Introduce yourself.Hello! My name is Marga Banaga, and I lost 52 pounds in 10 months through clean eating and exercise. I filmed my whole journey in the hopes of being able to inspire others to do the same. Growing up, I was always made fun of because of the way I looked. I struggled throughout the years with yoyo dieting, constantly losing the weight then gaining it right back shortly after. I just had enough this year and really wanted to change for the better. So I told myself to just stick it out for 100 days. And it was so worth it!
Favorite beaches in the world?Boracay is my go-to place!! I’ve been going at least once a year for 13 years now!!! El Nido is so beautiful as well! I haven’t really been to a beach abroad but I do wanna visit Bali!
Standard beach drink?
Mojitos! Frozen, watermelon! Every kind!
What would you like to share about your own body confidence journey?I am still slowly learning to love my body as it is in the current phase of my fitness journey. Growing up as the big girl, never feeling comfortable or confident, I am still learning to adjust to the “new” me. But what I can say is I now appreciate the things my body can do, I am proud of how strong I’ve gotten (being able to squat 145 lbs and deadlift 200 lbs hehe). I am done being insecure with my stretch marks because these are a reminder of my journey, they are a reminder of the day to day sacrifices I made to get to where I am today.
What is your favorite part of your body and why?
My favourite part of my body are my thighs. I honestly hated them growing up. My thighs are bigger than average so I always felt insecure. But because of my journey, I learned to love them! They are the strongest part of my body. With my #TeamThickThighs I can do most lower body movements a lot better than others can! Its always good to try to be positive when you see a negative. Try and change your mindset!
Who in the world inspires you to love yourself?I really admire Ashley Graham! Even if she talks about body positivity, she also stresses on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and working out. You can check out her ted talk on Youtube where she advocates for self-acceptance!
All time favorite life motto?
Seek to be worth knowing rather than to be well known.