Alex B Cann Column: Lots of Beans (Not!) – Quest Media Network


Tameside Radio presenter Alex B Cann holds his weight loss in the baked beans.

In his latest column, the Tameside Radio presenter takes stock of his weight loss journey and discusses the impact of the recent storms.

I reached a milestone this week in my weight loss journey. I lost 16 and a half pounds, which is the equivalent of about 15 cans of baked beans.

How can I know this random information? Well Jane and Gail from Slimming World Tameside presented me with a bag full of them.

It’s a truly mind-blowing way to realize how far I’ve come since the start of the year when I started following their plan and eliminating a lot of the mindless snacking I used to do.

If you work in an office, you’ll know that temptations lurk everywhere, and ours is no exception.

I have found that buying herbal teas in bulk prevents me from going for a bar of chocolate, and the fact that we are only a few minutes walk from Ashton Market helps me, as I can do plenty of fresh fruit whenever the mood takes me.

I’ve found a new love for sushi, pickled eggs, pickles, blueberries and Weetabix, instead of Monster Munches, red Bounty bars (apparently the fact that they’re dark chocolate doesn’t change anything to their health benefits, much to my disappointment), and Haribo Supermix.

It’s amazing how much more confident you start to feel when you start to slim down and get rid of wobbly bits.

Don’t worry, I won’t apply for Heat Magazine’s Torso of the Fortnight or anything stupid, but the key for me is knowing where you want to be in your mind. I cringe when I hear remarks like “gosh, you don’t need to lose weight, you’re fine”.

I hasten to add that it was never really said to me, but I have repeated it many times to others. Some people have trouble gaining weight, and it’s just as insensitive to comment on your perception of how thin they are.

The only person who knows where you would like to be in terms of weight on the scale is you. My consultants at Slimming World have been so supportive, and attending a few group meetings has also been extremely enjoyable.

I try to include a daily walk in my routine, as well as making better food choices, but the weather certainly hasn’t made it easy lately.

Three named storms in seven days is a record since the storm naming system began in 2015. Are there more extreme weather events now that they’re given silly names like Dudley, or do we notice them just more media coverage? Anyway, it seems to me that you have to think carefully before building in a flood zone.

Figures released at the end of 2021 showed that more than 5,000 homes had been given the green light in areas in areas at risk of flooding. I can’t imagine how devastating it must be for your home or business to be destroyed by a rising river.

The demand for housing far exceeds the availability, but common sense should always be applied in terms of where new developments end up being built.

In case you’re interested, the next named storm we can expect will be known as Gladys. I instantly think of the soul singer or the nurse from Open All Hours. Showing my age either way, I guess. Hopefully we’ll have some respite before she arrives.

Honestly, I thought our house was going to collapse during Storm Franklin. It was almost impossible to sleep and my heart goes out to anyone who is forced to work outdoors in these conditions.

It was also really sad to see destroyed trees that had stood proudly against the elements for hundreds of years.

The roof of the O2 rose even higher than the time I saw the Spandau Ballet there.

I’m hoping to lose another three pounds and hit magic stone 14 before heading to Sheffield on March 5th for a beer festival!

Sampling Stout will be a lot more fun if I can raise a half pint glass for it!

You can hear my weigh-in every Thursday morning on Tameside Radio just after eight. Anybody for baked beans and Weetabix?

You can listen to Alex every weekday from 7am to 11am and on the ‘Super Scoreboard’ show on Saturdays from 3pm to 7pm, on Tameside Radio 103.6FM.

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