A goal without a deadline is just a dream, says the fit and sexy 29-year old Poleen Kim-Bo, who shares with us in this Q&A how to shape the body and contour the abs.
Poleen is a Surgical Intensive Care Registered nurse and currently back in school for a doctorate degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Her pastime spells Y.O.L.O. “Snowboarding in winter is what I love love love. I love going for a bicycle ride in summer. I love music so I truly enjoy going to festivals like Lollapalooza and Spring Awakening. Baking, cooking, spending time with my amazing fiancé, or trying out the newest restaurants is what I do when not exercising. WINE is my weakness,” she says.
When did you start being fit and health-conscious?
I’ve always been active since high school. I used to dance and then I became a cheerleader in college. I enjoyed being physically active and was introduced to muscle conditioning at the age 18 just for fun.
And what prompted you to look after your figure?
My goal was to always grow my glutes. I wanted to grow, tone up, and pack up some meat where it’s supposed to go. I wanted a bigger booty! Every person has her own body parts she wishes to improve on. As to what they say, we are the most critical critiques of ourselves. I believe that an important goal in life is to be better than I was yesterday (always). My biggest competition is the girl in front of my own mirror. I’m the type of person who never stops reaching for my goal… once that’s reached, I’m off to my next, and so on, and so on.
Tell us, what’s your exercise routine?
Yoga is my number 1 thing. I try to run as much as possible in hopes to run the marathon before I turn 31. I go to core power yoga 2-3x a week and I practice Bikram, Vinyasa, and yoga sculpt. I loved how it made my body feel after a work out and in long term. It helped my well-being as well. “Mind, body and soul.” With yoga I found my zen.
I also go to gym to lift weights at least twice a week. I believe in muscle confusion [“A training principle that states that muscles accommodate to a specific type of stress when the same stress is continually applied to the muscles over time, so one must constantly vary exercises, sets, reps and weight to avoid accommodation” -Athlepedia]. In order to have an effective work out… a person has to find variation in their work out routines. Like pilates, barre bar method, kick boxing, and even pole dancing. You have to keep it fun, engaging, and beneficial at the same time.
Any diet tips?
I’m not a firm believer of salad! I think replacing a meal with just plain salad is a waste of effort. A balanced diet is always important. It’s okay to eat carbs but a person must control her portions.
Meal prepping is what’s been effective with my routine.
How do you prepare your meals?
I prep my meals for the rest of the week for lunch and dinner. Per meal I make sure that I have protein content (fish, chicken), carbs (sweet potato, quinoa, rice) and greens (asparagus, kale, bokchoy, brocolli, carrots).
Two hard-boiled egg whites is a great starter or a kale smoothie consisting of banana-kale-yogurt-strawberry.
Eating 6x a day is the key to keeping your metabolism active.
I pack some almonds, banana+almond butter, granola bars, protein bars, veggie crisps. For healthy meal ideas i follow @igmeals @meal @aesthetic_meals on Instagram and that’s how my fiance and I try to spice it up.
Most importantly–you always gotta have cheat meals! Sunday is my favorite day–I can eat anything my heart desires with limitation of course. We’re only human…it’s okay to indulge but you just have to pick your battles.
I love Farmers Markets. I try to find organic delicacies that way. I indulge in spending at Whole Foods a couple of times a month. But when it comes to fresh/live produce and seafood, I love going to this Asian store by my house called H mart.
Which body part are you most proud of?
I think my abs and my defined thighs, especially since I’m not a runner. I think, for a person who doesn’t run, my abs and thighs can pass as though I’m a marathoner (even though my calves say it all).
I’m a work in progress and I will reach it. So should you.
How do you define ‘sexy’?
Doing what you love, with confidence, with no validation from anybody else is what’s sexy to me. When a woman knows what she wants and strives hard to get it, that’s sexy. When a woman is independent and doesn’t stop aiming to grow…that is sexy.
What are the rewards of being sexy?
You love and respect yourself more. Therefore…you won’t ever have to expect it from anyone else. It is naturally earned without solicitation.
Q&A by Ai Macalintal. Ai couldn’t stay in one place for too long, so she’s always walking, traveling or changing address. She’s been an editor in Singapore and has written for Aussie magazines, but penning stories about the Philippines delights her most.