I’m Singaporean and was brought up in Singapore. I was always a big girl throughout my whole childhood. My mum tried lots of ways to help me to lose weight. I can still remember as a young child, I had to wake up at 5 am and jogged with my father around the car park as we didn’t have a park near our place. I hated every single minute of it! In Singapore, schools differ to the UK, in that they they have a morning session (7.30am to 1pm) and an afternoon session (1pm to 6.30pm) and my parents even went to the trouble of swapping my afternoon session to the morning session. As a result of this, I had different classmates throughout my primary school years.
(2011 – Size 18/20)
Every weekend, I was forced to go to learn tai-chi. I was definitely out of place there as I was the only child in the whole group of old elderly folks. No matter how much exercise I tried, I have always been a plump girl.
When I was 17 year old, my mum paid for me to go to a slimming centre after my cousin successfully lost 15 kg. During the initial health check, the practitioner advised me to take their slimming pills to help speed up the weight loss as part of the weight loss plan. My mum has always been against using pills to lose weight and she refused to let me take the pills. The treatment involved sitting in a sauna room for at least 30 minutes. After which, they applied weight loss cream all over my body and wrapped me in cling film! I then had to lay down for at least another 30 minutes for the cream to work! I went for at least 10 slimming sessions but I didn’t lose weight at all. For the next few years, I tried drinking Chinese slimming tea, applied chilli slimming cream, slimming patches and started taking the weight loss pills without my mum’s knowledge. Nothing worked for me. I was size 10/12.
After a few years passed, I went on to have family. After two pregnancies, I went to size 18/20. I was the biggest I had ever been. Again, my mum bought me Chinese slimming tea, slimming green tea and all sort of stuff to help me to lose the weight. I got so depressed. Luckily, I have a very patient and supporting husband. He encouraged me to take up some exercise.
It was last year June that I came across an advertisement about Hypnotherapy. It took me 3 months before I had the courage to phone Paul Russell to book an appointment. I was very sceptical about the whole idea of hypnotherapy. I was desperate to lose weight and I was willing to try anything at that stage.
After the first session, I saw my attitude towards food and drink change. I started taking water bottle with me and stopped drinking pop. Next, I was more interested in eating more vegetables. After completed the whole sessions (about 8 weeks), I found that I was able to resist sweet, chocolate and my children’s leftovers.
During this time, I also attended one hour sessions of boogie bounce per week. It’s a complete exercise programme on a mini trampoline choreographed to funky, fun inspiring music to include aerobics, bums, tums and thighs! The exercise regime changes every 3 months to avoid you getting bored of it.
A year on since I set started this path to lose weight, I have lost exactly 8 kg and dropped a dress size to size 16. I was very proud of my achievement but I still have a long way to go. My goal/resolution is to be size 10/12 this time next year? Has anyone tried hypnotherapy or boogie bounce? Or any other method that you would like to share with me?