Why do a photo shoot? Here’s my why

Incredible shot by Paul Buceta

1️⃣ I need a goal. I get up before 5 am most days to workout, to sweat, to lift. I want to work towards something. For me that means regattas and improving my rowing – but also my strength.

Booking a shoot months in advance gives me something to look forward to and work towards. Tomorrow I commence a 12-month build. And yes, you’re damn right I already have a shoot booked for 2022.

2️⃣ I love capturing a moment in time. Progress. This shoot shows where I’m at. It celebrates my hard work, and marks my growth. I’ve invested time (and $$) into this body and my health – and I can see that.

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Quick filling meal on a cut

Fresh herbs are my go-to for edible pleasure.

Okay, so you’re on a cut. Carbs are precious.

At the same time, family is coming over for a pizza party to celebrate your youngest son’s birthday.

What do you do?

Well, here’s one thing you don’t do. You’re not touching that GD pizza. Especially, when you’re like I was on Sunday night – under four weeks away from your goal: a photo shoot.

Knowing everyone was eating ‘za, I knew I had to make something special. I love anything with pesto, so I made this cauliflower rice bowl IN ADVANCE (key) and sat down to eat it with everyone else.

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Macros, tracking and meal planning is my stress relief

A solid couple of hours of food prep can set me up for success. Full confession: this took me 45 mins on the BBQ.

The first time I started tracking meals, it took me two hours to plan the next day. I was stressed.

The whole process of weighing food, accounting for everything I ate was brand new. It took time, it took my full attention, and it made me cranky. My hands were shaking.

I wanted to be perfect. I did not want to screw it up.

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