Fitness Diary, Week 18 of 52

Last week I went quiet on this blog because I started migrating to a new web host. Hopefully all the kinks have been ironed out but if you see any issues you can always get in touch with me over social media. 🙂

I’ve been on a low-carb kick the past few weeks, and despite some instances where I had to be more flexible with carb and sugar intake, I’ve managed to stick with it whenever I have the choice. My reward is a less-bloated waistline, lower body fat percentage (just marginally, but I’ll take what I can get!), lower overall weight, and feeling like my clothes fit better. Regular exercise helps me retain muscle mass and increase my resting metabolism. So, my efforts are working. Yay!

One of the reasons I first started on a weight-loss journey back in 2001 is so I could buy clothes off-the-rack. I was trying to shop at the women’s bazaar at Landmark, which doesn’t really offer much in terms of sizing options. I picked out some really cute tops and bottoms and headed to the fitting room, only to find out that none of them would fit me when formerly I could fit in Small to Medium sizes. I was in tears and in a dark mood the rest of the day. That same week, I overheard my parents talking about finding ants in my urine, which meant I was pre-diabetic. This lit a fire under my ass, and I started seeking ways to lose weight healthily and sustainably through exercise and better eating habits.

It’s been 17 years since then, and though my weight has fluctuated within a 10-pound range, I’ve never again approached that point of feeling hopeless. And I know that there is always something I can do better to stay healthy and in shape. So when I go into a bazaar and find clothes that fit, it’s a great reminder of the choice I made back then to take charge.

Of course, in the years since then, I’ve also learned that there are parts of my body that won’t change shape no matter how much I diet or exercise. For instance, these hips and legs won’t let me wear certain kinds of pants, and I always have to size up when it comes to button-down shirts. That’s just fine, as long as I stay within what’s healthy for my age and body type. Fashion changes with trends, but a healthy and strong body is one for the ages. 🙂

Speaking of shopping, here’s a short video I cut together from the last time I was in Singapore. I hope you enjoy it!

About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in fitness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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