As you can probably imagine if you have read my about me page, this is not the first time and, it will definitely not be my last!
The problem is I just I love having fun!
I’m not one of those ‘fitness dicks’ who acts all mightier than thou – I can’t stand that and for the most part, take it from me, they are definitely not holier than thou.
I like beer in the sun, Dominos on a hangover and Krispy Kremes on a sugar low!
HOWEVER, that being said. I just can’t handle what it does to my system!
After firing on all cylinders for the 3 weeks leading up it, lifting heavier and heavier, sprints getting easier, enjoying biking to and from work, bodyfat levels plummeting and lean mass rocketing, generally living on a high!
Last week I found myself slumped in self pity and ultimate fatigue! Work suffered, playtime with the kids suffered (still managed to do it but wasn’t as quality as it usually is), food choices were horrendous and training was non existent!
I got to thinking – How did I manage this on a weekly basis?
I hated almost every day of last week and was totally unproductive!
Approximately 1/3 of adults in Newcastle are reported to binge drink on a regular basis (I reckon its way more than that! Thankfully we ain’t alone eh?)
I heard Dara O’Brien joke only last night that in Newcastle it is impossible to become an alcoholic because of the amount we drink and how ‘normal’ it is.
Most people hate (although they love watching) Geordie Shore and the way Geordies are portrayed on TV, yet we still get smashed week in week out…
The answer to my question – I didn’t used to manage it on a weekly basis!
Something always suffers!
If you do binge every weekend religiously, you will appear to have loads of banter on Facebook & Twitter (which of course is important and I would like it written on my gravestone that I had x amount of followers) BUT realistically your body will be screaming out for a rest and it will try and tell you!
Fatigue, weight gain, stress, recognise any of these?
I know I do.
It’s about balance!
I know not all of you have kids that take up most of your free time, so I feel for ya, but over and above that I have chosen to still have fun but be more selective with my ‘binges’.
You only need to know 26 people to have an excuse to be out every other weekend for a birthday celebration.
Then add in weddings, baptisms, stag dos, hen dos, house warming, Christmas parties, leaving dos, wetting the babies head, heck sometimes just because it’s Friday is a good enough reason…
The thing is, I couldn’t simply choose not to party without having something to replace it with.
This is where structured training and food planning comes in. Having something else to socialise around rather than alcohol makes for a far more productive work week and home life! Even better than this, when you do go out it’s not just an average night, it’s an awesome night!
Before the days of alcohol being the only social activity, it used to be you would knock on your pals for a game of heads & vols, not so much an option nowadays (or maybe it is?)
The principle remains, we need to involve our friends or find training partners with similar goals – not only does it become less of a chore that way but you will find that training in a group gets you far greater results and a bit of banter never goes a miss!
1. Have some kids… (That might be a bit drastic)
2. Use a diary to prioritise your nights out,
3. Educate yourself on simple and effective lifestyle nutrition strategies (get the Free Tough Love Food Plan here to get you started)
4. Follow a structured Gym Programme that keeps you challenged,
5. Be accountable to someone – tell friends and family what your target is, frequently take body measurements which will make you more likely to enjoy the occasions that warrant a ‘party’ and less likely to find at reason to hit the booze when bored,
6. Enjoy life without the guilt!!
Paul ‘Party Hard but Less Often’ Love
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