Category: Nutrition

Lockdown Weight Woes

Content warning: weight, dieting, mental health. You’re probably aware of this, but there’s currently a global pandemic. I know, shocking! Anyway, at the start of the implementation of lockdown in the UK I decided on two things: I wasn’t going to be a “get fit in lockdown” blog wanker Frankly, most people have more important […]

Why I Track Macros (Instead of Calorie Counting)

Disclaimer: this post is specifically about my nutritional strategy and is not meant as dietary advice nor a recommendation for weight loss. Please treat your bodies with love and respect, and don’t assume that just because I’m a macro-knob forever doing experiments on my body that you should too. Weight loss is massively over-rated, take […]

My bulking experience

Content warnings: this entry contains a photo of me in my underwear. May not be suitable for work. Also contains talk of both weight loss and gain. Back in December I mentioned that I was bulking, or deliberately gaining weight to build muscle. This was supposed to coincide with some heavy work to get my […]

Where I’m At, Yo (or something)

Given the tumbleweeds blowing across the strongmum blog, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve not worked out in any capacity since October, with that being a one-off too. This couldn’t be further from the truth, although illness — mine and my children’s — and work have unsuccessfully conspired together to take me out of […]

General Training Update

I currently have several posts in the works about specific aspects of my training — my macro counting, my latest runs, my weights progress — but I don’t quite have enough time or energy to give each their due, and so have fixed that by writing nothing. D’oh. To prevent an extended writers block I’ve […]


Content warnings: sexual abuse, eating disorders, loss during pregnancy I wanted to create a witty or poignant title for this post, but nothing I came up with seemed adequate. So here we have it: Food. For many of us, our relationships with food are complicated. From birth what we put in our mouth is mired […]

5 Protein Foods Taste Tested

I generally consume at least 150g protein per day, as per the maintenance macros on my diet template. That can mean a lot of chicken if I’m feeling lazy. However, variety is the spice of life, so I try and break it up with other high protein foods. Here are 5 ‘high protein’ labelled foods […]

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Exercise for Weight Loss

“What?!” I hear you exclaim. “Of course you should exercise if you want to lose weight!” Bzzzt, wrong. Here are ten reasons why you shouldn’t exercise for weight loss (and what you should do instead): Exercising for weight loss turns it into a chore By choosing exercise purely as a means to reach a weight […]

My First Cut: The Write-Up

I officially finished my cut with Renaissance Periodization on Friday last week, ending it a few days short of the full 12 weeks (I had a weekend of gluttony planned). I ended the cut at roughly 143lbs, having started at 158lbs, giving a total of 15lbs loss. With an increase in all lifts except bench, and […]

Consistency and Cutting

Warning: this entry contains pictures of me in my pants. Sorry about that. I started this year sober and motivated, with the lofty goal of attending the gym consistently. Gaz’s generous gift of a year’s gym membership for my birthday in early January was going to be the catalyst for improvement in my strength and […]