I had hit 72 kilos without even realizing it, which is a lot for a 5 foot 1 inch Asian woman! I was technically obese on my wedding day, the day that you should feel the best of your life, I was certainly not at my best! I’m just glad that my now-husband didn't run away! A few months before my wedding day, I kept getting sick; flu, cold, running out of breath and having more and more anxiety attacks. I knew there was something wrong and my weight was sky-rocketting, gaining 2 kilos every month! What was wrong with me? I was eating loads of rice and meat, more than ever before, sleeping less hours because of my online work and struggling to keep a healthy routine because of our lifestyle. There was no one else to blame but me.
Back to my life in the Middle East from 2009 to 2013 - I always weighed around 51 to 54 kilos! I was guilty of yo-yo dieting, but at least I was able to keep my body looking fit! I have always struggled with my weight and health ever since I was a teenager and in University. I've never been the naturally skinny type, especially by the "Filipino body standard", it was always hard work, but at least I had managed to keep it under control.
When I quit my job to start backpacking in May 2013, I only weighed 51 kilos, which was when I met Jonathan but then I started to gain weight through eating a lot of street food and cheap carbs to save money on my daily backpacking budget.
I did a yoga retreat for a month and I was able to gain more muscles.. I was hoping to maintain it until I moved and met Jonathan again in Hanoi! Lifestyle changed, ended up working and drinking a lot because we live with 4 other guys in the house! (Again, not blaming anyone, it was my lifestyle choice and I was happy!)
Fast forward to leaving Hanoi and traveling the world - We started travel blogging in October 2014 while we were totally broke in Peru! That’s when I really started to neglect my health; at the beginning I was working 14 to 19 hours per day building our travel blog. It was stressful and I was rarely getting enough sleep. Then when we started working with brands and companies, I was eating all the best food and a lot of buffet breakfasts! I was steadily gaining weight, maybe a kilo per month but it became faster when I hit the beginning of 2016 - up to 2 kilos per month and always getting sick. I always had the flu, cough, allergies and I was always out of breath!
Well, life is full of tradeoffs and I had traded my health for "success", but after seeing my photo on my wedding day, I decided that it was about time to get back in shape. I enrolled in a bootcamp in Norfolk (No1 Bootcamp), in south east of England for 1 month to kickstart my fitness, learn all the basic work out routines and be trained by military fitness trainers! I was able to shed some weight, drink loads of water and even start sleeping properly. I felt good about myself again and I’ve been able to implement what I learned from the training in real life too!
The struggle was real but I wasn't giving up on this.
I’m now back on the road with my husband and we will be traveling full time again very soon. I’m giving myself another 6 months to reach the weight and fitness level that I want to achieve. I want to document my weight loss journey in this blog so I can make myself accountable to reaching my goals!
I'm still having a hard time trying to squeeze in working out with my travel routine, but I make sure I walk as much as possible and wake up early. I still eat too many carbs which I'm cutting down soon! My goal is 6 months of slow and consistent weight loss and developing a healthy lifestyle without feeling like I'm depriving myself!
I’m back on track! I'm not doing this to please other people but only for myself! I just want to be fit and healthy again while traveling the rest of the world, I'm almost half way visiting all the countries in the world (with my Philippines passport!)! =)
If you’re struggling like I have, can you share your experiences below? What triggered you or motivated you to get back on track?
We can do it, let’s do it together! Let's wear a RED BIKINI on a white-sand beach when we reach our goals! HA! =)
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