When I decided to start the We Slim Together plan my initial thought was "here we go again Michael. Yet another attempt to lose some weight...!. Defeatist I know but I'd spent the last God knows how long being somewhat quietly unhappy about my size, perhaps not so quietly. I was at the point where I was just looking for something quick. A fix that would suddenly result in me waking up one morning and looking like a Men's Health cover model or something along those lines. The ultimate example of delude eh?!
Wow!...quite a profound intro there, and a scarily accurate one. But 2017 came along, something suddenly clicked and I decided I'd had enough. I started The Skinny Bowtie, a page on my blog where I link to posts that are based on a much healthier take on food. As a result I was contacted by We Slim Together and thought I'd give the plan a go.
So here’s how it’s going, a month or so in. They say you have a ‘weight loss journey’, something totally individual to each person. So here’s my journey so far. I’m not saying it’s the right way to do it but, well, it’s my way.
Starting weight 14st 6lbs - heavier than ever.
Week 1 | Hit for Six
BOOM! 6LBS off! Can hardly believe it. Though when you start something like this you give it your all the first week. Immediately the biggest change I notice is the fluid intake. 3 litres of water a day!
From getting nowhere near the often recommended 2 litres, this was a massive change that clearly made a difference. During the week, at work, this amount is manageable. I've a busy wee home and a young Family so the weekends are much tougher with being on the go quite a bit. So 5 out of 7 will have to do for now.
Week 2 | Shock to the System
Aw crap!! 2 lbs off. Now let me just say, writing this now in week 5, two off for the second week is pretty good. At the time though I felt like my body had just stopped and said “Er, has there been a sudden worldwide traybake and craft beer shortage!?! We appear to have developed some sort of banana and Muller Light dependency here!?”. A new found appreciation for fruit and yogurt I prefer to call it. Now a staple breakfast on this plan.
Week 3 - 4 | Steady as we go
So 8lbs in 2 weeks and I got my ½ Stone Certificate! Incentive enough to lose another 2 in week 3 and into double figures, nice.
Week 4 was a little different and was the hardest week so far. Frustration and the sense of being slightly deprived started creeping in.
I clearly still had a lot to learn about the plan. I mean I seriously wasn’t going to come undone after just 4 weeks was I!? A metaphorical kick in the ass and a little (not too much) exercise and I just about managed to keep on track and another 1 ½ lbs off. Phew!
Video | We Slim Together Campfire Stew
Week 5 | Just a stones throw away
So the final 2lbs that would take me up to a total of 1 stone loss proved to be just beyond my reach this week. The 5th week, like the 4th, was a tough one and it won't be the last. But, I will make do with a loss of any amount. The milestones are all ahead of me. I did however get this wee award, well chuffed!
Some of the meals from the first month
5 Lessons Learned from We Slim Together
- The most amazing smell in the world... is BREAD. Fresh baked especially of course but to be honest a Sunblest pan loaf 3 weeks past its sell by date would still have me drooling.
- My desk in work is too far away from the toilets (like I said, 3 LITRES!).
- Having thought that I could in no way consume any more coffee than I already did, it turns out I was wrong. A surefire way to fill me up and curb the snacking.
- Support is vital for this sort of thing and you get it with this plan.
- So far, the plan works a treat!
Video | Parmesan Chicken
Group or Online?
I'm doing the plan online. The support via the Facebook group is terrific, true to the name of the plan. There’s always someone on hand to answer questions and there’s loads of posts with recipe ideas, members' progress and before & after pics, which are both motivational and useful.
You don't have to give your weight publicly or even on the support group. You submit it to the WST admin team by private message. Again, another means of support if you’ve a question you’d rather not post on the group. A great setup for perhaps the more coy members. Of course there are plenty of Group Meetings on the go all over Northern Ireland, a list of which you can find on the We Slim Together website.
Video | Crispy Chicken Salad
On to Month 2
So on into my second month and hopefully more of the same ahead. I already have a hugely different viewpoint now when it comes to food.
Next month I will be giving a bit more info on the plan, more personal insights and hopefully I'll be in a position to offer some helpful advice for any newcomers.
“I grew up and live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On my blog, I share with you my huge passion for Northern Ireland food and drink, along with the odd ramble about anything else that happened to come to mind!”