Seri Windawaty Mohd Ibrahim tells Nadia Badarudin why she’s determined to win the makeover challenge
TO fit into her favourite old kebaya — that is the one thing that Seri Windawaty Mohd Ibrahim is hoping for in this last week of the 2016 New StraitsTimes Body Makeover Challenge.
The 42-year-old housewife from Gombak, Selangor, is among the 12 contestants in the event that have been divided into two groups for their weekly workout sessions at either Celebrity Fitness in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya or Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
Seri Windawaty says she is more determined to lose weight because she is the oldest particpant.
She admits that the training sessions are very strict and punishing and sometimes, a challenge for her to cope with because of her old knee injury. However, she is determined to prove a point because she’s competing against people who are much younger than her.
”It makes me more motivated to achieve my target and yes, to be able to wear my favourite kebaya again,” says the mother of four.
“I want to prove to younger people that age doesn’t matter and that it’s never too late to start something good like losing weight and practising a healthy lifestyle,” she adds.
So far, Seri Windawaty has lost 12 kg from her initial 80.2kg. She says her weight started piling up after the birth of her third child 12 years ago.
”I was working as a personal assistant at that time. My work usually ended late every day and late night dinners of nasi lemak or kuih were normal back then. I had no time for any physical activities even though I should have, given that I had a maid to help with household chores,” she says.
However, it is a different ballgame for Seri Windawaty now. Apart from the weekly group workout sessions, she exercises at the gymnasium near her house for three hours every morning. There is also daily workout “homework” given by the group’s personal trainer.
“My family has been very supportive and our family routine has also changed since I entered this competition. During weekends, we go jogging at the various recreational parks in the city and my family has started to enjoy this new routine,” she says.
Apart from exercising, she has also stopped eating processed food and taking sugary drinks as advised by the resident nutritionist in the challenge, Datin Farah Diba Khan.
Besides Seri Windawaty, the five other hopefuls who train at Celebrity Fitness, Jaya One are S. Arunaselvam, Ong Ying Zhong, Raymond Her, Tee Yah Chin and Siti Nur Jazzwatie Abdul Jalil.
The rest train at Celebrity Fitness, Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
Each contestant stands to win the grand prize of RM20,000, plus a year’s free gym membership at Celebrity Fitness. The 12-week challenge has been ongoing since September.