Julie’s target is to lose 5 stone in the next 12 months

Julie Richards at the start of her weight loss journey

Julie Richards is just starting out on her journey to lose weight, get fit and raise lots of money!

At the end of January 2014, Julie’s 11 year old son, Geraint, suffered a catastrophic asthma attack causing him to have a cardiac arrest and leaving him severely brain damaged. From that moment on, life changed dramatically for the Richard’s family.

“Food has always been my comfort, and in the last 14 months even more so. We spent 5 months in hospital in Cardiff, then another 3 months in hospital in Surrey. We were with Geraint every moment, learning what to do, which exercises would help and generally providing support.

We weren’t eating properly, just grabbing whatever came to hand. And friends and family, at a loss to know what they could do to help, cooked for us – cakes, pasties, big home-cooked dinners that we could just pop in the microwave. I was never a light-weight, but I’ve put on over 2 stone in that time. Now at a size 26 top and size 22 trousers, I knew I had to do something about it.

Like most people, I know what I have to do to lose weight, BUT I needed the motivation. I think you have to want to lose weight, to do it for yourself. And this time, I’ve got motivation by the bucketful!

I worry about Geraint all the time. I need to be around for him now and in the future. It’s no good being out-of-breath and tired all the time. I need to be fit and healthy and to come out of my comfort zone. The best thing I can do for him right now is to lose weight – and if I’m sponsored for every pound I lose, then I can raise money for the Trust Fund we’ve set up for him for his future.

So Slimtone, here I am.

I’ve known Marie for a long time and Linda, who runs the Tondu class, is a good friend too. I know that with their help and support, I’m going to succeed. I’ve got no excuses and the Lifestyle Plan is ideal. Everything is so tasty and the whole family can eat the same thing – I can even have my favourite Sunday roast.

I’m exercising too – and this from someone who hates it with a passion. I just don’t understand how anyone can go to a gym and enjoy it! But I do love walking, oh yes and chatting! So every week after class I’m joining Linda and some of the other Slimtone members for a walk and a chat – exercise can be fun, after all!

At my first weigh-in I was 16 stone 2¼lbs. Marie had brought along a 5lb lump of fat – this is how much you can expect to lose every month! It was horrid. No wonder I’m out-of-breath and tired, this extra weight is like carrying a small child around with me all the time!

My journey has begun – my target is to lose 5 stone in the next 12 months.  I’ve weighed, I’ve measured and I’ve had my cholesterol checked. You can keep track of my success here on the Slimtone blog and on Slimtone’s Facebook page too – and if you’d like to sponsor me, that would be great. Thank you.

See you soon!


Do you want to join Julie on her weight loss journey? Get your copy of the Lifestyle Plan here or come and join a Slimtone class locally or online – you’re always welcome!

New Lifestyle Pack

brochures_spreadFeel fab in February with our NEW Lifestyle pack which is being launched in all classes this week

The pack provides all the ingredients for healthy weight loss. The new Lifestyle Book has over 150 delicious recipes. The 4 weekly pre planned menus also included will give you lots of new ideas for planning your meals.

There is also a new Shopping Guide of the Slimtone members’ favourite brands. The personal progress chart is great seeing the inches as well as weight melting away is really motivational. One of the most important is a food diary so many have found following our advice to “when you bite it write it” the key to their success.

The pack will be available online soon for £7.99 but will be available to class members at the special price of only £4.50. The fee for New and re- join members is now £7.00 but for February and March this includes a complimentary pack making the first week fee only £2.50.


Congratulations to everyone who took part in our competition and for the tremendous weight losses in the classes this year.  A special mention to Tony in our Maesteg class who has lost 4 stone since August and to Emily from the Garw class who looked fab in our recent Christmas Dinner.  Also congratulations to Susan from our Ogmore class pictured here in our dinner at the Masonic Hall. Sue lost over three stone in three months and has maintained this loss for nearly 10 years and as you can see is looking fab.  Have a wonderful Christmas and classes start back from Friday 2nd January 2015.  Can I remind everyone if you have any tempting goodies left after the holiday bring them into class to be distributed to the local food banks.



Not too long to go before we find the winners of our Slim for Santa competition in our classes.  Congratulations to everyone for their fab weight losses these trees and all the baubles are looking really festive. I would like to thank Nigel from our Ogmore class for the recipe for this tasty sweet treat   .LEMON MERINGUE LAYER

Beat together a carton of “Liberte” honey yoghurt with 84g/3ozs low fat soft cheese until smooth.  Add grated lemon rind and a small amount of juice.  Pop into two meringue nests and serve.  Approx 140 cals per portion

These yoghurts are a favourite of mine and are also available in Blueberry and Strawberry flavour.  Both would be ideal for this recipe without the lemon flavouring.

Will be letting you know the successful members who are the winners in the competition soon.

Slim for Santa Special Week 6

If you need inspiration to maintain your healthy eating during December take a look at our successful slimmers on our website and their story on http://www.slimtone.co.uk/  As you can see they  have different lifestyles but could all lose weight with our Slimtone Lifestyle plan.

You will also find  lots of  low fat alternatives listed of Christmas favourites with masses of taste and flavour but a lot less calories.

Congratulations to all our members for their fantastic weight losses and really  looking forward to seeing who will win our Slim for Santa competition.  This will take place in each class and the final winner during our Christmas Dinner on the 18th December.

If you have any ideas or recipes please share them with us on our Slimtone Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/154400681125/

Slim for Santa Special Week 5

Congratulations to all the members who are doing so well in our Slim for Santa competition in all the classes and now have lots of baubles on their trees. If you are busy Christmas shopping with no time to cook and plan week 5 of your Lifestyle Book is the answer to your problem. They are all quick and easy menues which will save you time and money. When thinking of sending for that takeaway just remember when you drop the “S” from fast food you are left with FAT FOOD. Still four weeks to go before all the festivities don’t give in now still time to lose some weight and inches.!!!!!

Slim for Santa Special week 3 & 4

So pleased everyone liked our new ideas and menu plan which we launched in the classes last week. It has been designed with lots of recipes for keeping warm during the colder weather. Also, the low G.I suggestions will keep you satisfied for so much longer than all the snacks which contain so much hidden sugars. Apologies for no blog last week our computer was attacked by lightening and thanks to Ty from Bridgend web design who did all the necessary repairs we are back to “normal”.
** Everyone in class agrees that the free soups in our plan make such a big difference before a meal. It has been proven that it help lose weight as we are more satisfied and prevents all the “picking” that can happen later in the day. I find making a toastie for lunch from the new plan or any of the suggestion on page 21 of your Lifestyle book really satisfying. Especially with a portion of the carrot and coriander or red pepper and butternut squash soup both of which are negligible in calories. Another good idea is when making the leek and potato soup is to use sweet potato it makes a fab flavour and as it’s low G.I. so as we all now will provide slow release energy which is great in the Winter. Keep at the plan only 5 weeks to go ????

Make your Bonfire Night go with a Bang

The weather has certainly turned colder this week and  our Slimtone members all agree that a warming bowlful of soup is always welcome on a chilly winter’s night.  Our Mexican Chilli Beef Stew  from our popular Soup Book is the perfect hearty meal for the Bonfire Night celebrations and as a winter snack.

Serves 4 – Approx 100 calories per portion

125g/4½oz lean minced beef   – 1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, diced-                    1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small tin red kidney beans        ¾ pt beef stock
½ tsp chilli powder                       1 clove garlic

Finely dice the onion, red pepper and garlic. Seal the beef over a medium heat and drain off any excess fat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic and continue cooking until the meat is browned. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans and the stock. Season with salt and the chilli powder and mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and liquidise or blitz with hand mixer to thicken. Enjoy with a slice of French bread.

If you have any recipes or ideas please share them on our facebook group we would love to hear from you.


Slim for Santa Special Week Two

Slim for Santa Week Two

Really hoped you enjoyed the ideas we gave last week and the Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup recipe we recommended is a great comfort food for the cold evenings.  It makes a great starter to a meal and certainly does help take the edge of your appetite.  So many of our members have found the soup flasks available in most supermarkets are ideal for using in work and makes a warm and tasty addition to their sandwiches.

With only seven weeks to Christmas now is the time to get back to basics which will certainly help melt those pounds away.

**  Don’t forget to complete your food diary every day and don’t skip meals as this will certainly lead to “picking” later in the day.

**  Keep your kitchen scales on the work surface – this will remind you to have the portions recommended in the plan.  All our members agree that this would be the advice they would give to all new members when joining Slimtone.

** Last but not least although the weather is getting colder it is so important to drink your water every day.  So many of us think we are hungry and start raiding the ‘fridge when our body is crying out for a glass of water!!!  See page 66 and 67 for all the advantages this will have for you and I know you will soon get back into the good habit of having it every day.  Add a slice of lemon, lime or orange it certainly makes a difference to the flavour.

Don’t forget to share your recipes and ideas on our Slimtone Group facebook page we would love to hear from you.

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Slim for Santa Special Week One

This is the first of your regular messages keeping you up to date with new products and ideas for the Christmas Countdown.

**The Mushroom and Ham Tagliatelle recipe on page 34 of your Lifestyle plan is really popular with so many of our Slimtone members.  Philadelphia have launched a new smoked ham light cream cheese which I used in this recipe to make the sauce.  It was really tasty and thought this would make a great convenient quick meal.

**Muller have just introduced an orange flavour to their chocolate desserts and we have had a great idea with this product from one of our members in Maesteg.  Pop in the bottom of micro dish and top with the steam pudding recipe on page 57 of your Lifestyle Plan. Cook in micro as directed and you will have a fab marbled effect on this tasty sweet dessert which will be popular with all the family.

** Looking for a quick Pumpkin soup recipe for Halloween. Our Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup is ideal and is one of the class favourites. Pop 1 sliced onion, 1 deseeded red pepper, 2 sweet red peppers, 1 cleaned and chopped butternut squash, and 2 stock cubes into a large saucepan. Add water to cover vegetables and simmer until cooked, blitz with blender and serve garnished with parsley.