Matt day 2 get fit update

After spending another day out in the yard digging holes and preparing my driveway surface I had some good results hitting my 10k step goal it did take about 15 minutes at the end of the day pacing up and down my hall way but I got there.

Still it would have liked to have gone that additional 500 metres to hit my 7k goal but I will keep working towards that. For me the big plus is due to hours spent working in the yard the heart rate was consistently up resulting a huge amount of calories burnt, over 4k which is huge as naturally I only burn about 2k each day.

As mentioned I am not super keen on the idea of dieting as in cutting foods out such as crabs, sugars or fats but I am working on portion control and eating better snacks. Recently I have been eating heaps of Allens Redskins so I will have to resist that urge or just eat maybe one at a time. I couldn’t hold back smacking last night in bed when watching Netflix but I didn’t sit there and gorge on a packed of chips and dip as I had been recently instead just had some of s nut mix I’ve had sitting around for a while.

Today is the tough one though back at work and spent most of morning in meetings or going through spreadsheets at my desk. Almost lunch time where I will try to take a walk for half hour which i reckon has got to make up at least 4k steps today or else I will be back up and down the hallway again tonight…

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Matt -Health & Fitness Day 1 result

So after yesterday in my update post talking about wanting to get active again as I need to get back to losing weight and especially stop putting it on.

I decided I would start to wear my Fitbit Surge again to motivate me to move more, or at least show me how lazy I am being. On top of that I got very hands on in my front yard preparing the area for my soon to be constructed retaining wall. From there was a fair bit of the dug up dirt transferred from the front to the back.

In addition to this I recently downloaded Pokemon Go again to encourage me to get active and walk more (video screen recordings coming soon). So I have already ticked off a number of things on my list from my last post which I’m pretty happy about. Check out my Fitbit stats from yesterday

Now I am super happy with my result but at the same time really annoyed with myself that I couldn’t get my butt of the couch away from the TV for 2 minutes to do another 83 steps to hit my 10k step goal to day I am making sure I hit that goal, I am doing more work in the yard  which will help And will walk up and down the hallway to get whatever I am sure before I get into nighttime TV. If I can’t hit the goal on the weekend I will be struggling as its much easier to do now than it will be come Monday when I am back at work and will need to be spending most of the day working at my desk. At the moment though I am resisting the urge to go binge on a packet of chips or maybe some biscuits, wish me luck.

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Matt – Update

So in an early post I wrote about some goals of mine one of those being to lose some weight and to be brutally honest with myself I have nothing about it really if anything I have gotten worse. I am not big on dieting so that was never really part of the plan just some smarter eating and a lot less late night eating when there is not time left in the day to burn of those consumed calories am going backwards with my weight loss goals at the moment.

My weight has actually increased a few kilograms since injuring my hamstring trying to make a football comeback. Now everytime the hamstring starts to improve I do something to reagravate it delaying any rerun to sport or meaningful exercise. This week I have started taking walks again at lunch time with Damo but I just end up walking to the shop and buying way more for than I need smashing it down and walking back. Last weekend I starting working on my front yard and again over did it with hamstring but it was good to start to see some progress on the yard. The plan there is to get some excercise while doing the work and saving a heap of money by not hiring someone to do the walk for me. On top of that the dirt I dig up is then being moved by the bucketload by hand to the backyard approximately 25-30 metres away and up 5 stairs due to my home being split level.

It is time to up the anti on the hamstring rehab though the weight has got start to come off again I am starting to find myself tired faster and breathing a lot harder doing some of the simplest tasks. Previously my Fitbit Surge was helping to motivate me to hit step or calories burnt targets but I have stopped wearing it due battery issues. It’s either time to deal with battery problems or get a new watch I think.

So from here the goal/plan is

  • A new fitness/smart watch
  • Cut down the after dinner eating
  • Resume regular excercise
  • Reduce meal sizes
  • Hamstring rehab excercises
  • Arrange and exercise group to enable us to keep each other accountable
  • A few new apps/games on the phone which encourage walking and other forms of exercise

A healthier body should then make for a happier more energetic me allowing for me to complete tasks around the home faster more often freeing up more time to spend my girls and also working on this site and building our apps. Depending on which scales I am using and the time of the day I at around 90-93 kgs. I would love to be back down around 75-80 kgs by Christmas so ruffly 2kgs a month which doesn’t seem like much with just some dedication and drive. Let’s see how I go I will keep you updated on the goals/plan .

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Pokemon Apps -our new apps to the Playstore

With the massive world wide following that Pokemon has we decided to jump on board. Myself personally I have never been a real big fan but Kieran is right into Pokemon as are a few other people I know so it seemed like a good niche even if it is saturated to base a few new apps on.

The first of the new apps launched is a Pokemon puzzle/quiz app where you need to rearrange the pieces to reveal the Pokemon and then name which Pokemon it is from the letters provided. The game came out pretty well, the puzzle side of things adds an extra little challenge on top of just needing to name the pictured Pokemon which for many die hard fans should not be to complicated.

The 2nd app has not turned out as well as I had hoped as yet but all the same the decision was made to realease it on the play store. This app is a Pokemon version of the classic Mahjong game with all of the tiles featuring different Pokemon pictures. There are two different sets of Pokemon pictures used throughout the levels you just need to get far enough into the game to get to use the 2nd set of tiles. My mum used to love playing Mahjong so it felt good to have potentially made a game that she would have played even if Pokemon wasn’t her thing.

There a couple more Pokemon games yet to hit the play store which should hopefully go live in the next few days

The first of these being a match 3 game featuring Pokemon characters where you simply need to line up 3 or more of the same character to score. Lining up 2 groups of 3 at once or lines of 4 or 5 help you to score more and earn extra moves to extend your game longer.

The final game in the last stages of testing is a Pokemon word search where you need to fondness the names of the Pokemon hidden amongst the random letters. The game has easy medium and hard options and 4+ different sets of words to choose from.

If you are a Pokemon fan please check these out and leave a Playstore review for them.

If you have a suggestion for a niche that we should base a group of games around please leave it in the comments below.

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Queen Mary – Blast From The Past

Whilst in LA we visited the Queen Mary a former majestic cruise liner and also war time troop carrier, this amazing vessel now sits docked both as a floating hotel and tourist attraction in Long Beach California. On the day we visited Long Beach to see the Queen Mary we caught the train from downtown LA where we staying, I remember this train ride as it had a couple of unique things and 1 being a little scary at first. The train travels through Compton a place in the movies and TV heavily associated with gang violence so when a guy gets on the train and places his hand inside the backpack he was wearing in front of him and yells everyone I honestly had a little panic then suddenly the guy pulls out chocolate bars and starting yelling “candy get your candy $1 candy get your candy $1” he sells a few bars and gets of at the next station and runs to the next carriage of the train.

Queen Mary sailed on her first (maiden) voyage on 27 May 1936 with the outbreak of the World War 2, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of WWII.

After the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger use and commenced transatlantic passenger service for which the ship was initially built. After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line due to the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She sailed out of Southampton for the last time on the 31st October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, USA, where she remains permanently moored.

In the Second World War conversion, the ship’s hull, superstructure and funnels were painted navy grey. As a result of her new colour, and in combination with her great speed, she became known as the “Grey Ghost.” To protect against magnetic mines, a degaussing coil was fitted around the outside of the hull. Inside, stateroom furniture and decoration were removed and replaced with triple-tiered wooden bunks, which were later replaced by standee bunks.

Check out our video from our visit back in 2009

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A Decision To Be Made – Matts Rant

At what point do you speak up, when you see something not being done right, a person making a mistake, a person being dishonest, someone not putting in the effort required and it effects others. No matter if you speak up or not you know there will be fallout consequences will be had no matter wether you choose to speak up or not. How and when do you decide when enough is enough when it’s time to say your piece. Is there also a point when it is to late to speak up that no good will come of it. That when speaking up will do more harm than good.


Recently I find myself surrounded with people making consistent mistakes, sometimes the same mistakes over and over again and other times people trying to do to much with something they have no business doing. If this is for career advancement I have no issue with this if it is gone about the right way, the right questions are being asked knowledge is gained before just jumping in but at the moment that does not seem to be the case.


So back to the question when is enough, enough for me I try to be nice and put out the error in a relaxed manner just trying to be helpful even doing that the second time after that it’s got to be time to get tough and let them no there errors are effecting others and need to stop.  But that’s what Gen it starts it’s not my fault this person does this that person did that. I don’t know it’s not my job it’s not wrong or they just straight out lie to your face.

Another thing in relation to this type of thing I have a strong suspicion that someone hasn’t been misappropriating funds they were managing for a series of years for there own benefit but I know for sure based on recent events that it is now not possible do I bring it up. Is is worth asking them the question what happened to all the money where did it go. I have very limited proof to support my suspicion and they hold all the cards it is worth now when it can’t happen anymore I get no gain from being right but significant heartache could be caused for many should I be right. Is the right thing to do exposing it really the right thing to do over a few bucks?


I guess I”m just raving but I can’t be the only one with these type of problems. Share yours in the comments below


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Mates Madness Update

I thought it was about time we shared an update about the site, what we have achieved so far and our plans for the coming months. After almost 3 full months in we are tracking nicely we have just over 70 pieces of content up and are slowly starting to see organic search traffic arrive which is a real positive. We have also recently had an increase in social media generated traffic as a result of your shares and likes so thank you very much for your ongoing support.

Our Youtube channel is also growing and now has 50+ subscribers and counting. Getting quality content on our YouTube channel is a big focus for us over the next month so stayed tuned there.

Semi external to this website we also have 13+ apps in Google Play check them out now and show your support there will a review. For apple users we are not yet on the App Store but it is a goal in the future we just don’t have a time frame on this as it requires a few things that we don’t have in place at the moment.

From an income point of view we are averaging about $5 per month across all platforms in total with the majority coming from the website here and small amounts from our apps. The apps though have shown a solid increase in downloads and are now slowly starting to produce some consistent earning over the past few weeks, I would suggest these numbers are slowly going to continue to increase overtime into a nice passive income as we get more apps up and get better at marketing them.

You may have noticed no weekly wrap posts over the last few weeks and this is due to us making the decision to ends both the weekly and monthly wraps for the time being as we were not seeing significant value from these weekly posts. That being said should people request them or traffic have a decline in the coming weeks this may be revisited.

Other regular posts have taken off quite well and appear to be very popular these posts being Blast from the past and Video of the week. If you would like to nominate your video for video of the week reply to the most recent video of the week post at anytime or hit us up on twitter@matesmadness .

Moving forward we are looking to incorporate product reviews both written and video versions initially using products purchased for the site or to be used in videos. These reviews will be honest feedback either good or bad and at times will contain affiliate links to further improve our income streams. Should you have a product you would like us to review reach out to us to on twitter @matesmadness to discuss.

Primarily the focus over the next month is content covering games/apps posts and our own videos, we are having a big push to get to 500 Youtube subscribers  and your support by subscribing to our channel downloading rating and reviewing our apps and commenting on posts here on Mates Madness is a required to help us to continue to grow. If you have suggestions/requests for content let us know below



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Madame Tussauds London 2006 – Blast from the Past

In 2006 My wife Sarah and I took our first overseas holiday and visited the UK a place my wife had been wanting to go for some time at that point and to be honest London was not even in my top 5 places to visit and as a result I didn’t have high expectations for our visit to the UK. We spent the first week in London doing all of the tourist things to do. Sarah wanted to cram as much as possible into our short time there. We were go go go all day long and with us going in the middle of summer they were long days with the sun not setting until about 10pm. On one of the days there we visited the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which was pretty cool most of the wax creations look amazing but as with anything there are a few where you sit and scratch your head going I don’t see it, it doesn’t look like that person.

You will see a range of creations that were featured in the museum at the time of our visit in the You Tube clip below. You will see me pictured with and pictures of a few deceased celebs that are definitely not my taste mainly being Elvis and John Wayne but they were both 2 of my mums favourite celebrities so I had to do it for her and to be honest those two pictures came up really well. My favourite though are probably Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, My pics with Muhammad Ali and also Tom Cruise (as mentioned in previous posts I am a huge Top Gun Fan) and the 3 super heroes I mean how good does Spiderman and the Hulk look and of course the old school Superman you can see as the thumbnail below.

Let me know your favourites or who you think doesn’t quite look right in the comments below

We have also since visited the New York Madame Tussauds where we took quite a few pictures as well and I will share that in a few weeks time for you to compare.

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Top inspirational and Motivational Sites

Where do you get your motivation from, your inspiration from, the drive to keep going to achieve your goals, to even know that your goals are possible. With so many fraudulent so called experts out there who really are just trying to push there affiliate links onto you where do you start? Whose email lists do you join for genuine help instead of just a regular email of buy this it will change your life. Below I’m going to share with you my top sites/podcasts that I listen to for online guidance to help build my online presence covering this site, the next projects in the background and our android apps.

For me the number site I get confidence in the fact that I can succeed online is Smart Passive Income Pat Flynn and his team are great that let you know that anything is possible online and then set out to provide you with the tools and proof that it can be done. That other big draw card for me about SPI and Pat is the fact that although he emphasises hard work is required he isn’t telling you on his site or podcasts to not sleep and work through the night or miss out on time with the family. In fact Pat is about the opposite family time is important to him he is always letting us know little things he is doing to keep himself healthy so for me this makes SPI and Ask Pat even more valuable resources to me. If you have not heard Pat’s podcasts I highly recommend them. How Transparent Pat is with everything he tells you is really comforting at know point do you feel like you are being pushed in one direction or hustled like you can feel from some of the other helpful entrepreneurs out there, Pats income reports show you both how much you can make but also how much he actually spends each month to make that kind of money.

Now to go one from 1 extreme to the other, another great example for me that anything is possible is Dude Perfect. These guys show you that with hard work anything is possible and that you can make money and have a whole heap of fun doing it. The reach and the variety of audience these guys have is phenomenal check out some of the quotes on there press page  to see what I mean. The Dude Perfect You tube channel is incredible the hours of practice and filming that must put into each video would be insane. Dude Perfect have grown on there success to the point where they have there own merch line, can you imagine the feeling these guys would have gotten the first time they saw a fan wearing there clothes. I would love to here about all of the behind the scenes stuff that goes on the planning the failures potentially even injuries from some of the stunts they do. Maybe Pat Flynn could interview them for SPI… Check out the first Dude Perfect video below to see how far they have come

Another podcast that I like to listen to is the daily Marketing School Podcast with Neil Patel and Eric Siu, The thing I like about this is hearing the different opinions or preferred methods of both guys. The topics covered and advice given varies from whats need for beginners to information that will even benefit a long term internet entrepreneur. There is a whole heap of great information is short spaces of time and I mean who cant find 5 minutes each day to learn and develop themselves.

As mentioned above I stay away from the so called guru’s who tell you to work through the night, that whilst you are sleeping other people are making money. I don’t see the point in working hard to make a living if my health is going to suffer potentially for the long term and a result I’m not able to benefit from it later. The next thing many of these so called guru’s tell you is concentrate on work and there will be time for family later when you can kick back and relax when the money has come in. What they don’t tell you is that if you push people away they may not be there when you are ready for them so keep that in mind. If you don’t have the people around you that matter will the success be worth it, will it be as sweet celebrating by yourself.

Anyway check out the above mentioned sites they have been a big driving help for me Pat Flynn also has some really great guests that he interviews in his SPI Podcast many of them are a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

At some point in the future once our apps are up and running nicely and we this site ticking along well I would love to setup a podcast and I so I am sure that I will be following Pats Advice on this

Let me know your points of online inspiration and motivation in the comments below



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NBA Playoffs Golden State Warriors Clean Sweep Cleveland

The Golden State Warriors entered this years playoffs as reigning champions but also tying their franchise streak of 6 straight postseason appearances, in the first two rounds they went through pretty easily with 4-1 wins over both the San Antonio Spurs then the New Orleans Pelicans. Houston pushed them all the way to game 7 in the conference finals but the class that is the Golden State Warriors was to much .

The big story though is the clean sweep over Cleveland, Lebron James could not have done anymore to attempt to get Cleveland over the line but some of his team mates just didn’t look like either there heads or hearts were in the game. Maybe they know James has already made up his mind to move on from Cleveland which I personally think he has. There is lots of talk about who is better Lebron James or Michael Jordan I think this playoff series cemented it for me, Michael Jordan is by far the better team player they both have extraordinary skill but basketball is a team game and if your focus is to much on yourself and not your team you can never be the greatest. Jordan could dominate games but he could also bring the best out in his team mates consistently which is something that James cant do. In this playoff series the rest of the Cavs team went missing in some cases they may as well have been in the crowd or at home on the couch because  they were stationary on the court. If you compare that to the warriors there was always movement on the court the plays vary, the ball handler varies making playing defence a whole lot harder.

Ok to take my point about Lebron James being a big part of the reason Cleveland Cavaliers got swept I’m going to put out a few more things, Lebron James the one man offensive show, as a defence you know you can play off you man and zone a little more because considering how much he has the ball in his hands the chances of him passing are low. From there as an offence you work James over make him play defence because he regularly tries to rest on defence much to the frustration of his team. The below clip is from the 2017 playoffs

Now I am in no way saying that Lebron is not a great player he is one of the best the game has ever seen but I far from think that he is the GOAT and good luck to the team he ends up at next year, hopefully they have a whole bunch of role players/team first players around him that is when James excels the most.

Ok to finish on a high note check out the game 4 highlights featuring heavily finals MVP Kevin Durant and Steph Curry running riot.

Now I know I am by know means an NBA expert so I would love to hear the opinion of some other people out there about Lebron and does he do as much harm to his team on court against a good team as he does good for his team – Damo I’m looking at you here.

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