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Q Radio's Ibe Sesay: I try to get my five-a-day, even if one is lime in my Corona

Gail Bell asks experts and people in the public eye what keeps them going. This week: Q Radio presenter Ibe Sesay

Q Radio presenter and DJ Ibe Sesay has just been accepted on to the ITV show Ninja Warrior UK

1. Up and at it – what is your morning routine?

First thing, it’s up, get the four kids up (which isn’t always easy), uniforms on and grab breakfast. When the kids get off to school I get the paper to help me prep for my show, then it’s off to the gym for a workout before I go to the studio.

2. What might you eat in a typical working day for...

Breakfast? Something quick and nutritious.

Lunch? Every day, without fail, it’s Sawers, located just below our new studios in Fountain Street. It’s so good.

Evening meal? If it’s good weather, I’ll light the barbecue, otherwise, my wife, Colleen, will make dinner. Each member of the family gets to pick a favourite dinner each night of the week and Saturday night is always takeaway night.

3. Is nutrition important to you?

Yes, it’s important, but I don’t go over the top. I eat little, but often. By doing this, I am able to maintain a healthy weight without living on rabbit food. I try to get my five-a-day, even if one is lime in my Corona...

4. Best meal ever?

I really enjoy steak and chips smothered with pepper sauce – so tasty. It's even better with a nice cold beer and pavlova for dessert. Colleen also makes a mean lasagne which is another firm favourite of mine.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I would have to say Chinese food is my guilty pleasure, especially honey chilli chicken and noodles which is my absolute favourite. I also do a pretty good version of that myself, but it has to be a takeaway for a guilty pleasure.

6. Have you ever been on a diet? If so, how did it go?

No – I don’t do diets.

7. Do you take health supplements?

I’m not against them, but I don't take them. My view is that, if you eat well and have a balanced diet which includes all the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, you should have everything covered without the need for supplements. I do take protein shakes, though, when I train.

8. How do you relax?

I enjoy kicking back at home with a good box set and a beer helps too. If the weather is good, I also love getting out on my boat with the family and enjoying the longer evenings on the water. We recently headed towards Portglenone with the boat and had a brilliant time.

9. Teetotal or tipple?

Tipple – and it always has to be ice cold if it's a Bud.

10. Stairs or lift?

Stairs, every time

11. Do you have a daily exercise regime?

I aim to go to the gym everyday (Gym Co) and try to keep what the routine pretty varied so I don’t get bored. My workout would comprise of a mixture of the machines along with 30 minutes of cardio.

12. Best tip for everyday fitness?

Your body can stand almost anything, it’s your mind that you have to convince.

13. On a scale of one to 10, how fit do you think you are and how fit would you like to be?

I would say I am a seven our of 10 but I would like to be a 10.

14. Have you tried, or would you try, alternative therapy?

I haven't tried it yet, but I am always open to new ways of improving my fitness.

15. Were school sports happy times or do you have a memory you would rather forget?

I loved sports at school. On one sports day at school I broke the record for the high jump and I am pleased to say that I hold it to this day.

16. Did you ever have a health epiphany which made you change your lifestyle?

There hasn’t been a specific time that fitness became crucial to me, but I always try to keep fitness at the forefront of my mind in everyday life.

17. Best lifestyle advice you were ever given and would pass on to others?

Plan for the future, but live for today.

18. Who inspires you or who would you try to emulate in terms of fitness / attitude to life?

Some of the soldiers that lose limbs while fighting in combat and come back to not only walk again, but compete in some major sporting event, are so inspirational. I admire everyone who bounces back like that.

19. What time do you normally get to bed and do you get enough sleep?

As a nightclub DJ, sometimes getting to bed at a normal time can be a bit of a struggle. The late nights can also be a problem when I have to get up early the next morning, but I do get a few lie-ins to compensate, so it probably balances out.

20. Would you say you have a healthy attitude towards your own mortality?

Yes, I think I do have a healthy attitude regarding this; I like to keep a healthy attitude at all times towards life. I always say, 'Try everything once'. I’ve just been through two audition stages and have been accepted on to the ITV show Ninja Warrior UK, so that’s my focus at the minute. I’ll definitely be upping my game at the gym and working hard to train for that – so watch this space.

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