Now who do we have here?
He’s fun, he’s flamboyant and he’s absolutely fabulous! You guessed it, it’s our very own amazing Thomas Ankin, male contributor of fashioneyesta.com.
So, you’ve seen him trial products, make us laugh with his hilarious jokes on YouTube, get his teeth whitened, but now he is about to embark on his latest and greatest challenge.
Wellbeing and looking good go hand in hand for Thomas, Thomas believes that a healthy lifestyle is key to his mental wellbeing. Which is why he is about to commence a new healthy eating and workout regime, focused around improving his health, building muscles and toning. Both in the name of vanity and for his personal state of mind.
For the next Twelve Weeks Thomas will be documenting his progress as he goes from week to week on his new diet and aims to look more like adonis ever day.
I caught up with Thomas to tell us all about the beginning of his health journey.
This is Week One…
So Thomas, what is the main purpose of your new regime?
One reason for me is that diet and exercise come hand in hand, I have previously been in the Armed Forces. So, I want to get my physique back and improve on it. I don’t consider myself overweight and my BMI is perfect but I’m doing it to just feel good about myself.
However, in order to get rid of any puppy fat and to improve muscle gain then you need to be eating the right food such as low carbs, high calories, and a high level of protein.
Vanity is such a sin!
Another key reason that I am undertaking this new regime is due to the fact that I have been advised by my consultant to begin a new healthy eating and exercise regime. As the positive affects it will have on my wellbeing will be of equal to the effect that the regime will have on my Bipolar Disorder.
Please click here to find out about the 20 Years too Soon campaign run by organisation ‘Rethink Mental Illness’ that is focussed on physical health in relation to mental health.
How long do you plan to keep your regime going for?
I dont have a time restraint on it. I will keep going until I’m happy, once the exercise is in a good flow and I can see improvements I will play around with it. The current diet is to lose fat and build muscle. Once I have lost the amount of fat that I want I will change it to a protein based diet.
Do you have any doubts or worries about your diet?
My worry is that I have a major sweet tooth and, as this is happening at the same time as quitting smoking. I’m concerned as to how much will power I actually have and if I can use it effectively.
And I mean NO fizzy drinks and ONE coffee a day!!!!!!
But, give me one year and I will look like a Spartan!…I hope.
What exercise will you be incorporating into your regime?
At the moment I am thinking weight building exercises. So, that will include press ups, sit ups, weight lifting, rowing machines and just about any other muscle building exercise you can think of.
Finally, what food are you going to miss the most?
Thoma’s Diet Plan
5 tbsp (40g) wholegrain flakes or porridge oats iceland
150 ml (5fl oz) skimmed milk
2 tbsp chopped nuts
2 tbsp raisins
Total: 566 kcal, 20g protein, 80g carbohydrate, 19g fat
Sandwich made with 2 slices wholemeal bread, 5 oz (150 g) ham or tuna, 1 slice low fat cheese, 2 slices tomato
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 glass (150ml/5fl oz) orange juice
Total: 621 kcal, 47g protein, 50g carbohydrate, 26g fat.
5 oz (150g) cooked lean meat, poultry or shellfish Iceland
Small green leafy salad
2 tsp French dressing
Medium serving (80g) broccoli
4 tbsp (150g) cooked rice or pasta or potatoes
1 medium-sized fruit eg apple
Total: 662 kcal, 39g protein, 60g carbohydrate, 31g fat.
2 slices wholemeal bread
2 tbsp peanut butter
480ml (16fl oz) skimmed milk
1 medium apple
Total: 605 kcal, 32g protein, 70g carbohydrate, 23g fat.
Well Thomas we all wish you luck with your new diet and healthy regime and we all look forward to catching up with you next week.
STAY TUNED FOR WEEK TWO.