The Saga of the Furry Football!
“People don’t stop to think
and appreciate the effort.”
“They just bite into the delicacy.”
I read this poem the other day on Kristian’s blog Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table and it struck a chord of resonation within me – not directly, but that’s the way at times isn’t it … sometimes – some things do something to you? Kristian’s poem did something to me, and those three lines above just … l don’t know exactly what? But it just touched me.
I asked Kristian, if l could use those three lines for this post and she said yes. So my sincere thanks Madam K.
|07th Sep – 1||12th Sep – 2|
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|07th Oct – 3||10th Nov – 4|
|The Saga of the Furry Football!||The Saga of the Furry Football!|
An update to my weight loss exercise programme – currently l am weighing in at 13 stone and my BMI is 26.9 and apparently is classing me still as overwight even though l am not gaining weight, but gaining more muscle – it still advises me to lose 9lbs or 5% of my body weight. Well l am not entirely quite sure how l am to do that? It says l should have a daily calorie intake only of between 1998 – 2569 and preferably the lower end of the range and target losing 1 – 2 lbs per week.
My FitBit informs me as l write this now that l have burned off just over 2100 calories today … but l am not counting how many l am consuming, so l guess that’s the next step. Although the figures suggest that the average male should be looking to burn off between 2-3000 calories per day, so l guess l am in range there. My average daily calorie burn off is between 2100 to 2500 pending what off bike exercises l do on the day.
I walk most days in the morning even when wet unless it is literally hammering it down and not wise to actually walk. I have tailored my indoor exercise now to reflect a more moderate level of healthy exercise so as to NOT over exercise which can make you take more weight on board.
I now only cycle once a day and l am currently on 25 minutes working towards 60 minutes per day. Each new day l add 3 new minutes, so in 13 days from today l will be cycling for 60 minutes a day five days a week. On the days that l don’t cycle l still walk and perform off bike workouts. When cycling l also perform on bike exercises like hand weights and upper shoulder exercises. I take one day off a week, with no exercise whatso ever apart from walking.
Despite the muscle mass gain, l am having problems actually losing the furry football itself [see below images left – 7th September and right = 10th November] and l now suspect this might be more to do with the gastrodisorder l have over that of not doing enough in the healthy department.
Since l last wrote briefly on this subject just under a week ago, l have really streamlined my diet. I went through everything with a fine toothcomb and took loads out that l considered to be harmful to my gut and both increased exercise variety but moderated my actual duration exercise to be more healthy.
So in essence it is only a week since l stripped everything away … by that configuration l should hopefully start to see a more significant improvement in a month from today….
... however here’s the 4th part to the Ode itself.
Part 4 – Butt Cracking Walnuts!
I used to love the eating of good food,
….. although not so much anymore,
With everything ongoing l am rarely in the mood,
… and eating at times has become a banal chore!
I have never been one for enthusiastic dieting,
… due to my stomach having a mind of its own,
In that department and is quite keen on rioting,
…. If it feels threatened by the exotically unknown!
It’s hard at times l jest with you not,
I am a qualified chef by trade,
… and yet some foods now leave me in knots
And in need of urgent dunny first aid!
In the last three months alone ….
…. I have given up all manner of sorts!
As well as acquired many new behavioural zones,
In which to exercise in my gelled sporty shorts!!
No longer do l overdo the caffeine,
Two black cups a day with invisible sugar,
Is all l allow myself to glean,
…. In the bid to reduce the fuller…
Figured look l used to display!
Back in the day!!
…. Though for sure!!
I have given up mostly everything of delight,
In my furious battle to fight…
…the notorious furry football!
Who had become to me a bit of an eyesore!
Whilst not completely as of yet,
…on a strict diet of cardboarded water!
It would be a hard push to get ..
…. Much leaner than now for this walker!
I mean ….
…. I try to keep my diet clean,
So, no more do l partake in candies nor sweets,
…. White potatoes, fries, chips, or red meats!
Drinks are now merely semi-skimmed milks,
Waters and occasional coffees and no carbonated treats!
… or anything that induces a hic hic!
Gone too are the crisps and sweetened savoury biscuits,
…. No white breads gluten free or not,
Extracted everything once considered delicious,
.. and memories from afore are fast becoming forgot!
Bidden farewell to pastries, cakes, and cookies,
…. Ice creams, sundaes and sadly pizza too,
Junk foods and l no longer share a history,
…. And now foods are basic with not even a hint of BBQ!
However, now l eat more vegetables,
Leafy kales, spinaches, and mushrooms too,
Caulis, brocks and carrots complete the ensemble…
….. not forgetting the fish, eggs and ‘sauteed bamboo!
Okay the ‘bamboo’ isn’t entirely true,
…. But if l thought it would tip the scale,
In my favour to lose the belly voodoo…
…. I would eat dirty grass and trodden snails!!!
I retire to bed early and sleep for 8 hours,
…. Have three’ ish meals a day,
Exercise wisely that supposedly empowers,
…. The body in a friendly way!
Drink plenty of fluids and consume high fibres,
Use smaller crocked plates,
… and indoor cycle for miles and bloody miles,
Not forgetting the pilates!
As much ‘in the saddle’ exercise that l enjoy,
…. I also now have a variety of working outs,
That l can also deploy,
Like, hand weights, pelvic thrusts, and pouts,
Walking, steps, arcs and stretches,
…. Zumba dancing as well,
Oh yes mustn’t forget the push away flexes!
… It’s not all hell!
It can be fun, in a strange kind of way…
…. Knowing that you are working towards a newer you!
It just takes dedication and on more than one day,
…. And eventually you’ll hit the breakthrough!
I am, no word of a lie, losing the surplus fat,
…. I am it’s true building up solid muscle weight,
Admittedly my stomach is not yet flat …
… rather disappointedly, but its growth rate,
Is not expanding either!
… which is good news l have to say,
It’s made me a believer…
…. That exercise is the forwarded way!
My calves, thighs, and glutes are indeed cracking!
…. Probably could smash walnuts!
Given the chance with the muscle they are now packing!
… and shoot the broken shells clean out of my lean butt!
© Rory Matier 2020