Idea Crib’s Well-thy Pinoy Profiles blog series is now underway!! With this blog series, I plan to regularly feature healthy and happy Pinoys and glean insights about why and how they keep healthy and happy. The ultimate aim is to inspire more individuals to take care of themselves by taking care of their health and their bodies.
The third featured personality in this blog series is MarkAnthony Sy, an Engagement Manager and yoga enthusiast. Check out his answers in the blog’s latest post.
Well-thy Pinoy Profiles: Get to Know MarkAnthony Sy
Occupation Engagement Manager, Software Services – IBM Sales and Distribution
Hobbies Yoga, Travelling, Cooking
Social media profile IG: @mackymee
How do you stay healthy?
I stay healthy by making sure that my body is being nurtured daily and with the right amount of food. I drink water a lot to make sure I am well-hydrated. After office hours, I make sure to attend yoga class both as my daily exercise and to connect with my body to make sure that I have a healthy mental state too.
Why do you keep healthy?
I grew up in a family wherein maintenance meds for hypertension was always being served on the table for my father. I decided that I needed to take action, or else I’d end up also buying meds for myself. Being healthy is everything: mentally, you get to think and come up with good decisions. Physically, you get to pick the clothes you want without asking for the largest size; it really is a confidence booster.
When did you decide to live healthy?
I tried everything – from fad diets to gym memberships just to lose weight. Two years ago, when I hit 230 lbs. partly due to a sedentary lifestyle, my officemate/friend asked me to try the yoga class near our office. I was a bit apprehensive since I was not flexible. During my first class, I told myself that I wouldn’t go back because of the poses (or asanas). As it turned out, I fell in love with it. I’m still in love with it. What’s good with the yoga is that it is not focusing on your body parts. It is a holistic approach.
On November 2014, I decided to let go of meat (pork, chicken, and beef) and fish and decided to be a vegetarian to supplement my yoga practice.
What are your favorite indulgences/ cheat day treats?
Chocolate is my weakness – in all forms.
In your opinion, what’s the one thing people can do to kick-start their journey to wellness?
I always believe that you got to start with something. Start with your food intake: eat in moderation and eat healthy food. Do not abuse your body. There are times when we do not notice that we are already working late hours or are already stressed. There are also times when we just simply push ourselves to lose weight. Learn to also listen to your body.
I agree that we must learn to listen to our body. When a part aches or when something bleeds, it’s usually a sign that we need to step back and assess the situation. Being in tune with your body is important. Things can take a turn for the worse when we ignore our body’s subtle signals that something might be wrong.
What can you say about Mark’s journey to fitness and wellness? Are you a yoga enthusiast too? 🙂 Who else can I feature in this series? I’d love to hear your comments below.
The first two Well-thy Pinoy Profiles featured marathoner Arthane Carlo Sicat and running blogger Noelle De Guzman. The next Well-thy Pinoy Profile will be published in four weeks. Can you guess who I’ll feature? 🙂 Stay tuned!
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