There is just too many similarities for me not to blog about it. I’m sure most of you have heard, the title of Miss America this year was awarded to Miss Nina Davuluri, 24. She has a truly inspiration weight loss story I just wanted to talk about. Here’s the article I came across that inspired me to write this blog, one of many articles I’m sure.
Before I begin, I wanted to make another point, which is pageants of today have changed drastically from a few years ago. We see more and more smart, intelligent and confident young women enter into beauty pageants. Pageants have always had a bad rep because women who enter are thought to be shallow and dumb. This is no longer the case and it’s people like Davuluri and Miss America Runner-Up, Crystal Lee (Miss California) that are changing this concept.
Davuluri graduated from University of Michigan with a B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. She then took pre-med requisites in order to complete her requirements for medical school. She first entered the pageant to earn money for college and then again for med school.
Lee on the other hand, graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Masters in Communications. Upon graduating, Lee got involved with a startup, called Nanoly, a nanotechnology company working on a way to transport and deliver vaccine without refrigeration. She was introduced to the startup by Miss Oakland 2011, who was the company’s lead researcher.
All these smart cookies deserve the respect of the world and I’m proud to say I was involved in a pageant myself – a side plug for myself. I graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering: Operations Research. I am fluent in Chinese and one smart cookie! Click here to read more about my pageant days. I’m glad I can speak out for all pageants and encourage people to change their perception.
It is no longer enough to look beautiful on the outside. The ultimate level of beauty is to emanate beauty in the very fibers of our being. This is what I truly believe in. I never push for extreme weight loss because it’s not realistic nor is it doing good for your being. Healthy weight loss is empowering yourself with the knowledge to maintain the ideal body for you.
Nina Davuluri lost 55 pounds in the course of 2 years through diet and exercise. When she was too embarrassed to go to the gym because she couldn’t keep up, she started to do workouts on her own at home. Once she became more confident, she joined fitness classes for that extra boost of motivation. She also began to do yoga and hired a personal trainer. She got down to what she weighed in high school, which is speaking a lot!
There are so many great resources out there, but everyone is different. You can be like me who needs variety. I also went through the same process with classes and personal trainer. Now I am into Yoga and strength training on my own. Or you can be like my friend who enjoy the aerobic classes at the gym and goes to that along with Yoga. Either way, it’s about finding that motivation to do the exercise. Studies have also shown, you can actually lose more from diet than exercise. So don’t undermine your good work with that plate of dessert. I will be posting more on how I lost the weight in my pageant series so stay turned!