Daniel Keatings has been competing in gymnastics since the age of 9. Now at 23 years old, his sights are firmly set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In his blog Daniel reveals his thoughts, hopes and fears about the future. Opus Energy has created this blog to help you follow his journey.
How's it going? I hope you have all managed to stick to your Stoptober plan? I have, just about anyway, but I do have to thank my girlfriend for not stocking the cupboards with snacks and chocolate or I may have failed at the first hurdle ;-)
For me the first week was the hardest but I have now replaced all of my nibbles with a piece of fruit; bananas are my favourite as they release their energy slowly and help keep a lid on my hunger pangs. I had set myself a target of losing hopefully about 3kgs over the month which should take me back to my normal training weight and I am bang on target towards reaching my goal as I have lost 2kgs already - c'mon!
I have been back in the gym full-time for six weeks and I now believe that my body is back in good condition, or good enough at least to start adding new skills into routines as you can see from this video clip. It's also a reminder of just how dangerous my sport can be and that you really do have to be in top condition and mentally on the ball. Wipe out, lol!
The gym is also a little quiet at the moment as we have lost three big personalities and sparring partners: • Luke Fowell - 2010 Commonwealth AA champion who officially retired from gymnastics in July
• Luke Carson - Irish Champion and close friend who is recovering from surgery to his leg, get well soon bro
• And of course there's Louis Smith. Well, we all know where he is! Strutting his stuff on the dance floor with Flavia Cacace for Strictly Come Dancing - c'mon Lou!!
So at the moment I am training alongside GB squad member Cameron McKenzie during the week at Huntingdon and on Saturdays I go to Loughborough Uni to train alongside GB squad members Sam Oldham, Ruslan Panteleymonov and Sam Hunter. Official GB squad training won't start again until after the New Year.
Lemon sole for tea - delicious!
Good luck finishing Stoptober! We are all half way there now!
STOPTOBER, it's finally here!! I hope everyone is getting ready to give up something for this much anticipated NHS campaign which Opus Energise is joining forces with.
Personally I have decided to give up chocolate and late night nibbles - not that I eat a lot of both anyway, but my little snacks were always a small pleasure of mine especially after a hard day's training but more importantly they were also an essential part of my energy replacement.
The fact that I do follow a well-balanced diet and I really do only have the occasional snack will make this as difficult for me as it would for a smoker to give up cigarettes - I think anyway as I have never smoked.......so don't shout at me!
But I have also set myself a goal and that is to get myself back to my normal training weight as quickly as possible, especially after the excesses of my six week break from training during the summer. LET'S NOT FORGET - it is really important for anyone who is going to give up something TO SET YOURSELF A TARGET - but remember you do have to be realistic and only set yourself a target that is achievable as there is nothing worse than not meeting your targets and it will only deter you next time. LOTS OF SMALL STEPS REALLY DO MAKE ONE BIG GAIN!!
Personally I have been here before, when myself and the rest of the Team GB gymnastics team had to keep our bodies in peak competition fitness over possibly the most indulgent part of the year - which included Christmas, New Year and my own birthday - as we had a competition on the 10th of January 2012 and it really was our final opportunity to qualify a team to the London Olympics. Well the rest is now history and we absolutely smashed the competition to ensure that we had a full team represented in London.
So you can see, we had a goal, which we achieved and it was definitely worth it.........
So for now I will be eating a lot more of this...............Sweet Chilli Chicken and Broccoli Pasta :-)
Good luck taking part in Stoptober! I'll let you know how I'm getting on in my next blog.