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!

Julie

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!

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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Congratulations Anita our Successful Slimmer of the month

Need inspiration to lose a few pounds for Christmas. Take a look at Anita’s before and after photographs who is our success story of the month. Together with her story it will certainly motivate you to Fit into that Frock (or trousers) for Christmas. Visit our website now http://www.slimtone.co.uk to kick start your diet.

Congratulations to Yvonne from our Maesteg Class.

Congratulations to the members of our Maesteg class who this morning had excellent weight losses. Yvonne was thrilled to have lost 12 and half pounds in only three weeks on the new Choose ‘n’Lose diet and was so pleased with the recipes which were all easy to prepare and family friendly. Keep up the good work you are all melting away.

Choose’n’Lose Diet

To celebrate Slimtone’s 30 Anniversary our new Choose’n’Lose Diet will be introduced into all the classes this week. All you need to get slim quickly and safely while enjoying tasty and inexpensive meals. Look forward to some of our favourite recipes together with lots of new ideas all in a easy to follow four week plan. The weather may be chilly but I can promise a warm welcome in all our classes. A list of which can be found on http://www.slimtone.co.uk .

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Do you need incentive to look and feel good for Christmas? With only 14 weeks to go just a pound a week will leave you a stone lighter for the festive season.

All our members are looking forward to their new weekly planner with lots of tasty recipes and ideas to get back to basics after the school holidays which will be in the classes this week. Also, our competition to find who will have the most baubles on their tree by Christmas. This proved to be a really good incentive last year and we had lots of members who qualified for entry into the draw.

If you would like to join us I can promise a warm welcome at any of our classes.

Hope to see you soon