March Q&A

What goal have you not been able to reach yet and why?

One goal that I haven’t been able to reach yet is a sub 2 hour half marathon. I’ve done the Reading half marathon twice now and both times I’ve done it with injuries which was an absolute nightmare. This might be a stupid thing to say considering my half marathon history but in 2018 I will 100% run 13.1 miles in less than 120 minutes.

Another goal that I haven’t been able to reach yet is to touch my toes. Unfortunately, I’ve got the flexibility of a plank of wood so that definitely needs to be worked on!

What 3 pieces of advice would you give yourself at the start of your journey?

This is a weird one because I’ve been on a few journeys with fitness, from being really really skinny, to being ‘skinny fat’.

The first piece of advice I’d give to myself and others just starting out, would be to focus on compound movements. I massively neglected these because I was pretty much scared of them and felt insecure about how weak I was. On a side note, it’s so important to not be embarrassed about the weight you can lift. Everyone starts somewhere and if you can get your technique right on your compounds, you can then apply progressive overload and you’ll make so many gains.

The second piece of advice I’d give myself and others would be to plan your workouts. It sounds so simple but up until about 6 months ago, I wasn’t doing this. I’d just rock up to the gym, get a pump and leave. Planning my workouts and adopting a push/pull/legs split has been amazing for me and I can’t recommend it enough.

The last piece of advice would be to focus on yourself and your own journey. It’s so easy to start comparing yourself to others and question why you’re not making the same progress as them but this way of thinking can seriously affect your training. I used to look at popular figures in the industry and want to look just like them and lift as heavy as them and it did me no good at all. Stay in your lane, focus on your training and don’t compare yourself to anyone else because everyone is different and as long as you’re being the best version of yourself then you’re winning.

Who are your favourite youtubers right now?

Joe Delaney
Rob Lipsett
Lex Fitness

Do you need the gym or can you get fit at home?

Shoutout to my mum for this question. In short, no, you don’t need the gym. You can get extremely fit whilst going nowhere near a gym. You could do home workouts, circuit training, runs. I’ve even seen people completely transform their bodies just from switching up their diet and not doing a single bit of extra exercise – as they say, ‘abs are made in the kitchen’. However, I would say there is a limit to what you can do outside of a gym, so if you can get to one I’d recommend it.

Mum, going to the gym just to sit in the cafe doesn’t count!

How many calories do you have in a day?

Right now I’m having roughly 2500 calories a day but I’ll be reducing this when I start my cut on Monday. Tracking my calories is still quite new to me so whatever I do will be an experiment and is likely to change as I learn what works for me.

What supplements would you recommend?

I’m not really in a position to recommend anything to anyone so I’ll just say what supplements I currently use.

Whey protein – This is really helpful for me as I normally struggle to hit my protein goal so it’s a quick and easy 25g. Taste’s good too (gold standard chocolate).

Creatine monohydrate – This is by far my favourite. I won’t go into detail but I’ll leave a link below with the benefits of creatine.

I don’t really take as many supplements as I probably should but during my cut I’ll be adding some more into the mix.

What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting?

I love intermittent fasting. It helped me lose a bunch of weight when I needed to and just made me feel better about dieting. I was doing the 12pm – 8pm window of eating and found it so beneficial. You feel like you can eat so much more than you can when not using IF because you’re having the calories in a smaller time frame.

However, I can’t really use IF right now because I’m going to the gym in the evenings and often need to eat afterwards. I would recommend at least trying it though because it really helped me drop the weight.

What do you do for work?

I currently work for an assurance company (won’t go into details) and plan to get some exams under my belt for the future.

Best/worst thing about where you live?

Best – The surroundings. There’s a load of forests and nature parks to run/walk around. It’s also quite close to London which is always a good thing.

Worst – By far the worst thing about where I live is that deliveroo don’t operate here. It seems like it’s the only place in the world that doesn’t get deliveroo. Also, there’s no decent gym in walking distance, that’d be handy.

What is your biggest goal in life?

This is mad soppy but one of my main life goals is just to be able to have/support a family. My other big goal in life is to work for myself. I’ve always wanted to be able to do this and for reasons unknown, my family seem to think I ‘have an issue with authority’. No idea what they’re talking about.

Do you fancy any of your followers?

Yeah @alicegartland.

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