Testimonial

Debbie Lim, 32
Relationship Manager

"I bought my first pair of running shoes after 19 years, in December last year after a particularly bad bout of insomnia and refusing to rely on sleeping pills, preferring instead to exhaust myself out physically so I would have no choice but to crash.
I remember my very first run at ECP on a late Wednesday night - it was horrible. I couldn't even run that first 200m without stopping and gasping for breath whilst all these other runners swanned past me.
I wanted to be like them, effortless and swift as the North Wind. I dreamt of doing a 10km run without stopping; a half-marathon would be a miracle, and a full marathon seemed impossible.
With that secret ambition in mind I continued to run, always alone, and always late at night where there were less people, less pressure, just me and myself. I did improve, I did manage to run more than 200m without stopping, but something was missing and I didn't know what.
Fellow ROCKrunner Kerrin was an acquaintance then a friendly, unassuming soul she is, and she asked me out for a run. That was the first time I realised I could run a full 10km without stopping and I discovered the pleasure of running with a friend, one who could pace you, challenge, and encourage you and give you that hi-5 when the watch stopped.
Kerrin introduced me to Rock The Naked Truth and the rest was history. At ROCKrunners, I did my first ever plank, learnt what a burpee was, and understood the importance of being an all-rounder when it comes to health and happiness.
More importantly, it was the new friendships I forged with some of the most supportive and strongest people I have ever had the privilege to meet. With their cheers and camaraderie I have since done that 10km, that 15km, that half marathon, and as the SCMS full marathon looms before me, I know I will have someone running with me and waiting for me at that finish line. That's what family is about; our #ROCKfam.”

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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