“I've always struggled with my body image. As a teenager, I was always the curvier girl and wished I was skinny. It was tough to deal with comments that were meant to shame my body, but I tried to brush them off as best I could. Even though I was mentally strong, some days I couldn't help but wish that I looked different. But I found solace in training - it was like therapy for me.
Growing up, I was always an active person. I played a ton of sports and was always on the go. But after high school, things changed. I didn't have team sports to participate in anymore, and I led a very unhealthy lifestyle. I ate out a lot, didn't care about my diet, and didn't exercise regularly.
It wasn't until a few years later that I realized I wanted to make a change to look and feel better about myself. I knew that only I have the power to make that happen.
I tried to start training on my own with YouTube videos but I wasn't consistent. I even tried to join a university sports team but I felt out of place because I wasn't as fit as the others. That's when I found the Freeletics Subang Jaya community on Facebook. I reached out to them and they invited me to come to a training session at a nearby park.
The first day was tough but the community was so supportive. They did extra Burpees just to make sure I finished my rounds. And from that day on, I was hooked on Freeletics.
I can honestly say that without Freeletics, I wouldn't be the person I am today. It's helped me fall in love with working out and has instilled a sense of discipline and consistency within me.
People often ask me how I'm so dedicated to going to the gym every day, and I tell them that it's because Freeletics has become a routine that I can't live without. Even on rest days, I feel restless if I don't train.
Nowadays, I do a lot of gym workouts, but the Freeletics app is still on my phone. Whenever I'm feeling anxious or stressed, I bring out my training mat, play some music, and do a Freeletics God workout. It's amazing how much it helps with my mental health.
I'm grateful that I was born "fat" because it led me to find Freeletics. If I hadn't had those insecurities, I wouldn't have found my Freeletics friends for life or become the determined and strong-minded person I am today. I've learned to be strong not only in my workouts but in daily life.
My mindset has become so much stronger and I owe it all to Freeletics. My tip for anyone struggling to stay active is to find like-minded people in your area. Freeletics communities are amazing, and they've helped me overcome my insecurities and become the best version of myself.
With all the judgment around us, one phrase has been my North Star: Just make sure the fire within you burns brighter than the fire around you.
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