The Journey – Episode 2
In this month’s episode, I would like you to meet Joel. Sometimes, the hardest part of making a change to your diet and lifestyle is how to overcome your fear. Mental barriers can hold you back, and sometimes we don’t even realise how much it affects us. Joel’s story has taught us anything is possible as long as we’re committed to our goals. Also to get the right support and create the environment you need. For anyone who wants to change, to make sure your commitment is part of your daily routine. You need to visualise your goals in your mind. JUST DO SOMETHING NEW. Every. Single. Day.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health?
I’m in my mid-30s. I had everything. I was on top of the world. Life was great. Then one day in 2014, I was diagnosed with a severe health condition without any medical cure. First, I was stressed and became anxious and depressed. I was comfort eating just to make myself feel better. Without even me realising, I put on nearly 10kgs within six months. Even worse, I put on even more weight after I broke my knee. I stopped exercising for six months. My weight just keeps going up and up. I remembered I was close to the 100kg at one point. One day, sometimes in end of 2016, I was diagnosed with another health condition called “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” which restricts my airway and affects breathing while I’m sleeping. My health was deteriorating. I felt like an ‘old man’, and I didn’t feel great. I couldn’t find any clothes that suit me from mine wardrobe. I just want to be a normal human being again. I finally took the courage and discussed with my GP about all my health issues, and she told me that maybe it’s time to think about a more holistic care approach apart from the medical treatment. She suggested me to lose weight via diet and lifestyle intervention to get my health back on track again. It was a lightbulb moment for me, and that’s how I was referred to see Catherine and started my weight loss and wellness journey in mid-2017.
2. What are some challenges you faced previously to keep you stay on track and how did you beat them?
Giving up my favourite food and forcing myself going to gym every night, in the beginning, was probably the two most challenging thing for me. “I love my food!!”. I just knew deep down I couldn’t bear going through another yo-yo diet. I need to adapt to a new lifestyle to transform my body and health. I learned that weight loss is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. I set my goals loud and clear. I cannot put into words I was lucky enough to have the support of my colleagues and my partner who helped me to overcome many struggles. They started to make changes to their eating and exercise routine too. I just kept reminding myself to keep going.
3. How has DietitianChong helped you on your journey?
Working with Catherine isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about learning about nutrition, learning about exercise and how your body functions. After I talked to her, I realised that a lot of food I ate in the past weren’t that healthy. With her guidance and support, I now find a solution I could maintain for the rest of my life. I’ve learned to make a behavioural change and develop a new lifestyle. I would highly recommend DietitianChong to my friends and family.
4. What is your best tip for someone who is struggling to change their diet and lifestyle?
Keep moving forward, and you’ll always win. The biggest enemy in your life is you. You need to beat your weakness, always be brave, and you’re the warrior to the battle. You need to have and strong mentality and decide who you want to be.
5. What are your goals for the next six months?
Today, my journey to wellness continues. Since starting visiting Catherine in January this year, I have seen my weight drop from 92kg to 84kg, coupled with marked improvements in my physical, sleep and mental health. Simply put, I don’t just feel like the old “me” again, but a new and improved version. I hope to lose another 10 kg by the end of this year while building on more lean muscle mass.
The above interview is based on real case studies, and we have changed the name to protect our client’s privacy. Individual results may vary. Please do not follow any of the advice without consulting your Doctor and health professionals. The above information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not meant to substitute or replacement for any medical treatment.