I think it has been approximately four months with a lot of determinations, groans, whines, complaints, pain, tears and sweats to get to this point where I feel quite healthy, quite fit and generally satisfied and happy with how my body is. And I only hope that from now on, it gets better and better.
I have always loved swimming than any other on-ground sports/activities. I
love the water. It's like my natural element, something I can't explain except
that I feel very much belonged in it. Maybe in my past life I was a marine
live, a dolphin perhaps? I do wish so.
Going back to what I was saying, yeah I love swimming but I lost touch with
it since I entered high school. I no longer swam regularly and naturally my
body size increased horizontally so fast before I could even react. For years, I
had been fighting with it by controlling my diet to no avail. And together with
my slowing metabolism, all these fats were winning the war.
I was depressed for a long while. I know it was such a stupid thing to be
depressed about but I wasn't feeling confident of myself. I couldn't fit into my
pants and shirts any more. The worst was, I couldn't enjoy what I love -
diving. I was always tired after one simple dive and if there was current,
however small, I tired out so easily that I always felt like I was going to die
Then, something happened in my life.
That was it, the trigger! I thought to myself like screw it, nobody is going to
take care of you if you don't do it yourself. And the first thing that I needed to
change was to stop being a couch potato! (Also the fact that I am working
with a 45-years-old manager who looks like he is only in his 30s because he
exercises regularly kinda motivates me a lot...)
On top of all that, I have somehow and miraculously ended up in the fast
food industry, which means I literally cannot avoid processed food these
days when product development is part of job scope... If I don't start
exercising, just imagine how horizontal I would be.
So that's how I have ended up swimming almost daily these days, always
pushing myself to the limit each time with the hope that I could swim laps
without really stopping in the future.
It has been five months now and before
I even thought about it, I can now swim longer and longer and longer,
without any rest! And also, I am starting to see the transformation, like how
most of shirts and pants are becoming really loose and the muscles are
starting to show. I am less tired, sleep better and the best thing is that I
don't feel so guilty during those days when I eat a little bit more than usual.
This realization of course makes me extremely happy.
I know a lot of people will tell you like you have to incorporate certain
exercises to build your strength or that swimming will give you broad
Tell you what, screw them.
Pick a sports you like regardless what the others say, because it's so much
easier to motivate yourself to exercise when you pick a sports you really
enjoy, make it a habit to do it consistently and reap the benefits later.
And most importantly, take that first step.