We Slim Together | ‘The Difficult’ Second Month

We Slim Together | ‘The Difficult’ Second Month

So the clue’s in the title here. A second month of ups and downs on the We Slim Together plan. Nobody said it was going to be easy! And for certainly the month of March, it wasn’t!

Starting weight 13st 7.3lbs

Week 6 | Uh oh…

So the week started off well with my beautiful and charming eldest Son telling me he “loved my chubby arms, they’re so squishy”!! I know what you’re thinking: ‘aww how cute!’, not exactly what I was thinking :).

After getting over that little gem of a compliment, my week went from bad to worse. A very tough one which included my Wife’s Birthday and inevitably involved, eating out. This is something which I of course love to do but have never had to make such sensible and healthy choices when doing so. I struggled, big time and it’s fair to say I failed miserably at it.

A treat day out with a big feed and a few drinks turned into a whole weekend of this, which bled into the next Monday. I started my old habit of using the word “wee” when describing what I’ve eaten. A “wee” bag of crisps or a “wee” bun (my Wife finds this hilarious). “Sure it’s only a wee Domino’s Pizza!!” – Thankfully it didn’t get that far, but the result was my first gain of just over half a pound. Must do better.

Gained 0.6lb

Week 7 | It’s Good but it’s not Right

So after the slight melodrama of week 6 there was a bit of wising up and knuckling down to do. Still feeling the struggle I made a huge effort towards the end of the week 7 and by the end managed to hit an overall loss of 1 stone.

Very pleased, but something still didn’t fit right in my head. I had got to nearly a stone off by the end of my first month on the plan and once I got there it seemed to have taken forever and been a hell of a fight to get over the line.

Thinking back now I should’ve paid much more attention to this and took action. The resources and support are there. The facebook group, the website, the private message board if you’re not up for posting for all to see. I regret now not taking full advantage of these before the ‘blip’ (understatement of the century) that was, week 8.

Lost 2.9lb

Week 8 | Er… can we start again?!

So a stone lighter and I decided to celebrate my recent weight loss achievements by basically eating any and all manner of rubbish I could get my hands on. Seriously, if it stayed still for long enough, it got eaten! The words ‘monumental collapse’ were in my head and I felt like absolute crap by the Sunday night.

One week later than I should have, I started to use the support. I really can’t stress this enough, it’s excellent. The consultants and admin team are full of knowledge and will always be able to suggest something or give you the best advice. The feed on the facebook group is full of motivation, stories and even more help. I also realised that I was going to have to put a lot more thought and preparation into this if I ever wanted to get anything more out of it.

Gained 1.9lbs

Week 9 | Bring Sally Up

Right, strange sub heading there but bear with…

It was time to up the pace and get my squishy arms, along with everything else, moving.

This little routine was first introduced to me at a yesteryear circuits class I went to and is based on the song “Bring Sally Up” by Moby. You may get sort of sick of listening to it but thankfully it’s a great tune and there’s plenty of different exercises you can do this way. The video below explains it better than I could with words (From ‘Pride Conditioning’).

Nifty for Two Fifty

So you get your calories to use on plan and everyone uses them in different ways. One little gem of a discovery I’ve made is a new hot sauce from a local company, Hollah Preserving.

Their Cayenne Sauce is 32cals per 100mls and trust me you’re only going to need 10mls max to add a good dose of heat to your dish. Rather oddly, I’ve been using it with my eggs for breakfast or brunch.

Week 10 | So Long to a Tough Month

So the end of March and on into April brought another difficult week. A pretty hectic Family life along with starting a new venture of my own work-wise meant a few very late nights of trying to focus on getting things done. A tired state for me, leads to hunger. I’m hugely guilty of emotional eating. I eat when I’m tired, I eat when I’m bored, i eat when I’m sad, i eat when I’m happy. You can see a pattern developing here, I EAT!

I’m also what can only be described as ‘A Snacker’. The old Pringles cliche is totally applicable here. The two of these combined: Emotional Snacking. My God, just typing it makes me want to give myself a good slap.

The upshot of all this was a gain of 1.3lbs so an overall loss of just over 3lbs for what was slightly more than a month. Overall on the plan I’ve lost 16lbs. Something I;m still very happy with despite the recent slow burner.

A Word on Motivation

We all have our different sources of motivation. Whether it’s to be able to run about after the kids for longer than 2 minutes without getting light headed, an item of clothing we want to fit into or just to feel a bit better in our own skin.

It’s important to focus on this and use it when temptation shows itself in the form of a choccy bar, a pack of salt ‘n’ vinegar McCoy’s (oh man!) or a take away menu posted through the door. From now on I hope to practice what I preach.

Here’s a few words of motivation from the lovely folks of the online support group, something you will see plenty of when you join the plan.

Michael Reid

The BowTie blogger


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