Dieting for my first photoshoot

Dieting for my first photoshoot

I recently promised to share what I eat in an average day, and I figured now was an exciting time to do so. You see, I agreed to do a photoshoot next Monday with just 10 days’ notice.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for years, and one of my friends basically forced me into it (lovingly, of course). I’ve been putting it off, as I’ve never really felt “ready”, but I’m not getting any younger. Ha!

Of course, I’m not doing a crazy crash diet, as that would go against everything I believe in. However, I am being a bit more careful about what I’m eating – especially after pigging out on all the local cuisine in Laos and Thailand.

Please keep in mind that, for me, the following diet is restrictive and not something I follow or recommend on a daily basis. Once I have this shoot out of the way, I will share another, more realistic day of eating.

For breakfast, I have two coffees, three eggs and three dates. Yes, I’m still addicted to dates after my month in Morocco.

If I’m working out after, I also have a banana and peanut butter, usually combined with the eggs into a banana pancake.

Lately, because it’s so hot, I’ve been making smoothies with frozen banana, mango, berries, protein powder and almond milk.

Thick like my thighs!

Long time readers will know that my breakfast has been the same for almost the entire time I’ve been blogging. If it ain’t broke… (I call it “breakfast” as a formality, as I eat my first meal of the day anywhere between 11.30am and 2pm.)

Four days a week, I head to the gym after breakfast. I’m actually on a pretty regular training schedule at the moment, meaning that I can periodise my lifts once again. I always start my workout with a compound lift (squat, deadlift, bench or overhead press) and then do about 30 to 40 minutes of accessory exercises. These usually change week to week, depending on my mood, and are usually performed in a hypertrophy (8 to 12) rep range.

Post-workout, I have chicken, rice and veggies. Then I have another coffee and three or four dates. I told you: I have a problem.

For dinner, I’ve been cutting out carbs and just having chicken or tuna and veggies or soup.

Some days, I’ve been going for a run before dinner, while other nights I’ll do a dance class after dinner. I’m trying to also walk 10,000 steps every day.

Before I go to bed (any time between 2 and 6am), I’ll have some greek yoghurt or protein powder with a little granola.

This is as hardcore as my diet gets, and it’s still more food than some people eat. I do feel pretty hungry, but I just try to keep myself distracted as much as possible. Lots of coffee and Diet Coke help, too.

Mmm coffee.

From today onwards, I will be cutting out dairy to make sure I’m not bloated on the day of the shoot. I’m feeling pretty ready (hell, I’m not a bodybuilder and these will not be fitness photographs) but I’m sure I will see some more changes in the next five days. I will, of course, share some pics when they are ready!

Have you ever dieted for a particular reason?

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