Being a lawyer means that this post is going to start quite differently to all my other posts:
This post is based on my opinions and experience.
I am not qualified to give advice, I’m not a Personal Trainer, nutritionist, athlete…hell, I’m not even in good shape! Don’t take what I’ve written here as health advice, it’s just me writing about what I do.
Boring disclaimer over, let’s get to the good bit…..
What motivates you to work out?
For me, at the moment, it’s a trip to Australia in November. If I didn’t have the threat of a bikini looming ahead of me, I would be in a completely different frame of mind right now.
I’ve always struggled with my weight – I pile on the pounds very quickly and lack motivation to exercise. What can I say, I’m really quite lazy. I have to work hard just to maintain my current weight which I think is something that people forget about generally – just because someone doesn’t look particularly overweight (I’m a UK size 10 which is fine with me) doesn’t mean that they don’t need to watch what they eat or work out. I’m not unhappy with my size at the moment (wooo!) but there’s a lot of parts of me that wobble that really shouldn’t and, if I didn’t exercise, regardless of what I ate I would gain weight really quickly. That’s just the way my body works!
Luckily, once I’ve found the initial motivation to draw up some kind of eating and exercise plans and take that first step back into the gym, I really enjoy working out and get a little bit obsessed about working harder and beating my own goals.
But, the hardest part – no doubt – is eating right. I LOVE food. It’s no secret. Everyone who knows me knows I that I love to eat. And drink. And I don’t mean water or gin and slimline. I like beer. Possibly one of the worst things to drink if you’re trying to stay in shape.
I don’t believe in diets. They simply don’t work (for me). Yes I might lose weight over the few weeks that I’m on the diet but as soon as I stop and start eating “normally”, I end up back at square one and everyone knows that fluctuating weight isn’t good. I also find that completely cutting things out of my food intake (like sweets, I’m addicted to all kinds of chewy, refined sugar) only makes me want them more and I end up binge eating them and loathing myself for several days. OK, it’s usually only a few minutes but you get the point.
I find it really difficult to plan ahead and make sure I have the right foods in the house for the rest of the week. That usually means running out of food on Tuesday and popping to Tesco to grab a pizza or ready meal – not great for the waist line!
I thought it might be a good idea to share my efforts over the next couple of months to inspire you guys in terms of fitting exercise into a busy schedule and hopefully giving you some ideas for quick, healthy meals that you won’t get bored of.
Tomorrow I’m going to draw up a meal plan for the rest of the week so stay tuned for that!