember when people used to tell my parents “O, napabayan mo ata sa kusina tong panganay mo ah?” (You must have left your eldest daughter at the kitchen.) I never knew how to reply to that and I remember my parents would always say “Okay lang ho, bata pa naman. Tsaka maganda naman eh.” (It’s okay, she’s still young. She’s beautiful anyway). But I never felt I was pretty since I was always teased about my weight.
My friends often got annoyed at me for my low self-esteem. One time, my good friend was fixing my hair and I told her not to bother because it won’t change the fact that I was ugly, fat, and dark. She scolded me for my negativity but I couldn’t help it. I grew up with that mindset.
When I was 14 and we moved to Canada, my weight and skin color issues were easier to accept because nobody teased me about it. However, because I ate a lot of microwaveable food, I gained even more weight while I was there.
When I started nursing school, eating food was my comfort. I ate when I was happy, sad, and stressed out. Until finally, I looked at myself and how I kept growing and growing, and I decided to become healthier and active.
I started not eating rice for a week and walking for at least 30 minutes a day and I immediately lost 10 lbs! So I was stoked at the weight loss that I signed up for a gym membership. I found it difficult at first–doing the exercises–because I wasn’t used to such strenuous physical activity. It got easier when my younger brother started eating healthier and going to the gym too. We would push each other to workout and he would always help me out.
Now that I’m at a point where my weight isn’t an issue, I realized that going on this weight loss journey wasn’t just about to look better or be accepted by society–but for me to feel stronger and better about myself. And it did exactly that.
Weight Loss Tips
No white rice. I know, its hard, especially when you have adobo for ulam, but we have to say our goodbyes. Try brown rice or quinoa instead.
Eat healthier. (Grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies are my fave!)
Be more active.
Go to the gym with your friends.
Surround yourself with people that motivate you.
Drink water!!!! Bye bye sodas. Seriously, just throw it away. Who wants to look bloated all the time anyway? Right?
Set a realistic goal.
Weight training is a must!!!
Have patience. You will never get the result you’re aiming for overnight. You need a lot of patience to get to where you want to be. It might take a hell lot of a time, but the wait will definitely be worth it.
Believe in yourself and don’t you ever give up!
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