Hot heads, hot weather, running, sleeping and the new mini McFlurry. Hmm, I know which ones I prefer. Take a read and tell us what you think.

Mini McFlurry excitement and more…

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From the MAN v FAT Football leagues

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  • A very big well done to coach Roger and MVFFer Joe who took time out of this beautifully hot week to run a half marathon and 10k respectively – it was Roger’s first half marathon in 31 years, and Joe shaved a massive 10 minutes off of his PB. Not bad when the rest of us were busy complaining about the heat and trying not to melt.
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A shot from the Bridgwater v Weston match

  • Neighbourhood leagues Bridgwater and Weston-super-Mare played a good old game of 11-a-side this week. Commiserations to Bridgwater as Weston left triumphant with a nail-biting final score of 4-3.
  • We won an award! We went to a fancy award do in Manchester for the ukactive awards, where MAN v FAT Football took home the Healthy Communities award. You can read all about it here, but in short: thank you to everyone, coaches and players, for being a part of MVFF – you rock.

In other news…

  • Can you imagine visiting every country in the world? Now imagine running a marathon while you’re there. That’s exactly what Bristol’s Nick Butter is in the middle of doing. Nick is taking on the challenge on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK after meeting an inspirational man who unfortunately had the condition. The pair had met whilst sharing a tent during a desert marathon event, sparking the idea for Nick. If you’d like to read more or donate to Nick, check out his JustGiving page here. My feet hurt just thinking about it – good on him.

  • According to research conducted by HelloFresh, a quarter of British people only have three recipes in their repertoire. The biggest barrier to cooking and our culinary adventures is a reluctance to food waste (not a bad thing to worry about, but it shouldn’t stop you) and another reason was that ‘no-one taught them how to cook’. Only three-quarters of participants felt comfortable even chopping an onion. C’mon MVF, what are your go-to recipes? Show us your skills on the forum – check out our Post Your Grub Wednesdays.

What we’re talking about

  • It’s on everyone’s minds this World Cup – VAR. Love it or hate it? Let’s us know what you think
  • A reminder to rely on how you feel, not what your tech tells you. Do you rely on your fitness devices/apps to tell you how you’ve done when you work out? Do you trust what they say, and how do you find they work for you?
  • We have a friend from across the pond! Canadian @Gord777 from Ontario has arrived (metaphorically..). Let’s give him a huge MVF welcome and some encouragement.

What we’re reading

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  • We all know how important it is to get a little shut-eye but did you know that your diet can help your journey to the Land of Nod go a lot smoother? Men’s Health has published a guide on what foods may help you fall asleep faster and yes, warm milk is one of them.
  • If you’re enjoying the heat, have some more – chilli may help you burn more calories by using calories and reducing appetite. Chillis also seem to be an unsung superfood, aiding digestion and arthritic pain as well as contributing to lower blood pressure. Hello Magazine gives us the details here and if you need a recipe, check out our latest recipe for fire chicken here.
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What we’re eating

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  • McDonald’s are doing us calorie-counters an absolute solid by releasing a massively sought after (well, by me anyway) Mini McFlurry. The mini versions are half the calories of regular McFlurries, with the Flake Raspberry version coming in at 164 cals. They’re launching with limited-edition Flake and Flake Raspberry editions and the rest of the core line-up will be available in mini form until 7th August.

Quote of the week

Remember Roger from the start of the Newsround? This week’s quote of the week comes from him. On reflection of his marathon, he had some thank-yous.

“I’d also like to give a massive shout out to all the guys that have taken part in the leagues I’ve been part of as you all constantly inspire me to keep doing what I do, some of the stories that you’ve shared have been incredible and I thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives.”

That is what it’s all about. A brotherhood, a support group, a team. If you give, you’ll get. Well done Rog.