I can’t even remember when I was thinner. The first time I heard someone said I am surprisingly “big” was when I was in 2nd year high school. Just imagine how that statement made me happy then. Later did I realized that weight gain is one serious thing. In 1997, I started taking some prescription pills for allergy. Prednisone, yup that’s what those little tablets were called. In just three months, I gained so much weight that I started college carrying extra pounds. I was very unhappy. I still didn’t know about the effects of Prednisone until 2001 when I went back home for a vacation. Luckily, I forgot to bring my medications with me. When I went to the neighborhood pharmacist whom I know so well, she was mesmerized. She knew me back then when I was younger and she said, “You’d better stop taking these medicine. They’re the reason why you gained that much weight.”

Four years… I battled with weight gain for four long years only to find out that It could have been prevented from the very start. After I quit taking the medicine, I did lose weight but I wasn’t that much thinner. After moving here to the US early 2003, I got more conscious with my diet. However, after giving birth to Alyssa in 2006 I found myself on the same exact situation. looking at the scale, I wondered how I can shed off just few extra pounds. It was a torture going shopping. I spend hours and hours at the store and still I can’t find anything that can fit me. I did everything like the rest of the overweight population do and nothing worked. Until I reached the point where I finally gave up and said “Oh well, at least I was once tinier myself.”

To see me now on my ideal weight makes me more than satisfied. I went through metamorphosis. The change I see is enormous and I a gratefully embracing it. It was a long journey and making it made everything worth all the patience and handwork…