Day 1, Week 1
Many of you will have seen my post on social media yesterday, but I always like to update FF when I have the time as it allows me to go into much more detail about where I start, how I work towards an aesthetic goal, and where I hope to end up.
From the end of May, throughout June and all the way into early July, I had 2 tasks at hand:
1. Finally finish the first draft of my book, The 4 Week Body Blitz (more on this later)
2. Get in the best shape possible for the book’s cover shoot and 2 other syndicated fitness shoots, by the end of June / beginning of July.
I achieved both. Yay me.
Anyone who follows either my partner on social media or the rugby will know that during this 7 week period of my life, he was touring the other side of the world.
Yes my partner is a professional athlete and yes I am extremely good at knuckling the fuck down and focusing the fuck up, but I am still human, and like my sisters before me, nothing can make me fall off the wagon quite like love. Wine, ice cream and a movie night with my boy? That to me is the epitome of temptation.
So it goes without saying that his 2 month disappearing act could not have come at a better time. I got myself into incredible shape and I loved every dedicated, sweaty, sore, macro tracking minute of it.
I knew that I had goals (photoshoots) and I knew that I had a break (4 weeks away with my missing person). Don’t discount these factors, they are both pivotal motivational tools. Knowing that there is a reason why you are busting your balls every day, and knowing that there is a change of scenery coming soon, is what keeps me and most of my clients going. I say most because not all of my clients (my partner included) need to see the horizon to keep going. But I do, and many others do, too.
So there I was, strutting around the pool with my abs of steel and vascular leanness, ready to celebrate the end of a gruelling 2 months for both him and I, independently and as a couple.
Anyone who has been following me for a while will know that this is my modus operandi – I get in killer shape, I go on holiday, I get out of killer shape, I come back off holiday, and I start all over again.
Some people have issues with this, I frequently get comments such as:
Why are you undoing all your hard work?!
You can’t be that serious about health and fitness if you’re drinking every day for a week and happily gaining weight.
How can you put that poison into your body? #Unfollow
I have never been ambiguous about who I am, why I do this and how I do this. But in case anyone thinks I’m a fraud, let me explain…
- I fell in love with training – weight lifting specifically – and that is how I ended up getting qualified and starting a blog that later developed into a business.
- I still enjoy training so much that I train almost daily on holiday. In the gym and in the pool and or sea. I move all day every day, I am naturally a very active, very physical girl.
- The dietary aspect of what I do is FASCINATING to me. The science of it is what keeps me going time and time again, I am my own aesthetic experiment and I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me researching nutrition. I am a massive geek about it and one day, I fully intend on studying it properly and becoming a registered dietician.
- HOWEVER, I LOVE FOOD and everything that comes with it. Sitting down with my boyfriend and sharing a bottle of incredible wine? Going out with my family to phonemail restaurants and trying everyone’s food? Waking up with my girlfriends in France and going out for coffee and croissants? These are aspects and memories of my life that I treasure with all my heart, and they may not happen daily, weekly or even monthly, but I’ll be fucked if they don’t happen period.
Yes I work in health and fitness and yes health and fitness is my passion. But like all work and all passions, sometimes I need to come up for air.
So here I am, 10lbs up from last month, soft, curvy, happy and ready.
I am currently doing:
- 30 mins MISS (moderate intensity steady state cardio) every morning.
- Weight lifting every evening followed by 20mins HIIT
- A 3 day low, 1 day high carb cycle
I will update again next week, but I am not expecting any aesthetic changes to occur until week 4.
Here we go again!