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Former smoker is addicted to running

He started running after bypass surgery in 2013, and has completed two full marathons.

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Joyce Teo on 03 Jul 2018

The Straits Times

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Q WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO LOOKING FABULOUS?

 

A There is no secret. I just maintain a healthy diet and do regular exercises. Start exercising at a pace that you are comfortable with and you will slowly build up the confidence to do more.

 

Q HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN YOU WERE NOT FIT AND FAB?

 

A Yes, for about 11/2 years after my bypass surgery in 2013.

 

I put on a lot of weight then. I was reduced to walking and doing recuperation exercises so that was very frustrating.

 

Things changed after I introduced a new regime, where I would run for a minute after every three minutes of walking.

 

Slowly, I did up to 2km of running and subsequently, I managed to cover as much as 42km.

 

Q WAS THE SURGERY YOUR WAKE-UP CALL TO EXERCISE?

 

A I got addicted to running only after the surgery. Prior to the surgery, I jogged occasionally on the treadmill in the gym.

 

When I was working in China, I drank and smoked. I did not think much about my health back then as I thought that I was still young enough to enjoy those things.

 

These days, I wake up every Sunday morning to go for a 15km run with around 20 people from the Safra Punggol Running Club.

 

I did my first half-marathon in December 2016 and my first full marathon a year later. Since then, I've completed nine half-marathons and two full marathons.

 

Q WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE?

 

A It's low in carbohydrates. I like salad and may add some protein to it, like fish or chicken.

 

Q WHAT ARE YOUR INDULGENCES?

 

A Desserts and bread.

 

Q HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET WHILE AT WORK?

 

A To be honest, it's very difficult as I am working in the food and beverage industry and our meal times are rather irregular. I just try my best to eat as healthily as possible.

 

Q WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE?

 

A Health, family, quality of life. It is not easy to balance this because of the amount of work every day, but I always remind myself that these three things are the most important.

 

Q WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE AND LEAST FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR BODY?

 

A My favourite: my abs. My least favourite part is my height.

 

Q WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-DOS BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?

 

A Before a workout, I make sure I hydrate myself. After the workout, I take a post-recovery nutrition shake.

 

Q HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE?

 

A It is very important as age is catching up with me. I need to make time for my fitness routine so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

I do not need much motivation because I really enjoy running.

 

I want to show others who are rehabilitating from illnesses or injuries that it is possible to pick up new hobbies at my age.

 

Of course, they should seek the doctor's advice first.

 

Q HOW HAS YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE INFLUENCED YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

 

A I influenced a few old schoolmates to start running and they are now doing the half-marathon with me.

 

My family members are all quite health-conscious.

 

Q HOW EXTENSIVE IS YOUR COLLECTION OF SPORTS-RELATED PARAPHERNALIA?

 

A I have a pretty extensive collection of dry-fit tees. When I am not working, you will usually see me in a dry-fit tee.

 

Q WOULD YOU GO FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?

 

A No

 

Q DO YOU THINK YOU'RE SEXY?

 

A Haha! I am not sexy because I do not think I am manhunt material.

 

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.