An overweight Singaporean woman has used the memory of her aunt who died from weight-related complications as motivation to improve her own health.
Lim Yiping, 28, has always been big. She had already weighed 80 kilograms (176 pounds) by the time she was in primary school, and by secondary school, she was well over 220 pounds.
At 140 kilograms (around 308 pounds), she was at her heaviest in 2014 — the result of binge-eating and not exercising.
The same year, her beloved aunt, who also struggled with weight issues, passed away.
Now, Yiping, who stands at 1.81 meters (5 feet, 11 inches), weighs somewhere from high 70s to low 80s in kilograms (around 176 pounds).
In an interview with Stomp, the corporate sales executive shared that the death of her aunt propelled her to make a change. Apparently, she managed to lose 60 kilograms (around 132 pounds) over the last three years.
“Throughout my life, my aunty has struggled with weight-loss. I struggled with her, and both of us would go on fad diets and meal replacements together. From time to time, she would check on me,” Yiping said.
“When she passed on, it triggered me to do something with my life. I’m sure she won’t want me to remain unhealthy.”
And so Yiping carried on, starting small by biking thirty minutes a day. She then progressed to swimming, running and high-intensity workouts.
To match her exercise, she also improved her diet. While she does not deprive herself of the usual coffee shops and eateries, she watches her carbs.
She had been on ketogenic (high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate) diet, too.
Yiping did not hide having loose skin as a consequence of her transformation. To solve some of her issues, she uses organic scrubs and even runs an online store that sells them to help others.
She aims to hit 75 kilograms (165 pounds), and with what she has accomplished, that target does not seem impossible.
Keep inspiring, Yiping!