Workout to eat

workout

A small trap to get into when working out is that desire to eat more.

You will either feel that you have ‘earned’ the right to eat more just because you have worked out or your metabolism goes crazy and your blood sugar is low, so the temptation is to grab anything in sight.  Continue reading

Sweating over weight loss

When I woke up and realised that I had gained a lot of weight, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy – I didn’t have that same motivation or self-control and I certainly wasn’t as fit as I used to be.

I had gone up to 14 stone 6 lbs (91.4 kg).   This shocked me and I vowed to step-up my exercise and look after myself better.  So since the middle of February I have probably being a bit too obsessive about my weight loss. Continue reading

Race Day Mistakes

From my experience of racing (i.e. running and obstacle races) I have noted a number of mistakes.  Because I am not perfect, I have even done a few myself:

Drinking the night before

drunkrun

This might seem an obvious mistake, but at nearly every obstacle race I have seen someone do this. Continue reading

The danger of Fat Acceptance

With my weight gain, it made me realise how it easy to lose control and gain wait.  More worryingly I could neglect this or have an accident that stops my ability to exercise more than I consume.  Fortunately I have that level of control where I think enough is enough and do something about (usually looking at myself in the mirror and noticing I look fatter).

Surprisingly, not everyone shares these concerns about getting fat and the health implications that come with it.  In fact there are movements such as ‘fat acceptance’ and ‘body positive’ – where they embrace this increasingly worrying issue. Continue reading

Things I wish I knew when I first joined a gym

I have been going to the gym for a long time, along the way I have learnt a lot of things – some which took longer than others.

Here is a list of things that I wish I knew when I first joined the gym:

The Importance of Nutrition:

When I first joined the gym the aim was to lose weight while maintaining my unhealthy diet.  I did lose weight but I quickly plateaued.  From various ambitions such as getting rid of fat round my stomach or becoming stronger I never valued the importance of nutrition.

Continue reading

Vegetarian FAQ/James vs The Whale

I am not really sure if I have mentioned my vegetarian diet (or probably more accurate – pescetarian diet), since my most recent post.  It is something that always is brought up as small talk at any wedding/dinner party/funeral and I thought I would write about it.

How long have you been a veggie?

I have lost count – approximately I started at the end of 2002, though I still ate fish.  I stopped eating fish from around 2006 and started again on fish, occasionally indulging in 2010.  In 2013 it became a part of my regular diet as that is when I really stepped up my gym training. Continue reading

10 miles into the longest run…

The Spartan Beast was a huge achievement in many ways – it was the longest distance I have run and the longest period of time that I have had my fitness tested over.

How did I get through this?

Continue reading

Herbal life Zombies

The other day I had a nightmare.

I went to the gym and the guy on reception decided to make small talk, which sounded out of character. He constructed sentences in what sounded like a sales pitch. Continue reading

January 2015: Goals Update

A week ago I reviewed my initial goals that I set in September.  As part of this process I gave a bit of time to think how I would develop, add and drop goals – as appropriate.  This has now been updated and I will be working on these tasks for the next three months, where I will review my progress.

Manifestoofperfectionbanner_edited-1

The Goals

It contains some new ideas, old ideas that I have been able to articulate more clearly what I am supposed to be doing and old ideas – which I did not get round to doing for various reasons.  I have grouped them based on the categories I use with this blog: Continue reading

New Year Goals 2015

Towards the end of September I set myself some targets.

I called it the post mid year resolutions to reinspire a lack of focus.  I am please to say it worked – I have developed, and completed some of these objectives.

Now it is a New Year, I did not want to come up some random new objectives, but continue working on what I had set.  I found 2014, one of the most fulfilling years of my life for improvement and want this to continue.  So I reviewed what I set, with the plan to realistically develop my goals: Continue reading