Tuesday 10 December 2019

'I still party but I eat better now - I feel guilty if I don't'

DJ Louise McSharry has replaced McDonalds with healthy snacks and a personal trainer

DJ Louise McSharry
DJ Louise McSharry

Edel Coffey

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?

I have a reasonably healthy lifestyle, but it's a recent thing. My 20s were typically excessive - lots of partying and lots of rubbish eating, with little thought given to the effect that any of it had on me! I still party but I eat better now, and feel guilty when I don't.

Do you exercise regularly? If so, what do you do?

I train with a personal trainer three times a week. I started working with him a couple of months ago because I hadn't exercised in years and knew that I needed some help getting started.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

I absolutely do it begrudgingly. I'm very happy that I've started, but I don't enjoy it. People often say: "You must feel great afterwards, though!" To which I reply: "Yes, because it's over." My trainer, John Weldon at Abs Gym, is amazing though. He lost a lot of weight himself in the gym before retraining as a trainer, so he understands where I'm coming from.

What time do you go to bed?

Usually around midnight. I get home from work around 10.30pm then relax for an hour or so before heading to bed at the same time as my fiancé. Because our schedules are so different, it's nice to have one thing we do together every day!

What time do you get up in the morning?

Most days, I wake up around 8.30 or 9am. I don't really need to set an alarm these days, my body clock gets me going, and I usually don't have anything to do until 11am.

What do you have for breakfast?

Eggs, cooked in different ways. At the moment I'm mad into a soft boiled egg, but I go through phases of scrambled or poached as well. If I'm feeling fancy I might have some smoked salmon or chorizo with them. I never get sick of eggs.


I'm working on losing some weight, so it's usually something light like a chicken breast with some chorizo and salad (leaves, tomato and red onion).


During the week, I eat dinner at work, so it has to be something handy. When I've thought ahead it could be chilli con carne or something meaty that I can make a big pot of at the start of the week. I eat it with salad. If I haven't planned well, it might be a hastily picked up salad on the way to the bus stop.

Any snacks?

I don't really snack at the moment, but if I do it's cherry tomatoes or a handful of nuts. I realise what I sound like here, by the way. If I had answered these questions six months ago, the answers would have been very different. I'm just really in the zone in terms of getting fit and healthy right now!

Do you take any supplements?

I take a multivitamin and an iron tablet for my anaemia.

How much water do you drink?

On a good day, I would drink about a litre and a half, but I'm not great for drinking water at all. I'm really, really good at drinking Coke Zero though, which is probably something I should work on.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I am a very lazy person, which means I am awful when it comes to skincare. I regularly sleep with my make-up on and use face wipes to clean my face every day, which I know are cardinal sins. I did, however, recently invest in some Kiehl's moisturiser and serum, which I'm sure are going to entirely eradicate the aging process. And they say sweating is good for the skin, and I have been doing loads of that!

Any allergies?

Fortunately not!

Any vices?

God yes: wine; cheese (best if melted); McDonalds; bread (which would be fine if I could just eat a little but I can't); cake... I could go on. The real issue is not the things themselves, but the quantities in which I like to consume them!

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be …

I'm pretty happy with my lifestyle at the moment, but that's only because I recently made some pretty significant changes. Prior to that, I was feeling pretty gross about myself. I had been thinking about doing something about my health for quite a long time, so it's great to have finally done something about it.

The Louise McSharry Show is on RTÉ 2fm, from Mondays to Thursdays, at 8pm

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