I became a BRAND NEW PERSON after I changed this ONE THOUGHT.

I became a BRAND NEW PERSON after I changed this ONE THOUGHT.

^^^^Absolutely true.

That’s what happened to me over the past 2 weeks. I shit you not. If you’re following me on Instagram, you would’ve read about how I’ve made some small tweaks to my mindset, my approach towards myself, and how these changes have impacted me in AMAZING WAYS.

Seriously… I am SO MUCH HAPPIER now versus 2, 3 weeks ago. My performance has improved by LEAPS and BOUNDS.

Before this, I was stuck in a freakin’ rut. Never thought I’d EVER get out of it. It’s like being trapped in darkness for a long time, and someone finally called in the electrician. All my life, I’d severely underestimated the power of my thoughts and feelings. And in case you didn’t already know, these thoughts and feelings? They impact your RESULTS. So much. 

THIS ONE THOUGHT?
CHANGED MY LIFE.

I’m SUPER pleased I did this. Completely brand new person! I even wrote about it on The Cambelles

READ IT.
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"I became a BRAND NEW PERSON after I changed this ONE THOUGHT."

xx J

“Singapore weight loss blogger kena STOMPed!”

“Singapore weight loss blogger kena STOMPed!” <– That’s how I would sum up this post.

Over the weekend I was out and about when I received a message from a friend. He sent me a screenshot of a STOMP article and asked if the girl featured in it was me. I was like…. WHUT??!? I KENA STOMPED?!?!

They’ve featured my “before and after” weight loss photos under the headline: “Jaw-dropping transformations that prove anything is possible” and also, if you visit their Facebook page, you’ll see that they’ve shared that article multiple times over the past few days.

Those of you who aren’t already familiar with STOMP? It stands for Straits Times Online Mobile Print. They describe themselves as a “citizen-journalism website with user-generated material fuelling its success”. Basically, a site powered by user-fed content, right. Sensational news, gossip, local happenings…. get your fix at STOMP. In fact, I’ve said on multiple occasions, “Eh, don’t do that lah, later kena STOMPed!” SEE LAH. NOW WHO KENA STOMPED.

“JAW-DROPPING” AH? OK LAH.
Some people even asked me if the one on the left is MY MOTHER.
WANT TO CRY OR LAUGH YOU TELL ME.

"Jaw-dropping transformations that prove anything is possible" - via STOMP

How? You kena STOMPed before? Share leh share leh! xx J

I’m just pretending to be a functioning adult.

ADULTING. URGH. Seriously? I’m just pretending to be a functioning adult. 

Aren’t we ALL PRETENDING??!? Or am I the only one? :/

You know, it’s really funny how kids wish they’d grow up faster, and when they’re old they wish they could go back to being kids again. Can’t be pleased!

This month, having celebrated my birthday, I felt it relevant to write a piece on this topic.

“I’m just pretending to be a functioning adult.”

I SO AM.
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"I'm just pretending to be a functioning adult."

‘FESS UP. I KNOW YOU ARE, TOO. xx J

How do you find your HAPPY?

WOW. SO MUCH HAPPENED IN JULY. Bit too much, I don’t know where to begin. I’ll take it chronologically then.

The gist? July was about CELEBRATIONS. And looking at myself again.

  • 8 July: Ming’s birthday. I took us on a surprise staycation at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
  • 13 July: Someone actually gave me a Fitbit Surge! Like, she just told me to take it and use it. In fact, before she did that, someone else offered to give me hers, too. I had considered the Surge for a while. My Charge HR was going a little “off” in tracking and I thought the Surge would be a good replacement. The Universe has a funny way of giving back – and I think this Surge is its way of telling me that it didn’t forget me. It’s quite amazing! :)
  • 16 July: The 4th anniversary of my quitting Diet Coke and making a lifestyle change. I began using MyFitnessPal this day, 4 years ago. I also took us on a surprise art jamming sesh to celebrate our 14th anniversary together. :)
  • 18 July: I made new friends.
  • 20 July: Our actual 14th anniversary!
  • 24 July: I raced my first public 10K, at the Shape Run (with my Surge on my wrist, heh). Although I’d been training longer distances, that was my very first 10K race. Proud, hurr. ;D My medal? I dedicate it to Ming. :) 

The entire month, I was – would “plagued” be the right word? – plagued. With thoughts of how others look at me vs. how I look at myself. IDK…. It seems like these thoughts were really, really strong throughout July, and even carried over to August. It was triggered by an unkind remark, actually. I’m still trying to SEE ME clearly. I guess I’ll say I’m troubled. Right now, I only seek peace. I’m trying to sort out my thoughts. After all, we’ve got only one life to live. It’s important that whilst we fight for our goals, we’re happy too. Isn’t happiness the most important thing? I’ll find my HAPPY. I’ll find it. :)

1.7.2016

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5 Ways to Accept Your Body Today

“Dear Body, I accept you.” <– I bet this is what your body has been waiting to hear. How many of us can HONESTLY say that we accept our bodies? We live in a world where we are constantly being judged by our appearance. Too fat. Too short. Not pretty enough. Not skinny enough. Not tall enough. As I turn yet another year older, and since I’ve lately been facing this….. challenging idea of self-acceptance more than ever, I thought it apt to write this post on 5 ways to accept your body today.

1. Know that you can accept your body AND still want to change it.

By “accepting” your body, it doesn’t mean that you MUST be satisfied with the way it is right now. You must know that you CAN accept it and STILL want to change it, to become a better version of you. Accepting your body doesn’t mean you tell yourself, “OK, I’m perfect now. I shall resume stuffing my body with junk and not exercise since I’m in full acceptance!” NO. No, no, NO, it doesn’t mean that!

That’s me racing at Shape Run 2016 last month! :)


Bitchy race face 😹🏁 [Image credit: Run Shoot Repeat 📸]

A photo posted by full metal bitch (@jadeisabelle) on

When I accept my body, it means I accept that this is the way I am right now, but I keep my goals in mind. I keep working for and reaching towards my goals, physical mental emotional – all aspects. I think many of us can’t deal with the idea of “acceptance” cos we think once we “accept” our bodies, this is IT. NO MORE CHANGES. That’s not true! I admit I’ve been putting off this idea of “accepting” my body cos I had the mistaken impression that once I accepted me, then it means I’d have to give up my goals of becoming stronger fitter whatever, and just stay put. Now that I’ve sorted out this “concept”, I know that I’m allowed to be a masterpiece AND a work in progress at the same time. Now do you understand?

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Have YOU been bullied because of your weight?

Every now and then I see friends on my Facebook feed proclaiming their intention to lose weight, or that they’re already on a weight loss journey, or that they’ve lost weight, or that they’ve failed and are restarting, blah blah blah. IT’Z ALL ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT. With my being recently interviewed by The Straits Times on body-shaming, this weighty topic has defo been on my mind A LOT more than ever. Have YOU been bullied because of your weight?

I gotta tell you, I’m kind of disturbed that we’re living in such a judgmental society, we can look at someone and instantly shame them for being “fat”, “big-sized”, “fleshy”, “plump” without giving two shits as to how they’d feel. I suffered a lot cos of all these comments and I don’t think anyone should be bullied like that. I don’t know when this whole thing started – when did “thin” become accepted as being attractive, and “fat” unattractive? When did “size” become the determining factor of how someone should be treated? It’s a really large and deep topic. If I were to start writing about it, it’s gonna be a dang long ass post.

Anyway. BAM! I won another weight loss blog awardThis time it’s a list of “The 25 Best Blogs to Follow on Your Weight Loss Journey”. If you’ve found my weight loss story helpful, that’s awesome. I wish you all the best in your journey. 

The 25 Best Blogs to Follow on Your Weight Loss Journey

An excerpt of my profile on the list :)

My profile from "The 25 Best Blogs to Follow on Your Weight Loss Journey"

I’m gonna ask you again. Have YOU been bullied before, because of your weight? If so, I’d like to hear about your experience. It’d be best if you could tell me even, that you actually fought back and showed ’em! xx J

Why do race pack collections take SO LONG?

RACING has become a part of my life. Ming and I have joined several races, all of which are 5K (or the occasional 5K-odd). I never registered us for the 10K category even though we’ve done longer distances on our own, simply because Ming is still a “new” (or new-ish, hah) runner and when it comes to racing in public, we like to take things easier. But we ought to do a 10K soon!

I did run my first public 10K race last month; Shape Run 2016, which I shall be blogging about. :) This August alone we’ve got 3 races, 2 of which took place last weekend. In light of all these races, I thought it’d be interesting to write a race-themed piece for The Cambelles!

If you’re a runner too, if you’re curious about the thoughts that go through a runner’s head when we sign up for races, if you’re into early bird discounts, if you’ve ever stood in line collecting your race packs and wondered WHY THE HECK IT’S TAKING SO LONGYOU SO NEED TO READ THIS

“So you wanna race?”
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What races are you up for next? :) Perhaps we could run together! xx J

On body-shaming: When is it OK to shame someone for being fat?

WHEN is it OK to shame someone for being fat? Yeah, when is body-shaming OK?

Just on Sunday, The Straits Times published an article entitled “Beauty queen loves her plus-sized body”. For that article, they interviewed me on body-shaming.

Seeing that I used to be overweight, they felt that I would have some input on this topic. And I did! I had LOTS to tell them about body-shaming. My whole life? I was body-shamed. My family, teachers, friends, classmates, colleagues, doctors? They all didn’t seem to have problems telling it to my face, asking me why I was so “big-sized”, calling me “fat”, “plump”, “fleshy”. They poked fun at me. Laughed in my face. Didn’t give two shits as to how I felt.

“HEY YOU’RE FAT.”
“HEY YOU’RE FAT!”
“HEY YOU’RE FAT!!!!”

Was I hurt? DUH. Did I cry? Countless nights. Cried myself to sleep. I didn’t know what to do, didn’t know how to start, went on many “diets” only to revert to my old habits. Basically, did not have a plan, did not understand how weight loss works. 

Having said that, I am however of the opinion that, no matter whether someone is overweight or not, they should NOT be subjected to ridicule, attacks, or rudeness just because of the way they are. NOBODY SHOULD BE BULLIED LIKE THAT.

Some of the stuff I said to Ms Cheryl Teh of The Straits Times was quoted in the article as such:  

“Ms Jade Isabelle Liang, 31, knows all too well how cruel people can be towards those who are big-sized.

“Everybody around me didn’t seem to have problems shaming me all the time – friends, family and teachers included,” said Ms Liang, who is 1.55m tall and weighed 60kg before her weight loss.

“They liked to pinch my arms and jiggle it, or say things like, ‘Wah, your big bag suits your big body, great choice!'” she added.

The blogger started running and dieting in 2012 and lost 16.8kg to weigh just 44kg.

Ms Liang said feeling unhealthy had hardened her resolve to lose weight.

“I felt sluggish and tired all the time. I also had knee problems because of my weight… I felt like I wasn’t in the best of health, so I decided to change,” she said.

Ms Liang has developed a love for running and managed to maintain her weight since.”

"Beauty queen loves her plus-sized body", The Straits Times, 7 August 2016

Unfortunately, in our society, body-shaming is extremely prevalent. I could prolly write a freakin’ ESSAY on it. For now, click through the above link to read the article. I’d very much like to write a detailed piece on body-shaming when I gather my thoughts. xx J 

When you’ve been together for 14 years, you celebrate by art jamming at My Art Space.

When you’ve been together for 14 YEARS, you celebrate by art jamming at My Art Space. Having been entrusted all these years to think up surprise plans, my supply of celebration ideas should be running, err, pretty low…? by now, HAHA. So I’m quite proud of myself for “discovering” this one lah! 

Remember, Ming and I had our first art jamming sesh at Arteastiq on his birthday? We had SO MUCH FUN! :) After that, we kept talking about what we would each paint at our next art jamming session. Well, instead of returning to Arteastiq, I wanted to try out a different environment. 

Isn’t it the brightest, prettiest, greenest, friendliest-looking art space you’ve ever seen? I love it so much! I adore the sunlight streaming through the glass, the skylight, the plants, the paintings, the sheer natural-ness of it all. It’s simply DOPE! We’ve walked past this place for YEARS; I’ve run past it in the wee hours of the morning during my training sessions…. and NEVER noticed it. HOW?!?!??? SUCH SECRET.

MY ART SPACE, I CHOOSE YOU!

My Art Space at Istana Park

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