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Get A Grip – Wonderful Loser Roger Smith

Males who’ve struggled with weight problems typically share related vices – a pleasant, frosty, calorie-laden beer being a standard instance – and this week’s Wonderful Loser Roger Smith isn’t any exception. Like his American Dad namesake, Roger’s different nice vice apart from booze was junk meals, however in contrast to Stan’s alien pal, Our Roger didn’t a lot defecate gold as regurgitate golden arches. Whereas this wasn’t the catalyst for change, it was symptomatic of the sedentary, convenience-food-driven way of life by which so many people discover ourselves, and to which MAN v FAT Soccer presents another…

  • Title: Roger Smith (ask him something on Speak)
  • Location: Bridgwater, Somerset
  • Job: Procuring Centre Supervisor
  • Top: 6′ (182.5cm)
  • Age: 47
  • Highest weight: 235lbs (107kg)
  • Lowest weight: 201lbs (91.2kg)
  • Plan: Calorie Counting (MyFitnessPal)


How did you get to the place the place you wanted to lose that weight?

The most important motive for me getting chubby was the entire lack of consideration I paid to my dimension. Despite the fact that I knew that my garments weren’t becoming me correctly if in any respect, it simply didn’t register as an issue so I did nothing to alter it.

[blocktext align=”right”]” I didn’t even know that parachutes had weight limits”[/blocktext]

What damaging experiences did you may have of being chubby?

At first I’d have stated it was primarily feedback made by household and buddies relating to my dimension however on reflection I used to be struggling to do basic items like stroll up the steps with out being out of breath and even placing my socks on and taking them off was one thing that made my coronary heart pump that bit tougher.


What made you resolve to alter?

On a really uncommon go to to the gymnasium I made a decision to weigh myself for concerning the first time in six months and while I knew that 107kgs was too heavy, it wasn’t till I transformed it to 16st 12lbs that it struck me how chubby I used to be.

I keep in mind saying to myself that sufficient was sufficient and that my spouse and children had truly been proper each time they’ve moaned at me or taking the mickey out of my weight and dimension.

It was about two weeks earlier than my forty seventh birthday and I realised that with a primarily office-based job, with two cafes on website for a alternative of normal unhealthy lunches and really little-to-no train, I used to be principally turning myself right into a recipe for diabetes – a quite common situation amongst my occupation, for all the causes simply said.

What made it totally different from the instances earlier than?

While I had beforehand tried to do my bit by becoming a member of the gymnasium a few years in the past, it was extra about getting my coronary heart pumping than it was about my weight actually. The one time I had ever beforehand dieted was in 2005, after I realised I used to be half a stone too heavy (then 15st) to participate in a charity skydive I had organised.

Name me naïve however I didn’t even know that parachutes had weight limits! On that event I simply ate like a rabbit for a month and lived off salads, so unsurprisingly the burden simply jumped straight again on virtually the second I landed again on terra firma and began consuming ‘usually’ once more.


How did you do it?

Two days after that go to to the gymnasium I noticed a bit on our native newspaper’s web site about one thing known as MAN v FAT Soccer and thought it could be amusing, so I registered with out an excessive amount of considered what was forward of me.

I used to be requested to participate in an area radio interview a day or so later the place in addition they spoke to Ben Gallon and I began to see that this may very well be a bit greater than only a Monday evening kick about. In preparation for the radio interview I spoke to Shan and he actually struck a chord when he rightly stated “Everyone knows why we’re chubby. We put an excessive amount of in and don’t do sufficient to burn it off” which is one thing I’ve repeated at each alternative when speaking about this entire course of.

Utilizing MyFitnessPal simply made one thing click on in a mind that had been indoctrinated with the “what’s measured is managed” motto all through years of retail and property administration, and since I may see the quantity of energy I used to be consuming for the primary time in my life, I truly took discover of what I used to be consuming. I rapidly realised that though I “thought” I didn’t eat a lot crap, I may simply undergo a pack of biscuits with a cup of tea and that having a full bowl of Frosties* (different sugar-coated cereals can be found) for breakfast won’t be one of the best ways to manage my weight.

[blocktext align=”right”]” I used to drink 5 or 6 pints, however now I do know one pint is the equal of an iced doughnut and even at my worst I wouldn’t eat 5 or 6 of these!”[/blocktext]

I solely drink nettle tea at residence, so now I solely drink it at work as properly – you wouldn’t wish to dip a bourbon biscuit in nettle tea, would you? I prefer it fairly weak, so it simply tastes like a heat juice drink. I don’t ever go away the teabag in lengthy sufficient to get too robust a nettle style as a result of then it’s a bit a lot to be truthful!

I minimize proper down on bread and now in all probability solely eat in every week what I’d have fortunately had for lunch earlier than! The one different acutely aware determination to restrict something was cheese. I really like cheese; Cheddar, Smoked Applewood, Stilton, Brie, Camembert, Edam… principally simply cheese! I by no means actually knew what a “slice” of cheese was, it needed to be an amazing large chunk of it or it simply didn’t rely! Now I can take it or go away it and can have a pleasant slice and be glad and never must hold going again and having extra, and extra, and extra… you get my drift proper? I really like cheese!

What did you eat over the course of a median day?

The Darkish Aspect (Earlier than):

  • Breakfast Full bowl of Frosties/Rice Krispies with a great deal of sugar, half a pint of milk (not less than) 2 slices of toast with a great deal of butter.
  • Lunch Any number of meat/cheese primarily based panini out there (no salad) or sandwiches with thick bread (typically 4 slices) packet of crisps, cup of tea with – on day – half a pack of biscuits.
  • Dinner Full plate of regardless of the household meal was however primarily a great deal of potatoes, meat with the fats on and many others. My spouse would give me larger plates than the remainder of the household to suit all of it on!
  • Drinks A lot of tea/espresso. Bottle of beer at residence within the night.
  • Snacks Biscuits with each sizzling drink while in work (round 4 instances a day) chocolate bars from on website newsagent – normally the particular provide large bar for £1 dimension or generally three bars for a pound provide!

Really feel the Pressure Luke (i.e. now):

  • Breakfast 45g Dorset Cereals “Stunning Blueberry” muesli, Activia Fruit layer yogurt – prune flavour, small banana, glass of water
  • Lunch Uncle Ben’s microwave wholegrain rice with tuna/sliced turkey breast or mackerel/sardines in tomato sauce on 1 slice of granary bread
  • Dinner Contemporary pasta, prawns/ salmon or rooster/turkey breast (no pores and skin), steamed greens, adopted by fats free yogurt with contemporary blueberries/grapes/strawberries
  • Drinks Nettle tea, water – round 3l a day – low/non alcohol beer e.g. Brewdog Nanny State or kind of something from Drydrinker.com
  • Snacks Ham or turkey slices (the very first thing that stood out within the MvF Soccer handbook stated change candy treats with protein and this works brilliantly) satsuma/apple, popcorn, occasional chocolate bar – however now I’m pleased with the smaller sized bars not the king dimension ones!


How was the journey? Straight-forward or have been there a number of plateaus alongside the best way?

To be sincere it has been fairly straight-forward. As soon as I had set my thoughts on monitoring energy, one thing I’d by no means have even entertained beforehand, it simply turned the appropriate swap in my mind in order that if I may see what I used to be consuming I may management it. I managed to drop a few pounds for all however one week of the league and knew I had modified after I was completely gutted to placed on 200g in that “unhealthy” week.

Beforehand if I hadn’t eaten by a sure time of the day I’d really feel terrible, with migraine-like signs which have been solely cured by consuming much more crap meals e.g. KFC/McDonald’s and many others and normally throwing that up shortly after. It sounds disgusting, nevertheless it labored nearly each time and I’d do that not less than as soon as every week if no more, however I can actually say that I’ve not felt hungry at any level on this course of until I’ve missed an everyday time for supper and haven’t needed to resort to the choice above once more. Now, if on the uncommon event I do begin to really feel a bit light-headed or in want of a lift, I’ll purchase some turkey or ham slices and eat these for a little bit of protein and it’s job performed, no extra downside.

[blocktext align=”right”]” I bought such a buzz from realising I may take my trousers down with out undoing them!”[/blocktext]


How has life modified now you’ve misplaced the burden?

My health has improved to the stage the place I can fortunately play not less than an hour’s soccer or squash and I take pleasure in going to the gymnasium. I’m even going to study to swim which is one thing that has by no means bothered me previously however now I need to do it and sit up for having fun with the form of actions that I’ve by no means taken half in earlier than, taking part in within the pool on vacation. I really feel significantly better in myself with no complications, higher posture and extra confidence. This is probably not an amazing factor for these round me as a result of I’ve by no means been too quick on confidence anyway!

My household relationships have improved too. The place beforehand I used to be consistently receiving feedback/all-out criticisms about my look, I now hear my household speaking positively to others concerning the adjustments I’ve made.

I haven’t been an excessive amount of of a drinker, lately anyway, however I did like a bottle or two after a day in work and would fortunately sink 5 or 6 pints on the pub, however now I’m an entire convert to low/non alcohol beers. I now consider 4 or 5 pints as meal (c.800/1000 energy) and very often convert a pint to the equal of an iced doughnut – even at my finest (worst) I wouldn’t have completed off 5 or 6 of them!


Who helped you probably the most and who bought in the best way?

I’ve to say that becoming a member of the MAN v FAT discussion board has been a significant affect on my weight reduction. The help and encouragement out there from like-minded guys who’ve all been in the identical state of affairs can’t be faulted in my eyes.

I’ve all the time been somebody that can do issues after I resolve it’s the proper time to do them, pushing deadlines so far as I probably can however the different actually large influence has been made by my Altared Photographs teammates within the Bridgwater league who’ve been sensible. I merely didn’t wish to allow them to down once we weighed in each Monday and if any of us had a dodgy day the others all the time rallied round him, so thanks guys.

I’ve been very fortunate and haven’t had anybody throw obstacles in my manner, which is one thing that’s vastly appreciated.

What shocked you about losing a few pounds?

I don’t need this to sound crass in any manner, however I used to be shocked at how straightforward it was, if I’m being sincere. As soon as I knew what number of energy I wanted to stay to, my mind simply clicked into a unique place and managed the whole lot else. I hold pondering again to the “everyone knows why we’re chubby” dialog and that appears to do the trick to be sincere.

In the event you may return to the particular person you have been at your heaviest – what would you say to him?

Get a grip you fats git!

You’re Prime Minister for the day, what one legislation do you herald to assist others who’re overweight?

I’ve seen lots of guys point out meals labelling in solutions to this query and I wouldn’t disagree with any of them however I’d go straight into faculties and educate youngsters on portion sizes. Cereal bowls do not need to be full and plates don’t must bulge!

What three issues do different fats males must find out about losing a few pounds?

  1. Train is vital to serving to your psychological well being in addition to your bodily well being
  2. Know what, and the way a lot, you might be consuming – calorie monitoring isn’t for everyone nevertheless it’s not a nasty place to begin.
  3. Get help from guys in the identical state of affairs as you – folks that really know what you’re going by way of. These guys ought to have the ability to provide way more related recommendation that somebody making an attempt to flog a e book/dvd. [Forgive me Roger, I couldn’t resist the link! Admin.]


What else ought to we find out about your weight reduction story?

I haven’t performed something that different folks can not do, I merely selected to do it on the proper time for me. It’s really easy for others to knock or criticise and although probably the most well-meaning feedback about my dimension previously have been made by these closest to me, it was by no means going to alter till I made a decision to alter.

I can actually say that I’ve loved losing a few pounds and have gotten such a buzz about issues that I’d have actually laughed at folks about previously – like the sensation after I realised I may take my trousers down with out undoing them. I’m actually proud after I inform folks I’ve misplaced 20cms off my waistline so if I can do completely anybody can!

I’m additionally actually proud to now be a MAN v FAT Soccer Coach and sit up for serving to all people who be part of this and future Bridgwater leagues.

 Our because of Roger and don’t neglect – as with all our Wonderful Losers and their weight reduction earlier than and after tales, you’ll find him on Speak and ask him something you want! 



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