Doing It For The Fam
Always wanting to be there and to provide for his loved ones, Izwan Ishak is proof you just need to find the right reasons to fuel your motivation
struggle with his weight. When he hit his teen years, he tried swimming and going to the gym, but the scales wouldn’t budge. “There was a time when I stopped eating rice and all other forms of carbs for 25 days, yet I still didn’t manage to shift any weight,” he recalls. Outdoor activities like jungle trekking and hiking also wore him out easily. “I didn’t have the stamina and I experienced shortness of breath,” he adds. “I just felt really uncomfortable.”
But being 40 and unfit with various health problems was Izwan’s greatest fear. “I really wanted to be a healthy father and husband,” he says. “I felt the pressure to stay fit for the sake of my family before it was too late.”
It wasn’t until 2015 – when he managed to carve out time for jogging and running from his busy schedule at MEASAT – that he finally saw positive results. Now that he has, Izwan is determined not to fall back into old habits when temptation is everywhere.
For example, his job requires him to travel frequently and dine out. “I can’t control what lands on my plate when I’m travelling for work, networking and entertaining clients,” he says. “Weight gain is inevitable, especially during the festive season, but you need to be disciplined when it comes to eating right and exercising right.”
When he’s at home, Izwan wakes up at 7.30am for a run in the park every weekend. When he’s on business trips, he drags himself out of bed as early as 6.30am so he can hit the gym before his day starts.
As painful as it might sound (who doesn’t prefer being tucked away in bed at that hour?), all the hard work has paid off. “After two years, I feel fit and full of energy. To my surprise, I really enjoy running, swimming, hiking and doing weights in the gym,” Izwan says, before adding that exercise is his therapy for stress. He no longer feels sluggish, and that means more quality family time. “I can go jogging in the park with my daughter and still have a tremendous amount of energy left for my wife and kids,” he notes.
Needless to say, Izwan’s fears of being overwhelmed by a litany of health issues when he hits the big 4-0 are no more. He has reached his goals at only 38. “Do what it takes to stay fit and healthy,” he says . “Losing weight is a bonus; that shouldn’t be your main goal.” As long as you make healthy living a part of your lifestyle, staying motivated will be a piece of cake (minus the calories, of course!).