I am a weird type of person. Whilst I spend my days in the gym and dedicate myself to the world of bodybuilding, I find myself also being a lover of good old fashioned baking. I blame (thank) my mother for this, as after all I have grown up with what seemed like a production line of novelty, celebration and wedding cakes passing through our family kitchen. I learnt how to bake a cake before I could do a press up or knew how much protein was in 80g of chicken so it only seems right that this love continues through to my twenties.
Below: One of my Mothers (Jill Glazier) masterpieces
Since I have begun this year’s first competition prep (now 12 weeks out from the South West Classic and Open Championships on 18/8), I have made a giant decadent chocolate cake (the likes of which could give an elderly frail person a heart attack within minutes of consumption), strawberry swirl vanilla cupcakes, cherry and chocolate flapjacks, chocolate brownies, carrot cake and I have just taken a new batch of chocolate and peanut butter brownies out of the oven (below). I can’t help it…it’s in my DNA.
Some may find this hypocritical - a personal trainer who bakes cakes on Sundays - but I do not see why I should miss out on something creative that I love for the sport and profession I have chosen. This does however, mean I have a lot of homemade baked goodies which I cannot eat. Many times I have eaten a chicken salad with sweet potato whilst mixing up a batch of cupcakes - this is not a rarity. To some this may seem like madness, literally having my hands covered in cake mix and not being able to lick it off but it does not faze me. Yes, I would love to roll around in cake and peanut butter and any other deliciousness that I can find but I want the stage physique more. My Dad could not understand this - he thought I was mad, as did my partner’s Mum whom I delivered carrot cake to. According to them, my will power is amazing. To me, it is not a matter of having will power or not, it is simply down to what you want the most. If I wanted to stay where I am now and did not care about becoming 7% body fat then I assure you, I would be face down in cake almost everyday. What I want to achieve however, will not be realised if I indulge. Therefore, there isn’t even a question. That doesn’t mean I can’t make them though…