“My Healthy Life­style Has Made Me Hap­pier!”

Once a big fan of desserts and snacks, Irynn Leong now main­tains a healthy at­ti­tude about food, fit­ness and life.

Shape (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Ali­son Chang

“I ate what­ever I wanted, when­ever I wanted” says 21-year old Irynn Leong, who was a huge fan of sweet cakes and ice cream in her teens. She says, “When I was 16, I was never wor­ried about my looks. I loved my junk food and would have my daily fix of cheese­cake; dur­ing exam re­vi­sion time, I’d have a packet of chips.”

Al­though Irynn was con­stantly told to lose weight by her friends and fam­ily, she chose to ig­nore their ad­vice and con­tin­ued bing­ing on her fav treats. Her seden­tary life­style in tan­dem with un­healthy eat­ing habits had led to a mas­sive weight gain. “When I stood on the weigh­ing ma­chine, I was 77 kilo­grams;

and when I looked in the mir­ror, I didn’t like what I saw. I thought to my­self: ‘I used to wear a women’s M, but now, I wear a women’s XL’,” says Irynn.

In 2011, Irynn de­cided to slim down be­cause her ex­cess weight was af­fect­ing her emo­tion­ally, men­tally and phys­i­cally. She says, “Due to the con­stant pres­sure I got from my fam­ily and friends about my weight, I of­ten locked my­self up at home be­cause I felt hor­rid about my body.” She put her­self through un­healthy diet plans such as eat­ing only one meal a day to lose the ex­cess weight, but it only caused her to gain even more weight and de­velop di­ges­tion prob­lems to boot.


By the end of 2011, Irynn had the wake-up call she needed, and was in­spired to change her life­style. “I re­ally wanted a lean and fit body like most gym-go­ers. They have that per­fect body shape that screams lean, fit and mus­cu­lar!” Al­though Irynn had never felt com­fort­able ex­er­cis­ing, she im­me­di­ately joined a com­mu­nity gym and started with sim­ple ex­er­cises such as sta­tionery cycling, run­ning on the tread­mill and lift­ing light weights.

Her new life­style helped her shed 4 kilo­grams in six months; how­ever she found that her weight loss was rel­a­tively slow com­pared to oth­ers. “Dur­ing my first six months at the gym, I had no one to guide me in my weight loss regime. I kept my snack­ing habits and would not push my­self dur­ing work­outs,” says Irynn.

In Novem­ber 2013, Irynn joined Fit­ness First at Par­a­digm Mall and be­came more pro­duc­tive and proac­tive about her life­style. She be­gan em­brac­ing health­ier eat­ing habits and went to the gym reg­u­larly. “I started go­ing for in­tense workout classes such as GRIT Strength, GRIT Car­dio and Body Pump. I also prac­ticed yoga twice a week, and if I had ad­di­tional time to spare, I’d run on the tread­mill or hula-hoop.” Irynn ditched cheese­cake, re­plac­ing it with healthy gra­nola bars and crack­ers.

Over the next six months, she shed an­other 7 kilo­grams, slim­ming down to 66 kilo­grams. De­spite the many chal­lenges she faced, Irynn says she rarely felt dis­cour­aged. In fact, she says: “when the go­ing gets tough, I have my gym bud­dies to mo­ti­vate and guide me. Be­sides, I learn new workout rou­tines each week and the per­sonal train­ers help cor­rect my mis­takes!”


Irynn still con­tin­ues to chal­lenge her body with high-in­ten­sity work­outs. In the mean­time, she’s also train­ing for a 15-kilo­me­ter run, the Kuala Lumpur Marathon, in Septem­ber 2014. Her dream, she says, “is to have both a fit body and a fit mind.” Whilst Irynn still in­dulges in desserts ev­ery now and then, she does it know­ing that mod­er­a­tion is key in main­tain­ing the fig­ure she has worked so hard to at­tain. These days, Irynn notes, she is a lot more mind­ful of her diet.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.