Like most I quickly realised that the less I ate, the less I could eat in order to maintain my fat loss. And by the time I was down to only eating 600 kcals and exercising 3 hours a day I knew I couldn't work, much less live like that and gave up - like most!
When stress starts to have a physical impact on my health and my life, the thing that turns it around, is exercise. When the spots, IBS symptoms, restless sleep, picked fingers and frequent illness kick in, it's not medicine I need or a gluten free detox, it's a regular fitness pickup.
When you suffer from anxiety, depression and stress, it can become a destructive mixture of unfounded fears and low self-confidence; though in placing on my headphones, hearing the music begin and starting to cycle at a comfortable pace, I closed my eyes, focused on me and what I wanted to achieve whilst in the gym.
In today's world, anyone can set up a health and fitness blog. But the vast majority of people that do are untrained and unqualified, so the information they are putting out there may not be true. Quite the contrary - it may, in fact, be sabotaging your health and fitness goals.
In four weeks' time, thousands of people from around the world will descend on the East Coast of America to take part in the New York City Marathon and I'll be one of them. If anything, the past 14 weeks of training has opened my eyes to the six stages of Marathon Grief endured by first-timers when they make a commitment to take part in a 26.2 mile race.
I write this post over a week after we completed The Big Bad Ride, a 460-mile endurance cycle from Edinburgh to London in aid of Harrison's Fund, a small charity working hard to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease which affects my two young sons, Theo and Oskar.
First things first; please understand this. One game does not make a career! Not every game goes the way you want it to and rugby, not being a solo sport, means you are but a small cog, in a bigger machine.
Whilst many people know the positive effects of exercise, there can often be a number of barriers, which prevent them from being active, and these often tend to be more psychological than physical. Many people have negative memories of school PE lessons or perhaps they feel guilty about spending years paying for gym memberships they have hardly used.
I was repeatedly invited over the duration of the two days to reconsider my position on this matter and apologetically I expressed my inability to do so. In fact it ultimately resulted in my being removed from the program, despite delivering above average results in ALL activities we partook in, this was of course dumbed down a tad.
One woman gets stronger, fitter and healthier. The other woman frequently injures herself, picks up colds she cannot shift, starts to experience sleep disturbances and nightmares and her body fat increases. Why such a difference in experiences?
When people ask me what it takes to be a successful PR they are always surprised when I respond stamina. But it just isn't a 9 to 5 world. You need to be able to work in different time zones - those of different continents as well as those of different clients! So my advice to aspiring PR's - hit the gym!
The swell is starting to pulse, so there are plenty of waves on the horizon but we're not yet in throes of winter and the wild weather it brings. If you've never tried this sport, here are my top ten reasons why you should.
Since the start of the World Cup in earnest, I haven't had much game time during the opening week. So whilst at home the other day on my day-off I decided to do a little top-up session. I roped my girlfriend, Chloe, into the session, which I wouldn't normally do, as I intensely dislike all the rubbish you see up on Instagram and Twitter, about couples who train together, apparently staying together!
As usual there is no messing around with Chloe, as she gives some pointers to the girls on how to deal with this injustice, as well as a few choice ideas to the men on how to behave in the gym and especially the weights room!
Did you know that will power is an actual muscle that you can train? You might have known this subconsciously when you avoid temptation and say no to that chocolate cake you had been lusting after, this refusal would have been like doing 100 squats in terms of growing that will power reserve.
Have you heard of clean eating? It's the new buzz phrase in nutrition. The days of calorie counting and low fat diet foods are soon going to be a thing of the past and in its place whole and natural nutrition.