Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them

Let’s say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die.

Before reading on just take a minute to think about what those things would be.

Done it? Okay I will continue…

Without even knowing you I bet it included something of the following:

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Workout to eat

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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 “Workout to eat”

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 “Sweating over weight loss”

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 “The danger of Fat Acceptance”

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.

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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?

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The parents meet the parents

It has been seven months since I started a relationship.

When I started writing the Manifesto of Perfection accepted that I would be spending my life alone.  My previous past experiences had put a distrust in women – so I could never see myself getting into a long term relationship.

Then I met Vicky and my perception changed. Continue reading “The parents meet the parents”

Why you are not losing weight

Being in an office for local government I am constantly surround by middle-aged women who constantly seem to be on a ‘diet’.

It is quite amusing to hear women talk about weight loss – I’ll honest I never thought people congratulated themselves because they lost ‘half a pound’ since there last weigh in at the local slimming club.  (To me that is like giving yourself a pat on the back because you finished half a race). Continue reading “Why you are not losing weight”

What are you doing the other 23 hours?

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What the hell are we putting into our bodies?

About three years ago I was having a ‘recovery’ drink in the form of a very sugary, high glucose Lucozade.

I had started getting into the habit of looking at the calorie content of any food I ate and was kind of shocked to see this energy drink with over 300 calories in it.

To put that into context, the 20 minutes I spent on the cross trainer, was undone just by having this drink. Continue reading “What are you doing the other 23 hours?”