Blog: Stoptober has begun

STOPTOBER, it’s finally here!! I hope everyone is getting ready to give up something for this much anticipated NHS campaign which Opus Energise is joining forces with.

Personally I have decided to give up chocolate and late night nibbles – not that I eat a lot of both anyway, but my little snacks were always a small pleasure of mine especially after a hard day’s training but more importantly they were also an essential part of my energy replacement.

The fact that I do follow a well-balanced diet and I really do only have the occasional snack will make this as difficult for me as it would for a smoker to give up cigarettes – I think anyway as I have never smoked…….so don’t shout at me!

But I have also set myself a goal and that is to get myself back to my normal training weight as quickly as possible, especially after the excesses of my six week break from training during the summer. LET’S NOT FORGET – it is really important for anyone who is going to give up something TO SET YOURSELF A TARGET – but remember you do have to be realistic and only set yourself a target that is achievable as there is nothing worse than not meeting your targets and it will only deter you next time. LOTS OF SMALL STEPS REALLY DO MAKE ONE BIG GAIN!!

Personally I have been here before, when myself and the rest of the Team GB gymnastics team had to keep our bodies in peak competition fitness over possibly the most indulgent part of the year – which included Christmas, New Year and my own birthday – as we had a competition on the 10th of January 2012 and it really was our final opportunity to qualify a team to the London Olympics. Well the rest is now history and we absolutely smashed the competition to ensure that we had a full team represented in London.

So you can see, we had a goal, which we achieved and it was definitely worth it………

So for now I will be eating a lot more of this……………Sweet Chilli Chicken and Broccoli Pasta :-)


Good luck taking part in Stoptober! I’ll let you know how I’m getting on in my next blog.

Cheers, Dan