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10 weird things I didn't expect to happen when I started lifting.

A whole new world of surprises.
I have some lovely friends, outside of "fitness people", who often seem perplexed with my love of lifting. I also have a lot of lovely friends who also love lifting, so I don't have to bore the former.

But one thing I have noticed from the non-lifters, is that they often see the gym as a place of drudgery, some kind of punishment for excess or desperate attempt to ward off the horrors of aging unfit.

When I worked in a gym, there was a member who turned up 3 times a week to train, and hated every second, but did it because she was worried about losing muscle and bone mass post-menopause. I always had an immense respect for her. Not many people would turn up religiously to spend an hour doing things they hated for the sake of their health.

That's not why I do it. I strongly adhere to the tenant of doing the exercise you love, and I really do love heavy strength training. That in itself was a bit of a surprise to me, a chronically ill b…

Eating healthy on the cheap

I was going through some of the awesome lesson content in the Precision Nutrition Curriculum last week, and a quote stood out:

"There's no such thing as cheap food"

Now, I am a super bargain hunter and thrift fiend and while I agree with the sentiment, I also know how to feed a family of 4, well, on a limited budget.

There's a lot of tricks to it, but one of my favourites is knowing how to work with my local stores and their clearance shelves.



Almost every store marks down their produce as it approaches its sell-by date. You can grab some amazing bargains if you know when, where and what to shop for. It's brilliant if...
You are going to eat the food todayYou can freeze the foodYou choose the sorts of food that actually stays good after the use-by date. It's common where I am for stores to use a yellow barcode sticker to denote near-date reductions (though some have red....) so I refer to these foods as yellow sticker of value (that link will take you to my In…