how to be a professional eater and still rock a bikini

I've always been fairly fit and I've always been obsessed by food.  It's 3 hours since I last worked out and 2 hours since I last ate.  At the age of 5 my first sport was karate and my first food addiction was croissants slathered with butter and strawberry jam with a cup of milo on the side.  I was well suited to the discipline of karate, always keen to follow the rules of the dojo and to master the instructions of sensei.  Wax on, wax off.  I was equally well suited to sitting on my parent’s kitchen floor, so that I could be eye level to the grill, and ensure my croissants were toasted to perfection.  My love of fitness has kept up with my love of food except for 1 wayward year where no amount of exercise could keep pace with the daily consumption of bean and cheese burritos and bottles of Bacardi.

This is me, no airbrushing, no fake tan and no filter

This is me, no airbrushing, no fake tan and no filter

Often this food/fitness contradiction in my personality causes others great concern, consternation, frustration and wonder.  How can I possibly eat so much and not be the star of an internet show called Feeders?  I have put a lot of thought into the formula that allows me to consume constantly and not require a crane to remove me via the window of my house.  The guide below works well with or without a gym membership as you can access great workout plans and videos on the internet.  If you prefer to work out in a class environment you may like my review of F45, a functional fitness class I've been taking for improve strength, resistance and agility. Read mere here.

My top 7 workout tips

1.     Choose activities you enjoy

2.     Do something everyday, it has to be part of your life

3.     Workout before breakfast

4.     Always eat some protein 30-60min after doing your workout

5.     Stretch your legs at lunchtime, walk for 10min before you eat and 10min after

6.     Walking after dinner helps aid digestion

7.     Embrace incidental exercise, take the stairs, walk more, ride more, sit less

weekly routine

Mellow Monday  - Rest Day

Before breakfast       3km walk

Lunch                            2km walk

After dinner                1.5km walk

2 up Tuesday

Before breakfast        5km run 

                                        3km walk

                                        Stretch

Lunch                            2km walk

After dinner                1.5km walk

                                       2km bike ride

                                       Vinyasa yoga (1 hour class)

Weights on Wednesday

Before breakfast      3km walk

                                      2km bike ride

                                     Weights; whole body workout in a high intensity circuit style (1hr including stretch)

Lunch                         2km walk

After dinner             1.5km walk

When I can't get to the gym to do my weights I enjoy doing a Tone it Up Kettle Bell session.         Photo Credit: Tone It Up

When I can't get to the gym to do my weights I enjoy doing a Tone it Up Kettle Bell session.         Photo Credit: Tone It Up

Throw down Thursday

Before breakfast   Interval running sprints with a 2km warm up, strides and 1km cool down –            

                                   intervals are normally 4*400m or 6*200m

                                   3km walk

                                   Stretch

Lunch                       2km walk

After dinner           1.5km walk

Foam roller Friday

Before breakfast    15min foam roller routine on legs, glutes and back

                                    20min HIIT (high intensity interval training workout)

                                    3km walk

Lunch                        2km walk

After dinner            1.5km walk

The foam roller - a necessary evil for every runner

The foam roller - a necessary evil for every runner

parkrunday (aka Saturday)

Before breakfast    7km run – 5km parkrun plus 2km extra 

                                    4km bike ride

                                    Stretch

Before lunch           5km walk

After dinner            1.5km walk

Literally flying at Albert Melbourne parkrun                                                                        Photo Credit: Albert Melbourne parkrun facebook page

Literally flying at Albert Melbourne parkrun                                                                        Photo Credit: Albert Melbourne parkrun facebook page

Super Sunday

Before breakfast     1 hour high intensity cardio and strength training

Before lunch             5km walk

Before dinner           20km bike ride

After dinner              1.5km walk

I can thoroughly recommend any Michelle Bridges workout to help you stay in shape

I can thoroughly recommend any Michelle Bridges workout to help you stay in shape

Bonus workouts

When I'm watching TV I sometimes do some sit ups, push ups or stretches in the ad breaks.

If I’ve got some spare time after work or on the weekend I usually squeeze in a:

  • 10km bike ride along the bay or a
  • 20-minute bike interval session with a 2km warm up and 1km cool down.  Intervals are at 8 seconds sprint, 12 seconds active recovery, repeat for 20 minutes. 

I hope you find this overview of my typical workout week helpful, bearing in mind I am not a personal trainer, I’m just someone who works out and really likes to eat.  If you have any questions or comments please let me know below and if you like what you’ve read please share and click the love heart.  

For more info on what I eat, read on.

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