Gangsta fisherman


Busy day.

As always I’ve been trying to fit in as much as I can around my usual Saturday Slimming World meeting whist all the time keeping up my walking.

Partially because of the snow last week (and Christmas) I fell just short of my usual average per day – although not by much. It probably won’t come as a surprise to any of my regular readers with eyeballs however that this is something that’s intensely irritating for me – but it can’t be helped. My current average miles per day for December is still 10.2 – so I have a little wriggle room to play with – however there’s anther part of me that’s aware it’s dropped off a little bit – which is irritating.


Flipping snow.

Next year I want to see if I can bring my yearly average up to 10 plus – which I think is totally do-able.

Anyway – next year’s goals are topics for another post. I’m still not sure what they’re going to be yet because I’m not currently at target. That’s my main focus and it’s what I want to achieve in the next month or so.

To be clear though – that’s a flexible goal. I’m very soon going to be in the business of maintenance – so I can’t focus too much on big losses any more. Slow and steady wins the race now – and the more I ease myself into the consistency of remaining roughly the same weight the easier (hopefully) it will be.

Many fellow slimmers have talked about their struggles with maintenance – and from the sounds of it this period of the ‘journey’ (damn that word!) is probably going to be just as challenging – if not more so – than losing the weight in the first place.

Thankfully I managed to lose some weight today (although it was nearly a maintain) and took off half a pound!!!

Amazingly – as this was Christmas week and most people were struggling with an onslaught of Christmas puddings and mince pies this was enough to make me joint slimmer of the week and slimmer of the month!

I decided to celebrate this by going charity shop diving in Kenilworth, and as usual the typically affluent and temperate Mediterranean waters of thrift stores in the town were delightful to float upon and full of things to catch.


In particular this wonderful Gilet – which is in just the style I’ve ALWAYS wanted. I bought it immediately and I’m wearing it as I type.

Just kidding. 

The lady behind the till (clearly in need of an urgent eye test at Specsavers) stated that I looked ‘awesome’, and that I should buy it immediately.

‘I look like a gangster rapper!’ I replied.

‘Could be nice on a fishing trip?’ She said speculatively, tilting her head – and attempting to frame me in a flattering angle..

‘Only if I was a gangster fisherman.’ I said, taking it off and putting it back on the rail.

All in all I had a pretty productive trip – and I’m currently starting what I think is probably the final phase of my wardrobe re-tooling. As I get closer to target I’m realising that everything I have that’s 2XL finally has to be replaced with either a LARGE (have I mentioned I can wear LARGE things now? I might have missed that out before…) or an XL (although the tailoring in some shops like River Island or Next still makes XL look like a Medium everywhere else).

Thankfully it’s not a particularly upsetting process. There are a lot of bargains to be had and I’m less hung up on size labels than I used to be. If it fits I’ll wear it. I don’t care what the label says.

Well that’s not strictly true. Some labels have more relevance than others. I’ve been rather enjoying getting some mint quality designer labels lately…


This BRAND NEW pair of gaw-juss denims is something of a steal – and whilst they’re an aspirational purchase at 34in (I estimate I need to lose about an inch and a half around my waist to get into them) they’re totally going to be decorating my bottom in the very near future, and it’s going to look super sexy in them thank you very much.

I’m also not going to give them up unless I’m mugged at gunpoint because they’re a little dearer online – even with the January sales…

paul smith

Anyway – I sincerely hope if you’re having a tough time over Christmas that you remember it’s just a moment – and if you’re a fellow slimmer and you’ve maintained this week or even gained a little cuddle muscle just remember that it’s evidence of nothing but the fact that you are enjoying a seasonal holiday – it doesn’t define you.

The new year is on the horizon – and tomorrow I’ll tell you about a plan… that I have for Jan.

If you think really hard ON it internet you might even figure out what it is. At least that’s the PLAN for JAN.



  1. That gilet is all kinds of special 😮 I think you made the right choice to leave it on the rail…

    Well done on your well deserved awards! I reckon I’d win one for most weight gained 😂

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      1. I would love to buy it for my brother as a joke but I think he might kill me!

        Day two on plan, day two of exercise… yes, I am doing great 😀

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  2. I actually felt releaved when you wrote you didn’t buy the gilet XD. Apart from the colour it is seriously not flattering. But you never know, maybe the sales woman was into gangsta fishermen 😛

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