One of the things I hear most often from people is how “easy” it must be for me to keep fit, or stay in shape, or whatever fitness goals the person I am talking to may have for themselves, but struggle to achieve. The perception that working in a gym makes it so much easier to achieve these goals, in my opinion anyway, couldn’t be further from the truth.
I have no set structure.
I have no routine.
I have no weekly/monthly wage or salary.
I have no time off.
I have no days off.
I have no paid holiday days.
I have no paid sick days.
The only guarantee I have, is that I must pay my bills!
But having said all that, I still couldn’t be happier with my current self employment position. Of course there is a huge list of benefits also, and no doubt in most regular 9:00 – 5:00 jobs there is also a long list of pros and cons. The fact of the matter is, we are all given the same 24 hours in a day, and it is up to us what we do with them!!
Each of my days, and each of my weeks is completely different to the last. However I try to plan and prepare for each day as much as possible, usually following the rule that “Monday doesn’t end, until Tuesday is 100% prepared for”. This could include, shopping, cooking, laundry, creating training plans, nutrition plans, administration work and so on. I cannot and will not go to bed, unless I have laid out my plan of action for the following day!
I train 7 days per week myself, and try to also include a fasted cardio session any day that my schedule will allow for it. I have gone through weeks where I have trained 14 times, completing 7 fasted cardio sessions each morning of the week, followed by 7 weights training sessions each afternoon. Not only that, but I have also managed to increase body weight, in the form of lean muscle mass while performing 7 solid days of fasted cardio.
All in all, training and nutrition, is not about having the time, or having the best job, or the best circumstance. It is about making the time and creating the best circumstance with what you have! I keep a food and training diary myself every single day, which allows me to track my progress in the gym, but also to analyse my nutrition and see where I may have slipped up, or what is working to my benefit and so on.
Over the coming months, my blog is going to give more and more insight into a day in my life. My training, my meals, my goals and so forth. Remember that all my training and nutrition will have been tailored specifically to me, and may not suit other individuals. So please do not try to re-enact or re-create my specific training sessions or meal plans, but instead feel free to get in touch of ask questions about how to find the perfect balance in your own training and nutrition.