I’ve always been petite, or even tiny. Standing at 1.53m and weighing between 34kg to 38kg for the whole of my adulthood, everyone would say that I’m crazy when I told them that I need to slim down because I have a little bulging tummy. I don’t blame them and they are not wrong.
I’m underweight my entire life but that said, I’m in the pink of health. Two or three years back when I had a consultation with a nutritionist, she told me that my diet was fine and I could pretty much eat anything I want because my metabolic rate was still pretty high.
However, this year, I hit 40kg. It may be due to age, or even because of my career switch. Teaching was a very physically demanding job which required me to climb up and down the stairs, walk around the classroom and chase after little kids. But now I’ve taken up a desk-bounded job (minus the events and overseas work), sitting at my desk from 9am to 6pm might have been a contributing factor to my little tummy. I didn’t even take a proper photo of my tummy before I started working out to show you because I wasn’t even sure if I could carry this through. Sigh… regret!
I’m still underweight and 40kg is fine for me. But what I was concerned about was my little bulging tummy which looked very ugly especially when my frame is so small. I’m such a vainpot and that is more than what I can tolerate. To add on to that, I really love wearing cute cropped tops too!
Then came this Circuit Breaker. Working from home saved me at least 3 to 4 hours (from commuting to and fro my office, and dressing up for work) everyday. I really did put all that extra time to good use and I decided to get rid of my bulging tummy. I started working out. The last time I exercised properly? My last PE class when I was in JC2. Heh.
After settling into the WFH routine, I started working out everyday after work by following YouTube workout videos. My stamina was so bad at first, and I could only finish one 10-min workout. But I got stronger over time, increasing my workout timing to 20 mins, 30 mins, and finally, I can do a one-hour workout daily now. I do have rest days though.
I always start with a cardio workout, followed by two workouts that are more targeted, either those that say “abs workout”, “small waist workout”, or “butt workout”. I really love workout videos from Pamela Reif and Chloe Ting. I’m no expert at fitness so I’m just sharing what I’m doing here, and if you are looking for something more serious, do seek help from a professional trainer.
Here are some of the workouts that I always follow:
I didn’t really change my diet, except for the fact that I’m eating home-cooked food now, and that I’ve switched to eating brown rice instead of white rice. I’m not sure if that contributed to the flatter tummy, though. I try to eat less carbs whenever possible but I still eat my pizzas and burgers, and my cereal for supper.
I had wanted to change to those healthy, low-carb diet but I didn’t want to affect my husband’s meals since we are eating every meal together now. He is a true blue foodie and is experimenting with cooking now, so the least I could do is to enjoy the food he loves with him. Btw, he cooks really delicious pasta and I can totally finish the whole big plate he gave me.
After around 1.5 months, my tummy has flattened so so much, and my waist has gotten a little smaller too! Seeing the results, I don’t think I want to stop even after this Circuit Breaker has ended. I’m actually hoping to see more definition too, not so much those 6-pack abs, but I really love that 11 line definition.
I’m not there yet, I don’t know if I will be, but I’ll try!