My name is Sandy and this is how GuavaPass impacted my perception of fitness and changed my life forever.
To start off, I was never someone who was interested in fitness. Instead of Sunday mornings at the gym or doing something active, I was binging on greasy, heavy meals for breakfast, and usually the same things for dinner. I was severely overweight, and at the height of 155cm, hitting 80 kgs at one stage was not taken lightly. I wasn’t sporty and I hated it because I’d see girls with amazing bodies and I would wish I could be like them, but I didn’t care about working out at all.
At the height of 155cm, hitting 80 kgs at one stage was not taken lightly…I was severely overweight
Eventually, the view I had of myself became too much. I made it a point to run every day, but I’d never hit the gym or think about incorporating weight-training into my mini regime. My impression of fitness was basically: Do cardio and be rewarded. I was also intimidated by people in the gym; I didn’t want to get judged for not knowing how to properly utilize a barbell or a dumbbell!
I’d never hit the gym or think about incorporating weight-training into my mini regime… “Do cardio and be rewarded”
Why did I start GuavaPass? Back in 2015 when I heard about GuavaPass, I was really excited about its launch in Singapore! That was also the year I joined Lululemon Singapore. One day during a meeting, the company surprised us each with a GuavaPass membership. Back then I was also suffering from a pretty bad eating disorder and body dysmorphia. It took me a while to book a class and my first class was a weightlifting class! It was an all-female gym but I remember myself pacing back and forth for a good 15 minutes before heading inside. After the class ended, I was sweating buckets and I felt like I rolled all the way from Pasir Ris and back, but that was the moment I decided I wanted to become stronger.
GuavaPass fueled my ambition to become stronger, healthier…that was the moment I decided I wanted to become stronger.
Body dysmorphia and mental disorders are real. My obsession with excessive exercise and starvation (I’ve tried soup diets, cereal-only diets, and even the yogurt diet) lasted for years. I used to freak out when I saw a 1 kg increase in my weight and weigh myself 4 times a day. GuavaPass fueled my ambition to become stronger and healthier and gave me an ultimatum for what I wanted my life to be like, As I began to see changes in my body, I felt something real.
It was an experience I would never have if I wasn’t able to access so many studios in Singapore.
It was a breath of fresh air; it was the taste of freedom. I explored different types of classes and found love in weight-training, HIIT, CrossFit, and most recently calisthenics! It was an experience I would have never had if I wasn’t able to access so many studios in Singapore.
I began to see changes in my body, I felt something real
My life has changed since. I no longer let myself be defined by the numbers on the weighing scale. I eat chocolates and have plenty of cheat days. I am no longer afraid to work out in the eyes of the public because I know that there’s a community full of like-minded people like me, and we all have the same objective and goal. We’re there for each other… so although I still die in classes, I struggle through happily knowing I’m pushing myself with everyone besides beside me. I’m so grateful for that.
I am no longer afraid to work out…I know that there’s a community full of like-minded people like me
My love for GuavaPass has also brought me here as an employee (Well, intern-turned-employee!) and I’ve never been happier in my life. I get the chance to inspire people with my work and to change people’s lives. I’m now 32kgs lighter and can’t beileve it even now.
“I’m happy knowing I pushed myself in the class with everyone else beside me!”