Tom’s Story Part 3

Part 3 of a 5 part blog that looks at how Rubicon Weight Loss Mentoring works .

Tom aged 45 was 5 stone overweight when we met and wanted to lose at least 3 stone. So far he has lost 17 lbs in 2 months.

I met Tom face to face fortnightly and we had a Skype meeting every other week. One week we met at the golf driving range and hit a bucket of balls as Tom wanted to get back to playing golf now that he could walk more easily. On another occasion we tried a spinning cycling fitness class together. I recommend spinning for weight loss to clients as it can be a great idea as it is great exercise, fun and social but is not taxing on the knee joints as the bike takes your weight.  It is important to try and increase your exercise because of the health benefits. However the absolute key to losing weight is to reduce your calorie intake.

Tom lost 17 lbs in weight in the first two months but then weight loss slowed. Through  our discussions Tom identified that he had been drinking more recently . Whilst he had been sticking to his diet quite well he and his wife had been to several work corporate hospitality events recently. Also Tom has been feeling stressed at work and finds it helpful to wind down by drinking half a bottle of wine most nights. He hadn’t realised that he had been drinking this much and thought that the “odd glass of wine wouldn’t hurt”. Tom and I discussed strategies to deal with this but in the end Tom decided that he would cut out alcohol completely at home except for special occasions as he found he could not limit himself to one or two glasses.  This approach suited Tom but other clients choose other strategies eg to limit alcohol to say one night per week . In the third month Tom lost 2 lbs but he was back on track. It is common for clients to have a crisis time when they don’t follow the diet and this is when the support and discussion we offer in Rubicon weight loss mentoring  is really valuable .