Check In – Week 0 – So It Begins… Again

‘Sappanin people!!! It’s been a while guys, i know, but things haven’t been great at all. My mental health has been in the pan the past couple of months and it has left me back at the bottom of a big hill to climb. But a challenge is what makes life fun, isn’t it? Possibly… 

I have been suffering loads with anxiety for months now, making everything much harder than it already was. My work has suffered, my eating habits have been hocking and i haven’t trained in months. This last part is the thing that has hurt me the most. I love Taekwondo, i really do, I love the art, the challenge, the people, everything. Due to how I have been feeling I’ve missed 2 gradings and a summer camp. It sucks. But it’s not over and I am determined to be back training soon.

So we begin again at what is basically my Week 0!!! So lets get some baseline measurements to get started with.

Starting Weight: 318.5 LBS (Ouch!!)

Starting Measurements:

  • Neck: 50.5 CM
  • Chest: 138 CM
  • Belly Button: 133.5 CM
  • Hips: 132.5 CM

My goal weight is 199.9 LBS and i hope to hit that by the 30th of November 2020.

So every week I will check in and let you know how my battle with the fat is going and what I have been up too, keep checking in. It would be great if you could take a moment to share this blog please!!

To Bamboo or Not to Bamboo…

Lions and tigers and bamboo cups… oh my!!

I, like many others of you, am all for sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. Hell, if we don’t act soon, there might not be much of a civilisation left for future generations. I love a morning coffee, no i need a morning coffee to function, and all those fast food cups where beginning to ad up. Which is why i jumped aboard the bamboo hype train. I love my bamboo cup, from the way it feels to the squishy rubber lid, and it loves me and the environment too right? So i thought. It turns out that we all might have been duped by good marketing.

After hearing that these mugs might have been built on a bed of lies and subterfuge, i decided to do a little digging. Well it turn out that they contain a plastic like resin, called Melamine, which along with not being bio-degradable, may actually be poisonous if used with hot drinks. Absolute madness that they can market these as re-usable coffee cups, when they are leaching harmful chemicals when hot!!.

The Issue

Recent research by a German consumer group called Stiftung Warentest, shown in this article, shows the concentration of melamine that migrates into drinks from these well marketed little bamboo-based, re-usable cups, is very high.

The research shows that consumers who purchased re-usable bamboo mugs, thought that they where buying a 100% natural, bio-degradable, product. When infarct all the mugs they tested where bamboo powder or fibres bound in a melamine plastic resin, which also contains formaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are known to be dangerous to humans.

The results showed that 7 of the 12 mugs tested where releasing high quantities of melamine and more where releasing quantities of formaldehyde into the drinks. Even more worrying, was that the amount of chemicals seemed to increase with usage.

“But FatNinja, there are chemicals in everything.”

You are correct young Johnny, but lets take a closer look at the adverse effects of these bad boys:

Melamine – This white crystal like substance, when ingested can cause crystals to form in your kidneys and could possibly result in renal failure. In China, 2008, the chemical was added to babies milk formula. Resulting in over 300,000 babies becoming sick, while 6 died or renal failure. So not the type of chemical you want to be sprinkling on your cornflakes.

Formaldehyde – If ingested this nasty chemical can cause corrosive burns to your insides, bleeding, low blood pressure, hemolysis (loss of blood cells), unusual  heart rhythm, irregular breathing, restlessness, unconsciousness, coma and death. It has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen.” by many organisations, with Leukaemia being the likely cancer caused by exposure.

So the bottom line is that these cups are a lie, they are not biodegradable, you can’t even dispose of them in the recycling bin, and even worse is that they may be harmful to your health over time. You may want to look at other options top help save the world, i for one will no longer be using my Bamboo cup.


Nike’s Plus Sized Mannequin – Be Nice or Go Home

This week Nike seems to have created quite the stir when it debuted a ‘plus sized’ mannequin at its London store. Overall reaction to the new ‘inclusive’ range of sportswear has been positive, but obviously less then favourable comments where not far behind. It seems ‘Journalist’ Tanya Gold too great offence to seeing a larger plastic body on display, claiming it “encouraged fat acceptance” which she believes leads to obesity and illnesses related to obesity.

“The new Nike mannequin is not size 12, which is healthy, or even 16 — a hefty weight, yes, but not one to kill a woman. She is immense, gargantuan, vast. She heaves with fat,”

Tanya Gold – Obese mannequins are selling women a dangerous lie

While I can sort of understand where her logic is coming from, I have to disagree. This is not about making obesity and being unhealthy acceptable, it is about allowing people the right to exist and to feel accepted and being treated like everyone else. It is a well known fact that finding well fitting gym clothes is difficult a chunky monkey like me, so I assume its the same for women too. After all the people who are in that store and buying that line are clearly already looking to make a lifestyle change. And that lifestyle change, to be successful, has to come from a place of self-love and acceptance. And that is where the body positivity movement comes in.

If anything this piece of marketing seems to have been a raging success the incident has clearly helped increase awareness of the company’s plus-size range. Since launching this campaign, searches for Nike’s plus size range have increased by nearly 400%.


So my overall opinion is to mind your business, attacking anything that will help get an already marginalised group of people feeling comfortable getting active has got to be a positive. And even on a more basic level then that, everyone deserves to be seen and treated fairly.

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Do you think Nike's plus size mannequin is a good thing?
Do you think Nike's plus size mannequin is a good thing?
Do you think Nike's plus size mannequin is a good thing?

Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild

Next to Taekwondo and food, one of my favourite things is nature and i am always looking at ways to spend more time amongst it. This is why i love this idea.

This June, the Wildlife Trusts are challenge us to do something wild every day. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

The #30DaysWild pack

How brilliant is this? I love nature, and as a father I realise the importance of passing on that passion to my son. In these worrying times of climate change and the mass extinction of animals it is imperative to foster an idea of responsibility in the next generation. Plus it is a great opportunity to get more active and spend more time outdoors.

We are incredibly lucky here in Liverpool to have access to some amazing city parks and wildlife areas. There are over 100 parks and green spaces in Liverpool, including four nature reserves and 10 listed Victorian parks – more than any other English city except London. This does not include the vast amount of green space just outside the city area.

If you are interested in taking part you can get your pack from HERE, although you don’t need one.

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