What is your secret to looking fabulous?
Having a positive outlook in life and a strong belief in oneself is crucial in making one look or feel good.
Sometimes, we get too caught up with how others view us that we strive to meet their expectations. I think feeling fabulous is the key to looking fabulous.
Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?
I ran and swam when I was young. I also attended adult ballet classes with the Singapore Dance Theatre when I was at university.
However, it changed the moment I started work. I often had to work late or report for work early in the morning. My work schedule can run from 6am to 8pm from Monday to Friday.
After giving birth, I found it even harder to do any exercise. I gained weight and after I had my second child, my weight was above 60kg. It didn’t help that I was constantly eating salty snacks at night.
I went for slimming massages at least four times a year. It kept my weight in check to a certain extent, but it was hard to continue as each session cost around $2,000. So I decided I had to do something else.
How did you get started?
In July last year, I bought a fitness tracker. My first goal was to meet the target of completing 10,000 steps per day. I went on to include climbing at least 10 storeys a day.
I also started running and found that I loved it. To meet my goals, I signed up for a gym membership and did aerobics for a while. Now, I mostly run and swim.
How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?
To me, it’s extremely important as discipline is an essential criteria in training for all sports.
What is your diet like?
I make sure I eat a balanced diet. My meals include meat, vegetables, carbohydrates and fruit.
What are your indulgences?
I snack a lot. I love ice-cream and potato chips. I curb my cravings by ensuring there is always ice cream in the fridge. Otherwise, I might develop a bad craving and binge.
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
My workload, as a teacher, tends to eat into my family time a lot. However, I make a conscious attempt to finish my work before heading home.
It helps that I plan my fitness routine around my children’s schedules. For instance, I will take them to class, go for my run and then go and fetch them home.
What are the three most important things in your life?
Faith, family and happiness.
What are your must-dos before or after a race or training session?
I must clear my bowels and have a cup of Milo before a race or training session. I used to eat bananas before running but I tend to need the toilet after an hour.
After a race, I need lots of hydration. Isotonic drinks are great for hydration and salt replenishment.
How has your active lifestyle influenced your family?
My husband started to run earlier this year as he saw that my regular runs had made me fitter and healthier. He has also signed up for races and a gym membership.
A version of this story first appeared in The Straits Times.