Wellness Wednesday: Confession of a Former Diet Queen

Diet used to be a big word in my life but not anymore.  I don’t like that word at all! Why? The associations of the word diet to me equals to deprivations, hard stuffs, nothing enjoyable at all.

Here’s my story…

Confession of a former diet queen

There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does. Skip the diet. Just eat healthy!

I was a late bloomer; it wasn’t until I was in High School that I got to ‘met’ and became intimate with the word diet. A small town girl, transplanted in the big city where some of the students were models? Yeah, I quickly learned that I was indeed fat. I needed to lose weight.I was the fat girl in high school.

I didn’t know how to do it the right way of course. Heck, most high school kids wouldn’t know much about the right way to eat let alone nutrition, right? I was young and naive.

Thus, the long journey with diet began. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really jumped into this whole crazy world of yo-yo diet and all the trimmings. I took up smoking because besides being cool – kids do not try this at home! – It also said to suppressed appetite. This I found out much later to be a big BS. Excuse my French – but no, cigarettes don’t suppress your appetite. It just made addicted!

I survived on instant noodles (that’s Ramen noodles for you my dearest American friends) and nights where I went to bed hungry because I thought dinner was bad and of course I lost weight but I also accumulated years of MSG overloaded systems inside my body. I was skinny, yes but in the unhealthiest way possible. I was skinny fat!

Even at my lowest weight – which was deemed as ideal by that whole 110 – your height measurement. I was 55 kg (110 lbs) and being 165 cm (5’5”) I finally was considered ‘normal’. Do you still use this system? Please, ditch it because not only it was old fashioned, it was completely wrong way to measure your health! Even then in my head I still feel fat. See, the cycles? I had a totally distorted body image back then.

Fast forward until I had my son, threw in post partum depression, unhealthy marriage, I was ballooning like crazy. I ate my feelings out! That’s how I was. So the cycle of crazy diet regiments were getting stronger.

I was always on the lookout for the newest and latest diet trends. Magic pills, yes tried them! Magic shakes to replace your breakfast and dinner? Been there, done that, sweety! As the results? My metabolism went completely out of whacked!

If there really is a quick fix diet pills that truly work without costing you a liver damage or other damage in the long run, who ever invented this will probably win a Nobel price already! Don’t you think?

It took me many years to finally wake up from this whole diet influence. It wasn’t until I started working out, started lifting weights, cutting out the crappy processed foods that I realized I don’t need to be starving myself to death to lose the weight! Contrary, I need to eat…it’s a matter of choosing what to eat that change my body’s compositions plus the workout of course.

So yes, I was a former diet queen and I am now fully sober! Now, I had banished the word diet out of my life completely. Why? Because it just doesn’t work! Period! Diet sucks!

Diet industry is a million dollar business. It’s almost like fashion, there will always be new secret methods being offered for us who easily wants to find a quick fix but darlings, being healthy are no quick fix. I am still learning too. Want to lose the stubborn last 10 pounds? Eat! Don’t starve yourself. Eat right add exercise, rest well then your body will rewards you. And if I can add, ditch the scale! No, seriously! Go with body fat level instead of those numbers on the scale.

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How about you? Are you still on a diet?

Welcome to week 4 of Wellness Wednesday, lovelies! Will you join us this week? Last week was awesome. Thank you for joining us and sharing your inspirational posts.

Feel free to choose from one of these prompts below, write your blog then link up with us.


  1. Are you a diet queen? Tell us about it if you are or not.
  2. That moment when you were hurt so bad emotionally. How did you heal yourself?
  3. 5 healthy food that you crave all the time
  4. Tell us about your morning routine
  5. What is your favorite workout DVD program(s) or workout YouTube channel?


  1. How do you cope with stress?
  2. Would you consider going under the knife for better figure? Why?
  3. 10 things you learned at the gym
  4. Gym Etiquette
  5. Fitness/Health myths debunked!

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  1. January 28, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    The things we do to our bodies!!! Sheesh. Im so glad we are learning to love ourselves 🙂

  2. January 28, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I always thought of the preoccupation with our weight to be such an American thing, but it sounds like it is very global and maybe more generational than anything. It is crazy how big the weight loss industry is. Everywhere you see ads for weight-loss systems and crazy exercise regimens. What happened to just eating healthy and getting a normal amount of exercise? Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. January 28, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Wow… Maureen, that’s a great confession. I never thought you gonna write about diet like this, but I fully agree with you.

    At first, I want to write about diet in my WW post too, but I dont know how to say it. I am really glad you, Maureen, did it very well. I think your points about eat (a healthy food) and add it with workout is the best way to have ideal body. There is nooo way ideal body just by eat shake or pill etc, and without exercise.

    Thanks for share your diet confession, Maureen. Semoga semakin banyak wanita yang sadar tentang isu kesehatan ini.

    • January 28, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Haha, tadi main klik klik ajah, nggak pake koreksi tulisan segala. Udah tau bukan bahasa sendiri… 😀 pokoknya gitu deh, Mbak Maureen ngerti kan ya maksud saya di atas? 😀

  4. January 28, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    I see we picked the same prompt again, and like you I am also not a diet queen! I loved how you talked about being sober because it is like that! It is like coming out of the fog and seeing that diets just don’t work, we need to commit to healthy eating, and exercise, with the occasional yummy treats. Great post, love Mackenzie

  5. January 28, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    like this point “I don’t need to be starving myself to death to lose the weight!” so true 🙂 Thanks for share Maureen. I am totally not a diet Queen hahaha 🙂 I eat everything but not excessive 🙂

  6. January 28, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I’m currently “dieting” too, and I did not write about it because it’s still pretty frustrating. Haha. Thanks for being an inspiration (as usual), Maureen! 🙂

  7. January 28, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Thank you for this honest to earth confession, what we do to ourselves to fit in or be what the world expects is crazy. I have been fortunate to have grown up in a place where if you were skin it insinuated you were sick and if you had meat on your bones you were embraced that was until i moved to the UK and things changed

  8. January 28, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Why former diet queen? Does this mean that you’re no longer holding such title consistently? Why for you’ve failed to maintain the ideal weight for that matter, is that so?

  9. January 28, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Thank you for your honest sharing of your high school experience. Smoking is really a bad idea to pick up, I hope you have already quit this habit by now. It has nothing to do with desire to eat at all.

  10. January 28, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Good morning Maureen!

    I’m looking forward to reading your post when I finish clearing the snow. Not as bad as we expected but we got snow. 🙂 Also, I’ve moved from A Modern Translation to a new site where I’m slowly getting settled. Have a great day!

  11. January 28, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    i don’t know if you’ll consider Tr 90 as a diet, but yeah i’ve tried that and it didn’t work for me because I didn’t really control my food intake so yup, i think i can say that i’m always on a diet verbally. but i hardly took action. i’m a huge foodie (glutton) and diet really doesn’t work on me at all. 🙁

  12. January 29, 2015 / 2:19 am

    I’m with you, I don’t diet any more. To be honest, I’m at a point in my life where diets don’t work. Hormones are fluctuating so a diet won’t work, I prefer to eat healthy and exercise. I was also a chubby child but when we moved to a building that had a playground and other kids I lost weight. So I totally believe in keeping the body moving. Thank you for sharing your story and how you dealt with all the obstacles to com out healthy and happy.

  13. January 29, 2015 / 3:08 am

    I have also been there and I know exactly what you mean. I have always been skinny and anorexia was part of my life for many many years.
    Looking good and staying health is so much more than what the scale shows us.
    I am glad for your choice!

  14. January 29, 2015 / 3:10 am

    Nope, I’ve never dieted. I just don’t have the discipline. Although, I do believe that everything is okay as long as it’s in moderation. And exercise – I need to start doing that as well!

  15. January 29, 2015 / 5:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your story and experience! Dieting, weight loss and everything associated with it can be so rough mentally and physically!

  16. January 29, 2015 / 7:13 am

    A lot of my friends were crazy dieters but it took them 3 or 4 to realize none of them really work because as soon as you stop, you’ll gain the weight right back! I opt for just eating health and slowly adding better foods into my diet <3

  17. January 29, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I also agree that easting healthy is more important than dieting. There are so many unhealthy diets out there that can lead you into sickness. Thanks for this post. I love the idea of Wellness Wednesday!

  18. January 29, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    This is such a great post- and I’m so happy for you, that you are fit, healthy and happy now! I hate the standards of measuring, BMIs and all of that. I think, if you’re in shape and you’re happy with your body…that you don’t have any unhealthy fat that poses risks….then so be it and you’re perfect. Women are far too wrapped up in body image and it’s ridiculous, especially when it’s really based upon short lived fads and stupid garbage that’s, more often than not, digitally made up nowadays.
    I came across such an interesting post the other day (it’s not my own, I’m not self promoting!! lol) and I’ll copy it here because you may appreciate it. It gives 100 years of the changing trends of female body image and I found it to be such an interesting read…you may like it; http://greatist.com/grow/100-years-womens-body-image

  19. Lauren
    January 29, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    This is SO TRUE!!! I used to be a nutrition major in college (before I switched to premed) and this is what they stressed to us! I really need to eat healthier too!

  20. January 29, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    This is what I’ve been telling my friends. 🙂 I mean, I’ve nothing against people who wants to go on a diet. But for me, it’s more important that your body gets what it needs to stay fit and healthy. Diet is supposed to be for fitness not for reducing fatness. 🙂

    Guess I’d agree to the points you’ve emphasized here. 😀

  21. January 29, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I attended a nutrition talk and was told the same thing, the only diet that works is a healthy diet. No use of starving yourself but it’s important that we get the right food and exercise.

  22. January 30, 2015 / 12:54 am

    I agree with you completely. Starving is not a solution. Once I starved to get slim and then I got the yo-yo effect after. So right now I just try to eat healthily.

  23. January 30, 2015 / 1:56 am

    I was the fat kid in high school too – and you are so right. Eating healthy and exercise is the best way to get the shape you want 🙂

  24. January 30, 2015 / 8:10 am

    I love it – skip the diet and eat healthy! that’s what I need now. The word diet makes me quite anxious about everything I eat and I end up not eating the right thing.

  25. January 30, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    yeah i hate the idea that with diets you’re depriving yourself.. so instead of looking for things to fill your life with.. you feel like you’re taking something away. i like the idea where you focus on what you add to your life rather than what to subtract. 🙂

  26. Eliz Frank
    January 30, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    The diet industry is a billion dollar marketing chain that keeps people feeling bad, while they rake in the money. I’m glad you are no longer caught in that trap.

  27. January 31, 2015 / 9:46 am

    I’ve never been on a diet because I’ve always been really skinny but I used to want to change that. For years, until I had kids and learned to appreciate my body a lot more.
    I think the struggle is very, very common and yes if someone actually invented healthy diet pills? They’d win the prize!

  28. February 1, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I used to be a diet queen too…since junior high. Right now I am ballooning. The strange thing is that even tho I really want my body three years ago back I feel so much confident with my body. I don’t go on diet anymore, just want to eat cleaner and proper. I think it’s key.

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