Food is King! I’m Feeling Leaner and Fitter: Holiday Training Blog

Training was difficult in Week 3.

I was on mum duties because Norman, one of our dogs, broke his leg while he was out walking.

He’s fine now – he’s currently hobbling about wearing his cone of shame, but with him having surgery and being unable to be left alone, we couldn’t make it into the gym.

I didn’t feel comfortable leaving him, and he 100% comes first for me. I now understand when mums say they haven’t got time to train because they have kids!

Knowing my lack of gym work could slow down my progress, I had to ensure that I stuck to my clean eating plan 100% to compensate for not training. I’m aware of calories in vs calories out and finding that balance.

I still did some training, however. I made sure I did cardio at home even for just 20 minutes to get my heart rate up.

I have a Stairmaster at home, so I have no excuse! Even without that, though, I would have used my skipping rope or done a HIIT circuit of burpees and squats. Anything to get my heart rate up!

If you can always get in the gym as you’d like to, just doing 10-20 minutes at home is always better than nothing.

It’s easy to find excuses as to why you can’t train, when the reality is you just can’t train in the gym. You CAN however still do something to help reach your goals.

Relaxing in the Manchester sun after a swimming cardio session and sauna.

Don’t look for reasons why you can’t do something, always look for the reasons you can!

It’s been a really busy week. Me and Gorka have been down in London, travelling a lot, but we can’t use this as an excuse not to carry on.

It’s been busy, tiring and we’ve not had a lot of sleep, but we can still eat good food.

I wake up at 4 am and have my omelette and greens around 5 am, then I take my overnight oats to work and have them shout 8 am.

I do always prep food because I’ve done it for years now. It’s part of my routine and I do actually enjoy it – it’s actually quite satisfying to cook your food in bulk and having three days’ worth of food sorted means I can relax.

Gemma nursing her dog Norman at home after he broke his leg.

Fuelling my body with good stuff, that’s what’s given me the energy to carry on regardless of travelling, getting up for work, or being up in the night with Norman.

Food is king, as I’m always told by my trainer Evil Steve. I feel good, I feel leaner and fitter than last week.


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