Today I was told that I “look like someone who eats rolled oats for breakfast or grit”. This amused me greatly.

I have never been known as a person who ate healthily, and whilst I’m not proud of this, I can’t say I’m ashamed of it either. I love my food and perhaps sometimes I love it a little too much.

Here are some facts about my eating habits….

  • I will keep picking at food if it is left on the table in front of me, even if I’ve had enough
  • If there’s chilli padi nearby, I will find anything on the table I can eat it with, and I will not stop till all the chilli is gone
  • I eat the same amounts as my husband, which is sometimes disturbing
  • I have a penchant for olives – anytime, anywhere, anyday
  • I have a very weak spot for candy, especially sour candy. I also eat sticks of fruit gums whole, like my Mum
  • Candy Empire is one of my favourite stores
  • I will always order a cheese platter over ice-cream or sweet desserts after dinner
  • I do love cake though. And not fancy cake, just cheap neighbourhood butter cream cake makes me very, very happy. Andrew sometimes buys some home out of the blue to surprise me.
  • I have a tendency to overeat and then say “I feel sick”. Hubba tsks at me when this happens. As such, I mostly try not to overeat.

Silly facts aside, I’m not naturally little – Short, yes. But I have never been skinny or slight. Okay so I might not be a big girl but I spent a lot of my former years struggling with my waistline (read: faceline). I had the most unhealthy diet in the world, I drank too much and I just felt like the ugly Chinese girl amidst a bunch of blonde bombshells most of the time. During the school days when everybody started ‘liking’ everybody else, I often watched from the sidelines, fancying myself a misfit of sorts and playing pool with older fogies to pass the time.

My face was as round as the moon and my housemates could tell whenever I’d had a big meal from how inflated it looked.

One summer when I came back to Singapore, my sweet mother actually presented me with a box of The Cambridge Diet, pleading with me to do something about my weight. I was belligerent about the whole thing, but finally conceded to giving it a go. Thanks to her, I managed to reduce my very unnatural booze-bottom by about 7 kilograms.

That’s when I met Hubba.

At one of my first few bike races as a spectator in 2002

He always used to tell me how pretty I was. It didn’t matter to him that I wasn’t at my best – Or maybe we both didn’t know what my best was.When he presented me with my first mountain bike, I don’t think he ever meant for me to get as into the sport as I eventually did. He just knew from my tales of my childhood that I had loved cycling, and that I hadn’t owned a bike since I was 12, so he wanted me to have one.

Slowly, I got sucked into the world of activity. And you know what, I really love it. I love loving every moment of doing something I love. The adrenalin takes me to a different place altogether and I always feel so very free.

And of course the best part after a workout is the eating and enjoying every bit of it coz you know you did some work too.

But here’s the kicker.

I am so afraid that one day I’m going to be inactive again.

Who knows why this may be, there are just so many reasons why this may happen. It’s so easy to get lazy and not have enough time – we’ve all been there, no?

Nevertheless, until the full moon comes back, I’m just gonna have my laksas and mee siams and economy bee hoon with one piece of fish cake and one piece of luncheon meat with sambal belachan for my breakfasts everyday.

I’ll be having none of that ‘rolled oats’ and ‘grit’, thanks!

22 Responses to Shoot the moon

  1. rach says:

    haha i find the notion of andrew “tsk-ing” you after a full meal hilarious! i do too with my husband and yes its disturbing that i eat as much as him! oh yes. i really think with all the fitness (or mostly you in fitness gear) its inevitable that even i do think that you eat like wholegrain oats and stuff for brekkie!
    i guess people tend to forget that a good balance and exercise plays it out!
    kudos n it will b nice to see more of such entry from u :)

  2. anon says: time i also want to buy a bike for my wife after i get married.. she should get the hint.

  3. Amanda says:

    Your face in the first pic!! Wow!!

  4. Junie says:

    Your face is soooooo cute in the first pic! Gawd, I eat as much as my boyfriend too! Sadly he too does the ‘tsk’ when I’m at the end of a massive meal. He tells me I really don’t have to finish it… *shrugs*

    It’s Singapore dude, food here is so yum that I put on 6kgs (in 3 months!) when I came back from Melbourne. Sometimes because of my expanding waistline, I wish I lived in a remote place where I had to grow my own food!

  5. Jo says:

    my hubby calls me sponge bob square pants. i call him horse face. my dad says we’re bert and ernie. now that’s depressing.

    anyway, here’s to food!!

  6. Nap says:

    As long as you have an active lifestyle, you can eat as much as you like. This is my motto and it keep me going! I received a fwd email from one of my colelagues yesterday about Dr. WHO? No, Dr. SHU!!. Enjoy reading :-)

    I love this Doctor!

    Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
    A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it…don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

    Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
    A: You must grasp logistical efficiency. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.

    Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
    A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

    Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
    A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

    Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
    A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain…good!

    Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
    A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?

    Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
    A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
    Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
    A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

    Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
    A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

    Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
    A: Hey! ‘Round’ a shape!

    Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

    And remember:
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”


    For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

    1. The Japanese eat very little fat
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

    2 The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

    3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

    4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

    5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.


    Eat and drink what you like.
    Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

  7. nicole says:

    this gives me some hope, my nickname is ms moon!! haha i just got a second hand bike not too long ago though i havent got ple to ride with yet! haha

  8. Karen says:

    i miss my skinny me…many many years ago :( all thanks to my bf aka soon-to-be hubba. at times, when i look at the pictures that we 1st toke…i was the scrawny old me,now…with all that FOOD fed by him…the only growth i have is side ways n the only shape is being a ROUND shape*…

    oh boy! as the saying goes…a couple that grows together, EATS together :p

    *doesnt help when the wedding is round the corner *blah*

  9. selina says:

    maybe this eating habit is actually good? i have the exact same eating habit as you except i don’t like fluffy cakes, i prefer them with cream, thick – tiramisu. (I’m erm towards the skinny side but my mom calls me a tree because she claims that my waist doesn’t exist.) I eat as much as my boyfriend too and when we first met, he always gave me smaller portion thinking i may not be able to finish. hehe. i love this post Janice! Exercising is always good, it keeps us healthy, happy and radiant.

  10. Victoria says:

    hi Janice, may i know if the Cambridge Diet that you’re referring to is available in sg?

  11. LL says:

    Thank you for the inspiring post, Janice! I’ve struggled with my waistline all my childhood too – and your success made me believe that I can do it too!

  12. woollendrums says:

    Babe! You’ve ALWAYS been active! Climbing around brookers, tyre swings, cycling, ballet and now your super sporting lifestyle – I think even when you have kids you’ll be MORE active, so don’t worry abt it! :) Hehe this post made me realise both had a chubby stage only when we were overseas!!! I must dig out my pictures to shock pple too! haha!

    • Janice says:

      HAHA no what, I always had chubby cheeks!!!! How could you have forgotten? Urgh. But yeah super chubs when we went away. The climbing around brookers stopped when you and I stopped hanging out. WHY DID WE STOP SO EARLY AH? :)

  13. Yve says:

    Yunno you’ve always been an inspiration. Gotta kiss the lazyarse goodbye, gym beckons tmr!


  14. cass says:

    cute little on one frame!

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