I have recently started a new diet.
And it was always me shivering or aching, not Laura. I’ve done one big swim before but hadn’t done any training for this swim. In fact, I’d deliberately avoided pools due to a dodgy shoulder. Laura, however, is a much better swimmer. As such, I am actually doing some training this year so that we can make better progress when spring arrives.
I get cold quickly. At the beach in the height of summer, I’ll spend an hour shivering to get warm after going in the sea. Finishing a swim in the Solent a couple of years ago, I could barely think or speak properly and my hands shook so much I spilled my hot chocolate down them.
My friend Rob summarised it simply for me: I need to build muscle to generate heat and fat to keep it in.
So, as well as training in the pool, I am trying to embrace a new diet. I am eating more wherever possible. I am drinking full fat milk. I eat late at night and stuff whole packets of biscuits. After three weeks, however, I’ve only gained one kilogram.
So, can you help me gain weight?
I don’t want to stop exercising (although I’m happy to change the focus a bit). I don’t want to eat crap all of the time (but don’t mind consuming the odd cake, whole). And I don’t want to spend money on fancy supplements (I don’t think it should be necessary and, regardless, I don’t have the money!).
All suggestions welcome.
(N.B. The photo above is 10 years old but I’m pretty much the same size!)