GOMO – How to make it your summer!

I just want to start this post by saying, you are your biggest obstacle!

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

What does he mean? Well, if you are somebody who refrains from attending social events, you like to keep yourself to yourself, an introvert who would rather sit at home watching tv shows but still kind of wants to get out of their shell, then now is the perfect opportunity.

Eventbrite have launched a campaign called GOMO (going out more often) instead of FOMO (fear of missing out). This could be your defining summer. I can’t express how much regret I have with the summers of fun I missed out on. The experiences I missed out on, the friendships I could have made and the places I could have been.

I personally find that there is nothing worse than being asked what did you get up to and you replying “bugger all”. You just sound lame and boring. The reality of the situation is, you want to be the guy/girl who lists all the amazing things they do.

I get it, you don’t have anything to prove, you are a great person and well fun to be around. People just need to take the time to get to know you. With that being said, if you never show it how will anyone ever know, right?

Use this summer to not only have fun but to become a better version of you. The people you could potentially meet will not only help you grow as a person but will give you perspective on what you actually enjoy doing.

Here are some things you can do this summer!

Walks

Go for walks – I can’t explain how regularly I do this and how each time I go for a stroll, the better I feel. I find it very soothing and relaxing especially with the weather being so great.

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Exercise

I find exercise to be the single most relieving thing you can do. It really helps me unwind. I feel great all day and we now know that exercise can release endorphins which is why we feel great after.

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Volunteer

There are tons of volunteering schemes you can do throughout London. A simple search will show a whole array of things to do, for example, you can volunteer at bikeworks. If that doesn’t take your fancy, there are other areas you can volunteer in.

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Festivals

There are so many great festivals you can go to. Grab a friend and make them go or if you have the cash, buy them a ticket. Here is a list of the top festivals happening this summer.

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Holidays

If you have the cash, go on a road trip with your friends. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. This summer, me and my friends are road tripping across Europe. Specifically, France-Belgium-Germany. Road trips are always so much banter and I’d rather be out and about exploring and making a fool of myself than sitting at home trying to decide what to watch!

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To Do list

If there is something you know you have been wanting to do for a while but because you’re a mug and you keep putting it off, now is the perfect chance to do them. I knew I wanted to start a blog, so I did, hi guys 🙂

 

I also wanted to hit a new personal record at the gym and I did! Strive for the little progression each week in whatever you want to do, over time it will add up and you will only have yourself to thank.

Get in shape

I have written articles on how to get into shape. If you’ve always wanted to be slim this could be your chance. There is a lot of misinformation out there when in actual fact losing fat is so easy and the best part is you don’t have to give up foods or skip socials.

 

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Whatever it may be, use this free time to do something. You will be so happy at the end of the summer that you did something positive and you won’t be that person who has nothing to add to a conversation.

If you are feeling extra confident, organise your own event. Eventbrite will provide you with the means to sell tickets!

Yours

-S

 

 

 

  

How to eat a tub of cookie dough ice cream whilst dieting.

How to eat tubs without getting fat.

If, like me, you don’t like weighing out how much ice cream you can have because that inner fat boy could never be satisfied with such small portions, then read on…

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You see, I’ve cut many times and as a result I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t. For example, I know I crave ice cream but I don’t crave those additional calories. I want cookie dough ice cream but I know a Ben & Jerry’s 500ml tub has 1150 calories and I know it won’t satisfy because I know all I’ll have is a small portion of calories to get in some protein.

 

Low fat vanilla ice cream like Carte D’or doesn’t please me whatsoever, it’s too plain.

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In addition, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s has all my dietary fat in a tub. I could calorically make it work but from a macronutrient standpoint that’s where the hiccup is.

 

That’s where the issue lies….

 

You see it wasn’t a case of fitting it into my macros or calories or even saving it for a refeed day. I wanted to find a way of being able to eat it everyday whilst still having a ton of calories/macros to eat whatever I wanted.

 

Some may argue, learn to control yourself. If that is you, there is a red x in the corner of the screen, go click on it. This is for my brothers and sisters that have binge tendencies, we’ve never been that kind. Learning this method has changed my view of dieting and ice cream.

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Life.

You see, when I only followed macros I always craved more fat macros, why? Because I wanted to be able to eat Ben & Jerry’s and still have macros left over.

 

Now, as I WAS saying, ice cream fills me, it makes me happy and it satisfies me especially when I know I can eat more later. Again, not talking about portion control,I’m talking about calorie control.

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I have compiled a list of lower calorie ice cream tubs that include all our favourite flavours that friends over at Ben & Jerry’s make.

 

Each tub has roughly around 36-40 grams of dietary fat. Half the fat, but all the flavour.

My Alternatives:

# The Tesco Range

#1 Tesco – Cookie Dough – £2.00 – 480 ml – 720 Kcal

Tastes just like Ben and Jerry’s, it only has 720 calories and it is only £2.00 year round. The key is “Partially reconstituted skimmed milk powder”, this is what brings the caloric value down. I always look for this first because if it isn’t there, chances are it calorically will be too expensive.

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#2 Tesco – Peanut Caramel  – £2.00 – 480ml – 705 Kcal – 36g of fat for the tub.  

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Amazing, you must try. Peanut butter cup can’t compare to this sensation. This is for the homies that love peanut butter and want to incorporate it into their diet daily.

 

#3 Tesco – Caramel Shortcake – £2.00 – 480ml – 758 Kcal

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Hardly any difference

 

#4 Tesco – Chewy Caramel – £2.00 – 480ml – 672 Kcal

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This is a premium ice cream, only saw it once. It may be in your area. One of the best and calorically speaking the 2nd lowest.

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#5 Tesco – Chocolate Fudge Brownie – £2.00 – 480ml – 729 Kcal

 

A cheap alternative to the Ben & Jerry’s version but tastes exactly the same.

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#6 Tesco – Mint Chocolate – £2.00 – 480ml – 710 Kcal

 

Not much of a fan of mint chocolate but took a gamble and surprisingly wasn’t disappointed.  

# The Spar Range

#7 Spar – strawberry cheesecake – £2.00 – 480ml – 770 Kcal

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The Spar range I actually have found to taste better but either way it really comes down to what is closer to you.

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#8 Spar – Chocolate Fudge Brownie  – £2.00 – 480 ml  – 633 Kcal (Calorically speaking, the lowest one)

 

Calorically speaking, this yields the least. Tastes great and is more like a small snack leading up to the big meal.

 

#9 Spar – Caramel Shortcake – £2.00 – 500ml – 856 Kcal (Calorically speaking, highest of the range)

This was so good, I wish it didn’t have to end. An extra 20ml, highest in calories without compromising your daily budget.

#10 Spar – Cookie dough – £2.00 – 480ml – 758 Kcal

A great alternative to the Ben & Jerry’s brand.

As a rule of thumb, look for grocery brands i.e (Tesco, Spar, Asda). In the ingredients it should say ‘partially reconstituted skimmed milk powder’ and finally check the nutrition content. If each scoop or 100ml is roughly between 140-150 calories then you’re good to go, make your way to the checkout.

Using this strategy, I no longer crave Ben & Jerry’s. I’d rather make the smarter choices.

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Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll show you where to get low calorie cheesecake.

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-S

 

 

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