“So many people have been asking me what the secret behind my weight loss is and my answer is this: I surrendered everything to GOD.”
This was the statement of actress Maxene Magalona as she opened up about her weight loss struggle for the first time at length on Sunday, August 25.
Through Instagram, the Playhouse star shared that losing weight has always been a challenge for her in the past years, having to constantly try “different workouts and diet plans to find which ones best suit me and my lifestyle.”
“But no matter how much I tried, nothing ever really worked because deep down inside, I was not okay,” she continued, adding that being in showbiz since she was young had been a huge factor, as the pressure to look a certain way eventually took its toll on her mental and physical health.
“I was always told that I needed to look a certain way in order to become ‘more successful’ in my career. I understand that this is how our industry works so I just allowed it to take over my perception of myself. Because I was trying so hard to achieve a certain type of look just to please others, no amount of exercise or dieting worked for me,” she wrote.
Maxene said that it was when she met her husband, musician Rob Mananquil, that she was able to look at fitness and wellness from a different perspective. According to her, being healthy is not just “looking good on the outside”, but more of “feeling good on the inside so that we can be better individuals”.
She wrote, “We need to take care of ourselves so that we can help those who are in need, give more to others and care more for our planet. It’s not about YOU.”
She went on: “And I’ll be honest that when I started practicing yoga and meditation, the results came only after I submitted myself to the Lord. As cheesy as it may sound, it is 101% true. I was already deep into my yoga and meditation practice for a year but for some reason, there was still something missing. That was when I realized that I couldn’t do anything WITHOUT GOD.”
“I began by crying and surrendering myself to Him because I didn’t want to live this way anymore —desperately wanting to look good on the outside but not caring to do anything about my toxic and negative attitudes. I started praying every morning and having daily conversations with Jesus and this was when things began falling into place. So by the grace of God and with my husband’s unending love and support, I was able to shed the unnecessary weight and, more importantly, start to fix the ugly parts inside of me. I still have a long way to go but I’m happy I’ve begun,” she added.