While I loved playing Rugby professionally, I always looked forward to the off-season and a chance to relax and let the bumps and bruises of the past season ease.
Fat Club (now called Sumo Club) as the name suggests is for players who fail to meet their skin-fold targets (fat levels) when returning from holidays, and are punished with extra fitness and mind-numbing chores during an already physically gruelling preseason.
I was never alone and always had plenty of my fellow front rowers keeping me company, and I was in the club every year of my career until I discovered ‘tracking what I ate’.
Tracking my food has literally changed my life, and there’s just no other way to put it, as it helped me to find balance with food and I now have a stress-free relationship with what I eat.
The physical benefits of losing some weight are well known, but what it’s done for my mental health is incredible and I think these benefits aren’t talked about enough.