Here is a selection of 2013 articles for you
Men's Health Challenge
Last year I took on the Men's Health 6-pack challenge with 5 other televisual types. We all had 4 weeks to lose our guts, find some muscles and generally become healthier humans.
By the end I had lost nearly a stone in weight and consumed more broccoli than the entire population of Brazil eat in a year. On day one I was told that a '6-pack is made in the kitchen'. There were a lot of eggs, vegetables, chicken, turkey, nuts, water and green tea and - although the 'clean' diet made a huge difference to energy levels - I did miss fish and chip Friday and the magic of cake.
I learned plenty about how food affects the body but my conclusion was that anyone with a 6-pack is either a professional athlete, a robot or miserable. Anyone who sits down to watch a film with a pot of cottage cheese rather than a double-decker needs to take a long hard look at themselves :)
If I can find it I will post the diet one day and if you feel like having a psycho month I can confirm that it definitely makes a difference. You will also wee green stuff. You have been warned.
Manchester City of Champions Event with Sir Chris Hoy
It was great to spend Saturday night with a knight of the realm. I was hosting an event at Manchester Town Hall with Sir Chris Hoy (he of 6 golden medals). The event was to raise money for the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and there were some truly inspiring young people in the room. Hayaat, Josh, Aimee and 13 year old Samual all spoke incredibly well and hopefully have a bright future in athletics thanks to the work of the foundation.
I did inappropriately slap Hoy’s thigh during our Q&A but I think I got away with it. Interestingly enough Hoy did say he’d lost a few centimetres off those thunder thighs but still struggles with jeans that fit. I offered to swap trousers with him so he could go fashionably tight and I could rock a bit of MC Hammer. Unfortunately he turned me down
It was also a real pleasure to present Hoy with a rather impressive trophy, which means he is the inaugural Champion of The City Of Manchester.
Hopefully this will be the first in many similar events.
In Menu News,
Starter: Some sort of cheese tart
Main: Lamb and a massive carrot
Dessert: Mini chocolate fudge cake and mini lemon things with shortbread.
School Visit #TopCorner
It's Friday! Put your feet up and have a read about my recent surprise school visit in #TopCorner: http://t.co/hHRGoOpTRm
Northwest Football Awards, 4th November
So the North West Football Awards went down very nicely on Monday 4th November. I was hosting for the 2nd year and the only disappointment was a lack of massive carrot that dominated proceeding in 2012 (menu news below).
About 600 people gathered at Old Trafford Cricket Ground to honour the clubs and football communities and businesses of the North West. Both Everton and Liverpool did particularly well and Sir Alex Ferguson won Manager of the Year and Lifetime Contribution To Football. You can see the full list of winners here http://northwestfootballawards.com/winners2013
Roberto Martinez remains the nicest man in the northern hemisphere and had time for everyone despite being interrupted 408 times for autographs or pictures during his starter alone.
It was a great night all round and I'm already looking forward to 2014. Efe Sodje wore a leather head band.
Starter: Some sort of cold salmon (bit too small) with a green paste
Mains: Big mother of lamb with cabbage and a tattie tower
Afters: Creme Brulee
Cheeseboard information: There was a cheeseboard and it included apricots and walnuts (extravagant)