Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Listen to the Pain

It's been all go at Solent towers this week, including plenty of opportunities for me to be out and about.

I was about to log off my computer and head out training in the evening sunshine when I remembered that I need to post the recording of the time Jon and Lewis came along. so here it is:

LISTEN AGAIN to Producer Lewis and Presenter Jon joining in my BMF Training.

And make sure that you check out the pictures and videos from that night.

I've noticed it's been a lot quieter in the office this week. People have been able to get on with their work without being badgered every five minutes, and I've been able to work in the afternoons without being offered a doughnut every 10 minutes... it's no coincidence that it's also Alun Newman's week off!

Friday, 11 April 2008

Common problems

There is only one word to describe the events last night - gasp. Sorry, i couldn't manage any other word as i'm still out of breath. If i had a hat, it would firmly be off at the moment in honour of what Matt is putting himself through.

Having now experienced it for myself i have two thoughts. Firstly, that exercising in an organised group of really friendly people is much more fun than pounding the treadmill.

Secondly, for how long should i expect to walk like John Wayne? My legs are aching more than Billy Ray Cirus' heart! In all seriousness Matt, i think what you're doing is brilliant mate and if you ever need a running partner.... Jon's normally free.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

It's Training Men

Jon and Lewis made the brave effort to accompany me on the BMF training. You can hear how they got on here soon.

Here are some videos of what it looked like:

(a happy, but tired) Reporter Matt

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Back on form

Change to the schedule

Just to keep you up to date to a few changes to my schedule:

- last night I didn't go on the run. I just couldn't - I was waaaay too stiff in the legs. I will do it on Friday night instead.

- Last night I ate the ratatouille that I never had on Tuesday. The stir-fry will have to wait. After work I took Babs to the fish and chip shop, watched her munch her way through cod & chips, cover herself in tomoato sauce, and only after all that did I get home and have some food of my own. I was very good!

So changes, but not defeat. Training tonight with the BMF boys and girls - can't wait for the rest of the team to join me next week... that will be hillarious!

Reporter Matt

Alun is not impressed

Operation Hawkeye Update

At approximately 13 hundred hours yesterday, Wednesday 2nd April 2008, a subdued Matt walked into the staff canteen at HQ. After his eyes were initially drawn to the sweet smelling amazingly delectable donuts - our soldier stayed strong and continued past without even the slightest lick of the lips.

He may have won that battle but would he win the lunch-time war? Could he stay strong? Would the Devil Donut eventually have his way?

He sat down and then they appeared! Two identical oranges - the colour of David Dickinson but healthier than Gillian McKeith's p%*. Lunch was served.

It seems Matt is really going for it at the moment and is committed to changing his eating habits. Impressive work soldier. Although, it was quite funny watching you try and peel them with a knife??!

Wednesday, 2 April 2008


As you may have heard, I wasn't please about going out training last night. Came home, showered and went straight to bed.

Today I ache in my legs and I am sore in the middle of my back between my shoulder-blades (I think I did it on the last set of push-ups).

I really couldn't manage any dinner so I simply had a biscuit.

Today Jon's back on the show which means I'll now get twice as much grief than I was getting before from Alun.

I can't tell you how little I want to go out and do my run tonight!

EDIT - to make up for the lack of dinner I think I'll have some bread with my soup this lunchtime.

Reporter Matt

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Babs is in trouble...

I think Matt has started to find going to his twice weekly work outs with the army guys a bit of a chore, maybe the novelty factor has worn off, I'm not sure. What I do know is that the last couple of times he has been he has asked me if he has to go. Why is he asking me when it’s up to him? I don't want to get involved in these decisions and that is where I went wrong tonight!

This evening he came home from work and, after a walk around the common with me, he said he was tired and was going for a lie down. Yep you've guessed it, he fell asleep, so at 6.45pm (15mins before he is meant to be on the common) I wake him (thinking I’m doing the right thing!). He appears from the bedroom 10 minutes later saying he isn’t going to go tonight. All I ask in a concerned tone is “why not?” (knowing full well he doesn’t have a legitimate excuse other than he doesn't want to) and he goes into a bit of a strop saying “fine I’ll go” and stomping off. A few minutes later he was changed and is out the door without even calling out goodbye (which is not like Matt at all!).

I think there are two reasons why he didn’t want to go tonight, the first was that he was genuinely feeling tired (he has been out jogging the last two nights) the second is due to the clock change and the fact that it is still light out. Unlike most who would find this positive and motivating, Matt has got used to exercising under the cover of darkness and feels very self-conscious about exercising in public in the daylight. I'm definitely seeing a change Matt. He is facing up to being over weight, starting to do something about it and dealing with how he feels about it and himself, which I believe is a positive step, but it's making him grumpy! I hope that tonight’s training goes well and he comes home happier than when he went out! If not I fear the dinner of brown rice and vegetables that I have prepared for him will do little to cheer him up!


I'm feeling a little more confident at the moment.

The training schedule has kicked in. I ran 2 miles on Sunday night in 25 minutes. Babs came with me for support which was nice of her.

Last night though I was on my own for my 18 minute run. The best thing about it is that I didn't feel too bad after it.... Tired, out of breath and sweaty, but didn't feel like I was going to die.

Diet is going well too - I've now put my weeks menu online. It's quite a severe reduction for me, but I need to just get some excess weight off to help my running.

As part of his "support" Producer Alun has been offering to get me a chocolate bar every 2 hours, and is constantly eating next to me. I'm sure the bad karma will come around and bite him on the bottom.

Reporter Matt


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