April 28, 2011

Swallow Me Thin

Talk about some extreme dieting! Women in China are swallowing round worm eggs to loose weight as a way to up their chances for employment. The job market is so competitive that they feel that the only way to beat the competition is to be thin. Swallowing round worms, as you may already suspect, is incredibly dangerous. Don't believe me? Check this article out!

Here's a picture of what a hatched roundworm looks like. I wonder if these women know what a round worm looks like when they swallowed those eggs?

Growing up, I always felt the pressure of having to be thin. I was never that fat but at the same time, I just not a really skinny gal. After gaining almost 20lbs from my first year of college at University of Arizona, it seriously plunged me into depression. Being fit in high school was so natural for me since I was a dancer/cheerleader. For two years after, I tried-- to no success-- to shed the freshman twenty. Honestly, it was one of the darkest times of my life. I didn't have many photos of that period.. here's one I found that slightly shows my weight gain.

Can't really see my face but you can definitely tell I was heavier. I know it doesn't look like I gained much but trust me-- at one point, my 5'2 frame weighed 138 lbs. I didn't realize how big I got until I stepped on the scale one day at the doctor's office and the nurse was convinced the scale was broken..

Since moving to Irvine, I've made it a lifestyle to work out. I vowed never to get back to being fat. It's been 5 years since my drastic weight gain and since then, I've been on a roller coaster ride of weight loss and gain. The margins are small, probably about 5lbs but it's enough to make me obsessive of my weight. At one point, I ate tuna and crackers for dinner and worked out every single day. I'm happy to say that I'm in a much happier place now and even though that word "fat" that seems to continue to lurk behind me, I am able to balance a healthy diet with sufficient work out.

I'm going to Vegas and Socal at the end of June and it is my personal goal to make sure that I will be in the best shape of my life. It's not that this trip is of any big significance but it's just something that I must do for myself. I'm approaching the age of 25 and I feel like if I can't get myself into shape now, I will never do it.

In January, I decided to kick start my "after holidays work out". I began working out 4-5 days a week and focused a lot on my stomach. I've taken many different work out classes and even picked up hula again after a 5 year hiatus. Lately, I've started taking Bikram Yoga and I feel like it's really working. Here's a picture of my tummy from this morning and a pic of me in my bathing suit.

Its bot perfect yet, but I'm happy to be at least seeing results! My main goal for myself is to be able to get to a point where I can wear anything and not feel self conscious. I think it'll take a couple more months, but I know I can do it! It's time to work double time to get into that perfect bikini body!


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