The sacrifice pays off for the Singaporean bodybuilder who has earned her chance to compete with the pros

The sacrifice pays off for the Singaporean bodybuilder who has earned her chance to compete with the pros

“Sometimes your cardio can be really high — two to three hours a day — and your food can be really low,” she said.

“Being undernourished is a brain game, it’s a mental game. It’s telling yourself if you’re hungry, do you want the extra food or do you want to win? If you have the extra food, will you win?”

And the question becomes: is this desire worth it?

“You pay a lot of money to compete, to achieve your goal… So if you were to eat that to sabotage yourself, you want to sabotage yourself like that? And then on the day of the show, when you don’t look good , will you regret it?”

This is especially difficult for athletes who like to eat.

“The funny thing is that a lot of people think the people who are going to compete are okay not to eat – that’s why they’re okay to compete, that’s why they can’t eat” , said Lee.

“The thing is, most of the contestants I know, we all love food.”

While “preparing”, Lee is often unable to fully participate in meals with family and friends.

“It’s a struggle when you go out to dinner with friends and you can’t eat at all and they all eat. You just sit there like your own food and once you’re done with your little piece of food, they still eat.

But she has a strong support system, Lee said.

“My husband, he was always there with me. He was my main support system for every preparation.

Given how hard it is to play the sport, some ask why she does it, Lee said.

“For some of us, it’s something we can focus on, focus on. For some of us, the gym is our ‘me time’, (it) helps our Mental Health.

“When you struggle with other aspects, you can focus on that and it’s yours. There’s no one who can take that away.”

Having a specific routine to follow is also something she loves, Lee added.

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