1. I gained a lot of weight and people kept telling me about it
It’s so annoying that the first thing that people noticed about me was that I gained a lot of weight. Even my father, whom I met when he had a short visit in town, told me: “What happened to you? Why is it that you look so big?” even before saying “Hi” or “How are you?” And when I visited my parents’ hometown to attend my cousin’s wedding, I became the center of attention because people couldn’t believe that the once skinny me had now become a chubby and fatty me (ouch!).
2. I can’t fit into my jeans
If people told me that I gained a lot of weight, usually I would just shrug it off and then go on with my life. But now, how can I just shrug it off when the evidence is just there lurking in my closet?
I may be in denial about the fact that I gained a lot of weight, but when I tried my not-so-old jeans and they didn’t fit me anymore, that became my wake-up call. I couldn’t fit into my 24-inch size shorts and jeans, and it was just so frustrating that I had to push and pull my pants just to let them fit me, but still to no avail. I started to panic when after measuring my waist, the number 29 stared back at me, so I said to myself that whether I like it or not, it’s time for me to work my ass off and do some exercise.
3. I easily get tired
One thing that I observed when my weight steadily increased was that I got tired so easily. I always feel so sleepy, especially after having a hearty meal. Before, I could still stay up the whole afternoon and the whole night just to get my work done; now I have to rely on caffeine for an energy boost. I feel like I have no more spare energy and that I just hit the sack once I get home.
4. I’m always out of breath
I really feel that I am already out of shape because just taking the stairs or walking briskly if I’m in a hurry causes my chest to hurt and leaves me catching my breath. It’s like the faster that I move, the shorter my breath becomes. I can say that my body is no longer used to being active, and this is taking a toll on my system.
5. I’m just so stressed out
Aside from feeling so tired, I feel so stressed out. There even came a point that my stress and fatigue seemed so inherent that not even sleep and rest could cure it. My stress level really just kept rising the more that my weight was rising and the more that I became inactive.
When I sought my friend’s help, who is also a doctor, what she said about these things that I was experiencing as being signs that I need to go back to being active actually made sense. Before, I didn’t feel any of these things because though I didn’t exercise, I was getting a lot of activity from my dancing career. It is only when I retired from dancing, said goodbye to my dance troupe, and became stuck with just sitting at my desk at work that my weight steadily increased and I began to feel these things.
Now, it has come to a point where I am so angry and frustrated with what’s going on with myself that yes, I’m finally saying yes to exercise, yes to a healthy lifestyle, and yes to a new me!