Tragedy Turns Ex-Fatty Boy/ Fatty into Bruce Lee of Wellness -
Beginning at age six, 'Fatty Boy' was my nickname. As I grew older, my nickname was changed to Fatty. How fun was it to be called a Fatty? I didn't care much, but I do not recall loving it. Although I was very cheerful by nature, consciously and subconsciously, I hated being fat, especially when it came to changing my clothes. I always wondered how others could stay healthy and looked so neat in their clothes and I always looked so sloppy in whatever I wore.
Years went by and not knowing what to do, I continued to eat what I wanted, whenever I wanted, and as much as I wanted. It was during my teenage years that my nickname was changed from Fatty Boy to Fatty, because I was no longer a small boy. Unfortunately, my Fatty nickname did not go away for many more years. Not even when I was in the swim team, badminton team, martial arts, and in the Army (Combat Unit) - my nickname Fatty was there to stay. Even though the Army's training was tough, somehow, I managed to eat enough junk food to keep up with my nickname Fatty.
I continued to gain weight as I grew older, because I never stopped or cut down on the junk food that I loved to eat. I loved ice cream, chocolate, chocolate milk, chips, fries, cheese, deep-fried foods, and almost everything that was very salty, sweet, or DEEP FRIED; fresh fruits and any kind of vegetables were a No-No for me then.
At age of 20 to 25, something started to change. My energy and concentration levels continued to drop. I was not able to sit through a 45-minute lecture without dozing off several times per class. My stiff neck went from bad to worse as time went by.
1st Turning Point: Meeting With My Future Mother-In-Law
At age 25, my stiff neck was hurting me so badly that I could not sit still without having to rotate my neck frequently to ease my pains. Fortunately, I continued to be myself even when I was in front of my future mother-in-law, I ate like a pig. I would eat all the things that tasted best but were bad for my health.
Then my future mother-in-law order came into play. "You have to go for a blood test," she said. What should I do? Follow her order of course - or I was probably going to lose my chance of marrying her daughter. And it turned out to be a blessing, I found out that my cholesterol was 288 at the age of 25 (a safer cholesterol zone should be less than 200, to reduce the chance of health or heart diseases). In addition, my good cholesterol (HDL) was way too low and my bad cholesterol (LDL) was way too high. What's next?
I started getting into various diet programs and went on all kinds of strict diets. Every program that I tried didn't seem to work; the weight that I lost would come back again soon after the diet program was done. One disappointment after another -- but I just would not give up because I was determined to stay healthy for my future wife and my future kids. Through trial and error, at the fourth year of trying, the Color Belts' Success Formulas started to take shape. Since then, my cholesterol level and weight have been back to normal and my neck pains are gone - for years, naturally. And of course, my nickname Fatty was gone with the fat!
2nd Turning Point: A Phone Call That Changed My Life
Three days prior to September 1st of 2006, a very lovely and giving man was just chatting with me over the phone thousands of miles away. Everything seemed to be normal, as usual. This man also happened to be the man who did not give up hope on me because of my study challenged background.
Fortunately, he believed in me and gave me an opportunity to pursue my studies in the United States. It was at Oklahoma State University that I met my then future wife, Linna, who later turned me into someone who loved to study, read, and write.
Sadly, on September 1st of 2006, I received a phone call from my brother-in-law in Singapore and it was about the very lovely and giving man. I lost him to a sudden massive heart attack. This man is my dear Father Ong Choon Lee.
It was the extreme pain of not having him for an extra day that inspired me to convert my years of yo-yo dieting notes into Mind Your Own Wellness to help others live their healthiest and best, not only for themselves, but also, for their loved ones too!
I sincerely hope that this book will inspire you to live your healthiest and best for yourself and your loved ones.
Alex Ong is a professional speaker, coach, and natural health author. He is a specialist on the subjects of Stress, Weight-Loss, Obesity, Productivity, Natural Health and Wellness - How to lose weight naturally and have less stress in your life.
His #1 mission when presenting is to provide audiences with fun and straightforward steps to improve health, reduce stress and weight naturally. What makes Alex Ong's presentation unique is, he walks his talk. He has been called Fatty Boy by others for years and he certainly know what it takes to be heavy and most importantly, he knows how to use the fun and straightforward steps to become healthy again.
Alex has been featured on various radio stations across the U.S. and in Australia. He was also a featured speaker at the National Health Freedom Expo. He has spoken to thousands and his audience includes members of the National Institute of Health, FDIC, FBI, HUD, US Air Force, National Science Foundation, US Army, US Navy, USDA, Chicago Housing Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, National Library of Medicine, and many more.
He attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a Master's Degree in Marketing including the in-depth understanding of Advertising, Research, and Consumer Behavior - Consumer Psychology and Buying Behavior.
In 1989, he received the Distinction Awards in Life-Saving and he was a Certified Combat Medic in the Army Infantry Unit in the 1990s. He has been in the field of sales and customer relations for over 15 years. Prior to developing MIND YOUR OWN WELLNESS's Eating Formulas, he spent half a decade of his efforts as the head of the Advertising and Marketing departments in the food industry. He lives in Illinois, with his lovely wife Linna and his two children.
Check out Alex's Web site at http://www.MindYourOwnWellness.com for more information. He loves to hear from readers - success stories, feedback, or suggestions, please email to info@MindYourOwnWellness.com. To book Alex for your next Event or Conference: call 630-673-6268