I hope everyone is having a good week so far and looking forward to their respective weigh-ins. At Man v Fat Manchester, we are now four weeks into the season, and I’ve already heard about and seen lots of the lads here reaching 5% and 10% targets. There has also been hat tricks all round for many teams in the league which makes every single tie interesting. It’s mighty close in the league at the minute, with the top two teams tied on eight points, and the two teams below them on six points. There’s ten weeks left yet, though, so everything is still to play for!
It’s been a very up and down season for me so far – quite literally! I’ve had a loss to hit my target weight, followed by a gain to go back over that (and over my start weight for the season – D’oh!), followed by an astonishing 4.4kg loss last week. Last time a loss as big as that happened, back in season three, I put on 2kg the week after, and it was a similar story this time around, as I put on 1.8kg yet again this week. Weight now (Week 4): 108.2kg (17st).
Original start weight: 159.2kg (19/02/2017)
Target Weight: 109.2kg (17st 2lb – Reached on 19/02/2018 – One year exactly since starting)
Season 1 start weight: 159.2kg (25st) Season 1 end weight: 144.6kg (22st 10lb)
Season 2 start weight: 140.6kg (22st 1lb) Season 2 end weight: 125.6kg (19st 10lb)
Season 3 start weight: 125kg (19st 9lb) Season 3 end weight: 111.8kg (17st 8lb)
Season 4 start weight: 110.6kg (17st 5lb) Season 4, week 4 weigh in: 108.2kg (17st)
Total loss for the season: 2.4kg (5lb)
Total lost so far: 51kg (8st)
I had a funny feeling I’d gain this week. I didn’t have the best of weeks as it was, and then last Sunday was Mothers Day. I know that one should look to make the right choices when presented with certain scenarios, such as a Mothers Day meal out, but when you end up at an ‘all you can eat’ restaurant in Manchester City Centre surrounded by very little good stuff and lots and lots of bad stuff, it was very hard to hold back. I’ve personally found that a blow out every now and then is sometimes a good thing when you’re on a health kick. You cannot be expected to be good absolutely all of the time. It’ll drive you insane. A little bit of what I fancy has done me no harm up to now. Everything in moderation has proved to be a successful formula, and when gains have happened, I’ve always worked hard the following week to ensure it comes back off. Across the past few days, I’ve worked to shed that gain, and hopefully I’ll see my reward come Monday evening.
I think I’m set up to have one of ‘those’ sort of seasons to be honest, but as long as I’m a few kilos below my start weight at the end of it, I’ll be happy. I can’t afford to be 13-15kg below it, as I’ve been for the past three seasons, as I don’t need to lose that much anymore, but if I can have a net loss of around 5kg (and maybe hit 5% again), that’ll do me. It may mean that I do gain some weeks, but if that does happen, I’ll be sure to get it back off as soon as possible. I’ve found maintaining a LOT tougher than consistently losing so far. This is all very new to me, though, and I’m sure with time, I’ll find a method that works.
On to the pitch side of things this week – Slimdown played Inter Mi Scran on Monday evening searching for our first pitch win (And our first overall win, for that matter) of the season.
Inter have been buoyed with new players recently, a far cry from last season where they really struggled to make up the numbers each week. They look like they have a real team bond now, which is always nice to see. However, it was our job to break that bond and try to get the win.
I am pleased to say that I can write this part of the blog with a massive smile on my face, as this week, after over a year with Man v Fat Football – I FINALLY SCORED!
I’ve been really, really enjoying my football the past few weeks, making sure I get to the extra games to improve myself, and also trying to be more aware of what is going on in the game to make myself more involved. I’ve found, week on week, that I’m getting into the spaces a bit better and I’ve very nearly capitalised a couple of times already this season. I missed a sitter in week one (Which I’m still having nightmares over), and I came very, very close last week to scoring against Fatboys, but this week, I had the funniest feeling going into the game that it’d be my week.
A few minutes in, and the ball breaks out to me. I remember to take a touch this time – something I didn’t do when I missed that absolute sitter. I can see the defender closing me down so I knew I had to hit it quick. I remember thinking to just hit it as hard as I could and on target and hope for the best. When I saw it hit the back of the net… I genuinely don’t think I’ve screamed that loudly to celebrate anything before in my life. The OB lads were watching on the sidelines, and they cheered it too. I lost my head for a good 10-20 seconds, before being screamed at by Pete in goals to turn around and defend. No time to celebrate, as we found ourselves level pegging at half time 1-1. A close second half followed where either side could have nicked it, but a goal from Craig which trickled past the Inter ‘keeper was enough to see us win 2-1. First pitch win of the season in the bag, but unfortunately the overall win was out of reach. 12-5 loss. It’ll come, though. Hopefully on Monday, where we’re up against current champions OB City. We know what they’re capable of both on and off the pitch, but at the same time, we know we can match anyone on our day, as we proved against Fatboy Slims the other week.
Also this week – Myself, Ed and Nathan were interviewed about Man v Fat Football by the Manchester Evening News. They are doing a feature on the Manchester League across the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye out for it if you are passing a Newsagent! If the article is posted online, I’ll be sure to post a link to it in the next blog.
NEW TO THE BLOG: Workout Listens.
I love music, and a couple of years back, I was a DJ on local radio. Every week, I’d make a playlist of the songs I was to play out on the show and every so often someone would listen in and ask me to share my choices as they enjoyed my eclectic taste. Whilst I don’t do my radio show any more, I still make playlists for everyday use, including workouts, and I’d like to incorporate this into my weekly blog with the tunes I’m listening to on my workouts – whether that be in the gym, walking to and from work, on the bus on the way to football or whilst on my bike. So, below is a Spotify playlist of the tunes I’m working out to this week. Songs to get the blood pumping and the feet moving. I’ll do my best to update this as often as I can.
I did a tough incline walk this week, climbing 100 odd meters – Proper stomping! So my track of the week is suitably a stomper – Ian Brown’s Stellify. Give it a listen along with my other choices in the player below.