SUNDAY SERIES #5: Reflecting On An Ordinary Week

Good morning world, it’s a beautiful day.
At least it is where I am – and I sincerely hope that is is for you too. I honestly think waking up to sunshine is my favourite thing, and probably why I like going on holiday so much – waking up with a coffee, sitting outside and feeling those first few rays of warm sunshine. Yes yes yes.

Whilst the UK isn’t exactly the Algarve, the beautiful weather we’ve been lucky enough to experience since lockdown started has definitely helped keep those holiday blues at bay. It’s due to be a bit of a grey week next week, which for me is where the real challenge lies because I tend to draw so much positivity form the blue skies and sunshine; see sunshine, be sunshine – is that a phrase? Well, it is now. I find I have to work harder to maintain my sunny disposition when the weather is rubbish, but it’s not impossible. In fact, staying at home and venturing out less often is a much more appealing option when this is the case, so many thats what we collectively need for a while…? Anyway, I digress.

All things considered, this week has been very ordinary.

Work.
A bit of exercise.
Some (virtual) socialising.
Kitchen creating.
Resting. Reading.

All the usual suspects. As ever I’m grateful for work being busy. I wonder sometimes if I am busying myself too much, or not as productively as I could, just down to the sheer number of tasks I need to complete each week. I’ve decided that next week is going to a working week which I try to hone my productivity; scheduling tasks better, blocking out time in my calendar, not being so immediately responsive to emails and messages coming in so that I can focus more on the task at hand. The things I know would benefit me long term but I’ve never successfully implemented, you know?

I’ll let you know how I get on – hopefully next week we can title ‘SUNDAY SERIES: Reflecting On A Productive Week’. Watch this space…

The BBC gave me the fuel for my ‘reflecting fire’ this week.

On Monday (I think…) they aired the latest BBC2 Horizon ‘investigation’ – if that’s what you want to call it’ – titled The Restaurant That Burns Off Calories. As you can imagine, in the online health, fitness and wellness circles that I move in, this went down like a lead balloon dropped from a great height.

In case you missed it (and lucky you if you did) the premise is Fred (our favourite First Dates maître d’) and Dr Zoe Williams – a GP – own a restaurant ‘with a difference’. The difference is that in a downstairs room there are twenty-five ‘fitness fanatics’ working on bikes, treadmills and rowing machines to burn off every calories consumed by the twenty unsuspecting guests upstairs.

I watched this documentary in the most critical way I could, with years of personal development under my belt, that meant that the ‘earn and burn your food’ diet rhetoric that was rife throughout this programme had little effect on me. However, for anyone struggling with their relationship with food, or with fitness, the irreparable damage that this programme could cause (in my opinion) is massive. Not only that, I believe that it went as far as to introduce these thoughts to people otherwise who wouldn’t have been exposed to diet culture in this way, which is arguable even worse.

I will admit that it wasn’t all bad. It wasn’t all bunkum science. With the advantage of a qualification in Personal Training and therefore some understanding on basic nutrition principles, I can acknowledge that their explanations around macro-nutrients and their respective calorie-content was sound. There was some interesting exploration of the part that genetics plays in our body-size and a welcome reminder from said scientist that “we can’t fight the body size that we are genetically predisposed to be”.

But on the whole, I think that the programme – albeit unintentionally – contains a lot of potentially harmful ideologies around food, fitness and our bodies. If you’re interested in reading or watching something that better explains this, I would recommend checking out: Helena Rose Cope’s YouTube reaction video and Ruby Tandoh’s article via Medium – both contain quite strong opinions relating to the impact on the Eating Disorder Awareness space and Diet Culture Rhetoric, but I think rate both as informed responses to the problematic nature of the BBC’s decision to air this – especially during current societal climate of lockdown.

I’ll just leave this here. If I manage to put my own thoughts into digital words I’ll let you know – but my ‘in a nutshell’ chat on Instagram stories this week ended up being akin to a TEDTalk, so still some way to go until I can create a concise response, it seems.

I’m about to be late for Sunday yoga, so I better dash. But I hope you have a wonderful Sunday , and I’ll catch you online soon.

Until next time
Moll x

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