Testimonial

Christine Leong, 30
project manager

"I first got to know about Rock The Naked Truth from my friend Susan. She knows I've been pretty occupied with my work and haven't been working out regularly for nearly a year.
I shared with her that I was having a hard time finding the motivation to exercise, so she invited me to join her for the first ROCKrunners session at East Coast Park back in Jan 2016.
At that time, without knowing what RTNT was all about, I went and attempted my first 5km run. I remember it was a gruesome 5km for me. I was struggling to catch up with the rest right from the start of the run.
But Cheryl and her crew made sure that I was taken care of and gave me advice on how I should learn to listen to my body and to run at my own comfortable pace. When I was approaching the finishing line, I could see the rest of the group cheering for me. I felt really touched and it gave me strength to complete that last stretch.
Everyone was very supportive and friendly, and it made me feel like we were part of a family. Hence I started regularly attending ROCKrunners, as well as other RTNT events. From there, I found myself improving and enjoying long runs.
RTNT plays an important part in my life and joining the group is something I look forward to every week. Like what we always say, its our weekly dose of HAPPY PILL!
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Cheryl - thank you for starting RTNT and for igniting my passion for fitness all over again. Continue to strive for what you love and I know that you are going to be an inspiration to so so many more! Keep rockin' RTNT!"

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  • (3/10) Going on to secondary school, I was actively involved in the badminton, track and cross-country school teams. So, the baby fat naturally fell off and I became quite thin (pic on left) without having to watch my diet. •
But nobody taught me anything about nutrition and I thought that so long as I exercise, I can eat anything I want. So I kept on eating all the junk in the world! •
I gradually put on weight because I was constantly hungry due to the high frequency of training and I ate what I liked, thinking that I could out-train a bad diet. As a result of the training, my body developed differently from the average girl’s. My arms, thighs and butt were bigger for example. But it didn’t bother me because I was happy with my performance in sports. •
Then I met my first boyfriend and I had butterflies in my stomach from the excitement and novelty. Sadly, he left me after a month for “not being hot/pretty enough”. He was ashamed of being seen with me in public and he would often compare me to pretty girls we see on the streets. At only 16, my self-esteem took a massive beating and from then on, I felt very conscious of myself. •
It didn’t help that someone asked if my secondary school prom night pic (on the right) was a picture of my mum. This was where I started to develop low self-esteem.. where the manifest officially started... •
(In this 10-part series, our founder @cheryltaysg tells her story of how she suffered from eating disorders...) #rockthenakedtruth #bodyimage #eatingdisorders #loveyourbody #loveyourself
  • (2/10) I wasn’t born chubby, but I gained a considerable amount of weight when puberty hit me at 12. I grew a love for junk food and I remember eating six roti pratas (with egg) and two Milo Dinosaurs for breakfast. I would also empty out my piggy bank to buy chips, chocolate, ice cream and soft drinks... and hide them behind my books so that my parents won’t find them. •
In school, my classmates wouldn’t let me off. They gave me the nickname “Sharity” (that pink charity elephant) because it sounded like my name, I liked pink and I was chubby. I played Netball for class and wasn’t too bad in the NAPFA test, but I wasn’t spared from the bullying. •
I was the last to take the school bus every morning and this group of skinny girls, who sat at the back row, would intentionally squeeze into the three seats (of five). They then took out a long ruler to “measure” the remaining two seats and say: “Is this enough space for you Cheryl?”
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At that point, I didn’t feel too bad about myself yet. I didn’t think I was fat or ugly, but I believe it was the beginning of the manifest... •
((In this 10-part series, our founder @cheryltaysg tells her story of how she suffered from eating disorders...) #rockthenakedtruth #bodyimage #eatingdisorders #loveyourbody #loveyourself
  • (1/10) I recall the horror that would overwhelm me when I saw the digits on the scale increase, before I proceeded to slap myself and dig my nails deep to scratch along the sides of my face and forearms.
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I wouldn’t stop until I bled, as it was ‘punishment’ to myself for eating and “gaining weight”. Only 18 years of age then, it was such a strong obsession with weight loss that I got sucked into.
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Absolutely mental.
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(In this 10-part series, our founder @cheryltaysg tells her story of how she suffered from eating disorders...) #rockthenakedtruth
  • Today I want to dedicate this to all the people out there who are struggling with their own shit and trying very hard to move on. You are trying, but yet seeing their photo or hearing their names still affects you. It’s ok, just work on pushing them out of your mind and one day you will realise they don’t matter at all. #rockthenakedtruth
  • Oprah Winfrey is an influential media mogul and the first African-American billionaire. But she came a long way...
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She was born to a single teenage mother on welfare in rural Mississippi. She felt unwanted, as she was often shuttled back and forth from her grandmother’s to her mother’s, and then to her father’s by the time she was 14. •
She lived in poverty and suffered abuse for years. Life started for her on a small farm where her strict grandmother would hit her out of punishment. •
At 6, Oprah went to live with her mother in Wisconsin. Things didn’t get better as Oprah was neglected due to her mother’s long hours at work.
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At 9, she was left in the care of her cousin who raped her. She continued to suffer sexual abuse by other relatives, including her mother’s boyfriend. Finally, she ran away from home at 13. •
At 14, she became pregnant but the baby died shortly after birth, leading her to depression and binge eating. She then moved in with her father, who turned her life around by insisting that she is more than what she was and believing she could be more. Under her father's guidance, Oprah became an honour student and rediscovered her flair for public speaking. •
These childhood traumas are very difficult to live with, but Oprah managed to overcome them and turned her life around to become the success she is today. Keep fighting and believe that you can. #rockthenakedtruth #rockceleb #realstories
  • SAVE THE DATE!
@rockthenakedtruthsg is celebrating its 2nd anniversary on 17 Jan, 7pm at @theautobus.cc. Registrations will open soon, but for now just keep this evening free please!! #rockthenakedtruth #RTNTturns2
  • Things happen for a reason. Don’t panic if something doesn’t go to plan; don’t worry when something unexpected occurs. Sometimes we find out why it happened much later in life, sometimes we never do. But always understand that these things lead to somewhere, so take it in your stride and rise above all! #rockthenakedtruth
  • SCSM x @rockrunnerssg! We had over 20 runners at this year’s SCSM again, so it was quite a party as we grew on the sidelines and continued to cheer! We were screaming for everyone, loudest when we screamed for our own (LOL). Congrats once again to everyone who took part yday! #rockrunnerssg #rockthenakedtruth #scsm2017