“I started working out for many reasons. Growing up, I was constantly told that I was “fat” because I didn’t fit the Asian standard of “beauty” and felt the constant pressure to lose weight because “skinny is beautiful. Skinny will make me happy”. I was also going through an unhealthy abusive relationship, was diagnosed with personal health problems and was dealing with mental illness — severe anxiety and depression.
For many years, I trained obsessively with cardio and ate at the very minimum just to reach my goal of becoming thin. I was ashamed to tell anybody that it resulted in a history of eating disorders, binge eating and bulimia. It was just a never-ending vicious cycle
When I completely lost hope, I discovered powerlifting and my goals shifted. Lifting became my therapy. I stopped chasing for aesthetic goals, but instead, wanted to feel and be strong! Mentally, emotionally and physically. I wanted to inspire others that may be going through similar situations. I wanted to motivate other women that we can lift heavy weights, feel badass and powerful too! 💪🏽
If I can tell people one thing I’ve learned throughout my fitness journey, it’s to always remember that fitness is a marathon, not a race. It will constantly be filled with many ups and downs. But in the end, if you want something badly enough, you CAN make it happen. Trust the process and enjoy the journey. You got this!”