Our expert says:
Just keep at it, because you're on the right track and as you say, you have to start somewhere!
The inconsistency will go away eventually. It's like that early, but as you get fitter, you start to get on top of training and control it better. I don't know exactly why that is, but it happens.
Regarding the eating, I'd say to eat at least 60 minutes before training and that should be a light meal (sandwich, at most, maybe some fruit). Any closer than this can start to intefere with the training you do. Afterwards, I'd eat soon as possible, within reason. You might be traveling or heading directly to work, in which case you can eat when you get there. But something small again would be fine. The best is to aim for 5 or 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 big ones.
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