I doubt very much if you guys saw the story in the paper or on the TV in my neck of the woods about a guy who managed to get himself to 46 stone in weight only to end up in hospital and now after Gastric Surgery is 22 stone in ONE year. Under the Hospitals orders he was able to lose 13 stone on his own and was then given his life changing weight loss surgery.
Unfortunately I feel I have to say that the only reason why the story stuck out in the national newspapers is because of the guys name. Not because of his absolutely fantastically remarkable life saving achievement, no, it was because of his name.
And the national daily newspapers took it up because of the daft headlines they could make with it. The original story from the Bicester Advertiser and Oxford Mail had the title OO-Heaven for Mr Bond which I am sure you must agree is a very nice title, it alludes to both a James Bond story and also something good. Whereas the Daily Mail went with The Pie Who Loved Me and the Daily Mirror went with Piefall. Just the kind of thing we have come to expect from the sensationalising media that litter our paper shops everyday.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I honestly believe that it is absolutely fantastic that these stories are getting column inches and we must give absolute absolute kudos to the man in question but really? Did the papers need to be quite so crass? The story should be enough, the achievement should be enough but no, they sold the story through the mans name. I’m afraid that it is this kind of ungoverned journalism only serves to take the issue of obese Britain back a step. As soon as you utter the words obese and pie or junk food in the same sentence, it has negative connotations and believe me, I know, because I’ve had them levelled at me. The media is the most powerful tool in the world. Whatever we are fed in the media one day becomes almost like a social law the next. All you need do is get someone indignant on another’s behalf (me for example on this story) and there you go. Create a story and watch the ripples spread far and wide.
Now I hope that I am wrong because this story deserves only a positive spin but I can honestly already feel the damage it has done to the issue because of the way it was handled when what they should have done was concentrated on congratulations and how much the mans life will improve from now knowing that he will not be in and out of hospital with life threatening complications borne of being overweight.
Still the above is only my take on it so perhaps I am the one in the wrong. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
FOOD DIARY: Friday 22nd May 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Lunch||1||200mls||Chilli Chicken Soup||130||13||10||4.5|
|Dinner||2||114gms||All Beef Patty’s||410||36||4||32|
Food wise on Friday was a bit of a disaster. I was really very active so most likely burnt off all of the excess calories but I have now realised I must have Americano with a shot of Skimmed Milk instead of Latte’s and that would save me 364 calories alone, plus all of the carbs and fat in the milk. But then the whole reason for having a food diary is so I can see when things like this occur so I can address them. I have brought my tea drinking under control so why not my coffee…
Walking and a trip to the gym were both on the cards yesterday and the opportunity to do so was taken with both hands as things can be a little slow on the bank holiday weekend when you have decided that drinking isn’t really what you want to be doing with your days. The sun shone off and on and so it was ideal weather to walk and try out my new waterproof jacket. If you recall a few days ago I alluded to having to guy a new jacket because the old one was like a tent, well the day came and I bit the bullet. I just hope I get some use from it because you know when you buy something waterproof you are guaranteed sunshine and paradoxically, if you buy suncream….!
The gym routine still remains almost the same but I expect it to change up in another few weeks when I have my review, but for now lest I continue to bore the regular readers, this is what I achieved. I did add some Standing Oblique Bar Twists to try to improve the “Love Handles” area and also brought the shoulder press into play for the first time and increased the resistance on all other exercises, so hopefully I shall start to see some improvement into them soon :
- 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abductor machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Adductor machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 20kg Cable Row
- 3 x 15 Reps 10kg Shoulder Press
- 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Chest Press
- 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Pec Deck
- 3 x 15 Reps 20Kg Tricep Pull Down
- 3 x 15 Reps 5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
- 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists
And my walk with the dog was an enjoyable affair giving me the following Jawbone Up24 steps reading:
Not bad for a weekend when I imagine most of the population was relaxing. I shall have to remember to give the figures to the Extreme Tambouring people I wrote about yesterday. Something else to remember, with a memory like a sieve I just hope I can manage…
Stay out of the fridge.