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food: I try to stick to two meals a day. The third meal is juice, which can be lunch or dinner depending on the day. We also limit the intake of carbohydrates such as rice and bread.
exercise: I run, swim, or do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 4-5 times a week.
Q: Swimming was a big part of your life when you were young.
A: From an early age, my parents exposed me to all kinds of sports that I really enjoyed: ballet, gymnastics, martial arts, sailing, tennis, rollerblading, swimming. But the sport that became a big part of my life was synchronized swimming. I was also part of the national team and trained eight times a week (e.g. Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, weekends from 7pm to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm).
What are you into as you get older?
When I was younger, training 7-8 times a week felt like my social life was being stripped from me. When I entered poly, I took a sort of “revenge rest” and refused to play sports for the next three years. I missed it and realized what I needed was a more balanced lifestyle, so I ended up joining the university swim team and started saving lives.
By being on the two ends of the spectrum (from working out 7-8 times a week to not working out at all), I’ve found that exercise actually releases happy hormones, relieves stress, and makes you mentally healthier and happier. rice field.
How do you maintain a work-life balance between work and workouts?
Wake up early and go for a run, or join a workout after work. Also, set aside a specific day to go swimming with a friend so that it takes precedence over other appointments.
Of course, there will be days when you feel sluggish or unmotivated to run, but that’s okay. Just do short workouts (because less is better than no workouts). Or take it as a rest day and lose, unless you do it for a few days in a row. momentum to exercise.
What are your current fitness goals?
My fitness goals are very simple. He just wants to be able to exercise four times a week so he can eat more. I love food, so my motivation for exercising is eating (laughs)! Fitness for me (aside from being able to eat more) is an outlet for me to de-stress, distract myself, and focus on the workouts I’m doing.
I know the process can be painful and not the most enjoyable, but trust me.
Did something happen when you were younger that made you lack self-confidence?
I don’t think there were any particular incidents, but my mother (or rather, a story I heard from a friend) said that Asian mothers tend to tell their daughters that they are fat even if they aren’t. Synchronized I doubt she can say 100% that she felt comfortable and confident in her body coupled with doing a sport like swimming. This is very ironic because when you see us competing, it’s all about exuding that confidence.
But as cliché as it may sound, behind every “glamour” you see on stage is a bunch of young girls who were constantly compared and had to conform to ridiculous beauty standards. He taught me something. It may be ‘skinny’ or ‘fit’, but we’ve each had our own struggles.
It has taught me to love myself more, treat myself better, and be more empathetic and understanding to those who struggle with their bodies.
When were you the least confident in yourself?
When I came back from summer school in Korea, I was the least confident in myself. Back to , I am very conscious of my weight gain in swimwear, especially in swimwear where the tight cut further accentuates my curves.
So I put together a two-week diet and exercise plan to deal with my anxiety and actually lose weight. And by 6:30 p.m., I had a salad for dinner. I was able to keep my discipline until the end, and I was able to see it through to the end, so it was very helpful.
Have you ever fought with your body?
Yes, as I mentioned earlier, playing an artful sport like synchronized swimming, coaches are very strict about what our bodies look like. With a waist of 24 inches he has skinny legs and felt like he should be a size 2. In their eyes, underweight was “acceptable” and acceptable was “overweight.” They monitored our weight daily before and after training.
I still remember they had this formula to determine if you were of an acceptable weight. Your height in centimeters minus 13 (57-13 = 44) so anything over 44kg is overweight and you need to do extra training to compensate. Being in that environment made me gain weight, get fat and insecure, and feel like I had to be a certain body type, a mindset that carried me through college.
It didn’t matter that I had an acceptable BMI, but I felt fat all the time. Looking back at myself when I was younger, I wish I had been skinnier and more confident than I had ever been.
Are you happy with your body now?
Yes, or at least I try. As long as you’re exercising, you’re happy with your body because you’ve put in enough effort to stay healthy. Everyone has a different body type, and I realized that I had no choice but to make an effort to make my body my own.
Have you ever received any comments about your body?
I definitely got comments about my body. My mother always said that, and coaches who hadn’t seen me in a while would tell me I looked fat, gained weight, and should do more squats to slim my legs.
I’m 1.57m tall, so I’m sure every kilogram you gain will be noticeable on your body. I would be taller if I could change myself and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thigh conscious at all, but acceptance is a process and I’m working on it. 🙂