Making changes in our life is not easy, even when we know it's for the greater good. This week we are blessed to share the story of Arif and the positive changes he has embraced.

I moved to Hong Kong from Malaysia at the end of 2015 and straight away fell into the notorious Hong Kong party scene. Consisting of 4/5 nights out a week, fuelling my unhealthy lifestyle with alcohol, late nights and very little sleep. Being one of 5, I was labelled as the lazy one in the family, known more for my partying than anything else.

At the end of the day, the only person who can make a change in your life is yourself. However, it often takes something or someone to help us take that first step. For me, it was a girl, Ada. After meeting her, she invited me to come to try her spin class. I thought "why not", now this maybe was not for fitness reasons but it was the reason that led me to my first XYZ class!

Well, I managed not to throw up and the prospect of the dinner date after got me through it. Then I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. The music, the energy and the sense of community. So I began riding once a week, mainly in Grow Young classes and I realised I need to make a change in how I'm living my life.

It didn't happen straight away. I was spinning once a week but my party schedule was still pretty full. But gradually as I added in personal training and I started to feel physically and mentally fitter, my priorities shifted. I realised I was no longer planning life around my party schedule but my workout schedule. I craved healthier food and gained a new sense of discipline; grounded by the healthier path I had decided to choose for myself. I was more committed to life!

If I look at my life just one year ago, I wouldn't have believed that this could be me. I now see how destructive the life I was choosing was. 29 years and I finally get it! We get one body and we need to take care of it.

In March I realised my life had taken a 180-degree turn for the better. Other people started to notice a change physically and mentally and that felt good. I felt good.

XYZ for me is a sense of community, it keeps me accountable and it has helped me recognise the importance of fitness.

Posted Sep 28, 2018

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