Six years ago, Jacqui Heng was obese. But she lost her excess weight with a regimen of exercise – mainly indoor cycling – and diet. By Ng Wan Ching
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ABOUT JACQUI HENG
Q: What is your secret to looking so fabulous?
A: Eating healthy food with lots of protein, sleeping adequately and exercising regularly.
Q: Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?
A: Yes, after having my baby in 2010, I weighed a hefty 80kg. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to do indoor cycling for at least an hour daily. I also started to eat healthily and sleep adequately. I became very selective with the activities I did and the food I ate. I also cut out added sugar and salt. By mid-2013, I was 70kg and by the end of that year, I was 62.5kg. In early 2014, I was 56.6kg. I now weigh 52kg.
Q: What is your diet like?
A: I eat a lot of steamed fish, tofu and chicken, food rich in protein. I take more carbohydrates whenever I exercise as I burn it off during the workout.
Q: What are your indulgences?
A: I love ice cream, sorbets and deserts like ice cream cakes. I eat mainly ice cream from Olivia’s Palette, which has been certified a “Healthier Snack” by the Health Promotion Board for its sugar-free, low calorie, low glycemic index and prebiotic formula.
Q: How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
A: Doing sports helps me to relax. I swim and run with my six-year-old daughter. And we also like going to the movies.
Q: What are the three most important things in your life?
A: Love, health and happiness.
Q: Would you go for plastic surgery?
A: If there are areas of my body which need to be addressed to look better, I will do it. For now, I am happy with the way I am.
Q: Do you think you are sexy?
A: I feel sexy, so I think I am.
Q: What is your favourite part of your body?
A: I love my arms. They used to be flabby. I started doing push-ups, going from 20 a day to 120 in the course of one year to achieve the defined shape and size I wanted.
Q: And the least favourite?
A: My hips and stomach area – I think they are too broad.
Q: How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?
A: I am dedicated to keeping fit. I stick to my daily cycling spins, except during the weekends. It keeps my fitness level where I want it to be.
Q: What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in the name of fitness?
A: I have stopped eating Penang laksa, char kway teow and chye tow kway.
Q What do your family and friends think of your active lifestyle?
A: They noticed that I have stopped taking part frequently in food get-togethers. They are impressed with the change in me. My daughter has also noticed my transformation. She polices my diet and stops me eating additional food when we share a meal.
Q: How extensive is your collection of sports paraphernalia and which is your most prized possession?
A: I have a wide range of sports wear and shoes. My most prized item is my pair of spinning shoes which I have had since 2013. I can’t bear to replace them because I have had them since I started spinning.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline “From 80kg to 52kg”.