Denise Laurel embraces the new body she has right now.
She gloats, "Don't just Celebrate the Highs LETS CELEBRATE them thick thighs!!!! JOKE!!!"
She jokes some more in her Instagram caption dated November 3, 2020: "Let's celebrate GROWTh even if it is SIDEWAYS forwards of backwards it's growth!!! Haha jk on the sideways."
Her post shows how her body has changed in the last nine months.
The celebrity mom declares, "THIS IS ME NOW 30lbs heavier 30lbs slower n sleepier 30lbs wiser 30lbs more compassionate n 30lbs more loving with more of me to love haha"
For the first time, Denise writes, there are no more "automatic abs" to bear.
They've been replaced by "double chin," she adds, joking again.
She's been preparing to go back to work, a good time for a "reinvention."
This reinvention entails committing herself to a healthier lifestyle, "Time to sleep better, eat better, take my vitamins, workout and stay hydrated!!
"It's all about discovery for me whatever that may look or feel like!
"So wish me luck and throw up a prayer for ur Sistah cause for the first time in 23years i realize masarap pala to relax haha!
"So help me I need it! I been feeling good internally n wanna get my outsides to match!!"
That last line is no joking matter.
The actress-performer discloses, "i am feeling insecure, i am battling pcos hormones, feeling awkward buying bigger clothes haha from a waistline of 23/24 to now being 28 is big leap so let’s seee what we can do with all of that!"
Mindset on health
Having had a cancer scare once, the mother of one elaborates in her Instagram post what can go wrong in one's body.
She says, "If you look at our bodies like a machine — gut health, hormone health, or pituitary functions—those are the most basic things you have to take care of in order for the whole system to go well.
"So, if your gut health is not good and if your hormones are not okay, your organs will not function properly.
"There comes in diabetes because you don't process sugar properly. There goes hormonal imbalances, cysts or PCOS like what I have. I don't process sugar well...
"What I'm saying is, it's all linked together. Diabetes, PCOS, hormonal imbalance. Weight gain, weight loss, fatigue, sleepiness, brain function, your skin, acne.
"It all starts with your body being addicted to the wrong things... It all goes hand-in-hand really."
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in November 2019, Denise explained how she has been taking good care of her health.
She said then, "I'd like to focus more on what drives me or pushing myself like, 'Oh, how can I do better than what I did last time?'
"That's kind of like what I try to keep in mind all the time.
"Because if not, if I try to look at things with fearful eyes, things will fall apart so quickly and I won't be able to be the mom that I am...
"I'm mom and I'm also dad and I'm also an actress.
"I have many hats, but I wanna be a hundred percent in everything I do. So, I kind of really have to run a tight ship.
"But the thing that holds that ship together is my health.
"It could be ngarag for some people, but it's all about perspective. And for me, I choose to love it and see it as something fun and exciting and learn about what I can."