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#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Sue Ramirez: How I Embrace Body Positivity

#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Sue Ramirez: How I Embrace Body Positivity

Editor's Note: In today's relentless pursuit of perceived perfection, the world often misses out on the importance of cultivating authenticity. Enter Sue Ramirez, one of the fastest rising young stars in the industry who fearlessly embraces her entirety -flaws and all. For Sue, her definition of wellness starts with having a concrete grasp of what works for her and what doesn't. ABSCBN Lifestyle sits down with Sue for the lowdown on her fitness and diet regimens. 

I have a confession: I do not have a fitness routine. I don’t work out; I don’t go to the gym. People say that I’m their fitness inspiration and I find that nice. I’m honored that I get to inspire people. It feels like I’m doing something good, that I’m doing something right for me to an inspiration.

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Dati talaga, hindi ako tumataba, super patpatin ako. When I was younger, I was really active in school sports. But when I entered showbiz, I had to stop everything. My metabolism slowed down with it. Yun yung pinakamalaking mistake ko—that I relied on the fact na hindi ako tumataba so kain lang ako nang kain ng kahit anong gusto ko. Of course, it caught up on me. Rumesbak.

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I was getting chubbier and chubbier and it was getting to be unhealthy, so I really had to work on myself. I started to have this problem where I was starting to look really big on TV. I’ve had comments from production that I have to lose weight, I have to work on my diet, and that I have to work out. Yun talaga yung pinakamalaking wake up call for me. I’m not the young 16 year old girl who doesn’t get fat even if she eats a lot anymore. Actually, I get sad that I have to control myself from eating kasi pinalaki kami ng mom ko na wag niyong titipirin ang sarili nyo especially with food—so it breaks my heart that I can’t eat four cups of rice, but that’s what I have to do.

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I tried to be more active and I was really active for a month or two. Then, I went to the US for my birthday vacation. When I got back, I got really busy kasi nagtambak yung work ko, so I didn’t get to go to the gym anymore. After work, parang tinamad na ako. So I just maintained my figure then by eating whatever I want in moderation lang. I do jumping jacks on my own, around 200 ones straight for cardio. I also do a bit of squats. It’s not really the proper workout that my body and my body type needs but I make do with what resources are given to me.

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Whatever state your body is in, you should learn to embrace that. Everybody should be like comfortable with their own skin. Don’t feel insecure, you’re beautiful in your own way. It’s normal to have stretch marks, it’s normal to have a double chin. Bilbil—it really doesn’t really matter. If you’re a bit chubby, it’s okay! Chubby girls cuddle better, baby. If you’re skinny, that’s beautiful, too.

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Images from Sue Ramirez' Instagram account; Interview by Mels Timan

Banner image by Kang Garcia

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