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6 things you probably don’t know about me…

6 things you probably don’t know about me…

OK, you may know some of them

Because I can talk

^^^ a bit too much, according to Mrs Fruci

But, I just wanted to share this with you to show you that it does NOT have to be perfect

You know, all this health, fitness and weight loss stuff

Can sometimes seem like it is all sunshine and rainbows..

So I just wanted to share this with you today….

So here it goes:

1) My first ever time I launched our now signature Kickstart programme for ladies 40+, only 1 person turned up ..

I thought about quitting.

Maybe I should just stick to personal training…

Rather than all of this transformation, nutrition and coaching that goes with it..

Imagine if I would have given up?

None of this would have happened here:

2) I have a wheat allergy…which meant years of irritable bowels and quite funny stories (which explains number 3)

3) I once found myself in the women’s toilet in Nando’s (I can explain)

​​​I was tucking in to my hot, spicy chicken

^^^ This was all before I knew I had an allergy. I just thought my dodgy bowels were NORMAL…​​​

On a date with my – now – wife. 

In London..

​​​It was actually one of our first proper dates (yep, we dined in Nando’s and still do). All of a sudden. I get an urge. My stomach felt loose. It was uncomfortable. So I look around…

And can’t seem to see the toilets anywhere

I ask the guy flippin chickens on the grill

who after the 3rd time of asking, points to what could only feel like heaven..

The toilets..

I rush over

Failing to spot that I’ve walked straight into the women’s toilets

Straight into a cubicle

I felt saved..

But then I noticed something..

I could hear women speaking in the toilets…

I thought: Why are there women in the male toilets?

Maybe a cleaner?

Or maybe it was a child with their parent? That happens…

but why would they be in the male changing room? I said to myself (in my head obviously) 

Then it sunk (not my poo)…

I realised that I must have been in the female toilets

So, I waited.

hoping they would go quickly…

​I couldn’t help but think what my – now – wife would be thinking

I was so stressed I wasn’t even hungry anymore

^^^ and that’s saying something​​​​​​

I slowly come out of the cubicle

I then go straight out of the toilet door

Fast pace walk straight to the mens 

And slowly, wonder back to my table

As if nothing had happened….

​​​It took me a while to break the news to Mrs Fruci

Because I was well and truly embarrassed…

​​​​And it’s – a bit – similar in this weight loss game…

4) I nearly didn’t follow my dream of working in nutrition and doing what I do now…

I had just finished my first postgraduate at Loughborough and it was ‘about time I got a proper job’

Society would tell me..

And I so nearly did.

A well paid full time job, close to home.

Not doing what I actually enjoy doing..

I knew it wasn’t right ..

But I want security. 

It was actually Mrs Fruci who talked me out of accepting it…

Instead of getting a secure well paid yearly income..

I did the opposite and went and did another postgraduate course..

Setting my back another £8000…

Interesting part?

I never have to ‘work’ another day in my life now…

Because as I write this to you…

I can happily say

I never dread Monday’s…

I haven’t missed a blog since 2014.

Every, single day.

Because I love it.

It’s a reminder of how decisions can impact your life. 

And of course

It’s not been all plane sailing…

There have been many times where I have wondered whether it is all worth it..

But the impact 

The messages

The feedback

The satisfaction

The trust

Just keeps me coming back every day 

5) I used to call in sick to presentations because I could not public speak..

I’m not exaggerating here.

I was even nicknamed ‘red face’ because I was actually so shy…

I actually could not stop going red in situations when I was uncomfortable.

But without that experience

I wouldn’t be where I am

So was it actually a negative thing?

Not really. At the time, yes.

I used to call in sick to every public speaking event.

Until I couldn’t during postgraduate study when a lot of your course was presenting research .

One of my lecturers, Professor Henry, said to me, in front of everyone:

“What do you want to do when you graduate? Because if you can’t do this you might not be able to do it.”

But the thing that really helped me?

He said that no one would know that he struggled too

And would practice in front of the mirror.

To which I thought:

“You are a professor? Surely you don’t get nervous”

6) I had an eating disorder growing up…

I spoke about this more in an article in the Swindon Advertiser 


I could go on.

Maybe I’ll share some more another time…

But I’ll leave you with this…

things are never as bad as what we think…

If you believe every thought in your head

You will never do the things you say you want to do

Through fear

Past failures

fear of failing again

Other people laughing at you

and you’ll stay in the same place you are now

Because avoiding the pain of change…

Is pain..

If you’re ready to change?

Join me for my FREE live training on Wednesday 20th October 8pm, entitled:

How to overcome comfort eating and start to feel in control of your food again:

Matt ‘red faced in Nando’s’ Fruci