Age When Transformed: 22
Lost or Gained Weight? Gained
How Much Weight Lost/Gained? 7 lbs
Before Weight and After Weight: 101 lbs to 108 lbs
Fitness Program/s: Fat Loss, Muscle Tone
Fitness Activity/ies: Climbing, Running, Yoga, Boxing
Do You Take Fitness Supplement/s? No
What’s Your Diet Like? 5:2 (Regular, Non-calorie counting eating most days), I don't have a specific diet, although I always try to eat clean (little to no processed food, less carbs, more veggies and fruits). I also try to avoid sugary stuff.
What’s Your Fitness Mantra? “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.” - Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”
What’s Your Story?
Growing up, I never really put much thought into fitness. I had no interest in sports or working out. I was always thin, and I could eat anything I wanted to without gaining weight, which led me to think that I never needed to exercise, or fix my diet. I’m not sure what sparked my fitness journey, but I eventually got into running and home workouts. However, every workout still felt like a struggle and I had to force myself to be consistent. I did not have enough motivation to make fitness a part of my daily routine, and I easily got frustrated because it felt like I was not seeing any progress.
It wasn’t until early this year when I rediscovered my love for rock climbing. I dropped by my hometown’s climbing gym one day out of boredom, decided to stick to it because it seemed like a good workout, but eventually fell in love with the sport. More than just keeping me fit, climbing has taught me some valuable life lessons, brought me to some of the most beautiful crags in the country, and introduced me to the amazing community of climbers. Through rock climbing, I found my real motivation for fitness.
My reason for keeping fit now goes beyond the physical aspects of it - it’s more than just loosing weight to look more attractive. I keep fit to get stronger as I age, to be able to climb as long as I can, and to be the best version of myself. With this mentality, it became easier for me to stick to my fitness routine. I tried out other forms of workout to improve my climbing skills. I did more cardio and got into yoga for flexibility to get better at rock climbing. Cleaning up my diet became much easier as well. I became more aware of my eating habits and I put more effort into feeding my body with more nutrients. I started my day with green juices and fruit smoothies. Becoming healthier became addictive, because it not only made me more physically fit, it gave me more energy, made me happier and more self-loving.
Getting fit has helped me become a better person. I’m honestly new to this fitness journey, but I’m hoping that I could keep doing this as long as I can, and inspire people to do the same along the way.