LIV3LY: Hi Rick, thank you for taking your time off to do this feature with us! First off, tell us more about yourself!Rick: I am an Audio Visual Specialist working in a school! I love music and photography. Other than running, I like swimming and working out in the gym too.
LIV3LY: We are inspired by your weight-loss journey! What made you decide to start, and what kept you going?Rick: When I was a kid, I wasn't fat at all. Only when I entered the work force, I started putting on weight gradually and eventually reached 104 kg. I didn't put much heed to my weight and continued with my sedentary lifestyle, until a rude wake up call when I visited my General Practioner one day. They warned me that I am on the verge of getting diabetes, and I got worried. Deciding that enough was enough, I started on this difficult but fulfilling journey of losing weight and slowly see what I can achieve. Once I started, I didn't look back once and glad I strived on till today!
LIV3LY: How has your motivations for exercise, or life itself, changed over the past 2 years you embarked on this journey?Rick: I started the journey just trying to avoid becoming diabetic. Along the way, I realised I was becoming fitter and healthier than I was before, and it grew one me that I had to keep it up even though it wasn't easy. This is because the hard and/or challenge is what makes it great! Throughout the process of just wanting to lose weight and becoming fitter, I also came to the realization that I am capable of achieving MORE than just losing weight. Previously, I participated in several 10KM and Half Marathon events and even though I completed them, my timings were pretty bad as I did not train much. After having gone through a tough but positive process of not only losing weight but incorporating different fitness regimes into my fitness journey, I was able to achieve better timings than before! It built my self confidence and I got hooked.
LIV3LY: How often do you exercise in a week, and what type of exercises do you do?Rick: I make it a point to workout around 3 - 4 times a week. As I am really busy at work, I do a lot of running on the treadmill. When I have the time, I will go for a swim too. On Sunday evenings, I usually go to a bootcamp group workout held at The Singapore Sports Hub's 100 Plus Promenade where I can meet like-minded to train with, and that's a great motivation.
LIV3LY: Coming this far into your journey of self-discovery and improvement, is there anything that you wish you could have done differently, or change?Rick: Actually I am pretty happy with what I have gone through. If there wasn't a wake up call or I wasn't who I was in the past, I would still be the old Rick Loh that I used to be - sedentary and unhealthy. I am constantly making small changes to adapt to my current work schedule so that I am still able to keep fit, and also watch what I eat.
LIV3LY: What is one piece of advice you would give to people looking to pick up running, or whom are looking to start this journey to good health and fitness?Rick:The journey to good health and fitness, in my opinion, is more of a lifestyle. Life is not a sprint, but a marathon, so pace yourself accordingly. Every change you make, no matter how small is the step in the right direction. When the going gets tough, it is important to be unrelentless, keep believing and continue trusting in the process, because if you really want it, you won't give up. At the end of it, you'll look back and realize how far you've come!
LIV3LY: We hope you have been inspired by Rick's determination on his journey to looking fit and fab!
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