You can’t out train a bad diet.

The most important thing about training and keeping healthy is diet. I have quickly come to realise that if you don’t eat correctly the damage you are doing to your body is going to far surpass that of any exercise you may be doing to improve it. If you can eat healthily, consistently then you will reap the rewards from it, if you don’t, you won’t.

It’s a funny old world we live in. I really can’t understand why so many shit foods are easily accessed then where good, healthy foods aren’t. We live in a society where fast food, sugar, refined carbs and genetically modified foods reap havoc on our bodies and well-being. This is a time where we would rather pop to McDonalds and eat a burger and fries rather than try to find some locally sourced fruit and veg and nutrionally rich foods.

I have been the victim of the ‘modern day man’ for 25 years now. Eating shit day in day out, pizza, fizzy drinks, burgers, pasta, processed foods that are no good for us and that starve our bodies of the essential nutrients we need to do even the most basic of things. I have been watching documentaries and films about where food comes from and what to do if you feel as though it is time for change.

It is like smoking. Eating badly has just become part of our daily routines that when it comes time to change the ritual it becomes a struggle when it shouldn’t be. The reason we are now in the position we are is because 10,000 years ago when food was scarce we lived on a diet of leafy vegetables and the fruits that we could find. The odd bit of meat here and there when we managed to kill.

Our hunter gatherer instincts never left, we just got more access to the foods that our bodies needs and began to move less. Imagine this, you have just managed to kill a wild boar and you have just cooked it on the fire you made and shared it with your family. You don’t actually know when your next meal is going to be but to get it you have to travel for miles and miles, days and days without food to get it. Our bodies are trained to store the energy that is required for us to do this.

But now, when we have daily access to these foods on every corner, all we are doing are crippling ourselves because our bodies aren’t using as much energy to find the food, yet we are filling ourselves up as though there is a famine around the corner. Because our bodies have been trained to store the energy needed to go out and gather the food, that is why the society of today is suffering from diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Our tastebuds were trained over time to enjoy the sweetness of sugar and the complexities of fatty foods, which is why we take such pleasure in eating everything that is on offer today but at the same time, the processed foods we are putting into our systems are nutritionally poor. They have no micronutrients in them because they have all been chemically changed to be made cheaper to make and to be addictive so we keep coming back for more.

I am holding my hands up and saying that I to am very guilty of doing this. Eating convenient  foods where I should be going out of my way to hunt and gather proper whole foods. I would love to be able to fight one day. To get in the ring and go to war with someone of an equal weight and ability but that will never happen until I sort out my eating habits.

I am writing this so I am actually holding myself accountable for the things I put into my body. It isn’t anyone elses fault that I am overweight, it isn’t anyone elses problem, only my own and to that I put my hands in the air and agree. But then why do I find it so difficult to change? Why is my brain so determined to go againast everything I know and carry on eating shit? I may know one day. Until then I guess I will manage to keep myself at a level pegging of 98kg.

Do you have any concerns about the foods of today? Are you like me and have fallen into a routine of damaging our internal systems? Do you have to cut a lot before a fight because you enjoy a food binge after it? Do you keep a regular healthy diet almost all the time?

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Normal food intake going forward.

This is my usual sort of schedule or will be going forward. I might exchange the salad for some cooked veg, kale or broccoli or something. This will be my typical sort of day, I have been eating like this since Monday, up to now, I aren’t feeling a great deal of weight loss benefits.

7.30 – Green smoothie – baby leaf spinach, rocket, watercress, banana, apple, pear, cucumber, apple juice
8.30 – 3 Bacon Rashers, 3 scrambled eggs and a black coffee
9.15 – 10.00 – 750ml water
10.00 – Carrots and humous and 500ml water
12.30 – Spinach, iceberg lettuce, beetroot, cucumber, carrots, dressing of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeezed lemon with a turkey steak. A protein shake and a spoon of hazelnut butter.
15.00 – a turkey steak, protein shake and some unsalted nuts and 750ml water.
17.00 – a banana, an apple and 750ml water
20.00 – 21.00 – a protein filled meal, chicken and veg or something like that.

One thing I am feeling though is I have a lot more energy! Eating more frequently throughout the day I have a lot more energy as I don’t get that 3 o clock slump where I am feeling tired and what not. I guess the weight loss is a work is progress, I will be weighing myself next week to see what progress I have made.

I have already had my cheat day this week, I went to the cinema last night and some ice cream… I know I know, its really bad! It’s crazy to think that not even really that long ago, I was eating whatever I wanted, pasties, burgers, Panini’s anything. I heard somewhere someone said that you must treat your body like an aeroplane or racing car.

You wouldn’t put standard fuel into a car or aeroplane, you need to fuel it will good super powered fuel that will ensure a great performance which is something that is essential for someone who trains 4 or 5 times a week. I guess I will begin to reap the full benefits of eating in a better manner.

It is more building a good relationship with food too, knowing what to eat when. Nutrition is something that I haven’t ever paid attention to until I got into training but it is something I now have a keen interest in, as it goes hand in hand with training and feeling good to! It’s amazing how good you feel when you know you have put some good food into your system!

When training you can go for much longer, recovery from training is much faster and the weight loss is always a plus too! The hardest part is other people eating around me, I am so tempted when other people are eating a subway or a MacDonald’s to partake in a bit of nutritional hell! There is a lot of will power involved!

One this that is key in all of this is organisation! Preparation. If you can prepare 3 days meal in one sitting then you don’t have to fanny about making it for each day and then giving in because it would be easier to go to the shop and spend £3.50 on a sandwich, sugary drink and crisps.

I have had what I said above today, so I won’t bother writing what it was I ate today, this page might seem a bit repetitive as some of the time I will be eating a lot of the same thing but it is more for my record to see what works and what doesn’t.

I hope you manage to be able to take something from this too, maybe a few nutritional ideas or if you want to leave me a comment, feel free! I would,d be more than happy with some feedback.

Thanks for reading! Hope you are all well!!

Dom – MTBUK

Sleep IS important!!

I didn’t appreciate the healing power of sleep until last night! Being the first week back at training this week it has been pretty hard going so far! Enjoyable but hard going! The Strength and Conditioning class has now moved to a Monday, which is good because it means that between Monday and Thursday there is a bit of rest and also that it gives us opportunity for another class which happens to be a Clinch class!

So i was in the gym on Monday and Tuesday, now after Monday I could barely walk. To say I could barely walk would actually be an understatement! I was so stiff it was unreal! I thought that I would power through Tuesday and hope for it to get better. Which I did, power through I mean, as for getting better. Not a bloody chance! The amount of squats we did on Monday totally did me in!

After the gym on Tuesday I was feeling pretty good actually, while I was still warm… The more I cooled down after the class the worse the pain got. Now I was hoping to get to the gym on Wednesday, I took my gym bag and started the day with every intention of going, even though I was in a lot of pain. I mean so much so, when I dropped a pen at work, I just left it there because that simple task of picking up a pen became the worlds most difficult task that I didn’t fancy at all!

So after work on Wednesday, I hobbled my way to the station to get the train home. Which I did and all was peaceful. My wife doesn’t finish work until 11pm this week as she is working the late shift, so when i got in, did the normal thing, get a shower, get food and then get on the sofa, I was on the sofa for about an hour and I looked at the clock on my laptop and it read “9:00pm” I thought to myself “is it too early to go to bed?”

Now, I love my sleep! So much so that at 9pm I decided to hit the hay. I woke up when the wife came in for about 5mins, mumbled something that resembled “hello!” then rolled back over to sleep. It was possibly one of the best nights sleep I had had in a very long time. I don’t know what it was that made me sleep so well last night but it was great!

I woke up this morning feeling all kinds of refreshed and definitely ready to get back into the gym! I was still a little sore but it didn’t have a patch on how I felt the day before, which was fantastic!! So I had a good day at work, pretty standard really, throughout the day all I had been thinking about is getting to the gym. Does anyone else do that? When doing something Muay Thai pops onto the mind and you begin top envisage doing a flying knee into a customers face, or teeping them straight in the teeth.

I do often wonder what my life would be like if I hadn’t discovered Muay Thai and the Northern Kings Gym in Newcastle. I guess it would be the same as life was before I met my wife, mundane and boring but when I met her it totally changed my mindset and perception on what was important, which is exactly what Muay Thai has done for me!

It has definitely become my second wife and is definitely one third of my soul mate! Which makes doing this blog and documenting my Muay Thai experience every bit more enjoyable! Which in fact brings me onto my next point. Training tonight.

It was a good session, it was a beginners class and we had a few newbies in so it got stripped right back to basics, which honestly, I absolutely love doing. There is a quote that I have seen somewhere on the internet which I think is very fitting, I’m in now way taking and credit for the quote but I can’t remember where it originated but it went a little something like this…

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – which I soon found out was Bruce Lee when I googled it to confirm I was writing it correctly.

I think this is very very true, which is why I think I enjoy the stripped back classes as much as I do, you get time to practice all techniques. We starting with a jab, back leg kick. We drilled that with our partners for 3mins, switched and then for the second round did it again for another 3mins. For the third round we did the jab then the teep, again 3mins and switched and did another three rounds.

After that we worked on countering the attack, so for the leg kick we worked on catching the kick, we didn’t go onto the next step from that just went to there, we drilled that for 3mins then after that we worked on either catching the teep or taking a step back and getting out of the way of the teep.

So all in all it was a pretty basic session but we got to thrash it on some pads for the best part of 45mins which is always good fun! The one thing I would like to do a little more of is sparring, I am thinking of asking a couple of the lads if they would like to kick about after the class has finished and have a few rounds of sparring after one or two sessions in the week. Which would be pretty fun!

So that’s it for today really. Feeling much better now after the long sleep yesterday and felt pretty good in the gym today which is always a good feeling. I am going to have to start running again to help shift this weight that I have hanging over me at the moment but other than that, I think in a few weeks time after I have been to a few more sessions I will be back feeling to what I was before I took the time off.

Thanks again for reading, the support on twitter, instagram and facebook has been insane! I can’t quite believe the support the blog is getting! So for that I will be forever thankful!

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Thank you again!

Hope you are all well, see you all on the flip side!

Peace! – Dom – MTBUK

The beginning of “Mission Lodge”

I don’t even really know where to start with this one really… it was the first session back training today and mission lodge has officially began!

There is a story behind mission lodge so I will explain as it will become something of a focus of mine over the course of the next few months. in about October/November time I had acquired the nickname ‘Podge’ because of my big bones and thick set. basically, I’m fat ha ha.

Something I embrace and hold my hands up to. Something I have wrote about in previous blogs, I am sure! So whenever I needed motivating when doing a session with Craig he would always play the Podge card…

“C’mon Podge” he would say “Can’t slack now Podge!”

It did actually work, so Podge was my name… towards the end of the year I was commenting on something via Facebook or some other social media site and I had made a typo… I can’t remember it word for word but it mentioned Lodge instead of Podge.

So by Lodge it means lean podge, Lodge! I love it ha ha! So now that the new year is here and I am on a mission to get the excess weight shifted so I can begin to compete! So “Mission Lodge” has began!

All the lads now are in a position where they are getting fights lined up and a little bit of me is quite jealous because it is something that I really want to be able to do.

To be honest I aren’t in any rush to do so, I want to be ready both mentally and physically. Which I am sure I will be in time. What I keep reminding myself is, I have only been training for 8 months so not long at all really! Muay Thai has quickly become a massive part of my life!

Training tonight! Wow! To say it hurts would be a fucking massive understatement! I haven’t really trained properly since the end of November so it has been like a full month since I’ve had to really push myself! I have ate awfully, not exercised at all and just generally been quite lazy which is why the blog kind of took a back seat too and i am now weighing in at 97kg!

The training session though, we had two sessions tonight, strength and conditioning and also a Thai/K1 class. The S&C was more of a technique based class working on technique on basic exercises like goblet squats, press ups, dislocates, pull a parts, wall squats etc but it was still really challenging! We did 10 sets of three exercises, goblet squat, push up and jumping lunges but each set would decrease in a number it went 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and so on and so on with no rest.

Because it was the first session back it was really busy! One of the lads said give it a few weeks, there will only be 5 or 6 of us here, which is true, everyone is on a buzz at the moment to get back into training and i am sure it will soon pass for some but for me it will only kick into a higher gear!

After S&C it was the Thai/K1 session which I have been looking forward to! Since the first 10mins of the S&C sessions beginning I soon became very apprehensive because I was totally knackered but I managed to power through!

In the session we started on working on the overhand right as a slip from a jab! So we paired up, and got working on slipping the jab and returning with the overhand right then the left body as the first drill, then it was taking a step back then returning with the overhand and the left body again. After that we added kicks in.

So as our partner would jab we would do a right body kick followed by a left hook to the head. We drilled that for a few rounds and then went on to spar what it was that we had covered in the class. So we did one for one, but would mix it up by doing either the slip overhand right, left body shot or the right kick and then the left hook to the head.

We did that for about 15mins changing every 3mins. As an added extra we had to add a boxing combination on the end of whatever we did to put the K1 spin on it. It wasn’t to hurt our partner but to show that the work rate was up.

In the final 15mins of the classes the dreaded word got called out by Craig. “FITNESS!!!!” Uh oh!! Fitness!

So for this we had to do 20 squats, 20 squat jumps and 20 seconds isometric squat hold. Absolutely bloody horrendous! I was one of the last ones to finish but I was proud of the fact that I didn’t skip anything or didn’t miss any out. I made a point of following everything I was given through to the end!!

It felt good to be back in the gym! I am looking forward to being back in a good routine and getting into some sort of fit shape!

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Peace and love and all the best for the coming weeks in 2015! Dom from MTBUK

Today has been a productive day for MTBUK

Hey Everyone,

I hope everyone has a good time over the Christmas period. Now that the festive celebrations have come to an end it is time to get things kick started.

I know I haven’t really posted recently and I apologise for that. I have had a various amount of things happening recently which means my Muay Thai journey has taken a back seat.

Now that the new year is here and I am pumped and ready to get back into my Muay Thai training I am so excited to get MTBUK back up and running and get the ideas in full swing.

I have been doing a few things behind closed doors, getting lined up to get all up in your grill when the time is right. The one thing that I will share with you though is the new logo that I have been working on. It is something that has evolved over a period of time to what it is now.

I am quite proud of it if I am honest and it might still change again in the future as the blog and the different areas of social media that I use change and evolve it might be that the logo changes too.

So here it is….

MTBUK logo

Please don’t forget that you can all catch me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for you mobile users, I also have a YouTube channel that I use or will use in the future once I begin to put things into play.

All you have to do is click the hyperlinks on the names of the social media site, head on over, give it a like or subscribe of follow which ever it requires you to do to keep up to date with all the stuff that I will be getting in your face very soon!

Again, thank you for the continued support of Muay Thai Blog UK and everything that anyone does means so much! Every like or follow or comment which you make is awesome and makes me feel as though I am actually doing something that means something!

Hope you all have had a fantastic time off and now hope you are all ready to grab the new year by the horns and give it a head kick into the right now!

Peace! Dom – MTBUK

Looking forward to today!

What’s up!! Dom from MTBUK here!!

How’s it going for everyone? What is this week bringing you?

I haven’t posted about training this week because I have only trained once. This was on Monday, Tuesday I needed to rest my leg from Saturday because I still had a dead leg and then in the class on Monday we worked on leg kicks… Awesome! Not!

It needed to get back to at least 90% which it is now so I can get back in the gym and give it 100%!! So rested the leg on Tuesday… Yesterday I was covering work in a different city to what I normally do so time was stretched and to take the biscuit at the end of the day I got stuck in the fucking elevator! Just before we were set to go home I get stuck in the elevator. Fantastic!!

Which means then I was stuck at work until 7pm and had to miss training. The reason I am posting this morning is because of what I have eaten over the past 24 hours. It has been a bad day for eating clean and healthy really. Because I was up and out early there was no time to cook my dinner which means I had to buy it while I was on my lunch at work.

In the north east of England where I am living at the moment pastry shops that sell pasties and cakes are rife! In particular Greggs! I had a sausage and bacon sandwich for breakfast and a latte coffee. After which I was feeling okay, mainly because of the coffee that perked me up really.

For my lunch, because I was the only working adviser I have to make sure I am kind of always available. So I only got to pop out for 15/20 minute to which I went to Greggs again and got a pasty for my lunch as a matter of cheapness and convenience. So this was at 11.30am after eating my bacon and sausage at 8.30am. I then didn’t get to eat until about 8pm when I was in the train station in Newcastle waiting to go home. I ate a Burger King.

I’m not a massive fan of the fast food shit that is available, McDonalds, Burger King, subway etc they are just shit and last night confirmed it for me really.

After I had eaten it I felt awful!! Sluggish, tired, bloated and just generally a bit shit. This has solidified for me the fact that I am going to write a nutrition plan, a strict regimen to stick by to try and get these excess KG’s shifted. I walk about at around 95kg at the moment and like I have said in my previous posts it would ideally like to be a walk around weight of about 10kg lighter. So I have quite a lot to lose really. Then if I want to start eventually fighting, which I most definitely do… I need to get it off.

Once I have wrote the nutrition and exercise plan I will write it up and make it available to you if you follow the blog or email me requesting it or I might just put it on a page on here. I will hopefully be posting daily updates with pictures of my progress and you can feel free to do the same!!

I am looking forward to getting back to training today after the couple of days off. I always enjoy getting stuck back into the gym! The lads did their final training session last night before the big fight on Sunday!! I can’t wait! It’s called stand up and fight and it is based here in Newcastle. The tickets sold out very quickly and soon became the talk of the gym a long time ago and the week is finally here. From what I saw on Monday the lads are looking super fit, they have trained awesomely and very hard! It is going to be one to see!

I will hopefully get some pictures. I will be taking a proper camera and also he recording some videos on my phone. I don’t know where I am sat in the venue so I won’t know the predicted quality of them until I am there!! But yeah, watch this space! #TeamNK will be ripping it up this weekend!! Best of to everyone fighting!!

Well that’s it for now, to wrap up… Don’t eat shit! I will be writing a nutrition guide/meal plan as a guidance of what to eat and stuff and the fight this weekend!! Exciting times 🙂

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Peace!! – Dom from Muay Thai Blog UK

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