Sa kanilang mas magaan na iskedyul noong nakaraang taon dahil sa COVID-19 pandemya, sina Ai-Ai delas Alas at Gerald Sibayan ay nakapag-alay ng mas maraming oras sa kanilang mga layunin sa fitness.
Para kay Ai-Ai, ang pagpapanatili ng isang malusog na pamumuhay at isang malakas na pangangatawan ay mahalaga, lalo na isinasaalang-alang ang 29-taong pagkakaiba sa pagitan nila ng kanyang asawa: ang artista ay 56; Si Gerald, 27. Pinipilit niyang makipagsabayan sa kanya, inamin niya.
“Hinahabol ko ‘yung edad niya, eh. Kailangan kong maging malakas at fit. Malawak na ang agwat ng edad ngayon, kaya’t hindi ako maaaring maging fit, “sinabi niya sa Inquirer sa kanyang kamakailan-lamang na pag-sign ng kontrata para sa tatak ng bihon noodle na Hobe, na anim na taon na niyang ini-endorso
“Baka maaga ako mamatay!” quipped siya, tumatawa.
Sina Ai-Ai at Gerald, na madalas na nag-post tungkol sa kanilang mga sesyon sa pag-eehersisyo sa bahay, ay nagawang maabot ang kani-kanilang target na timbang noong nakaraang taon. Sa isang post sa Instagram, sinabi niya sa kanyang mga tagasunod na siya ay “masaya at payat” sa 110 pounds. Si Gerald, sa kabilang banda, ay bumaba na ngayon sa 170 pounds, pagkatapos tumimbang ng hanggang 250 pounds.
“Hindi talaga ako diet, ngunit naniniwala akong ang aking metabolismo ay talagang napabuti mula sa [all the exercises I do in our home gym,” she said. “Gerald now has a neck! And I think he’s planning to compete in a fitness competition.”
But more importantly, the GMA 7 star said, she needs to be in tip-top shape if she ever hopes to have a baby again. “I have to train and strengthen my back, build muscles, so I can carry a baby,” she pointed out.
In her previous interviews, Ai-Ai revealed that she intended to get pregnant in 2020 via in vitro fertilization. There was already an embryo, too. But the plan seems to have been put on hold.
Does she still want to push through with it? “If my doctor allows it, perhaps in 2022? But if not, eh ’di nganga!” jested Ai-Ai, who has been married to Gerald for three years now. “Bahala na si Lord.”
There’s no perfect marriage, Ai-Ai pointed out. But if anything, the pandemic has only made her bond with Gerald even stronger. “There are humps along the way, but we survived,” she said.
Life under quarantine took a lot of adjustment. But there are some advantages, Ai-Ai said. “I’m the jealous type, so I’m happy that Gerald isn’t going out often!” the actress-television host jested. “I’m happy because he’s always there. I’m not stressed. Kaya siguro gumanda ang skin ko!”
Ai-Ai recently finished a locked-in taping for the upcoming Kapuso drama series, “Owe My Love.” It was tough at first. But as the days wore on, work became more and more enjoyable.
“Not seeing my family for a long time was sad. You couldn’t go outside. We had to stay in our designated areas, but we got used to it. We ate lunch and dinner together like a family. And before we knew it, we were done and having sepanx (separation anxiety),” she related.
The past year has been full of uncertainties. And in moments of doubt, Ai-Ai held on to her faith. “I wasn’t sure what would happen to us if I didn’t have projects. Most of us have that fear. But the important thing is that you realize that … look, we have food to eat and water to drink. We’re alive,” she said.
“I believe in the power of prayers … In situations like these, God is the only one we can turn to,” she added.
Ai-Ai’s dream for 2021 is for everyone to get access to vaccines. “That’s what I’m wishing for, so that we can finally go back to our normal lives,” she said. INQ
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