Fear of the…BULKY BULL

It’s a little bit ‘cool’ to have protein now isn’t it? Kind of makes you feel like your improving your health, working on your figure and giving rise to your decision to wear activewear to coffee, lunch and school pick up!

Protein Balls, Protein Shakes, Acai Bowls with extra protein please… Ta, Da…let’s hope my bodyfat turns to muscle by morning and I’ll be rocking the curves… ha, maybe not, but at least momentarily feeling I’ve dabbled in the latest craze and have curbed my FOMO!

Well, I’m here to share with you what taking this craze and turning it to a habitual part of your existence can do for your health and wellbeing, far beyond Instagram likes. No, I’m not talking about building shoulders that would give Hubby’s a run for their money, or thighs bigger than the ones your trying to make smaller! Be honest, it’s a fear. A fair one at that. As Chris from 313FIT and Laura from Nourished have explained to us, protein is essential to our health. I won’t go into the specifics again, but building and maintaining lean muscle mass is where the secret lies. It’s fact, we know it, we believe it, yet we are still scared to take the protein bag by the horns and dive in headfirst, for fear we may come out like a ‘bulky’ bull.

I’ve felt it, I still feel it. To some extent it’s probably granted considering my daily intake of protein is triple what it was when I was heavily overweight and loathed my body. You won’t often find my handbag without the plastic cylindrical object which doubles as a toddlers entertainment. Pop into the produce and have a look, you might think I’m a bulky bull as a result of this this increase of Protein in my diet, but I’d like to think you don’t. Aside from physical movement and mental awareness without a doubt combating my fear of using Protein, and Protein powder has been the key to my body transformation and sustaining it. I’m very thankful someone persevered with challenging my ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ approach to ‘fitness’! Not only is it essential to maintaining the changes physically, but to have a sustainable regime in place to continue building muscle mass as I age is reassuring beyond explanation. It may be because of the number of showers I’ve given in my nursing career but how many 60 year olds do you know, who wished they ‘maintained their muscle when they were younger’? Many! Usually mentioned at the same time as telling me their ‘tattoo’ was once identifiable when they had muscles.

When it comes to getting fit, protein shakes are not the first thing that springs to mind. For most they are the domain of body builders and those that weigh chicken and broccoli for fun! The real turning point for me, which I would challenge you to consider when reading the articles from my fellow Protein lovers, is how much of your ‘fitness’ efforts are being wasted. Wasted is a harsh word I know, but it has the impact on our thoughts that is required to challenge our fears. So many of us bust ourselves to get to the Gym each day, to walk before work or to nail those 4 runs this week. But, what if I told you that you would see 50% more results from those efforts if you were also nailing your Protein intake? Chris, correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s a staggering stat like this. Time, schedule and financially effective… why on earth not! Yet, so so many of us are jibbed of amazing results, blinded by the fear of the bulk!

Truth is, one bliss ball, or bowl with the gals on Saturday after yoga won’t hinder you… but it’ll keep your efforts in the little boys locker room! Hit the marks Laura and Chris have outlined, polish them off with a few bliss balls, and admire the view from the locker room of those who reward their efforts, and see results. Grab a shaker, add it to the contents of your handbag, briefcase or cup holder, and watch those around you fear the bulk of your behalf. It won’t be long and they’ll ask to share… or at the least offer to pay for your entry into your first weightlifting comp 🙂

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Name: Laura Skirrow

From: EmpowerMums

Occupation: Clinical Nurse, Wife, Mum, writer and motivator

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I’m Laura Skirrow and I am a Clinical Nurse, Transplant Coordinator, wife, ‘writer’ and ‘words’ enthusiast and a ‘Mum’ to a beautiful little boy. I have a reasonably newfound passion to empower women to maintain their self-identity, physical and mental health, and overall lifestyle balance during the motherhood journey. Like many, progressing through the transition from independent career woman, to ‘Mum’ presented its challenges to say the least. For me, balance with a baby came by coupling my existing passions of self-growth, words, people and my career with my newfound love of health and fitness. It’s beautiful, and as a result I seek to share it with the masses of other women sharing this path.