Getting the message (if a little extreme)!

There is the old story about the famous preacher who joined one of america’s most select community’s, and how his unconventional ways converted a church full of people, who always turned up to church but never listened.

The first day the preacher showed up, he gave a rousing one hour lecture, and for the first time in that church’s history, got a standing ovation. The elder’s were thrilled and confirmed that they had made the right choice in their new preacher.

The second Sunday came and the preacher made exactly the same speech, more or less word for word for one hour again, and still got applause, although many had questioned its content, as it was the same as the week before.

The third week came, and the same thing happened, word for word and exactly for 60 minutes, the same message was broadcast and this time the elders were questioning the preacher’s one message theme, was this a joke or did he just one speech or was he just forgetful and forgot to change the lecture?

The next week comes and guess what? The same speech again, and this time as unrest starts amongst the congregation, the elders pull him to one side and ask him what the heck is going on? He then goes back out to the congregation and tells them, and the elders, that as long as the community acts the way it is, he will keep giving the same message until they actually “get it”, and apply his all encompassing message into their lives, and take the double standards out of their lives, no point showing up for church if they were committing sins all week long! We all know of such places don’t we? His methods may have been extreme, but hopefully you get the point!

Anyway, the point is that if you keep getting the message of doing 2-3 resistance workouts per week, 2-3 cardiovascular workouts per week, eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean proteins, good carbs, sleep well, drink enough water and do things in moderation, you are bound to do well short and long term. How many of you know what to do, but never get around to doing it, actions speak louder than words so let’s forget all the excuses and compromises, let’s do it!


The magnetism of empty calories

Let’s be honest, we are all tempted over christmas, and all of us will have something we fancy, and sugary and fatty. How much of it will dictate how we feel, how hard it will be  in the new year to get it off, and how long it will take to get our taste buds back to normal again.

Cyril made an interesting post but one thing came shing through from all of what he said and we should learn from him. It was why he was making bad choices again. He was struggling because he wasn’t taking action on his bad food choices, he was talking about it but wasn’t doing anything about it despite trying hard.  Cyril will get back on track straight away but the great positive is that he knows where he is going wrong. How many of us know where we are going wrong in life? Most of us follow blind alleys at times, and don’t know where going wrong until obviously the result is not what we want, then we clearly must change to achieve a result we have been searching for.

The empty calories we have all around us, the mince pies, the beer, the wine, the cakes, the party food, the sugar coated anything, the pastries etc etc, they are all there to be eaten and they act as magnets in our times of weakness. Then one bad day leads to another and before we know it, the weight has piled on, we feel like garbage and we have the energy of a sloth, and a tight chest for some reason and the thought of exercising again sounds better “next week”!

My advice over christmas would be try to do something most days, even a nice walk would be fantastic, just to keep those lungs in shape. Some of you will do more, and well done on that, you will feel better and start 2010 with a bang! The magnetism of those empty calories can be very strong, so start as you mean to go on, keep eating plenty of the lowest fat meat out there in turkey, eat lots of veggies, have something of what you fancy as its christmas after all, and make a genuine promise to yourself that you’re not going to pile all of that weight on this year again, because it could easily be march before you get it off! Most diets end on valentine’s day and if you do your indulgence in moderation, you won’t need any faddy diet that’s doomed for failure again.

We have plenty of eating and traing stuff coming up so let’s really understand why this year is going to be different for you all, and you’re far more in control of it than you think!


PS Nigella lawson on now!

Talking about sugar intake or excessive sugar intake, try tuning into negella lawson, more sugar than i have seen on ANY tv programme in history, instant heart attacks wating to happen! Doesn’t she and her husband then go on a ridiculous egg only diet?!!! Enough said and i wouldn’t fancy being around them while they are on that diet!!

Eating on holidays

Just got back in the snow having travelled over 6 hours from somerset, never seem to get the weather forecast bang on do they? Impossible i suppose, and a shame to see so many crashed and broken cars on the motorway today.

The weekend brought the usual challenges of eating well on holiday, and fortunately it wasn’t that hard as the portions were well controlled and most of us don’t really want to make pigs out of ourselves when we eat in front of others! Some of us have done the old thing in the past of eating smaller portions in front of a crowd, but more than made up for it when behind closed doors again!

The added sugar in foods which i touched upon in friday’s post was a little more scary than i thought! When i looked in the in house supermarket, it was quite scary how many foods went over the 40g added sugar limit in just one serving. If you have started having a look at some of the foods yourself with excess refined sugar, then you’re in for a big surprise!!

The excellent news i have too is that a leading expert on this matter is going to be providing me with some breaking data on this subject which i will post as soon as i get it. It’s always great to be keeping up with the latest science on foods and i want to share it with you as soon as possible.

Congratulations to all of you who have been keeping your workouts up, even in the snow and ice, as well as those contemplating a big start in the new year, you’re all most welcome to join in and share your thoughts.

Congrats too on rage against the machine getting to number one!

See you tomorrow and totally on health!!


Sugar and excess refined sugar

Just a quick post, i am going shortly on a santa and bob the builder themed weekend so won’t be back until monday!

Did you know that in the 1800’s, the average human consumed 13g of  sugar per day.

In the early 1900’s, it went up to 30g or thereabouts per day.

Then have a guess at what it is now for many people? 285g PER DAY!!!!! No wonder people are in a mess and excess refined sugar is linked to all sorts of diseases and even new diseases. The pure refined nasty stuff that majority of people consume can be 80g alone. Did you know that cardiovascular disease wan’t around until 1910, when scientists started to investigate it, now it is a huge problem with modern diets, lack of exercise and excess sugars and bad fats.

The daily recommended rate of refined/added sugar is 40g per day, one  can of pop can be that or even a little bit more than that!! Drinking excess calories is a quick way of putting on tons of weight, as well as sports drinks believe it or not, as these are definitely not needed unless you are doing more than 60 minutes of exercise each time you workout at high intensity, i like gold old fashioned water to hydrate during exercise myself.

To identify added sugar is easy, just look on the back of a product and under the sugar part, it will tell you if and how much sugar is in per serving. If you hitting around 25-30g a day, then you are doing very well and your body fat will be healthy, if you’re overweight, try and reach this or definitely under 40g.

Homework, as i’m away all weekend, try and find out how much sugar you consume most days, just pick up the product you are eating and it will tell you, remember to look for the sugar section and it may allow you to find out where you are going wrong, and where you are being very good.

Let me know your figures, should be fun!