An occasional walk along Shenton Way is a great session to people-watch. Observing fashionable office threads was essential to do my wardrobe revamp. Ever since I stepped into the corporate workforce, office attire has taken over my existing wardrobe of sundresses and jeans.
One noticeable commonality was that most bear the same tummy bulge, regardless of age. The size differs and is often referred to the number of pregnancy months. Never let a woman know that she’s tagged to such a number, no however how small.
It’s no wonder, considering the amount of time spent seated behind the office desk. Many women lament the fact that at the end of a hard day’s work, it is indeed most disheartening to acknowledge the fact that their tummy wasn’t getting any smaller. Due to lack of exercise (where is the time for that?!), even the thighs and butt have surrendered to the effects of gravity.
My ultimate goal
I, like many others, can attest to that. Though the weighing scales states status quo, my jeans certainly disagree. Office lunches of char siew rice and mee goreng have exacted their revenge. It didn’t help that routine morning jogs have dwindled to a minimal.
Now that explains why soup dishes are extremely popular with ladies. Many turn to lighter lunches. Curry and buttery sauces are out. Did you know that the calorie intake for a bowl of dry wanton mee is double that of wanton soup noodles? I had no idea that sauces pack a fat deal of calories. In the past, an extra spoonful of sauce seemed insignificant and I used to drench my rice with loads of that. If only I knew…
Worry not. Yong tau foo and fish slice soup are excellent choices to lower the guilt. Note: fried fish slice version does not count. Healthy sandwiches with mayo lite from Subway are a great option too. Otherwise, you can always fall back on packed low fat soba noodles and salad with non-fat dressing. (A generous squeeze of lemon juice and dash of salt, pepper and balsamic vinaigrette serves as a delicious dressing)
Dessert? Forget it. And if all else fails, perhaps we could go the Qi Yu Wu way – the MediaCorp hunk rids his meat guilt by filtering with warm water for oil removal!
Look what I found out from a long time corporate lady. She calls this The Office Tummy Squeeze:
These tummy exercises tenses your abs, which firms and strengthens them, and because you’re just tensing and relaxing muscles, these tummy exercises can be done at your desk at work, zoning off in the passenger seat, waiting in line at the grocery store…practically anytime. No one can tell and it’s as simple as breathing! Here’s how:
2. Suck in your stomach to the max.
3. Hold for about 15 seconds, then relax and breathe in.
4. Repeat as often as you can.
5. Actually do the above steps!
Here comes the dreaded S word – Stress is a factor! This is a big one. When you are under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol. In turn, this hormone causes your liver to make excess sugar that your body doesn’t really need. As a result, you begin to feel hungrier and begin to eat more. And guess what…a lot of those calories go straight to your waistline and thighs!
Now we all know that not being able to see your toes while looking down is an aesthetically worrying sign. But it’s the health concerns that should be ringing the alarms bells. Four inches of fat on waistline increases risk of heart problems!
Does this look scarily familiar to you in the mirror?
Do you have any tips for the desk-bound? Do share with us!