It’s been a good week for me which is important in my recovery. I’ve been going through this daily protocol of getting some goodness in my body – a ‘green smoothie’ I call it – and it’s basically a drink that includes everything and anything that’s green that I can eat. I can’t say I’m a fan, but it’s good for me. I treat myself by adding some apple to it, but that’s as good as it gets! I’ve done this every day since December. I’d been looking into it, and decided I was going to do these alongside protein shakes to build myself back up.
I’d lost two stones after the surgery, and had to put a bit of weight back on. I always go out for a walk or a run as well, unless the weather is bad then I use the treadmill inside. But I do prefer to go out. I always bump into someone who’s Leeds or Liverpool and have a good chat. I’ll talk with anyone me, whether I know them or not, and living remotely as we do, it’s always nice to see another face and have a chat.
With Liverpool-Leeds being the big game of the opening day, I was over there this week and appeared on a show building up to the match. At Anfield, I actually got hold of the real Premier League trophy for the first time in my life. It was really nice doing that and I got a few photos for the kids of their dad with the trophy (and a couple for me and Jess of course!)
I also went over to Formby while I was there to see my old friends Luciano, Peppe, and Clarkey. We chewed the fat for a few hours which was nice. I even had half a lager which felt strange – in the old days it’d have been a good few pints of the amber stuff! But it was nice to meet a few old Italian friends for a bite to eat. I have a routine and am a creature of habit, but I really try and eat as healthy as possible these days. I’d usually have a big spag bol, but now my treat is chicken with pasta and maybe a few pine nuts. I’m not into flash food at all, I like normal food that fills me up, but have to be careful in what I eat these days.
Also while I was over there, I went round to my mum and dad’s for a green tea. I know, a green tea, I’ve changed! When I see them we never turn the TV on, we always have a really good chat about family and keep things as normal as possible. When I see them we like to talk about the good times, and we remember my brother and old friends. We’ve not been able to do it a lot over the past year, but we can now, and I think it gives them a lift seeing me do well.
I also got the chance to catch up with Robbie Fowler while I was in Liverpool, and we had a good chat. We’ve known each other for so long, it was really good to see him. As always, he signed two million autographs while we were together while no one wanted mine! It was great talking to him and seeing his hunger to come back. I had a great chat with Robbie for the blog, and you can see for yourself next week on here.