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Routine, Routine, Routine

Routine, Routine, Routine

Routine, Routine, Routine

You may be familiar with a TV programme all about houses called Location, Location, Location. The concept being - it doesn’t matter the size or how well decorated the house is, it’s all about the location. I believe the same concept applies to your health and fitness, I like to call it Routine, Routine, Routine.

My own training is split into two parts, I have the fitness side and the nutrition side. Both sides require a routine and if I don’t have a routine, it fails. Lets look at the nutrition side first.

My Wife and I plan ahead our weekly meals in advance. We basically work backwards from our main meal of the day. Amy is currently on the maintenance phase of her Weight Watchers programme so she has so many points to use up a day. Working backwards from our main meal allows her to allocate her remaining points to breakfast, dinner and snacks throughout the day. I’m currently not on any type of nutrition plan but I still use the same concept, work backwards from our main meal.

We have a blackboard up in the kitchen where the kids write down our meals. For example, this week consists of Chilli Con Quorn and Sticky Sausage Skewers. You can read both recipes by clicking here. We obviously mix up the days so it doesn’t get boring and we have a bank of around 15 meals we can pick and choose from.

Another nutrition tip I can offer is don’t shop on an empty stomach. Research shows you are more likely to pick more food for the week than if you shop on a full stomach. If it’s not in your cupboards, it’s not going in your mouth!

The concept of routine, routine, routine also applies to my workouts for the week. Even my kids know if I put them to bed in my gym shorts, I’m going in the gym. It’s a routine that works and that I stick too because I put my days on a paper based calendar. Planning my weeks training is also important because of rest days. Allowing sufficient rest between exercise is vital for muscle growth, recovery and development.

I hope my advice helps you and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any meal suggestions for me.



Paul is a Quorn blogger ambassador. Find his blog at fatherfitness.co.uk.