Monday, 19 November 2012

The struggle with weight, The pressure to be thin.

From high school to homemaker and through childhood to career, women across all ages and cultural boundaries are struggling with the same thing: trying to lose weight. While weight issues affect both men and women, in recent years it has been women who are at the center of the weight loss frenzy.A fitness website that i came across also says that most fashion models are thinner than 98 percent of American women.
While the motivation may be driven by either health or appearance, in recent years the definition of beauty has become synonymous with the definition of skinny..
When you turn on the television all you see are tiny little women showing off their money, power and celebrity. Of course every woman wants to be gorgeously thin because the media shows us that that's what it takes to make it. If you want to be somebody you've got to be skinny.

Women will go to great lengths to lose weight Society has set a standard that women think they have to follow to be beautiful. If that means surgery or starving yourself, if women want it, they do whatever it takes to achieve that perfect body. I am guilty myself of looking at someone and wishing that I was like her or was her size.
I myself also do have this lifelong obsession with fluctuating weight.
There was this period of time I was so obsessed about my weight in some sort of way all of my life, I weighed myself every day.

I've been chubby since about 14? , It was after I started Secondary school that I began to pack on the pounds. I figured it was the lack of exercise and unhealthy school lunches.
Emotions played a big part in my weight struggles . During my first year in ITE , I slimmed down to 46 kg. However, I gained over 10 kg from age 20 yo onwards after a bad breakup. Looking back, I think it was emotional eating and a defense mechanism to make sure I didn't get close to anyone else.
That yellow bitch is me, UGLY.

A lifestyle change is what finally made my weight loss journey a success 
After being overweight all through my teenage years, I finally took control of my weight and health issues, I stopped eating out and stopped making excuses to not go to the gym. I hear a lot of people say that they couldn't give up certain foods, or go to the gym because of whatever reason, but once you reach a certain level of self-loathing, you'll do whatever it takes.

I started working out, running.
After losing 5 kgs over the years, i believe diet and exercise is the healthiest way to lose weight.

With diet and exercise, you're giving yourself a complete lifestyle change that is going to help you maintain your weight and health over a long period of time, My life has changed so much now that I'm eating healthy and getting exercise.

There are a lot of female celebrities who say they lose the extra pounds by going on liquid diets and cleanses. And they are the 1 who influences others to follow.

Fasts and liquid diets are more harmful than they are helpful , i myself tried a fast several years ago. I remember being hungry and tired all of the time. I was hurting myself and I still can't believe I even tried it. It's really hard to believe that celebrities are doing these fasts and cleanses and they're influencing women out there to go to the extremes that they are to get the weight off.

Celebrity diets have brainwashed women into thinking that that's the best way to lose weight We all women want a quick fix. All the ladies want to believe that they can take a magic pill or go on a celebrity cleanse to get the weight off because they don't want to put the hard work into a healthy diet and exercise."
The reactions from other women who watched her lose the weight by diet and exercise was sometimes demoralizing . There was not much support from the women in my life. My co-workers were congratulating me, but I could see the jealous and evil looks they were giving me. None of the women in my life could understand what it was like for me. I not only went through a physical transformation, but a very emotional one as well. I am finally at a point in my life where I am confident and happier than I have ever been. It wasn't an easy journey, but it is one that I am glad that I went on.
Whether we all women lose the weight through diet and exercise or through fasts and appetite suppressant pills, the biggest part of weight loss is going to be the ability to maintain it.
When i first wanted to diet, i want to get the weight off as fast and as easy as i can, i was looking very unhealthy, feeling really tire almost all the time. 

But after losing weight the healthy way..


This is the results. i'm still working hard on getting the toned body shape.

Now i'm weighting 49 kg. :)
Look at my skinny leg that i have managed to maintain.

I know now that because of the hard work I have put into learning how to eat healthier and getting in the gym on a regular basis, I will be able to maintain my weight loss for the rest of my life. I don't worry about the scale going back up again. 

I am in control of my weight now.

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