If there's any piece of information that interests me from the publication of the thousands of personal papers from the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust, it is her pre-premiership crash diet.

It was revealed for the first time that for two weeks in the run-up to her historic win as Britain's first female prime minister, the self-styled Iron Lady stuck religiously to a diet which comprised 28 eggs a week (that works out to be 4 eggs a day), steak, salad & whisky. She also made it a point to tick off every item on a typed sheet of paper kept tucked in a pocket sleeve of her personal diary. This was done to ensure she was on track to lose 20lbs to help her look her best when she became prime minister. 

Taking a leaf from the Mayo Clinic diet (the predecessor of today's famed Atkins diet), Ms Thatcher knows the importance of grooming herself. Grooming is more than just wearing the most fashionable brands in town or knowing the different designers. It is more than that. Grooming is in fact a subtle combination of both the outside and inside. What the Iron Lady was doing was to get her internal systems in tip-top condition. I salute her!  

Doing a quick internet search, this was what I found with regard to the Mayo Clinic diet. Any Margaret Thatchers in the making?


1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
2 Eggs (any style)
2 Slices Bacon


1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount)
Salad (any kind of dressing)


1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount) - fish may be substituted for meat
Vegetables (any green, yellow or red vegetable cooked in butter or any seasoning)

Bed Time Snack 

1 glass tomato juice or 1 glass Skim milk

Vegetables Allowed

Red onions, green onions, bell peppers, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, peas

Vegetables to Avoid

White onions, potatoes, celery

We all need something we can relate to, something we can hold on to, something we can draw hope from, something we can motivate and inspire us. This is to ensure we enjoy long-term success in our health & fitness journey.

As Sun Tze, the famed fourth-century general and author of The Art Of War once remarked, "every battle is won before it is fought." There is indeed much truth in this.

In anything we do, we need to be clear of the purpose, of why we are embarking on this mission. Similarly, before anyone starts a workout regime, he needs to know what are the forces that motivate him....what are the forces that will propel him forward to the next league which is where he wants to be. Simply following the Joneses or being led blindly by the nose is not going to turn him into a hunk or lean, toned guy-next-door. In fact, he is just going to hang up his workout gear and banish his running shoes to the cold palace cabinet faster than you can say 'run'.

Feeling motivated is easy for all of us. We just need to be hyped up for that moment by someone we know who has a better body than us or flip the pages of a health magazine to be inspired. Staying motivated is a completely different ballgame altogether. It involves sustaining the motivation for the long-term until we attain our goal. Now that is the difficult part.

In order to make our job less difficult, the very first step is to obtain clarity in why we wish to work out. When you are able to pinpoint with utmost clarity, then not even the strongest wind or mind chatter will sway your conviction. 

Many of us mistake ends motivation with means motivation. Yes, that's the means to an end. To lose weight is primarily a means motivation. Yes, we want to lose weight. But why? If we can answer the 'why' question, we would have resonated well with the ends motivation. I want to lose weight so that I will look younger, feel sexier and fit into that bikini. that is the primary factor why we embark on a weight loss programme

Being able to relate directly to our ends motivation is the primary key to long-term success. It provides us with the sustenance to carry on till the very end and achieve our goals. 


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