Hey! It’s been three weeks since I last posted on my blog. I’ve been more active on YouTube nowadays. Obviously, I love talking! But anyway, today, I decided to write about my vlog “SKINNY DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN HEALTHY: How I Went from 47kg (Underweight) to 52kg (Normal Weight)“. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s now on YouTube and I will link it down below!

In the video, I did give you guys some tips to properly structure your health and fitness journey. On this blog, I wanted to expand more on WHY you need that structure. And I think that writing about it will fulfill my goal more of letting you guys understand the importance of having a system in your journey. I think writing about it is the best way to get my message across.

As I mentioned on the description box below my YouTube video, my health and fitness journey was LITERALLY like a ROLLER COASTER ride! I was all over the place. Each year felt like I was still on discovery mode, and really, it’s so bad. It feels like making no progress at all!

To help you understand more, here’s a summary of my health and fitness journey:

1. I SWITCHED TO DIFFERENT DIETS EVERY YEAR

I tried no carbs, no meat, no dairy, intermittent fasting, clean eating, and I’m telling you, I am NOT exaggerating. Because I didn’t have a system, I didn’t know what my goals were so I tried every single one of these. I thought that I’d be healthier and happier the moment I switch to another diet. Unfortunately, it always felt like something’s off. Not only it was such a hassle, it was VERY dangerous to my health.

Sometimes I felt hungry, grumpy, and other times I was irritable and tend to binge-eat. AND if you’ve been following my vlogs, you know what happened to me when I tried Intermittent Fasting!

Anyway, the point is, I was clueless and I didn’t know that THERE ISN’T A PERFECT diet out there for me or for anyone. I didn’t know that these diets AREN’T really the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

2. I FOCUSED TOO MUCH ON MY PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Let me start by saying, THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND when you start your health and fitness journey. This was the mistake I made and I think it’s also the reason why it took me so loooong to finally be at peace with myself.

So why do I consider this as a mistake? Well, when I focused on my physical appearance, like, “I should be thin”, “I should look like a model”, “I should have no fats and only muscles”, “I need abs”, “I want to get rid of my belly fat”, I LITERALLY did everything I could to achieve it, BUT I wasn’t seeing results!

I’ve been eating right – at least that’s what I thought! – I’ve been exercising regularly, so WHY? I gave all my time and effort to do these things!

3. I WAS NEVER SATISFIED

When I gained weight in 2016, it was in a normal range. Maybe because I just kept eating, but at that time, I wasn’t mindful of my food choices. I was in college and I remember eating 4 slices of pizza for lunch! So, I really didn’t feel strong and I thought, okay, change of plans.

So, I did. Now, in 2020, I did calorie-counting and whatnot, AAAND THEN I LOST so much weight (my vlog thumbnail). I kept thinking I should be happy, I’ve come a long way to achieve this. Yes, I was SKINNY, but I felt sluggish and lethargic. I even developed food allergies and sensitivities. So something was really wrong. After weeks of contemplating why I feel these things, I found the answer and it’s because I WAS UNDERWEIGHT!

For the past few years, I kept gaining and losing weight drastically. And for every result, I never felt satisfied.

SO IN CONCLUSION…..

As you know now, I didn’t make the time to know my health & fitness goals first, so I really didn’t know where I was going. I have no idea what “HEALTHY” really means. I was only focused on looking a certain way.

Why did I even have to tell you my experience? and what does it have to do with my blog / vlog titled “Skinny Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy”? and most importantly, why do you need that structure?

I just really want to remind you that “being healthy” isn’t defined by our physical appearance. It’s so easy for us to conclude that a person is “healthy” based on how skinny they are or how toned they are.

And because of this, we tend to aspire to LOOK healthy and forget to actually BE healthy.

The thing is, if you focus on your physical appearance, it could drain you PHYSICALLY for doing vigorous exercises and for depriving yourself of good food just because you think it’s the right thing to do. Not only that, it could also affect you MENTALLY & EMOTIONALLY. Especially if you’re not gonna be seeing results after everything you’ve done, really, you’ll doubt yourself every time, AND it is so UNHEALTHY.

That’s why, on my vlog, I presented a structure and ways for you to consider the important aspects of your life that contribute to your health. It’s to help you start your own journey to BEING healthy.

So my last advice would be, focus on those important aspects and trust me, it’ll reflect physically.

Happy Healthy Living!

Justine.