As she eats out often, Honey Lee stays trim by doing a variety of exercises. By Lester Wong
Ms Lee balances her love of food with a variety of exercise routines, including indoor cycling, to keep herself motivated. Photo: Chew Seng Kim / The Straits Times
ABOUT HONEY LEE
Ms Lee, the managing director of Heat branding, a public relations agency, enjoys diverse kinds of food, from Western fare such as tapas and foie gras to traditional Korean food.
Her fitness routine is also varied, and includes dancing, cycling and wakeboarding. “My activities reflect my personality,” she said.
The Korean American came to Singapore in 2008. She is the only child of a single mother and keeping active is something they both enjoy.
Her mother, Ms Sun Ock, 73, a Korean who lives in Seoul, is a professional dancer and choreographer and also holds meditation workshops.
Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?
A You have to push yourself every day. I vary my exercise regimen so that there is always something new.
Q Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?
A I was bogged down with work and relationship demands last year and gained 5kg in less than six months. I was feeling low, unhealthy and lethargic. I tried out CruCycle, which involves doing indoor cycling, weights and core exercises in a group. It got me back on track. I gained more energy and confidence and also slept better.
Q What is your diet like?
A I’m a big foodie. I try to extend my workout time if I know I’m going to be taking in more calories.
Breakfast – A muffin and coffee.
Lunch – It can be anything from a chirashi don to a bowl of fish soup.
Dinner – I eat out at least five times a week. It can be anything from tapas to a five- or seven-course degustation meal. I try to stay away from supper.
Q What are your indulgences?
A I’m a sucker for cocktails. I love Martinis and Bloody Marys.
Q What do you do to relax?
A My exercise regime takes up a huge part of my relaxation time. I find it very enjoyable as it includes dance and sports.
Having a fabulous meal with friends or catching a movie is my idea of unwinding.
Q What are the three most important things in your life?
A My integrity, family and friends. Being proud of yourself and of what you do, and how you treat people, is most important.
Q Would you go for plastic surgery?
A Why not? I’m all for enhancing what you have and fixing something if you’re not happy with it. At the end of the day, you are your biggest critic and fan. So if plastic surgery helps to fix something you’re unhappy with, I’m all for it.
Q Do you think you’re sexy?
A Yes! If you think you’re sexy, then you exude it and people will catch on to it. I’m a believer in making what you want happen and not waiting or wishing for it.
Q What’s your favourite part of your body?
A My favourite part is my face. My least favourite are my arms and I’m working hard to tone them up.
Q What are your must-dos before and after exercise?
A I do a good 15-minute stretch and more if I need. I also drink a lot of water before and after exercising.
Q How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?
A It’s critical. I make a big effort to ensure that I stick to my schedule.
Q What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to stay fit and fab?
A I have given up candy. Processed sugars are your worst enemy and sugar is something I am trying my best to cut out from my diet.
Q How has your active lifestyle influenced your family and friends?
A I feel it’s influenced them in a positive way. They can see the changes my body has gone through and the change in my outlook on life.
I like to work out with friends, so I will loop them into my activities. It’s more fun when you have a workout buddy.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2016, with the headline ‘Healthy appetite for food and fitness’.