Day Seventy Seven: Eduardo’s Road To Fitness

Marmite. It is of course something you either love or you hate.  There is no in between, you cannot be a fence sitter when it concerns Marmite. People that do not care for it, anounce their dislike with venom.  I remember asking a friend of mine if he fancied a slice of toast with Marmite following a long bike ride.  His reaction would have been the same if I had asked him if he cared to donate a thousand pounds to the “I love Pol Pot and Hitler Fan Club”.  I took his response to mean ‘No’.

For those of you that live in a yurt in Outer Mongolia and have not been exposed to Marmite, it is a thick spread produced with the by-product of beer making, a yeast extract. It has the look of an industrial lubricant and smells like vitamin pills given to women after childbirth. Spread on toast, with butter some say it tastes delicious.  Others would rather lick a camel’s armpit.



The name Marmite comes from that of a French earthenware or metallic pot, which, presumably was how it was originally prepared.  The modern jars have been shaped so as to resemble the funky original marmite cooking pots.

The company behind Marmite, based in Burton On Trent in England, began production in 1902.  Since then they have capitalised on the binary nature of their product and have promoted the ‘Love it or Hate it’ tag line.  This has been picked up by the media in general and now plenty of other things are likened to Marmite, where a ‘love it or hate it’ divide exists.

Which brings me to the subject of fitness.  Strange you might think.  How on earth is Eduardo going to link Marmite with fitness?  A darn good question.  Here is how I shall do it.

The art to making a Marmite sandwich revolves around moderation.  Get too eager, spread too much on your toast and you’ve just wasted a slice of bread.  Pop it into your mouth and you’re in danger of pickling your insides.  I warn you now.  Eat neat Marmite over an extended period of time and you will turn your eyeballs to dust.  It is salty stuff.

The trick, as anyone that truly loves it will agree, is to allow just a faint hint to caress your palette. Eat it like this and you can eat it daily.  Over do it and you’ll end up abstaining for a week or so until your taste buds recover.

Exercise is the same.  This is especially relevant if you are new to it.  Gym memberships shoot up in January, a product of the Christmas excess, of New Year resolutions and a desire to get fit for ski holidays.  Most people last about six weeks and never return.  They commit the error of spreading their Marmite too thickly, when a small but regular dose would have been more effective.

So a little exercise, in moderation and often, is key.  Don’t start up with an over ambitious training schedule.  Do too much too soon and your body will say ‘No I am sorry I can’t be doing this gym lark”. Be sensible.  Be gentle.  Ease yourself into it.  Improve your diet. Try Marmite combined with a nice (low fat) cheese sandwich.  You might just love it.  Of course you may hate it.  But that’s fine too of course. There’s always Vegemite or Bovril ☺

And Me? Well I love Marmite and like my exercise routine, I try to avoid over-doing it.  I have taken two days off from training following a tough week spent mountain biking in between job hunting and attending interviews.  I plan to do a run tomorrow.  It should be interesting as I have neglected my running shoes in favour of my cycling shoes these past few weeks.

Oh and if anyone knows where to buy Marmite in Barcelona – please let me know.  I’m almost out.


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