Michelle Yang: Believe in yourself even if no one does

I was never a thin or skinny girl. My heaviest weight was 96kg at the age of 13 years old and I was considered obese. Everyone called me all kinds of names linked to fatty or piggy and not many people wanted to be my friend due to how I looked (because of how fat I was), hence I had very few friends. Boys I liked never liked me back and when I eventually had one, he left me for a skinnier and prettier girl.

There was even a period of time where my own family didn’t believe that I’ll be able to slim down. They became very worried about my health and how I was consistently putting on weight. I felt really depressed and that’s when I fell to binge eating, to a point where my health became at risk. I had to go and see a doctor because I was constantly out of breath.

The doctor told me, “Michelle if you don’t start doing something about your health, you may get heart disease at the age of 15!”

That got me thinking. I sat down to mull over what the doctor said and I made up my mind to change. I told myself that I didn’t need anyone to believe in me, that I would be able to achieve what I wanted, that I didn’t need anyone to love me because I was gonna love myself. This is my life and nobody can change anything except myself.

Over the next three years, my weight went down from 96kg to 80 to 70 to 60. I learnt how to cut down on my food intake and I put in the hours to work out regularly. I also became more active, partaking in activities such as bungee jumping and scuba diving.

Now I weigh over 50kg and I still have my flabby parts as well as cellulite. I’m nowhere near “perfect” and probably will never be, but that doesn’t matter because I will continue to do the best for me.

Self-love is loving yourself when nobody loves you; it’s believing in yourself when nobody does; it’s fighting for your right to be healthy and happy.


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  • Missing the yummy food from @theautobus.cc at #RTNTturns2! Did you enjoy the food too? There was nothing left :( (I didn’t even get any of the sweet potato fries!! - Cheryl)
The Autobus is open every day of the week, 7am to 10pm on weekdays and 7am to 3pm on weekends. Their protein bowls at lunch are so good; but also try the brunch on weekends k. ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼#rockthenakedtruth #theautobus
  • Congrats to Team K for coming in 3rd place for ROCKadventure, just 1 point ahead of the next team. So close! These ladies took home a 1-month @triplefit.sg membership each, an RTNT tank top each and a $200 @2xu_singapore voucher to share. You should have seen how stunned they were when we announced their names. Hooray! #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2
  • Wanna do Barre with us this Thursday, 25 Jan, 7pm at @theautobus.cc? We have 5 slots available for this exclusive session, in partnership with @axagamechanger, so DM us if you would like to join us! First come first served!! #rockthenakedtruth #AXAgamechanger #barretime
The bonus mission for ROCKadventure was to hunt for The Ace (@kangkiat), who was randomly running around the Bay. So if teams spotted him, they had to chase after him and get a selfie to score bonus points. You should have seen how hard our Ace was sprinting man! Well done to all the teams who managed to find him (swipe to see the pics). #intervaltrainingfortheace #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2
  • This group of RGS students came for our 2nd anniversary and presented their project - Project Anorexia - to do their part in helping youths struggling with body image! It’s a very important message and I’m really thrilled to see them start young... #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2
  • Were you one of the first 50 to arrive at #RTNTturns2 and receive one of these limited edition @odlo x @rockthenakedtruthsg water bottles? One group left their bottles behind by accident - so let me know if you still want them! #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2 #odlo #odlosg #triplefitsg
  • Congratulations Team B (@j_.ve, @lynnovation, Elaine and Edwin) for coming in 2nd!! They went home with a 3-month @triplefit.sg membership each, $400 voucher (collectively) from @2xu_singapore and a RTNT sports bra each! #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2
  • A big thank you to the #RTNTturns2 committee - @nie_n_milobaby, @choops56, @kangkiat, @gwenkok10, @angelrun.diary, @abxoolutely, @gandhiaabha, @dawnlpc, @shani3 and @yaneeselflove (missing from pic) - for putting this event together in just a month! Wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without you guys 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2