I was never “fit.” I’ve always been chubby but I never thought of going on a diet. But when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 10 (I was in the 5th grade), I tried to watch what I ate. Nevertheless, I still carried the weight with me to high school.

To make the problem worse, my grade school friends who had the same body as me learned how to play sports and even made the varsity teams while I was left inside the classroom. By the end of high school, I was the only one among them who never lost a pound. In fact, I even gained more!

But I was at my heaviest in college. I weighed 201 lbs and my BMI was at 32-33. Taking up Tourism Management, I had doubts about myself and my body. I wondered if I would get employed after graduation considering my weight. I wondered if I would get sick with diabetes or have heart problems even before I graduated. This was when I took steps towards losing the weight.

So I first stopped drinking soft drinks. All I drank was water and unsweetened pineapple juice. I always ate breakfast before school and whenever we ate at fast food chains, I always ordered the breast part of the chicken and reluctantly gave the the oh-so delicious chicken skin to my friends. Sometimes, I even bought juices that help you burn fat. Then at dinner, I only had oatmeal with milk and a little sugar.

I even controlled my eating during Christmas. But I continued my diet and when my summer vacation came, I started going to the gym with my best friend for at least 4 times a week. I never miss cardio and I even go on a cleanse two to three times a week.

I’m still in the process of losing weight but now I recognize that weight loss isn’t just a goal or a destination but a journey to turn your life and lifestyle around. I’m glad I have friends and family to support me but more importantly, I’m glad I did the lifestyle change for a better me.

Weight Loss Tips Take it slow. You are not in a race with anyone. You will see results, patience is key.

Always know what you are eating, counting your calories will help you track how much time you need to spend doing cardio on a treadmill.

Always stay hydrated. Water is your best friend, and so are juices that help you burn body fat. Say no to soft drinks and not to instant juices!

Go to the gym for two to four times a week, but don’t overdo it! Let your body rest.

Cheat days aren’t necessary but it is needed so you won’t feel deprived and want to give up.

But after your cheat day, make sure to make up for it at the gym!

Aside from your usual gym buddies, you’ll meet lot of new people in the gym. Some may also have the same inspiration and aspiration as you! Always be open to new things!

Try out a new sport that you will like. Sweating while doing the things you love the most will be so much fun once you get the hang of it.

Try to set up a goal. Little by little, achieve your daily plan to always keep you on track on your diet. Your body will reward you afterwards.

Enjoy the challenge! As Zig Zigler said, you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

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