Slimming World Quick Update – The REALLY Long Haul

Subtitle – Michael, please give my consultant one of your calculators.

Last night I was thumbing proudly through my book and glowing over my progress over the last five weeks, when I realised that something didn’t quite add up about my weight loss. It wasn’t until this morning when I was crunching numbers over my weetabix that I realised that a few weeks ago, when I had apparently lost five pounds, I had only lost three. So, the one and a half stone certificate I received last night was a bit overdue. My total weight loss is one stone five pounds, not a stone and a half. Dammit. This is going to be a long enough journey without taking two steps back for every three steps forwards.

I’m extra determined to get a good loss this week now. This weight has got to go!

Slimming World Week 5 – The Long Haul

Back from another session at Slimming World armed with another bag of fruit after being Slimmer of the Week for a third time. With another 2lb gone, it takes my overall weight loss to 1 and a half stone (a.k.a. 21lb, a.k.a. 9kg). It looks like my weight loss has started to slow down from the big 6lb losses of my first few weeks to a still quite acceptable, steady, one or two pounds a week. Fair enough, I can live with that, as long as it’s a loss each week, I should still be on track for making a huge difference to my life within the year, and be heading towards my target within two.

This week I’m going to try to stick to the idea of having two thirds of my plate filled with veg (mainly salad) and keeping one third for lean meat or fish. Next week I might give the Success Express plan a try, which I’ll try to explain in more detail another time, when I’ve had more time to figure it out.

Bring on week six!

Video Squee: She Builds Quick Machines – Velvet Revolver

The video for Velvet Revolver‘s first single from Libertad, She Builds Quick Machines, is up on YouTube for viewing. So, in order to provide objective and constructive feedback on this marvellous piece of work, I’ve watched it a few times. It’s a dirty job, my friends, but someone’s gotta do it.

As mentioned previously the director, Dean Karr, was planning something special for our top-hatted friend…

During the slowed down bridge of the song, Slash enters through the saloon style doors in super slow motion. He wears matching, black Les Paul’s. With his distinctive high-hat he creates a memorable image. The Baddies at first laugh, then slowly get up to stop him. Suddenly Slash (or his stunt double) will symmetrically begin spinning the guitars in a manner similar to a “Bruce Lee” nunchuk scene meets “V for Vendetta’s” classic knife fight. One of the bandit’s draws a knife, but is pinned against the wall as Slash flings one of the guitars through his midsection. The second bandit will fire shots at Slash, who deflects them all with his second guitar. He then lets that one rip through the air, putting the second guard out of commission, just in time to grab a third guitar off his back and hit his stinging solo, now in real time. This scene will require a little wicked postproduction, ultimately giving us one of his most memorable music video moments conceived to date!

Slash wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea, as he told VH1 in a recent interview:

“There was no way I was going to be doing that,” Slash said. “There’s certain things you do with guitars, and there’s a line where there’s cool and uncool — and that stepped over that line.”

Aw, Slash… well, at least there weren’t any dolphins or aircraft carriers involved this time, eh?

Even without the much-anticipated “Guitar Ninjaaa” scene, the video is still fantastic, the band look cool and there’s plenty to keep us squee addicts happy too.

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Slash, of course, looking as cool and sexy as ever. He doesn’t need any theatrics to make an impact. Although he does kick a bit of arse, but not until after his solo. The man has priorities, you know.

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Feeling lucky, punk? Looks like Scott had fun doing his Clint Eastwood bit.

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But here’s the big squee moment of the vid. Yep, even Slash has lost out this time. Get a load of Cowboy Duff McKagan! Rowr!