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Kelyn Lau (@kelynlau)
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Diet: Tries her best to eat as clean as possible; less oil, salt and sugar; protein sources are purely from food like eggs, nuts, vegetables, oats and soy
Training: HIIT, pull-ups and abs on Tuesday; handstand training on Wednesday; weights at the gym on Thursday and Sunday; interval training on Saturday
How and why did you start working out?
I started working out because I used to envy the abs on fitness models. I used to be very active in my younger days up to about the age of 15, then I stopped exercising till I was 22. One day, it suddenly popped in my mind that that sitting around wasn't going to get me any abs.
Have you always been confident about your body?
I have never hated my body; more of my face because I used to be very, very chubby. It's like a small body with a big chubby face. But I’ve grown to accept it!
Did you try to do anything to improve your confidence?
I started exercising and cut down on sugary drinks. When I started to see results, I got more confident.
Are you satisfied with your body now?
Well, I got the body that I wished for back then, but now that I’m here I want more. I guess over the years, our perceptions just keep changing under different influences from others.
What kind of comments do you get about your body?
I used to get people calling me a “skeleton” or “too skinny” back when I first picked up fitness. Now, I get people telling me I will become like a boy if I grow too much muscle.
As you grow older, how have your opinions on fitness and body image changed?
I used to dislike gaining muscle but my views on that have changed over the years. Now I enjoy gaining muscle and I want to grow more because I find it very sexy. Back then, fitness was purely just to get abs but along the way I changed that mindset.
I never imagined myself buying groceries from the supermarket and cooking my own food. I wasn’t the type who would go running, cycling or hit the gym on my own. Fitness has helped me to become more independent and stronger not just physically but mentally too.
Also, I have never loved myself as much as I do today. I was always living for someone else, but now I can confidently say that I am not that girl anymore. Fitness is not just about exercising; it changes people for the better.
Is there any kind of sport you would like to try?
Rock climbing is something I want to try some day. I’m afraid of heights and if i could do it, I would be very proud of myself. Plus it will help me build my upper body muscles!
Will you ever consider plastic surgery?
Nope. I will never ever touch plastic surgery. First of all, the idea of a knife cutting through me is already too scary. Secondly, I am contented with what I’m given. Lastly, for whichever part of my body that I’m not satisfied with, I rather work hard and achieve it. For the parts that cannot be improved through fitness or diet, I'll just have to embrace them because it's what makes who I am.
Why should people make an effort to lead an active lifestyle?
It will make you happier. I know its hard, especially if you don’t like like working out. And sometimes we work out but yet progress is slow, but just keep going and don’t give up! Because it will be worth it in the end.