Boy oh boy
It’s been a while since my last post, hasn’t it? Week 4 of this current season was the last time I posted. After the late May bank holiday, we’ll be going into week 13, with only one week of the season left after this one. Just a bit of a gap between then and now(!)
Last time I posted, we were still dealing with the Beast From The East and playing in sub-zero temperatures because of fffffffuckin’ snow (I hate snow more than anything else in the entire world). Fast forward to now, and we are in the middle of a lovely heatwave, with much brighter and warmer nights. I say this – On the day of starting to write this post, It has rained all day! Although the sun is forecast to make a re-appearance, apparently. Summer is officially here, it would seem. (EDIT – The sun is back! Currently sat in the garden adding to this post…)
Lots of things have happened between now and then. I haven’t written about them due to just not feeling up to it. I’ve been a bit down recently. I *think* the source is work related. It’s been tough recently and it doesn’t look like getting any easier anytime soon. I’ve also been applying round to get myself something better, another reason as to the lack of time to do these posts. It’s taken a lot of might to perk myself back up to get motivated again and get myself back on the straight and narrow. I seem to be back there now, so I’m ready to crack on and remain focused.
So, where were we?
At the end of the last post, I mentioned that myself, Ed, Stuart and Nathan had been interviewed for the Manchester Evening News regarding our weight losses. That article has since been published, and you can read it HERE if you so wish. The interview was a lot of fun, and also not the last one I’ve done between now and then. More on that later on.
I also mentioned that I’d been very up and down across the season so far. Up and down is a more than appropriate term to use for what I got up to in the immediate aftermath of my last post, as in the week afterwards I only went and did a bloody bungee jump didn’t I?!
Oh, man – what an experience that was! I wanted to do something a bit mad to celebrate hitting my overall target weight, and after seeing a bungee jump in aid of The Christie cancer charity advertised on Facebook, I decided to sign up (Like the clown I am) and, well, went for it!
It was SO exhilarating. Scary… Very, very scary. But the rush of adrenaline I got from doing it is something i’ve never experienced before. It was just the most incredible day. Here is some footage of me jumping off a crane 160ft above Salford Quays
As part of the T’s & C’s of signing up, I had to pledge to raise a minimum of £150 for The Christie cancer charity in Manchester. I’m delighted to say that thanks to the generosity of my friends, family and particularly the guys involved with the Man v Fat Manchester league, I managed to double my target and raise £300 in total for The Christie. A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated towards me doing that mad feat
Once again, a huge, huge thank you to everyone who donated towards my bungee jump. Here is the letter of thanks direct from The Christie comfirming that I managed to collate £300 in total donations for them. Doubled my target and had one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. Thank you everyone.@christiecharity #TheChristie #TheChristieCharity #IDidItForTheChristie #BunjeeJump #UKBungeeClub #Charity #Fundraising
So, what else has happened between then and now?
Well, whilst this blog has seen me get used to writing about my weight loss and the issues I’ve faced on my journey, I was still yet to sit down and really talk about it with anyone. Not properly, anyway. However, I was given the chance to do so by taking part in the wonderful Man v Fat Players Podcast.
Stuart and Roman from OB City in our Manchester league have set up this fantastic Podcast where they will be speaking to Man v Fat Players and the like who are on or have been on weight loss journeys. Taking place in an informal setting – usually a pub – they have already been inundated with requests from other players up and down the country to either be featured, or to ask a question to the next guest.
After the success of the first episode featuring Ross Hunter, a team mate of Stuart and Roman, I was asked to be their second guest.
I joined the guys in a pub near where I live, and we talked about my journey in great detail. Why I started, what motivated me to do well, and how I plan to keep the weight off now I’ve lost it all. I also discussed my team mates, my interests and why I love football so much. Being in the relaxed setting made it a lot easier to talk about, and I hope that if others listen to it, they can take a lot of inspiration and motivation away from it.
You can listen to my episode HERE. Episode Three is also already up, where the lads talk with Man v Fat creator and head honcho Andrew Shanahan (Shan). That episode is in two parts. You can find part one HERE and part two HERE.
Give the Podcast a follow on Twitter to stay up to date with new episodes and updates surrounding it over on @MVFPod. Check out their tweets on the feed below.
Lastly, I am delighted to say after doing this blog for the past few months, I was asked a while ago on the back of it to do some writing for the official Man v Fat website. I started this blog purely to keep my creative juices flowing, and then one evening I received a message off Shan asking me if I’d be interested in writing some articles for the site as he loved my style. Of course, I said yes and after consulting the content team, I was asked to look at doing a piece on “A-List Amazing Loser’s” – Famous fellas that have lost a lot of weight.
There were quite a few famous blokes I could have chose from, to be fair, but in the end I chose one of my favourite actors, Chris Pratt. He lost a considerable amount of weight to go from Andy in Parks and Rec to Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, with the new Avengers film having just been released, I thought it’d tie in well.
So lo and behold, here is my first article! I’m really proud of it and if you have a few minutes, I’d love it if you would have a read and tell me what you think.
So, I think that’s brought things back up to date with me… Now, on to the league!
I am pleased to report that Slimdown are flying onwards and upwards in the Manchester league. We were knocked back a bit to injuries to two key players who we thought would be huge losses – Dude provided us with our much needed playmaker, and Sam was a rock at the back. Sam’s injury in particular is pretty nasty and it looks like he’ll be out for a long time, but we have kept him involved by giving him a role on the sidelines where he can call substitutions and selections. Us guys playing get so caught up in it, we forget to sub ourselves on or off as we just want to help the team at all costs. Having someone there who takes a bit of a backseat and can tell when someone is blowing a bit has so far proved to be a good tool. Dude should be back for season 5, all being well as thankfully his injury isn’t as bad as first feared. We touched really lucky getting really good replacements for the two injured lads, to be fair. Huw and Ryan are both forwards. Ryan is a typical centre forward, I would say. Always wanting the ball and not afraid to shoot on sight. He has 3 goals in 3 games so far, so no complaints! Huw is a very smart player, who holds it up well and has great movement.
Man v Fat has so far never failed in surprising me with what is around the corner during all of this, and when Huw joined our team WhatsApp group he was messaging us for a good few days before he finally said something along the lines of “Can’t wait to finally play footy with you Josh after all these years!” Upon reading that, I was a bit like “huh?” I rattled my brain to see if I remembered someone from my past called Huw and it turned out I did – he used to mind me and my cousin when we were kids! It took me aback so much that here we were all these years later about to be teammates on the same football team. Huw took me to Old Trafford for the first time when I was only 6, and I have him to thank for first introducing me to the seeds of an obsession with Manchester United Football Club. And also for being a bit of a gobshite surrounding them. Cheers mate!
Weight wise… I started the season on 110.6kg, hitting my target weight of 109kg (And 50kg shed) a week later. They say, apparently, that if you can maintain your target weight for six weeks, then you’ll do so for life. So… Quite a few weeks later, I find myself at 104kg, 5kg below my target weight. I’ve been up and down a bit, losing a lot one week, to put that back on the next, but I’m nowhere near going over that target weight and I’m happy to be maintaining and losing and gaining little bits without going totally off the rails. I’m finding it arguably harder to maintain than I did to lose, as not seeing visible progress every week is mentally quite tough for me, due to how rapidly the weight loss happened. However, I know that I need to start enjoying this more now, whilst also working hard to keep the weight off.
Saying that, I’ve still managed to hit 5% for the 4th season running. I wasn’t too fussed about hitting it this season, but then… St. George’s Park was announced wasn’t it?! The summer tournament is coming up again, and in order to be selected, you need 5% for your current season. Due to being so up and down, and my metabolism balancing itself out, I didn’t think I’d get it this time, but I’m delighted to have hit it once again and put my name in the hat. Fingers crossed I’ll be part of the Manchester team in June.
Another one bites the dust… Eight and a half stone down overall. 35% of my original starting weight gone. I can't even fathom that. I'm a shadow of the man I used to be. Thank you so much @manvfat for opening my eyes and making me realise that weight loss can be fun. I dread to think how I'd look and feel now if I hadn't found Man v Fat Football.
So I think that just about covers everything that’s happened over the past few weeks. Phew… Mustn’t leave it so long next time!
Keep on keeping on, people.