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Occupation: FinTech Marketing
Food: I've come to realise I don't do well with limiting the types of food I consume, but I do an intermittent fast every now and then when I'm feeling like I've overdone it on the fatty food or alcohol. In general, I also try not to eat anything too late at night.
Exercise: I try to do anywhere between two to five fitness classes per week if schedule permits, usually spin or Barry's.
Q: When you were younger, were you active in sports/fitness?
A: I was on both the varsity swim and touch rugby teams for a couple of my schools, and I was the kid who was always up for trying new sports – from softball to field hockey, horse-riding and even scuba-diving.
I unfortunately don't really do a lot of team sports anymore. Now I prefer to hype my friends up into trying different fitness studios and activities with me.
When did you go for your first fitness class?
I used to work in Lululemon, where I was surrounded by a community of people who loved working out – from my colleagues to the people who visited the store. So I ended up tagging along with them to different fitness classes – from barre to yoga, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), spin and boxing.
I love trying out new fitness classes with people I was comfortable with, so at least if you fail miserably you get a good laugh out of it.
You seem to do a lot of spinning classes now.
Spinning was one of the first fitness classes I ever attended and is still my favourite because of how immersive the environment is. It's cathartic to be able to step away from life for those 45 minutes and just sprint it out on the bike to the music.
What are your fitness goals now?
My overall focus now is maintaining the perfect balance of health and well-being. I've found that fitness classes are a great way for me to maintain both physical fitness and mental clarity. When I look and feel like the best version of me, it overflows into all other areas of my life.
Do you struggle with your body?
I think everyone struggles with body image growing up. Well-meaning people will tell you you're too skinny, you're too fat, you don't have enough boobs, your face is too round, your butt is too flat.
It's taken a lot of time, and it's 100 per cent still a constant work in progress, but I feel like I'm able to say that I'm at peace with who I am today. Being in love with yourself doesn't happen when you've achieved your perfect self, it comes with the grace and the humility to accept your imperfections and continually work on being your best self.
It's a constant struggle especially when we're surrounded by so much unrealistic and edited content everywhere we turn. I've definitely been guilty of my insecurity driving me to both be affected by, and contribute to that content, and it's a vicious circle that can at times feel like it will never end. It's why it's so important for me now that I focus on empowering people around me, because I've found that for myself at least, feeling good on the inside puts an end to comparing on the outside.
When did you feel the least confident about yourself?
Confidence is something I've always struggled with on and off. I still get imposter syndrome to this day – you're not funny enough to be hanging out with this group, you're not qualified enough for that job, you're not skinny enough to be wearing that.
Learning to find confidence in different areas of my life is always going to be a challenge but I've been very blessed to have a strong support system, both in my friends and family, and also in the community that surrounds me – at work, fitness classes and elsewhere. And they make a world of a difference in pulling me up when I'm down and vice versa.
Are you content with your body now?
I think rather than working towards satisfaction with my body, I try to always appreciate it for all that it gives me – strength, mobility and physicality.
But in all honesty, I would never judge someone for choosing to edit or keep the body they were born with and I personally wouldn't rule out the possibility of changing my body in the future if I felt like it. Your body, your choice.
I wouldn't hide it if I decided to change anything up though, because I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of and transparency always helps with removing unrealistic expectations.