After my ‘Day in the life’ post last week, I received a couple of questions I want to answer in more detail today. So without further ado…
Do you eat like this every day?
I generally have no problem sticking to my nutrition plan Monday to Friday. Everything is routine, so it’s easy for me to just pack my tupperware and eat at work without hesitation. Combined with the fact that I work with a lot of fit guys in a gym, it’s pretty easy to stick to my diet – nobody brings in cake for anyone’s birthday!
Like I mentioned in that post, Rob and I only see each other for about an hour a day during the week. Sometimes we will spontaneously decide to stay up late, and that usually involves Rob bringing home a ‘treat’ like a few drinks or chocolate. He also works Saturday and Sunday (although this past Sunday was his last!) so we generally only get to spend afternoons and evenings together on the weekends.
That’s the time we want to spend exploring the city, so we usually eat out Saturday afternoon and evening, and sometimes one meal on Sunday too. Sometimes I will order a safe option like fish and vegetables but it’s usually pasta, pizza, a burger, burritos or Thai food – most of which is not considered healthy at all. I usually just try to make sure I’m getting a protein and carbohydrate source, and watch my portion sizes. Unless I’m having ice cream, of course, which is basically all sugar but tastes oh so good.
So I typically have two larger or three smaller treats per week, as it doesn’t seem to have a negative impact on my performance or physique. If I’m actively trying to lose fat, I will usually limit this to one meal but I’m honestly not too strict about it. There’s a big difference in my mind between dieting for ‘fun’ and dieting for a competition, so there’s no reason for me to kill myself over having a perfect physique every week of the year. My body seems to survive well eating clean 90 per cent of the time.
I’ve probably never mentioned this before, because my blog is meant to inspire you to eat healthy and train hard. But I will always be honest! I haven’t kept up my cut for Montenegro, but that is something I will talk about more in my next post.
Do you plan on staying in London forever?
Rob has moved around the world his entire life so it was only natural I would catch the bug! We first moved across the country from Perth to Sydney, and then we moved to the other side of the world five months ago. We want to live somewhere where we are both happy. In Sydney, I did not like my job (understatement!), the weather was awful and the cost of living was stifling.
Now in London, we are both very happy. Rob is working his dream job and I couldn’t be happier with how my career has progressed. I truly love waking up to go to work and I never watch the clock anymore. Outside of work, our life is great. We end up with more money in our pockets at the end of the month, which means we can take advantage of the fact that we’re in the heart of Europe – instead of holidays costing us thousands of dollars like in Australia, we can fly to a completely different country for a couple of hundred dollars.
On Saturday we leave for Montenegro, and we’re also planning a trip to Scotland or Wales in August. My best friend from Perth is arriving in two weeks, and we are doing a four day girls trip to Ibiza! Then in September we are going to Paris again, as well as Berlin. How can I not love this lifestyle?!
But in all seriousness, we are already doing everything we can to stay. I think we will be here for a good decade or two.
The only thing we don’t like is our apartment. While it started off brilliantly, it’s now proving very frustrating. Our landlord decided to install the cheapest appliances available, because almost everything has broken at one stage: the hot water (we had cold showers for more than a week!), oven, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and our heating have all broken. The best part is our washing machine and dishwasher can’t be fixed, because the appliances have been sealed into the wall and the real estate refuses to open it!
Not to mention the fact that our landlord is bonkers and we had to have not one, but two, new front doors installed because he could see eyes in the wood. I couldn’t even make this stuff up.
Needless to say, we’re hoping to move out within the next month or two. We’re looking to move to Wimbledon as it’s closer to both of our jobs, and that way it will be even more convenient when I go to the tennis next year 😉
Were you surprised to learn how much junk food I eat?