The Great British Blame Game

Do you have a saggy bottom? ( I know it should be ‘soggy bottom’ but we won’t get into that).

It seems that Paul & Mary have a lot to answer for right now.  Not only are they encouraging you and your family to eat ALL THE CAKE but they are forcing you to sit on your backside for an hour every Wednesday night.  Both of these evil actions only serve to add to your expanding waist line.

All joking aside, some of this may ring true with you.  It doesn’t have to be #GBBO though (yeah, I’m cool with my hashtags).  Game of thrones, breaking bad and even Eastenders are all at it.

They are all to blame for you not being able to exercise aren’t they!?  I mean you MUST watch them there and then otherwise you’ll find out what happens as you browse facebook for hour after hour and that would just ruin it.

Now I might be getting a rise out of some of you by now (bun intended), but I see this all too often.


Is it all TV’s fault dough?

It’s not just TV that people blame for their lack of progress though.  There’s the late finish from work, the tough day at work, the ferry the kids around problem.  All of these have one thing in common – they are blaming SOMEONE ELSE for YOUR actions (or lack of).

I have a family and a busy job so I do understand that time pressures are real and can be somewhat restrictive but what about if we flip things around for a minute?

Instead of blaming someone or something for stopping you eating healthily or exercising why not see what you can do DESPITE these time pressures.

Remember exercising doesn’t have to mean a 3 hour round trip to the gym and healthy eating isn’t the same time again creating a dish fit for master chef.

So whether your time pressure is a budding career, being a taxi service for your children, standing on the sidelines for your little Olympian \ ballet dancer or maybe even a social life, there are things you CAN do.

If we take the gym as example and you just cannot tear yourself away from this weeks episode of ‘idiots that can’t take a tray out of the oven’ (seriously – why do they always tip stuff on the floor?) then skip the gym – just this once if it REALLY is that important to you.


Can you have your cake AND eat it?

Rather than just write off that whole day because you can’t get to the gym, think about what you COULD do.

You could go for a short 20-20 minute run, do a home workout or even prep tomorrows food while you watch.

A home workout might not be as effective as the gym but it’s a damn sight better than sitting on your bottom as it proves (another baking reference – think I’ve seen too much bake off).

As you might have guessed, I DO watch some of my favourite TV shows but here’s some of the ways you can ensure they don’t encroach on work, family or personal life.

  • Record them! Especially if it’s a series and can be caught up on any time.
  • Set yourself a deadline to get everything done you need to BEFORE your show starts if you simply must see it live.
  • Work out DURING the show.  This works well if the program has ad breaks.  You can set yourself mini challenges.  For example in every ad break you could do 20 squats, 10 press ups and a 30 second plank.
  • Swap the sofa for the kitchen. You can watch while prepping food or ironing for the next day.  Plus this keeps you up on your feet too.

I’m sure you’ll all have your own useful tips and I’d love for you to share what they are with me.

The most important thing you can take away from this is to think about all the things you can do rather than finding excuses for doing nothing at all.  Something is always better than nothing.

There will never be a perfect time for anything so sometimes you just have to MAKE it happen.

The funny part of it all is that I wrote this over two days.  This morning I woke up to the news that Bake Off is moving to Channel 4.  That means ad breaks.  I can see a Bake Off style workout game might have to be devised for those of you dedicated enough to keep watching despite ads and the tragic loss of Mel & Sue.

If you’re struggling to fit exercise into your busy schedule and need some friendly help and advice then click HERE to message me directly.


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