“I’ll make you gain weight. 2-4 kilos the first month, 4-6 the second month and 6-8 the third month. Believe me, it will work.”
It wasn’t that I didn’t want to believe it. But rather that I’ve heard this all too often and it had never worked so far. When I came down with a debilitating illness, I lost a lot of weight. And I was skinny to begin with. I hear many people talking about how they want to lose pounds, but hardly ever that anyone is trying to gain weight. I never thought that being skinny is beautiful and always wanted to gain weight and look “normal”, weight-wise.
When this private trainer working at my gym told me about his plan, I was sceptical. It had never worked before. All these years, I’ve tried everything starting from eating a lot to seeing TCM practitioners. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do sports, but rather that for some time I wasn’t able to do more than a little Qigong (and at one point of time being down with this illness, I wasn’t even able to do that – even walking slowly would cause a lot of pain and make my heart race).
The TCM practitioners as well as some of the Western doctors I saw during that time would all tell me that this illness is nothing to worry about and I’ll be fine within a few weeks. It didn’t just take a few months. It took two years of treatments. The antibiotics I got in the beginning made my symptoms worse, worse so much that I swore off antibiotics for good. After trying TCM and what not, I slowly got healthier again after eventually finding a naturopath who knew what she was dealing with.
When I was kind of healthy again, I decided that I should start exercising. For 300 CNY a lesson, a private trainer wasn’t cheap. But I was on a mission to stay healthy and not let my weak immune system take over. Taking medicine could only get me so far, the rest would depend upon myself.
It didn’t take long to see results. I couldn’t believe it myself. After only a month of exercising, I had gained 3 kilos. I was finally back to the weight I had 7 years ago. There’s one person I have to thank for: My husband. He’s the one who encouraged me to do sports, to start exercising. I might not have considered going to the gym and paying for a personal trainer if it wasn’t for him.
Have you ever been ill? What did you do to get healthier again?