Hannah's Lighter Life: The RTM Edition!
This is my new RTM diary, thought it might help people out who are curious about RTM or about to embark on their own RTM journey!
I am no RTM expert, but hopefully i'll be able to shed some light and let you all know how I get on.
So far i've lost 62ibs in 14 weeks on LL foundation and then 2 weeks in developers. I still have 7ibs to lose to get to my original goal, but I now feel happy in myself and feel that it's the right time to move to RTM. If I lose 3 more pounds i'll have a healthy BMI which was my reason for doing Lighter Life. I'm now a dress size 10/12 which I never ever thought i'd be! If I lose the 7ibs it'll be a great bonus, but I won't lose sleep if I don't!
Another reason i've moved to RTM is because i've really struggled with combining exercise and LL. I know some people seem to manage it, but I always found that it slowed my weight loss (from 3/4ibs losses to 1/2ibs!) and made me even more tired. So hopefully with introducing food i'll be able to start toning up a bit more. Lately i've also been feeling quite light headed, really fatigued and getting quite bad stomach cramps, so think my body feels ready for RTM!
So overall, mentally and physically I feel it's time for RTM I'll update this as frequently as I can, and try to include photos so that you can see portion sizes which i've heard can be a bit vague in the route to management book! I'll also pass on any recipes and tips I get from my LLC!
You can read my LL journey on my original diary
Hannah's Lighter Life (Hannah's Lighter Life!)
Last edited by hanmac : 24th September, 2010 at 12:16 PM
You go girl!!!!!
Good luck gorgeous. I'll be following you and taking notes (for the future )
Hannah as i said to you earlier I wish you so much success with your journey on RTM, you dont need the luck as I know you will do fab! I will definitley be following you. Im so so happy for you and get you!!!! size 10/12 what an acheivment, hope your proud of yourself as you really should be, massive WELL DONE xx
By the way Hannah - loving your new title x
Thought i'd give you a quick summary of what is allowed in Week One of RTM!
Day 1-2: Protein foods only e.g chicken, fish, quorn.
From Day 3: Green leaf salad, herbs and spices, chilli, soy, tobasco and worcester sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon and lime juice, fat free or virtually fat free salad dressings, skimmed milk and powdered sweetener.
Am still debating whether or not to have milk! I've got so used to drinking black coffee, but I used to LOVE tea. But when I drank tea i'd have 4-5 cups a day so part of my feels I shouldn't drink it...argh another dilemma to consider!
But on to the exciting part of today...had my first piece of food!!
At worked popped into Sainsburys and bought myself some fresh salmon fillets, spinach (can eat it on Sunday and it's the only salad I like! Will try others but at the beginning I want to eat food I know i'll enjoy) and got some Worcester Sauce as can start using that on Sunday as well, so am planning to marinade it with some chicken!
Can you tell which shelf in the fridge is mine? Haha!
Got home from work and decided that I would eat the salmon at 6.30pm as didn't want to rush in to it. Had a black coffee and caught up on some telly! It got to 6.30 so I fired up the George Foreman grill!
Me with my first bit of food!
Set it all out like a proper meal!
Really took my time to eat it, paused between each mouthful and put my knife and fork down regularly to take a sip of water. I ate the whole thing and it tasted good, but not quite as amazing as i'd set myself up for. Think I over cooked it a tad, but will just improve tomorrow Was a bit worried that I ate the whole thing, as i've read other people's RTM blog's and they've said that they 'struggled to eat' all their first meal. But I think it's just because i'm really anxious about eating again. When I was having a panic I did think to myself 'right i've tasted food again, now i'll go back on the packs', the packs have been my security blanket for the past 16 weeks and I need to accept that I CAN eat again and I WONT end up how I was before LL.
It's funny feeling food in my stomach again, I don't feel stuffed or like i've overeaten, I just feel comfortably full.
So today i've had:
Dinner- Salmon Fillet
and I still have my toffee bar to eat! But will save it for a bit later on.
So all in all day 1 of rtm has been good. Feel a bit funny now, not sure why! Guess it is a bit of an anticlimax and part of me is feeling worried. But I need to accept that RTM will be different, and I will have issues to overcome.
Hmmmmm interesting. This thread is going to be sooo helpful for people like me who never did RTM before!
Thanks Hannah xx
You are an absolute superstar and am loving the interactive pics - its so lovely that you want to share your experience x
what a great read that was Hannah,and the pics were great!
I can imagine it must have felt quite strange eating that, like you say its your first meal (food) after 16 weeks!!!! please keep posting here as im really findind it interesting and i know it'll really help me when i move over to RTM aswell ....thanks hannah x
onwards and downwards
- Rep Power
Diet: Slimming World
Start Date: 08/05/2012
Start Weight: 17st6.0lb
Current Weight: 16st13.5lb
Goal Weight: 12st6.0lb
Goal Date: one step at a time
Start BMI: 41.9
Current BMI: 40.8
Goal BMI: 29.9
Total Weight Loss: 0st6.5lb
Weight to Lose: 4st7.5lb
% Lost 2.66%
Very interesting read. Thank you for sharing your journey, I look forward to following your journey.
I read your previous thread and think you've done brilliantly. Thanks so much for posting about rtm. Love the photos!
Great pics Hannah! I will definitely be tuning in, in preparation.
The Exante "re-feeding" scheme seems to be packed into 4 weeks and involves much more food, and I think I'll feel safer doing it the LL RTM way. It's great as I've followed your diary since I started that I can see how the next step unfolds!
Can't wait to see what's for tea tonight!!!
Ah am glad you are finding this blog interesting, was worried I would bore you all to death! If there's anything I miss out on, don't cover or your curious about feel free to ask questions! I want to make this as informative as possible
Well that's day 2 of RTM almost over!
Had quite a busy day as was at work this morning, got home around 2ish and had my lunch (LL Chilli Con Carne), then spent the afternoon cleaning my room...bathroom...kitchen, went on a mini cleaning spree!
Sat down at 6.45pm to have my main meal!
Had salmon again, and didn't over cook it this time so it was a huge improvement! Tasted a lot nicer than the bit I had yesterday, was really moist and soft and yummy. Didn't take a photo today as it literally looks identical to what I had yesterday! Ate it slowly, pausing to take sips of water. Felt comfortably satisfied once i'd eaten it.
My LLC posted me the Week 1-4 recipe book and food/mood diary as she didn't have any on my meeting on Thursday, so they arrived today.
So here is everything you get on RTM
Theres the big RTM book a.k.a the bible! It has all the weeks, what you can eat when, plus some activities/articles similair to those in the foundation book. Then there's the recipe book, you get a new one every month. FInally there's the food/mood diary. You are meant to write down everything you eat, how you feel before eating it, and how you feel an hour after eating it.
The food/mood diary to me is quite strange. It seems odd writing about eating the LL packs as i've been eating them for 16 weeks and don't feel any particular feelings towards them! I can understand writing down how I feel before my main meals, but I have to keep reminding myself to do them. I think it might come in more useful when I start introducing snacks etc. but for now it doesn't really make sense to me.
So today i've had:
Breakfast- Vanilla shake
Lunch- Chilli Con Carne
Dinner- Salmon Fillet
and have a nut fudge bar for later!
Have had a few 'negative' thoughts today, and they've been going round and round my head. So have decided to write them down, and reckon it'll help me get them off my chest!
Have I moved to RTM at the right time or should I have stayed in abstinence? Am I still too big?
I HAVE moved to RTM at the right time, I was beginning to feel worn down and fatigued. I've lost well over 4 stone and am the dress size I always dreamed i'd be! All I need to do is get back in the gym and tone up a bit, i'm just not used to my 'new' body. Plus my LLC would never let me move to RTM unless she was sure I was ready, and she was definitely sure! I was starting to get fed up of the packs and losing motivation, RTM gives me a new challenge to focus on and being able to include healthy meals will keep me on track. If i'd waited any longer to move on to RTM I would have been less motivated and more tempted to cheat. I'm in the right frame of mind to stick to RTM and make sensible choices.
Will read this whenever I have a moment of doubt!
thanks hannah, im still loving reading this! please dont stop x
Hannah, i know what you mean about losing motivation, i am counting the days (there a 10 and i have done 100) on CD so that i can move up a plan and introduce food before i go away, but i have to say that i am really scared about going on holiday because i know no matter what a holiday last for a week or two but my battle with my weight will last forever so i really don't want to go mad. I am scared i won't have learned anything and how much i will put on whilst i am away. I know what i should do, of course i do - but i gotta do it?
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