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The Saga of the Furry Football! [T1]
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The Saga of the Furry Football!

If you are following this mini series – you’ll know l normally write a small section of a poem, which will be posted once done as a Long Taled Poem in the future, however this is more of a topical post regarding my progress so far on my Furry Football’.

Parts 1 and 2 of the Poem can be read pressing the links below …

7th Sept โ€“ 112th Sept โ€“ 2
The Saga of the Furry Football!The Saga of the Furry Football!

… there will be a third installment to the poem later on this week or early next.

So, where did l start from? Well with this below …..

… taken 7th September 2020 so just a little short of a month ago now!

On the 7th l weighed in at 13 stone.

I had decided to take firmer steps into reducing that hairy monster down and my idea target weight was 12 stone – so a loss of 14 LB’s was needed and back then l was 182 pounds. I wasn’t in my eyes over weight, but in the eyes of the NHS l was 9 pounds over weight and my ideal weight was 12.3 stone. I opted to aim for 12 stone for my age, gender and height and exercise. [57 Y/O, Male, 5’9″]

Also, l wanted to seriously reduce the overall look and shape of the notorious ‘love handles’ – according to many that for a guy at my age, l was never going to have a completely flat stomach unless l seriously worked out and at it – but l could easily lose the extra and additional weight with the right focus and dedication. I could make my stomach slimmer and l could lose the love handled look.

From July to early September l was enjoying two brisk walks of 35 minutes a day only – once in the morning and once in the later afternoon/early evening. Once l realised l needed to lose weight l started a programme or a routine if you wish. I started lower and built up to where l am now, medium routine, with my step up towards higher routine in the next 2 – 3 weeks. So that by the end of October l hope to be on what l will class as a peak routine of exercise.

From the 7th September to the 30th September l have been gradually building myself up and increasing my exercise. I got an indoor bike to help me with my exercise and l started to turn my life around to reflect the new passion.

With me, in order for me to really focus on something new – l have to become almost obsessed with it to the point of WTF Moments as observations by others – l do think, no, rephrase l know that is my Asperger’s/Autism l don’t have a moderation button – if l do something – l am either all in or l am not in at all! I simply don’t see the point to half measures.

Once l have made a new enthusiasm an interest, it then has to go through three phases before it becomes it become a sustainable interest which then remains with me for the rest of my life as an Active Interest – it will become simply ‘a ‘That Be Me!’

Those phases are Hyperfocused Interest, Special Interes and Active interest It is literally how l roll with my life ….. l have had many pasttimes and activities and pursuits, enthusiasms, entertainments and hobbies in my life from the young age of say 6 to where l am now. Of the many hundreds l have had in those 50 odd years, l perhaps have only kept a dozen Active Interests that l take part in today, daily, weekly, monthly and currently exercise and becoming healthy is one such enthusiasm that is going through the 3 part phasing of Hyperfocused Interest, Special Interest to Active interest.

So – where am l today – as in 01st October 2020 – Thursday?

My current weight is STILL 13 Stone ….

… but there is a huge difference between the two images …

Where three weeks ago, l was holding more actual ‘fat’ in the stomach, in comparison to today when l am holding less fat in the stomach but am packing more muscle mass – now my job is to build more muscle which is heavier than fat anyway [hence the weight] and define it, tone it – make the muscles fight off the remaining fat and replace with more muscle which l can then use to lose my remaining overweightedness!

I am really pleased with my new look if you wish, not so much for the physical aspect but the retaking control of my lifestyle and more importantly feeling healthier and more confident! If l can get my train wreck of a mouth sorted out this year l think my confidence of my thirties might well return. But small steps first and foremost.

So how have l achieved this so far?

Well through a number of different methods and rituals. This is NOT a How To Lose Weight post for you, if you take anything away from this next to a laugh take away ‘Inspiration, Motivation and Self-Belief and a 100% Dedication to making life feel better for oneself’.

Because that is all this about for me – combined with a twenty plus year medical disease/disorder that seriously affects my weight and causes extreme discomfort if not managed properly and sadly more importantly a problem that despite countless thousands of pounds spent by myself privately or through the NHS public benefit system – no doctors, consultants or surgeons can say anything positive apart from “Yes Mr Matier, you do have a problem, it’s not remarkable, but we don’t know what it is! Have you tried this yet?”

Which is not helpful, l have had over the last 26 years nearly fifty different investigations and perhaps or maybe 2 dozen different diagnosis and finally l have had enough of that – now l will endeavour to exercise myself healthy! The heaviest l have ever been in my life was in 2008 when l had cancerous polyps cut from my bowel and l weighed in at 14 stone. But l carry a GI bloat which makes me look bigger than l actually am and although GI Bloat doesn’t add physical weight, it certainly does make you feel like you have eaten a cow!

But l wanted to feel better for me, l wanted to lose weight in a way that was comfortable and realistic and sustainable for me. I was tired of occasionally some of my tee shirts feeling tighter when and where they shouldn’t. Of course bad bloat days make some tee shirts real ‘No, No’s’. But l believed that l could turn my life around and lead a healthier lifestyle than l had been before.

Basically l wanted to lose weight to feel healthier, more confident and l guess – sexier – l wanted to feel good about myself.

The following is my daily exercise/health routine for today, it tends to change every two days as l up my game a bit more. My end October routine target is to be exercising daily 2 – 3 hours.

Wake Up7.30am
Walk35 Minutes x 2 Times Daily
70 Minutes Daily
Weather Reflective
Stays same 70 Minutes Daily
Indoor Bike 4th Speed12 Mins x 3 Times Daily
36 Minutes Daily
Indoor25 Mins x 3 Times Daily
8th Bike Speed
75 Minutes Daily
Waist Reduction Stretchercise3 sets of 20 Stretches Daily [3 minutes per set]
9 Minutes Daily
Indoor3 Sets of 40 Stretches Daily
18 Minutes Daily
Dance Routine10 Minutes DailyIndoor30 Minutes Daily

So you can see above what my current routine levels are and what l am working up to for end October.

What else do l do? I have increased my water intake, decreased my caffeine level, increased my protein consumption which in turn reduces my hunger level and yet all the exercise increases my hunger levels. I could eat eggs all day every day and l currently get through nearly 30 eggs a week. But l also eat a lot of fish and vegetables although l need to increase the latter – l also eat a lot of bananas now.

ItemCurrent LevelPre-September Level
Water Intake4 Litres Daily1 litre Daily
Cups of Coffee3 Cups only between 4pm – 9pm7 Cups throughout day
Eggs I eat 4 eggs daily for breakfast6 eggs a week
Bananas 2/3 Bananas daily2 per week

Sadly one of the biggest enemies l fight with in my bid to lose weight is my eating disorder or rather what my stomach simply hasn’t got the ability to digest anymore – so it’s more of a digestion disorder – and not so much eating as l love food, but food doesn’t always love me.

I eat more fruit, but am forever mindful with regards the sugar content in both fruit and vegetables. I have three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t eat after 7pm if l can avoid it to aid the digestion and to help my sleep. I now no longer go to bed at 1am, l might be awake still, but those times are rare also. So l am usually in bed now between midnight and quarter past with a lights out by 12.30am. I aim to have 6 and a half hours sleep daily.

So how am l losing weight?

Drinking waterEating Eggs for breakfast
Drink Black Coffee [3 cups]Intermittent Fasting once a week
Reduced my sugar intakeUse smaller plateware
Eat healthy snacksSleep a balanced pattern
Exercise dailyEat more vegetables and fruits
Increased protein intakeInclude a variety of exercises into my daily rota

So far, at the three week mark, l have lost a lot of the fatty weight l was carrying around at the start of last month and replaced it with muscle – now for the remainder of this month l am still focusing on fat weight loss, but also looking to increase my exercise levels and define, shape and tone my muscle mass.

All in all, l am super pleased with the results so far.

Thanks for reading, catch you next time!

20 thoughts on “The Saga of the Furry Football! [T1]

  1. You doing great! Like a car you have to keep up with your maintenance and what you put into it! Nice job!

    On an off note… I only do coffee in morning when I am trying to wake up lol … at most 3 cups… but usually just 2. My doctor does not like me having any coffee at all… but ya know… he doesnโ€™t want me having anything that could possibly cause cancer – ok well then there is not much left ๐ŸคจโœŒ๏ธ everything causes cancer!!! And I am careful otherwise.

      1. Ugh yes ๐Ÿคจ I once made the mistake of walking into the doctors office with a big giant coffee ๐Ÿคจ (it was first thing in the morning!!) … is my oncologist ๐Ÿคจ… so the whole appointment he lectured and teased me about the coffee ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜

        Now I just donโ€™t bring my coffee in… and I only keep to 2 cups. Everything gonna cause cancer

        He still mentions ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๏ธ

        You can do the best things and be as healthy as possible but things get you!

        Just use moderation and be aware of intake

        1. Yes, that’s the dickie – everything can cause cancer, sadly the same as being cautious, you could get hit by a car crossing the road – anything can happen.

        2. Exactly!!! Lol … you want to be careful and aware – but at the same time… you want to enjoy life in itself

          Is a very fine line – like a tightrope ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๏ธ

          And ya know everyday we learn new things…

          I remember they used to say do not eat the yolks of eggs ๐Ÿฅš… when I was little that was a thing… but it was fine with me I hated the yellow ๐Ÿ˜ if any yellow got into my white – I would not eat it… ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ also that was the membrane part ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I didnโ€™t like the taste or the thought ๐Ÿ˜

          Until I aged … then I started liking scrambled eggs… only scrambled lol …

          Now they say they were wrong – haha go ahead and eat it

          I still will not eat runny eggs or raw ewww ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ if I do hard boiled – I will not eat the yolk ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„ itโ€™s just a thing I have a hard time with – I just donโ€™t like it… it has a different taste

          Only time I ever eat yolk is either scrambled or deviled – otherwise I have issues lol

          But yes – ya know moderation and try to enjoy life not always worry โœŒ๏ธโค๏ธ

        3. You made me laugh Trisha and your egg story – my Suze is exactly the same – when she cooks an egg it is like she is torturing the damn thing – it ends up not looking like an egg because of issues with yolk. Mind you that is only fried and bolied, hard boiled would be kind for her, she cooks them into concrete bullets ha ha! But scrambled and omelette – they are fine like you ๐Ÿ™‚

        4. Oh how funny!! I have never met anyone who is same as me with that ๐Ÿ˜ฎโค๏ธ

          …and yup hard boiled – I make sure that thing is cooked completely!!! I take the FULL 15 minutes on high boil lol

          She is my foodie twin… I wonder what other weird food things be same?

  2. Looking good JB! When I did my transformation about 6 years ago, I increased my exercise, drank more water and ate less sweets. It really is pretty simple and it works.

    Sadly, I fell out of the habit and will have to start all over again. I just need to build muscle and stamina now, the weight is too low for what I prefer, but muscle tone will change that.


      1. Monday was very rushed and nervous and the time he was at school was nice, but also nervous about how he would come home. I ran some errands, it was nice to go when *I* wanted to vs when I *could*. It turned out to be a good day.

        Tuesday he was grumpy & uncooperative with Daughter, but we got him to the bus and he had a good day. I spent the time he was gone trying to stay awake, and failing.

        He only goes Mon & Tue for now. We’ll see how it goes next week. Too early to see a change for me.

        1. Oh definitely! Monday was fantastic. Tuesday I got sleep that I obviously needed, though I wanted to spend the time on something else.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
          I’m thrilled that he’s back in school, even 2 days is nice after more than 6 months. I know it’s good for him too.

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