Low Protein Living Weekend, Ireland

This weekend I’m going to be speaking at the Low Protein Living Weekend that Nutricia is running near Dublin in Ireland. I’m sat on the plane and have decided to take some time out from reading over my presentation because it’s starting to turn into one big 5000 word long blur!

    

Tomorrow morning before lunch I will be addressing the weekend’s attendees about fitness on a low protein diet before running two workshops over the course of the afternoon where I’ve decided to get participants up and moving! I’ll be putting them through their paces with a short sequence of body weight exercises and a taster Pilates class, followed by a short Q&A session at the end to give everyone an opportunity to get any help they need with their own fitness journey while they cool down for their next workshop session.

I’m really excited about having the opportunity to share the knowledge I’ve worked so hard to build since my interest in fitness first began more than a decade ago. I’ve experimented on myself a lot over the past year with training systems and approaches that I thought might be beneficial to people with PKU, and sometimes I’ve had great results, other times I’ve gone backwards. Ultimately though, it’s that process that has brought me to this point, so even when I’ve gone backwards it has been worth the struggle and challenges!

I think one of the things I’m most excited about is that I’m going to be meeting two women I have been friends with for years, but we have never met in person. We were pregnan at the same time and I’ve discussed all sorts of things with these ladies that would make many blush! I love that the metabolic world is such a tight knit community, and I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and am continuing to have that allow me to embrace this community, meet long time friends in the flesh and to nurture those wonderful friendships.

My plane is landing in Dublin now, so it’s time to close. I will update when I can!

Update: I’m here and it’s beautiful! Can’t wait to go on a run in the morning to explore 🙂

  

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Re-focusing, food experiments and travel

It has been a busy time in the Buckland house these last few weeks, so I’m sorry that I have been quiet. I have just started a new job at a private personal training studio in Southampton, so I’ve been covering all my usual shifts at PureGym, fulfilling my obligations to my current clients, and seeing new clients at the studio as well as trying to learn the ropes there. That has meant I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to train myself, prep my meals or experiment with cooking new healthy dishes.  It’s a very different environment from the big, bustling commercial gym I’m used to, and the approach is a bit different. All the trainers share clients, so I’m already seeing a broader demographic of clients, but I’m learning a lot!

Brightside PT – the private studio I’ve started working at

 At the beginning of this week I decided it’s time to really focus on my own progress for a while. I spend a lot of time experimenting on myself with different nutrition and training approaches so I can better help others with PKU. Sometimes it results in great progress, sometimes I go backwards terribly (which has happened recently), and sometimes I just end up completely breaking myself. Two weeks ago I taught a really intense spin class then backed it up four hours later with an hour long strength session. Bad idea. Despite my usual high activity levels I was broken, went into catabolism and have just gotten over the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
The other issue with experiments on myself in this manner is that it can result in unstable levels. That’s bad, obviously. I find instability affects me even more than consistently high phe levels. My last level was frighteningly high and it shocked me a bit because I felt okay. I’ve reined myself in now on the experimenting front and I’m eating 10g protein per day, taking 3-4 Lophlex per day and ensuring I’m eating enough. I’m also avoiding any really intense sessions of cardio over 15 mins (except my spin class – not much I can do about that!

I have played around with meals a bit. I tried BBQ pulled jackfruit, which was amazing, and surprisingly easy. Not that healthy though, mostly due to the sugar content (1 cup of bbq sauce plus extra added brown sugar).

BBQ pulled jackfruit

 Now I’m sat on the train to London to take part in a meeting with Nutricia’s patient advisory board, which should be fun 🙂  
Over the next few weeks I’m on training courses for a fitness system I’m training in, back up to London for a PKU study day at the Tower Of London and heading over to Ireland to talk about PKU and fitness at a PKU day.