• Chebet says one should not starve themselves as food fuels the body.
• She also advised people, not to overfeed.
Kenyan YouTuber cum radio host Chebet Rono has shared the inspiration behind her weight loss.
Speaking via her YouTube channel, she says losing weight is the only gift she could gift herself.
"Growing up I was always last because I never knew I was overweight.
When I became aware, I became insecure. I have done everything to lose weight including starving myself. I even got acidity from taking lemon every morning.
It was fueled by my insecurities.
What jumps started my current weight loss journey is that everything around me was going wrong.
I said I would dedicate three months to put my body in motion."
Chebet says at some point she turned to drinking too much.
"My health was also deteriorating so I went sober for three months."
"Weight lifting helped me lose my very big tummy. I keep myself motivated by tracking my progress.
'I deny things myself the easy things and do the hard things. The results also motivated me."
In the past, Rono had opened up about battling depression.
According to her, she was not ready for the attention fame came with.
"I have been wanting to do this video for a long time because you are the reason I am here and I just wanted you to understand where I am coming from. I started my journey as one of the first video content creators in Kenya.
That is why I consider myself the king. So as social media started growing, so did I. So in 2018/2019 is when I started getting recognized. I finished high school and went to BrookHouse to do sciences because I wanted to become a doctor but that was not my calling and so I left school to join radio and things were looking good at that time."
Ronoh's career started early in her life, and that is when life took a not-so-interesting yet drastic turn for her.
"But things were moving too fast and I wasn't prepared for this. I was on the radio but I felt I was very unhappy. I felt like I didn't want to do it at that time of my life. It was overwhelming for me and I started getting anxious a lot.
Like I didn't know I was known. Walking on the road in shorts and a big tee and people would stop me on the road.
The creative would panic whenever people noticed her.
"People would say hi and I literally panic because I did not know how to respond and what side of me to show.
If you know me you know the Ronoh I was presenting was not me. It was a personality I was associating myself with. Which gave me bad anxiety and so drinking was my go-to so that I could get comfortable around people."
Chebet said at the time she had become suicidal.
Counselors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.