This week was a challenging one as it was Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swansea, where we put on a big music festival.
It involves a lot of work, not much sleep, and obviously there’s the “food anxiety” where you worry about succumbing to the beer that everyone else is having in the evenings, or the burger truck which smells SO good.
There are so many temptations that you don’t realise before taking something like this on, and when you’re on the move it can be hard.
For instance, I’m on a train writing this right now and already I’ve been offered biscuits, crisps, muffins and chocolate bars. It’s not hard for me to say ‘no’ anymore.
Taking a coolbox of EatUP meals doesn’t make you look like the coolest bloke on the planet, but it is something that’s just become the norm now.
James, one of my trainers at U.P., was actually there at the event and it felt good that he was there to witness all the people from work (and the music industry) coming up to me and talking about how good I looked and asking how I had achieved this so quickly.
The whole of the Radio 1 staff attend the event, so there were a lot of people there who haven’t seen for quite some time – and the difference to them is dramatic.
I also got a compliment from the singer Sam Smith, who said he’s never seen me looking so good.
He has lost a lot of weight over the last two years, so we compared experiences. I didn’t think I would be ever discussing U.P. with one of the biggest singers in the world!
I don’t think it’s just the weight loss, I think you just generally get such a good feeling out of it – I feel stronger, much healthier and happy.
For me, the training at U.P. hasn’t been just about getting to a 30-inch waist, or feeling more comfortable in clothes – it’s been really good for my mental wellbeing too. I don’t know what I will do without these guys once we get to the goal!
I do find events like this hard, especially when you’ve invited friends and they’re all drinking. But if you can get through that (and sometimes it’s really annoying!) I just think ahead to the next day and know I will feel really smug!
Also, it’s not ALWAYS possible to take your meals with you ALL the time. If you have a busy life, sometimes you will forget them, or take the wrong bag etc.
But because 99% of the time you are having your meals provided, it becomes much easier to make the correct choices if ever you are without your EatUP meals. You get to a point where you know roughly how much a piece of fish or chicken or steak weighs, and how many calories it will contain.
You also get to know how big your plate of food should be, and it really doesn’t need to be as big as the size you get served in restaurants! I now always look up a place that will serve the food I need, and make sure that is where I go.
Also, pretty much every restaurant will have an online menu, and when you get there you can ask them what the dish is made from, and how it’s cooked.
You can feel like you’re being a pain to them at the start. I asked one waiter if the meat was fried or roasted once, and it took me about 15 minutes to get an answer, and I was getting some strange looks!
But always ask. When you’re on the move and food options are limited, it’s so easy to just reach for the fries. But don’t. This won’t be forever.
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