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5 Days – 5 Meals: Fans Choice Meatzza & Sweet Potatoes

Difficulty: easy

Cooking time: 20 – 30 mins

Serves: 2

Nutritional info (based on 1 person)

Calories: 505

Carbs:39

Fats: 11

Protein: 47

Ingredients

2 Fans Choice Meatzza’s

150g Strong Roots

1 Red or White onion

2 Peppers

125g mushrooms

2 tbsp Cajun gymchef spice

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven on the highest gas mark.
  2. Measure the sweet potatoes onto a tray and place them on the top shelf in the oven straight away.
  3. Slice up all of the veg into chunky bite sized pieces and place them onto another try with the gymchef seasoning.
  4. Move the sweet potatoes down and put the veg tray into the oven along with the meazta.
  5. Turn the oven down to 5 or 190 degrees Celsius and cook for 20 – 30 minutes

Training & Nutrition: finding a way that works

FACT: the weight I gained did not happen overnight. It slowly built up overtime. Therefore, loosing it in a sustainable and measurable way was the only way I could loose it IF I wanted to keep it off.

Suddenly overhauling a routine overnight isn’t really going to last more than a month. Eventually the old habits begin to creep in again as “change” becomes to overwhelming and will power becomes diminished. In my case I mentioned in the previous post about how busy the start of the year was going to be with an intership on top of an already busy workload.

The devil in the detail

How can I make small (positive) changes and adjustments overtime so that they become habits? The answer lies within the question. By making small changes one step at a time!! In my mind I could see the end result – how I wanted to feel, how I wanted to look and who I wanted to be. The issue was really figuring out the best possible way of getting from point A to point B that actually worked. For two years I have gone through this process of visualisation, starting a journey, loosing focus and then falling off just as I get some headway. I wasn’t fully committed and the reason for not being fully committed was because I was making to many changes at the same time. Overtime the whole thing just become too much to handle.

This time it’s going to be different

Because this time I knew that the mistakes I made in the past will serve as a lesson for the future. To cut the weight I knew that fundamentally I needed to eat less junk and move more. This is the starting point or laying the foundation so to speak. Before the diets, counting macros, training splits, finding a coach and everything else in between. The main focus for the time being is cutting out junk food and start eating healthier. Sounds simple right? And it can be, although “change” is something that we all want to resist because it takes many of us out of our comfort zones. The devil you know and all of that.

How did I eat healthier? I began by buying fresh food in abundance. Meats, fish, eggs, fruit and vegtables. Cooked the majority of my meals using fresh ingredients and aim to eat 3 sold meals a day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with a snack in between if needed. This, combined with 4 days at the gym lifting weights and cardio was more than enough to get the ball rolling and see how I would respond. If anything, for the sake of 15 weeks it would give me a good opportunity to play around with food/recipes, research methods and comfortably adapt.

One of the great things about cooking meals was that it allowed me to plan the week ahead. With a fulltime internship and a part-time job I had to make the most of my time in the kitchen in order to avoid making the wrong food choices throughout the day. It worked out quite well actually. The internship was Mon – Thursday 9-5:30 and then working shifts Friday, Saturday “or” Sunday. That was the routine for the next 15 weeks so knowing in advance the weeks ahead really allowed me to plan effectively.

Small changes, one step at a time and nothing to drastic at once or else risk the whole thing crumbling down. A lot of what I was doing at the beginning was very rigid. However, it was the rigidity of the process that would allow me to add variety and then see how things evolve.

Now that I had found a way that worked all I really had to do now was show up and perform.

Training & Nutrition: a new beginning

It’s the kind of situation when you say to yourself “but if only I started sooner I’d be x by now”. As I looked at myself in the mirror those were the kind of thoughts that once consumed my mind. That was back in January of this year – a blowout in the months leading up to the New year meant that I was now a stone heavier than I was six months previous and all of it was my own doing.

To be fair I wasn’t excessively overweight by any means anyway. But my belly was beginning to grow out from my waist and clothes that once fit comfortably where starting to feel a little tight. For the first time that I can remember I was beginning to feel uncomfortable in my appearance and that was spilling over and negatively impacting others areas of my life.

Having turned 27 in November of 2016 it wasn’t the end of the world by a long shot. Time is in my side – I get that. However, finding myself in that situation was still far from ideal and I knew that some changes needed to be made so in perhaps in 3 years time at the ripe old age of 30 I can look back and say “I’m happy I started sooner!”

Having envisioned my future self as an unhealthy, overweight, inactive human being was a bit of a shock if I’m honest. I love being outdoors having fun, hiking hills and spending time with family and friend’s. Being unable to experience life like that due to poor mobility, unhappy etc. was a disturbing prospect and something that wasn’t far off should I continue making the same silly choices while expecting everything to be fine.

Things were not going to be fine, the days of late teens/early twenties extremities, heavy drinking minus the hangovers, binge eating rubbish food and staying up all night had now run it’s course (athough some of this had been diluted over the years and became less extreme). The body was beginning to respond with signs that this way of living cannot continue without dire consequences to my health. Something clicked and that vision really hit home and provided a glimspe of what life could be like continuing down that path. There had been attempts in the past to get “fit & healthy” usually due to external forces such as holidays abroad or weddings. Events like these are planned way ahead of time allowing a time frame to be set and a target to be achieved which (for me) usually conclude in a blow out and falling completely off the wagon for weeks if not months on end. This time it was different. The feeling for change came from the inside. Not only was there a need for change but a desire to “want” to change. Not for holidays or weddings or … instead for me, to feel, move and look better. No more half-arsed attempts. This time is real, now more important then ever before. At this age there’s still a good chance to write some wrongs, get my shit together and become a better version of myself.

Accepting the long road

Fully accepting that change doesn’t happen overnight was like a revelation when it occurred. The journey ahead was going to be a long one. No quick fixes!! I didn’t want to change overnight either. I want to see progress overtime. Slowly the results will show and in that I will also have the time to make amendments when needed.

Most importantly I wanted to enjoy the process and of course learn from it too. No doubt there will be setbacks but that’s the challenge I want. There is no rush. Time is on my side, for now anyway. I say that because I’m not interested in just becoming “shredded” that will hopefully come as a result of being a fitter and healthier person. First and foremost health, be it physical or mental is my primary goal. Physical in reference to mobility and functionality of the body. Mentally – simply being happy. Looks and appearance: although they are secondary I’m not completely writing them off either 😉

January 2017 – all of this excitement of change is very encouraging and the initial reaction is to jump headfirst and balls deep into it changing everything overnight. Which is all well said and done until it starts to become undone 3 weeks when the excitement wears off and reality starts to begin.

Having been through this before I knew it was coming so the plan was to pace myself and not get to ahead of to quickly. Small changes and small wins will become big changes and big wins overtime. Consistency is key, not perfection. Sounds corny?! Recently I read in a book that eventually your thoughts become your actions and your actions become your habits. No doubt that remembering these phrases or others like it have been a source of motivation towards staying on the right track.

Having not done any physical activity/training in the previous 3-4+ months it was going to be a struggle to get going again. Establishing a routine around eating, sleeping, hydration and training alone can sometimes feel like a part-time job. What’s more is a fulltime unpaid internship and part-time minimum wage job had now began peeking over the horizon. I was already feeling overwheled. Adding all of this on top was throwing fuel on the fire. The next 15 weeks from January – April would be a challenge. The hardest thing for me to do now was actually get my head down and in the game. First things first make a plan of action.

To be continued in part 2. How I intended to plan my meals and the food that I eat. Training splits and finding a personal trainer.