In Summary
  • Evidently, I was not born with a weight problem. I acquired it, just like any other lifestyle disease.
  • I had a frank conversation with my mother after I went public on my weight loss journey.
  • She disclosed how happy she had been to notice a surge in my appetite for snacks after I joined kindergarten.
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At only 22, my weight was oscillating between 100kg and 108 kg. How did I let it get that far? Why didn’t anyone do or say something? Do something?

Ironically, I was underweight at birth. As a toddler, I was almost scrawny. My mother would get very cross with me for refusing to eat. When I agreed to eat, it would be ridiculous combos like boiled rice and black tea (strungi).

Evidently, I was not born with a weight problem. I acquired it, just like any other lifestyle disease. I had a frank conversation with my mother after I went public on my weight loss journey. She disclosed how happy she had been to notice a surge in my appetite for snacks after I joined kindergarten. I was placed on a “feeding program” that she and I now agree was not the healthiest option at the time. That’s when my obesity began.

HAD TO DO SOMETHING

October 4,2017 will mark exactly two years since I made the decision of my life. I decided to take charge of my health which was slowly going down the drain. Like the trickle of a punctured pipe, unnoticeably seeping out little droplets of water. Then one day the water bill arrives, rocking a digit that is triple your salary!

You see, until that fateful day on October 4,2015, life had been a breeze. Or so I let myself believe. Surrounded by very loving family and friends, I buried my head in the sand much like the proverbial ostrich, totally oblivious to the eminent danger that was staring back at me every time I looked into a mirror.

DIFFICULT WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY

The past two years have not been easy. Between sweat, tears, bitter-tasting smoothies and being constantly misunderstood, I have been able to bring my weight down to the range of 67kgs-70kgs.

The sweat was from rigorous exercises on YouTube, jogging and occasional gym sessions. Tears were plenty in the first year, I wanted to give up so badly! Both the sweat and tears have hence ceased considerably. I am doing less strenuous workouts and the tears are not for weight loss anymore.

Being misunderstood, however, is still ongoing and usually sounds like this:

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