How Dan Flint went from all-night partying to soda water and journalling
Typically, you see a before-and-after image so spectacular it’s important to surprise simply how they did it. When these photos emerge through the dumpster hearth of 2020? Our curiosity is raised tenfold. One such picture was You Me At Six’s Dan Flint, who has had fairly the health journey whereas many people have been reacquainting ourselves with buttercream and Seinfeld.
As a musician, Flint is endlessly touring and endlessly surrounded by “a tradition of ingesting and staying up late”: not a lifestyle that basically gels with an appreciation for health. In the beginning of lockdown, Flint discovered himself recording numerous music, ingesting numerous booze and customarily indulging (as one is inclined to do throughout an unprecedented section of human historical past). ”It acquired to a degree the place I checked out myself within the mirror and I assumed I don’t wish to get out the opposite finish of lockdown and suppose, ‘Wow, you have been inventive, however my God did your physique undergo for it.’”
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So when a pal, Jack Wayne, with a private health club acquired in contact because the world went into lockdown, Flint was introduced with a chance: to see if a life-style that, in some ways, appears antithetical to rock’n’roll – health! Sobriety! Journalling! – may benefit his inventive course of. What he discovered was outstanding: “I used to be having numerous enjoyable ingesting a bottle of wine sat in my studio. However, really, it wasn’t as constructive because it could possibly be,” stated Flint. “The exercise plans have crammed me with all this vitality that I can switch into the inventive facet of my life, which is difficult to do while you’re hungover.”
Higher work means higher focus and extra of a way of goal and it’s having a useful affect on each a part of his life. “It’s been a tough time for many individuals, and I’m not taking away from that,” added Flint, “however I’ve turned a unfavorable into an enormous optimistic in my life. One thing that I’m going to take ahead, hopefully, for the remainder of my life.” That is how Flint has modified his life throughout 2020.
“This 12 months has no construction. There was no time for me to rise up. There was no time for me to go to mattress. There was nothing in my diary seven days every week. However simply having the psychological construction of pondering, ‘OK, I’m going to see Jack 3 times every week, at 10am, Monday, Wednesday, Friday’? Hastily my week has a construction. That additionally signifies that I’m getting my relaxation within the nights earlier than. It meant that my life felt prefer it had some goal; I used to be getting out the home, I used to be doing this factor that was making me joyful.
“I used to be coming dwelling and feeling implausible about myself and was then capable of deal with my work a hell of so much higher. The outcomes that I’ve seen from which have simply been so significantly better than what I used to be doing beforehand, simply staying up until 5am within the studio, having amusing. The considered doing that once more haunts me. Why the hell would I try this? I’ll damage the subsequent two days of my life. I can get up with this vitality, feeling good, quite than simply having one blowout night time after which ruining it for 2, three days.”
“I used to be responsible of doing what I believe lots of people are responsible of doing, which is speaking your self out of going to the health club. I’d say I’ll go to the health club immediately after which I’ll get within the studio, make some lunch, and unexpectedly it’s 2pm and I’m discovering causes to not go. There’s been instances the place, as a result of I don’t have a construction with what I’m doing within the health club, I’ve gone, ‘Oh, properly, it’s so exhausting to begin. I don’t know what I'm doing’, so I might put it off or not do it. This time round, with Jack serving to to place collectively a exercise plan, it’s enabled me to see the purpose on the finish. I’m considered one of these folks the place, if I didn’t set myself this purpose of three months, I might have in all probability dipped out and in.
“We have been doing numerous calisthenic coaching as properly, which I discover actually enjoyable as a result of my mother and father have been each gymnasts. I believe seeing your self progress by these challenges helps too: he made it so that every week he’s saying, ‘You’ve gone up right here, you’ve improved right here, there’s a private greatest there’ and there was construction to what I used to be doing. It meant that each week I used to be leaving him feeling I may obtain something in my life.
“The calisthenic coaching means it’s one thing that I can really apply, once I exit finally, hopefully, onto the street once more. It’s not one thing that I essentially want an enormous health club to have the ability to do. He’s taught me abilities that I can then use wherever I’m on the earth.”
“I used to be considered one of these those who, in the beginning, was not consuming too properly. As quickly as McDonald’s opened once more, I used to be having three McDonald’s breakfasts every week, as a result of I used to be up late and I couldn’t be bothered to cook dinner. I used to be simply ordering meals in continuous, spending an excessive amount of cash on that and truly not getting any vitamin by any means. Meals was simply one thing that I needed to do.
“The hardest a part of my plan was in all probability the meals, as a result of I’m very a lot a pasta and cheese and bread sort of man. Chopping out these advanced carbs was troublesome. However as soon as I began seeing a change in my vitality ranges, and my physique, it made the entire thing price it.”
“My responsible pleasures could be takeaway meals, chocolate, numerous sugar, a hell of numerous espresso and numerous booze. I lived in a tradition that was surrounded by booze. It’s rock’n’roll. We’re out taking part in exhibits each night time, I’m ingesting 5/six beers on stage. I’ve had that for 15 years of my life. So booze has been the principle one which has gone. And I’ve thought, ‘Why did I would like to do this earlier than?’
“At first I used to be pondering, ‘Possibly I may simply have a drink on the weekend.’ And Jack stated, ‘No. Let’s do that correctly.’ I assumed to myself, ‘You’re so proper. If I’m going to do that, I wish to see how I really feel after utterly slicing out all of these vices that have been damaging me earlier than.’
“It’s acquired to the purpose now the place I’m undecided I’m ever going to drink once more. I’ll in all probability exit and see some buddies and see how issues go. However that doesn’t fill me with pleasure for the time being. It fills me with anxiousness, fascinated by going again to that life, as a result of I really feel like I’ve elevated. Jack is all the time speaking about that: how are we attending to the subsequent stage? You’ve acquired to raised your self, elevate your self. And I don’t wish to return into that life once more. I can nonetheless exit. I can nonetheless see buddies. I simply don’t drink beer. I’d drink a soda water.
“You get the feedback from folks in the beginning. However they’re your mates. And, really, ultimately, they’re all actually supportive and so they’re happy with you. And the sensation that I get waking up within the morning far outweighs getting pissed the night time earlier than.”
“I don’t want as a lot sleep. I don’t get up groggy. I’m now waking up and pondering, ‘That’s sufficient for me. Right here we go. Let’s deal with the day.’ I used to be by no means a shower man ever in my life, however now I’ve acquired a bit of routine: I’ve my dinner, I get into the bathtub, I’d take heed to some smooth music after which I’m prepared for mattress.”
Psychological well being
“I’ve began to journal. It asks you questions every day: write down the way you’re feeling, the way you felt this morning, numerous choices to tick. After which it says: what are your three intentions for the day? What are the three issues that you simply’re grateful for? When is your joyful hour? And to really bodily take into consideration that, and to write down them down, is so highly effective. The three issues that I write down are generally so mundane, however on the finish of the day you suppose, ‘I achieved these, that’s good.’ So quite than wanting on the entire image and getting overwhelmed, I’m breaking down the large image of my life into smaller segments.
“There’s a bit the place it will get you simply to write down about your day, or your earlier day, and the way you’ve tackled issues. If I’ve gone again and had a have a look at what I wrote every week earlier than, unexpectedly I’ve acquired a unique mindset. So I’ll take a unique color pen and I’ll write how I really feel about that second in my life with a bit of little bit of perspective. I believe that’s one thing that everybody ought to attempt to do: simply write down what you’re pondering and what you’re feeling. As a result of unexpectedly, it doesn’t really feel prefer it’s so big. I might snigger it off if somebody advised me to do this a few years in the past. Now I’ve executed it myself, I couldn’t suggest it any increased.”
You Me At Six’s new album, Suckapunch, is out 15 January through Underdog Data/AWAL.
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