After years of struggling with weight issues and bulimia, Masyitah Mohd, 32, beat her eating disorder and trained hard to get fit all by using only the Internet as a resource.
(SHAPE recommends consulting a doctor first before undertaking any revamp to your diet or physical activity.)
How did you overcome bulimia?
“Everyone was aware I was losing weight despite eating a lot. But I think they did not know what was happening. It wasn’t until I went for a dental check-up in 2010 and the dentist noticed I had a bruised trachea, dental damage, unhealthy gums, erosion on my enamel and chipped/broken and decayed teeth from the stomach acid. She advised me to take care of myself or lose my teeth. I felt hopeless and wondered if I could ever lead a normal life. I did not want to lose my teeth so I tried hard to control my eating. I got all my teeth fixed in 2011. I was jobless and had little savings so I moved away from Kuala Lumpur in 2013 to live with my brother. That was when I reclaimed my life back.”
How did you first get active?
“I was always at war with myself so it was either I die or survive. I chose to thrive. I began to educate myself about self-love. Since I did not have access to a gym or personal trainers then, I read books and researched the Internet about fitness and workouts, and applied them on myself. I got used to self-training. I only worked out at home – from a small room where I did squats, jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups, dance… anything that kept my body moving. It was tiring and my body was sore the next day but it made me feel alive! Along with the dietary changes, I started to see results after two months; my weight dropped from 70kg to 65kg. Four months later, I joined the resident gym and worked out three times a week. I weighed 62kg, had a tighter tummy and more defined legs. Till today, I’ve never had a personal training session.”
What’s your fitness routine like?
“No matter how busy I am, I make sure I work out four days a week. If I don’t go to the gym, I will exercise at home. Usually, at the gym, I’ll do 5-10 min of limbering, 10-15 min of warm-up by walking and running, a 30-min full body strength training with 15-20 min of interval sprint and 5-10 min cool down and stretching.” Here’s a home workout plan that will get you in shape in no time!
What foods can’t you resist?
“Oh! Pizza, and almost anything savory, spicy and crunchy like chips. I don’t really follow any diet but try to eat healthy – nothing fancy and not too complicated.” Click here for more healthy diet tips.
Masyitah’s healthy-eating tips:
- Try to avoid highly processed foods with too much sugar, salt, food additives and preservatives. Read the labels! Know what you are eating.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water as this has been proven to aid in weight loss and suppress hunger. Drink a glass of water before your meals so you won’t be tempted to overeat.
- Cook your food at home. You save money and you are in control of what you eat. I make my oats overnight for breakfast. It’s easy, yummy and filling.