Losing Weight Doesn’t Only Benefit You Physically

Untitled-1Still very grateful that I was featured a few weeks back in Erwan’s blog, The Fat Kid Inside. I’m very overwhelmed with the responses of many. Thank you all for the good feedback.

Anyway, the editor of his blog changed quite a number of things. So, let me share with you the original entry that I wrote. This is just more detailed.
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I started playing football when I was in the fifth grade. I really had no problems with my weight because I would burn the calories through the sport. My only concern during that time was that I was one of the shortest people in my batch. I would always be in front of the line and in class pictures because of my height. Well I thought that would be my biggest insecurity but I guess not…

I was part of the football varsity team since I was 11 and during my last two years of high school, I realized that I didn’t want to play anymore. That was when I started to gain a lot of weight. If I remember correctly, my height during junior year was 4’11 or 5’. I was 120 pounds but I guess I thought it was normal. I would often eat fastfood for dinner and my order would be a double cheeseburger meal, chicken nuggets, and spaghetti with chicken. When I was in my senior year, I was 135 pounds. I didn’t realize it was bad until my prom dress didn’t fit me anymore, I couldn’t fit in my school uniform, and I would get tired easily every time I would play Sunday football.

Things started to change when my mom told me to try out for a football team to get a scholarship. I was very apprehensive at first because I was definitely out of shape. I haven’t really had the chance to practice and I would get tired easily. Basically, I was really not fit especially for collegiate football. I didn’t really have a choice because I needed the scholarship. I was the 7th child out of 8 kids in the family.

I would describe the tryouts as hell for me because I didn’t think we would do a lot of running. Collegiate football was so different. Aside from skill, I needed endurance and obviously, I did not have it. I was the last person in the line all the time and I would always lose during sprint exercises. I didn’t think football would be so difficult and serious. It was very challenging to keep up with the pace but I did not give up. Even if I finished last, I made sure to finish the runs and not stop. I luckily got in the team and got the scholarship. That was when I realized that I should stop eating junk food and I should start doing extra work aside from training 5 times a week.

I had a weigh in when I was a freshman and according to my coach and PT, i had to lose 15 pounds (I weighed 135 pounds). I started to lose weight during that year but of course, it wasn’t that evident yet. Since I was on scholarship, I always had to be present in the training sessions. It was difficult because it can get really tiring and most of the time I was really scared because of the long runs we had to do. I really despised running because it’s such a mind game. We would always run 6.6 kilometers in the academic oval and sometimes it can even go up to 10 kilometers. Even if I hated it, I admit that I felt good right after and that it was one of the exercises that really made me lose weight. We would usually run first then do ball skills and scrimmages after.

During the UAAP or Unigames season, we sometimes even train twice a day. My coach always told us to eat vegetables, fish, and chicken during season because it makes us feel really light. He never told us to cut down on rice because it gave us energy. During the UAAP and Unigames season, I weighed 125 to 126 pounds and fortunately, it was not fat anymore. It was all muscle. I was a late bloomer so I started to grow. My height during my last year in college until today is 5’3’’ and currently, I weigh 120 pounds.

I may not be obese but I realized that exercise is definitely a must. It makes you feel good and it doesn’t make you feel tired at all. I am truly grateful that I chose the right university to study in. I may not have been the fastest runner or the football superstar in the team but having a healthier lifestyle and a fit body was definitely worth it. I guess, in the end, it’s really about perseverance and passion. We may not always excel in what we do but there will always be something we’re good at. I got the scholarship I needed and I was even able to graduate Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Without UPWFT (UP Women’s Football Team), I would not be where I am today. For some people, exercise may just be about losing weight, but for me that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Finishing long runs, training 5 times a week, and playing games developed me into becoming a more resilient person. It didn’t just make me thinner but it made me become more disciplined and motivated in achieving goals.

Weight Loss Tips

  1. Always drink water when you wake up and bring a water jug with you everywhere you go.
  2. Do not ever go on a crash diet by not eating anything at all. If you think you’re eating too much rice, eat a half cup instead of one. You do not have to totally cut out rice.
  3. I usually like eating light for dinner. Try boiling your favorite vegetables for dinner.
  4. If you don’t like eating vegetables, you can always try to juice fruits with vegetables. For dinner, I usually juice carrots, apples, cucumber, and banana.
  5. If you do not have a sport, you can try to enroll for a gym membership and hire a personal trainer to help you out. If you think hiring a personal trainer is expensive as well, you can research online what exercises is best for you. I usually swim or jog in the morning.
  6. Since I know most people in corporate do not have time to exercise, you can download exercise applications on your phone or you can watch exercise videos on you tube and do it in your living room.
  7. Always get enough sleep. The only way you will be able to exercise is when you feel fresh so as much as possible you should always have enough time to rest.
  8. If you have a sport like me, join a corporate football club or any club that joins leagues. This way, exercising doesn’t have to be a burden.
  9. Be environmental friendly. If your office is near where you live, you can walk or ride a bike instead of riding a car.
  10. Have fun and be consistent. To be able to lose weight you need to have fun so that you’ll be able to do it over and over again. Look for great company so that you won’t feel alone or bored. Do something that you love or will learn to love. Don’t give up easily!!!
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