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Lately I’ve been posting up photos of myself working out with Joey, my personal trainer, and I’ve gotten comments such as, “You’re already so fit, why do you need a trainer?” – which prodded me to write this post. I’m not here to preach why you should get a trainer, but rather, why I got a trainer.
It’s true that I do have a rather active background – I was on the school badminton team and cross-country team in my younger days. But once I started working, I never trained at those kind of intensity levels and in fact, I did reach points where I never exercised at all. I have a comprehensive (and expensive ( ) gym membership with True Yoga/True Fitness/Original Bikram Yoga which includes access to all their gyms and unlimited supply of group fitness classes, but it’s not the same as getting one-to-one attention.
Some people feel that having a trainer sounds intimidating and that it is only for people who want to train for some competition or tournament. Some who are not even exercising at all, are skeptical about getting a trainer because they are unsure of the objectives and the cost.
Well, it can always be a trainer to train you for lifetime health – something that money can’t buy. Whether you are just starting out or you have been exercising for a long time, you will need help somewhere. It can be help for weight loss, help for a particular race you want to try or generally just want help to achieve your fitness goals and take you to the next level. Some, like me, want the proper guidance so that they can optimise their workouts (and not end up exercising to no effect or overtraining) and also make sure they don’t get injured.
In essence, I’m pursuing efficiency. I want to save time by making sure I’m training right and that will lead to progress. So here’s why I hired a trainer:
Everyone has their addiction – soccer, beer, cigarettes, porn, sex, exercise. One of my biggest addictions in life is junk food. Other than family, this is probably my longest relationship of my life. I’ve loved junk food since I was a kid. My mum used to tell me how I rather eat ice cream at meal times and at the age of 12, I could take six roti pratas with egg (the oily Indian pancake lookalike) and two Milo Dinosaur drinks (basically iced Milo topped with lots of Milo powder) just for breakfast.
Someone once told me that my attitude towards junk food should be that of: “Make it worth the calories“, but the way I love junk food, everything is worth the calories! My girlfriend Daphne told me that I should love my body and treat it right by feeding it only healthy food, but somehow I don’t quite fully agree on that.
If there’s one problem hindering my weight loss progress, it has to be the issue of my self-discipline and self-control when it comes to food. I am a total junk foodie (or is it food junkie?) and I rather snack than eat proper meals.
When I was just 12 years old, I could eat six pieces of roti prata with egg and two Milo Dinosaurs. That was just for breakfast. I love all kinds of snacks – potato chips, chocolates, sweets, biscuits, whatever that comes in packages. Once I open them, I will definitely finish them. Rationing and portion control just doesn’t seem to exist in my dictionary.
The past few months I’ve embarked on a new Eat Clean, Train Mean, Get Lean regime and it has been really tough trying to stay away from all these snacks. Look, I can easily eat two huge packets of Lay’s and three tubes of Tim Tams in one sitting – and still go on. Get the ones in smaller packets you say? Doesn’t work for me either – I would just open one small packet after another.
Losing weight is already such a challenge, especially having to summon every ounce of my willpower to reject my favourite foods. It doesn’t help that once a month I have to deal with this damn thing called The Period, which affects the weight loss process in several ways.
About seven to 10 days before the period is due to arrive, I will experience symptoms like water retention, bloated tummy, added lethargy and FOOD CRAVINGS. All these serve nothing but demoralisation to my dieting efforts.
Your clothes become tighter, you don’t feel sexy at all with that bulging tummy, you freak out in horror at the digits on the scale and you just can’t seem to resist pigging out. I go through ALL of that. I will find myself ditching my weight loss measures and polishing off that whole tube of Tim Tams or an entire tin of sugar-topped butter cookies. (This is actually called binge eating and I will write about this in a separate post.)
Well, the thing is, all those symptoms are temporary and should not interfere with your long-term weight loss progress. I know it’s really hard not to feel unmotivated when you are feeling fat, greedy and un-sexy. I just feel like throwing in the towel and give up dieting when I see the numbers on the scale go up although I’ve been faithfully keeping to the diet and exercise regime.
Well, as much as I sometimes feel like rolling my eyes when I say this, it is true – Try your best to keep motivated to lose weight during that time of the month! Just continue eating healthy and keeping up your fitness workouts.
Here are some tips to help you get through this dreaded time of the month:
Tips for tight abdominals
Although the GLOW BFF Challenge is over, I am still in touch with the girlfriends I met there. We communicate daily via our Whatsapp group chat and I still meet Daphne at the gym as well as Ju-Ann for body combat/pump classes at True Fitness. It’s really nice to have friends who have similar goals as you in terms of fitness and diet, as it helps to keep you on track.
We have even planned a girlfriend weekend getaway in mid-May! Determined to strut around in bikinis fit or fat, some of us started reading up on how to get our bodies bikini-ready in two months. I found a lot of good content online but this particular link that Daphne shared some Tips for tight abdominals was most useful as I could relate to it: