Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Melissa Foo

Melissa Foo is a customer relations manager.

Melissa Foo is a customer relations manager. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Live beyond the numbers on the scale and your body can do so much more! Yahoo’s #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to Singapore’s inspirational men and women who lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Have someone to recommend? A blow Cheryl up in Instagram or Facebook!

name: Melissa Foo (@swashed)

Age: 35

Upper: 1.74 m

Weight: 60 kg

job: Customer Relationship Manager

status: rabbi

Food: I don’t follow a diet, but if possible I try to be vegetarian on weekdays when I cook so I can add more vegetables.

exercise: I run about four times a week usually with different running groups. When I was training for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, I ran easy with Superhero Runners on Tuesdays, tempo with the Running Department on Wednesdays, intervals with The High Panters on Fridays and long runs with the Running Department again on Saturdays. I also go to the gym at least once a week for strength training. On some weekends, I also go for a walk in the morning.

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Melissa runs about four times a week.

Melissa runs about four times a week. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Q: Are you always active?

A: I really hate running and sometimes skip PE lessons at school. My friends were amazed to know that I was walking! I started running when I realized I was starting to gain weight after a few years in the workforce without exercise. I joined a running group (Superhero Runners) in 2018 and have never looked back.

What are your current fitness goals?

I hope to break the best for different race distances (5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon), also get fitter, but most importantly stay injury free.

How do you make sure you have a healthy work-life balance?

I’ve been lucky enough that my work so far has been manageable and I can go for a walk or go to the gym after work most days of the week. I also try to wake up earlier on weekends so I can run before other activities like hiking.

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Melissa's fitness goal is to improve her personal best times.

Melissa’s fitness goal is to improve her personal best times. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

When you were young, did you have any experiences that made you unsure of yourself?

I went through a diet phase in middle school where I barely ate, but luckily I had a classmate who suffered from anorexia that stopped me in time. I think it’s also important to surround yourself with positive people who teach you how to love yourself and your body.

When do you feel least confident?

A few years ago, a friend casually commented that I had a belly when I sat down. Somehow these comments influenced me, but it didn’t stick, I decided to sign up for a gym membership and work hard, with zero strength training experience before this.

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I still don’t have very defined abs now but I have more muscle definition than before and most importantly, I’m getting stronger as well, which also comes with other benefits like getting less injuries while running. I also gained confidence from knowing I could do anything as long as I wanted it enough.

Melissa believes it is important to be surrounded by positive people.

Melissa believes it is important to be surrounded by positive people. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

I am quite satisfied with myself now because I know I worked hard to get there and I want more in the future, I have the confidence to get there as well.

Have you ever received comments about yourself?

The interesting thing is that after I started strength training, I also got comments like I became very muscular like men. That’s when I realized that people will always have something to say and there is no way to satisfy everyone, so I stopped caring and focused on what I wanted for myself.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Appearance wise, no, but I am constantly working on how to be a better friend/family member to the people I love.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Melissa Foo (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Melissa Foo (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)


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