If you were to ask Darren what the hardest part of losing weight was, it would be to not focus on losing weight but in cultivating better habits instead.
Darren was once 150kg, but now competes in multi-distance triathlons around the world. 6 years ago, he was diagnosed with chronic obesity, was pre-diabetic and had a failing liver after 10 years of irresponsible behaviour - his body was giving up on him. Initially, Darren had to struggle with his diagnosis a he made the mistake of forming distinct objectives that forced him to work in ways that did not allow him to see the bigger picture. He eventually learnt that all he has to do is to get his habits right, put in the work and the results will follow. For Darren, this includes stopping his obsessive behaviour and the non-required guilt whenever he skips a workout or just needs a day off. Balance is really important because as one side tips the scale, other factors will attempt to rebalance the entire equation.
Darren now participates in many races and is notably the only Asian in history to compete in the IronStar full distance triathlon (3.8km swim, 180 cycle and 42km run) over in Sochi, Russia. He also raises awareness for invisible disabilities regularly and wears the colours of the Disabled Peoples’ Association on his race kits. In 2019, he will be representing Singapore at the ITU World Championships in Lausanne for the 35-39 Age Group.
With his participation in Relay Majulah, Darren hopes to inspire people to keep moving forward and never give up.
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